Mathematical problems in the theory of topological insulators

Armen Sergeev (Steklov Mathematical Institute of RAS)

12-Mar-2021, 08:00-09:00 (3 years ago)

Abstract: The talk is devoted to the theory of topological insulators - a new and actively developing direction in solid state physics. To find a new topological object one have to look for the appropiate topological invariants and systems for which these invariants are non-trivial. The topological insulators are characterized by having wide energy gap stable for small deformations. A nice example is given by the quantum Hall spin insulator. It is a two-dimensional insulator invariant under the time reversal. It is characterized by the non-trivial topological $\mathbb Z_2$-invariant introduced by Kane and Mele. In our talk we consider the topological insulators invariant under time reversal. In the first part we present the physical basics of their theory while the second part deals with the mathematical aspects. These aspects are closely related to K-theory and non-commutative geometry.

mathematical physicsK-theory and homology

Audience: researchers in the topic

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Beijing Moscow Mathematics Colloquium

Organizers: Huijun Fan, Baohua Fu, Sergey Gorchinskiy*, Jingsong Liu, Denis Osipov, Alexey Tuzhilin, Liang Xiao, Yue Yang, Ping Zhang, Alexander Zheglov
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