Realizing non-Abelian statistics in time-reversal-invariant systems

Paul Fendley, Eduardo Fradkin

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Abstract

We construct a series of (2+1) -dimensional models whose quasiparticles obey non-Abelian statistics. The adiabatic transport of quasiparticles is described by using a correspondence between the braid matrix of the particles and the scattering matrix of (1+1) -dimensional field theories. We discuss in depth lattice and continuum models whose braiding is that of SO(3) Chern-Simons gauge theory, including the simplest type of non-Abelian statistics, involving just one type of quasiparticle. The ground-state wave function of an SO(3) model is related to a loop description of the classical two-dimensional Potts model. We discuss the transition from a topological phase to a conventionally ordered phase, showing in some cases there is a quantum critical point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024412
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume72
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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