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Chaos and Thermalization in Many-Body Quantum Systems

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Mark Srednicki

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of California, Santa Barbara
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

The question of how isolated systems come to thermal equilibrium has been debated for more than a century. I will present a simple picture of how thermalization of many-body systems can occur, with universal properties of chaotic quantum dynamics as the underlying mechanism. A large array of analytic, numerical, and experimental evidence now supports this picture in many cases.