Seminar

The bizarre one dimensional quantum world

Prof Thierry Giamarchi

Department of Quantum Matter Physics, University of Geneva

Wednesday 12 December 2018
Time: 14:15
Venue: King's College London, Bush House Lecture Theatre 3 BH (NE) 0.01
Contact: Nicola Bonini

Effect of interactions on quantum particles is a long-standing question, with important practical consequences for many materials. In one dimension interactions lead to a radically new type of physics, very different from the one we know for higher dimensional systems. Once a pure theoretical game, such one dimensional physics has forcefully entered reality with the progress in miniaturization of electronic devices, and the appearance of novel physical system such as cold atoms in optical lattices.

I will present the main concepts underlying this physics, such as the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid and the various consequences, such as topological excitations and topological phase transitions, that stems from it, or its variants and extensions. I will show the various experimental realizations that recent progress in material science, nanotechnology and cold atomic physics have provided and will discuss where the field is standing now, and what today's challenges are.

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