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    Phase transitions in topological lattice models via topological symmetry breaking

    Burnell, F.J. and Simon, Steven H. and Slingerland, Joost (2012) Phase transitions in topological lattice models via topological symmetry breaking. New Journal of Physics (NJP), 14. 015004. ISSN 1367-2630

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    We study transitions between phases of matter with topological order. By studying these transitions in exactly solvable lattice models we show how universality classes may be identified and critical properties described. As a familiar example to elucidate our results concretely, we describe in detail a transition between a fully gapped achiral 2D p -wave superconductor ( p +i p for pseudo-spin up/ p − i p for pseudo-spin down) to an s-wave superconductor. We show in particular that this transition is of the 2D transverse field Ising universality class.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Phase transitions; topological lattice models; topological symmetry breaking;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematical Physics
    Item ID: 4796
    Depositing User: Dr. Joost Slingerland
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 16:50
    Journal or Publication Title: New Journal of Physics (NJP)
    Publisher: Institute of Physics (IoP) and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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