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Topological phases are quantum

phases that can not be described by any local order parameter.

Interestingly, topological phases

in interacting fermion systems can be much richer than boson/

spin systems due to the Fock space structure of many body fermion Hilbert

space. Unfortunately, the well-known mathematical tools -- tensor category theory cannot be defined in

the Fock

space and we do not have a precise mathematical language to describe

topological phases for

fermion systems. Thus generalizing the tensor category theory into the Fock

space will be of

great importance and highly complementary to physics in the future. To illustrate

the basic

idea of describing/classifying topological phases in interacting fermion

systems, I will focus

on an exactly solvable model that describes a new kind of topological phase

which cannot be

realized in any interacting boson system. This model has the same ground state

degeneracy on

torus as the toric code model, but with different braiding S and T matrix. I

will also mention

some other recent progresses along this direction.

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