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Condensed Matter Physics in the City (8689)

July 03, 2017 – July 14, 2017


London, UK


Giovanni Sordi, Royal Holloway, University of London

Matthias Eschrig, Royal Holloway, University of London

Sam Carr, University of Kent

Jorge Quintanilla, University of Kent



The summer 2017 is a meeting devoted to the exploration of entanglement and thermalization in correlated quantum materials. This program is part of the activities of the Hubbard Theory Consortium ICAM branch. It will run for about two weeks and will take place in three locations around the greater London area: Bedford Square in central London; Royal Holloway University of London; and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

This program will bring together condensed matter theorists and experimentalists from around the world. The structure and program of the meeting is designed to foster in-depth discussion of the state of the art and initiation of promising new lines of enquiry. The themes of the program reflect the new and emerging directions of the field.

Condensed Matter Physics in the City 2017 will bring together three active research trends in the field:

1. Entanglement. Once just a buzz-word in the philosophy of quantum mechanics, entanglement has matured into a quantitative tool for analyzing topological states of matter, for studying non-equilibrium quantum matter and in tensornetwork descriptions of complex many-body systems.

2. Driven non-equilibrium states of matter. Pump-probe optic and ARPES methods in the solid state, and real-time experiments in cold atoms make the study of non-equilibrium quantum matter a new experimentally-driven reality. For example, enhanced superconducting correlations have been observed in radiation-driven materials, while slow thermalization associated with many-body localization has been observed in atom traps. This has prompted a wide growth of research in non-equilibrium quantum systems, driven and quenched, but with very little overlap between the solid-state and cold-atom communities.

3. Thermalization and Many Body Localization. The study of thermalization in decoupled and driven quantum systems has led to the new concepts of manybody localization and periodic Floquet many-body systems. While the implications of this phenomenon in 1D are by now well-established, its implications in the solid-state within higher dimensional quantum materials still need to be established.

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