Chiral critical matter

Note: *Coffee will be reserved in the lounge at 3:00PM.
Speaker: Leo Radzihovsky , UC Boulder

When: March 26, 2019 (Tue), 03:30PM to 04:30PM (add to my calendar)
Location: SCI 109
Hosted by: Christopher Laumann
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This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

I will take the audience on a bit of a rollercoaster ride, pedagogically discussing a recently discovered exotic liquid crystal state, the heliconical nematic, that emerges as a result of a spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking, a holy grail dating back to Louis Pasteur. I will also explain how low-energy physics of this and related states of matter can be understood as an emergent Higgs mechanism, with critical fluctuations extending throughout the low-temperature phase.