### Abstract

We discuss the effects of disorder in time-reversal-invariant topological insulators and superconductors in three spatial dimensions. For three-dimensional topological insulator in the symplectic (AII) symmetry class, the phase diagram in the presence of disorder and a mass term, which drives a transition between trivial and topological insulator phases, is computed numerically by the transfer matrix method. The numerics is supplemented by a field-theory analysis (the large-N _{f} expansion, where N _{f} is the number of valleys or Dirac cones), from which we obtain the correlation length exponent, and several anomalous dimensions at a nontrivial critical point separating a metallic phase and a Dirac semimetal. A similar-field theory approach is developed for disorder-driven transitions in symmetry classes AIII, CI, and DIII. For these three symmetry classes, where topological superconductors are characterized by integer topological invariant, a complementary description is given in terms of the nonlinear sigma model supplemented with a topological term, which is a three-dimensional analog of the Pruisken term in the integer quantum Hall effect.

Original language | English (US) |
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Article number | 155138 |

Journal | Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics |

Volume | 85 |

Issue number | 15 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Apr 26 2012 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics

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*Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics*,

*85*(15), [155138]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.155138