Speaker: Amir M-Aghaei
Abstract: The physics of a strongly interacting system—condensed matter—is usually drastically different than that of its building blocks; this is known as emergence. In this talk, I introduce the physics of condensed matter starting with a brief survey of how methods of statistical physics can explain some familiar but complicated phenomena around us. In particular, I will describe the physics of liquid-gas transition and discuss different aspects of an old question: why some materials conduct? Finally, I will mention the recent efforts of manipulating emergent physics to build quantum computers.
Friday, April 20 at 1:10pm to 2:00pm
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