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Physics Colloquium: Electronic Nematic Phases

Electronic Nematic Phases in High Temperature Superconductors

Ian Fisher, Stanford University

Borrowing language from the field of soft condensed matter, electronic nematic phases in crystalline systems break a discrete rotational symmetry of the crystal lattice without further breaking translational symmetry. In this talk I'll outline methods to measure an associated quantity, the nematic susceptibility, which diverges towards a nematic phase transition. These measurements directly reveal the presence of an electronic nematic phase transition in a family of high temperature superconductors, and an associated quantum phase transition near optimal doping.

Where

The Science and Engineering Research Facility

1414 Circle Drive
Room 307
Knoxville, TN
USA

When

Monday, 28 October, 2013

Who to contact

Contact:

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phone: 974-3342
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

Free