Observing a Scale Anomaly in Graphene : a Universal Quantum Phase Transition

Eric Akkermans, The Technion, Israel
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2017-08-03 14:00 - 15:00
AMPEL #311
Local Contact: 
Ian Affleck
Intended Audience: 
Scale invariance is a common property of our everyday environment. Its breaking gives rise to less common but beautiful structures like fractals. At the quantum level, breaking of continuous scale invariance is a remarkable exemple of quantum phase transition also known as scale anomaly. The general features of this transition will be presented at an elementary quantum mechanics level. Then, we will show recent experimental evidence of this transition in graphene.
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