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Real-space topological localizer index to fully characterize the dislocation skin effect

Chadha, N and Moghaddam, AG and Van Den Brink, J and Fulga, C (2024) Real-space topological localizer index to fully characterize the dislocation skin effect. In: Physical Review B, 109 (3).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.109.035425


The dislocation skin effect exhibits the capacity of topological defects to trap an extensive number of modes in two-dimensional non-Hermitian systems. Similar to the corresponding skin effects caused by system boundaries, this phenomenon also originates from nontrivial topology. However, finding the relationship between the dislocation skin effect and nonzero topological invariants, especially in disordered systems, can be obscure and challenging. Here, we introduce a real-space topological invariant based on the spectral localizer to characterize the skin effect on two-dimensional lattices. We demonstrate that this invariant consistently predicts the occurrence and location of both boundary and dislocation skin effects, offering a unified approach applicable to both ordered and disordered systems. Our work demonstrates a general approach that can be utilized to diagnose the topological nature of various types of skin effects, particularly in the absence of translational symmetry when momentum-space descriptions are inapplicable. © 2024 American Physical Society.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Physical Review B
Publisher: American Physical Society
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Author.
Keywords: Disordered system; Hermitians; Nontrivial topology; Real-space; System boundary; Topological defect; Topological invariants; Two-dimensional; Two-dimensional lattices; Unified approach, Topology
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2024 07:24
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 07:24
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/83931

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