IGA/AMSI Workshop

Topological Matter, Strings, K-theory and related areas

26-30 September 2016

JGP special issue on String geometries, Dualities and Topological Matter

In the past decade, there has been huge surge of interest in topological aspects of condensed matter physics. More recently, it has started to transpire that the mathematics underlying this field has much in common with that used in and stimulated by string theory. This interdisciplinary confluence of ideas provides a rich source of new research directions, in both pure mathematics, as well as their rigorous applications to string theory and topological matter in physics. The idea that materials can exhibit "topological properties", which are robustly protected by some fundamental physical principles such as dynamical symmetries, has become extremely influential in modern condensed matter physics. Such exotic materials have excellent technological promise, and some of the theoretically predictions have already been found experimentally. The topological properties appear to be strongly governed by the same deep mathematics which had previously found application in high energy physics and string theory, for example, in the study of D-branes. A week after the workshop ended, the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics was announced, and given to the scientists David J. Thouless, J. Michael Kosterlitz, Duncan Haldane, in the area of the workshop, "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter".

Venue: Engineering South S111 (map).

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Speakers (with links to slides):

Stephen Bartlett (University of Sydney) (Slides)

Ugo Bruzzo (International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) ) (Slides)

Krzysztof Gawedzki (École normale supérieure de Lyon) (Slides)

Gian Michele Graf (ETH Zurich) (Slides)

Pinhas Grossman (University of New South Wales) (Slides)

Keith Hannabuss (Oxford University) (Slides)

Motoko Kotani (Tohoku University)

Yosuke Kubota (University of Tokyo) (Slides)

Giuseppe De Nittis (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) (Slides)

Emil Prodan (Yeshiva University) (Slides)

Thomas Quella (University of Cologne / University of Melbourne)

David Ridout (University of Melbourne)

Hermann Schulz-Baldes (University Erlangen-Nürnberg) (Slides)

Guo Chuan Thiang (University of Adelaide) (Slides)

Ole Warnaar (University of Queensland) (Slides)

Paul Zinn-Justin (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Jussieu / University of Melbourne)

Slides for student talks:

Hao Guo (University of Adelaide)

Steve Siu (University of Melbourne)

Titles and Abstracts



A $50 registration fee will be charged to non-speakers, with a discount to $40 for AMSI members. The registration fee will go towards funding the workshop dinner. To register, please send an e-mail to David Baraglia, with the following information:

  • Name
  • Position and Affiliation
  • E-mail

  • Travel

    This event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). AMSI allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities (for list of members, see http://amsi.org.au/membership/members/).

    Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply to the Head of Mathematical Sciences for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of the departmental travel allowance.

    To apply for AMSI travel funding, visit http://research.amsi.org.au/travel-funding/.


    Participants, other than the invited speakers, are asked to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. For a list of budget hotels in Adelaide, please click here.

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  • Organisers

    David Baraglia
    School of Mathematical Sciences
    University of Adelaide
    North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005

    Phone: (+61) 08 8313 1604
    Fax: (+61) 08 8313 3696
    E-mail: David Baraglia
    Peter Bouwknegt
    Mathematical Sciences Institute
    Australian National University
    John Dedman Building 27, Union Lane, Canberra ACT 2601

    Phone: (+61) 02 6125 2908
    Fax: (+61) 02 6125 4984
    E-mail: Peter Bouwknegt
    Guo Chuan Thiang
    School of Mathematical Sciences
    University of Adelaide
    North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005

    Phone: (+61) 08 8313 4762
    Fax: (+61) 08 8313 3696
    Guo Chuan Thiang
    Mathai Varghese
    School of Mathematical Sciences
    University of Adelaide
    North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005

    Phone: (+61) 08 8313 4173
    Fax: (+61) 08 8313 3696
    E-mail: Mathai Varghese

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