James Franck Institute
United States of America
We are currently interested in the nature of defect structures in pattern-forming systems and how those structures form naturally under experimental circumstances. Our guides are the recent experiments on microphase-separating diblock copolymer systems. Such systems grow a layered or striped phase and are fundamentally important as prototypical two-dimensional ordering systems and building blocks on the nanoscale. Previously, we developed numerical techniques for looking at the nature of kinetic models intended to describe systems of this type.