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Title: Emergent Phenomena And Universality In Quantum Systems Far From Thermal Equilibrium    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 09/24/2012
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Ehud Altman
Affiliation: Associate Professor, The Weizmann Institute of Science
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

Recent experiments with ultra-cold atomic gases and trapped ions as well as solid-state devices such as superconducting circuits designed to manipulate q-bits, are posing a new challenge for theory. As in traditional atomic physics these systems are often prepared far from equilibrium, or continuously driven by electromagnetic fields. At the same time they retain a many-body character and intricate quantum correlations, which define a new class of quantum matter. I will first review recent experimental advances in this field and then address a theoretical question: Can the complexity of quantum dynamics in these systems give rise to robust universal phenomena in spite of the non-equilibrium conditions?