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Thursday, February 16th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Alberto Nicolis, Columbia University
Subject: String theory in the bathtub
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.

I will describe the peculiar mechanical properties of certain string-like objects that can exist in ordinary fluids and superfluids: vortex lines and vortex rings. I will then show how these properties follow straightforwardly from the principles of effective field theory applied to strings living in a medium.

Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta

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