The Stoner Colloquium: A Brief History of Time Crystals

Tuesday 3 May 2022
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre
Lectures and seminars
General public

The School of Physics and Astronomy are delighted to present the 2022 Stoner Colloquium, by Professor Shivaji Sondhi, Wykeham Professor of Physics, University of Oxford.

About the event

Last year an experiment by Google's Quantum AI group created a time crystal in the laboratory. We will take a tour of the history leading to this result.

That history will illustrate multiple interesting themes in Physics: the power of thermodynamics and what it takes to defeat it, how modern physicists like to organize phenomena by symmetry, the continuing evolution of Physics from being a natural science to one which increasingly studies artificial systems. 

This one hour lecture starts at 5.30pm at the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Beech Grove Terrace, Woodhouse, Leeds, LS2 9DA. The event will be followed by a small reception. It will also be live streamed online.

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About Professor Sondhi

Shivaji Sondhi is a theoretical condensed matter physicist. He was born in India, received his PhD from UCLA, spent a quarter century at Princeton and is now the Wykeham Professor of Physics at Oxford.

He is known for his work on the quantum Hall effect including the discovery of skyrmions, on quantum magnetism where he shared the Europhysics Prize for the discovery of magnetic monopoles, for the discovery of time crystals and for work on quantum many body physics and statistical mechanics more broadly.