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INTERACTIVE SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION

Lectures for the Summer School in honour of Prof. J.M. Araujo, Oporto, Portugal, 23rd-29th August 1998.

Dr Joan Adler,

Physics,

Technion- Israel Institute of Technology,

Haifa, Israel

``A picture is worth 1000 words''

SUMMARY: Visualization can be used both for presentation of results and interactively for study and research. In these lectures I will concentrate on the interactive uses, with applications to Statistical Physics/Condensed Matter Physics research and Physics education. Topics that I will cover include:

  1. COMPUTERIZED VISUALIZATION for TEACHING
  2. INTRODUCTION to MOLECULAR DYNAMICS for SOLIDS
  3. THREE DIMENSIONAL VISUALIZATION for MOLECULAR DYNAMICS
  4. INTRODUCTION to SERIES EXPANSIONS
  5. VISUALIZATION for ANALYSIS of SERIES EXPANSIONS
General principles, examples of routines and movies (where available) will be presented for each topic.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: I thank my past and present graduate students Amihai Silverman, David Saada, Adham Hashibon, Zaher Salman and Amit Kanigel, postdoctoral associate Irina Rosenbaum, and collaborators Vladimir Privman, Moshe Moshe, Amnon Aharony and Iksoo Chang (series expansions), Simon Brandon (molecular dynamics) for cooperation and significant contributions to the different aspects of the visualization projects reported on in these lectures. The contributions of all the Technion students whose projects are mentioned here and my associates in the different research projects for which the visualizations were developed were also essential. I thank Arie Aharon and Yehudit Mond of the Technion Visualization Centre and Carla Abulaffio and Batia Pery of the Technion Consulting Group for advice and technical assistance. Support for the calculations described here came/comes from the BSF, GIF, Minerva Non-Linear Centre and Israel Science Foundation, and my associates on these grants also made useful suggestions for the visualizations. The computer classroom (room 315) in the Physics Department at the Technion, with equipment donated by Hewlett Packard was the scene of many of these developments. Lastly, I thank Jose Duarte for extending me the invitation to present these lectures.

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