This volume contains the proceedings of the AMS Special Session on Topological Phases of Matter and Quantum Computation, held from September 24-25, 2016, at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Topological quantum computing has exploded in popularity in recent years.
Sitting at the triple point between mathematics, physics, and computer science, it has the potential to revolutionize sub-disciplines in these fields.
The academic importance of this field has been recognized in physics through the 2016 Nobel Prize.
In mathematics, some of the 1990 Fields Medals were awarded for developments in topics that nowadays are fundamental tools for the study of topological quantum computation.
Moreover, the practical importance of this discipline has been underscored by recent industry investments. The relative youth of this field combined with a high degree of interest in it makes now an excellent time to get involved.
Furthermore, the cross-disciplinary nature of topological quantum computing provides an unprecedented number of opportunities for cross-pollination of mathematics, physics, and computer science.
This can be seen in the variety of works contained in this volume.
With articles coming from mathematics, physics, and computer science, this volume aims to provide a taste of different sub-disciplines for novices and a wealth of new perspectives for veteran researchers.
Regardless of your point of entry into topological quantum computing or your experience level, this volume has something for you.