Time: 15:00-16:30, Sep. 2 (Mon.), 2019
Venue: Rm. 234, IOP M Building, Institute of Physics, CAS
Speaker: Jan Zaanen
Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University
About the speaker
* Distinguished Prof. of theor. phys. at the Lorentz inst for theor Phys, Leiden Univ.
* Recipient of the Dutch Spinoza Award
* Mem of the Dutch Royal Acad. of Sci.
* Fellow of APS and the Newton Center at Cambridge Univ.
* The Solvay Prof. chair at the Solvay inst.
The simple message of eigenstate thermalization is that what we think is the random motions of classical things producing heat is a delusion caused by our incapacity to keep track of the flow of quantum information in the enormous many-body Hilbert space. Are there circumstances where it is impossible to construct such a consistent classical analogy? Helped by holography we accidentally discovered recently a number of cases. Even in the elementary physics of expanding cold atom clouds a vivid example has been identified (arXiv:1703.02489). Planckian dissipation is in this regard a no-brainer but its ultimate consequence for experiment turns out to be stunningly weird. Finally, the holographic modelling of optical pump-probe experiments predicts that strange metals should invariably exhibit the phenomenon of instantaneous thermalization. I will argue that this suggests a critical test of the UV independence notion by mobilizing condensed matter experiment (arXiv:1708.08279).