The Institute for Theoretical Physics offers the following seminars:
Since its discovery in the second half of the 20th century, the lattice of corner-sharing triangles called kagome has become one of the paradigmatic models for exotic quantum electronic states of matter. The Hubbard model on the kagome lattice exhibits many fascinating phases subject of contemporary condensed matter physics, ranging from topological spin liquids over correlated Dirac metals and unconventional superconductivity to spin-type and charge-type Peierls phases. I will discuss recent fundamental progress in theory and experiment to understand and endeavor these scenarios of correlated electron systems on the kagome lattice.
ETH Science City HPV G 4 - Wed 21.05.2014 16:45
The time-honored conventional lecture (“teaching by telling”) has been shown to be an ineffective mode of instruction for science classes. For the enhancement of critical thinking skills and the development of problem-solving abilities, collaborative group learning environments have proven to be far more effective. In the SCALE-UP approach, students sit at large round tables in three groups of three — in this configuration, they carry out a variety of pencil/paper exercises (ponderables) using small whiteboards and perform hands-on activities like demos and labs (tangibles) throughout the class period. Formal lecture is reduced to a minimal level and the instructor serves more as a “coach” to facilitate the academic “drills” that the students perform. In this talk, I will present an overview of the SCALE-UP concept and I will outline the details of its implementation at George Washington University over the past 5 years. I will also discuss empirical data from assessments given to the SCALE-UP collaborative classes and the regular lecture classes at GWU in order to make a comparative study of the effectiveness of the two methodologies.
ETH Science City HPV G 4 - Wed 14.05.2014 16:45
ETH Science City HIT J 53 - Tue 13.05.2014 14:00
The discovery of the Higgs boson at the CERN Large Hadron Collider marks the beginning of new journeys to understand the mechanisms by which energy is stored as mass, the quantum nature of the vacuum, and the origins of matter and dark matter in our universe. Properties of the Higgs boson may point the way to breakthroughs on these and other mysteries.
ETH Science City HPV G 4 - Wed 7.05.2014 16:45
Using the AdS/CFT correspondence we compute the three-point structure constants for primary operators in planar N=4 super Yang-Mills at strong coupling. The computation involves finding the relevant vertex operators for the massive string states dual to the operators and then computing their three-point string amplitudes.
ETH Science City HIT E 41.1 - Tue 6.05.2014 14:00