Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

From String Theory to Quantum Dot Experiments

Prof. Ian Affleck
University of British Columbia

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
3:30 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

Part of the string theory revolution of the 1980's was the development of conformal field theory. While its applicability as a theory of everything is still unclear, it led to solutions of models of conduction electrons interacting with magnetic impurities that predict remarkable behaviour. A gated semi-conductor device was recently tailored to finally provide an indisputable experimental realization of this theory. I will give a non-technical review of both theory and experiments.

Refreshments will be available at 3:15 pm.