Hydrodynamics beyond hydrodynamics

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Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Seminar

Abstract:

Hydrodynamics is a well-established field with a venerable history. In this talk, I will focus on foundational aspects of hydrodynamics which came to light in recent years. Do the equations of hydrodynamics even make sense? To what degree can the crudeness of hydrodynamics be improved? What about the phenomena that hydrodynamics should describe but fails to? And what about the phenomena that hydrodynamics shouldn't describe, but does?


Bio:
Pavel Kovtun is a theoretical physicist working at the University in Victoria, Canada. Pavel did his undergraduate degree in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and received his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 2004. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (Santa Barbara) before joining the University of Victoria in 2007 where he is now professor. Pavel has worked on quantum and statistical field theory, and applied string theory. His most well-known work relates to the universal properties of viscosity in strongly interacting quantum fluids, through the connections between fluid mechanics and black hole physics. More recently, he has been interested in foundational questions in the hydrodynamics of relativistic fluids.


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