Past Industrial and Interdisciplinary Workshops

27 November 2009
10:00
Dr Gareth Wakefield
Abstract
Thin films of low refractive index nanoparticles are being developed for use as anti-reflection coatings for solar cells and displays. Although these films are deposited as a single layer, the comparison between a simple theoretical model and the experimental data shows that the coating cannot be treated as a such, but rather as a layer with an unknown refractive index gradient. Approaches to modelling the reflectance from such coatings are sought. Such approaches would allow model refractive index gradients to be fitted to the experimental data and would allow better understanding of how the structure of the films develops during fabrication.
  • Industrial and Interdisciplinary Workshops
13 November 2009
10:00
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13:00
Abstract
The aim is to explore whether we can extend the work of PM Woodward first published many years ago, to see if we can extract more information than we do to date from our radar returns. A particular interest is in the information available for target recognition, which requires going beyond Woodward's assumption that the target has no internal structure.
  • Industrial and Interdisciplinary Workshops
6 November 2009
11:45
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13:00
Sylvain Deville
Abstract
Understanding the critical parameters controlling the stability of solidification interfaces in colloidal systems is a necessary step in many domains were the freezing of colloids is present, such as materials science or geophysics. What we understand so far of the solidification of colloidal suspensions is derived primarily from the analogies with dilute alloys systems, or the investigated behaviour of single particles in front of a moving interface and is still a subject of intense work. A more realistic, multi-particles model should account for the particles movement, the various possible interactions between the particles and the multiple interactions between the particles and the solid/liquid cellular interface. In order to bring new experimental observations, we choose to investigate the stability of a cellular interface during directional solidification of colloidal suspensions by using X-ray radiography and tomography. I will present recent experimental results of ice growth (ice lenses) and particle redistribution observations, their implications, and open the discussion regarding the limitations of the technique and the potential for further progress in the field using this approach.
  • Industrial and Interdisciplinary Workshops

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