Herbert Wagner (physicist)
As a postdoc at Cornell University, he and David Mermin (and independently of Pierre Hohenberg) proved a "no-go theorem", otherwise known as the Mermin–Wagner theorem. The theorem states that continuous symmetries cannot be spontaneously broken at finite temperature in systems with sufficiently short-range interactions in dimensions .
Wagner is the academic father of a generation of statistical physicists. Many of his students and junior collaborators now occupy chairs in German universities, including Hans Werner Diehl (Essen), Siegfried Dietrich (Wuppertal, then Stuttgart), Klaus Mecke (Erlangen), Reinhard Lipowsky (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Berlin), Hartmut Löwen (Düsseldorf) and Udo Seifert (Stuttgart).
- W. Heisenberg, H. Wagner, K. Yamazaki: "Magnons in a model with antiferromagnetic properties", Il Nuovo Cimento 59, 377-391 (1969), doi:10.1007/BF02755024.
- N.D. Mermin, H. Wagner: "Absence of Ferromagnetism or Antiferromagnetism in One- or Two-Dimensional Isotropic Heisenberg Models", Phys. Rev. Lett. 17, 1133–1136 (1966).
- Ehrenpromotionen in der Theoretischen Physik an der Universität [Duisburg-]Essen
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