Soft-matter is a vast field of research at the interfaces between physics, chemistry and biology. It consists in the study of the physical properties of composite objects described by a characteristic energy scale of the excitations of a few room temperature thermal energy.

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Is the $2\pi$ disclination topologically stable for a 2d nematic liquid crystal?

For a three dimensional liquid crystal, a $2\pi$ or charge $1$ disclination is topologically unstable. The is generally explained as the disclination can lose its core singularity by "escaping from ...
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dynamic structure factor for nucleation

I know that using the peak position/moment of structure factor or may be by first zero or minimum of pair correlation function we can estimate the characteristic length scale in a phase separating ...
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pair correlation function for heterogeneous nuclei

I have a system with heterogeneous size of nuclei of two liquids within a mixed fluid phase of those two liquids. I was wondering what would be the interpretation of pair correlation function for a ...
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Some questions about the excluded volume parameter in polymer physics

I have some questions about the excluded volume parameter : 1. What is the definition of the excluded volume parameter , or how could I describe the excluded volume of a polymer system´╝č 2. What is the ...
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Why is mud muddy?

How to explain properties of mixture of sand with water? Why is it so coherent and slippery at the same time? Is it due to hydrogen bonds? Why is mud of smaller grains more slippery and incoherent ...
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Are there materials that get softer with temperature decrease?

Could be there material that begins melting/softening when it's temperature is lowered? I would say no, but I've seen enough physics to know that not always life is so easy. Moreover I think I've ...
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Why does dust stick so well to fan blades? [duplicate]

After reading and understanding the reasons why dust stick to rotating fan propeller, I am interested to find out why the dust particles stick so well. Spraying powerful jets of water does not ...
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What happens when a bacteria tumble? Is it an active or a passive process? [closed]

I was wondering what actually happens during the tumbling process of a "run and tumble" process. When the bacteria stops to tumble and reorient itself, is that an active process, or is the ...
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Why does a cork float to the side of a glass?

What is this physical phenomenon and when it's happen ? Please take a look at this picture: Link to picture Notice: This is a cork ball attracted to sides of a glass of water
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What is the physics behind a soap bubble?

A soap bubble is an extremely thin film of soapy water enclosing air that forms a hollow sphere with an iridescent surface. What fluid dynamical process occurs during the popping of a soap bubble?
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Where can I find the full derivation of Helfrich's shape equation for closed membranes?

I have approximately 10 papers that claim that, from the equation for shape energy: $$ F = \frac{1}{2}k_c \int (c_1+c_2-c_0)^2 dA + \Delta p \int dV + \lambda \int dA$$ one can use "methods of ...
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Soft Condensed Matter

I need a book dealing in particular with the intermolecular forces and, if possible, the diffusive processes. Someone knows an appropriate one?