Certain phase transitions between topological quantum field theories (TQFTs) are driven by the condensation of bosonic anyons. However, as bosons in a TQFT are themselves nontrivial collective excitations, there can be topological obstructions that prevent them from condensing. Here we formulate such an obstruction in the form of a no-go theorem. We use it to show that no condensation is possible in SO(3)k TQFTs with odd k. We further show that a 'layered' theory obtained by tensoring SO(3)k TQFT with itself any integer number of times does not admit condensation transitions either. This includes (as the case k = 3) the noncondensability of any number of layers of the Fibonacci TQFT.
- Bose-Einstein condensation
- topological order
- topological quantum field theory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)