Colloquium

The reasonable and unreasonable effectiveness of hydrodynamics in exotic quantum matter

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 2:30 PM
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Colloquium
The reasonable and unreasonable effectiveness of hydrodynamics in exotic quantum matter

Hong Liu
Dept of Physics, MIT

Feb 9, 2018 at 2:30pm in WMC3260

Synopsis

Hydrodynamics has a long and glorious history, describing phenomena ranging from flows of water, patterns of weather, to star and galaxy formations. During the last decade, it has also played  important and often surprising  roles in characterizing various types of exotic quantum matter. In particular, it helped formulating a new class of quantum matter: quantum liquids without quasiparticles.  I will briefly review these stories and explain physical reasons behind these phenomenal new successes of hydrodynamics. I will then discuss some recent theoretical developments in reformulating hydrodynamics based on action principle. The reformulation enables a new recent application: characterizing quantum many-body chaos, where the role of hydrodynamics has been rather unexpected and its success remains mysterious: .