Presentation, Cafe KITP: Quasiparticles


At 7 May 2015 I gave a public outreach talk for CafĂ© KITP at Club Soho in Santa Barbara, for a general audience, with the title ‘Quasiparticles – The Dreams That Stuff is Made Of‘. The idea is that I showed how in solid materials all new kind of ‘fundamental’ particles can arise known as ‘quasiparticles’. In fact, we can engineer any kind of particle – even particles that do not exist in the theory of fundamental particles (the Standard Model) like magnetic monopoles and ‘anyons’. The existence of quasiparticles underlies all modern electronic technology and will give rise no new technologies such as quantum computers.

Download the presentation here (pptx, 10 MB)

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