David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 for their works on topological effects in condensed matter physics.
Duncan Haldane is well-known in France. He spent four years at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, from 1977 to 1981. During a visit to the IPhT in the early 1990s, he exposed some remarkable degeneracies of the spin chain which bears his name. This was the starting point of a collaboration with Denis Bernard, Michel Gaudin and Vincent Pasquier.
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