Starts 21 Apr 2011 12:30
Ends 21 Apr 2011 20:00
Central European Time
ICTP
Leonardo da Vinci Building Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
Topological insulators are noninteracting gapful fermionic systems which have gapless boundary excitations. They are characterized by topological invariants. The topological invariants can be written in many different ways, including in terms of the Green’s functions. We show that the existence of the boundary states directly follows, and can be derived by simple manipulations, from the existence of the bulk topological invariant written in terms of the Green’s functions, for all types of topological insulators in all spatial dimensions. At the same time, the same procedure explains why topological insulators, once the interactions are turned on, can lose their boundary states.
  • M. Poropat