Atomic collapse in graphene

Date: 24 April 2018

Venue: Campus Groenenborger, Building U, Room 244 - Groenenborgerlaan 171 - 2020 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Campus Groenenborger)

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: Condensed Matter theory

Short description: Condensed Matter Theory lecture presented by Robbe Van Pottelberge

During this talk I will demystify the subject of atomic collapse. The talk will start with the atom from a classical perspective. I will explore how the “stability” of the atom changed with the successive atomic models and eventually culminated with the famous prediction that the atom could become unstable for high charges (atomic collapse). From the failed experiments in relativistic physics I will explain how graphene forms the ideal platform to detect atomic collapse, opening up a whole new door into the research of atomic collapse. An overview of the state of the art will be given an and outlook on the future of the atomic collapse research will be provided.

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