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Stressing So Much That Defects Don’t Matter

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the next edition of the APS Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter (GSCCM) virtual seminar series; information on the seminar and how to join are below. We would like to solicit nominations for future seminars and anticipate having a mix of a single speaker or two speakers during an hour time slot. Please email your nominations to Tracy Vogler ( Information on upcoming and past speakers can be found on the APS website. Recordings of some past seminars will also be available there.

GSCCM Virtual Seminar Series Organizing Committee
Minta Akin, Dana Dlott, Dan Eakins, Christopher "Kit" Neel, Laura Smilowitz, and Tracy Vogler

Stressing So Much That Defects Don't Matter
Professor Neil Bourne
The University of Manchester (U.K.)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Wouldn’t it be marvellous to live in world where we knew that matter had a single strength so that response could be predicted precisely and damage could be avoided? In our daily lives, failures can occur in people, organisations or structures when stresses mount to a point that the weakest link fails and local collapse ensues. However, matter has a limiting strength beyond which varied behaviours at lower compression change to uniform flow in the regime beyond. This threshold also opens a state in which materials transform their electronic states, change conductivity and transparency and emit radiation. That response above this threshold is predictable, allows extreme engineering to precede with less risk of failure than in the defective world in which we live. We shall explore these behaviours and discuss applications for this framework going forward.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: June 8, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: GSCCM Seminar by Professor Neil Bourne
Please click the link below to join the webinar
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