Condensed Matter

This series consists of talks in the area of Condensed Matter.

Seminar Series Events/Videos

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Tuesday Oct 23, 2012


Topological gauge theories and group cohomology

Robbert Dijkgraaf and Edward Witten

Braiding statistics approach to symmetry-protected topological phases

Michael Levin, Zheng-Cheng Gu

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Friday Oct 19, 2012

Anderson localization - quantum suppression of carrier
diffusion due to disorders - is a basic notion of modern condensed matter
physics. Here I will talk about a novel localization phenomenon totally
contrary to this common wisdom. Strikingly, it is purely of strong interaction
origin and occurs without the assistance of disorders. Specifically, by
combined numerical (density matrix renormalization group) method and analytic
analysis, we show that a single hole injected in a quantum antiferromagnetic

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Friday Sep 21, 2012

In this talk, I will present our recent work on the
effect of thermal fluctuations on the topological stability of chiral p-wave
superconductors. We consider two models of superconductors: spinless and
spinful with a focus on topological properties and Majorana zero-energy modes.
We show that proliferation of vortex-antivortex pairs above the
Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature T_KT drives the transition from a thermal Quantum
Hall insulator to a thermal metal/insulator, and dramatically modifies the

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Friday Sep 14, 2012

 It has been known for some time that
a system with a filled band will have an integer quantum Hall conductance equal
to its Chern number, a toplogical index associated with the band. While this is
true for a system in a magnetic field with filled Landau Levels, even a system
in zero external field can exhibit the QHE if its band has a Chern number. I
review this issue and discuss a more recent question of whether a partially
filled Chern band can exhibit the Fractional QHE. I describe the work done with

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Thursday Sep 06, 2012

What information can be determined about a state given
just the ground state wave function?

Quantum ground states, speaking intuitively, contain
fluctuations between many of the configurations one might want to understand.
The information about them can be organized by introducing an imaginary system,
dubbed the entanglement Hamiltonian.

What light does the dynamics of this Hamiltonian (a
precise version of the notion of "zero point motion") shed on the
actual system? 



Friday Aug 10, 2012

Much effort has been devoted to the study of systems with
topological order, motivated by practical issues as well as more field
theoretical and mathematical concerns. This talk will give an overview of some
of the field, describing abelian systems relevant to the search for spin
liquids, and non-abelian systems relevant to topological quantum computation. I
will focus in particular on problems not reducible to free-fermion ones;
examples include the RVB state of electrons as well as models of quantum loops
and nets.

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Friday Aug 03, 2012

Amorphous materials (glasses) probably
constitute >90% of the solid matter surrounding us in everyday life,yet
traditional textbooks of condensed matter physics devote virtually no space to
them.Crudely speaking,the puzzles in the behavior of glasses can be divided
into three major areas:the glass transition itself,the characteristic long-term
memory effects and the near-equilibrium thermal,dielectric and transport
properties;this talk focusses entirely on the third area.Over the last 40 years

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Friday Jul 27, 2012

A simple physical realization of an integer quantum Hall
state of interacting two dimensional bosons is provided. This is an example of
a "symmetry-protected topological" (SPT) phase which is a
generalization of the concept of topological insulators to systems of
interacting bosons or fermions. Universal physical properties of the boson
integer quantum Hall state are described and shown to correspond to those
expected from general classifications of SPT phases.

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Friday Jul 27, 2012

I will briefly review topological phases of non
interacting fermions, such as topological insulators, and discuss how ideas
from quantum information, in particular the entanglement spectrum, can be used
to characterize them.

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