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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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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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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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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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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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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$Z_2$ 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 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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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 ...
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$Z_2$ invariants in quantum spin hall (QSH)

In a recent literature survey, I learned that $Z_2$ topological invariant is defined as zeros of Pfaffians in half a Brillouin Zone, where Pfaffians are defined as $P(k)=Pf[<u_i(k)|T|u_j(k)>]$. ...
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why do edge states in Graphene exist between the Valence and Conduction band?

I read in a review that there are 2 Dirac points in graphene, where the conduction band and valence band touch each other. Near these points electrons obey a linear dispersion relation. Breaking of ...
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1D Topological insulator with PT symmetry

Assume I have the Hamiltonian for a 1D topological insulators as: $$H=\sin(P_x) \sigma_x+i \Delta \sigma_{y}+[1-m-\cos(P_x)] \sigma_z $$ where $m$ is the mass term, $P_x$ is the momentum and $\Delta$ ...
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Topological insulators literature

I started learning things on topological insulators and I got lost in dozens of existing papers on this topic. Could anyone recommend me appropriate literature that explains deeply enough what ...
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Fermion version of Gauss-Milgram sum?

For Bosonic topological order, a very useful formula was proved to be true: $\sum_a d_a^2 \theta_a=\mathcal{D} \exp(\frac{c_-}{8}2\pi i) $ (for more detail: $d_a$ is the quantum dimension of anyon ...
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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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Computational method for finding edge states?

I am actually interested to learn how to calculate edge states in 1D topological systems using computational methods, Q. can anyone tell me which method is best suited and easy to calculate edge ...
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Problem with quantum Hall effect and Berry curvature

I am having trouble proving that the Hall conductivity is equal to the integral over the Berry curvature in momentum space. In the TKNN (1982) paper, using the Kubo formula $$ \sigma_{xy} = \frac{ ...
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Pedagogical introduction to vertex, domain wall, and kink

Recently, Majorana fermion becomes hot in condensed matter physics. The concepts: vertex, domain wall, and kink often appear in these articles about Majorana fermion. I have no idea about the ...
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About Majorana fermion in spin-orbit coupled quantum wires

Majorana mode has attracted great theoretical and experimental interest. The experimental evidence is obtained in quantum wires. The origin theoretical proposals of quantum wires are the papers: 1、R. ...
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edge modes of topological insulators?

in a paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.2273 there is a possibility shown that gapped modes at edges can exist for non-trivial interacting topological systems and mathematically shown that gapless modes ...
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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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Can a symmetry-preserving unitary transformation that goes from a trivial SPT to a non-trivial SPT be local?

This question concerns the very interesting paper: ''Symmetry protected topological (SPT) orders and the group cohomology of their symmetry group'' by Chen et al., http://arxiv.org/abs/1106.4772 In ...
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Polarization to define trivial and non trivial topological phases?

Polarization is well defined for particle hole symmetry systems, so can we use polarization to identify topological phases? for example polarization can have possible value $$P=0 \quad or \quad1/2$$ ...
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Electric polarization in terms of berry phase?

I was reading a text in which Electric polarization in terms of Berry phase was defined as $P=\frac{e}{2\pi}\sum_{n}\int A_n (k) dk$ under gauge transformation $P\rightarrow P+ne$ (which means ...
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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?