Dr Guo Chuan Thiang
Position  ARC DECRA Fellow 

Org Unit  Mathematical Sciences 
guochuan.thiang@adelaide.edu.au  
Telephone  +61 8 8313 4762 
Location 
Floor/Room
6 60
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Ingkarni Wardli Building
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North Terrace


Biography/ Background
I am currently an ARC DECRA Fellow (from 2017) at the Institute for Geometry and its Applications, University of Adelaide, specialising in mathematical physics.
I was awarded a University of Adelaide Research Fellowship for 2018.
From 20152017, I was an ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Adelaide.
I completed a DPhil in mathematics at the University of Oxford in December 2014 (conferred March 2016). Prior to this, I studied physics and mathematics at the National University of Singapore and the University of Cambridge.
In 2010, I was a research assistant at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore.

Research Interests
I work on applications of Ktheory, differential and algebraic topology, operator algebras, index theory, and noncommutative geometry to the phenomena of topological phases of matter in condensed matter physics. My contributions include a rigorous analysis of the general classification problem for topological insulating phases, the classification of topological semimetal phases, and the formulation of bulkboundary correspondences. Some notes for a lecture series given in FebMar '17 in Leiden are available here, and notes for a lecture series given in FebMarch in Seoul and Taiwan are available here.
I am also interested in the mathematical structures underlying Tduality and the analysis of Dbranes in string theory, and finding their analogues in the condensed matter setting. For instance, I introduced the notion of Tduality of topological insulators in a paper with V. Mathai. Together with K. Hannabuss, we demonstrated the conceptual and computational utility of Tduality in simplifying and providing geometric intuition for bulkboundary correspondence for topological insulators.
I am currently investigating the global topology of semimetallic band structures through techniques in generalised degree theory. These have the potential to realise exotic topologically stable fermions which are characterised by subtle topological invariants. In particular, there are intriguing links between semimetal topology, and SeibergWitten invariants and torsions of manifolds. In the presence of timereversal symmetry, semimetals realise a new exotic type of monopole.
Another recent direction is the study of toplogical phases in different geometries. The idea that manybody effects can change the effective geometry "felt" by a single electron had previously been used to model the fractional quantum Hall effect. Utilising a variant of Tduality for Riemann surfaces, I formulated a bulkboundary correspondence for fractional indices for the first time.
In the singleparticle framework, Euclidean symmetries may also be broken to crystallographic symmetries, and I formulated a crystallographic bulkboundary correspondence and found connections to twisted index theory. This insight also paves the way to the idea of crystallographic Tduality.
I am also interested in the possibility of using Ktheoretic and Tduality techniques to study bosonic analogues of topological insulators, and its string theory implications.
Previously, I dabbled in algebraic quantum field theory, and was a researcher in quantum information theory at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore.
Events
In September 2016, I organised a conference on mathematical topics at the interface of string theory, condensed matter physics, Ktheory, operator algebras, and geometry. [Website]
In 2017, I coorganised workshops on string geometries and dualities [Website], gauge theory and higher geometry [Website], and the AustraliaChina conference in noncommutative geometry and related areas. [Website]
In 2018, I am the convenor of the Differential Geometry Seminar in the University of Adelaide [Website]

Publications
Refereed papers
 Tduality simplifies bulkboundary correspondence: the noncommutative case (with K. Hannabuss and V. Mathai). Letters in Mathematical Physics 108(5) 11631201 (2018) [1603.00116]
 FuKaneMele monopoles in semimetals (with K. Sato and K. Gomi). Nuclear Physics B 923 107125 (2017) [1705.06657]
 Differential topology of semimetals (with V. Mathai). Communications in Mathematical Physics 355(2) 561602 (2017) [1611.08961]

Global topology of Weyl semimetals and Fermi arcs (with V. Mathai). Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical (Letter) 50(11) 11LT01 (2017) [1607.02242] Publicity at JPhys+

Tduality simplifies bulkboundary correspondence: the parametrised case (with K. Hannabuss and V. Mathai). Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics 20(5) 11931226 (2016) [1510.04785]

Tduality simplifies bulkboundary correspondence: some higher dimensional cases (with V. Mathai). Annales Henri Poincaré 17(12) 33993424 (2016) [1506.04492]

Tduality simplifies bulkboundary correspondence (with V. Mathai). Communications in Mathematical Physics 345(2) 675701 (2016) [1505.05250]

On the Ktheoretic classification of topological phases of matter. Annales Henri Poincaré 17(4) 757794 (2016) [1406.7366]

Tduality of topological insulators (with V. Mathai). Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical (Fast Track Communication) 48 42FT02 (2015) [1503.01206] Publicity at IOPSCIENCE

Topological phases: isomorphism, homotopy and Ktheory. International Journal of Geometric Methods in Modern Physics. 12 1550098 (2015) [1412.4191]

Degree of Separability of Bipartite Quantum States. Physical Review A 82(1) 012332 (2010)

Optimal LewensteinSanpera Decomposition for twoqubit states using Semidefinite Programming (with B.G. Englert and P. Raynal). Physical Review A 80(5) 052313 (2009)
Conference Proceedings
 Tduality and Ktheory: a view from condensed matter physics. In: Noncommutative Geometry and Physics IV, proceedings for TFC thematic year 2015 on "Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics: Strings, Black Holes and Quantum Information", pp. 279314 (2017)
 On the Ktheoretic classification of topological phases of matter (conspectus). In: Proceedings of Frontiers of Fundamental Physics 14 (2014)
Preprints Topological phases on the hyperbolic plane: fractional bulkboundary correpondence (with V. Mathai). [1712.02952]
 Crystallographic bulkedge correspondence: glide reflections and twisted mod 2 indices (with K. Gomi). [1804.03945]
 Crystallographic Tduality (with K. Gomi). [1806.11385]

Files
 Lecture notes on topological phases and Ktheory (updated 2 May 17)  Leiden_Lectures_2_May.pdf [492.2K] (application/pdf)
 CV  11 May 2018  CV11_May_18.pdf [102.5K] (application/pdf)
 Seoul lectures on Ktheory and Tduality of topological phases  Seoul_lectures.pdf [2.6MB] (application/pdf)
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