When translational symmetry is broken by bulk disorder, the topological nature of states in topological crystalline systems may change depending on the type of disorder that is applied. In this work, we characterize the phases of a one-dimensional chain with inversion and chiral symmetries, where every disorder configuration is inversion symmetric. By using a basis-independent formulation for the inversion topological invariant, chiral winding number, and bulk polarization, we are able to construct phase diagrams for these quantities when disorder is present. We show that unlike the chiral winding number and bulk polarization, the inversion topological invariant can fluctuate when the bulk spectral gap closes at strong disorder. Using the position-space renormalization group, we are able to compare how the inversion topological invariant, chiral winding number, and bulk polarization behave at low energies in the strong disorder limit. We show that with inversion-symmetry-preserving disorder, the value of the inversion topological invariant is determined by the inversion eigenvalues of the states at the inversion centers, while quantities such as the chiral winding number and the bulk polarization still have contributions from every state throughout the chain. We also show that it is possible to alter the value of the inversion topological invariant in a clean system by occupying additional states at the inversion centers while keeping the bulk polarization fixed. We discuss the implications of our results for topological crystalline phases in higher-dimensional electronic systems, and discuss potential experimental realizations in ultracold-atomic systems.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics