Quantum Glass

Event Date: 
September 19, 2018
Rahul Nandkishore

The emergence of classical physics from the quantum realm is inextricably bound up with the process of thermalization, whereby a many body quantum system starts behaving in a manner consistent with the predictions of equilibrium statistical physics. However, in recent years we have discovered some classes of quantum systems that fail to thermalize under their own dynamics. These systems evade the constraints of equilibrium statistical physics, and behave in a manner that is essentially quantum even at macroscopic scales and long times. I will provide a brief introduction to such non-thermalizing quantum systems, which may be thought of as a form of `quantum glass.’ 

Speaker Bio: 
Rahul Nandkishore is an Assistant Professor of Physics and a Fellow of the Center for Theory of Quantum Matter at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research is focused on the dynamics of many body quantum systems, in particular seeking to understand new non-equilibrium phases of matter that may be realized therein. Rahul received his BA and MSci from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University. He has won Young Investigator awards from the U.S. Army and Air Force research offices, as well as a Sloan Research Fellowship. He is a member of the Foundational Questions Institute.