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Physics Seminar

Exploring 4D Topological Phases of Matter in Synthetic Systems

Speaker: Dr Hannah Price (University of Birmingham)
Date: Wednesday 23 September 2020
Time: 15:00
Venue: Zoom

Spatial dimensionality deeply affects the physical phenomena which can emerge in a system. Although our physical world has only three spatial dimensions, new topological phases of matter are predicted to emerge in four or more spatial dimensions. Now, this physics is becoming accessible thanks to advances in synthetic systems, such as ultracold atoms, photonics and electric circuits. In this talk, I will introduce the basic concepts of 4D topological physics, and report on recent developments towards simulating these effects in synthetic systems. These advances open the way towards exploring a wealth of topological matter in higher spatial dimensions.