Date of Degree
Condensed Matter Physics | Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Monte Carlo, Critical Phenomena, Phase Transitions
My research focuses on the analytical and numerical study of seemingly completely different systems - the classical critical point of the liquid-gas transition and a quantum topological defect (dislocation) in solid Helium-4. The unifying theme, though, is Emergence - the appearance of unexpected qualities at large distance and time scales in these systems. Our results resolve the long standing controversy about the nature of the liquid-gas criticality by showing with high confidence that it is the same as that of Ising ferromagnet. In solid 4He, a quantum superclimbing dislocation, which is expected to be violating space-time symmetry according to the elementary textbook assessment, shows emergence of this symmetry in our numerical simulations.
Yarmolinsky, Max, "Emergent Critical Properties in Liquid-Gas Transition and Single Dislocations in Solid He4" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.