Physics with Industry

11 - 15 October 2010

Venue: Lorentz Center@Oort

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Description and aim

1 Week / 50 Physicists / 5 Problems

We know that many physicists are eager to think outside the boundaries of their own research and to tackle challenging problems that have great relevance. This workshop calls for your input!

About: A group of about fifty physicists (junior and senior scientists from the Netherlands and abroad) come together to tackle industrial problems. After a thorough presentation of the problems by the companies, the physicists choose one of the five problems and devote the entire week at dissecting, modelling, analysing and discussing this problem within their group and with the industrial representative. By Friday the groups present their solution to the companies.

This format is based on the successful 'International Study Group Mathematics with Industry', a worldwide mathematics workshop that is organized annually since its start at Cambridge in 1968.

Scientific Topics: The aims of this workshop are to work collaboratively with physicists of different backgrounds on urgent industrial problems to come up with creative solutions, and to acquaint (young) physicists with industrial R&D. Next to the scientific outcome of the workshop, we expect that researchers may establish many new contacts or future job perspectives.

The scientific programme committee has selected these five problems:



Impact of air jet on drops in lithography machine parts



Nano lightning rods for IC protection



The homogeneity of yarn in the heat treatment section of the production process of Twaron



Water-water interfaces



Schrödinger's capsule: a (micro)capsulate that is open and closed, almost, at the same time

Organization: The workshop is organized by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and Technology Foundation STW. A scientific programme committee has selected the problems. The workshop will be hosted by the Lorentz Center, a dedicated workshop center that is well equipped.


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