"One of the main unsolved problems in condensed matter physics is quantum transport in the presence of disorder and strong interactions. Theoretical and experimental progress has been slow due to the intrinsic difficulties to control all relevant variables. Recent progress in the field of ultra-cold atomic gases, with Europe playing a leading role, paves the way towards highly controlled investigations of this many-body physics. Our proposal is to bring a young researcher experienced in cold atom physics to Rome to work within a condensed matter theory group which has played a leading role in the development of the theory of interacting and disordered electron systems. The objective is the transfer of knowledge between condensed matter and cold atom physics which could significantly advance both fields. A key aspect of the proposal is a close collaboration with leading experimental groups working on ultra-cold atoms.
The researcher, who has contributed to the subject but in the non-interacting regime, will address the interacting ultra-cold atom problem by reformulating the theories for disordered electrons the
host has developed. This will include a reformulation of the scaling theory of disordered electron systems, the study of the interplay between quantum chaos and interactions and the investigation of dirty superconductors. This theoretical work will aim at making realistic predictions for ultra-cold atom experiments. It will be complemented by state-of-the-art numerical simulations. The project will dramatically increase the researcher's competences in the challenging field of strongly correlated systems and it will add an international dimension to his career, thus allowing him to reach a position of professional maturity. The project will also contribute to assure Europe a leading role in the field and to help to capitalize the large investment effort made on experimental studies on cold quantum matter."
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