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A Caltech Library Repository Feedhttp://www.rssboard.org/rss-specificationpython-feedgenenWed, 31 Jan 2024 18:45:04 +0000Super Pivotal Categories, Fermion Condensation, and Fermionic Topological Phases
https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:05312018-132922155
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Year: 2018
DOI: 10.7907/P9A4-MH26
<p>We describe a systematic way of producing fermionic topological phases using the technique of fermion condensation. We give a prescription for performing fermion condensation in bosonic topological phases which contain an emergent fermion. Our approach to fermion condensation can roughly be understood as coupling the parent bosonic topological phase to a phase of physical fermions, and condensing pairs of physical and emergent fermions. There are two distinct types of objects in fermionic theories, which we call “m-type” and “q-type” particles. The endomorphism algebras of q-type particles are complex Clifford algebras, and they have no analogues in bosonic theories. We construct a fermionic generalization of the tube category, which allows us to compute the quasiparticle excitations in fermionic topological phases. We then prove a series of results relating data in condensed theories to data in their parent theories; for example, if <strong><i>C</i></strong> is a modular tensor category containing a fermion, then the tube category of the condensed theory satisfies <b>Tube</b>(<strong><i>C</i></strong>/ψ) ≅ <strong><i>C</i></strong> × <strong><i>C</i></strong>/ψ. We also study how modular transformations, fusion rules, and coherence relations are modified in the fermionic setting, prove a fermionic version of the Verlinde dimension formula, construct a commuting projector lattice Hamiltonian for fermionic theories, and write down a fermionic version of the Turaev-Viro-Barrett-Westbury state sum.</p> https://thesis.library.caltech.edu/id/eprint/10982