Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: The organizers (UMCP) -

Abstract: We will discuss possible topics for this year and a plan for approaching them. We could continue with mirror symmetry, or discuss TQFTs, or some other topic.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Jonathan Rosenberg (UMCP) - http://math.umd.edu/~jmr

Abstract: This will be an introduction to the topic for this semester, topological states of matter. For relevant references, please see the seminar web page.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Tristan Hubsch (Howard) - http://physics1.howard.edu/~thubsch/

Abstract: This will be a review of some basics of condensed matter theory.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Ian Teixeira (UMCP)

Abstract: We will start on Tong's notes on the quantum Hall effect (QHE).

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Ian Teixeira (UMCP)

Abstract: More on Tong's notes on the quantum Hall effect (QHE).

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Freddy Cisneros (UMd physics)

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Freddy Cisneros (UMD Physics) -

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Jonathan Rosenberg (UMd Math)

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Freddy Cisneros (UMD Physics) -

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Freddy Cisneros (UMD Physics) -

Abstract: This week we will discuss edge states and how they relate to the bulk.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Matthew Yu (UMD) -

Abstract: We will introduce the concept of a topological field theory, namely Chern-Simons theory, and describe show how some results of the quantum Hall effect can be derived from the Chern-Simons action. I will be following Tong with some additional remarks on topological field theories.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Matthew Yu (UMD) -

Abstract: We will introduce the concept of a topological field theory, namely Chern-Simons theory, and describe show how some results of the quantum Hall effect can be derived from the Chern-Simons action. I will be following Tong with some additional remarks on topological field theories.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Matt Calkins (UMD) -

Abstract: This will be related to the famous paper of C.L. Kane and E.J. Mele, Z/2 Topological order and the quantum spin Hall effect. Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 146802 (2005), arXiv:cond-mat/0506581.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Daniel Lay -

Abstract: We will start going through Nigel Hitchin's Lectures on Generalized Geometry, arXiv:1008.0973

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Ian Teixeira -

Abstract: We will continue going through Nigel Hitchin's Lectures on Generalized Geometry, arXiv:1008.0973

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Ian Teixeira -Abstract: More on gerbes and twists. See Hitchin's article "What is a gerbe?" athttp://www.ams.org/notices/200302/what-is.pdf for more details.

Where: Physics Bldg 1117

Speaker: Freddy Cisneros -

Abstract: We'll take a break from generalized complex Kaehler manifolds to discuss geometry of parameter spaces in quantum mechanical models. Reference: notes by Erich Mueller,

http://muellergroup.lassp.cornell.edu/Basic_Training_Spring_2014/Geometry_files/geometry.pdf