Theoretical Physics

Royal Society Meeting: Breakdown of Ergodicity in Quantum Systems (London, February 6-9, 2017)

 

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS, Dr Arijeet Pal, Dr Zlatko Papic, Dr Ulrich Schneider and Professor Steven Simon

 

Ergodic systems lie at the heart of statistical physics since they reach thermal equilibrium and 'forget' their initial conditions, thereby allowing for coarse-grained classical descriptions. Recently, non-ergodic quantum many-body systems, which fail to thermalise and decohere completely, came into focus. This interdisciplinary meeting will address their fundamental challenges and experimental realisations, including many-body localisation and other novel, non-classical long-time behaviour. 

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Quantum Matter Out of Equilibrium Symposium (Leeds, April 4-5, 2016)

 

Part of series of Symposia on Topological Quantum Information, the 19th session took place in Leeds and was dedicated to quantum matter out of equilibrium. The program can be found here.

Quantum Many-Body Dynamics (Perimeter Institute, May 12-16, 2014)

 

In recent years, much progress was achieved in realizing highly controlled and coherent many-body systems. Examples of such systems include systems of ultra-cold atoms, molecules, systems of NV-centers in diamond, and superconductiong quibits. These remarkable experimentally advances pose a conceptually new set of theoretical questions regarding the universal laws describing the evolution and relaxation of closed many-body systems. This workshop will cover the most exciting recent theoretical developments in non-equilibrium many-body physics. Focus topics include thermalization in integrable and non-integrable strongly interacting systems, thermalization breakdown, perodically driven systems, and many-body localization in systems with quenched disorder. We will discuss key changes in the field and identify the possible roles to their solution. 

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