Topological Insulators
Course for MSc and PhD students at
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and
Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE)
2019 Fall Semester
Lectures

Sep 10: Introduction
slides: [pdf]

Sep 17: SSH model
reading material: Chapter1.pdf
peerinstruction exercises: [svg]

Sep 24: Berry phase, Chern number
reading material: Chapter2.pdf
peerinstruction exercises: [svg]

Oct 1: Polarization and Berry phase / Adiabatic charge pumping, RiceMele model
reading material: Chapters 3 and 4 from the Lecture notes (see below for link)
summary and peerinstruction exercises: [pdf]

Oct 8: Current operator and particle pumping
reading material: Chapter 5
summary and peerinstruction exercises: [pdf]

Oct 15: Twodimensional Chern insulators  the QiWuZhang model
reading material: Chapter 6
summary and peerinstruction exercises: [pdf]

Oct 22: Continuum models of localized states at a domain wall
reading material: Chapter 7
summary and peerinstruction exercises: [pdf]

Oct 29: Timereversal symmetric twodimensional topological insulators
reading material: Chapter 8
summary and peerinstruction exercises: [pdf]

Nov 5: The Z2 invariant
reading material: Chapter 9

Nov 19 (Nov 12 is a break): Weyl semimetals
reading material: weyl_semimetals.pdf

Nov 26: Electrical conduction of edge states
reading material: Chapter 10

Dec 3:

Dec 10:
Lecturers
Janos Asboth (BME)
Laszlo Oroszlany (ELTE)
Andras Palyi (BME)
Details
Through simple one and twodimensional model Hamiltonians, participants will acquire a good physical understanding of the core concepts of topological insulators. Among the questions covered: What is topological in a band insulator? What are edge states? How is their number given by the socalled bulkboundary correspondence principle? How and against what are edge states protected?
Participants are required to have good knowledge of basic quantum mechanics and familiarity with basic concepts in condensed matter physics (Bloch theorem, energy bands, etc.). No prior knowledge of topology is assumed.
Location: BME Building K, KF85 (ground floor, Southern corridor)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:1513:45
First lecture: Sep 10, Tuesday, 12:1513:45.
Course language: English
Format: Peer Instruction. For each class, the corresponding chapter of the lecture notes should be read as a preparation, before the class. The first, shorter part of the class is a frontal presentation, where one of the lecturers summarizes the chapter the students have already read. The second, longer part of the class is used for solving a quiz about the chapter, in an interactive, collaborative fashion. Grades are based on an oral exam at the end of the semester.
Lecture notes
A Short Course on Topological Insulators: Bandstructure topology and edge states in one and two dimensions
J. K. Asboth, L. Oroszlany, A. Palyi
Springer, Lecture Notes in Physics, 919 (2016)
Earlier courses
The course website from 2017 Fall is here.