Title: Exotic quantum matter: From lattice gauge theory to hyperbolic lattices
Abstract: This talk, in two parts, will discuss two (unrelated) instances of exotic quantum matter. In the first part, I will discuss quantum critical points describing possible transitions out of the Dirac spin liquid, towards either symmetry-breaking phases or topologically ordered spin liquids. I will also comment on the role of instanton zero modes for symmetry breaking in parton gauge theories. In the second part, I will propose an extension of Bloch band theory to hyperbolic lattices, such as those recently realized in circuit QED experiments, based on ideas from algebraic geometry and Riemann surface theory.