Quantum chaos and eigenstate thermalization
Mark Srednicki
(UC Santa Barbara)
Fri, Sep. 23rd 2022, 10:00-12:30
Amphi Claude Bloch, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers
Abstract:\\ Understanding the emergence of the rules of statistical mechanics for an isolated many-body system from an underlying quantum-mechanical microdynamics is a longstanding problem of fundamental physics.\\ Concepts from the theory of quantized classically chaotic systems can be used to resolve at least some of the key issues, and lead to the notion of eigenstate thermalization: individual energy eigenstates of the system as a whole appear to be states of thermal equilibrium when probed by local (few-body) observables.\\ These lectures will cover the basic ideas involved and how they extend to systems without classical limits, such as Ising and Heisenberg spin systems. Other topics, time permitting, will include the role of entropy in the dynamical description, the complications of additional symmetries, the nature of the classical limit, and the relation of these ideas to proposed alternatives such as canonical typicality.



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