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Novel phase transitions in spin-1 Bose-Einstein Condensates


In this talk I will discuss the critical properties of spin-1 polar spinor
condensates. I will focus on two spatial dimensions at finite
temperatures. Here, the topological binding of vorticity to nematic disclinations leads
to a rich phase diagram. The physics is captured by a U(1) version of the
celebrated Ashkin-Teller model. In particular, I will discuss a novel
"cascaded" Kosterlitz-Thouless critical point, characterized by two
diverging scales and a non-universal superfluid stiffness jump. I will
also present Monte Carlo simulations to support these results.