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Sen Lecture to Kick Off CAS Series

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: September 30, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Surajit Sen, associate professor of physics, will discuss incorporating nonlinearity into science and high technology in the first installment of the College of Arts and Sciences Fall Lecture Series, to be held at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus.

In many instances, physical processes can be modeled without having to deal explicitly with so-called "nonlinear" effects, Sen notes. In other words, it often is possible to describe physical processes by "linearizing" non-linear phenomena, he says, adding that there are cases where linearization is no longer adequate.

In his talk, Sen will focus on a collection of phenomena where incorporating nonlinearity leads to some fundamental questions in nature and allows for the exploration of new technologies with far-reaching possibilities.