Wednesday * January 15 * Wheeler Opera House
4:30 to 5:30 PM Physics Café co-hosted with Aspen Science Center
5:30 to 6:30 Lecture
“Particles, Quasi-particles, and Beyond”
A lecture by Leon Balents
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of California
Physicists talk about particles all the time and you heard about the last “elementary particle,” the Higgs Boson. In this talk, Professor Balents will explain what a physicist means by an elementary particle, and how more often, physicists deal with particles that are not elementary. These “quasi-particles” are the crucial objects used to describe the quantum behavior of matter, not just in giant particle accelerators but in ordinary materials you can hold in your hand. There are simple and exotic quasi-particles and sometimes, no quasi-particles at all. Learn how these ideas intersect frontiers of research in physics.
Free, fun, and for the general public.
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