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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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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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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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 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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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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band structure of Topological insulators

The above figure is Rashba-split free electron-like surface state in a projected bulk band gap. The bellow figure is the band structure of Topological insulators. x axis is the wave vector, y axis ...
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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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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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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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Descent equation and anomaly polynomial

I am just reading Ryu, Moore and Ludwig's paper on classifications of topological insulators and quantum anomaly. They are trying to relate the quantum anomaly as a signal of the presence of a ...
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Significance of Dirac cones in condensed matter physics

In condensed matter physics, Dirac cones can be found in graphene, topological insulators, cuprates, and iron-pnictides. This means that electrons behave as massless particles near the Dirac points. ...
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Defects in 3+1 TFTs/2+1 CFTs

I would like to know of good pedagogic references to learn about the notion of "defects" in TFTs and CFTs. I am specially interested in 3+1 TFTs (.and probably about their relation to 2+1 CFTs..) In ...
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What is the reason for chiral anomalies in condensed matter systems?

If you consider a massless relativistic fermion theory and you perform a chiral transformation, then you realize that while the classical action remains invariant under this transformation the ...
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Topolgical insulators order parameter

For topological insulators Is there any way to define order parameter for topological phase transitions?
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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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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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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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Compute $Z_2$ Invariant of 2D Topological Insulators without Computing the Eigenstates

For 2D Time-Reversal Invariant systems ($T H(\vec{k}) T^{-1} = H(-\vec{k}) $), there is a formula by Fu-Kane-Mele in order to determine whether the system belongs to either one of distinct topological ...
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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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In k$\cdot$p theory, how does one calculate the bulk inversion asymmetry coefficients given in table 6.3 in Winkler?

In k$\cdot$p theory, how does one calculate the bulk inversion asymmetry coefficients given in table 6.3 in Winkler? Winkler's book on spin-orbit coupling effects is available free online. In ...
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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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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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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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Winding number for SSH model

The Hamiltonian for SSH model can be written as $h(k)=\begin {pmatrix}0&t_1+t_2exp^{-ika}\\t_1+t_2 exp^{ika}&0 \end{pmatrix}$ for finding the topological invariant Why we only calculate the ...
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Topological theta term as a topological quantum field theory?

It is well known that the theta term $\int d^4x\frac{\theta}{4\pi}Tr[F\wedge F]=\int d^4x\frac{\theta}{4\pi}\epsilon_{\mu\nu\sigma\lambda}Tr[F^{\mu\nu}F^{\sigma\lambda}]$ is a topological term, ...
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$\mathbb{Z}_2$ topological insulators which obey inversion symmetry as well

According to Fu & Kane (2006), systems with simultaneous time-reversal invariance and inversion symmetry have their $\mathbb{Z}_2$ topological invariant given by the product of the parity ...
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What is the physical mechanism of the topological phase transition driven by temperature?

The topological property of topological insulators (TIs) is characterized by the non-trivial topological invariants of their band structures, such as $Z_{2}$ topological invariants. While it's clearly ...
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How to find dispersion relation for 1 d topological insulator?

Is it correct to write the dispersion relation for following Hamiltonian where $\sigma_{x}$ act in spin space and $\tau_{x}$ acts in pseudo spin particle hole spin $H_{BdG} (k)=(\xi_{k}+B\sigma_{x}+u ...
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What is the different between topological order and Landau's order in a system

I have thought about topological order for a long time, but I am still confused it. Roughly speaking in my understanding, the topological state is the eigen-state of some special symmetry such time ...
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Interacting Chiral topological invariants using Green function

We can calculate the topological invariants for 1D interacting topological insulators as $n=\frac{\text{Tr}}{2\pi i}\oint_cG\partial_kG^{-1} $ where as for interacting chiral topological ...
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Dirac fermion in curved space

What is the connection between Dirac equation in curved space-time and effective Hamiltonian for Dirac fermion in curved space (topological insulators)? I am trying to find this connection but I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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 $\Delta$ is ...
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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?
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Topological term under electron-electron interaction

By integrating out fermions in gapped Dirac Hamiltonian, one can obtain a topological term for topological insulator. Why there is no further correction to this term when electron-electron interaction ...
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What is the difference between a material in which the Rashba effect occurs that is not a topological insulator, and one is a TI?

I am working on topological insulator (TI) materials and I always have trouble understand the time reversal symmetry, spin orbit coupling in TI. As to my understanding, the TI material property ...
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Bloch Hamiltonian of low energy edge mode of a 2D topological insulator

First time to pose a question here. It's a Hamiltonian appears in this paper https://journals.aps.org/rmp/abstract/10.1103/RevModPhys.87.137 The equation (71) $$ h_0(q) = v q\sigma^y+m\sigma^x-\mu ...
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What is meant by time reversal invariant momenta (TRIM) point of the Brillouin zone (BZ) and how to determine them in 3D reciprocal space?

In literatures related to topological insulators, I have frequently encountered the term "time reversal invariant momenta" or TRIM points in the Brillouin zone of the crystal. In many literatures, I ...
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Question about the argument for robust edge state in topological insulator

As a time reversal protected insulator ($Z_2$ insulator), we can argue that edge states are stable when there exists disorder because time revesal symmetry makes some dynamical matrix elements vanish. ...
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Intuitive way to explain why the edge states of topological insulators are dissipationless?

I was just wondering if there was an intuitive way to see why the edge states of topological insulators are dissipationless. More mathematically, is there a quick proof for why the edge states are ...