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Colloquium: Quantum Chaos and the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics

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Mark Srednicki, University of California, Santa Barbara
When
06 November 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where
117 Osmond Laboratory
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(814) 865-2286
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The question of how isolated systems come to thermal equilibrium has been debated since before the advent of quantum mechanics (which seems only to further confuse the issue). I will present a simple picture of how thermalization of isolated systems can occur, with universal properties of chaotic quantum dynamics as the underlying mechanism. A large and growing array of analytic, numerical, and experimental evidence now supports this picture.

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