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Events on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:30 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
Please feel free to bring your lunch!
If you have questions or comments about this journal club, would like to propose a topic or volunteer to introduce a paper, please email Le Zhang (
Host: Peter Timbie
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Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar
Tunnel-Fluctuoscopy: Fluctuation Induced Low-Bias Anomaly
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Chamberlin 5310
Speaker: Andrey Varlamov, CNR-SPIN, Rome, Italy
Abstract: Electron tunneling spectroscopy pioneered by Esaki and Giaever offers a powerful tool for studying electronic spectra in superconductors. The phenomenological theory by Giaever and Megerle related the tunneling current to the electronic densities of states and to the difference of their equilibrium distribution functions in electrodes. This led to impressive discoveries having revealed, in particular, of the wide, pseudogap in the tunneling spectrum of superconductors above their critical temperatures. However, it turns that this standard approach is insufficient to reveal the nontrivial, related to Andreev reflection of the tunneling electrons from superconducting fluctuation domains in the biased electrode, zero-bias anomaly carrying important information about the scattering, interactions, and decoherence. Here, operating in frameworks of the microscopic theory of tunneling, we report the existence of a such low-energy singularity in a tunneling conductivity of N-I-N(S) junction directly indicating on the presence of fluctuating Cooper pairs. Our findings mark a radical departure from the conventional picture of the ZBA and open new horizons for quantitative analysis of electronic spectra of superconductors in fluctuation regime.
Host: Maxim Vavilov
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