Topological Physics with Atoms and Photons
In this talk, I will discuss the recent experimental realization with ultracold atoms of the Harper-Hofstadter Hamiltonian, a model describing the motion of electrons on a lattice in the presence of a strong magnetic field and which gives rise to non-trivial band topologies. Then I will describe on-going work at JQI to experimentally realize topological photonic crystals with the goal of studying interactions of topological light with quantum emitters in a solid-state, chip-scale system.
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