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Springer Theses

Nonequilibrium Dynamics of Collective Excitations in Quantum Materials

Authors: Baldini, Edoardo

  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Evaluated by a high-level committee, featuring Anthony J. Leggett (Nobel Prize in Physics 2003)
  • Studies the dynamics of fundamental collective excitations in solids
  • Offers insights into state-of-the-art ultrafast broadband optical spectroscopy
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About this book

This book studies the dynamics of fundamental collective excitations in quantum materials, focusing on the use of state-of-the-art ultrafast broadband optical spectroscopy. Collective behaviour in solids lies at the origin of several cooperative phenomena that can lead to profound transformations, instabilities and phase transitions. Revealing the dynamics of collective excitations is a topic of pivotal importance in contemporary condensed matter physics, as it provides information on the strength and spatial distribution of interactions and correlation.

The experimental framework explored in this book relies on setting a material out-of-equilibrium by an ultrashort laser pulse and monitoring the photo-induced changes in its optical properties over a broad spectral region in the visible or deep-ultraviolet. Collective excitations (e.g. plasmons, excitons, phonons…) emerge either in the frequency domain as spectral features across the probed range, or in the time domain as coherent modes triggered by the pump pulse. Mapping the temporal evolution of these collective excitations provides access to the hierarchy of low-energy phenomena occurring in the solid during its path towards thermodynamic equilibrium. This methodology is used to investigate a number of strongly interacting and correlated materials with an increasing degree of internal complexity beyond conventional band theory.

About the authors

Dr. Edoardo Baldini is an Italian experimental physicist whose research focuses on the nonequilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems in the condensed phase. He specialized in the field of ultrafast optical spectroscopy of correlated electron systems at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, from which he obtained a PhD in Physics in 2017. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is developing new schemes for ultrafast quantum control and photo-induced topological phase transitions.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Strong Interactions and Correlations

    Baldini, Edoardo

    Pages 1-37

  • Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter

    Baldini, Edoardo

    Pages 39-74

  • Clocking the Interband Scattering in Strongly Interacting Multiband Metals

    Baldini, Edoardo

    Pages 75-107

  • Revealing Bound Exciton Physics in Strongly Interacting Band Insulators

    Baldini, Edoardo

    Pages 109-168

  • Probing the Electron-Phonon Interaction in Correlated Electron Systems

    Baldini, Edoardo

    Pages 169-209

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77498-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77497-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nonequilibrium Dynamics of Collective Excitations in Quantum Materials
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77498-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77498-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77497-8
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LIV, 316
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