*Special Time/Date* Electron hydrodynamics

Event Dates: 

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 10:30am

CTQM Seminar Type: 

  • Related Seminar Series

Speaker Name(s): 

Thomas Scaffidi

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of California, Berkeley

Abstract, Event Details: 

Wolfgang Pauli called solid-state physics "the physics of dirt effects", and this name might appear well-deserved at first sight since transport properties are more often than not set by extrinsic properties, like impurities. In this talk, I will present solid-state systems in which electrons behave like a hydrodynamic fluid, and for which transport properties are instead set by intrinsic properties, like the viscosity. This new regime of transport opens the way for a “viscous electronics”, and provides a new angle to study how quantum mechanics can constrain and/or enrich hydrodynamics.