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Topological materials: insulators, semimetals and superconductors

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Within the last few years, the question about the ultimate usefulness of “well-known” topological materials has come to the forefront of applied physics. At this point in time, the disciplines of applied physics, materials science, and engineering stand together at a crossroads. In one direction, is the aggressive development of applied topological science and in the other is the continuation of the distributed search for the next material or set of materials in which new information processing architectures may be implemented. In order for applied topology to successfully diffuse from condensed matter physics into the applied disciplines there must be a robust effect that may be manipulated by external fields which is the basis for a new set of electronic devices. In this talk, we present a wide variety of device concepts and effects with the goal of demonstrating the breadth of physical effects that are available for device exploitation, discussing some of the issues and challenges, and pointing to unexplored territories that occupy the gap between basic and applied topological physics.

This talk is part of the Applied Topology Colloquium series.

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