Event Highlights

When Condensed Matter Meets Cold Atom

IAS Program and Croucher Conference on Topological Phases in Condensed Matter and Cold Atomic Systems
11 – 19 Dec 2015

The search for topological phases and the study of their properties have become two of the most important topics in condensed matter physics and cold atomic gases in recent years. The IAS Program and Croucher Conference on Topological Phases in Condensed Matter and Cold Atomic Systems held last Fall provided a platform for physicists and researchers from both fields to get together to share their research insights and experiences.

Around 140 participants joined the 9-day event and over 60 talks were delivered. Recent developments in topological insulators, topological crystalline insulators, Majorana fermions and nodal topological phases such as 3D Dirac and Weyl semimetals were covered in the Condensed Matter session while artificial magnetic field, spin-orbit coupling, novel optical lattices and quantum fluids were discussed in the Cold Atom session.