CANES Seminar: Prime Suspects and Coprime Accomplices; Quantum Tales in Number Theory

Professor Giuseppe Mussardo

SISSA, Trieste

Thursday 25 January 2018
Time: 4pm
Venue: King's College London, Waterloo Campus, Franklin Wilkins Building, Room 1.17
Contact: CANES Centre Manager
Tel: 020 7848 7951
Number Theory is a subject full of curiosities, amusing problems and compelling challenges. The purpose of the seminar is to explore — within the context of simple arguments — the rich and elegant interplay that exists between the realms of numbers and the world of quantum mechanics. In particular we discuss the implementation of a quantum Hamiltonian whose spectrum is the prime numbers and the so-called Coprime Quantum Chain, i.e. a strongly correlated lattice system based on the divisibility properties 
of the occupation numbers of a Bose gas, the exponentially large degeneracy of its ground state and the surprising ability of this quantum system to simulate several different classes of universality, including those of the Ising or the q-state Potts model. 

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