Leon Pape Memorial Lecture

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Feb. 16, 2005

Margie Yu
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For immediate release:
Nobel Laureate in Physics to Discuss
Quantum Liquid at Cal State L.A.’s
22nd Annual Leon Pape Memorial Lecture

Los Angeles, CA – Nobel Laureate in Physics Anthony J. Leggett will speak on the topic, “What Can We Do With a Quantum Liquid?” at California State University, Los Angeles’ 22nd Annual Leon Pape Memorial Lecture. The presentation, sponsored by the Cal State L.A. Department of Physics and Astronomy, is free to the public and will be held on Friday, March 4, 2005, beginning at 2 p.m. in Physical Sciences, room 158, on the Cal State L.A. campus.

Anthony J. Leggett is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics. His pioneering work on superfluidity was recognized by the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics and has been a faculty member at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, since 1983.

Leggett is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences (foreign member); a Fellow of the Royal Society (U.K.), the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics; and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K.).

Professor Leggett has shaped the theoretical understanding of normal and superfluid helium liquids and other strongly coupled superfluids. He set directions for research in the quantum physics of macroscopic dissipative systems and use of condensed systems to test the foundations of quantum mechanics. His interests have led to a considerable amount of technical work on the application of quantum mechanics to collective variables and in particular on ways of incorporating dissipation into the calculations. He is also interested in the theory of superfluid liquid 3He, especially under extreme nonequilibrium conditions, in high-temperature superconductivity, and in the newly realized system of Bose-condensed atomic gases.

The lecture series, honoring the late Leon Pape, a member of the Cal State L.A. Physics Department faculty from 1961 to 1971, brings Nobel Prize winners and distinguished experts in the science field to the campus. Past speakers have included Nobel Laureates Rosalyn S. Yalow, William A. Fowler, Linus Pauling, Hans A. Bethe, Leon M. Lederman, Francis H.C. Crick, David Baltimore, and F. Sherwood Rowland.

For more information, call the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2100.

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