Physics Colloquium - Hydrodynamics and Quantum Anomalies

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Pettit Bldg., Conf Room 102 A&B
University of Chicago

Host: Shina Tan, School of Physics, Georgia Tech

Hydrodynamics is the theory describing collective behaviors of fluids and gases. It has a very long history and is usually considered to belong to the realm of classical physics. In recent years, it has been found that, in many cases, hydrodynamics can manifest a purely quantum effect --- anomalies. We will see how this new appreciation of the interplay between quantum and classical physics has emerged, unexpectedly, through the idea of gauge/gravity duality, which originates in modern string theory. I will briefly mention the possible relevance of the new findings to the physics of the quark gluon plasma.