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A very late answer, but for symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases, I believe it is true (certainly, no counterexamples are known) that the boundary is "non-trivial" if and only if the bulk is a non-trivial SPT phase. Here "non-trivial" boundary has a very specific meaning. A boundary is "non-trivial" if there is NO symmetry-respecting terms that we can ...



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