Title

Proximity-induced topological phases in bilayer graphene

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-14-2018

Abstract

© 2018 American Physical Society. We study the band structure of phases induced by depositing bilayer graphene on a transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayer. Tight-binding and low-energy effective Hamiltonian calculations show that it is possible to induce topologically nontrivial phases that should exhibit the quantum spin Hall effect in these systems. We classify bulk insulating phases through calculation of the Z2 invariant, which unequivocally identifies the topology of the structure. The study of these and similar hybrid systems under an applied gate voltage opens the possibility for tunable topological structures in real experimental systems.

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