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Theory Colloquium: What can string theory teach us about condensed matter physics?

Professor Subir Sachdev (Harvard University, USA)

01.02.2012 at 16:15 


Short Biography

Subir Sachdev (Harvard University) is a distinguished condensed matter physicist. He is very well known for his research on quantum phase transitions, and its application to a variety of quantum materials, such as the high temperature superconductors. His book "Quantum Phase Transitions" has formed the basis of much subsequent research. More recently, together with C. Herzog, P. Kovtun and D.T. Son, he pioneered the application of string theory to the study of quantum phase transitions in condensed matter physics, such as the superfluid-insulator transition of bosons moving in a lattice. These methods of string theory have since been extended, by Sachdev and others, to novel metallic states of interacting fermions similar to those found in many modern materials.

Sachdev was educated in India before attending MIT and Harvard, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics. He held professional positions at Bell Labs (1985–1987) and at Yale University (1987–2005), where he was a Professor of Physics, before returning to Harvard. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and was awarded several honors, among them

  * Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Distinguished Research Chair,        2009

  * John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 2003

  * Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, February 1989

  * LeRoy Apker Award Prize Recipient, 1982.

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