ics Special Colloquium

Thursday, February 8, 2018
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special date.
Thomas Scaffidi [Host: Israel Klich]
University of California, Berkeley
"Electron hydrodynamics in solid-state physics"

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 hydrodynamically, 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.

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