Topological insulator are materials formed by a insulator bulk and metallic surfaces with topological origin. These materials may be important for developments in Quantum Computing and Spintronics.

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Why p-wave superconductors are rare in nature?

I have the basic question that why so many superconducting materials are s-wave and d-wave pairing, but the p-wave superconductors are so rare in nature? An equivalent question may be that why ...
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Phase factor for nearest neighbor hopping in the Haldane Model

In Haldane's model, he imagines a staggered magnetic field in graphene where the net flux through a unit cell is zero. To model this, he has a phase factor in next nearest neighbor hopping on the ...
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Topological insulators: why K-theory classification rather than homotopy classification?

I am reading a 2009 paper by Kitaev on K-theory classification of topological insulators. In the 4th page, 1st paragraph in the section "Classification principles", he says, Continuous ...
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How much merit is there in the heuristic argument of bulk-edge relation for topological insulators?

Take 2D quantum hall insulator for example. The typical argument goes like this: We have a Hamiltonian that has translation symmetry in both directions on a infinite lattice, and we assign a integer ...
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How to derive the spin-orbit term in Kane Mele model?

The Kane mele model is a famous quantum spin hall model on honeycomb lattice (C.L. Kane and E.J. Mele, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 226801 (2005)). The Hamiltonian is $$H = - t\sum\limits_{\left\langle ...
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How to determine the orientation of the massive Dirac Hamiltonian?

In the calculation of the Chern number within a 2D lattice model, let's take the Haldane model for example, the Chern number$=\pm1$ has 2 contributions coming from 2 Dirac points described by ...
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Which of these two different forms of spin-orbit interaction is correct?

I am seeing the spin-orbit interaction in two different ways: $\lambda [\mathbf{p} \times \nabla V]\cdot \sigma$ $\lambda [\nabla V \times \mathbf{p}]\cdot \sigma$ I don't see how these two ...
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Edge states in the “half BHZ” model

Consider the "half BHZ" Hamiltonian $${\cal H}=\sum_{\mathbf{k}}\left(A\sin(k_{x})\sigma_{x}+A\sin(k_{y})\sigma_{y}+{\cal M}(\mathbf{k})\sigma_{z}\right)c_{\mathbf{k}}^{\dagger}c_{\mathbf{k}}$$ where ...
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Topological Insulators: is HgX a special case?

I got confused by reading this article: Francois Virot, Roland Hayn, Manuel Richter, and Jeroen van den Brink. “Engineering topological surface-states: HgS, HgSe and HgTe.” arXiv preprint ...
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Experimental evidence for non-abelian anyons?

Since non-abelian anyons have become quite fashionable from the point of view of theory. I would like to know, whether there has actually been experimental confirmation of such objects. If you could ...
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TKNN invariant changes due to continuous deformation of parameter space

Naively, I would assume that a topological invariant remains invariant under continuous deformations of whatever space the invariant belongs to. In the case of topological insulators, this space is ...
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Is band-inversion a 'necessary and sufficient' condition for Topological Insulators?

According to my naive understanding of topological insulators, an inverted band strucure in the bulk (inverted with respect to the vaccum/trivial insulator surrounding it) implies the existence of a ...
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Determining spectra of edge states numerically

Normally we write a Bloch Hamiltonian $H(\mathbf{k})$ for the bulk and determine the spectrum which gives us various bands i.e we basically obtain $E=E(\mathbf{k})$ for the bulk only. Also in the ...
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A simple conjecture on the Chern number of a 2-level Hamiltonian $H(\mathbf{k})$?

For example, let's consider a quadratic fermionic Hamiltonian on a 2D lattice with translation symmetry, and assume that the Fourier transformed Hamiltonian is described by a $2\times2$ Hermitian ...
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Vortices and chemical potential in topological superconductors

I am trying to read up some review articles about Majorana physics in topological material, but I am not really familiar with the condensed matter terminology (with condensed matter in general I ...
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Finding parity eigenvalues from a character table

The all-electron code Wien2K will optionally calculate the character tables for a specified list of $k$-points. I'd like to know the parity eigenvalue for a given $k$-point and band index. Is there ...
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Parity of the surface state in a Topological Insulator (TI)?

Please bear with this experimentalist trying to understand the subtleties of TIs in what may well be imprecise language. I appreciate that one can deduce the topological trivial or non-trivial nature ...
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What's the meaning of “topological” in “symmetry protected topological phase”

I am trying to understand the symmetry protected topological phase. Most papers only explain the symmetry but none of them explain the meaning of "topological". My question is : What's the meaning ...
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how to determine the parity eigenvalues of time-reversal invariant momenta point from first principle calculation when we judge topological insulator?

This is a question of topological insulator. Liang Fu and C. L. Kane proposed a method to judge whether an inversion symmetric insulator is a topological insulator or not in their article(L. Fu and ...
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Fermion zero modes under 1+1 D Higgs spacetime vortex?

Jackiw and Rossi had a classic paper Zero modes of the vortex-fermion system (1981). In that nice-written paper, they found fermionic zero modes of Dirac operator under nontrivial Higgs vortex in 2D ...
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How to write the single electron spin-orbit coupling under an external magnetic field?

As we know, without the external magnetic field, the single electron spin-orbit coupling(SOC) has the form $\boldsymbol{\sigma}\cdot(\boldsymbol{\nabla} V\times \mathbf{p})$ up to a coefficient, ...
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Do topological superconductors exhibit symmetry-enriched topological order?

Gapped Hamiltonians with a ground-state having long-range entanglement (LRE), are said to have topological order (TO), while if the ground state is short-range entangled (SRE) they are in the trivial ...
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Topological insulators - Surface states have a phase?

When I look at the circle of the Dirac cone around the Dirac point of, let's say, $Bi_2Se_3$, then the electron winds around and it is true that it goes from momentum $-k$ and spin-up to $+k$ and ...
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About Dirac cones

This nice image of Dirac cones (from this article), in a ($E,\vec k$ graph) will be an introduction for several questions, in the realm of topological insulators. 1) Does the Dirac cone appears ...
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Reconciling topological insulators and topological order

We make an important distinction between the topological insulators (which are essentially uncorrelated band insulators, "with a twist") and topological order (which covers a variety of exotic ...
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Where does the Berry phase of $\pi$ come from in a topological insulator?

The Berry connection and the Berry phase should be related. Now for a topological insulator (TI) (or to be more precise, for a quantum spin hall state, but I think the Chern parities are calculated in ...
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Hexagonal Warping

Hexagonal warping had observed in $Bi_2Te_3$. Is it related somehow with the topological insulator type? Is it a characteristic of weak topological insulator or are there other reasons for this ...
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Trivial and Non-trivial topology of band structure

I don't understand the meaning of the expression "trivial topology" or "non-trivial topology" for an electronic band structure. Does anybody have a good explanation?
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Topological band structure, difference between a sphere and a donut

Kohmoto from TKNN(Thouless-Kohmoto-Nightingale-deNijs) who described the topology of the integer quantum hall effect always stressed the importance of the 2D Brillouin zone being a donut due to ...
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Anyons without fractional spin?

Is it possible to have particles obeying anyonic statistics but not having fractional spin? I am wondering, because while spin in quantum physics arises from the geometry/topology of spacetime, ...
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Hall conductivity from Kubo: Bulk or edge?

Using the Kubo formula, Thouless, Kohmoto, Nightingale, and den Nijs (TKNN, PRL 49 405-408 (1982)), proved that upon summing all the contributions of the filled states of an insulator, the Hall ...
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Some questions about the edge states for time-reversal invariant topological superconductors?

Stimulated by my some recent calculations on edge states(ES) for time-reversal invariant(TRI) topological superconductors(TS) as well as many questions concerning the "edge states" in Physics ...
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Topological band theory [closed]

Why topological insulators were discovered so late? While the band theory was known long time ago! I mean why the topological properties of electronic bands were not noticed in the past?
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Whis is the difference between charge fractionalization in 1D and 2D?

Both 1D Polyacetelene and 2D fractional quantum Hall state can support fractional excitations. But as I can see, there are some differences: the ground state of Polyacetelene breaks translational ...
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How to define the mirror symmetry operator for Kane-Mele model?

Let us take the famous Kane-Mele(KM) model as our starting point. Due to the time-reversal(TR), 2-fold rotational(or 2D space inversion), 3-fold rotational and mirror symmetries of the honeycomb ...
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Would HgTe be a topological insulator?

In "Quantum Spin Hall Insulator State in HgTe Quantum Wells", researchers observed a 2D topological insulator by sandwiching HgTe between CdTe. Is the CdTe really necessary? Would Vacuum/HgTe/Vacuum ...
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What is the mathematical reason for topological edge states?

There are many free fermion systems that possess topological edge/boundary states. Examples include quantum Hall insulators and topological insulators. No matter chiral or non-chiral, 2D or 3D, ...
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A question on the doped Kitaev-Heisenberg model?

Recently, some groups have studied the effects of doping the Kitaev model on honeycomb lattice(e.g.,http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.6681 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.4155) and their calculations show the ...
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Intuition on topologically nontrivial 2D-band structures?

I want to get more intuition on topologically nontrivial band structures. There's this popular 2D two-band model for a topological insulator where $H=\sum_{k}h(\boldsymbol{k})$ (see Qi, Hughes, and ...
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Graphene with a disclination and the spin-orbit coupling

I am trying to follow the methods used in this paper (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.3023.pdf) to construct the Hamiltonian of a graphene cone, but taking into account the spin-orbit coupling. The paper ...
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Is edge state of topological insulator really robust?

I am a little confused! Some people are arguing that the gapless edge state of Topological insulator is robust as long as the time reversal symmetry is not broken,while other people say that it is ...
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Time-reversal symmery and topological insulators

I have a very naive question about the notion of time-reversal symmetry applied to topological insulators that are studied in experiments. If I understand correctly, the exsistance of time-reversal ...
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Chiral edge state as topological properity of bulk state

As far as I know, quantum hall effect and quantum spin hall effect has chiral edge state. Chiral edge state is usually closely related with delocalization, since back scattering is forbidden. However, ...
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Why quantum hall effect has chiral edge state?

The most popular explaination may be the following: in magnetic field, electrons move in cycolotron orbits, such cycolotron orbits ensure electrons to move in one direction at the edge. That is why ...
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Measurement of topological spin

How do you measure the topological spin of an anyon? So how could an experimental setup look like? Is topological spin an observable at all?
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Hamiltonian of the surface states of a 3D topological insulator

The surface states of a 3D topological insulator (let's say in the (x-y) plane) are sometimes described by the following Hamiltonian : $$H(k)=\hbar v_F (p_x \sigma_x + p_y \sigma_y)$$ or sometimes by ...
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How is the topological $Z_2$ invariant related to the Chern number? (e.g. for a topological insulator)

This question relates to the $Z_2$ invariant defined e.g. for topological insulators: Is it correct to relate $Z_2$ = 1 to an odd Chern number and $Z_2$ = 0 to an even Chern number? If yes, is it ...
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Simple model of edge states for a two-dimensional topological insulator

Quantum spin Hall states or, topological insulators are novel states of matter that have insulating bulk and gapless edge states. Are there any simple models that show these features? See e.g. the ...
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What is the operator for the edge current of a fracional quantum Hall state?

The edge of a fractional quantum Hall state is a chiral conformal field theory. In the Laughlin case it corresponds to the chiral boson, $$ S = \frac{1}{4\pi} \int dt dx ...
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Why are Topological Superconductors hard to make?

Topological insulators (TI) have already been made in lab. Topological superconductors (TSC), being close cousins of TI, seem harder to make. Why is that? It seems that materials in connection with ...