Topological Quantum Numbers in Nonrelativistic Physics

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World Scientific, 1998 - Science - 426 pages
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Describes the theory of topological quantum numbers, starting with Dirac's argument for the quantization of electric charge, and continuing with discussions on the helium superfluids, flux quantization, the quantum Hall effect, solids and liquid crystals, and the importance of topological concepts in the theory of phase transitions in two dimensions. Material is accessible to those with background in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. The bulk of the book consists of reprints of classic experimental and theoretical papers, written from the 1930s to the 1990s. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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David Thouless is Professor of Physics and Edwin Uehling Distinguished Scholar at the University of Washington.

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