Topological marker currents in Chern insulators
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Caio, M., Möller, G., Cooper, N., & Bhaseen, M. (2019). Topological marker currents in Chern insulators. Nature Physics, 15 (3), 257-261. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0390-7
© 2019, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited. Topological states of matter exhibit many novel properties due to the presence of robust topological invariants such as the Chern index. These global characteristics pertain to the system as a whole and are not locally defined. However, local topological markers can distinguish between topological phases, and they can vary in space. In equilibrium, we show that the topological marker can be used to extract the critical behaviour of topological phase transitions. Out of equilibrium, we show that the topological marker spreads via a flow of currents emanating from the sample boundaries, and with a bounded maximum propagation speed. We discuss the possibilities for measuring the topological marker and its flow in experiment.
Simons Foundation (511029)
EPSRC (via University of Strathclyde) (EP/P009565/1)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0390-7
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/290201