Chaos and Thermalization in Many-Body Quantum Systems

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

CTQM Seminar Type: 

  • Related Seminar Series

Speaker Name(s): 

Mark Srednicki

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of California, Santa Barbara

Abstract, Event Details: 

The question of how isolated systems come to thermal equilibrium has been debated for more than a century. I will present a simple picture of how thermalization of many-body systems can occur, with universal properties of chaotic quantum dynamics as the underlying mechanism. A large array of analytic, numerical, and experimental evidence now supports this picture in many cases.