IPB Colloquium by Jan Zaanen

The IPB colloquium will be held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 12:00 in the “Zvonko Marić” lecture hall of the Institute of Physics Belgrade. The talk entitled

"The string theory – condensed matter flirtation: an eyewitness account"

will be given by Prof. Dr. Jan Zaanen (Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands).

Abstract of the talk:

A quake is rumbling through the core of physics: the empiricisms of condensed matter physics and the mathematics of string theory appear to have some deep relations. For the initiated, this has an unusually strong allure, but since this cocktail involves some of the most impenetrable areas of physics it is not easy to communicate the excitement to the community at large. In this talk, we will attempt to get some of it across by telling the story from the perspective of a condensed matter theorist who learned string theory only quite recently: How string theory evolved from a reductionist’s enterprise into some modern incarnation of statistical physics, equipped with general relativity turbo’s and quantum information boosters in the form of the AdS/CFT holographic duality? How the universality of general relativity turned into a classification method for phases of matter, including new forms of “quantum” matter characterized by dense quantum entanglements on the macroscopic scale? How the latter reveal highly unusual traits having eerie resemblances with the mysterious experimental observations, with, as a highlight, the famous linear resistivity measured in the strange metal phase of the high Tc superconductors?

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