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Physics in the complex domain

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Carl M. Bender, Washington University

What
  • Colloquium
When Fri, Jan 26, 2018
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Ritter 202
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Complex variable theory provides insight into the nature of physical theories. For example, it provides a simple and beautiful picture of quantization and it explains the underlying reason for the divergence of perturbation theory. By using complex-variable methods one can generalize conventional Hermitian quantum theories into the complex domain. The result is an exciting new class of parity-time-symmetric (PT-symmetric) theories whose remarkable physical properties are currently under intense study by theorists and experimentalists. Many theoretical predictions have been verified in recent laboratory experiments.

Tea is at 3:30 in the Ritter Hall lobby, with the talk to follow at 4:10 in Ritter 202.

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