Lorentz workshop: Topological Mechanics: from Metamaterials to Robots



Lorentz Center, Snellius, Leiden


The aim of this workshop is to study purely mechanical structures that are insensitive to smooth changes in material parameters and a range of structural deformations. They are topologically protected classical systems that can often be mapped mathematically to their electronic counterparts in topological insulators, superconductors and quantum Hall states. From the perspective of mechanical engineering, topological protection can be a useful design principle for topological meta-materials and robotic systems whose properties are robust against undesired perturbations.

Scientific organizers:

  • Anton Akhmerov (Delft, The Netherlands) 

  • Antonio DeSimone (Trieste, Italy) 

  • Vincenzo Vitelli (Leiden, The Netherlands)


Registration is closed. For more info, please contact Gerda Filippo, Tel: +31 71 5275401.


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