Models and materials for topological insulators

Chaoxing Liu, Shoucheng Zhang

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In the chapter, we review two proto-type models of topological insulators, namely the Bernevig-Hughes-Zhang model for HgTe quantum wells and the four band model for Bi2Se3 family of materials. Based on these two simple models, we discuss helical edge/surface states of topological insulators, as well as their exotic physical properties, including total angular momentum, spin and orbital textures, topological stability, and topological response of the surface states. Moreover, we summarize the basic principle to search for topological insulators from these two models and discuss the related topological materials

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTopological Insulators
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9780444633149
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameContemporary Concepts of Condensed Matter Science
ISSN (Print)1572-0934

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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