Topology in condensed matter physics


Lecture in summer term 2023.
Lecturer: Thore Posske
Course assistent: Ioannis Ioannidis


Lecture: Wed, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Jungiusstr. 11, A208
Exercises: Wed, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Jungiusstr. 11, blue saloon, B120
Only online lecture on: May 10, Conference
No lecture: May 17, Pentecost vacations
Last lecture: Wed, July 12.
Special lectures: June 28 and July 5: Guest lecture by Benedetta Flebus (Boston College, Mildred Dresselhaus guest professor), Nonhermitian physics and the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model
Topics, recommendations, and literature
Consent for video recording


Exam/orals on Wed, August 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m..
Voted on in second lecture
Oral, 30 minutes. Take care of the concrete appointments by writing me an email.

There will be a Questions and Answers session the Friday before the exam starting at 10:00 a.m.. Please send questions in advance.


Video streaming page

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Additional material

Video lecture by John Milnor (Fields medalist, "Milnor spheres") about differential topology
Video lectures by Norman Wildberger about algebraic topology explained very intuitively
Video that the torus can be folded to a Moebius strip and
corresponding Mathematica notebook
Notebook for numerically experimenting with the Kitaev chain's spectrum and topological phases

Recommended reading/references

Topology In Condensed Matter: An Introduction - Miguel A N Araujo and Pedro Sacramento
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information - Michael Nielsen and Isaac Chuang

Altland's and Simons' book on Condensed Matter theory
Course on topology in condensed matter physics by Akhmerov et al.

Topology and physics - a historical essay, C. Nash
Topological Quantum Computation-From Basic Concepts to First Experiments, Stern, Ady and Lindner, Netanel H.
Seminal paper of Leinaas and Myrheim '77 describing anyons
Philosophical background on the "principle of indiscernibles"
Kitaev's periodic table of gapped, non-interacting, topological phases
Ryu, Schnyder, Furusaki, Ludwig, classification of gapped, non-interacting, topological phases
Katos seminal paper about adiabatic time evolution