Quantum Fridays Seminar Series: Zemin Huang, JQI
Friday, September 23, 2022
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Zemin Huang, JQI
Topological gauge theory for mixed Dirac stationary states in all dimensions
Topological mixed quantum states in or out of equilibrium can arise in open quantum systems. Their linear responses are generally non-quantized, even though quantized topological invariants can be defined. In this talk, I will present a real-time U(1) topological gauge field action capable of reconciling this paradoxical phenomenology. In addition to non-quantized linear responses, this action encodes quantized non-linear responses associated with mixed state topology. Also, this construction demonstrates how the physical pictures of anomaly inflow and bulk-boundary correspondence extend to non-equilibrium systems.
Pizza and refreshments will be served after the talk.