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Events During the Week of January 15th through January 22nd, 2012

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Physics Department Colloquium
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Time: 12:00 am
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Thursday, January 19th, 2012

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Nematic order and magnetism in the high-temperature iron-based superconductors
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin
Speaker: Rafael Fernandes, Columbia University
Abstract: The recent discovery of iron-based compounds displaying superconductivity at nearly 60K opened a new direction in the research of high-temperature superconductors. Much of the interest lies in understanding not only their superconducting pairing mechanism, but also their normal state properties. In this talk, I will show that emergent Ising-nematic degrees of freedom are present in these systems over wide temperature and doping ranges, fundamentally affecting their macroscopic properties and explaining several behaviors observed experimentally. Starting from a microscopic electronic model, I will demonstrate that the nematic state has magnetic origin, and is associated with a spontaneous tetragonal symmetry-breaking. I will discuss the phase diagrams resulting from this model, and how the elastic properties are affected by nematic fluctuations. I will also show that the scattering of electrons by impurities and by spin fluctuations in the nematic phase leads to an anisotropy in the resistivity, whose sign changes from electron-doped to hole-doped compounds.
Host: Chubukov
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Friday, January 20th, 2012

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