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Introduction to Soft Condensed Matter Physics - NFPL505
Title in English: Úvod do fyziky měkkých materiálů
Guaranteed by: Department of Condensed Matter Physics (32-KFKL)
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Actual: from 2018
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Ivan Krakovský, CSc.
Co-requisite : NFPL502
Is co-requisite for: NFPL502
Annotation -
Last update: T_KFES (14.05.2012)
In the lecture, description of structure and properties of condensed matter with disordered or partially ordered structure exhibiting large response to small change of external parameters (soft materials) is given. Applications of soft materials, such as complex fluids, liquid crystals, block copolymers, polymer networks or hydrogels in modern technologies are emphasized.
Course completion requirements -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Ivan Krakovský, CSc. (14.06.2019)

Oral exam.

Literature - Czech
Last update: T_KFES (14.05.2012)
Doporučená literatura:

D. Tabor, Gases, liquids and solids (and other states of matter), Cambridge University Press 1991, ISBN: 0-521-40667-6

N. E. Cusack, The Physics of Structurally-Disordered Matter: An Introduction, Adam Hilger 1987, ISBN: 0-85274-591-5

R. Zallen, The Physics of Amorphous Solids, John Wiley & Sons 2004, ISBN: 978-0-471-29941-7

G. R. Strobl, Condensed matter physics: crystals, liquids, liquid crystals, and polymers, Springer 2003, ISBN: 9783540003533

P. M. Chaikin, T. C. Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics, Cambridge University Press 2000, ISBN: 0-521-43224-3

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Ivan Krakovský, CSc. (14.06.2019)

To get credit for active participation in exercises.

Syllabus -
Last update: T_KFES (14.05.2012)

1. Structure of amorphous and soft condensed matter

Characteristic space, time and energetic scales in condensed matter.

General statistico-mechanical description of disordered and partially ordered structure.

Investigation of material structure using X-ray and neutron scattering.

Fundamentals of computer simulation of material structure and properties (Monte Carlo a Molecular Dynamics).

2. Polymers
Basic models of space structure of polymer chain.

Statistico-mechanical description of polymer chain in diluted, semi-diluted and concentrated solution, melt and polymer network.

Structure of semi-crystalline polymers.

Investigation of structure of polymer materials using X-ray and neutron scattering.

Polymer materials in modern technologies.

3. Liquid-crystalline state
Basic types of liquid-crystalline order.

Investigation of liquid-crystalline order using physical methods.

Liquid crystals in modern technologies.

4. Mechanical properties of amorphous and soft condensed matter
Phenomenological theory of viscoelasticity.

Principle of time-temperature superposition.

Description of elastic properties in liquid-crystalline state of matter.

Description of large deformations in rubbery state of polymers.

Statistico-mechanical models of viscoelastic properties of polymers.

5. Dielectric properties of amorphous and soft condensed matter
Phenomenological theory of dielectric response to electric field.

Statistico-mechanical models of dielectric properties of materials.

Frederiks effect.

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