Fracton Phases of Matter and Topologial Crystalline Order
December 3-5, 2018
Program Organizers: Fiona Burnell, Biao Lian, Abhinav Prem, Shivaji Sondhi, and Yizhi You
Topological quantum phases of matter remain one of the most exciting playgrounds for exploring the interplay between strong correlations, symmetry, and topology in many-body quantum systems. Recently, there has been growing interest in novel quantum phases of matter—so-called “fracton” phases. These systems extend and challenge our existing notions of topological order and have attracted broad interdisciplinary interest, lying at the intersection of multiple fields including topological order, higher rank gauge theories, gravity, quantum information, and elastic descriptions of soft matter.
We expect that this workshop will bring together leading experts from these various communities, with the primary aim being the stimulation of discussions and promotion of cross-disciplinary interactions amongst the participants.