Joint Quantum Matter in Mathematics and Physics and Topological Quantum Matter Seminar
Speaker: Liujun Zou (Perimeter Institute)
Abstract: A central goal of condensed matter physics is to understand which quantum phases of matter can emerge in a quantum material. For this purpose, one should be able to not only describe the quantum phases using some effective field theories, but also capture the important microscopic information of the material via mathematical formulation. In this talk, I will present a framework to classify quantum phases in quantum materials, where the microscopic information of a material is encoded in its quantum anomaly. I will talk about the application of this framework to classify various exotic quantum phases of matter in different lattice systems. Using our framework, we have obtained many results unexpected from the previous literature.