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FTheory: Probing Quantum Phases of Matter with Scaling Geometries

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Sera Cremonini, Lehigh University
When
28 October 2016 from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Where
320 Whitmore Lab
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The holographic gauge-gravity duality has emerged as a new useful tool for probing the dynamics of strongly coupled quantum phases of matter, notoriously difficult to study using standard methods. In this talk, I will discuss classes of gravitational solutions which can be used to describe RG flows from highly symmetric (and often conformal) UV fixed points to non-relativistic IR phases which may break a number of symmetries. The focus will be on the rich structure of instabilities and IR phases realized using these simple gravitational models, and on some of the applications to strongly correlated systems such as high temperature superconductors. 

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