Field theory of spatiotemporal chaos

Math Physics Seminar
Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 12:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles Room 005
Predrag Cvitanović – School of Physics, Georgia Tech – predrag.cvitanovic@physics.gatech.edu
Michael Loss

Gutzwiller semi-classical quantization, Boven-Sinai-Ruelle dynamical zeta functions for chaotic dynamical systems, statistical mechanics partition functions, and path integrals of quantum field theory are often presented in ways that make them appear as disjoint, unrelated theories. However, recent advances in describing fluid turbulence by its dynamical, deterministic Navier-Stokes underpinning, without any statistical assumptions, have led to a common field-theoretic description of both (low-dimension) chaotic dynamical systems, and (infinite-dimension) spatiotemporally turbulent flows. 

I have described the remarkable experimental progress connecting turbulence to deterministic dynamics in the Sept 24, 2023 colloquium (the recoding is available on the website below). In this seminar I will use a lattice discretized field theory in 1 and 1+1 dimension to explain how temporal `chaos', `spatiotemporal chaos' and `quantum chaos' are profitably cast into the same field-theoretic framework.

The talk will also be on Zoom: