Emergent higher symmetry in topological phases of matter
Abstract: Global symmetry (0-symmetry) acts on the whole space while higher k-symmetry acts on the codimension-k subspaces. The usual condensed matter lattice theories do not have higher symmetries (unless we engineer fine-tuned toy models). However, for gapped systems, higher symmetries can emerge from the usual condensed matter theories at low energies (usually in a spontaneously broken form). We pointed out that the emergent spontaneously broken higher symmetries are nothing but a kind of topological orders. Thus the study of emergent spontaneously broken higher symmetries is a study of topological order. The emergent higher symmetries can be used to constrain possible phase transitions and possible phases induced by certain types of excitations in topological orders.
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