Physics @ Berkeley
Events in Physics
Title: What Can String Theory Teach Us About Condensed Matter Physics?    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 10/03/2011
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Subir Sachdev
Affiliation: Harvard University
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034
Details:

String theory was originally constructed as a unification of the quantum field theory of elementary particles with Einstein’s theory of gravitation. Unexpectedly, it has led to the discovery of new “dualities” which have given us a new perspective on quantum field theories not coupled to gravity. Some of the latter theories are relevant to the strongly-interacting quantum many body problems of condensed matter physics. I will survey some of the challenging open problems associated with condensed matter experiments, and discuss the insights gained from string theory.