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21/09/2020, 17:00 — 18:00 Europe/Lisbon —
Online

Gil Refael, *Institute for Quantum Information and Matter*

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Floquet higher-order topological insulators: principles and path towards realizations

The co-existence of spatial and non-spatial symmetries together with appropriate commutation/anticommutation relations between them can give rise to static higher-order topological phases, which host gapless boundary modes of co-dimension higher than one. Alternatively, space-time symmetries in a Floquet system can also lead to anomalous Floquet boundary modes of higher co-dimensions, with different commutation/anticommutation relations with respect to non-spatial symmetries. In my talk I will review how these dynamical analogs of the static HOTI's emerge, and also show how a coherently excited phonon mode can be used to support non-trivial Floquet higher-order topological phases. If time allows, I will also review recent work on Floquet engineering and band flattening of twisted-bilayer graphene.

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28/09/2020, 17:00 — 18:00 Europe/Lisbon —
Online

Tom Claeys, *Université Catholique de Louvain*

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Deformed Airy kernel determinants: from KPZ tails to initial data for KdV

Fredholm determinants associated to deformations of the Airy kernel are closely connected to the solution to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) equation with narrow wedge initial data, and they also appear as largest particle distribution in models of positive-temperature free fermions. I will explain how logarithmic derivatives of the Fredholm determinants can be expressed in terms of a $2\times 2$ Riemann-Hilbert problem.

This Riemann-Hilbert representation can be used to derive precise lower tail asymptotics for the solution of the KPZ equation with narrow wedge initial data, refining recent results by Corwin and Ghosal, and it reveals a remarkable connection with a family of unbounded solutions to the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation and with an integro-differential version of the Painlevé II equation.

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12/10/2020, 17:00 — 18:00 Europe/Lisbon —
Online

Masud Haque, *Maynooth University*

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Eigenstate Thermalization, random matrices and (non)local operators in many-body systems

The eigenstate thermalization hypothesis (ETH) is a cornerstone in our understanding of quantum statistical mechanics. The extent to which ETH holds for nonlocal operators (observables) is an open question. I will address this question using an analogy with random matrix theory. The starting point will be the construction of extremely non-local operators, which we call Behemoth operators. The Behemoths turn out to be building blocks for all physical operators. This construction allow us to derive scalings for both local operators and different kinds of nonlocal operators.

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19/10/2020, 13:00 — 14:00 Europe/Lisbon —
Online

Barry Simon, *Caltech*

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Berry's Phase, $\operatorname{TKN}^2$ Integers and All That: My work on Topology in Condensed Matter Physics 1983-1993

I will give an overview of my work on topological methods in condensed matter physics almost 40 years ago. Include will be Homotopy and $\operatorname{TKN}^2$ integers, holonomy and Berry's phase and quarternions and Berry's phase for Fermions. If time allows, I'll discuss supersymmetry and pairs of projections.

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26/10/2020, 17:00 — 18:00 Europe/Lisbon —
Online

Joseph Maciejko, *University of Alberta*

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Hyperbolic band theory

The notions of Bloch wave, crystal momentum, and energy bands are commonly regarded as unique features of crystalline materials with commutative translation symmetries. Motivated by the recent realization of hyperbolic lattices in circuit QED, I will present a hyperbolic generalization of Bloch theory, based on ideas from Riemann surface theory and algebraic geometry. The theory is formulated despite the non-Euclidean nature of the problem and concomitant absence of commutative translation symmetries. The general theory will be illustrated by examples of explicit computations of hyperbolic Bloch wavefunctions and bandstructures.

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30/11/2020, 17:00 — 18:00 Europe/Lisbon —
Online

Gourab Ray, *University of Victoria*

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Universality of dimers via imaginary geometry