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2 May 2018

Spectrum of Elementary Excitations in Galilean-Invariant Integrable Models

One-dimensional interacting systems of quantum particles are qualitatively different from their higher-dimensional counterparts. The reason is the strong effect of quantum fluctuations, which renders the ground state in one dimension to be a liquid. At lowest energies, such a quantum state is well described by the phenomenological Luttinger liquid theory. It is characterized by two parameters: one is the excitation velocity, and the other is so-called Luttinger liquid parameter that controls, e.g., the long distance decay of the single particle correlation function. The elementary excitations in a Luttinger liquid have a linear spectrum. To access the real spectrum of a liquid that is generically nonlinear, one must invoke the approaches that account for the deviations from the Luttinger liquid theory.

Reference: Aleksandra Petković and Zoran Ristivojevic Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 165302 (2018)

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12 April 2018

A model of collective fish behavior with cognitive and hydrodynamic interactions

Fish schools offer a fascinating example of collective behavior in which the group coordinates without the need for a leader. But what is the role played by the fluid and flow in this coordination? In order to answer this question, a group of researchers (including one from the LPT) as developed an original model to simulate hydrodynamic interactions between hundreds of fish.

A. Filella, F. Nadal, C. Sire, E. Kanso, C. Eloy. Model of collective fish behavior with hydrodynamic interactions, Physical Review Letters 120, 198101 (2018). This article has been selected as a "PRL Editors’ Suggestion", is featured in the Physics magazine of the APS, and is the subject of a CNRS press release.

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13 February 2018

Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go

Several decades ago, the mathematician Alan Turing already asked himself the question of recognizing a human from an advanced artificial intelligence (Turing test). Recently, after years of effort, the AlphaGo computer program has been able to beat the best go players. Three CNRS theoreticians from the LPT Toulouse and LPTMS Orsay applied the theory of networks to databases of go games played by humans and by different computer programs. They showed that the structure of networks from the human and computer players was different, paving the way for a Turing test for go simulators. These results are published in Europhysics Letters. See also the report in

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8 November 2017

Workshop ``New Aspects of Localization’’

Toulouse, November 27-28 2017

IRSAMC, seminar room

The goal of this two day workshop is to bring together young and senior researchers experts in Anderson localization, multifractality and quantum disordered systems. Multidisciplinary by nature, these subjects have seen important advances in recent years which we wish to see addressed here in order to stimulate the exchange of ideas at the intersection of several fields of theoretical physics.

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7 March 2016

Collective behavior in the big data era: can we enhance collective intelligence in human groups ?

This workshop promotes an interdisciplinary approach to studying collective behavior in human groups, fostering cross-disciplinary interactions between various communities: quantitative ethology, social sciences, economics, information technologies and statistical physics.

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17 November 2015

International workshop Theory Days 2015

Following the tradition of the previous successful six meetings in Toulouse, the Theory Days workshop aims at stimulating constructive discussions, collaborations, and knowledge exchange among a selected group of theoreticians.

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