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Title: State sum constructions of spin-TFTs and string net constructions of fermionic phases of matter

It is possible to describe fermionic phases of matter and spin-topological field theories in 2+1d in terms of bosonic “shadow” theories, which are obtained from the original theory by “gauging fermionic parity”. Furthemore, the fermionic/spin theories are recovered from their shadow by a process of fermionic anyon condensation: gauging a one-form symmetry generated by quasi-particles with fermionic statistics. We apply the formalism to theories which admit gapped boundary conditions. We obtain Turaev-Viro-like and Levin-Wen-like constructions of fermionic phases of matter. Here, we describe the group structure of fermionic SPT phases protected by Z 2f × G. The quaternion group makes a surprise appearance.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Perimeter Inst. for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON (Canada)
  2. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0011632
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 2017; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479
Publisher:
Springer Berlin
Research Org:
California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Anomalies in Field and String Theories; Discrete Symmetries; Topological Field Theories; Topological States of Matter
OSTI Identifier:
1393477