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Physics Colloquium Series, Spring 2016

Feb 4 , Thursday: 4:15 p.m. / Rockefeller 301

Stephen Rand , University of Michigan

A New Twist on Electromagnetism for Energy Conversion

In electromagnetism effects of the magnetic field are generally ignored. However in recent optical experiments intense magnetic light scattering has been observed as the result of a dynamic magneto-electric interaction that transcends the bounds of the multipole expansion through magnetic torque due to the Lorentz force. The implications of this fundamental discovery for intense magnetic interactions in natural materials and the conversion of solar energy to electricity with negligible heat generation will be discussed.
Host: Walter Lambrecht