Doped strong topological insulators are one of the most promising candidates to realize a fully gapped three-dimensional topological superconductor (TSC). In this Letter, we revisit this system and reveal a possibility for higher-order topology which was previously missed. We find that over a finite range of doping, the Fu-Berg superconducting pairing can give rise to both Majorana surface states and nodal hinge states. Interestingly, we observe the coexistence of surface and hinge modes in the superconducting state only when there are both bulk and surface Fermi surfaces in the normal state. Also, we find that the hinge modes can appear for normal states consisting of doped strong or weak topological insulators. In summary, this work may allow for the discovery of superconducting hinge modes in a well explored class of materials, i.e., doped strong or weak topological insulators.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics