Erik Lascaris

Erik Lascaris

Physics PhD, computer simulation expert
Department of Physics, Boston University

Welcome to the home page of Erik Lascaris!

I am currently a postdoctoral associate working in Gene Stanley's water group, working on Molecular Dynamics simulations of supercooled liquid water as well as other liquids. Even though water is the most familiar liquid, it has many strange features compared to other liquids. For example, the heat capacity and the compressibility become incredibly large when you cool water to very low temperatures (far below Tmelt = 0 C). One possible explanation is that at low temperatures and high pressures liquid water splits into two different liquid phases -- a low-density liquid phase and a high-density liquid phase. See the research section for the latest updates.

Apart from this graduate research topic, I am also interested in many other subjects such as artificial intelligence, languages, science education, and physics/chemistry/biology simulations in general. One of my ultimate dreams is to be able to simulate anything to any level of accuracy, bound only by the time necessary for a computer to do the calculations. Surprisingly, perhaps, this is not yet possible for many systems!

My interests are broad, which also forces me to keep my knowledge and skill-set broad. As a physicist, I believe any problem can be solved given enough time and effort. I find it therefore important to show a lot of patience when teaching physics and math to students. Finding the optimal way to explain something to a student is always an exciting challenge for me, and therefore teaching is both a job and a hobby for me. See the teaching section for things that might be interesting for you.

I successfully defended my PhD dissertation on July 9th, 2014. If you are interested, here are the slides: (PDF).