Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium | Topology in atomic flatland

by Jean Dalibard (Collège de France and Kastler Brossel Laboratory, Paris, France)

CFEL SR I-III (Bldg. 99) (DESY, Hamburg)

CFEL SR I-III (Bldg. 99)

DESY, Hamburg


In a 2D world, most transitions towards ordered states of matter like crystals or magnets would not occur because of the increased role of fluctuations. However, non-conventional „topological“ transitions can still occur, as understood by Kosterlitz and Thouless (2016 Nobel prize). In this talk I will present some important features of Flatland physics explored with cold atomic gases, and connect them with other prominent topological properties of matter, such as quantum-Hall type phenomena.