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Spin Ice, Fractionalization and Topological Order

Speaker: 
Shivaji Sondhi (Princeton)
Date: 
Wed, 14/08/2013 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
S13-M01-11 (Physics Conference Room)
Host: 
Shaffique Adam
Event Type: 
Seminars

The spin ice compounds are highly unusual magnets which epitomize a set of concepts of great interest in modern condensed matter physics:  their low-energy physics exhibits an emergent gauge field and their excitations are magnetic monopoles which arise from the fractionalization of the microscopic magnetic spin degrees of freedom. I will provide an introduction to these concepts and survey the thermodynamics, statics and dynamics---in and out of equilibrium---of spin ice from these vantage points.

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