Tutorial on topological insulators, APS March meeting, 2011

Link to slides of the talks

1. Topological insulators, Joel Moore

Tutorial Description
Topological insulators are new states of matter which have a gap in the bulk and robust metallic surface states on the boundary. In recent years, time-reversal invariant topological insulators have been theoretically predicted and experimentally realized in several materials including HgTe quantum wells, Bi1-xSb¬x alloys, Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 crystals, etc.

The surface states of topological insulators are protected by topological properties of the bulk, which behaves like massless relativistic particles. As topological nontrivial states of matter, topological insulators have various unique signatures, such as topological magneto-electric effect and a novel realization of “Majorana fermions” which are non-Abelian anyons. The research on topological insulators is experiencing an explosive growth now, because of both fundamental interests and potential applications ranging from spintronics to quantum computation.

The goal of this tutorial is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts about topological insulators, and an overview of the recent theoretical and experimental developments in this field.


  • Overview of the theory of topological insulators
  • Overview of experimental results about topological insulators
  • Novel topological effects in topological insulators
  • Topological superconductivity and the realization of Majorana fermions.

Prof. Xiao-Liang Qi
Stanford University
Stanford, California


Dr. Yulin Chen
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, California

Prof. Marcel Franz
University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia

Prof. Zahid Hasan
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

Prof. Joel Moore
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley,  California

Xiaoliang Qi,
Mar 30, 2011, 10:56 PM
Xiaoliang Qi,
Mar 24, 2011, 7:49 PM