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Modelling energy dissipation at surfaces

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In the dawning age of sustainability, energy harvesting and (concomitant) dissipation at interfaces play a crucial role for processes that feed and fuel our modern societies. The most obvious dissipation channel is given by vibrations of the surface atoms (phonons), but also electron-hole pair excitations can play an important role. I am going to present some of our recent attempts to quantify the effects of both of these channels by further developing and applying computer simulations.

This talk is part of the Physics and Chemistry of Solids Group series.

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