Topological condensed-matter physics may be viewed as the study of complex systems which evade our usual description in terms of local order parameters. Instead, they are characterised by quantities which can only be measured nonlocally, and thus endow the systems with unusual stability to perturbations. Prominent examples are spin liquids, the quantum Hall effect, or more recently certain aspects of graphene and topological insulators.
Summer school organized by:
Claudio Chamon, Department of Physics, Boston University, USA
Mark Oliver Goerbig, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, CNRS UMR 8502, Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France
Roderich Moessner, Max-Planck-Institut PKS, Dresden, Germany