We study the onset and consequences of hydrodynamic behavior in quantum systems with many degrees of freedom. The emergent fluid-like behavior of these systems provides a simple and tractable limit in which to study strongly correlated quantum matter, a problem which is otherwise largely intractable. We are especially interested in the study of hydrodynamic behavior in electronic liquids in experimentally realized solid-state devices, including graphene, where we actively work with experimental groups to probe the hydrodynamic regime, including using state-of-the-art imaging. We have also discovered an infinite new family of hydrodynamic theories describing fracton quantum matter, along with other kinds of constrained quantum systems. More recently, we have discovered higher-dimensional (fractonic) non-equilibrium fixed points arising from the breakdown of hydrodynamics.
We develop cutting edge methods to constrain the spread of quantum information in many-body devices. We have discovered new mathematics to bound how quickly quantum bits can become correlated and entangled, significantly advancing the state of the art beyond the existing Lieb-Robinson Theorem. Our techniques find broad applications, from the study of quantum gravity and fast scrambling in holographic systems, to the robustness of quantum information processors in noisy experimental devices with long-range interactions, to models of interacting bosons with infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces.
We work with experimental groups to study spatially resolved transport phenomena in solid-state devices. Ordinarily, Ohm's Law (V=IR) is used to extract information about electronic scattering; however, many important transport phenomena (including, but not limited to, hydrodynamic) are invisible to Ohmic scattering. We develop new theoretical frameworks to understand how to use novel imaging technologies to discover the underlying dynamics of strongly correlated electrons.
We apply methods from string theory and supergravity to develop cartoon models of strongly coupled quantum matter, a problem relevant for condensed matter physics, nuclear physics and beyond. Our particular focus is on holographic dynamics out of equilibrium, together with the implications and interpretations of these studies using conventional methods, including quantum field theory. Our previous work has included a theory of the transport properties of highly inhomogeneous black holes, where we demonstrated that holographic matter generally avoids disorder-driven metal-insulator transitions.