Heat Conduction in Nonlinear Systems
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.
audience is invited to meet the speaker beforehand at 3.45 p.m. over
wine and cheese in the Physics Common Room.
visit of Professor Hu is sponsored by COSNet.