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Non-Abelian braiding of phonons from first principles

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Non-Abelian braiding of quasiparticles can encode quantum information immune from environmental noise with the potential to realize topological quantum computation. Here we propose that phonons, a bosonic excitation of lattice vibrations, can carry non-Abelian charges in their band structures that can be braided using external stimuli. Taking some earthly abundant materials such as silicates [1] and aluminium oxide [2] as representative examples, we demonstrate that an external electric field or electrostatic doping can give rise to phonon band inversions that induce the redistribution of non-Abelian charges, leading to non-Abelian braiding of phonons. We show that phonons can be a primary platform to study non-Abelian braiding in the reciprocal space, and we expand the toolset to study such braiding processes.


[1] Bo Peng, Adrien Bouhon, Bartomeu Monserrat & Robert-Jan Slager. Nature Communications 13, 423 (2022).

[2] Bo Peng, Adrien Bouhon, Robert-Jan Slager & Bartomeu Monserrat. Physical Review B 105 , 085115 (2022).

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