Analog Systems for Gravity Duals: A new method to describe strongly coupled systems


Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)


Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2016
End date: 31/12/2018
Funding: 2400000 SEK


Description

One of the most exciting developments in theoretical physics during the
last decades is the discovery of an increasing number of dualities. A
duality is a relation that identifies two theories that might appear
very different but are actually the same. Dualities can be extremely
useful to do calculations that are hard or impossible in one theory by
translating the calculation into a very different set of equations that
may be easier to treat. This method has proved very useful to describe
phases of matter in which particles interact very strongly, such as the
notoriously difficult to treat "strange" metals, high-temperature
superconductors, or the quark-gluon plasma.

The purpose of this proposal is to fully develop and apply a new duality. This new duality arises from a combination of two known relations between theories and connects theories that were not previously known to be related. This can give rise to an entirely new set of methods to treat the strongly interacting phases of matter, and can help us to better understand, and ultimately design, materials with desirable electrical and optical properties.


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