Gauge theory and topological quantum matter

Bad Honnef Physics School

Su, 16.09.2018 17:00  –   Fr, 21.09.2018 15:00
Martin Zirnbauer (Köln) and Jürg Fröhlich (ETH Zürich)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Contact person:
Dr. Victor Gomer (Physikzentrum Bad Honnef),
DPG Association:
Atomic, Molecular, Quantum Optics and Photonics Section (SAMOP)  


Gauge theory and topological quantum matter

Organized by
Martin Zirnbauer (Cologne) and Jürg Fröhlich (ETH Zürich)
16 - 21 September, 2018, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany

supported by

Among the principles underlying the physics of charged matter, the gauge-invariant coupling to gauge fields stands out by its significance and power. Taking a geometric perspective, the Summer School starts with a thorough pedagogical introduction to the gauge principle in single-particle quantum mechanics. Then, in the wider context of many-body systems, we discuss the fact that non-relativistic condensed matter has, in addition to the well-known U(1) electromagnetic gauge symmetry, a local gauge invariance with respect to SU(2) spin transformations. Along the way, we review such concepts and phenomena as Berry curvature, Dirac quantization condition, spin structure, and the Aharonov-Casher effect.
The series of lectures then turns to the response of charged matter to external gauge fields (under the constraint of gauge invariance, or the lack thereof in the case of an anomaly) in the scaling limit. For gapped systems of the sort of a topological insulator, the effective action for the bulk response may have a gauge anomaly which is canceled by the corresponding anomaly of the boundary theory. This so-called bulk-boundary correspondence serves to classify different phases of topological quantum matter. The final goal of the School is to lead students to the frontier of current research, by developing the notion of symmetry-protected topological phases and their effective description by topological field theories.
The School is intended mainly for students at the doctoral or advanced master stage. There will be a poster session and opportunities for short contributed talks.

Mini-lecture series:

  • Martin Zirnbauer (Cologne):Quantum mechanics and the gauge principle
  • Jürg Fröhlich (ETH Zürich): Gauge theory of non-relativistic condensed matter 1, 2, 3.
  • Jörg Schmalian (KIT Karlsruhe): Anderson-Higgs mechanism for superconductors
  • Shinsei Ryu (Chicago): Symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases
  • Peter Teichner (MPIM Bonn): Invertible topological field theories and SPT phases.

Plenary talks:

  • Alexander Alldridge (UC Berkeley): Operator K-theory for topological insulators and superconductors with disorder
  • Karin Everschor-Sitte (U Mainz): Emergent electrodynamics for magnetic skyrmions
  • Krzysztof Gawedzki (ENS Lyon): Wess-Zumino amplitudes and topological insulators
  • Gianluca Panati (Roma, Sapienza): Gauge fields from adiabatic limits
  • Norbert Schuch (MPQ Garching): Tensor networks (PEPS) for chiral topological states

Short Talks:

  • F. Schindler (Zurich)
  • Carolin Wille (Berlin)
  • E. Cornfeld (Tel Aviv)
  • O. Golan (Tel Aviv)
  • O. Can (Vancouver)
  • Lara Ulčakar (Ljubljana)
  • A. Sinner (Augsburg)
  • O. Balabanov (Gothenburg)
  • E. Kogan (Bar-Ilan)

⇒ Schedule
⇒ Booklet of Abstracts