Intensive week on topological insulators

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Introduction to topological insulators and
their implementations in artificial matter setups

Institut für Angewandte Physik, Universität Bonn,
Wegelerstr. 8, 53115 Bonn
Hörsaal (lecture hall), March 13-17th, 2017

If you are interested, please register for the course on or before March 5th, 2017 by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  containing your name, student number (Matrikelnummer), and whether you intend to obtain credit points (4 CP). Please also specify the subject line in the email "Registration: Intensive week on Topological Insulators".

Students who pass a short written examination (30 minutes) on Thursday – consisting of simple conceptual questions – will obtain credit points. Students from Bonn and Cologne should also register themselves in the Basis system to obtain credit points.


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The intensive week consists of lectures introducing graduate students to the very active research field of topological insulators. Participants are required to have good knowledge of basic quantum mechanics and familiarity with basic concepts in condensed matter physics (Bloch theorem, energy bands, etc.). No prior knowledge of topology is assumed.

The main body of the intensive week is a course held by J. K. Asbóth, based on the lecture notes “A Short Course on Topological Insulators”, freely available at Through simple one- and two-dimensional model Hamiltonians, participants will acquire a good physical understanding of the core concepts of topological insulators. Among the questions covered: What is topological in a band insulator? What are edge states? How is their number given by the so-called bulk-boundary correspondence principle? How and against what are edge states protected? This is complemented by A. Alberti, presenting a selection of modern experiments demonstrating topological effects in ultracold atoms and nanophotonics setups. Additionally, guest speakers will give an introduction to “frontier” research topics in this field. The course will be accompanied by laboratory tours, exercise and interactive discussion sessions in the afternoon.



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