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Berry Phases

Jonathan Sykes, Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar

Date Icon Week 4, Wednesday 8 February HT 2012
Time Icon 8:15pm

A discussion of the Gauss-Bonnet theorem’s application to Berry phases. The lecture will briefly introduce the Gauss-Bonnet theorem for simple closed curves. It will then move to derive the Berry phase for a laser light in a helix and for magnetic field of a monopole. Conclusion will mention a brief discussion of measurement and further applications.