Title: Short-Range Entangled Phases and Topology
Speaker: Anton Kapustin
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 01:00pm – 02:00pm
Place: Lecture Hall 102, Simons Center
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Abstract: Recently a new and rather unexpected connection between condensed matter physics and algebraic topology has been noted. Namely, it appears that phases of matter with an energy gap, no long-range entanglement, and fixed symmetry can be classified using cobordism theory. I will exhibit several examples of this connection and describe a possible explanation.