A Theory of Topological Edges and Domain Walls

Bais, F. A. and Slingerland, J. K. and Haaker, S. M. (2008) A Theory of Topological Edges and Domain Walls. Physical Review Letters, 102 (22). ISSN 0031-9007

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.220403


We investigate domain walls between topologically ordered phases in two spatial dimensions and present a simple but general framework from which their degrees of freedom can be understood. The approach we present exploits the results on topological symmetry breaking that we have introduced and presented elsewhere. After summarizing the method, we work out predictions for the spectrum of edge excitations and for the transport through edges in some representative examples. These include domain walls between the Abelian and non-Abelian topological phases of Kitaev’s honeycomb lattice model in a magnetic field, as well as recently proposed domain walls between spin polarized and unpolarized non-Abelian fractional quantum Hall states at different filling fractions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Theoretical Physics > Preprints
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 19:18
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2018 11:29
URI: http://dair.dias.ie/id/eprint/231

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