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Junior Colloquium

The Junior Colloquium is a series of talks intended for students interested in mathematics or related subjects, started in the fall of 2002. The JC takes place roughly every other Thursday at 3:30 in the fourth floor colloquium room of Ayres Hall. The JC attracts a large and diverse audience, and students at all levels (and even faculty) are invited to attend. Anyone interested in receiving e-mail announcements about the JC (who is not already on the UTKMATH, seminarlist or pmail e-mail lists) will find information on the Tennessee Today web site or on our weekly seminar list.

For those interested in speaking, here are some hints about what is expected:

1. Talks should be accessible to anyone with a good understanding of basic calculus. If substantial portions of the talk require a higher level of mathematics then the necessary background should be mentioned in the abstract.

2. Ideally, talks should appeal to a wide audience, which often includes engineering and other non-math majors.

3. Faculty may give talks as often as they wish--keep your notes/slides for future use! However, the same talk may be given at most once in any two consecutive years.

4. It is OK to use a talk to advertise an area of mathematics or a career field, but the main purpose of the talk should be to to tell an interesting story about problem(s) in pure or applied mathematics.

Anyone who would like to receive notices about the JC should go to and add his/her e-mail address to the JRCOLL listserv.

*Future Talks*

Previous subjects have ranged from quaternions to soap bubbles to tornadoes, and previous speakers have included UT faculty and invited visitors from other universities. Potential speakers should contact Dr. Dustin Cartwright in the Math Department for more information.

Thursday, November 14th

TITLE: Bose-Einstein condensation of an Ideal Gas
SPEAKER: Maximilian Pechmann
TIME: 3:40 PM
ROOM: Ayres 405
Abstract: A Bose-Einstein condensate is a state of matter of a Bose gas and an exotic quantum phenomenon. It was theoretically predicted by Bose and Einstein in 1924, but was long considered a mathematical curiosity without practical use. However, since the experimental observation of such a condensate in 1995, Bose-Einstein condensation is a field of research of great interest. Although this phenomenon is well understood from a physical point of view, its mathematically rigorous description is still incomplete. We present a mathematical precise treatment of the Bose-Einstein condensation in the simple case of an ideal Bose gas in a box.


Thursday, October 10th

Title: Hydrocode Modeling of Impact Craters
Speaker: Wendy Caldwell, Arizona State University
Room: Ayres 405
Time: 3:35pm
Abstract: Asteroid 16 Psyche is the largest M-type (metallic) Main Belt Asteroid (MBA). Radar albedo data indicate Psyche’s surface is rich in metallic content, but estimates for Psyche’s bulk structure vary widely. Psyche has two large impact structures in its Southern hemisphere. In this work, we present results from 2D and 3D simulations of the formation of these craters using the FLAG hydrocode, developed and maintained by Los Alamos National Laboratory. FLAG has been verified and validated for impact cratering simulations, with good agreement to theoretical and experimental results. Through quantitative comparison of the simulated crater dimensions with measured values, our models suggest that Psyche is largely composed of porous, metallic material. In addition, our work indicates that the impacts were likely oblique, with angles at least 45 degrees from vertical.


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last updated: November 2019

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