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CANES Internship in New York

CANES Student Davide Facoetti (Cohort I) undertook at Internship in the winter of 2017-2018 at Columbia University. 

 

Speaking of his internships's experience, Davide quotes: "In October 2017 I travelled to New York City, to work for two months under Prof. Reichman's supervision, which was possible through the CANES internship scheme. During this time I worked on issues relating quantum chaos and glassy physics, exploring similarities and differences between models traditionally studied in disordered systems/statistical physics, and the SYK model that recently attracted a lot of interest from the high-energy physics community.

I was attracted to this project partly by its cross-disciplinarity: I was a statistical physicist, in a chemistry department, trying to answer questions asked mostly by string theorists. The collaboration, now also involving scientists from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, is still ongoing, and the results we are obtaining will form a significant part of my PhD thesis. Outside of the Department, I thoroughly enjoyed some of the museums, food and music that NYC has to offer, and I have been particularly fond of living in the historic neighbourhood of Harlem.

I believe this visit was scientifically productive, and gave me a rare opportunity for personal growth and being in contact with American culture, inside and outside academia. This would not have been possible without the support and partial funding of the CANES programme. Additional funding was provided by Prof. Reichman."