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CNA Seminar/Colloquium/Joint Pitt-CNA Colloquium
John Bush
Title: Hydrodynamic quantum analogs

Abstract: Droplets walking on a vibrating fluid bath exhibit several features previously thought to be exclusive to the microscopic, quantum realm. These walking droplets propel themselves by virtue of a resonant interaction with their own wavefield, and so represent the first macroscopic realization of a pilot-wave system of the form proposed for microscopic quantum dynamics by Louis de Broglie in the 1920s. New experimental and theoretical results allow us to rationalize the emergence of quantum-like behavior in this hydrodynamic pilot-wave system in a number of settings, and explore its potential and limitations as a quantum analog.

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Wean 7500
Submitted by:  Ian Tice
Note: This talk is hosted by the Center for Theoretical Sciences. Note the room. Refreshments at 4:00 outside Wean 7500.