First Annual Greater Boston Area Quantum Matter Meeting
Saturday, May 10, 2008

The goal of this meeting is to provide an informal and supportive forum for discussing research on quantum systems: strongly correlated systems, atomic and optical systems, and mesoscopics. All students, postdocs, and faculty are encouraged to give a talk --- discussion of work in progress and incompletely-formed ideas is welcome.

The meeting was held at the Harvard physics department, in Room 250 of the Jefferson building near Harvard square. Refreshments from 9:00 to 9:30, and sessions start at 9:30 am.

This meeting is modeled after the Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting, which is held in the fall, and is now in its ninth year.

This meeting is an Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM) affiliated event.


9:00 - 9:30 am       Bagels, coffee, and tea  
9:30 - 10:30 am Session I - Chair: I  
9:30 - 10:00 am Young Lee, MIT Neutron and x-ray scattering studies of frustrated quantum magnets
10:00 - 10:30 am Contributed talks  
10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee and informal discussions  
11:00 - 11:55 am Session II - Chair: Dima Feldman  
11:00 - 11:30 am Amir Yacoby, Harvard Charge fractionalization in 1D
11:30 - 11:55 am Contributed talks  
12:00 - 1:20 pm Lunch and Informal Conversations  
1:20 - 2:20 pm Session III - Chair: Peter Weichman  
1:20 - 1:50 pm Contributed talks  
1:50 - 2:20 pm Boris Svistunov, U Mass Amherst Supersolidity of He-4.
2:20 - 2:50 pm Coffee and informal discussions  
2:50 - 3:45 pm Session IV - Chair: T. Senthil  
2:50 - 3:15 pm Contributed talks  
3:15 - 3:45 pm Iuliana Radu/Jeff Miller Quasiparticle tunnelling at the 5/2 fractional quantum Hall state
3:45 - 4:10 am Session V - Chair: V  
3:45 - 4:10 pm Contributed talks  

Contributed talks

Session I

  1. Jenny Hoffman, Harvard, "Goals & Progress in the Study of Superconductors via Scanning Tunneling Microscopy."
  2. Kyuil Cho, Clark, "Upper Critical Field Studies in Organic Superconductor beta"-(BEDT-TTF)2SF5CH2CF2SO3"."
  3. G. Fernando, University of Connecticut, "Thermodynamics, charge and spin paring in small Hubbard clusters."
  4. Georgios Koutraoulakis, Brown, "Nature of the superconducting state of CeCoIn5 as revealed by NMR."
  5. Francis Niestemski, Boston College, "STM Observation of a Bosonic Mode in the Electron-Doped Superconductor PLCCO."
  6. Chandrasekhar Ramanathan, MIT, "NMR investigation of many-body spin dynamics."
  7. Marc-Andre Vachon, Brown, "Fermionic excitations in the spin liquid phase of Cs2CuCl4 as revealed by 133Cs NMR spin lattice relaxation rate measurements."

Session II

  1. Dmitry Abanin, MIT, "Charge and Spin Transport at the Quantum Hall Edge of Graphene."
  2. Lars Fritz, Harvard, "Hydrodynamic transport in graphene."
  3. Ferdinand Kuemmeth, Harvard, "Spin-manipulation in carbon nanotubes using spin-orbit coupling?"
  4. Silvia Viola Kusminskiy, Boston University, "Electron-electron interactions and Dirac liquid behavior in graphene bilayers."
  5. Marcus Muller, Harvard, "Relativistic magnetohydrodynamics in graphene."
  6. Kurt Jacobs, University of Massachusetts, Boston, "Engineering Quantum Measurements in Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems."

Session III

  1. Egor Babaev, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Electrodynamics with effective "magnetic charges" in dipolar excitonic condensates."
  2. Claudia De Grandi, Boston University, " Adiabatic nonlinear probes of one-dimensional Bose gases."
  3. Maxim Olshanii, University of Massachusetts, Boston, "Thermalization in isolated quantum systems and eigenstate thermalization hypothesis."
  4. Rudra P. Kafle, WPI, "Theoretical analysis of a free-oscillation atom interferometer in a weakly confining magnetic trap."
  5. William J. Mullin, University of Massachusetts, "EPR, Bell, and Bose-Einstein Condensates."
  6. Barbara Capogrosso-Sansone, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Hard-core Bose-Hubbard model with three-body interactions."
  7. Cenke Xu, Harvard, "Ising and spin density wave order in iron based superconductors."

Session IV

  1. Shanti Deemyad, Harvard, "Maximum in the Melting Line of Hydrogen."
  2. Adrian Del Maestro, Harvard, "Infinite randomness at the superconductor-metal quantum phase transition."
  3. James C. Ellenbogen, MITRE, "New Laws of Quantum Physics for the Multiscale Modeling of Atoms, Molecules, and Bulk Systems."
  4. Max Metlitski, Harvard, "Pinwheels in quantum antiferromagnets."
  5. Sebnem Gunes Soyler, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Monte Carlo simulations of two species hard-core Bose-Hubbard model."
  6. Kris Van Houcke, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Diagrammatic Monte Carlo."

Session V

  1. R. Shankar, Yale, "Lie algebra inspired models for flux phases."
  2. Gilad Barak, Harvard, "Tunneling spectroscopy of Quantum Hall Effect edge states using a quantum wire."
  3. Dima Feldman, Brown, "Charge-statistics separation and probing non-Abelian states."
  4. Vivek Venkatachalam, Harvard, "Charging of localized Quantum Hall States."
  5. Zhengcheng Gu, MIT, "Tensor Entanglement Renormalization Group approach to 2D strongly correlated systems."
  6. Stephen Choi, University of Massachusetts, Boston, "BEC as a nonlinear Ramsey interferometer operating beyond the Heisenberg Limit."
  7. Ribhu Kaul, Harvard, "Destruction of Neel order in square lattice anti-ferromagents."
Updated 1 May 2008


Directions to Harvard may be found here. A map showing Jefferson lab, the Harvard campus, and Harvard square is here. Public transportation is highly recommended. If you must drive, your options for parking are:

Organizing committee