May 24, 2017

Simulating Physics With Particles

Prof. Dr. Christian Holm, Institute for Computational Physics, University of Stuttgart
This lecture is part of the science exhibition “In a Digital Laboratory”

Event date
May 24, 2017 6:30 PM  

My lecture will explain the fundamentals of molecular dynamic simulation, based on the development of computers and algorithms over the last 50 years, and will also demonstrate the importance of a statistical overview of the data. Computers are becoming ever-more powerful; but despite this we still need new methods, such as multi-scale simulation and oversimplification techniques to enable us to reliably predict macroscopic material properties from microscopic simulations. As a vivid example of this, I will use simulation to show how the current flow of ions is modified when DNA winds through a nanopore. Although it has not yet been fully developed, this technique is already being used to decode the DNA sequence, in a process called sequencing.

The Speaker:

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian Holm is head of the Institute for Computational Physics at the University of Stuttgart. His work focuses on the investigation of complex physical problems using computer simulations. He is currently also particularly interested in the relatively new field of soft matter; a field located at the interface of the classic disciplines physics, chemistry and biology. Everyday examples of soft matter include plastics or soaps, as well as biological systems such as DNS, RNS, or chromatin fibers. His work involves investigating problems in the fields of both biological and materials science.

This event is free of charge!

Planetarium Stuttgart
Willy-Brandt-Straße 25
70173   Stuttgart
Bild: Institute for Computational Physics
Prof. Christian Holm, Institute for Computational physics, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Christian Holm, Institute for Computational physics, University of Stuttgart
Bild: SimTech