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Topological Quantum Matter

A Field Theoretical Perspective


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas Klein Kvorning
    Pages 1-11
  3. Thomas Klein Kvorning
    Pages 13-33
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 69-81

About this book


This book offers a theoretical description of topological matter in terms of effective field theories, and in particular topological field theories, focusing on two main topics: topological superconductors and topological insulators. 

Even though there is vast literature on these subjects, the book fills an important gap by providing a concise introduction to both topological order and symmetry-protected phases using a modern mathematical language, and developing the theoretical concepts by highlighting the physics and the physical properties of the systems. Further, it discusses in detail the topological interactions for topologically ordered matter, and the response to smooth external fields for symmetry protected matter. 

The book also covers more specialized topics that cannot be found elsewhere. Specifically, the response of superconductors to geometry, including the newly discovered geo-Meissner effect; and a correction to the usual Meissner effect, only present in the topologically interesting chiral superconductors.



Topological Matter Topological Order Symmetry Protected Topological Order Topological Field Theory Quantum Field Theory Anyon physics Chiral Superconductors The Geo-Meissner Effect

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of theoretical physicsRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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