August 20, 2018 to September 14, 2018
Nordita, Stockholm
Europe/Stockholm timezone


Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden


This program will explore recent developments in describing the dynamics of strongly-coupled quantum systems using the notion of fundamental, quantum bounds on transport, and their interplay with quantum chaos. Experiments, as well as theoretical results coming from quantum field theory, lattice models and gauge/gravity duality, hint that the late time dynamics of these systems is governed by a Planckian timescale, the shortest allowed by quantum mechanics. This timescale provides a bound on the growth of chaos and the scrambling of quantum information, saturated in theories with Einstein holographic duals. From the point of view of thermoelectric transport, this timescale may bound the diffusive processes which underpin the ubiquitous T-linear resistivity of the bad metallic phase of high Tc superconductors and other unconventional materials. Diffusive transport also emerges in exactly solvable, quantum chaotic models like the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model.

By bringing together international leaders in condensed matter and high energy physics, we aim at enhancing our current understanding by combining experimental results and the various theoretical, non-perturbative approaches to these problems. Participants will include experts in thermoelectric transport experiments, hydrodynamics, gauge/gravity duality, numerical and analytic condensed matter theory and conformal field theory.

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Application for participation to this program is open

Confirmed invited participants include

  • Kamran Behnia (ESPCI, Paris)
  • Mike Blake (MIT)
  • Sera Cremonini (Lehigh)
  • Richard Davison (Harvard)
  • Anatoly Dymarsky (Kentucky)
  • Aristomenis Donos (Durham)
  • Johannes Gooth (MPI Dresden)
  • Saso Grozdanov (MIT)
  • Nigel Hussey (Radboud U., Nijmegen)
  • Nabil Iqbal (Durham)
  • Kristan Jensen (San Francisco State U)
  • Aharon Kapitulnik (Stanford)
  • Elias Kiritsis (Crete and APC, Paris)
  • Pavel Kovtun (Victoria)
  • Andy Lucas (Stanford)
  • John McGreevy (UC San Diego)
  • Andrew Mackenzie (MPI Dresden)
  • Christiana Pantelidou (Durham)
  • Tomaz Prosen (U. of Ljubljana)
  • Thomas Scaffidi (Berkeley)
  • Koenraad Schalm (Leiden)
  • Peter Schauss (Princeton)
  • Effrat Shimshoni (Bar-Ilan)
  • Andrei Starinets (Oxford)
  • Joseph Thywissen (Toronto)



Please be aware that unfortunately, scammers sometimes approach participants claiming to be able to provide accommodation and asking for credit card details. Please do not give this information to them. For successful applicants, Nordita will be in touch via email regarding accommodation. If you are in any doubt about the legitimacy of an approach, please get in contact with the organisers.

Sponsored by:

Nordita Swedish Research Council ICAM-I2CAM

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