Theory of Topological Edges and Domain Walls
Bais, F.A. and Slingerland, J.K. and Haaker, S.M. (2009) Theory of Topological Edges and Domain Walls. Physical Review Letters, 102 (22). 220403-1-220403-4. ISSN 1079-7114
We investigate domain walls between topologically ordered phases in two spatial dimensions. We present a method which allows for the determination of the superselection sectors of excitations of such walls and which leads to a unified description of the kinematics of a wall and the two phases to either side of it. This incorporates a description of scattering processes at domain walls which can be applied to questions of transport through walls. In addition to the general formalism, we give representative examples including domain walls between the Abelian and non-Abelian topological phases of Kitaev’s honeycomb lattice model in a magnetic field, as well as recently proposed domain walls between spin polarized and unpolarized non-Abelian fractional quantum Hall states at different filling fractions.
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