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When Waves Meet Chaos: A Clash of Paradigms

November 29, 2016 - 4:00pm
Steve Anlage

The concept of duality, the fact that matter can either behave like a particle or a wave, has been around for 100 years, but few of us are completely comfortable with the idea. This clash of paradigms is illustrated by the field of ‘quantum chaos’ where one studies the quantum (wave) properties of systems that show classical chaos (a particle-like property) in the high energy (short wavelength) limit. ‘Wave chaotic’ systems appear in many contexts: nuclear physics, acoustics,two-dimensional quantum dots, and electromagnetic enclosures, for example. In this Distinguished Scholar Teacher lecture I will present the surprising results of experiments that my group has carried out to further explore the dual nature of matter from this unique perspective.

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