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'Fractonicity' from elasticity

Leo Radzihovsky (Université de Colorado, Boulder)
When Jun 09, 2022
from 10:30 to 10:30
Where Amphithèâtre E
Attendees Leo Radzihovsky
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Jeudi 09 Juin

 

Title: 'Fractonicity' from elasticity

Leo Radzihovsky (Université de Colorado, Boulder)

 

Abstract:  

I will discuss a bourgeoning field of "fractons" - a class of models where quasi-particles are strictly immobile or display restricted mobility. Focussing on just a corner of this fast-growing subject, a will explain how one class of such theories - symmetric tensor gauge theories surprisingly emerge from seemingly mundane elasticity of a two-dimensional quantum crystal. The disclination and dislocation crystal defects respectively map onto charges and dipoles of the fracton gauge theory. This fracton-elasticity duality leads to predictions of fractonic phases and quantum phase transitions to their descendants, that are duals of the commensurate crystal, supersolid, smectic, and hexatic liquid crystals. Extensions of this duality to generalized elasticity theories provide a route to discovery of new fractonic models and their potential experimental realizations.