Levich Institute Seminar – Tuesday, 03/17/2020

Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 03/17/2020

Tuesday, 03/17/2020
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)
Professor Sriram Ganeshan
City College of CUNY
Physics Department


“Chiral Hydrodynamics: From Active Matter to Quantum Hall Fluids”



Our understanding of the universal phenomenon in many-body systems ranging from subatomic to astronomical scales relies largely on the hydrodynamical framework. Thus the discovery of new hydrodynamic effect opens new understanding in a multitude of physical systems.  Such hydrodynamical effect recently has come to fore from Quantum Hall Effect (QHE), where Avron, Seiler, and Zograf showed that the viscosity of QH fluid is purely dissipation-less and is the off-diagonal component of the total viscosity tensor, dubbed `odd’ or `Hall’ viscosity. It turns out that odd viscosity is not limited to QH, but a special symmetry allowed term of a parity broken system in two dimensions. In this talk, I will outline several fascinating fluid phenomena induced by odd viscosity term such as “odd” torque, “odd” surface waves and  “odd” bubbles and discuss their applicability in a wide class of systems ranging from chiral active matter to fractional quantum Hall effect.


  • PhD 2012 Stony Brook University
  • Postdoc 2012-2015 University of Maryland College Park
  • Research Assistant Professor- 2015-2018, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2018-Present Assistant Professor CCNY


Interface of quantum many body systems and hydrodynamics, quantum chaos.

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