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Tuesday, November 4th 2014
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Markus Mueller, ICTP Trieste
Subject: Many-body localization without quenched disorder
NOTE: Change of location for this week only.

We explore the possibility and conditions under which translationally invariant quantum many body systems undergo a genuine glass transition, at which ergodicity and translational invariance break down spontaneously. In such circumstances quantum memory can arise, since large scale equilibration is prevented. In contrast to analogous classical systems, where the existence of such ideal glass transition remains a controversial question, a genuine phase transition is predicted in the quantum regime. This ideal quantum glass transition can be regarded as a many body localization transition due to self-generated disorder.

Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii

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