AU: 3.0
Programme: PHY(SPS)

This course provides an introduction to soft-condensed matter physics. Atomic and molecular forces. Hard-core repulsion. Polymers. Elasticity of DNA. Correlations in the fluctuations of solvent molecules; diffusion in fluids, electrostatics in solution. Poisson-Boltzmann theory. Electrophoresis; liquid interfaces and droplets. Lipid bilayers and vesicles.; membrane fluctuations, cell mechanics; Colloids. Liquid crystal phases. Random aggregation and fractals; hydrodynamics of an isotropic fluid: the Navier-Stokes equation. The Reynolds number; laminar flow. Viscoelasticity; Experimental methods - dynamic light scattering, self-assembling processes, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, measuring interactions with laser tweezers and tracking experiments.