Colloquia 2007

Colloquia 2007

Heat Conduction in Nonlinear Systems

Professor Bambi Hu
Hong Kong Baptist University & University of Houston
*COSNet Distinguished Visitor

4pm, Thursday, 5 April

School of Physics Common Room
Room 64 Old Main Building
The University of New South Wales

Heat conduction is an old yet important problem. Since Fourier introduced the law bearing his name two hundred years ago, a first-principle derivation of this law from statistical mechanics is still lacking. Worse still, the validity of this law in low dimensions, and the necessary and sufficient conditions for its validity are still far from clear. In this talk I'll review recent works done on this subject. I'll also report our latest work on asymmetric heat conduction. The study of heat conduction is not only of theoretical interest but also of practical interest. It'll shed light on the thermal properties of carbon nanotubes. The study of electric current has led to the invention of electric diodes and transistors. The study of heat conduction may also lead to the invention of thermal diodes and transistors in the future.

The audience is invited to meet the speaker beforehand at 3.45 p.m. over wine and cheese in the Physics Common Room.

*The visit of Professor Hu is sponsored by COSNet.

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