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- Geometry of quantum phases and emergent Newtonian dynamics - Anatoli Polkovnikov

In the first part

of this talk I will discuss how one can characterize geometry of quantum phases

and phase transitions based on the Fubini-Study metric, which characterizes the

distance between ground state wave-functions in the external parameter space.

This metric is closely related to the Berry curvature. I will show that there

are new geometric invariants based on the Euler characteristic.

I will also show how one can directly measure this metric

tensor in simple dynamical experiments. In the second part of the talk I will

discuss emergent nature of macroscopic equations of motion (like Newton's

equations) showing that they appear in the leading order of non-adiabatic

expansion. I will show that the Berry curvature gives the Coriolis force and

the Fubini-Study metric tensor is closely related to the inertia mass. Thus I

will argue that any motion (not necessarily motion in space) is geometrical in

nature.

Collection/Series:

Event Type:

Seminar

Scientific Area(s):

Event Date:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 15:30 to 17:00

Location:

Space Room

Room #:

400

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