Menon group: Experimental nonequilibrium physics






We are a research lab in the condensed matter physics group in the Physics Department at UMass Amherst.  We do experimental work in nonequilibrium statistical physics, primarily on soft-condensed matter systems.



Applications will soon open for the fifth  edition of  our summer school on Soft Solids and Complex Fluids for graduate students in statistical physics and soft matter physics.

January 2012  New preprint on wrinkling and crumpling instabilities (under review): A sheet on a drop reveals wrinkling and crumpling as distinct symmetry-breaking instabilities

October 2011  Hunter King was awarded an APS student visitation fellowship to spend a month in Shankar Ghosh's lab at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

September 2011 Dominique Cambou's paper entitled: Three-dimensional structure of a sheet crumpled into a ball was published in PNAS See coverage in Physics Today, Wired and New Scientist

August 2011 Kevin Facto defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: Measurements of Gravity Driven Granular Channel Flows. His dissertation included NMR measurements of grain-flows done in Don Candela's group as well as work on channel flows in our group. Congratulations, Kevin.

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