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Quantum Matter

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Matter.

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Mercredi nov 28, 2012

We consider quantum phase transitions out of topological
Mott insulators in which the ground state of the fractionalized excitations
(fermionic spinons) is topologically non-trivial. The spinons in topological
Mott insulators are coupled to an emergent compact U(1) gauge field with a
so-called "axion" term. We study the confinement transitions from the
topological Mott insulator to broken symmetry phases, which may occur via the
condensation of dyons. Dyons carry both "electric" and

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Mardi nov 27, 2012

In this talk I will describe my work characterizing
quantum entanglement in systems with a Fermi surface.  This class includes everything from Fermi
liquids to exotic spin liquids in frustrated magnets and perhaps even
holographic systems.  I review my
original scaling argument and then describe in detail a number of new precise
results on entanglement in Fermi liquids. 
I will also discuss recent quantum Monte Carlo calculations of Renyi
entropies and will argue that we now have a rather complete agreement between

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Mardi nov 27, 2012

Most applications of the density matrix renormalization
group (DMRG) have been to lattice models with short range interactions. But
recent developments in DMRG technology open the door to studying continuum
systems with long-range interactions in one dimension (1d). One key motivation
is simulating cold atom experiments, where it is possible to engineer
Hamiltonians of precisely this type.


We have been applying DMRG in the 1d continuum with



Mercredi nov 21, 2012
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Vendredi nov 16, 2012

In Dicke Superradiance, a collection of 2-level atoms
interacting with a single boson mode acquires, through quantum coherence, an
enhanced emission property and a rich dynamics. We suggest possibility of Dicke
superradiance in a BCS superconductor. The necessary 2-level atoms are
identified with  Anderson pseudo spins seeing
a self consistent mean field in k-space. 
A way to couple these 2-level bose atoms to an external boson mode and
create a novel non equilibrium superradiant superconductivity

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Vendredi oct 26, 2012

An exciting new prospect in condensed matter physics is
the possibility of realizing fractional quantum Hall
states in simple lattice models without a large external magnetic
field, which are called fractional Chern insulators. A fundamental question is whether qualitatively new
states can be realized on the lattice as compared with ordinary
fractional quantum Hall states. Here we propose new symmetry-enriched topological
states, topological nematic states, which are a dramatic consequence of

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Mardi oct 23, 2012


Topological gauge theories and group cohomology

Robbert Dijkgraaf and Edward Witten


Braiding statistics approach to symmetry-protected topological phases

Michael Levin, Zheng-Cheng Gu

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Vendredi oct 19, 2012

Anderson localization - quantum suppression of carrier
diffusion due to disorders - is a basic notion of modern condensed matter
physics. Here I will talk about a novel localization phenomenon totally
contrary to this common wisdom. Strikingly, it is purely of strong interaction
origin and occurs without the assistance of disorders. Specifically, by
combined numerical (density matrix renormalization group) method and analytic
analysis, we show that a single hole injected in a quantum antiferromagnetic

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Vendredi sep 21, 2012

In this talk, I will present our recent work on the
effect of thermal fluctuations on the topological stability of chiral p-wave
superconductors. We consider two models of superconductors: spinless and
spinful with a focus on topological properties and Majorana zero-energy modes.
We show that proliferation of vortex-antivortex pairs above the
Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature T_KT drives the transition from a thermal Quantum
Hall insulator to a thermal metal/insulator, and dramatically modifies the

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Vendredi sep 14, 2012

 It has been known for some time that
a system with a filled band will have an integer quantum Hall conductance equal
to its Chern number, a toplogical index associated with the band. While this is
true for a system in a magnetic field with filled Landau Levels, even a system
in zero external field can exhibit the QHE if its band has a Chern number. I
review this issue and discuss a more recent question of whether a partially
filled Chern band can exhibit the Fractional QHE. I describe the work done with

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