Physics Colloquium by Marcel Franz

From solids with topology to black holes and back
Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 2:45 pm
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Speaker:  Marcel Franz, Department of Physics and Quantum Matter Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Title:  "From solids with topology to black holes and back"

Abstract: Inclusion of topological phenomena in condensed matter physics over the past 10 years ushered a revolution in this field. As a result of these new insights entire classes of materials with exotic properties have been discovered, including topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals as well as topological superconductors containing Majorana fermions. In this talk I will review these developments and discuss an intriguing connection noticed recently by Kitaev between one such topological system – the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model – and the horizon of a black hole. This connection furnishes a rare example of holographic duality between a solvable quantum-mechanical model and Einstein gravity, and may have simple physical realization in a tabletop experiment.

Coffee and cookies at 14:15