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Diffusion in the Quantum Era

Sean Hartnoll, Stanford University
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:00pm
PAA 102

Diffusion is perhaps the simplest possible transport process and has been studied for well over a century. In conventional many-body systems the diffusivity is determined by semiclassical single-particle concepts such as the mean free path. Modern physics — in fields including condensed matter physics, cold atomic physics, high energy physics and quantum information — is increasingly concerned with strongly quantum many-body systems that are far from semiclassical regimes. I will discuss several theoretical and experimental results that help us to think clearly about highly quantum diffusion.

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