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"Nested Topological Order", Hector Bombin, Miguel Martin-Delgado, 2011

Reviewed August 21, 2023

Citation: Bombin, H., and M. A. Martin-Delgado. "Nested topological order." New Journal of Physics 13.12 (2011): 125001.

Web: https://arxiv.org/abs/0803.4299

Tags: Abelian-anyons, Non-abelian-anyons

This paper discusses a first example of domain walls and islands in generalized surface code models, and the power of passing quantum information across the boundaries.

The context is that of symmetry breaking, where there can be small islands of a topological phase in which the symmetry has broken down into a quotient of a subgroup of the gauge group.

Braiding these islands has non-trivial effects, and having more islands increases the ground state degeneracy. Hence, this sort of "nested topological order" gives a new paradigm of topological quantum computation.