HET Seminar - Pavel Kovtun -Univ. of Victoria - Fluctuations and viscosity

Mon, Nov 21, 2011, 2:30 pm to 3:55 pm
PCTS Seminar Room
Sound waves with long-distance propagation are both a consequence of hydrodynamics, and a danger to hydrodynamics' very existence, as they violate the assumption of local equilibration. In the talk, I will discuss what the thermally excited sound and shear waves do to viscosity. In 2+1 dimensions, the shear viscosity and the charge conductivity cease being independent transport coefficients. In 3+1 dimensions, the fluctuations render second-order hydrodynamics invalid.