# SPTs and systems with Topological Order

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I am an undergrad interested in Condensed Matter Theory. Particularly topological phases and systems exhibiting topological order. A potential research advisor doing a lot of work in Symmetry Protected Topological Phases pointed me to a review paper by Senthil (http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.4015) but I have found that despite having taken some of the CMT grad courses at my institution (many-body quantum field theory, cond-mat topics) there are quite a few tools I still lack practice in. Chern-Simons Theory being a prime example. Anyone know some good review papers or perhaps a good path through the literature for someone interested in doing this kind of work?

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-07-14 07:39 (UCT), posted by SE-user Tshimanga
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You should use [resource-recommendation] as one of your tags. I won't edit it in myself since you're using all available tag slots, and I'm not sure which one to remove. Also it's best if you can define your acronyms (with the exception of the very most common ones, e.g. GR, QM, QFT). It took me a minute to figure out condensed matter theory (classical mechanical theory? nope... hmmm).

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-07-14 07:39 (UCT), posted by SE-user Kyle
Thanks for the tip. I'll make the change.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-07-14 07:39 (UCT), posted by SE-user Tshimanga

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That review paper is good.

You'll want to look into this review by Zee on (Fractional) Quantum Hall fluids and the field theory approach. http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/9501022

Wen's book (http://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Field-Theory-Many-body-Systems/dp/019922725X) is also a good resource for many related topics though there are some quirks.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-07-14 07:39 (UCT), posted by SE-user SM Kravec
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