Into the Vortex: Review of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

On Wednesday 30th November, Prof Simon Hands from the Physics Department of Swansea University took a diverse audience of Swansea University physics undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as staff on a fascinating tour into the exotic world of topological phases of matter.

Into the VortexStarting from the basic physics of magnets, and introducing the concept of phase transitions between different states of matter, he moved on to explain the strange physical phenomena underlying the pioneering works by David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz, who have been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics ”for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”.

For those who have missed the talk, the video stream is available at: 

Physics Nobel Prize 2016