to·​po·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌtä-pə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce topological (audio) \

Definition of topological

1 : of or relating to topology
2 : being or involving properties unaltered under a homeomorphism continuity and connectedness are topological properties

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topologically \ ˌtä-​pə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce topologically (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web The group has since gained even better control over the BEC medium, enabling them to detect the decay of the knots and the formation of a new type of topological defect (a vortex). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists capture first footage of quantum knots unraveling in superfluid," 15 Nov. 2019 On the surface of a topological insulator, electrons flow smoothly, while on the inside, electrons are immobile. Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018 As Mark Pearson explains, this is because of topological continuity. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Slippery Math of Causation’," 29 June 2018 Helium three, at these low temperatures, forms a special kind of superfluid, called a topological superfluid. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal," 2 June 2018 So, no one was exactly sure if a topological insulator laser could exist. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Many rings, not one, create a laser to confound us all," 2 Feb. 2018 The research marks the first release of data from PolarGAP, which aims to fill in topological information about the area around the South Pole. David Freeman /, NBC News, "Vast hidden canyons and mountain ranges discovered in Antarctica," 26 May 2018 That property makes topological qubits attractive for quantum computers. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?," 8 May 2018 Physicists have also observed topological protection in electromagnetic waves. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of topological

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Topological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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