Simons Collaboration on Localization of Waves Annual Meeting 2022

Date & Time

Svitlana Mayboroda, University of Minnesota

Meeting Goals:
The 2022 Simons Collaboration on Localization of Waves Annual Meeting will bring together world leading mathematicians and physicists whose work illuminates profound connections between disorder, geometric complexity, and the behavior of waves. The meeting will highlight how recent advances in mathematics yield important applications in physics involving wave localization. In particular, speakers will unveil groundbreaking results relating harmonic analysis and geometrical measure theory to cold atoms, nitride-based LEDs, and perovskites.

The meeting will be a place of exchange and discussion, and will also offer an opportunity to present new perspectives for the Localization of Waves project.

Past Annual Meetings:

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    Thursday, February 17

    9:30 AMSvitlana Mayboroda | Localization of Waves: Director's Overview
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMJames S. Speck | Unraveling the Inner Working of GaN-Based Light-Emitting Diodes
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMWilliam D. Phillips | The Coldest Stuff in the Universe: From Quantum Clocks to Quantum Simulators
    2:00 PMBREAK
    2:30 PMGuy David | Estimates on Eigenfunctions and Eigenvalues Using the Landscape Function
    3:30 PMBREAK
    4:00 PMRichard Friend | Static and Dynamic Disorder in Organic and Perovskite Semiconductors

    Friday, February 18

    9:30 AMCamillo De Lellis | The Mumford–Shah Functional and Its Challenges
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMMarcel Filoche | The Wigner–Weyl Approach to Wave Localization
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMHugo Duminil-Copin | On the Geometry of Nodal Lines of Random Waves
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    Svitlana Mayboroda
    University of Minnesota

    Localization of Waves: Director’s Overview

    This talk is an overview of the progress and future plans of the Simons Collaboration on Localization of Waves.

    James S. Speck
    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Unraveling the Inner Working of Gan-Based Light-Emitting Diodes

    Solid state lighting has been a disruptive technology for artificial light sources due to the remarkable efficiency, compact size, wide functionality, and accessibility. The technology is based on nitride-based semiconductors, particularly GaN and the alloy InxGa1-xN. In comparison to much more established group IV semiconductors (Si, Ge) and compound semiconductors (e.g., GaAs), the nitrides offer new physics due to their polar wurtzite crystal structure. InxGa1-xN alloys show strong natural compositional disorder that cannot be described the virtual crystal approximation. The alloy disorder directly impacts electron and hole transport and carrier recombination. In this talk, Speck will describe the emerging story of the internal physical processes in nitride alloys and devices, and the essential role of alloy disorder in the behavior of nitride alloys and nitride devices.

    William D. Phillips
    University of Maryland

    The Coldest Stuff in the Universe: From Quantum Clocks to Quantum Simulators

    Cold atom (and cold molecule) physics has given us a new experimental platform with a variety of applications. Nanokelvin temperatures are now routine and are many orders of magnitude colder than any naturally occurring temperatures. Already, cold atoms have revolutionized atomic clocks, providing the basis for international timekeeping and providing unprecedented tests of fundamental theories. Cold atoms also provide a quantum system that is more easily controlled and measured than, for example, electrons in solids, offering the opportunity to better understand these complex systems. Some unsolved problems of many-body physics are being illuminated by these methods, as are phenomena such as Anderson localization.

    Guy David
    Université Paris-Saclay

    Estimates on Eigenfunctions and Eigenvalues Using the Landscape Function

    The landscape function (a solution of Lu=1 for the operator L at hand) has been used with success to get valuable information on the eigenfunctions, their localization and eigenvalues, for instance of Schrödinger operators. In this talk, David will describe different mathematical results that use that function and try to explain some of the features of the proofs and challenges for further estimates.

    Richard Friend
    University of Cambridge

    Static and Dynamic Disorder in Organic and Perovskite Semiconductors

    Organic, molecular semiconductors are now successfully used in semiconductor devices such as LEDs for OLED displays and solar cells. Electronic overlap between adjacent molecules is relatively poor, so that disorder can readily cause spatial localization of electronic states and thus limit transport. Friend and collaborators have been exploring the different roles of static disorder and of dynamic disorder due to thermal populations of phonons. Where dynamic disorder is dominant, coupling of vibrational excitations to electronic excitations can allow novel regimes for high mobility transport, and they have investigated this in molecular systems that show long range exciton diffusion. Separately, they have been exploring static and dynamic disorder in the family of lead halide perovskites that are now used in efficient thin-film solar cells. These materials show unexpectedly clean semiconductor behavior despite high levels of structural disorder. Friend and collaborators have modeled static disorder in bromide/iodide alloy systems and have used the landscape formalism to explore compositional disorder on a wide range of length scales.

    Camillo De Lellis
    Institute for Advanced Study

    The Mumford–Shah Functional and Its Challenges

    The Mumford–Shah functional poses a very elegant and simple variational problem, which combines two of the most studied energies in the calculus of variations, the area functional and the Dirichlet energy. In spite of its simplicity, the regularity of minima is still a widely open field. De Lellis will review what is known about the simplest situation of two-dimensional minimizers, where a conjectural list of all possible local pictures is well-known and a complete epsilon-regularity theory is available.

    Marcel Filoche
    École Polytechnique

    The Wigner–Weyl Approach to Wave Localization

    One of the most recent discoveries of the localization landscape theory relates to the structure of the landscape in phase space. We will present a new approach to localization combining the landscape approach with the Wigner–Weyl formalism, based on a new decomposition of phase space adapted to localized features. This approach allows us to predict extremely efficiently all energy-dependent quantities. It will be exemplified in two examples. In systems of cold atoms, it yields the first analytic prediction of spectral functions across the classical and quantum regime without adjustable parameters. In inorganic semiconductors, the incorporation of the landscape scheme in a drift-diffusion computation enables to speed up by a factor of 1,000 the computation of light absorption for three-dimensional random InGaN alloys in samples of side length 100nm, a computation otherwise beyond the reach of usual quantum computations. In this talk, Filoche will show how this approach will allow us in the future to investigate the delicate formation of excitons (electron-hole pairs) and bi-excitons, and how it will be tested experimentally in cold atom platforms.

    Hugo Duminil-Copin
    Université de Genève

    On the Geometry of Nodal Lines of Random Waves

    In this talk, Duminil-Copin will review recent progress in the understanding of nodal lines of random waves and related models. In particular, Duminil-Copin will discuss the possible emergence of giant nodal lines with complicated topological properties, thus partially answering a conjecture of Peter Sarnak. He will also discuss future research directions and possible connections between percolation theory and waves’ localization.

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