From black holes to badly behaved metals

Speaker: 
Sean Hartnoll, Stanford University
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2014-10-02 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Moshe Rozali
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate
Ripples propagating on the event horizons of black holes precisely mimic the flow of heat and charge through a strongly correlated medium. This remarkable fact builds upon insights from the 70s showing that black holes possess thermodynamics properties. I will describe how this connection, known as holographic duality, has recently lead to new ways of thinking about thermal and electronic transport in unconventional metals. I will argue that, in moving beyond the 100 year old quasiparticle paradigm for transport, these ideas can help to demystify some of the exotic behavior of these materials.
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