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    • CommentAuthorUrs
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2020
    • (edited Feb 12th 2020)

    After thinking about whether this discussion should go to any or all of topological phases of matter, topological states of matter, topological order, topological insulators (quite a mess of terminology!), let me give it it’s own stand-alone entry hereby.

    Similarly, I will finally create a corresponding stand-alone entry for K-theory classification of D-brane charge

    v1, current

    • CommentRowNumber2.
    • CommentAuthorUrs
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2022
    • (edited May 7th 2022)

    Eventually I’ll write up a decent Idea-section for this entry, but for the moment I have a question to the experts reading here (if any):

    Besides the generic non-spatial CPT-symmetries that make the 10-fold way, I suppose a crystalline insulator could exhibit further non-spatial internal symmetries , no?

    I imagine in general there may be a discrete group G intG_{int} of “internal symmetries” acting on the internal degrees of freedom of the electrons at one lattice site.

    For example, if any spin-orbit coupling etc. may strictly de disregarded, then there ought to be an extra non-spatial G int=/2G_{int} = \mathbb{Z}/2 “spin reversal symmetry” enjoyed by the material, and we might ask the K-theory classification to respect that.

    But generally it feels plausible that larger finite groups G intG_{int} could act as non-spatial symmetries on lattice sites, such that if we ask for classifications respecting this extra non-spatial symmetry, then we should include such a factor of G intG_{int} in the equivariance group for the K-theory.

    Has this been discussed anywhere?

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    • CommentAuthorUrs
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2022

    In short, I am probably asking very simply if the combination of

    1. “symmetry protected topological order”

    2. “K-theory classification of topological phases”

    has been discussed in a substantial way anywhere?

    It sounds like the answer should trivially be “Yes, of course!” but maybe there is a little disconnect between the two communities who subscribe to these two terms, respectively.

    For instance arXiv:1906.02892 speaks as if these are two mutually exclusive concepts (which I wouldn’t think they are):

    The question now is this: is there a general mathematical framework for the classification of SPT phases in the same way as there is K-theory for topological insulators?