The Winding Road to Topological Insulators
This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.
This talk will review progress in the classification of insulating
states of matter, focusing on the unique properties of topological
insulators and their discovery from a careful consideration of the low
energy electronic physics of single-layer graphene. Physical
realizations in two dimensional spin-orbit coupled semiconductors and
in three dimensional materials will be discussed.