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Tunnelling and Imaginary Time:Instantons

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Part of the TCSS Symposium

Quantum mechanics underlies our understanding of the physical world, but although it possesses a classical limit, it shouldn’t be thought of as just giving small deviations from the familiar rules of Newtonian mechanics. In particular, quantum tunnelling gives a remarkable example of a classical impossibility rendered possible in the real world. In this talk, we’ll look at a striking way to think about these effects which generalizes to applications to condensed matter, particle physics and even cosmology

This talk is part of the Trinity College Science Society (TCSS) series.

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