David Chandler Lecture in Physical Chemistry: Bubbles in space-time, or how to think about supercooled liquids, glasses and slow dynamics

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Juan Garrahan, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham

 College of Chemistry

Despite having made many fundamental contributions to the theory of
liquids from early in his career, David Chandler only began paying
serious attention to one of its central problems, that of the glass
transition in supercooled liquids, relatively late. This started when
David and I met in Oxford in early 2001 during one of his sabbaticals,
and developed into our joint work in this area in the sixteen years that
followed. In this talk I will review this work - often called dynamic
facilitation theory of the glass transition - emphasising the new ideas,
how they help explain the phenomenology of supercooled liquid dynamics
and glass formation, and discuss the broader perspective they provide on
slow relaxation more generally. I will also describe sometimes
surprising connections with other areas of long-standing interest for
David, such as the sampling of rare events or the hydrophobic effect.
Through this talk I hope to provide an illustration of the enduring
influence of David's ideas and of his scientific spirit.

 Light refreshments will be served at The Coffee Lab at 3:50pm

 seminarcoordinator-cchem@berkeley.edu, 510-643-0572