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How Might a Fermi Surface Die?

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 10:00am

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Senthil Todadri

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

In the last many years a number of metallic solids have been studied that defy understanding within the principles of conventional textbook solid state physics. The most famous are the cuprate high temperature superconductors though many other examples have been found. In this talk I will argue that the mysterious properties of many such materials arises from an imminent `death' of their Fermi surfaces. I will discuss some theoretical ideas on how to kill a Fermi surface, and their implications for experiments.