Applied string theory: Understanding physical strange metals with virtual black holes

Who: Koenraad Schalm (Lorentz Institute)
When: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:15
Where: The CP³ meeting room

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AdS/CFT has given us an unprecedented new holographic window on strongly coupled physics. In particular the existence of charged black holes in AdS predicts the existence of novel quantum critical fixed points distinct from the conventional theory of critical phenomena. The characteristic features of these novel quantum critical points show a remarkable resemblance with the profoundly mysterious behavior of exotic strange metal states of quantum matter, e.g. in high Tc superconductors. Recent experiments strongly indicate that this resemblance is more than superficial. This has put us at the cusp of a new era in theoretical physics: we will present the case that current experiments can and will test a holographic gravity model as the theory of the strange metal state.

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