Organizer. Understanding Strongly Coupled Systems in High Energy and Condensed Matter Physics . Aspen Center for Physics. May 24, 2015 - June 13, 2015

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Understanding strongly coupled quantum systems has become a unifying theme for both condensed matter and particle physcists. The possibility of finding that Higgs could be a composite particle that emerges from a new strongly interacting sector is encouraging particle physicists to explore a variety of gauge theories. At the same time the discovery of many materials that show strong correlation effects is forcing condensed matter physicists to look for explanations that go beyond the standard paradigms, including emergent gauge fields, non-Fermi liquids and topological phases. Interestingly, the challenges that the two communities face are quite similar and the goal of the workshop is to bring together experts from both communities to facilitate discussion. Topics of common interest include phase structure and dynamics in strongly coupled systems, especially in the vicinity of quantum critical points. Questions related to these topics appear in the study of quantum antiferromagnets, superconductors, metal-insulator transitions, dense nuclear matter, conformal and near conformal gauge theories, holographic models, and topological field theories. Through the exchange of ideas involving theoretical insights and advances in computational algorithms, and by exploring the possibility of developing quantum simulators to study the underlying problems, the hope is to initiate future collaborations between the two communities and to encourage younger scientists to see their work within a broader framework.

Service Performed By


  • Organizer


  • May 24, 2015 - June 13, 2015

Service or Event Name

  • Understanding Strongly Coupled Systems in High Energy and Condensed Matter Physics

Host Organization

  • Aspen Center for Physics

Location or Venue

  • Aspen Colorado