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Miracle of the spin 1/2: from high temperature superconductivity to spin liquid

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Title: Miracle of the spin 1/2: from high temperature superconductivity to spin liquid


Speaker: Dr. Takashi Imai


Institute: McMaster University


Location: ABB 102




Description:


Electrons have a spin 1/2, the simplest example of generalized angular momentum taught in undergraduate quantum mechanics. Despite their deceivingly simple representations by 2x2 matrices, spin ½’s arranged in a regular pattern in low dimensional solids exhibit amazingly rich physics owing to strong quantum effects. I will describe a highly biased overview of how spin ½ physics evolved in quantum condensed matter physics over the last 3 decades, taking examples from our NMR research into high temperature superconductors and quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnets.

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Department of Physics & Astronomy,
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ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

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+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24559
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24558
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca