A Short Course on Topological Insulators: Band Structure and by János K. Asbóth, László Oroszlány, András Pályi Pályi

By János K. Asbóth, László Oroszlány, András Pályi Pályi

This course-based primer presents beginners to the sphere with a concise advent to a couple of the middle issues within the rising box of topological insulators.

the purpose is to supply a uncomplicated knowing of part states, bulk topological invariants, and of the bulk--boundary correspondence with as basic mathematical instruments as attainable.

the current method makes use of noninteracting lattice versions of topological insulators, construction steadily on those to reach from the easiest one-dimensional case (the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger version for polyacetylene) to two-dimensional time-reversal invariant topological insulators (the Bernevig-Hughes-Zhang version for HgTe). In each one case the dialogue of straightforward toy versions is through the formula of the final arguments concerning topological insulators.

the one prerequisite for the reader is a operating wisdom in quantum mechanics, the correct strong country physics heritage is equipped as a part of this self-contained textual content, that's complemented by way of end-of-chapter problems.

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12) mD1 nD1 The same derivation can be applied as for Eq. 11) above, but now every edge is an internal edge, and so all contributions to the product cancel. 13) The fact that the Chern number Q is defined via the gauge invariant Berry fluxes ensures that Q itself is gauge invariant. Furthermore, taking the arg of Eq. 12) proves that the Chern number Q is an integer. It is worthwhile to look a little deeper into the discrete formula for the Chern number. 15) mD1 nD1 If Ä FQ nm < , then we have FQ nm D Fnm .

The two internal states can be the spin of the conduction electron, but can also be some sublattice index of a spin polarized electron. k/ mapping each point of the Brillouin Zone to a threedimensional vector. k/ map out a deformed torus in R3 nf0g. This torus is a directed surface: its inside can be painted red, its outside, blue. The Chern number of j i (using the notation of Sect. d/ through this torus. d/ is the magnetic field of a monopole at the origin d D 0. If the origin is on the inside of the torus, this flux is C1.

Dx ; dy ; dz / 2 R3 nf0g. Here, the vector d plays the role of the parameter R in of preceding sections, and the parameter space is the punctured three-dimensional Euclidean space R3 nf0g, to avoid the degenerate case of the energy spectrum. Note the absence of a term proportional to 0 : this would play no role in adiabatic phases. Because of the anticommutation relations of the Pauli matrices, the Hamiltonian O 2 D d2 0 . d/ have to have absolute value jdj. d/ is the Bloch sphere, shown in Fig.

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