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Topological insulators in optical lattices and their tomography

July 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
Dr. André Eckardt

Band insulators constitute a fascinating form of quantum matter. Their very existence relies on band structure and quantum statistics, and the geometric phase inherent in their wave function gives rise to, e.g., a quantized Hall conductance (topological insulator) or quantized matter transport in adiabatic cycles (topological charge pumping). After an introduction, I will compare different schemes for the realization of topological insulators in optical lattices that are based on periodic driving. In the second part I will then present a method for the complete tomography of (topological) band insulators in optical lattices with two sublattice states.

Host: Brandon Anderson

2115 Computer and Space Sciences
College Park, MD 20742