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Simple models that exhibit topological phase transitions

There are a number of physical systems with phases described by topologically protected invariants (fractional quantum Hall, topological insulators) but what are the simplest mathematical models that ...
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Topological Charge. What is it Physically?

I have seen the term topological charge defined in an abstract mathematical way as a essentially a labeling scheme for particles which follows certain rules. However I am left guessing when trying to ...
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Whis is the difference between charge fractionalization in 1D and 2D?

Both 1D Polyacetelene and 2D fractional quantum Hall state can support fractional excitations. But as I can see, there are some differences: the ground state of Polyacetelene breaks translational ...
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FQH Edge Theory as decoupled chiral bosons

The action describing the edge theory of the Fractional Quantum Hall effect is given by \begin{equation} S = \frac{1}{4\pi} \int \mathrm{d}x \ \mathrm{d}t \left[ K_{IJ} \ \partial_{t}\phi_{RI} ...