6-9 September 2011
INFN - Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
Europe/Rome timezone

The interplay between Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter physics is at the basis of the developments of fundamental concepts and methods like the notion of spontaneous symmetry breaking or the Renormalization Group. 

Recently, this bridge has been renewed by the discovery of Graphene, a two dimensional crystal of carbon atoms that has been recently experimentally realized. This material has highly unusual electronic properties due to the fact that its charge carriers behave as massless two-dimensional interacting Dirac particles. 

Therefore Graphene provides an ideal laboratory to study Quantum Field Theory (QFT) models at low energies and to possibly observe phenomena
like spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking, mass generation or electron fractionalization. Understanding such effects is a challenging  problem for theoretical physicists, and requires a dialogue between communities of condensed matter, particle, lattice QFT, string and mathematical physicists.

The  meeting will be focused on very theoretical aspects of Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter physics, with a focus on graphene, and more in general on topological insulators, quantum critical points and related subjects. The idea is to revise the situation and point to open problems of common interest to a larger set of theoretical physicists.

Dates: from 06 September 2011 08:00 to 09 September 2011 20:00
Timezone: Europe/Rome
Location: INFN - Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
Via Enrico Fermi, 40
00044 Frascati
Room: Aula Bruno Touschek
Additional info:
Maddalena Legramante
tel. 0039 06 94032791
fax 0039 06 94032900