When one thinks of a crystal, the impression is of a very rigid structure where everything is ‘in its place’. Like other objects that we are familiar with, they are are made up of microscopic particles – from molecules and atoms to electrons and a whole zoo of other elementary particles. However, at this microscopic level, there is chaos and randomness. How can we understand how the observable structure emerges from the random behaviour of its components?
This is a fundamental question, and Professor Marklof’s research contributes to the understanding of the laws of nature.
Professor Marklof was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
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