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Jiannis K. Pachos, University of Leeds
Less is more: effective description of topological spin liquids
It is widely accepted that topological superconductors can only have an effective interpretation in terms of curved geometry rather than gauge fields due to their charge neutrality. This approach is commonly employed in order to investigate their properties, such as the behaviour of their energy currents, though we do not know how accurate it is. I will show that the low-energy properties of the Kitaev honeycomb lattice model, such as the shape of Majorana zero modes or the deformations of the correlation length, are faithfully described in terms of Riemann-Cartan geometry. Moreover, I will present how effective axial gauge fields can couple to Majorana fermions, thus giving a unified picture between vortices and lattice dislocations that support Majorana zero modes.