Colloquium Schedule

Colloquium: Thursday, April 25th, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab 316

“Quantum Thermalization and Many-body Localization”

David Huse

Princeton University
The ‘strange metal’, a state of matter formed by electrons in many modern materials, including the compounds which exhibit high temperature superconductivity. In this state, electrons quantum entangle with each other and conduct electric current collectively (rather than one-by-one, as in an ordinary metal like copper).  Quantum entanglement also has remarkable effects near the horizon of a black hole, leading to the Bekenstein-Hawking black hole entropy, and the Hawking temperature. Surprisingly, there is a deep connection between the nature of quantum entanglement in strange metals and black holes, and this has led to mutually beneficial insights. This connection is simply described by the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model, which leads to a common set of equations describing the quantum dynamics of certain strange metals and black holes.

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Physics and Astronomy Colloquia are usually scheduled for Thursdays at 4:10 PM in Lewis Lab room 316. Refreshments and snacks are available in the nearby coffee room at 3:45 PM.


Physics Colloquium Schedule for SPRING 2019

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January 24Bartek CzechTsinghua Univ.Distance is Information
January 31Ronald BelmontU. North CarolinaHeavy Ion Physics with Small Systems—Creating Droplets of the Early Universe?
February 5Vladimir RosenhausInstitute for Advanced Study  Quantum Field Theory, Black Holes, and Chaos
February 7Soumya MohapatraColumbiaDynamics of the Quark-Gluon Plasma Produced in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions
February 12Anders KnospeU. of HoustonAn Introduction to QCD at High Temperatures
February 14Deepa ThomasU. of TexasHeavy Flavour in Heavy Ion Collisions
February 21Timm WraseVienna Univ. of TechnologyDark Energy and String Theory
February 26Ioannis PapadimitriouKorean Inst. of Adv. StudyFrom Quantum Black Holes to Exotic Materials
February 28---
March 21Gregory VothUniv. of ChicagoOvercoming the Multiscale Challenge for Biomolecular Systems
March 28Lee KnaussBooz Allen HamiltonEvolution of a Career in Physics and Lessons Learned Along the Way
April 4Paul ChaikinNYUQuantifying Hidden Order out of Equilibrium
April 11David TrillingNorthern Arizona U.Small Solar System Bodies Tell Rich Stories
April 18Subir SachdevHarvard Univ.Strange Metals and Black Holes
April 25David HusePrincetonQuantum Thermalization and Many-body Localization
May 2Chinedu EkumaLehighBeyond the Standard Models of Condensed Matter Systems