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The Conformal Spectrum of NonAbelian Anyons
by Nima Doroud, David Tong, Carl Turner
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Authors (as Contributors):  Nima Doroud · David Tong · Carl Turner 
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Arxiv Link:  https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.05848v1 (pdf) 
Date submitted:  20170206 01:00 
Submitted by:  Tong, David 
Submitted to:  SciPost Physics 
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Academic field:  Physics 
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Approach:  Theoretical 
Abstract
We study the spectrum of multiple nonAbelian anyons in a harmonic trap. The system is described by ChernSimons theory, coupled to either bosonic or fermionic nonrelativistic matter, and has an SO(2,1) conformal invariance. We describe a number of special properties of the spectrum, focussing on a class of protected states whose energies are dictated by their angular momentum. We show that the angular momentum of a bound state of nonAbelian anyons is determined by the quadratic Casimirs of their constituents.
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Strengths
1. The authors make a clear connection with the abelian threeanyon problem
2. The introduction is well written
3. Quantum mechanical conformal invariance is wellexplained
4. The authors use this invariance to determine the spectrum of nonabelian anyons
5. As an alternative, they use perturbation theory to determine the spectrum of some of the states
Weaknesses
1. The authors should include a plot like figure 1 to illustrate the difference between abelian and non abelian anyons.
It would be nice to see which states can be calculated analytically and which ones are not.
2. It is not clear which fraction of the states are accessible analytically. Could the authors comment on that?
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This is a well written paper that should be published after including the suggestions below.
Requested changes
1. Add a figure as Fig. 1 for the case of three nonabelian anyons (with only the analytical states).
2. Explain how the nonabelian action affects the number of states that can be obtained analytically.