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DTC PHYS 13 - Far from equilibrium physics and Bose-Fermi duality in 2+1 dimensions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

In 2+1 dimensions there exists a fascinating quantum duality between bosons and fermions in the presence of interactions mediated by a Chern-Simons field, which is of relevance for the Quantum Hall Effect. The aim of this project is to understand how this Bose-Fermi duality is realised in physical observables of the quantum field theory far from an equilibrium state. We will use large-N resummation techniques to calculate correlation functions analytically and numerically to yield physical quantities, e.g. scrambling times and out-of-time-ordered correlators, that characterize thermalization and/or the onset of quantum chaos in bosonic and fermionic Chern-Simons theories separately and observe how the aforementioned duality is realized.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

How to apply

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Please include the project ID and title in your email subject header (eg. DTC PHYS xxxxxx)

Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. – View Website

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