University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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Fire restoration work is expected to continue into late August. The main stairwell and office wing on both second and third floors of the Physics building will be closed until necessary repairs to the main stairwell are completed.
Administrative offices have been relocated to PHY 345.
Please contact individual faculty members to request appointments, as many faculty have been relocated during this process.
Please do not cross any caution tapes whilst in the building.
Professor Subir Sachdev, Harvard University
Many modern materials, including the high temperature superconductors, display quantum critical points where the electron wavefunction is “entangled”, so that the low energy excitations cannot be described in a quasiparticle basis.
I will describe recent progress in understanding the physics of such
critical points, using quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum Monte Carlo simulations. I argue that these advances shed light on many of the puzzling features of the phase diagrams of the high temperature superconductors