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Events on Monday, April 11th, 2016

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar
Non-ergodicity in many body systems and the phase diagram of Josephson junction chains
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Lev Ioffe, Rutgers
Abstract: At very high disorder a generic closed quantum systems becomes completely localized. I argue that this (many body) localization is preempted by a wide regime of non-ergodic behavior that displays a number of unusual properties. A good system to study these effects are Josephson junction arrays in a somewhat unusual regime.
I review the physics of Josephson arrays and the general problem of the superconductor-insulator transition in these structures. In the main part of the talk I will focus on the novel phases appearing in one-dimensional Josephson junction chains at relatively high temperatures. I will argue that these phases are robust with respect to the presence of the ubiquitous random charges and thus allow experimental observation. I show that at finite temperatures both ordered and disordered chains display a dynamical transition to the many body localized state. While resistivity is strictly infinite in the many body localized state, it is exponentially large in the intermediate non-ergodic bad metal. I will discuss the possibility of experimental observation of these transitions.
Host: Robert Mcdermott
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Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
Generation and Reconnection of Magnetic Field in Colliding Laser High Energy-Density Plasmas
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: 1153 Mechanical Engineering
Speaker: Dr. Gennady Fiksel, University of Michigan
Host: UW Madison
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Department Meeting
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Host: Albrecht Karle
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