Internal Seminar: Han Yan, Topological States: New Paradigm of Phases of Matter
Internal Seminar: Han Yan, PhD student, Advanced Medical Instrumentation Unit (Sugawara Unit), Language: English, no interpretation
Title: Topological States: New Paradigm of Phases of Matter
Phase transitions of matter, for example from water to ice, are associated with symmetry breaking of the system - this had been physicists' belief for a long time. Starting from Haldane, Thouless, etc's seminal works in the 1980's, people have discovered a completely new category of quantum matter, where phase transition could happen without symmetry breaking, and global, topological properties of the system become crucial. In this talk we will try to understand these exotic quantum phenomena, or at least one or two examples of them.
Free Pizza and soft drinks will be served afterwards (Please bring a mug!). We hope to see you there!
Internal Seminar Organizing Committee:
Marylka Yoe Uusisaari
Margaret Mars Brisbin