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Department News and Colloquium

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at CSU Long Beach

Entanglement and Tensor Networks

Prof. Steven R. White

Physics & Astronomy Department

University of California Irvine

Monday, October 24, 2016

11:15am in PH2-126

In recent years understanding entanglement has become central to understanding quantum systems. Entanglement, for example, played a central role in Haldane’s work that won him a part of this year’s Nobel Prize. For quantum systems with many particles, the wavefunction of the system lives in an exponentially large Hilbert space which is almost impossible to understand and work with. Entanglement has come to the rescue: in recent years we have come to understand that physical states of matter live in an infinitesimal corner of Hilbert space, characterized primarily by low entanglement. Tensor networks give an exponentially compressed description of physically relevant wavefunctions, enabling efficient simulation as well as giving new conceptual and analytic ways of understanding quantum states. These ideas are spreading rapidly through

All Physics students & faculty should attend!

See the colloquium schedule and its archive of previous talks

Colloquia are scheduled to start Mondays at 11:15am sharp in Peterson Hall 2, Room 126 (PH2-126). Refreshments are served from 10:45am to 11:05am in Room HSCI-224 (next to the department office) and everyone is invited to mingle with faculty and students!


For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Prof. Michael Peterson, Phone: 562-985-2734, Email:

Directions to Campus

  • Access to Campus
  • Campus Maps
  • Parking on campus: contact the coordinator of the colloquium. If not reachable, call the department office (562) 985-7925. If none of these are available at the time you need information, call (562) 985-4146 or go to the drive-through information booth at the main campus entrance (on Beach Drive, near the crossing to Bellflower).
  • Walk (or ask for a ride on an on-campus shuttle) to the department office: Hall of Sciences, Room 220 (HSCI-220). The coordinator will provide the necessary informations.
  • Any question or problem: call the colloquium coordinator or the department office (562) 985-7925.

Colloquia Sponsors:

We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • The American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!

Colloquia Schedule

Academic Year 2015-2016

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
August 29 Meet & Mix CSULB Faculty and Staff Faculty and Staff
September 12 Properties of low-mass AGN as they relate to unification and massive AGN Carol Hood, CSU San Bernardino
September 19 Mathematical Structures in Quantum Field Theory in Curved Space Alfonso Agnew, CSU Fullerton
September 26 From Imaginary Experiments to Quantum Information Luis Orozco, University of Maryland
October 3 A State of Matter that is Soft on the Outside, but Tough on the Inside Cenke Xu, UC Santa Barbara
October 10 Radar Sounding of Icy Worlds: From ice fields to Mars, Europa, and Beyond Yonggyu Gim, JPL
October 17 ... Prashanth Jaikumar, CSU Long Beach
October 24 ... Steven White, UC Irvine
October 31 ... Fangyuan Tian, CSU Long Beach
November 7 ... TBA
November 14 ... Alexander Levine, UC Los Angeles
November 21 N/A N/A
November 28 ... Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, UC Los Angeles