Disordered Granular Chains

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Mason Porter
UCLA/Oxford
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
375 LeConte Hall

Granular crystals are tightly packed arrangements of solid particles that deform on contact with each other. In this talk, I will give an introduction to granular crystals, and I will then discuss my recent work --- theoretical, computational, and experimental --- with collaborators on the propagation and scattering of nonlinear waves in disordered one-dimensional granular crystals. I will consider both low-disorder and high-disorder chains and will explore nonlinear analogs of Anderson-like phenomena.