Three-dimensional superconductors with hybrid higher-order topology

Nick Bultinck, B. Andrei Bernevig, Michael P. Zaletel

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We consider three-dimensional superconductors in class DIII with a fourfold rotation axis and inversion symmetry. It is shown that such systems can exhibit higher-order topology with helical Majorana hinge modes. In the case of even-parity superconductors, we show that higher-order topological superconductors can be obtained by adding a small pairing with the appropriate C4 symmetry implementation to a topological insulator. We also show that a hybrid case is possible, where Majorana surface cones resulting from nontrivial strong topology coexist with helical hinge modes. We propose a bulk invariant detecting this hybrid scenario, and numerically analyze a tight binding model exhibiting both Majorana cones and hinge modes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number125149
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 26 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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