Subir Sachdev of Harvard University has made prolific contributions to quantum condensed matter physics, including research on quantum phase transitions and their application to correlated electron materials like high temperature superconductors. In recent years, Sachdev has exploited a remarkable connection between the electronic properties of materials near a quantum phase transition and the quantum theory of black holes. His 1999 book, Quantum Phase Transitions, has been described as "required reading for any budding theorist."
Past PI Talks:
• “Quantum criticality and black holes”: http://pirsa.org/08040006
• “Nodal Quasiparticles and Spin and Charge Order in the Cuprate Superconductors”: http://pirsa.org/08040031.
• All of Prof. Sachdev’s past PI research talks may be viewed here.