Tri-Dirac surface modes in topological superconductors

Chen Fang, B. Andrei Bernevig, Matthew J. Gilbert

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We propose a new type of topological surface modes having cubic dispersion in three-dimensional topological superconductors. Lower order dispersions are prohibited by the threefold rotational symmetry and time-reversal symmetry. Cooper pairing in the bulk changes sign under improper rotations, akin to He3-B. The surface manifestations are a divergent surface density of states at the Fermi level and isospins that rotate three times as they circle the origin in momentum space. We propose that Heusler alloys with band inversion are candidate materials to harbor the novel topological superconductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number165421
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 20 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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