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"Relativistic Dynamics of Graphene"

Relatore: Prof Gordon Semenoff- University of British Columbia

Aula Maxwell
13 Maggio 2008 ore 15.30

Only a few years after graphene, a one atom thick layer of graphite, was produced in the laboratory, it has captured widespread attention among the basic science and technology communities. Graphene is a semi-metal whose elementary excitations resemble relativistic Dirac fermions with zero rest mass. This makes it a fascinating testing ground for some fundamental ideas in quantum field theory as well as a rich source of new condensed matter phenomena. In this Seminar I will review the basic properties of graphene and describe the latest developments in one of the fastest growing fields in condensed matter research.