Caltech Solids

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The over-arching theme is to understand how a solid body reacts to forces, how it deforms, and how it fails. This is addressed in a variety of scales ranging from a cluster of atoms to tectonic plates using experimental, theoretical and computational methods. Specific topics of interest include

Active materials like shape-memory alloys and ferroelectrics
Bulk metallic glasses
Dynamic behavior and failure of materials
Mechanical properties of cellular, sub-cellular and extra-cellular structures
Multi-scale modeling and simulation
Nano-structured materials and composites
Reliability and diagnostics of microelectronic devices
Tunable photonic and phononic materials

The research is supported out through a variety of single and multi-investigator projects including


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