Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Emergent Behavior in Quantum Matter
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Hewlett 200
David Pines (Santa Fe Institute and UC Davis)
Abstract / Description: 

We live in an emergent universe in which interactions between the basic building blocks of matter and their environment give rise to unpredicted and unexpected emergent behavior at every scale. As physicists we seek to identify the organizing principles responsible for that behavior, construct soluble models that incorporate these, and explain experiment. I illustrate this approach to understanding emergent behavior in quantum matter through three examples: collective modes and quasiparticles in electron and helium, liquids; the emergence of superconductivity in conventional and unconventional superconductors, nuclei, and neutron stars; and the emergence of heavy electrons and quantum critical behavior in Kondo lattice materials.


Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 200. Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.

Autumn 2016/2017, Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), A, Kapitulnik, R. Laughlin, L. Senatore