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'Physics in the Complex Domain'

Ritter Hall

220 North Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
United States

Carl M. Bender, Ph.D., the Wilfred R. and Ann Lee Konneker Distinguished Professor of Physics at Washington University, will present at 4:10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, in Room 202, Ritter Hall. Bender’s lecture is “Physics in the Complex Domain.”

Complex variable theory provides insight into the nature of physical theories. For example, it provides a simple and beautiful picture of quantization and it explains the underlying reason for the divergence of perturbation theory. By using complex-variable methods one can generalize conventional Hermitian quantum theories into the complex domain. The result is an exciting new class of parity-time-symmetric (PT-symmetric) theories whose remarkable physical properties are currently under intense study by theorists and experimentalists. Many theoretical predictions have been verified in recent laboratory experiments.

Tea will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the Ritter Hall lobby, with the talk to follow.

Friday, 26 January, 2018


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