Kickoff Workshop on Topology and Quantum Phases of Matter

On August 27-28, 2018, the CMSA will be hosting a Kickoff workshop on Topology and Quantum Phases of Matter. New ideas rooted in topology have recently had a big impact on condensed matter physics, and have highlighted new connections with high energy physics, mathematics and quantum information theory. Additionally, these ideas have found applications in the design of photonic systems and of materials with novel mechanical properties. The aim of this program will be to deepen these connections by fostering discussion and seeding new collaborations within and across disciplines.

This workshop is a part of the CMSA’s program on Program on Topological Aspects of Condensed Matterand will be the first of two workshops, in addition to a visitor program and seminars. 

The workshop will be held in room G10 of the CMSA, located at 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.

Please register here

Speakers: 

Schedule

Monday, August 27

  8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast

  9:00 – 9:10 am  Welcome

Session 1:  “Topology and Mechanics”

Moderator: L. Mahadevan

9:20 – 9:50 am Emil Prodan

Video

Topological Mechanics: Is there a limit?
9:50 – 10:20 am Brad Marston

Video

Topological Origin of Equatorial Waves in Atmospheres and Oceans

 

  10:20 – 11:00 am  Break 

Session 2: Majorana Fermions and Quantum Hall Physics

Moderator:

11:00 – 11:30 am Dima Feldman

Video

Partial equilibration of integer and fractional edge channels in the thermal quantum Hall effect
11:30 – 12:00 pm Bert Halperin

Video

Open questions about a Landau level near half filling
12:00 – 12:30 pm Achim Rosch

Video

Thermal quantum Hall effect in the spin liquid RuCl3: the role of phonons


12:30 – 2:00 pm
Lunch

Session 3: Student Talks

2:00 – 2:10 pm Xu Yang

Video

Symmetric gauge theories and Lieb-Schultz-Mattis-type constraints
2:10 – 2:20 pm Charles Xiong

Video

Mayer-Vietoris sequence and symmetry-protected topological phases with reflection symmetry
2:20 – 2:30 pm Liujun Zou

Video

Symmetry Enriched U(1) Quantum Spin Liquids
2:30 – 2:40 pm Iris Cong

Video

Quantum Convolutional Neural Networks
2:40 – 2:50 pm Ethan Lake

Video

Higher form symmetries and spontaneous symmetry breaking
2:50 – 3:00 pm Xue Yang Song

Video

Monopoles in Dirac spin liquids


  3:00 – 3:45 pm Break

Session 4: New Theoretical Approaches

3:45 – 4:15 pm Max Metlitski

Video

Surface Topological Order and a new ‘t Hooft Anomaly of Interaction Enabled 3+1D Fermion SPTs
4:15 – 4:45 pm Liang Fu

Video

 Non-Hemitian topological phenomena
4:45 – 5:00 pm Zhen Bi

Video

Non-abelian Deconfined Quantum Phase Transitions in 3+1D.


Tuesday, August 28

Session 1: Topological Phenomena in Solids and Cold Atoms

9:15 – 9:45 am Patrick Lee

Video

Transport properties of Weyl and Dirac semi-metals in a high magnetic field
9:45 – 10:15 am

Meng Cheng

Video

Fermionic Lieb-Schultz-Mattis theorems
10:15 – 10:30 am Mathias Scheurer SU(2) gauge theory of fluctuating magnetism: Fermi-surface reconstruction without translational-symmetry breaking
10:30 – 10:45 am Fabian Grusdt

Video

Microscopy of the doped Fermi-Hubbard model


10:45- 11:15 am
Break

Session 2: Topological Phenomena with Photons and Cold Atoms

11:15 – 11:45 am Marin Soljacic  Topological Photonics
11:45 – 12:15 pm Cenke Xu

Video

Classification of Interacting Topological Insulators with Synthetic Dimensions
12:15 – 12:30 pm Frank Zhang

Video

Machine Learning Topological Phases

 

  12:30 – 1:45 pm  Lunch

 

Session 3: Tensor Networks, Fractions and New Developments

1:45 – 2:15 pm Anton Kapustin

Video

Localization properties of Chern insulators
2:15 – 2:30 pm Yingfei Gu

Video

Modular S-matrix from OTOC
2:30 – 2:45 pm Dominic Else

Video

Interacting crystalline topological phases
2:45 – 3:15 pm X. G. Wen

Video

A classification of 3+1D topological orders for boson systems


3:15pm – 3:30pm
Conclusion

 

 

More information to follow. 

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