Boltzmann And The Lattice: A Very Happy Computational Marriage

17 Feb
IACS Seminar Series
Sauro Succi, IAC-CNR Rome, Italy and Harvard IACS
Friday, February 17, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Harvard SEAS, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Lunch will be served from 12:30-1pm, on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk will begin promptly at 1pm.

Over the last three decades, lattice formulations of Boltzmann's kinetic equation have blossomed into a very powerful tool for the numerical simulation of complex states of flowing matter across a broad range of scales.  From fully-developed turbulence to multiphase microflows, all the way down to biopolymer translocation in nanopores and, lately, even electronic structure calculations and quantum-relativistic hydrodynamics in curved spaces.  After a brief introduction to the main ideas behind the Lattice Boltzmann (LB) method, we shall illustrate a few representative applications and outline prospects for future large-scale LB simulations in physics, biology and the frontier thereof. 

Speaker Bio: 

Dr Sauro Succi holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Plasma Physics from the EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland).  Since 1995 he serves as a Director of Research at the Istituto Applicazioni Calcolo of the Italian National Research Council in Rome and he is also a Research Associate of the Physics Department of Harvard University and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Computational Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University.  His research interests cover a broad range of topics in kinetic theory and non-equilibrium statistical physics, including thermonuclear plasmas, fluid turbulence, micro and nanofluidics as well as quantum-relativistic flows.  He is the author of the monograph “The lattice Boltzmann equation for fluid dynamics and beyond”, (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011)  

He has received the Humboldt Prize in physics (2002), the Killam Award of the University of Calgary (2005) and the Raman Chair of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2011).  Dr Succi is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (1998) and an elected member of the Academia Europaea (2015).  He is the recipient of the 2017 APS Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics.

Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS)
Natasha Baker