# Mathematical Conversations

**Topic: **Spectral gaps without frustration

**Speaker: **Marius Lemm

**Affiliation: **California Institute of Technology; Member, School of Mathematics

**Date & Time: **Wednesday October 18th, 2017, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

**Location: **Dilworth Room

In spin systems, the existence of a spectral gap has far-reaching consequences. "Frustration-free" spin systems form a subclass that is special enough to make the spectral gap problem amenable and, at the same time, broad enough to be physically relevant. We discuss "finite-size criteria", which allow to bound the spectral gap of the infinite system by the spectral gap of finite subsystems. We focus on the connection between spectral gaps and boundary conditions.