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Video From APPLIED PHYSICS/PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM: Fiona Burnell - “Symmetry, topology, and the many faces of condensed matter”

Tue May 2nd 2023, 3:30pm
Event Sponsor
Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium
Department of Physics
Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Stanford University


Tuesday, May 2, 2023

3:30 p.m. on campus in Hewlett Teaching Center, Rm. 200

Refreshments served in the courtyard between Varian and PAB at 4:30 p.m. 

Fiona Burnell

Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota 

Symmetry, topology, and the many faces of condensed matter

Symmetry is powerful principle in physics, allowing us to make exact statements even in regimes where controlled calculations are challenging or impossible. Thus, understanding the ways in which different types of symmetries can constrain phases of matter is an important component of understanding what nature is capable of.  In this talk, I will describe how exploring new types of symmetries, including symmetries with unusual spatial structure, or symmetries that act on particles in exotic ways, has expanded our understanding of these possibilities, including identifying new classes of phases of matter, and new platforms with which to realize these.