PHYS-755 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Fleury Romain Christophe Rémy, Delplace Pierre

Language: English


Only this year


This course introduces the elementary topological concepts and tools that recently spread from condensed matter physics to various quantum and classical wave systems.



Pierre Delplace is an invited professor in EPFL STI in 2022. He is only available on specific days, so the entire schedule will be defined and communicated to students in advance (for more details, please e-mail instructors).


Berry phase, Chern numbers, bulk-edge-correspondence, spectral flow, quantized conductivity.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • To analyze a given physics problem through the lens of topology
  • Form a deep understanding of the notion of topological invariants

In the programs

  • Number of places: 50
  • Exam form: Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: Introduction to topological phases
  • Lecture: 25 Hour(s)
  • Exercises: 17 Hour(s)
  • Project: 15 Hour(s)

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