Short-Range Entangled Phases and Topology

Recently a new and rather unexpected connection between condensed matter physics and algebraic topology has been noted. Namely, it appears that phases of matter with an energy gap, no long-range entanglement, and fixed symmetry can be classified using cobordism theory. I will exhibit several examples of this connection and describe a possible explanation.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 14:00 to 15:30
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Lazaridis Theatre