Open problems in condensed matter physics, 1987
The 1970's and 1980's can be considered the third stage in the explosive development of condensed matter physics. After the very intensive research of the 1930's and 1940's, which followed the formulation of quantum mechanics, and the path-breaking activity of the 1950's and 1960's, the problems being faced now are much more complex and not always susceptible to simple modelling. The (subjectively) open problems discussed here are: high temperature superconductivity, its properties and the possible new mechanisms which lead to it; the integral and fractional quantum Hall effects; new forms of order in condensed-matter systems; the physics of disorder, especially the problem of spin glasses; the physics of complex anisotropic systems; the theoretical prediction of stable and metastable states of matter; the physics of highly correlated states (heavy fermions); the physics of artificially made structures, in particular heterostructures and highly metastable states of matter; the determination of the microscopic structure of surfaces; and chaos and highly nonlinear phnomena. 82 refs.
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- LBL-25687; CONF-8710367-1
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- Resource Relation:
- Conference: 3. symposium on Pan-American collaboration in experimental physics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 Oct 1987; Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
- Research Org:
- Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (USA)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; SOLID STATE PHYSICS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; SUPERCONDUCTIVITY; CRITICAL TEMPERATURE; FERMIONS; FRACTALS; HALL EFFECT; MAGNETIC FIELDS; METASTABLE STATES; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES; ENERGY LEVELS; EXCITED STATES; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; PHYSICS; THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES; TRANSITION TEMPERATURE 656100* -- Condensed Matter Physics-- Superconductivity; 656002 -- Condensed Matter Physics-- General Techniques in Condensed Matter-- (1987-)
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