You have learned how to map a winding number onto counting the zeros of an eigenproblem in a complex plane. This can be applied to other symmetry classes as well.

Let's try to calculate the invariant in the 1D symmetry class DIII. If you look in the table, you'll see it's the same invariant as the scattering invariant we've used for the quantum spin Hall effect,

In this paper (around Eq. 4.13), have a look at how to use analytic continuation to calculate the analytic continuation of $\sqrt{h}$, and implement the calculation of this invariant without numerical integration, like we did before.

In order to test your invariant, you'll need a topologically non-trivial system in this symmetry class. You can obtain it by combining a Majorana nanowire with its time-reversed copy.

This is a hard task; if you go for it, try it out, but don't hesitate to ask for help in the discussion below.

The analytic continuation from $e^{ik}$ to a complex plane is also useful in telling if a system is gapped.

Using the mapping of a 1D Hamiltonian to the eigenvalue problem, implement a function which checks if there are propagating modes at a given energy.

Then implement an algorithm which uses this check to find the lowest and the highest energy states for a given 1D Hamiltonian $H = h + t e^{ik} + t^\dagger e^{-ik}$ (with $h$, $t$ arbitrary matrices, of course).

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Discussion entitled 'Topological invariants' is available in the online version of the course.

We develop a unified framework to classify topological defects in insulators
and superconductors described by spatially modulated Bloch and Bogoliubov de
Gennes Hamiltonians. We consider Hamiltonians H(k,r) that vary slowly with
adiabatic parameters r surrounding the defect and belong to any of the ten
symmetry classes defined by time reversal symmetry and particle-hole symmetry.
The topological classes for such defects are identified, and explicit formulas
for the topological invariants are presented. We introduce a generalization of
the bulk-boundary correspondence that relates the topological classes to defect
Hamiltonians to the presence of protected gapless modes at the defect. Many
examples of line and point defects in three dimensional systems will be
discussed. These can host one dimensional chiral Dirac fermions, helical Dirac
fermions, chiral Majorana fermions and helical Majorana fermions, as well as
zero dimensional chiral and Majorana zero modes. This approach can also be used
to classify temporal pumping cycles, such as the Thouless charge pump, as well
as a fermion parity pump, which is related to the Ising non-Abelian statistics
of defects that support Majorana zero modes.

Hint: The most general classification

Anomalous Topological Pumps and Fractional Josephson Effects

We discover novel topological pumps in the Josephson effects for
superconductors. The phase difference, which is odd under the chiral symmetry
defined by the product of time-reversal and particle-hole symmetries, acts as
an anomalous adiabatic parameter. These pumping cycles are different from those
in the "periodic table", and are characterized by $Z\times Z$ or $Z_2\times
Z_2$ strong invariants. We determine the general classifications in class AIII,
and those in class DIII with a single anomalous parameter. For the $Z_2\times
Z_2$ topological pump in class DIII, one $Z_2$ invariant describes the
coincidence of fermion parity and spin pumps whereas the other one reflects the
non-Abelian statistics of Majorana Kramers pairs, leading to three distinct
fractional Josephson effects.

Hint: Beyond classification

Topological Insulators and C^*-Algebras: Theory and Numerical Practice

We apply ideas from $C^*$-algebra to the study of disordered topological
insulators. We extract certain almost commuting matrices from the free Fermi
Hamiltonian, describing band projected coordinate matrices. By considering
topological obstructions to approximating these matrices by exactly commuting
matrices, we are able to compute invariants quantifying different topological
phases. We generalize previous two dimensional results to higher dimensions; we
give a general expression for the topological invariants for arbitrary
dimension and several symmetry classes, including chiral symmetry classes, and
we present a detailed $K$-theory treatment of this expression for time reversal
invariant three dimensional systems. We can use these results to show
non-existence of localized Wannier functions for these systems.
We use this approach to calculate the index for time-reversal invariant
systems with spin-orbit scattering in three dimensions, on sizes up to $12^3$,
averaging over a large number of samples. The results show an interesting
separation between the localization transition and the point at which the
average index (which can be viewed as an "order parameter" for the topological
insulator) begins to fluctuate from sample too sample, implying the existence
of an unsuspected quantum phase transition separating two different delocalized
phases in this system. One of the particular advantages of the $C^*$-algebraic
technique that we present is that it is significantly faster in practice than
other methods of computing the index, allowing the study of larger systems. In
this paper, we present a detailed discussion of numerical implementation of our
method.

Hint: The non-commutative invariants

Scattering theory of topological insulators and superconductors

The topological invariant of a topological insulator (or superconductor) is
given by the number of symmetry-protected edge states present at the Fermi
level. Despite this fact, established expressions for the topological invariant
require knowledge of all states below the Fermi energy. Here, we propose a way
to calculate the topological invariant employing solely its scattering matrix
at the Fermi level without knowledge of the full spectrum. Since the approach
based on scattering matrices requires much less information than the
Hamiltonian-based approaches (surface versus bulk), it is numerically more
efficient. In particular, is better-suited for studying disordered systems.
Moreover, it directly connects the topological invariant to transport
properties potentially providing a new way to probe topological phases.

Do you know of another paper that fits into the topics of this week, and you think is good?
Then you can get bonus points by reviewing that paper instead!

Read one of the above papers and see how it is
related to the current topic.

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Discussion entitled 'General classification' is available in the online version of the course.