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Condensed Matter Seminars

ics Condensed Matter
Monday, April 20, 2009
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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Luke Langsjoen [Host: Genya Kolomeisky]
University of Virginia
"The Effect of Thermal Fluctuations on the Problem of Euler Buckling Instability"
 
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ABSTRACT:
Renormalization techniques are used to study the effect of thermal fluctuations on the classical Euler buckling instability of a homogenous rod in 2 spatial dimensions. It is discovered that temperature has the effect of exponentially stiffening the rod, yielding a non-zero minimum critical force as a function of the length of the rod.
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