07.11.2007 (Wednesday)

Berry's Phase, Supersymmetry and D-Branes

Regular Seminar David Tong (DAMTP)

13:15 KCL
room 423

Berry's phase is a beautiful and simple idea in quantum mechanics, with application to many areas of condensed matter physics. After reviewing the non-Abelian version of Berry's phase, I will explain how this concept naturally fits together with supersymmetry. I will then show how to compute Berry's phase in D-brane systems, using both traditional quantum mechanics, as well as AdS/CFT techniques.