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48th IFF Spring School - Topological Matter - Topological Insulators, Skyrmions and Majoranas

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 52425 Jülich, Germany, Central Library (Building 04.7, Auditorium l)


Topology is the branch of mathematics that deals with properties of spaces that are invariant under smooth deformations. It provides newly appreciated mathematical tools in condensed matter physics that are currently revolutionizing the field of quantum matter and materials.

Topology dictates that if two different Hamiltonians can be smoothly deformed into each other they give rise to many common physical properties and states are homotopy invariant. Thus, topological invariance, which is often protected by discrete symmetries, provides some robustness that translates into the quantization of properties; such a robust quantization motivates the search and discovery of new topological matter.

So far, the mainstream of modern topological condensed matter physics relies on two profoundly different scenarios: the emergence of the complex topology either in real space, as manifested e.g. in non-trivial magnetic structures or in momentum space, finding its realization in such materials as topological and Chern insulators.

The latter renowned class of solids attracted considerable attention in recent years owing to its fascinating properties of spin-momentum locking, emergence of topologically protected surface/edge states governed by Dirac physics, as well as the quantization of Hall conductance and the discovery of the quantum spin Hall effect. Historically, the discovery of topological insulators gave rise to the discovery of a whole plethora of topologically non-trivial materials such as Weyl semimetals or topological superconductors, relevant in the context of the realization of Majorana fermions and topological quantum computation.

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Scientific Organization

Prof. Dr. Stefan BlügelForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Director, Institute of Quantum Theory of Materials (PGI-1/IAS-1)
Peter Grünberg Institute
52425 Jülich, Germany
Prof. Dr. Yuriy MokrousovForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Head of Young Investigators Group "Topological Nanoelectronics Group" (PGI-1 / IAS-1)
Peter Grünberg Institute
52425 Jülich, Germany
Prof. Dr. Thomas SchäpersForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Group Leader "Magnetotransport" (PGI-9)
Peter Grünberg Institute
52425 Jülich, Germany
Prof. Dr. Yoichi AndoUniversity of Cologne
Physics Institute II
Zülpicher Str. 77
50937 Cologne, Germany

School Organization

Barbara DaegenerForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Secretary, Institute of Scattering Methods (PGI-4/JCNS-2)
52425 Jülich, Germany
Tel: +49 2461 61-4750