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Tuesday, 17.12.2013 17 c.t.

Equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics; when does it work, and when and why does it fail?

by Prof. Dr. Stefan Kehrein
from Institute for Theoretical Physics, Physics Department, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Contact person: Theo Geisel


Ludwig Prandtl lecture hall


In the past decade experimental and theoretical progress has both challenged and reaffirmed some of the basic tenets on which equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics is built. In this talk I will review this developing field, which spans a broad range of topics from cold atomic gases to correlated electron systems. In particular, I will discuss the topic of thermalization for integrable and non-integrable closed quantum many-body systems.

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