CMSA Quantum Matter in Mathematics and Physics: Aspects of fermionic SPT phases: boundary supersymmetry and unwinding


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November 11, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Abhishodh Prakash - ICTS-TIFR, India

Symmetry protected topological (SPT) phases are inevitable phases of quantum matter that are distinct from trivial phases only in the presence of unbroken global symmetries. These are characterized by anomalous boundaries which host emergent symmetries and protected degeneracies and gaplessness. I will present results from an ongoing series of works with Juven Wang on boundary symmetries of fermionic SPT phases, generalizing a previous work: arxiv:1804.11236. In 1+1 d, I will argue that the boundary of all intrinsically fermionic SPT phases can be recast as supersymmetric (SUSY) quantum mechanical systems and show that by extending the boundary symmetry to that of the bulk, all fermionic SPT phases can be unwound to the trivial phase. I will also present evidence that boundary SUSY seems to be present in various higher dimensional examples also and might even be a general feature of all intrinsically fermionic SPT phases.