Questions tagged [topological-insulators]

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

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Derivation of expression for Berry curvature

Many texts quote the expression for the Berry curvature for a two-level system, with Hamiltonian $\mathbf{h}(\mathbf{k})=(h_x,h_y,h_z)$ in terms of $\mathbf{k}=(k_x,k_y)$, as something like \begin{...
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Homotopy Theory for Topological Insulators

I'm trying to understand topological insulators in terms of homotopy invariants. I understand that in 2 spatial dimensions, we have Chern insulators since $$\pi_2(S^2) = \mathbb{Z}$$ One subtlety that ...
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How to convert a Hamiltonian for the tight-binding model in silicene into $k$-space?

I am trying to convert the Hamiltonian from the paper "A topological insulator and helical zero mode in silicene under an inhomogeneous electric field" (also on arXiv) into $k$-space. $$ \begin{array}{...
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Definition of winding numbers for Hamiltonian

In Witten's lectures at the PSSCMP/PiTP summer school, there is a use of winding number for "bad points" at sec.1.3. The formula is $$ w = \int_S\frac{d^2p}{4\pi}\left[\epsilon^{\mu\nu}\epsilon^{abc}...
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Is edge states of topological insulators superconducting?

I am told edge states of topological insulators are free from back scattering. Does this mean topological insulators have no resistance if only edge states are taken into account?
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Calculating the Berry curvature in case of degenerate levels (Non abelian Berry curvature): issue

The Berry phase accumulated on a path can be described by a matrix when we look at adiabatic time evolution with a Hamiltonian with degenerate energy levels. The Berry phase matrix is given by $$ \...
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difference between weak and strong topologiccal insulators

Does someone know what the difference is between weak and strong topological insulators? (And do both exist in any dimension?).
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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 $\lambda_{SO}...
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What is the topological number of 1D 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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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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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} J_{ij}=\...
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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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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. $\psi_{nk}(x)...
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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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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 \langle\...
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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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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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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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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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What are the instances of usage of four color theorem in the theory of fractional statistics?

How important is four-color theorem (Hypothesis) in theory of Fractional Statistics?
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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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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 $$H=-t\...
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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 \ \Psi^{\...
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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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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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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) - t\left(...
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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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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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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 }n_{i\...
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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 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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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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$Z_2$ 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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$Z_2$ 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 two 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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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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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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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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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{ ie^...
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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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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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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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