Condensed Matter

This series consists of talks in the area of Condensed Matter.

Seminar Series Events/Videos

Sep 29 2015 - 3:30pm
Room #: 405
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Tuesday Jul 21, 2015
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A pedagogic introduction will be given to: i) Emergent Majorana fermions and Majorana zero modes in certain condensed matter models and ii) Kondo insulators. This will be followed by discussion of a remarkable Quantum Oscillation Anomaly seen in recent experiments in SmB6, a Kondo insulator, by the Cambridge group [1], as providing evidence [2] for presence of Majorana fermi sea, in an unexpected place. We show a counter intuitive result that these Majorana fermions though neutral, exhibit Landau diamagnetism.

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Thursday Jul 16, 2015
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Tuesday Jul 14, 2015
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Tuesday Jul 07, 2015
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Monday Jul 06, 2015
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Fractional quantum Hall effect in the sequence of filling factors n/(2np +- 1) is well understood by the integer quantum Hall effect of the composite fermions at the filling factor n. A composite fermion (CF) is a bound state of an electron and 2p number of quantized vortices. However, the experimentally observed states such as 4/11, 5/13, and 3/8 which are between 1/3 and 2/5 cannot be accommodated in the conventional noninteracting theory of composite fermions. The interaction between CFs in partially filled second effective Landau levels of CFs is important for these states.

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Thursday Jul 02, 2015
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Tuesday Jun 30, 2015
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Thursday Jun 18, 2015
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Tuesday Jun 16, 2015
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Tuesday Jun 16, 2015
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The properties of a strange metal fermion model with infinite-range

interactions turn out to be closely related to those of charged black holes

with AdS2 horizons. I show that a microscopic computation of the ground

state entropy density of the fermion model yields precisely the Bekenstein-Hawking

entropy density of the black hole. The fermion model is UV finite and has no supersymmetry

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