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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How does time reversal symmetry work in topological insulator?

I am doing microelectronic devices with topological insulators. Can some one explain time reversal symmetry in a topological insulator to electrical engineering student like me?
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Derivation of TKNN's main result from Kubo formula

I have a question about a small but meaningful (to me at least) step in the original TKNN paper (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.405). I understand the construction of the ...
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Largest values of spin-orbit coupling

Which are some of the materials with the largest ratio spin-orbit coupling constant/hopping constant? I'm trying to compute energy bands for different values of $t$ (hopping constant) and ...
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What is the topological number of d=1 Haldane phase?

According to the topological classification work [e.g. Chen et al. Science 338, 1604 (2012)], the 1d Haldane phase should have a topological number $Z_2$, which has close relationship with the edge ...
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Are there topological non-trivial states in zero dimension?

The periodic table of topological insulators and superconductors suggests that there can be topological non-trivial phases in zero dimension in non-interacting system with certain symmetries. A 0D ...
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How does bulk-boundary correspondence works for various cases of time-invariant system?

I was pondering this question after I read this review: M. Zahid Hasan and Charles L. Kane. “Colloquium: topological insulators.” Reviews of Modern Physics 82, no. 4 (2010): 3045. (arXiv) How do ...
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What is the physics behind “Bulk-edge correspondence”?

There is a frequently mentioned concept in the field of topological insulator called "bulk-edge correspondence" or "bulk-boundary correspondence", which basically gives the relationship between the ...
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why pseudo wave functions can be used to calculate berry connection

Berry connection plays a very important role in topological insulators. Berry connection $A(k)$ is defined to be $i\langle u(k)|\nabla_k|u(k)\rangle$, where $|u(k)\rangle$ is the periodic part of ...
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What is a Dirac semimetal?

What is the precise definition of a Dirac semimetal? Is it sufficient for two bands to touch at a single k point with a linear crossing, or are more conditions required for a material to be called a ...
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Jordan Wigner Transformation in 1d Majorana chain

So, I was reading the paper by Fidkowski and Kitaev on 1d fermionic phase http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.4138. It explains the classification of 1d fermionic SPT phases with $\mathbb{Z}_2^T$ symmetry for ...
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eigenvectors of tight binding Hamiltonian

I am trying to calculate berry connection using tight binding method. The most important part is to calculate $\partial_k u_k(x)$, where $u_k(x)$ is the periodic part of bloch waves, i.e. ...
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Effective theory of topological insulator in coulomb impurity

I am trying to solve for the Haldane model with a coulomb impurity at one site in the effective theory approach and look for some topology in the solutions of the wave functions. The Hamiltonian near ...
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Current operator in continuum model of graphene

For the graphene hamiltonian with NNN hopping, the wavefunctions are of the form: $(\psi_A ,\psi_B)^T$. The current from A(i) to B(j) site in the lattice model is given by: \begin{equation} ...
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Imaginary argument in bessel function for a wavefunction

I am solving for the continuum model of haldane model with one of the site being a potential well. The Dirac equation for a topologically non trivial case gives a solution for the states in the band ...
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chern number as an obstruction to choose a smooth gauge

In condensed matter physics, I heard that if chern number of a band $n$ is non zero, it is impossible to choose a gauge such that $\psi_{nk}$ is smooth in the whole brillouin zone. However, it is ...
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When can we take the Brillouin zone to be a sphere?

When reading some literatures on topological insulators, I've seen authors taking Brillouin zone(BZ) to be a sphere sometimes, especially when it comes to strong topological insulators. Also I've seen ...
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What makes a system topological?

As I understand, if the Chern number which is obtained by integrating Berry curvature over a surface with a boundary is an integer, then the Chern number is a topological invariant. So when does Chern ...
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Are the edge states of a topological insulator only zero energy states?

For non-trivial topological insulators, are the edge states only zero energy states? Or are boundary states of different energies also available?
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does Hall plateus require the existence of impurity in the sample?

While studying Hall conductivity with The Qantum Hall effect written by S.M.Girvin, I read a sentence "We have shown that the random impurity potential(and by implication Anderson localization) ...
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Berry phase in 1D materials

The Berry phase $\phi_B$ is the phase that an eigenstate acquires after its momentum vector goes around a circle at constant energy around the Dirac point. It is defined as $\phi_B = -i \int ...
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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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About the $Z_2$ topological invariant

In Kitaev 2001 it is shown that the topological invariant $Z_2$ in a topological superconductor (Class D or BDI, one dimensional) can be defined as $$ (-1)^\nu={\rm sign\, Pf} [ A ]={\rm sign\, Pf}[ ...
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Topological invariant for interacting systems using single particle green functions?

Why Single particle green's function is (preferred) used to find topological for interacting systems? $N_1 =\frac{\epsilon_{ijk}}{24 \Pi ^2} \int dw d^3k G \partial_i ...
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How to describe spin-orbital coupling in Weyl semi-metal

In three dimensional Weyl semi-metal, the Hamiltonian that describes low excitation quasi-particle is well-know Weyl Hamiltonian: +/- $k\cdot\sigma$. But if I want to add spin-orbital coupling in that ...
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About Weyl superconductors and fractionalized Weyl semimetals

Recently, the experimental observations of Weyl fermion semi-metal have been made. Weyl fermion becomes very hot in condensed matter physics. I am confused about the Weyl superconductors and ...
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Quantum spin Hall effect and the edge states

In quantum spin Hall effect or Kane-Mele model, how can one get rid off the edge states without affecting the bulk?
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Topological invariant in 1D

In 2D, with state $\psi(k_x, k_y)$, it is common to calculate measure of topology of material: 1 - Calculate Berry connection $a = -i <\psi | \partial_{\boldsymbol{k}} | \psi>$. 2 - Calculate ...
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$Z_2$ invariant and Wannier states switching partner

I have been reading about $Z_2$ topological invariant recently. However, after some literature survey, I still cannot understand $Z_2$ invariant in language of time reversal polarization. Basically, ...
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Is spin-orbit coupling really necessary for topological insulators

I have heard that for an insulator to be non-trivial, large spin-orbit coupling is necessary. However, I have read the definition of $Z_2$ topological invariant and chern number. In no way can I ...
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Chern insulator vs topological insulator

What is the basic distinction between a Chern Insulator and a Topological Insulator? Right now I know that a Chern Insulator has "topologically non-trivial band structure" and that a Topological ...
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Will all linear band inversions of non-degenerate bands change chern number by one?

I have learned from literature that band touching is the source of chern number.In three dimensional material, any non-degenerate linear band crossing will form a weyl point which is a monopole of ...
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How are topological invariants constructed?

I've seen several different definitions for what are called topological invariants, for instance in the context of Majorana unpaired modes, by Kitaev: http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0010440 ...
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Majorana fermions in s wave superconductor

I need some help to understand the majorana fermions in $s-$ wave superconductor and to check whether following method is correct For $s-$ wave superconductor we can write the Hamiltonian as ...
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Superconductivity and time-reversal symmetry

Let us consider a system of a 1D edge of a 2D topological insulator in proximity to an s-wave superconductor. The system is described by the Hamiltonian: $$ H =\frac{1}{2} \int \mathrm{d}x \ ...
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What are the conditions to observe gapless modes at the boundary for 1D case?

We observe gapless modes at the boundary for the case of SSH model or Polyacetylene The Hamiltonian for SSH model has particle hole and time reversal symmetries, it also has a Dirac like spectrum. It ...
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why Hall conductance quantized

When I am studying quantum Hall effect, the quantum Hall conductance can be represented by Green function $\left(\text{up to}\ \frac{e^2}{h}\large \right)$: I cannot understand why it is an integer? ...
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1/m Laughlin state and $U(1)_M$ chiral CFT

I am a little confused that people claim that the edge theory of a 1/m Laughlin state corresponds to a $U(1)_m$ chiral CFT. This indicates there should be $m$ primary field operators in $U(1)_m$ ...
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Magnetism in Topological Insulator?

I have read many papers with the statement that on the introduction of the magnetic impurity, the gap at the Dirac point opens in the surface states. I am little confused about it. If the gap is ...
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Exact Diagonalization of a BdG Hamiltonian on a Finite Lattice

I would like to numerically find the edge modes of a $p_x$ + $i p_y$ BdG Hamiltonian. The lattice version is given by H = $\sum\left[-t \left(c_{m+1,n}^{\dagger} c_{m,n} + \text{h.c} \right) - ...
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How to perform stroboscopic measurements for Floquet topological insulators?

Floquet topological insulators (arXiv:1008.1792, arXiv:1211.5623) have attracted much research interests in condensed matter physics. The goal is to realize topological insulators from trivial ...
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How to calculate Berry curvature in photonic analogue of quantum spin hall effect? [closed]

The Chern number equals zero,but the berry curvature of spin up and down is not equal to zero,how to calculate the berry curvature?
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Can a nondegenerate fermionic topological Mott insulator (TMI) state support an emergent bosonic topological order?

Based on my recent study and motivated by a recent paper, I have a naive question. Consider a 2d Hubbard model for electrons at half filling $H=\sum c_k^\dagger h_k c_k+U\sum n_{i\uparrow ...
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Is there a bulk signature of topological nontriviality for a 3D free fermion band insulator?

Is there such thing as a 3D Chern invariant (or some other quantity) that I can use to test an insulating quasiparticle spectrum is a topologically trivial or non-trivial insulator? Does one exist ...
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Conductance measurement of InAs/GaSb Quantum Spin Hall Edges

My questions are related to recent article: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1507/1507.08362.pdf I can't figure out how their sample (wafers) actually looked like. In particular I can't understand ...
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What can we learn from a band structure diagram?

Other than the band gap and its magnitude, what are the things that we can immediately learn about the properties of the material just by glancing at its band structure? Can we say something about ...
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Time-reversal transformation for two-component bosonic models

Consider a two-component bosonic model $\mathcal{H}=-t\sum_{i\sigma}{b_{i\sigma}b_{i+1\sigma}^\dagger}+h.c. +\sum_{i\sigma\sigma^\prime}U_{\sigma\sigma^\prime}n_{i\sigma}n_{i\sigma^\prime}$. Here ...
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Interpretation of negative mass in condensed matter physics

I am reading the book "Topological insulator: Dirac equation in condensed matters" by Shun-Qing Sheng. I do not know much about this topic and this is the first time I am confronted with it, so this ...
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Why bulk states in quantum hall effect do not contribute to electric conductivity

Most reviews and textbooks explain quantum hall effect as insulating bulk states and conducting edge states, as is shown in the following picture. My question is: why bulk states are insulating in ...
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Meaning of the term 'bulk'

I have recently started reading literature on 2 dimensional systems in Condensed matter. While reading, I frequently came across the word 'bulk'. Sometimes it referred to 2-D and sometimes to 3-D. I ...