University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Title: The quantum Hall effect, the theta angle, instantons and all that
Biography: Adrianus M M Pruisken
The quantum Hall effect is an outstanding laboratory for investigating and exploring topological principles in quantum field theory in general, and the strong coupling problems in QCD in particular. In this talk I review some of the highlights and misconceptions spanning more than three decades of research on the subject. This includes the laboratory experiments on the quantum Hall “plateau transitions” as well as the emergence of new concepts such as “super-universality” of quantum Hall physics.