1. Nuclear Physics & RIKEN Theory Seminar

    "Kinetic theory with quantum anomalies and its applications"

    Presented by Naoki Yamamoto, University of Maryland

    Friday, September 13, 2013, 2 pm
    Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Hosted by: Shu Lin

    A deficiency in the conventional relativistic kinetic theory used in a wide range of physics is that it misses the effect of quantum anomalies. We show how the quantum anomalies can be incorporated in the framework of kinetic theory. The essential ingredient is the Berry curvature—the notion widely applied in condensed matter physics. We also argue its applications, and, in particular, reveal a new type of plasma instability in the presence of chiral asymmetry.