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Rayleigh limit of charged droplets, revisited, S Constas

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Styliani (Stella) Constas 

Department of Chemistry
Western University

“Rayleigh limit of charged droplets: An old theory revisited. What Lord Rayleigh did not predict?”


The stability of conducting droplets initiated by the seminal works of Lord Rayleigh (1882) has been studied for over one and a half centuries. Rayleigh’s theory has found numerous applications in various fields such as “liquid-drop” model in nuclear stability, natural and man-made aerosols, charged polymers to mention but a few of the applications. The theory, though, awaited for a very long time to be tested by modeling of aqueous droplets with ions. Back in 2002 we presented the first simulations in this direction and since then the study of the stability of charged droplets has led us to intriguing findings that complete the Rayleigh theory. These findings will be presented using molecular and continuum modeling along with analytical theory.

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!
Dr. L. Goncharova
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
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