Topology vs. Anderson localization: non-perturbative solutions in one dimension

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Altland, Alexander; Bagrets, Dmitry; Kamenev, Alex;
(2014)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.085429
  • Subject: Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics | Condensed Matter - Disordered Systems and Neural Networks

We present an analytic theory of quantum criticality in quasi one-dimensional topological Anderson insulators. We describe these systems in terms of two parameters $(g,\chi)$ representing localization and topological properties, respectively. Certain critical values of ... View more
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