Novel Materials

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Amartya Banerjee (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Over the past few decades, first principles (i.e., quantum mechanical) methods have been instrumental in the discovery and characterization of novel materials. Traditionally, these methods have focused on the study of periodic / crystalline systems and their homogeneous deformations. In this talk, I will describe how ideas related to physical symmetry, when used in conjunction with ab initio theories, can help in the search of a new class of unprecedented materials, and their associated (inhomogeneous) deformation modes.
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