Colloquium on March 28, 2011

Victor Gurarie
University of Colorado

Non-Abelian particles in a two dimensional world

Non-Abelian particles are hypothetical quantum particles which are neither bosons nor fermions. They are presumed to live in some two dimensional many-body systems, although they were never observed in any experiment. They are also presumed, once they are observed, to provide the necessary breakthrough to build a working quantum computer. I will talk about what they are, where they can be found, and discuss various proposals to observe them in realistic condensed matter and cold atomic experiments.