Fluid Phases of Matter: From Electron Liquids to Active Matter (8836)

December 11 - 13, 2019


Graduate Center, CUNY


  • Sriram Ganeshan

  • Sarang Gopalakrishnan

  • Vadim Oganesyan


Our understanding of universal phenomena in interacting many-body systems ranging from subatomic to  astronomical scales relies largely on the hydrodynamic framework. In the past few years, hydrodynamics has become a central theme of quantum condensed matter, soft matter (in the form of non-equilibrium active fluids), high-energy physics, and quantum information.

Particularly significant advances have been:

1) the discovery of new effects in the hydrodynamics of quantum Hall fluids such as Hall viscosity

2) theoretical and experimental advances in realizing the hydrodynamicregime of strongly interacting electron fluids in Graphene, GaAs, and Delafossites

3) the experimental realization of quantum inspired non-equilibrium chiral active fluids


These developments have been stimulated by the cross-fertilization of ideas in small inter-disciplinaryworkshops. This workshop continues in this tradition and aims to bring together a group of creative experts, young and old, to synthesize these insights from disparate fields and push the frontier of quantum hydrodynamics.


The topics to be covered fall in three broad categories:

1) Higher-gradient hydrodynamic effects in chiral matter,  both  classical  and  quantum,  such  as  the  Hall  viscosity  and  odd  elasticity,  as  well  as nonequilibrium  field-theoretic  approaches  to  deriving  hydrodynamics

2)  Recent  experimental developments in realizing the hydrodynamic regime of electron fluids; 3) The hydrodynamics of active matter and its relevance to quantum systems.