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From string theory to quantum dot experiments

Prof. Ian Affleck
University of British Columbia

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Wed. October 17, 2007     3:30 PM     Stirling A

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Part of the string theory revolution of the 1980’s was the development of conformal field theory. While its applicability as a theory of everything is still unclear, it led to solutions of models of conduction electrons interacting with magnetic impurities that predict remarkable behaviour. A gated semi-conductor device was recently tailored to finally provide an indisputable experimental realization of this theory. I will give a non-technical review of both theory and experiments.

Refreshments will be available at 3:15.

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