I briefly discuss three phenomena arising in recent work where the realization of symmetries in quantum mechanics is unusual. The first of these is, I believe, the very simplest realization of non-trivial confinement by a mechanism of charge-flux frustration. It arises in models having several coupled abelian Chern-Simons gauge symmetries, which closely resemble effective theories used for the quantum Hall effect. The second is symmetry obstruction by non-abelian flux, which has implications for 2+1 dimensional supergravity. Third is the possibility of new varieties of quantum statistics: non-abelian and projective.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics