Events Archive

“Getting a Big Bang out of Physics” - Prof. Chris Tully
Fri, May 20, 2022, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join for this special reunion event which will prove to be memorable!

IAS HET Seminar | Nafiz Ishtiaque, Member, School of Natural Sciences, IAS| "Relating Integrable Spin Chains to Gauge Theories via String Theory" | Wolfensohn Hall & Zoom
Fri, May 20, 2022, 1:45 pm1:45 pm

I will discuss some applications of brane constructions of rational integrable spin chains with Verma modules. These spin chains appear in various gauge theories. They can be created in 4d Chern-Simons theories with line operators, mapped to massive vacua of certain 2d N=(2,2) gauge theories using Bethe/Gauge correspondences, described in terms…

Special Joint Gravity Group and Gravity Initiative Seminar: Neil Cornish|Montana State| "Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Where we are at, and What’s next”
Fri, May 20, 2022, 12:00 pm12:00 pm

Following the first detection of a binary black hole merger in 2015, the number of gravitational wave events has grown to almost one hundred, including binary neutron star mergers and mixed black hole, neutron star mergers. Going forward, the next few years should bring a wealth of new discoveries, including several more neutron star mergers…

Quantum geometry, superconductivity and superfluidity in fermionic and bosonic systems
Mon, May 16, 2022, 12:00 am1:30 pm

Quantum geometry, namely quantities such as quantum metric, Berry curvature, and Chern number, have become increasingly important in understanding interacting many-body systems. We have shown that supercurrents and superfluidity in a flat band are governed by quantum geometry [1], which opens new prospects…

Solid State, Atom-based Devices for Analog Quantum Simulation and Quantum Computing
Wed, May 11, 2022, 1:00 pm1:00 pm

NIST is using atomically precise fabrication to make single atom transistors, few-donor/quantum dot devices, and arrayed few-donor devices for analog quantum simulation (AQS).   The goal of the AQS experiments is to explore the Hubbard phase space by fabricating atomically engineered materials whose properties, such as…

Shedding nano-light on quantum materials
Tue, May 10, 2022, 12:30 pm12:30 pm

Shedding nano-light on quantum materials

D.N. Basov, Columbia University,

In this talk, I will describe two recent experiments harnessing nano-scale polaritonic waves (“nano-light”) for probing excitonic…

HET Seminar | Lorenzo di Pietro, Sissa, International School for Advanced Studies| “Factorization and Global symmetry in holography” | Via Zoom
Fri, May 6, 2022, 1:45 pm1:45 pm

Based on 2203.09537. In the context of toy models of holography arising from 3d Chern-Simons theory, I will describe an approach in which, rather than summing over bulk geometries, one gauges a one-form global symmetry of the bulk theory. This ensures that the bulk theory has no global symmetries, and it makes the partition function on…

Encoded Silicon Qubits: A High-Performance & Scalable Platform for Quantum Computing
Tue, May 3, 2022, 12:00 pm12:00 pm

For quantum computers to achieve their promise, regardless of the qubit technology, significant improvements to both performance and scale are required.  Quantum-dot-based qubits in silicon have recently enjoyed dramatic advances in fabrication and control techniques.  The “exchange-only” modality is of particular interest, as it avoids control…

IAS HET Seminar | Lance Dixon, Stanford University| "Scattering Amplitudes in Maximally Supersymmetric Gauge Theory and a New Duality" | Wolfensohn Hall & Zoom
Mon, May 2, 2022, 2:30 pm2:30 pm

Scattering amplitudes are the arena where quantum field theory directly meets collider experiments.  An excellent model for scattering in QCD is provided by N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory, particularly in the planar limit of a large number of colors, where the theory becomes integrable, and amplitudes become dual to light-like polygonal Wilson…

Biophysics seminar: Marc Gershow, New York University| TBD
Mon, May 2, 2022, 12:30 pm12:30 pm
A free lecture open to the public.
Biophysics Seminar: Arseny Finkelstein, Tel-Aviv University| TBA
Sun, May 1, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Free and open to the public
POSTPONED!! IAS HET Seminar - Friday, April 22 - 1:45 PM - Wolfensohn Hall & Zoom - "Quantum Error Correction in SYK and Bulk Emergence" - Adam Levine, Member, School of Natural Sciences, IAS
Fri, Apr 29, 2022, 1:45 pm1:45 pm



We will discuss the price of the quantum error correcting codes, defined as the number of physical qubits needed to reconstruct whether a given operator has been acted upon the thermal state or not. By thinking about reconstruction via quantum teleportation…

Hamilton Colloquium Series, Clifford V. Johnson, "Wigner Meets ’t Hooft Near the Black Hole Horizon". Postponed
Thu, Apr 28, 2022, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

There has been exciting recent progress in the study of the quantum nature of black holes through the use of certain exactly solvable models. This work shows how to realize, in concrete terms, various long-held expectations about quantum gravity, such as the transition from describing physics in terms of smooth spacetimes to a description in…

Hamilton Colloquium Series, Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University, "News from Cosmic Dark Sectors"
Wed, Apr 27, 2022, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Cosmologists are proud of the standard cosmological model that has been developed to account for a wealth of disparate features of the Universe. The model requires, though, that we postulate the existence of some collisionless dark matter and also dark energy, a negative-pressure substance. The nature of both of these dark constituents is a…

Claudia Felser
Tue, Apr 26, 2022, 12:30 pm12:30 pm
Biophysics seminar: Andrea Liu, University of Pennsylvania| How Materials Can Learn
Mon, Apr 25, 2022, 12:30 pm12:30 pm

How does learning occur? Neural networks learn via optimization, where a loss function is minimized by a computer to achieve the desired result. But physical networks such as mechanical spring networks or flow networks have no central processor so they cannot minimize such a loss function. An alternative is to encode local rules into those…

A free lecture open to the public.
IAS HET Seminar - Friday, April 22 - 1:45 PM - Wolfensohn Hall & Zoom - "Localized Collisions and the Black Hole Interior" - Felix Haehl, IAS
Fri, Apr 22, 2022, 1:45 pm1:45 pm

We study collisions of localized shockwaves behind the horizon of the eternal AdS black hole. We give a holographic boundary description in terms of the overlap of two growing perturbations in a shared quantum circuit. Due to a competition between different physical effects, the circuit analysis shows dependence on the transverse locations and…

Donald R. Hamilton Lecture, Thurs. April 21, 2022, Steven M. Girvin (Yale University), "Progress and Prospects for the Second Quantum Revolution"
Thu, Apr 21, 2022, 8:00 pm8:00 pm

The first quantum revolution brought us the great technological advances of the 20th century—the transistor, the laser, the atomic clock and GPS, the global positioning system.  We now realize that this 20th century hardware does not take full advantage of the power of quantum machines. A second quantum…