Conference on Fractionalization and Emergent Gauge Fields in Quantum Matter

Date & Facts

0408 Dec 2023


What? ICTP conference on Fractionalization and Emergent Gauge Fields in Quantum Matter


When? December 4–8, 2023


Where? Trieste, Italy


Founded nearly fifty years ago, the concept of resonating valence bonds (RVBs) for Mott insulators established a paradigm which branched out throughout correlated electron systems and adjacent fields. Looking at the frontier of contemporary condensed matter physics, several directions of quantum fluid states have surfaced where emergent gauge fields, fractionalization, and topological order, all of which are rooted in the RVB paradigm, play a pivotal role. It spans across a plethora of topics as diverse as spin liquids, unconventional superconductors, and the fractional quantum Hall effect. The conference aims to bring these communities together, using the RVB paradigm as a common thread between them. As such, we are striving for an interactive exchange between those different subfields, and thus a stimulating environment for creating new ideas.


Keeping in mind the current trends, we plan to cover the following exciting topics:

· Kitaev spin liquids – models and materials

· Pyrochlore magnets

· Cuprate superconductors

· Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev (SYK) model

· Kagome magnets

· Fractional quantum Hall effect and Chiral spin liquids



Ganapathy Baskaran (scientific advisor) (IIT Madras, India)

Yasir Iqbal (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India)

Subir Sachdev (Harvard University, USA)

Ronny Thomale (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany)

Marcello Dalmonte (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)


For a list of speakers and further information, please view the event website.


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