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Events in Physics
Title: Superfluid 3-He: The Early Days As Seen By A Theorist    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 11/21/2005
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Anthony J. Leggett, Nobel Laureate
Affiliation: MacArthur Professor and Professor of Physics, UIUC
Contact Person: K. Lee   (510) 642-3034

I present a very personal account of the way in which, in the approximately 12 months between July 1972 and July 1973, we came to a theoretical understanding of the puzzling experimental data on what we now know as superfluid 3-He. I particularly emphasize the concept of “spontaneously broken spin-orbit symmetry” which turned out to be a key
ingredient in understanding the NMR behavior.

(The Nobel lecture as given in Stockholm, slightly expanded.)