Abstract for the talk on 31.05.2016 (16:00 h)Colloquium of the Faculty of Physics and Geosciences
Dirk K. Morr (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Transport at the Nanoscale: from Biological Complexes to Hard Condensed Matter
Over the last few years, transport phenomena at the nanoscale have become of paramount importance, not only because we have reached the end of the (classical) rope for Moore's law, but also because nanosize biological complexes might hold the key to building highly efficient technologies for solar energy conversion. In this talk, I will review several examples of charge and energy transport in systems ranging from biological light-harvesting complexes to topological superconductors and strongly correlated materials. I will discuss the crossover from classical to quantum transport that occurs at the nanoscale, and demonstrate how this crossover provides us with unprecedented opportunities to discover exciting new physical phenomena.