CMSA Geometry and Physics Seminar: Berry phase in quantum field theory
Po-Shen Hsin - Caltech
We will discuss Berry phase in family of quantum field theories using effective field theory. The family is labelled by parameters which we promote to be spacetime-dependent sigma model background fields. The Berry phase is equivalent to Wess-Zumino-Witten action for the sigma model. We use Berry phase to study diabolic points in the phase diagram of the quantum field theory and discuss applications to deconfined quantum criticality and new tests for boson/fermion dualities in (2+1)d.