From Topological Order to High Energy Physics - Probing Quantum Matter in New Regimes and with New Tools

October 18, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room

Theoretical Physics, general interest
Inmanuel Bloch
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room


Exploring and realizing topological quantum matter has become one of the most intriguing fields in quantum many-body physics. Here, I will show how we can realize and probe topological quantum matter using the novel toolbox of ultracold atomic systems, realizing effective artificial magnetic fields than can become 100x stronger than any laboratory fields. I will also discuss how dynamical versions of the Integer Quantum Hall effect can be realised through the celebrated Thouless Charge pump and the prospects for realizing Fractional Chern Insulators. Using Quantum Gas Microscopy, I will show how non-local hidden order parameters can be detected, allowing us to reveal topological order in many-body systems at the most fundamental level for the first time.

Finally, I would like to give an example of exploring high-energy physics using ultracold atoms, in showing how they have helped to answer the challenging question on the existence of Higgs particles in low dimensions.