From String Theory to Quantum Dot Experiments

Speaker: Ian Affleck, UBC

When: October 27, 2015 (Tue), 03:30PM to 04:30PM (add to my calendar)
Location: SCI 109
Hosted by: David Campbell

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

Abstract: Part of the string theory revolution of the 1980¹s was the development of conformal field theory. While its applicability as a theory of everything is still unclear, it led to solutions of models of conduction electrons interacting with magnetic impurities that predict remarkable behavior. A gated semi-conductor device was recently tailored to finally provide an indisputable experimental realization of this theory. I will give a non-technical review of both theory and experiments.