Optimal topological spin pump

Dganit Meidan, Tobias Micklitz, Piet W. Brouwer

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We study the recently introduced Z2 pump consisting of a family of one-dimensional bulk insulators with time-reversal restriction on the pumping cycle. We find that the scattering matrices of these pumps are dichotomized by a topological index. We show that the class of pumps characterized by a nontrivial topological index allows, in contrast to its topologically trivial counterpart, for the noiseless pumping of quantized spin, even in the absence of spin conservation. This distinction sheds light on the Z2 classification of two-dimensional time-reversal invariant insulators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161303.1-161303.4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - 8 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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