The Extraordinary Search for Natural Quasicrystals at Perimeter’s Public Lecture on March 6


A quasicrystal is an exotic state of matter with symmetries once thought to be impossible for matter. The concept was first introduced and the first examples were synthesized in the laboratory thirty years ago, but could Nature have beaten us to the punch?

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, February 15, 2013 – A quasicrystal is an exotic state of matter with symmetries once thought to be impossible for matter. The concept was first introduced and the first examples were synthesized in the laboratory thirty years ago, but could Nature have beaten us to the punch?

On Wednesday, March 6, as part of Perimeter Institute’s Public Lecture Series presented by Sun Life Financial, physicist Dr. Paul Steinhardt will describe the search for the first natural quasicrystal, an adventure to the ends of the Earth and beyond and one of the wildest scientific stories you are ever likely to hear.

Paul J. Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science and Director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University, as well as a faculty member of the Departments of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences. His research interests include cosmology, condensed matter physics, photonics and geophysics.  He is one of the architects of the inflationary theory of the universe and, more recently, with Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok, an alternative known as the cyclic universe.  He is one of the co-inventors of a novel material for controlling the flow of light in photonic devices.  In 1984, he and his student introduced the concept of quasicrystals and, beginning in 1998, launched a search for the first natural quasicrystal that culminated in his organizing a geological expedition to the Koryak Mountains in far eastern Russia.

Steinhardt’s lecture, entitled “Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka:  The Extraordinary Search for Natural Quasicrystals”, will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM ET in Waterloo, Ontario. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday February 19, 2013.

Further details can be found at www.perimeterinstitute.ca.

L’INSTITUT PÉRIMÈTRE DE PHYSIQUE THÉORIQUE

L'Institut Périmètre est le plus grand centre de recherche en physique théorique au monde. Fondé en 1999, cet institut indépendant vise à favoriser les percées dans la compréhension fondamentale de notre univers, des plus infimes particules au cosmos tout entier. Les recherches effectuées à l’Institut Périmètre reposent sur l'idée que la science fondamentale fait progresser le savoir humain et catalyse l'innovation, et que la physique théorique d'aujourd'hui est la technologie de demain. Situé dans la région de Waterloo, cet établissement sans but lucratif met de l'avant un partenariat public-privé unique en son genre avec entre autres les gouvernements de l'Ontario et du Canada. Il facilite la recherche de pointe, forme la prochaine génération de pionniers de la science et communique le pouvoir de la physique grâce à des programmes primés d'éducation et de vulgarisation.

 

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