The geometry and topology of granular matter - by Daniel Sussman
Daniel Sussman Department of Physics, Syracuse University
Host: Jen Schwarz | Contact: Tyler Engstrom, firstname.lastname@example.org
The fact that granular systems are nearly always perched on the verge of mechanical instabilities lends them many surprising material properties; these properties in turn inform phenomena ranging from earthquakes to soft robotics. The jamming transition provides a useful framework for understanding granular matter as well as a wide class of soft matter systems, and computational methods are a natural candidate to study these strongly correlated many-body systems. In this talk I will discuss how the combination of computational techniques with geometrical and topological approaches – including ideas inspired by topological insulators – can teach us something new about both the jamming transition and the rich phenomena of jammed matter itself, as well as potentially lead to the creation of novel mechanical metamaterials.