News and events

Sir Nevill Mott Lecture 2018

Topological Defects and Phase Transitions - A Random Walk to the Nobel Prize

Presented by Professor Michael Kosterlitz, Brown University



The 2018 Sir Nevill Mott Lecture will be held on Tuesday 08 May, from 17:30, in the West Park Teaching Hub at Loughborough University.

Attendance is free; however, booking is essential. 

Refreshments will be provided on arrival.


This talk is about my path to the Nobel Prize and reviews some of the applications of topology and topological defects in phase transitions in two-dimensional systems for which Kosterlitz and Thouless split half the 2016 Physics Nobel Prize. The theoretical predictions and experimental verification in two dimensional superfluids, superconductors and crystals will be reviewed because they provide very convincing quantitative agreement with topological defect theories.