We discuss, for a two-dimensional Dirac Hamiltonian with a random scalar potential, the presence of a Z2 topological term in the nonlinear sigma model encoding the physics of Anderson localization in the symplectic symmetry class. The Z2 topological term realizes the sign of the Pfaffian of a family of Dirac operators. We compute the corresponding global anomaly, i.e., the change in the sign of the Pfaffian by studying a spectral flow numerically. This Z2 topological effect can be relevant to graphene when the impurity potential is long ranged and, also, to the two-dimensional boundaries of a three-dimensional lattice model of Z2 topological insulators in the symplectic symmetry class.
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