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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Mathematical Physics Seminar: Simone Warzel,TU-Munich, "Spectral Gaps, Incompressibility and Fragmented Matrix-Product State in a Fractional Quantum Hall System"

Tue, May 5, 2020, 2:00 pm

In the thin cylinder regime Haldane’s pseudo-potential corresponding to one-third filling results in a frustration-free fermionic lattice Hamiltonian which is dipole-conserving with an added electrostatic interaction. Its zero-energy eigenspace is exponentially large.


Mathematical Physics Seminar: Uzy Smilansky, Weizmann Institute, "Systematics of spectral shifts in random matrix ensembles"

Fri, May 1, 2020, 11:00 am

We chose a $N\times N$ Hermitian matrix randomly picked from one of the  random Gaussian matrix ensembles $(\beta =1,2,4)$ - the reference matrix.


Mathematical Physics Seminar: Marius Lemm, Harvard University, "Spectral Gaps in Quantum Spin Systems"

Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 4:30 pm

Quantum spin systems are many-body models which are of wide interest in modern physics and at the same time amenable to rigorous mathematical analysis. A central question about a quantum spin system is whether its Hamiltonian exhibits a spectral gap above the ground state.


Mathematical Physics Seminar: Ian Jauslin, Princeton University, "A Simplified Approach to Interacting Bose Gases"

Tue, Mar 3, 2020, 4:30 pm

I will discuss some new results about an effective theory introduced by Lieb in 1963 to approximate the ground state energy of interacting Bosons at low density. In this regime, it agrees with the predictions of Bogolyubov. At high densities, Hartree theory provides a good approximation.


Mathematical Physics Seminar: Michael Kiessling, Rutgers University, "Quantization of the electromagnetic field as a consequence of old-fashioned semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of radiating atoms''

Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 4:30 pm

Born's probabilistic interpretation of Schroedinger's wave function is shown to lead to a semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules, etc., coupled with electromagnetic radiation. No second quantization is invoked, yet the photon naturally shows up in this formulation.


Mathematical Physics Seminar: Charles Newman, Courant Institute, "A Gaussian Process Related to the Mass Spectrum of the Near-Critical Ising Model"

Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 4:30 pm

The continuum scaling limit of the Ising model in d dimensions at the critical temperature whose magnetic field properly scales to zero with lattice spacing is (or should be) a non-Gaussian generalized random field Phi for d = 2 (and d = 3).


Math Physics Seminar | Paul Bourgade, NYU | "Branching processes in random matrix theory and analytic number theory" | Jadwin A06

Tue, Nov 12, 2019, 4:30 pm

Fyodorov, Hiary and Keating have conjectured that the maximum of the characteristic polynomial of random matrices behaves like extremes of log-correlated Gaussian fields. This allowed them to predict the size of local maxima of L-function along the critical axis.


Math Physics | Martin Fraas, Virginia Tech | "A many-body Fredholm index for ground state spaces and Abelian anyons" | Jadwin A06

Tue, Oct 29, 2019, 4:30 pm

We propose a many-body index that extends Fredholm index theory to many-body systems. The index is defined for any charge-conserving system with a topologically ordered p-dimensional ground state sector. The index is fractional with the denominator given by p.


Math Physics Seminar | Michael Aizenman, Princeton | ``Geometric analysis of frustration in a class of SU(2S+1) invariant quantum spin chains’’ | Jadwin A06

Tue, Oct 22, 2019, 4:30 pm



Math Physics Seminar | Rodrigo Matos, Michigan State | "Localization in the Disordered Hubbard Model within Hartree-Fock Theory" | Jadwin A06

Tue, Oct 15, 2019, 4:30 pm

We aim at presenting a simple context where known results on Anderson localization for systems of non-interacting particles in a random environment may be extended to systems with weak interactions.


Math Physics Seminar, | Simone Warzel, TU, Munich | "The Quantum Random Energy Model" | Jadwin A06

Tue, Sep 24, 2019, 4:30 pm

The quantum random energy model serves as a simple cornerstone, and a testing ground, for a number of fields.  It is the simplest of all mean-field spin glass models in which quantum effects due to the presence of a transversal field are studied.  Renewed interest in its spectral properties arose recently in connection with many-body...


Math Physics Seminar | Amanda Young, U. of Arizona, Tucson | "A gapped family of two-dimensional AKLT models" | Jadwin 343

Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 4:30 pm

The one-dimensional AKLT spin chain is the prototypical example of a frustration-free quantum spin system with a spectral gap above its ground state. Affleck, Kennedy, Lieb, and Tasaki conjectured that the two-dimensional version of their model on the hexagonal lattice also  exhibits a spectral gap.


Math Physics Seminar | Ramis Movassagh, IBM Research | "Highly entangled spin chains: Exactly solvable counter-examples to the area law" | Jadwin 343

Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 4:30 pm

In recent years, there has been a surge of activities in proposing "exactly solvable" quantum spin chains with surprising high amount of ground state entanglement--exponentially more than critical systems that have $\log(n)$ von Neumann entropy. We discuss these models from first principles.


Math Physics Seminar | Jacob Shapiro, Columbia U. | "The topology of strongly-disordered chiral chains" | Jadwin Hall 343

Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 4:30 pm

Abstract:    We show how in the strongly-disordered, gapless regime, the topological properties of chiral chains (class AIII 1D in the Kitaev table) can be read off from the Lyapunov spectrum of the system at zero energy, and prove that these objects are topologically stable in the strongly-disordered gapless regime.

(Based on joint...


Math Physics Seminar | Ian Jauslin, Princeton | "Field electron emission and the Fowler-Nordheim equation" | Jadwin 343

Tue, Nov 13, 2018, 4:30 pm

Consider a metallic field emitter shaped like a thin needle, at the tip of which a large electric field is applied. Electrons spring out of the metal under the influence of the field. The celebrated and widely used Fowler-Nordheim equation predicts a value for the current outside the metal.


Math Physics Seminar | Michael Kiessling, Rutgers | "Do particles and anti-particles really annihilate each other?" | 343 Jadwin Hall

Tue, Sep 18, 2018, 4:30 pm

 In this talk I present theoretical evidence, based on non-perturbative semi-classical quantization techniques, that what appears as the annihilation of Positronium (Ps) may in reality be just another electromagnetic transition from the hydrogenic pseudo-ground state of Ps to a true quantum-mechanical ground state near zero energy,  caused by ...


Joint Math Physics & Probability Seminar | Simone Warzel, TU, Munich | "Localization-delocalization transitions in random matrix models" | 214 Fine Hall

Wed, May 9, 2018, 3:00 pm

Abstract:  Hermitian random matrix models are known to exhibit phase transitions  regarding both their local eigenvalue statistics and in the eigenvectors’ localisation properties.


Math Physics Seminar | Chris Fronsdal, UCLA | "A classic Mistake and what it tells us" | Jadwin 343

Math Physics Seminar | Ian Jauslin, IAS | "Crystalline ordering and large-fugacity expansion for hard-core lattice particle systems" | 343 Jadwin Hall

Math Physics Seminar | Jacob Shapiro, ETH | "Bulk-Edge Duality and Complete Localization for Chiral Chains'' Jadwin 343