CMSA Quantum Matter in Mathematics and Physics: Hybrid Fracton Orders


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July 15, 2021 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Nathanan Tantivasadakarn - Harvard University

I will introduce a family of gapped quantum phases that exhibit the phenomenology of both conventional three-dimensional topological orders and fracton orders called “Hybrid Fracton Orders”. First, I will present the simplest example of such an order: the “Hybrid X-cube” model, where excitations can be labeled identically to those of the Z2 toric code tensored with the Z2 X-cube model, but exhibit fusion and braiding properties between the two sets of excitations. Next, I will provide a general construction of hybrid fracton orders which inputs a finite group G and an abelian normal subgroup N and produces an exactly solvable model. Such order can host non-abelian fracton excitations when G is non-abelian. Furthermore, the mobilities of a general excitation is dictated by the choice of N, from which by varying, one can view as “interpolating” between a pure 3D topological order and a pure fracton order.

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