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Topological Matter and Why You Should be Interested

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  • UserProf. Steve Simon, University of Oxford
  • ClockFriday 20 May 2011, 14:00-15:00
  • HousePhysics East 217.

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In two dimensional topological phases of matter, processes depend on gross topology rather than detailed geometry. Thinking in 2+1 dimensions, particle world lines can be interpreted as knots or links, and the amplitude for certain processes becomes a topological invariant of that link. While sounding rather exotic, we believe that such phases of matter not only exist, but have actually been observed in quantum Hall experiments, and could provide a uniquely practical route to building a quantum computer. Possibilities have also been proposed for creating similar physics in systems ranging from superfluid helium to strontium ruthenate to spin systems to cold atoms to various superconducting interfaces.

This talk is part of the Condensed Matter Physics Seminars series.

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