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Phys Rev Lett. 2013 Feb 1;110(5):055301. Epub 2013 Jan 28.

Topological transitions of gapless paired states in mixed-geometry lattices.

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  • 1COMP Centre of Excellence, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland.


We propose a mixed-geometry system of fermionic species selectively confined in lattices of different geometry. We investigate how such asymmetry can lead to exotic multiband fermion pairing in an example system of honeycomb and triangular lattices. A rich phase diagram of interband pairing with gapped and gapless excitations is found at zero temperature. We find that the two-band contribution of the honeycomb lattices to the paired state helps to stabilize the gapless phase with one or two Fermi surfaces. We also show that the Fermi surface topology further divides the gapless phase into subclasses between which the system undergoes density-driven Lifshitz transitions.

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