Audio / Video

Critical Phenomena and the Conformal Bootstrap

  • 01:05:04

Description

From critical phenomena to quantum gravity, conformal field theories describe the universal scale-invariant structures that lie at the heart of theoretical physics. The conformal bootstrap is the powerful idea, dating back to the 70’s, that one can use fundamental consistency conditions to constrain, solve, and map out the space of conformal field theories. In this talk I will explain how one can use the conformal bootstrap to perform rigorous and precise calculations in strongly-interacting theories without reference to a microscopic Lagrangian, summarizing recent progress at learning about the 3D Ising and O(N) vector models, which are the universal structures describing phase transitions in fluids, magnets, superconductors, and numerous other systems in nature.

Details

Title

Critical Phenomena and the Conformal Bootstrap

Creator

University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Physics

Published

Berkeley, CA, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Physics, February 1, 2016

Full Collection Name

Physics Colloquia

Type

Video

Format

Lecture.

Extent

1 streaming video file

Other Physical Details

digital, sd., col.

Archive

Physics Library

Note

Recorded at a colloquium held on February 1, 2016, sponsored by the Dept. of Physics, University of California, Berkeley.

originally produced as an .mts file in 2016

Speakers: Poland, David.

Collection

Physics Colloquia

Tracks

colloquia/2-1-16Poland.mp4 01:05:04

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