On September 10-11, 2019, the CMSA will be hosting a second workshop on Topological Aspects of Condensed Matter.
New ideas rooted in topology have recently had a major impact on condensed matter physics, and have led to new connections with high energy physics, mathematics and quantum information theory. The aim of this program will be to deepen these connections and spark new progress by fostering discussion and new collaborations within and across disciplines.
Topics include i) the classification of topological states ii) topological orders in two and three dimensions including quantum spin liquids, quantum Hall states and fracton phases and iii) interplay of symmetry and topology in quantum many body systems, including symmetry protected topological phases, symmetry fractionalization and anomalies iv) topological phenomena in quantum systems driven far from equlibrium v) quantum field theory approaches to topological matter.
This workshop is part of the CMSA’s program on Program on Topological Aspects of Condensed Matter, and is the second 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.
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Organizers: Michael Hermele (CU Boulder) and Ashvin Vishwanath (Harvard)
Videos of the lectures can be found in the Youtube playlist below. Links to talks are also available on the schedule below.
8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome
Session 1: Topological Matter and High Energy Physics
9:05 – 9:15 am Moderator: Dan Harlow, MIT Video
9:15 – 9:40 am |
Zohar Komargodski, SUNY |
The long-distance physics of Yang-Mills theory in 2+1 Dimensions |
9:40 – 10:05 am |
Cumrun Vafa, Harvard |
On Uniqueness of Quantum Gravity |
10:05 – 10:30 am |
Nima Arkani-Hamed, IAS |
Spacetime, Quantum Mechanics, and Combinatorial Topology at Infinity |
10:30 – 11:05 am Break
Session 2: Topological Phases in Quantum Matter 1
11:05 – 11:15 am Moderator: John McGreevy, UCSD Video
11:15 – 11:40 am |
Anton Kapustin, Caltech |
The absence of equilibrium currents and chiral anomalies |
11:40 – 12:05 pm |
Prineha Narang Harvard |
First principles Design of topological matter |
12:05 – 12:30 pm |
Ying Ran, Boston College |
Nonlinear thermoelectric effects and the many-body Berry curvature dipole |
12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch
Session 3: Postdoc/Student Talks
Moderator: Ashvin Vishwanath
2:00 – 3:00 pm |
Postdoc/Student Talks |
Wenjie Ji (MIT), Xueda Wen (MIT), “Distinguish modular categories beyond modular data” Nat Tantivasadakarn (Harvard), Juven Wang (Harvard CMSA) “Higher Anomalies, Symmetries, and Cobordisms: 4d Yang-Mills theory and 5d higher-gauge TQFT” |
3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
Session 4: Topology in Particle Theory and Mathematics
3:30 – 3:40 pm Moderator: Ryan Thorngren, CMSA-Harvard
3:40 – 4:05 pm |
Meng Cheng, Yale |
Global symmetry and anomaly in (1+1) d conformal field theories |
4:05 – 4:30 pm |
Dan Freed, UT Austin |
Gapped boundary theories for 3d Chern-Simons |
4:30 – 4:55 pm |
Zhenghan Wang, Station Q |
Topological physics beyond anyons: fractons and black holes |
8:30 – 9:15 am Breakfast
Session 5: Postdoc/Student Talks
Moderator: Yizhuang You
9:15 – 10:30 am |
Postdoc/Student Talks |
Grisha Tarnopolskyy (Harvard), Origin of magic angles in TBG Eslam Khalaf (Harvard), Dominic Else (MIT), Topological phases of matter protected by time-translation symmetries with multi-dimensional “time” Jong Yeon Lee (Harvard) |
10:30 – 11:00 am Break
Session 6: Topological Phases of Matter 2
11:00 – 11:10 am Moderator: Ashvin Vishwanath, Harvard
11:10 – 11:35am |
Jennifer Cano, SUNY |
Topological Quantum Chemistry |
11:35am – 12:00 |
Chong Wang Perimeter |
A duality between band topology and quantum magnetism |
12:00 – 12:25 pm |
Shinsei Ryu, Chicago |
Effective field theory approach to Floquet topological systems” |
12:25 – 2:00 pm Lunch
Session 7: Tensor Networks, Fractons, etc.
2:00 – 2:10 pm Moderator: Mike Hermele, Boulder Video
2:10 – 2:35 pm |
John McGreevy, UCSD |
Disentangling Quantum Matter |
2:35 – 3:00 pm |
Lukasz Fidkowski, UW |
Disentangling the Generalized Double Semion Model |
3:00 – 3:25 pm |
Jeongwan Haah, Microsoft |
Quantum cellular automata in three dimensions |
3:25 – 3:30 Conclusion