Session J26: Focus Session: What is Computational Physics?
11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sponsoring Unit: DCOMP
Chair: Norman Chonacky, Yale University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.J26.1
Abstract: J26.00001 : Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics Lecture: Photonic Crystals and Genetic Algorithms: Adventures of a Computational Physicist
11:15 AM–11:51 AM
Kai Ming Ho
(Department of Physics and Astronomy and Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University)
I will review some of our work in the computation of photonic crystals, focusing on our discovery of the photonic band gap in diamond structures. I will also describe our conception of the cut-and-paste genetic algorithm in materials discovery structure search and discuss applications of the algorithm from early studies of atomic clusters geometries to more recent applications for structures of surfaces, interfaces, nanowires, and bulk crystals.
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