*Sci Rep ; 14(1): 4288, 2024 Feb 21.*

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In recent decades, the Altland-Zirnabuer (AZ) table has proven incredibly powerful in delineating constraints for topological classification of a given band-insulator based on dimension and (nonspatial) symmetry class, and has also been expanded by considering additional crystalline symmetries. Nevertheless, realizing a three-dimensional (3D), time-reversal symmetric (class AII) topological insulator (TI) in the absence of reflection symmetries, with a classification beyond the [Formula: see text] paradigm remains an open problem. In this work we present a general procedure for constructing such systems within the framework of projected topological branes (PTBs). In particular, a 3D projected brane from a "parent" four-dimensional topological insulator exhibits a [Formula: see text] topological classification, corroborated through its response to the inserted bulk monopole loop. More generally, PTBs have been demonstrated to be an effective route to performing dimensional reduction and embedding the topology of a [Formula: see text]-dimensional "parent" Hamiltonian in d dimensions, yielding lower-dimensional topological phases beyond the AZ classification without additional symmetries. Our findings should be relevant for the metamaterial platforms, such as photonic and phononic crystals, topolectric circuits, and designer systems.

*Sci Rep ; 13(1): 15308, 2023 Sep 15.*

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Topological lattice defects, such as dislocations and grain boundaries (GBs), are ubiquitously present in the bulk of quantum materials and externally tunable in metamaterials. In terms of robust modes, localized near the defect cores, they are instrumental in identifying topological crystals, featuring the hallmark band inversion at a finite momentum (translationally active type). Here we show that the GB superlattices in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional translationally active higher-order topological insulators harbor a myriad of dispersive modes that are typically placed at finite energies, but always well-separated from the bulk states. However, when the Burgers vector of the constituting edge dislocations points toward the gapless corners or hinges, both second-order and third-order topological insulators accommodate self-organized emergent topological metals near the zero energy (half-filling) in the GB mini Brillouin zone. We discuss possible material platforms where our proposed scenarios can be realized through the band-structure and defect engineering.

*Nanomaterials (Basel) ; 12(21)2022 Oct 24.*

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Study of the strongly correlated states in van der Waals heterostructures is one of the central topics in modern condensed matter physics. Among these, the rhombohedral trilayer graphene (RTG) occupies a prominent place since it hosts a variety of interaction-driven phases, with the metallic ones yielding exotic superconducting orders upon doping. Motivated by these experimental findings, we show within the framework of the low-energy Dirac theory that the optical conductivity can distinguish different candidates for a paramagnetic metallic ground state in this system. In particular, this observable shows a single peak in the fully gapped valence-bond state. On the other hand, the bond-current state features two pronounced peaks in the optical conductivity as the probing frequency increases. Finally, the rotational symmetry breaking charge-density wave exhibits a minimal conductivity with the value independent of the amplitude of the order parameter, which corresponds precisely to the splitting of the two cubic nodal points at the two valleys into two triplets of the band touching points featuring linearly dispersing quasiparticles. These features represent the smoking gun signatures of different candidate order parameters for the paramagnetic metallic ground state, which should motivate further experimental studies of the RTG.

*J Phys Condens Matter ; 33(4)2020 Oct 28.*

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Entanglement of two different quantum orders is of an interest of the modern condensed matter physics. One of the examples is the dynamical multiferroicity, where fluctuations of electric dipoles lead to magnetization. We investigate this effect at finite temperature and demonstrate an elevated magnetic response of a ferroelectric near the ferroelectric quantum critical point (FE QCP). We calculate the magnetic susceptibility of a bulk sample on the paraelectric side of the FE QCP at finite temperature and find enhanced magnetic susceptibility near the FE QCP. We propose quantum paraelectric strontium titanate as a candidate material to search for dynamic multiferroicity. We estimate the magnitude of the magnetic susceptibility for this material and find that it is detectable experimentally.

*Phys Rev Lett ; 121(15): 157602, 2018 Oct 12.*

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We present the quantum critical theory of an interacting nodal Fermi liquid of quasirelativistic pseudospin-3/2 fermions that have a noninteracting birefringent spectrum with two distinct Fermi velocities. When such quasiparticles interact with gapless bosonic degrees of freedom that mediate either the long-range Coulomb interaction or its short range component (responsible for spontaneous symmetry breaking), in the deep infrared or quantum critical regime in two dimensions, the system is, respectively, described by a marginal- or a non-Fermi liquid of relativistic spin-1/2 fermions (possessing a unique velocity), and is always a marginal Fermi liquid in three dimensions. We consider a possible generalization of these scenarios to fermions with an arbitrary half-odd-integer spin, and conjecture that critical spin-1/2 excitations represent a superuniversal description of the entire family of interacting quasirelativistic fermions.

*Phys Rev Lett ; 121(13): 137601, 2018 Sep 28.*

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Quantum transport close to a critical point is a fundamental, but enigmatic problem due to fluctuations, persisting at all length scales. We report the scaling of optical conductivity (OC) in the collisionless regime (âωâ«k_{B}T) in the vicinity of a relativistic quantum critical point, separating two-dimensional (d=2) massless Dirac fermions from a fully gapped insulator or superconductor. Close to such a critical point, gapless fermionic and bosonic excitations are strongly coupled, leading to a universal suppression of the interband OC as well as of the Drude peak (while maintaining its delta function profile) inside the critical regime, which we compute to the leading order in 1/N_{f}- and Îµ expansions, where N_{f} counts the fermion flavor number and Îµ=3-d. Correction to the OC at such a non-Gaussian critical point due to the long-range Coulomb interaction and generalizations of these scenarios to a strongly interacting three-dimensional Dirac or Weyl liquid are also presented, which can be tested numerically and possibly from nonperturbative gauge-gravity duality, for example.

*Phys Chem Chem Phys ; 19(11): 7465-7470, 2017 Mar 15.*

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Gas molecules trapped between graphene and various substrates in the form of bubbles are observed experimentally. The study of these bubbles is useful in determining the elastic and mechanical properties of graphene and adhesion energy between graphene and the substrate, and manipulating the electronic properties via strain engineering. In our numerical simulations, we use a simple description of the elastic potential and adhesion energy to show that for small gas bubbles (â¼10 nm) the van der Waals pressure is in the order of 1 GPa. These bubbles show universal shape behavior irrespective of their size, as observed in recent experiments. With our results, the shape and volume of the trapped gas can be determined via the vibrational density of states (VDOS) using experimental techniques such as inelastic electron tunneling and inelastic neutron scattering. The elastic energy distribution in the graphene layer which traps the nanobubble is homogeneous apart from its edge, but the strain depends on the bubble size; thus variation in bubble size allows control of the electronic and optical properties.

*Sci Rep ; 6: 32446, 2016 08 30.*

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Topological Weyl semimetals, besides manifesting chiral anomaly, can also accommodate a disorder-driven unconventional quantum phase transition into a metallic phase. A fundamentally and practically important question in this regard concerns an experimentally measurable quantity that can clearly distinguish these two phases. We show that the optical conductivity while serving this purpose can also play the role of a bonafide order parameter across such disorder-driven semimetal-metal quantum phase transition by virtue of displaying distinct scaling behavior in the semimetallic and metallic phases, as well as inside the quantum critical fan supporting a non-Fermi liquid. We demonstrate that the correction to the dielectric constant and optical conductivity in a dirty Weyl semimetal due to weak disorder is independent of the actual nature of point-like impurity scatterers. Therefore, optical conductivity can be used as an experimentally measurable quantity to study the critical properties and to pin the universality class of the disorder-driven quantum phase transition in Weyl semimetals.

*J Phys Chem Lett ; 6(19): 3897-902, 2015 Oct 01.*

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The purity of graphene samples is of crucial importance for their experimental and practical use. In this regard, the detection of the defects is of direct relevance. Here, we show that structural defects in graphene samples give rise to clear signals in the vibrational density of states (VDOS) at specific peaks at high and low frequencies. These can be used as an independent probe of the defect density. In particular, we consider grain boundaries made of pentagon-heptagon pairs, and show that they lead to a shift of the characteristic vibrational D mode toward higher frequency; this distinguishes these line defects from Stone-Wales point defects, which do not lead to such a shift. Our findings may be instrumental for the detection of structural lattice defects using experimental techniques that can directly measure VDOS, such as inelastic electron tunneling and inelastic neutron spectroscopy.

*Phys Rev Lett ; 108(10): 106403, 2012 Mar 09.*

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We show that the π flux and the dislocation represent topological observables that probe two-dimensional topological order through binding of the zero-energy modes. We analytically demonstrate that π flux hosts a Kramers pair of zero modes in the topological Γ (Berry phase Skyrmion at the zero momentum) and M (Berry phase Skyrmion at a finite momentum) phases of the M-B model introduced for the HgTe quantum spin Hall insulator. Furthermore, we analytically show that the dislocation acts as a π flux, but only so in the M phase. Our numerical analysis confirms this through a Kramers pair of zero modes bound to a dislocation appearing in the M phase only, and further demonstrates the robustness of the modes to disorder and the Rashba coupling. Finally, we conjecture that by studying the zero modes bound to dislocations all translationally distinguishable two-dimensional topological band insulators can be classified.

*Phys Rev Lett ; 100(18): 187006, 2008 May 09.*

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We consider the energy of the filled quasiparticle's Fermi sea of a macroscopic superconducting ring threaded by an hc/2e vortex, when the material of the ring is of an unconventional pairing symmetry. The energy relative to the one for the hc/e vortex configuration is finite, positive, and inversely proportional to the ring's inner radius. We argue that the existence of this energy in unconventional superconductors removes the commonly assumed degeneracy between the odd and the even vortices, with the loss of the concomitant hc/2e-periodicity in an external magnetic field as a consequence. This macroscopic quantum effect should be observable in nanosized unconventional superconductors with a small phase stiffness, such as deeply underdoped YBCO with Tc<5 K.

*Phys Rev Lett ; 100(4): 046403, 2008 Feb 01.*

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We argue that the unscreened Coulomb interaction in graphene provides a positive, universal, and logarithmic correction to scaling of zero-temperature conductivity with frequency. The combined effect of the disorder due to wrinkling of the graphene sheet and the long-range electron-electron interactions is a finite positive contribution to the dc conductivity. This contribution is disorder strength dependent and thus nonuniversal. The low-energy behavior of such a system is governed by the line of fixed points at which both the interaction and disorder are finite, and the density of states is exactly linear. An estimate of the typical random vector potential representing ripples in graphene brings the theoretical value of the minimal conductivity into the vicinity of 4e2/h.