Dualities and Dimensional Reduction in Topological Quantum Order and Processing of Quantum Information



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Abstract

Dualities in physics are well known for their conceptual depth and quantitative predictive power in contexts where perturbation theory is unreliable. They are also remarkable for the staggering arrange of physical problems that exploit them, ranging from the study of confinement and unconventional phases in statistical mechanics and field theory to the unification of the string theory landscape.
In this talk I will present a new, completely general approach to dualities that affords a systematic theory of quantum dualities and incorporates classical dualities as well into one unified framework. This new algebraic approach is remarkably successful in extending powerful duality techniques to the context of topologically quantum ordered systems and quantum information processing, and affords a compelling foundation for a general theory of exact dimensional reduction or holographic correspondences. Many systems however display only approximate dimensional reduction, and so I will present general inequalities -some of them based on entanglement- linking quantum systems of different spatial dimensionality. These inequalities provide bounds on the expectation values of observables and correlators that can enforce an effective dimensional reduction. In closing I will discuss some implications for (topological) quantum memories.