Disorder-induced topological phase transition in a driven Majorana chain

Henry Ling, Philip Richard, Saeed Rahmanian Koshkaki, Michael Kolodrubetz, Dganit Meidan, Aditi Mitra, T. Pereg-Barnea

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We study a periodically driven one-dimensional Kitaev model in the presence of disorder. In the clean limit our model exhibits four topological phases corresponding to the existence or nonexistence of edge modes at zero and π quasienergy. When potential disorder is added, the system parameters get renormalized and the system may exhibit a topological phase transition. When starting from the Majorana π mode (MPM) phase, which hosts only edge Majoranas with quasienergy π, disorder induces a transition into a neighboring phase with both π and zero modes on the edges. We characterize the disordered system using (i) exact diagonalization, (ii) Arnoldi mapping onto an effective tight-binding chain, and (iii) topological entanglement entropy.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number155144
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number15
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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