23.03.2011 (Wednesday)

Deriving the hydrodynamical description of holographic superfluids

Regular Seminar Julian Sonner (Imperial and Cambridge)

13:15 KCL
room 423

In my talk I will describe a class of gravitational solutions which, in the context of AdS/CFT, are dual to boundary field theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking and thus give rise to a superfluid phase. I will give a general introduction to the ideas of quantum criticality and how AdS/CFT techniques may be applied to such systems. I will then use the tools of gauge/gravity duality to demonstrate that the boundary description of such systems, in the hydrodynamical limit, is governed by a relativistic generalisation of the Tisza-Landau two-fluid model.