Topological glass states

Tai Kai Ng*, Yi Zhou, Lei Han TANG

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


In connection with the recent discussion of topological order and topological phase transitions in quantum systems, we reexamine the circumstances that lead to the appearance of a topological glass in certain classical lattice spin models. Local bonding enforces constraints on low-energy states that organize themselves into topologically distinct classes that break ergodicity but not any apparent symmetry as in the usual Landau theory of phase transitions. Various properties of such a topological glass are demonstrated using two classical Ising-like models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10003
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Topological glass states'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this