Found 4 result(s)
Regular Seminar Dorje Brody (Brunel)
at: 15:00 room B103  abstract: The Riemann hypothesis asserts that the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function should be of the form 1/2 + i E_n, where the set of numbers {E_n} are real. The socalled HilbertPólya conjecture assumes that {E_n} should correspond to the eigenvalues of an operator that is Hermitian. The discovery of such an operator, if it exists, thus amounts to providing a proof of the Riemann hypothesis. In 1999 Berry and Keating conjectured that such an operator should correspond to a quantisation of the classical Hamiltonian H = xp. Since then, the BerryKeating conjecture has been investigated intensely in the literature, but its validity has remained elusive up to now. In this talk I will derive a “Hamiltonian” (a differential operator), whose classical counterpart is H = xp, having the property that with a suitable boundary condition on its eigenstates, the eigenvalues {E_n} correspond to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. This Hamiltonian is not Hermitian, but is symmetric under spacetime reflection (PT symmetric) in a special way. A formal argument will be given for the construction of the metric operator to define an innerproduct space for the eigenstates, and the formally “Hermitian" counterpart Hamiltonian. The talk is based on the work carried out in collaboration with Carl M. Bender (Washington University) and Markus P. Müller (University of Western Ontario). 
Regular Seminar Brody Dorje (Imperial College)
at: 13:15 room G01 Norfolk Building  abstract: The Riemann hypothesis asserts that the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function should be of the form 1/2 + i E_n, where the set of numbers {E_n} are real. The socalled HilbertPólya conjecture assumes that {E_n} should correspond to the eigenvalues of an operator that is Hermitian. The discovery of such an operator, if it exists, thus amounts to providing a proof of the Riemann hypothesis. In 1999 Berry and Keating conjectured that such an operator should correspond to a quantisation of the classical Hamiltonian H = xp. Since then, the BerryKeating conjecture has been investigated intensely in the literature, but its validity has remained elusive up to now. In this talk I will derive a "Hamiltonian" (a differential operator), whose classical counterpart is H = xp, having the property that with a suitable boundary condition on its eigenstates, the eigenvalues {E_n} correspond to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. This Hamiltonian is not Hermitian, but is symmetric under spacetime reflection (PT symmetric) in a special way. A formal argument will be given for the construction of the metric operator to define an innerproduct space for the eigenstates, and the formally "Hermitian" counterpart Hamiltonian. The talk is based on the work carried out in collaboration with Carl M. Bender (Washington University) and Markus P. Mueller (University of Western Ontario). 
Regular Seminar Dorje Brody (Imperial College London)
at: 15:00 room CM528  abstract: Given an initial quantum state and a final quantum state in a Hilbert space, there exist Hamiltonians H that transform one into the other. Subject to the constraint that the difference between the largest and smallest eigenvalues of H is held fixed, which H achieves this transformation in the least time? For Hermitian Hamiltonians this time has a nonzero lower bound. However, among complex PTsymmetric Hamiltonians satisfying the same energy constraint, this time can be made arbitrarily small without violating the timeenergy uncertainty principle. The talk will discuss the possible implications of this result. 
Regular Seminar Dorje Brody (Imperial)
at: 14:00 room 503 Huxley  abstract:
