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The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory launched its third Theory Winter School on January 6, attracting a record 77 students from around the nation and the world. This year, the lectures focus on Topological Phases of Condensed Matter, a subject of great interest in Condensed Matter and Materials Research Theory. Nine distinguished speakers (see list below) will make presentations throughout the week.

The goal of the winter school is to bring together leading experts in this active area of research. In addition to the talks, there will be a poster session during which junior participants will have the opportunity for direct exchange of ideas with their peers and with the lecturers. This program primarily targets advanced theory graduate students and post-docs. Their expenses are partially covered by funds provided by the MagLab, which acts as the sponsor of this Winter School.

A record 120 people applied for spots in this year’s school. The 2014 class is about 50 percent larger than classes from the first two years of the school, and includes 18 international students from as far off as Australia, China and Israel.

Topological insulators and superconductors have recently become one of the most actively studied subfields in condensed matter physics. A clever application of topology to the theory of electronic structure gave an impetus to the synthesis of new materials, which are now under active experimental investigation. On the theoretical side, the notion of a topologically protected surface state provides a new challenge for the theory of localization and raises many fundamental questions about the interplay of topology, disorder, and electron-electron interactions. Topological insulators also represent a class of symmetry-protected topologically ordered phase. Last but not least, the appearance of non-Abelian anyons when topological insulators are proximity-coupled to superconductors makes them an exciting platform for fault-tolerant quantum computing.

The list of invited speakers

Speaker

Affiliation

Jason Alicea Caltech
Nick Bonesteel FSU, NHMFL
Liang Fu MIT
Taylor Hughes UIUC
Joel Moore Berkeley
Phuan Ong Princeton
Xiao-Liang Qi Stanford
Ying Ran Boston College
Kun Yang FSU, NHMFL


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