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Holographic Duality in Condensed Matter Physics


  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107080089

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  • A pioneering treatise presenting how the new mathematical techniques of holographic duality unify seemingly unrelated fields of physics. This innovative development morphs quantum field theory, general relativity and the renormalisation group into a single computational framework and this book is the first to bring together a wide range of research in this rapidly developing field. Set within the context of condensed matter physics and using boxes highlighting the specific techniques required, it examines the holographic description of thermal properties of matter, Fermi liquids and superconductors, and hitherto unknown forms of macroscopically entangled quantum matter in terms of general relativity, stars and black holes. Showing that holographic duality can succeed where classic mathematical approaches fail, this text provides a thorough overview of this major breakthrough at the heart of modern physics. The inclusion of extensive introductory material using non-technical language and online Mathematica notebooks ensures the appeal to students and researchers alike.

    • A layered style with extensive introductory material for each chapter and highlighted techniques for advanced study enables a diverse audience to access the book, from graduate students to experienced researchers
    • The first book in the field to examine holographic duality from a condensed matter perspective
    • Supported by online Mathematica codes to allow for further study of the holographic techniques
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… an excellent introduction to the recently discovered 'holographic duality' between gravity and condensed matter physics. It clearly explains the growing number of remarkable connections between very different areas of physics.' Gary Horowitz, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'The book manages to convey big picture excitement while also providing computational details behind key results.' Sean Hartnoll, Stanford University, California

    '… this very readable book prepares theory graduate students and researchers to address the challenging problems posed by numerous experiments on modern quantum materials. The authors strike an excellent balance between extensive discussions of deep theoretical ideas and providing toolboxes for explicit computations.' Subir Sachdev, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107080089
    • length: 583 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 177 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 79 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Condensed matter: the charted territory
    3. Condensed matter: the challenges
    4. Large N field theories for holography and condensed matter
    5. The AdS/CFT correspondence as computational device: the dictionary
    6. Finite temperature magic: black holes and holographic thermodynamics
    7. Holographic hydrodynamics
    8. Finite density: the Reissner–Nordström black hole and strange metals
    9. Holographic photoemission and the RN metal: the fermions as probes
    10. Holographic superconductivity
    11. Holographic Fermi liquids
    12. Breaking translational invariance
    13. AdS/CMT from the top down
    14. Outlook: holography and quantum matter

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    Holographic Duality in Condensed Matter Physics

    Jan Zaanen, Yan Liu, Ya-Wen Sun, Koenraad Schalm

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  • Authors

    Jan Zaanen, Universiteit Leiden
    Jan Zaanen is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, the Netherlands where he specialises in the physics of strongly interacting electrons. He is a recipient of the Dutch Spinoza Award and fellow of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society.

    Yan Liu, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Yan Liu is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Universidad Aut�noma de Madrid, where he specialises in high energy theoretical physics including gauge/gravity duality, AdS/CMT, three-dimensional gravity and string phenomenology.

    Ya-Wen Sun, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Ya-Wen Sun is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Universidad Aut�noma de Madrid, where she works on applications of AdS/CFT to condensed matter theory, QCD and hydrodynamics as well as other aspects of quantum gravity.

    Koenraad Schalm, Universiteit Leiden
    Koenraad Schalm is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on how string theory may be detected in laboratory experiment or cosmological observations. He is the recipient of Innovative Research Incentives Awards of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

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