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Self assembly of fd viruses

Presented by: 
B Pelcovits [Brown University Providence, Rhode Island]
Date: 
Thursday 13th June 2013 - 11:00 to 12:00
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
Self-assembled Smectic-A monolayers composed of chiral fd viruses in the presence of a polymer depletant have been shown by the Dogic group to exhibit a variety of novel structures as a function of temperature and polymer concentration. After reviewing some of the experimental findings I will discuss a phenomenological theoretical model of this system based on the Helfrich membrane energy and the de Gennes theory of smectics. I will show how this model can be used to understand some of the fascinating experimental observations of fd self-assembly.
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Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute The Leverhulme Trust London Mathematical Society Microsoft Research NM Rothschild and Sons