We propose a gravitational response theory for point defects (hedgehogs) binding Majorana zero modes in (3+1)-dimensional superconductors. Starting in 4+1 dimensions, where the point defect is extended into a line, a coupling of the bulk defect texture with the gravitational field is introduced. Diffeomorphism invariance then leads to an SU(2)2 Kac-Moody current running along the defect line. The SU(2)2 Kac-Moody algebra accounts for the non-Abelian nature of the zero modes in 3+1 dimensions. It is then shown to also encode the angular momentum density which permeates throughout the bulk between hedgehog-antihedgehog pairs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - May 26 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics