Physics Group Meeting | Pavel Putrov, Member, School of Natural Sciences, IAS | “Link Invariants and Topological Quantum Matter”

Wed, May 10, 2017, 1:45 pm
Bloomberg Hall of Physics Library - Institute for Advanced Study

Gauging of bosonic and fermionic symmetry protected topological (SPT) states with discrete symmetry produces simple yet non-trivial topological quantum field theories (TQFTs). Some of the natural observables in such TQFTs are expectation values of line and surface operators linked in space-time. I would like to discuss what link invariants are produced by such observables, focusing mostly on dimensions 2+1 and 3+1 and using their path integral formulation.