Cours de l'IHES 2023-2024

Topological Symmetry and Duality in Quantum Lattice Models (1/4)

by Clément Delcamp (IHES)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane (IHES)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane


Le Bois-Marie 35, route de Chartres CS 40001 91893 Bures-sur-Yvette Cedex

A modern perspective on symmetry in quantum theories identifies the topological invariance of a symmetry operator within correlation functions as its defining property. In addition to suggesting generalised notions of symmetry, this viewpoint enables a calculus of topological defects, which has a strong category-theoretic flavour, that leverages well-established methods from topological quantum field theory. Focusing on finite symmetries, I will delve during these lectures into a realisation of this program in the context of one-dimensional quantum lattice models. Concretely, I will present a framework for systematically investigating lattice Hamiltonians, elucidating their symmetry operators, defining duality/gauging transformations and computing the mapping of topological sectors through such transformations. Moreover, I will comment on the classification of gapped symmetric phases for generalised symmetry and the construction of the corresponding order/disorder parameters. I will provide explicit treatments of familiar physical systems from condensed matter theory, shedding light on celebrated results and offering resolutions to certain open problems. Time permitting, I will briefly touch upon generalisations to higher dimensions and implications to numerical simulations.   

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