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Hardcover | $65.00 X | £54.95 | 408 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 51 b&w illus. | March 2018 | ISBN: 9780262038430
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Holographic Quantum Matter


This book, written by pioneers in the field, offers a comprehensive overview of holographic methods in quantum matter. It covers influential developments in theoretical physics, making the key concepts accessible to researchers and students in both high energy and condensed matter physics. The book provides a unique combination of theoretical and historical context, technical results, extensive references to the literature, and exercises. It will give readers the ability to understand the important problems in the field, both those that have been solved and those that remain unsolved, and will enable them to engage directly with the current literature.

The book describes a particular interface between condensed matter physics, gravitational physics, and string and quantum field theory made possible by holographic duality. The chapters cover such topics as the essential workings of the holographic correspondence; strongly interacting quantum matter at a fixed commensurate density; compressible quantum matter with a variable density; transport in quantum matter; the holographic description of symmetry broken phases; and the relevance of the topics covered to experimental challenges in specific quantum materials. Holographic Quantum Matter promises to be the definitive presentation of this material.

About the Authors

Sean A. Hartnoll is Associate Professor of Physics at Stanford University and was the recipient of the New Horizons Prize in Physics in 2015.

Andrew Lucas is a Gordon and Betty Moore Fellow in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at Stanford University.

Subir Sachdev is Herchel Smith Professor of Physics at Harvard University and the author of Quantum Phase Transitions. He was awarded the Lars Onsager Prize from the American Physical Society in 2018.


“This is an excellent book written by three world leaders in this field. It provides a comprehensive discussion of the remarkable connections between gravity and condensed matter.”
Gary Horowitz, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Over the last decade, a powerful and surprising synergy has emerged between string theory and condensed matter physics, greatly illuminating both of these once-disparate topics. This unique book, masterfully presented by founders of the subject, provides a comprehensive, pedagogical introduction to a promising new research frontier.”
Andrew Strominger, Gwill E. York Professor of Physics, Harvard University
“A beautifully clear and engaging book, written by the recognized masters of the subject. It shows what can be achieved when interactions are turned on between physicists working on condensed matter, high energy, and gravitation.”
David Tong, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
“A well-organized, comprehensive, and insightful overview of remarkable connections between string theory/gravity and condensed matter physics. It provides a wealth of solvable examples of strongly coupled quantum matter without quasiparticles, as well as exhaustive discussion of their equilibrium and transport properties, all through the lens of black hole physics.”
Hong Liu, Professor of Physics, MIT