SPACE AND COSMIC RAY PHYSICS SEMINAR

University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, October 31, 2016
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Jan V. Sengers
Institute for Physical Science and Technology University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Fluctuations in liquids on earth and in space

Liquids in non-equilibrium steady states exhibit giant thermal fluctuations that are affected by gravity. This discovery has led to a variety of experimental studies of these fluctuations both on earth and in space missions that will be reviewed. Most recently, it has been predicted that these fluctuations will also cause a new type of fluctuation-induced Casimir force in non-equilibrium liquids.