Symmetry/Asymmetry in Topological Phases

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 160

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tian Chen
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Guest Editor
Key Laboratory of Advanced Optoelectronic Quantum Architecture and Measurements, Ministry of Education, Beijing Key Laboratory of Nanophotonics & Ultrafine Optoelectronic Systems, School of Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
Interests: topological phase and properties; quantum random walk properties
Prof. Dr. Daohong Song
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Guest Editor
The MOE Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, TEDA Applied Physics Institute and School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300457, China
Interests: optical transmission and field regulation in topological optical microstructures
Dr. Fuchuan Lei
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
2. School of Physics, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
Interests: optics; laser; optomechanics; photonics; nonlinear optics; optical physics; optical fibers; micro-optics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Topological phenomena have been widely discussed in recent years, involving research fields ranging from Hermitian systems to non-Hermitian systems, from satisfying Euclidean geometry to non-Euclidean geometry. When studying topological phenomena, symmetry plays a very important role. The topological phase transition emerges, accompanying the change in symmetry. Especially when extended to non-Hermitian or non-Euclidean systems, the novel topological phenomena have a close relation with special symmetries.

The relationship between topological phenomena and symmetry is not only limited to theoretical discussions, but has also been extensively elaborated on multiple experimental platforms, for example, condensed matter materials, cold atoms, superconducting systems, optical platforms, acoustic crystals, electric circuits, etc. On these platforms, by measuring the corresponding physical quantities specific to the platform, it is possible to demonstrate the changes in topological properties as symmetry changes. Moreover, observing the relationship between topological phase and symmetry can not only verify the correctness of the theory, but also provide guidance for topological-related functional devices through symmetry.

The goal of this Special Issue is to explore the effects of symmetry and asymmetry on topological phases. Manuscripts may include (but are not limited to) the explicit discussion of the relation between symmetry/ asymmetry and topology; the prediction of topology with the aid of machine learning and other computation skills; studies conducted nder non-Hermitian or non-Euclidean geometry conditions; the effects of symmetry and asymmetry on topology, including changes in topological states, topological phase transitions, and topological functional devices; experimental verification of the relationship between symmetry/asymmetry and topological phases.

Please note that all submissions should fit the scope of the Symmetry journal.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Tian Chen
Prof. Dr. Daohong Song
Dr. Fuchuan Lei
Guest Editors

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  • symmetry/asymmetry in new topological phases
  • non-Hermitian system
  • non-Euclidean geometry condition
  • topological functional devices
  • machine learning

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