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Phys Rev Lett. 2010 Mar 12;104(10):106408. Epub 2010 Mar 12.

Topological Kondo insulators.

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Joint Quantum Institute and Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA.


Kondo insulators are a particularly simple type of heavy electron material, where a filled band of heavy quasiparticles gives rise to a narrow band insulator. Starting with the Anderson lattice Hamiltonian, we develop a topological classification of emergent band structures for Kondo insulators and show that these materials may host three-dimensional topological insulating phases. We propose a general and practical prescription of calculating the Z(2) topological indices for various lattice structures. Experimental implications of the topological Kondo insulating behavior are discussed.

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