Topological insulators: from spin-orbit coupling to supersymmetry-on-a-chip

Joseph Maciejko (University of Alberta)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2016-11-17 16:00 - 17:00
Henning 201
Local Contact: 
Fei Zhou
Intended Audience: 

Topological insulators are an unusual class of insulators whose surfaces can carry electric currents while their bulk cannot. This surface conduction proceeds with little or no dissipation of heat, which makes topological insulators promising candidate materials for low-power electronics. In this talk I will give an overview of the field of topological insulators, and argue that recent developments in this field may lead to the observation of exotic phenomena predicted in elementary particle physics such as axions and supersymmetry.

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