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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mathematical Physics Seminar

Phase diagram of quantum spin systems with S=1 and SU(2)-invariant interactions
Daniel Ueltschi, Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics, University of Warwick,

Systems of spin 1 have a rich phase diagram that includes ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, and spin nematic phases (in dimensions three and higher). They can be studied with the help of graphical (random loop) representations, introduced by Tóth and Aizenman, Nachtergaele. The existence of phase transitions can be proved using the method of reflection positivity and infrared bounds of Fröhlich, Simon, Spencer. I will explain a recent conjecture about the joint distribution of the lengths of long loops ("Poisson-Dirichlet") and how this conjecture helps to identify the extremal Gibbs states.

For more information, please contact Rupert Frank by email at rlfrank@caltech.edu or visit http://www.math.caltech.edu/~rlfrank/seminar.html.