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Quantum Mechanical Bounds on Transport from First Principles

Speaker:  Sean Hartnol, Stanford University


Some of hardest theoretical challenges in strongly-interacting many-body systems are concerned with transport. This involves understanding quantities such as the electric resistivity, the thermal conductivity, the viscosity, spin diffusivity etc. of media as diverse as the quark-gluon plasma, unconventional metals and cold atomic gases. I will argue that a handle on these problems can be gained from understanding fundamental limits on the dynamics of many-body systems imposed by quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics themselves.


HEP Theory gets new grant

Congratulations to the high-energy theory group, which was recently awarded a new 1.1M$ 3-year grant from the Dept of Energy supporting the work of faculty Chang, Cohen, and Kribs.

UO Physics Professor and Guitarist Examines the Close Connection Between Science and Music

University of Oregon Physics professor, Timothy Jenkins, featured in the Daily Emerald:

Physics professor Timothy Jenkins says that music and science are more connected than people often think, and that his interest in both is common in his field.  Jenkins is one example in a long list of physicists who are also gifted musicians.

Recent studies by researchers such as neuroscientist Anita Collins show that being exposed to music at a young age and playing an instrument throughout life have a plethora of benefits for the brain. Playing music helps create the pathways in the brain that are