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Topological Anderson Insulator in Three Dimensions

Guo, H.-M. and Rosenberg, G. and Refael, G. and Franz, M. (2010) Topological Anderson Insulator in Three Dimensions. Physical Review Letters, 105 (21). Art. No. 216601. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.216601.

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We show that disorder, when sufficiently strong, can transform an ordinary metal with strong spin-orbit coupling into a strong topological "Anderson" insulator, a new topological phase of quantum matter in three dimensions characterized by disordered insulating bulk and topologically protected conducting surface states.

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Additional Information:© 2010 The American Physical Society. Received 1 August 2010; published 19 November 2010. The authors acknowledge illuminating discussions with I. Garate, A. Kitaev, J. E. Moore, A. Vishwanath, C.Weeks, and S.-C. Zhang. The work was supported in part by NSERC, CIfAR (M. F.), China Scholarship Council (H. M. G.), the Packard Foundation, and the Research Corporation (G. R.).
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)UNSPECIFIED
China Scholarship CouncilUNSPECIFIED
David and Lucile Packard FoundationUNSPECIFIED
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Issue or Number:21
Classification Code:PACS: 72.80.Sk, 73.20.Fz
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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