When Topology Meets Many-body Physics
-- the Making of 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics
Dr. Yong-Shi Wu
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Utah
2016 Nobel Prize in Physics has been announced to be awarded to three
many-body theorists in the United States: David Thouless (half prize),
F. Duncan Haldane and Michael Koserlitz (sharing the other half). The
prize recognizes their pioneering research on topological phase
transitions and topological phases. In this colloquium, the
mathematics and physics behind the awardees' foundational breakthrough
will be explained at a level accessible to physics students. The
prospects of topological physics will be briefly discussed.
speaker was fortunate to know and to collaborate with two of the prize
winners in early 80's. Some stories of his personal experience with
these science masters will be told too.