Physics Colloquium

"Random Matrices in Physics"

Presented by Hans A. Weidenmuller, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 3:30 pm — Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

What can we say about a physical system when we know next to nothing about it? In classical physics, the principles of thermodynamics and a few system-specific parameters suffice to make predictions. In quantum physics, random matrices have similar predictive power. That approach-referred to as random-matrix theory-has found wide applications in recent years, in quantum physics and beyond. The use of random matrices in quantum chaos, in complex many-body systems, in disordered systems and in quantum chromodynamics will be presented. Furher applications in physics and mathematics will be briefly mentioned.

Hosted by: Robert Pisarski

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