What Can String Theory Teach Us About Condensed Matter Physics?

Date: 
Monday, October 3, 2011 - 4:30pm
Location: 
1 LeConte Hall
Author/Speaker: 
Affiliation: 
Harvard University
Public Lecture: 
Yes
Name: 
Sarah Wittmer
Phone: 
(510) 642-3034
Webcast: 

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.