Symmetry and Topology in Condensed Matter Physics

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 166

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Bijenička 32, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: condensed matter physics

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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Bijenička 32, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: two dimensional insulators

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symmetry and topology play fundamental roles in modern condensed matter physics, providing powerful frameworks for understanding the behavior of materials and the emergence of novel physical phenomena. In that respect, the interplay and synergy between symmetry and topology is particularly intriguing. Symmetry can protect or enforce certain topological properties in materials, leading to the discovery of new classes of topological materials, while symmetry-breaking processes, spontaneous or induced from the outside, can engender topological phase transitions. Within condensed matter physics, it has opened up new avenues for discovering and understanding materials with unique electronic, optical, and transport properties, among which just brief examples are the well-known topological insulators, topological semimetals such as Weyl semimetals, Dirac materials, and others. These concepts have stimulated research in areas such as topological quantum computing, topological superconductivity, topological photonics, and topological effects on collective inter-band excitations, among others. There is potential for technological applications in the future, equally directed to the fields of bulk materials as well as fabricated heterostructures, including meso- and nanoscopic systems.

This Special Issue of Symmetry will focus on the selected topics of interplay between symmetry and topology related to the condensed matter systems. Besides the contributions to the above-mentioned systems, their mathematical models, and experimental realizations, novel aspects dealing with Weyl and Dirac materials, chiral edge and exotic surface topologically protected states, symmetry breaking mechanisms and topological phase transitions, topological computing and anyons, topological spintronics, novel symmetry- and topology-related aspects in the field of nanoelectromechanical and other mesoscopic systems, etc., are welcome either in the form of short reviews or original papers.

Dr. Danko Radic
Dr. Zoran Rukelj
Guest Editors

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  • symmetry and topology
  • topological materials
  • symmetry-breaking mechanisms
  • topological phase transitions
  • topological invariants
  • exotic edge and surface states
  • topological computing and anyons
  • Weyl and Dirac materials

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