Nov. 19: Professor Anatoli Polkovnikov (Boston University) on “Quantum chaos, ergodicity and the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis”

Title: Quantum chaos, ergodicity and the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis

Location: 26-214, Thursday Nov 19, Noon-1pm. Pizza at 11:45!
(Feel free to bring your own cup and plate)

Abstract: In this talk I will briefly overview the ideas of quantum chaos both in single-particle and in many-body systems and their relation to the random matrix theory. I will introduce the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis as a natural extension of these ideas and discuss its implications to thermalization and emergence of various thermodynamic relations in isolated systems.

“The students in MIT’s new NSF training program will be encouraged to cross disciplines, and develop a common fellowship with their peers. We will also address training for post-academic jobs directly by connecting students to government and industrial members of the iQuISE Consortium.”

—Seth Lloyd, Co-Director, iQuISE, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Engineering Systems