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  • Workshop

Chaos and Dynamics in Correlated Quantum Matter

19—22 March 2018 | Dresden, Germany

Organizer: David Luitz, Roderich Moessner, Frank Pollmann
Contact: Katrin Lantsch

The dynamics of complex systems is apparently irriversible, seemingly in contradiction with the intrinsic reversibility of the microscopic laws of nature. The effective formation of an arrow of time by complex dynamics is an ongoing debate lasting over more than a century. Chaos plays a crucial role in resolving this paradox, and the past decade has seen a great revival of interest in this question concerning the foundations of quantum statistical mechanics and how chaos arises in quantum many-body systems due to enormous computational, theoretical and experimental progress in the field. Important milestones are theoretical findings involving the long sought demonstration that many-body localization (MBL) exists as well as the derivation of exact bounds on chaos and the discovery of spontaneous time translation symmetry breaking. On the experimental side, significant advances have been made in the study of cold atomic gases which provide examples of closed macroscopic quantum systems for which the foundational questions of quantum statistical mechanics are particularly relevant.


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