SAVE THE DATE: Invitation to the ICTP-SISSA Webinar Colloquium by Nobel Laureate, Prof. J. Michael Kosterlitz on 14 October 16:00 (CET): "A Random Walk Through Physics To The Nobel Prize"
director at ictp.it
Tue Sep 29 11:09:45 CEST 2020
You are most cordially invited to the ICTP-SISSA Webinar Colloquium by
Nobel Laureate John Michael Kosterlitz: "A Random Walk Through Physics
To The Nobel Prize" on Wednesday 14 October at 16:00 hrs CET.
Pre-registration is required at the following url:
John Michael Kosterlitz, is a British-born American physicist who was
awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in using topology
to explain superconductivity in two-dimensional materials. He shared the
prize with British-born American physicists David Thouless and Duncan
Haldane. Kosterlitz studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge,
earning his BA and MA before moving to Brasenose College, Oxford, where
he gained his DPhil in 1969. He performed post-doctoral work with David
Thouless at the University of Birmingham and, building on work by
Russian physicist Vadim Berezinskii (1935-1980), they discovered the
Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless phase transition of two-dimensional
models at low temperature. He also worked at Cornell University, New
York, before being appointed as lecturer, senior lecturer and reader at
Birmingham in 1974. In 1982 he moved to the US as professor of physics
at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
The 2016 Nobel Laureates in the field of physics – David Thouless,
Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz – demonstrated how materials can
be understood in terms of the mathematical principles of topology, a
modern form of geometry that studies different sorts of spaces. A
topological surface is partly defined by how many holes there are. In
topological terms, a doughnut and a cup are the same (both having one
hole), but a ball is different. Its importance here is that it explains
why electrical conductivity inside thin layers changes in integer steps.
The work of the three laureates was a watershed in understanding and
calculating the properties of material systems, and it is thought it may
pave the way for a new generation of quantum computers.
Apart from the Nobel Prize, Kosterlitz was awarded the Maxwell Medal and
Prize by the British Institute of Physics in 1981 and the Lars Onsager
Prize from the American Physical Society in 2000. He is also a Fellow of
the American Physical Society, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences and elected in 2017 to the National Academy of Sciences.
*Abstract:*"The talk is the story of my random walk through physics via
Cambridge, Oxford, Turin and Birmingham finishing up at Brown
University. I describe my very crooked path through life including
physics and my other life as a mountaineer. I also include a somewhat
simplified version of my prize winning work"
The talk will be followed by a question/answer session.
For info, please check the following link:http://indico.ictp.it/event/9455/
We look forward to seeing you online!
With best regards,
Office of the Director, ICTP
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