Choreographed entanglement dances: Topological states of quantum matter
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It has long been thought that all different phases of matter arise from symmetry breaking. Without symmetry breaking, there would be no pattern, and matter would be featureless. However, it is now clear that for quantum matter at zero temperature, even symmetric disordered liquids can have features, giving rise to topological phases of quantum matter. Some of the topological phases are highly entangled (that is, have topological order), whereas others are weakly entangled (that is, have symmetry-protected trivial order). This Review provides a brief summary of these zero-temperature states of matter and their emergent properties, as well as their importance in unifying some of the most basic concepts in nature.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Wen, Xiao-Gang. "Choreographed entanglement dances: Topological states of quantum matter." Science 363, 6429 (February 2019): eaal3099 © 2019 The Authors