Professor Geoffrey Grimmett


Cambridge University


Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 11:00am


MSTB 254

Abstract: (Thanks to work of Abel Klein and others) it is understood how
to represent the quantum Ising model in terms of a certain classical model
of stochastic geometry called the `continuum random-cluster model'. In the
regime of large external field, this geometrical model is subcritical. By
developing bounds for its `ratio weak' mixing rate, one obtains estimates
involving the reduced density matrix of the quantum Ising model. The
implications of these estimates for entanglement do not appear to be best
possible, but they are at least robust for disordered systems. [Joint work
with Tobias Osborne and Petra Scudo.]