Abstract:   To understand the structure of molecules or the dynamics of atoms within a material, it is essential to understand the attractive and repulsive forces that exist between atoms. I will describe the Lennard-Jones potential and the Brenner potential and explain the structures they predict. I will mention the application of these forces to molecular dynamics simulation and show some illustrative examples. This talk will be accessible to all graduate students. 

Speaker:  Brittan Farmer
Institution:  University of Michigan

Date:  Wednesday, January 30, 2013 
Location:  4088 East Hall (3:10 PM to 4:00 PM)