Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Anderson conceived RVB in Bangalore

In preparing my talk for tomorrow in Bangalore I remembered that Phil Anderson's seminal 1987 Science paper, The Resonating Valence Bond State in La2Cu2O4 and superconductivity has the following acknowledgement.

Also on the subject of the history Anderson discusses it more in his recent book, including how excited he was on the flight back from India.
In Physics Today he wrote a short Reference Frame Who or What is RVB? which describes the inspiration in the 1970s from Pauling's chemical ideas.

This is an important example of the fruitful exchange of ideas between chemistry and physics. Note that the flow is not just in one direction!

No comments:

Post a Comment