Competing higher order topological superconducting phases in triangular lattice magnet-superconductor hybrid systems

Ka Ho Wong, Jacopo Gliozzi, Mark R. Hirsbrunner, Arbaz Malik, Barry Bradlyn, Taylor L. Hughes, Dirk K. Morr

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Abstract

We demonstrate that a plethora of higher order topological phases emerge in magnet-superconductor hybrid (MSH) systems through the interplay of a stacked magnetic structure and an underlying triangular surface lattice; the latter being of great current experimental interest. Such lattices offer the ability to create three main types of edge terminations - called x-, y- and y′-edges - of MSH islands that, in turn, give rise to a complex phase diagrams exhibiting various regions of higher order topological superconducting (HOTSC) phases. We identify the single adatom chain, as well as a pair of adjacent adatom chains (called a double-chain), as the basic building blocks for the emergence of HOTSC phases. Of particular interest are those HOTSC phases which arise from a competition between the topology of single- and double-chain blocks, which are absent for square lattices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number144521
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume109
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2024
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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