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Andreev bound states are low-energy excitations appearing below the particle-hole gap of superconductors, and are expected to be topologically trivial. Here, we report the theoretical prediction of topologically nontrivial Andreev bound states in one-dimensional superconductors. These states correspond to another topological invariant defined in a synthetic two-dimensional space, the particle-hole Chern number, which we construct in analogy to the spin Chern number in quantum spin Hall systems. Nontrivial Andreev bound states have distinct features and are topologically nonequivalent to Majorana bound states. Yet, they can coexist in the same system, have similar spectral signatures, and materialize with the concomitant opening of the particle-hole gap. The coexistence of Majorana and nontrivial Andreev bound state is the direct consequence of "double dimensionality", i.e., the dimensional embedding of the one-dimensional system in a synthetic two-dimensional space, which allows the definition of two distinct topological invariants (Z2 and Z) in different dimensionalities.

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*Physical Review B*,

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**Topologically nontrivial Andreev bound states.** / Marra, Pasquale; Nitta, Muneto.

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T1 - Topologically nontrivial Andreev bound states

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AU - Nitta, Muneto

N1 - Funding Information: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9545-3314 Marra Pasquale * Nitta Muneto † Department of Physics, and Research and Education Center for Natural Sciences, Keio University , 4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8521, Japan * pasquale.marra@keio.jp † nitta@phys-h.keio.ac.jp 5 December 2019 December 2019 100 22 220502 18 July 2019 20 November 2019 ©2019 American Physical Society 2019 American Physical Society Andreev bound states are low-energy excitations appearing below the particle-hole gap of superconductors, and are expected to be topologically trivial. Here, we report the theoretical prediction of topologically nontrivial Andreev bound states in one-dimensional superconductors. These states correspond to another topological invariant defined in a synthetic two-dimensional space, the particle-hole Chern number, which we construct in analogy to the spin Chern number in quantum spin Hall systems. Nontrivial Andreev bound states have distinct features and are topologically nonequivalent to Majorana bound states. Yet, they can coexist in the same system, have similar spectral signatures, and materialize with the concomitant opening of the particle-hole gap. The coexistence of Majorana and nontrivial Andreev bound state is the direct consequence of “double dimensionality”, i.e., the dimensional embedding of the one-dimensional system in a synthetic two-dimensional space, which allows the definition of two distinct topological invariants ( Z 2 and Z ) in different dimensionalities. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 10.13039/501100001700 S1511006 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 10.13039/501100001691 16H03984 18H01217 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 10.13039/501100001700 15H05855 Topological phases and their low-energy excitations have unprecedented and exotic properties, which partially mimic those of elementary particles in high-energy physics, and may have broad implications for technological applications [1,2] . Prominent examples are the chiral modes and helical modes realized respectively in quantum Hall [3–5] and quantum spin Hall insulators [6–10] , and the Majorana modes in topological superconductors [11–17] . The connection between topology and low-energy excitations is enforced by the bulk-edge correspondence [18,19] , which relates the topological invariants defined in a d -dimensional space to the nontrivial modes confined in a lower dimensionality. Remarkably, topological properties can transcend the spatial dimensions of the physical system, in the sense that the topological invariants may be defined in synthetic dimensions [20,21] , i.e., additional continuous degrees of freedom which are induced by spatially varying fields in condensed matter [22–24] , in particular, topological superconductors [25–28] , or can be engineered, e.g., in cold atoms in optical lattices [29–36] . In Josephson junctions, synthetic dimensions can generate nontrivial topological objects such as Weyl points and nonstandard Andreev bound states [37–39] . Additional synthetic dimensions allow the existence of otherwise impossible topological phases. For example, topological invariants defined in a one-dimensional (1D) space with no symmetries are necessarily trivial [40–42] . Nevertheless, 1D systems such as Thouless quantum pumps exhibit nontrivial phases corresponding to a topological invariant, the Chern number, defined in a synthetic 2D space [43] . On top of that, there is another possibility: Synthetic dimensions may allow the coexistence of distinct topological phases characterized by distinct topological invariants, defined in spaces with different dimensions. Indeed, a d -dimensional system embedded in a synthetic ( d + n ) -dimensional space can be described by two distinct topological invariants, e.g., Z 2 and Z , defined in d and d + n dimensions, and hence occupies two different entries of the periodic table of nontrivial phases [40–42] . Such “double dimensionality” may realize, in principle, the coexistence of topologically nonequivalent phases with strikingly different properties. In this Rapid Communication, we theoretically demonstrate the coexistence of two topologically distinct phases in 1D superconductors due to the dimensional embedding in a 2D synthetic space. These topological phases correspond to distinct topological invariants: The familiar Majorana number M , defined in the physical 1D space, and the particle-hole (PH) Chern number C ph , defined in a synthetic 2D space, which we construct in analogy to the spin Chern number in quantum spin Hall systems [6–10] . These invariants correspond respectively to Majorana bound states (MBS) and topologically nontrivial Andreev bound states (ABS). Nontrivial ABS are distinct and topologically nonequivalent to MBS and, unlike trivial ABS [44–59] , are fully spin and PH polarized, and protected by PH symmetry. Moreover, we will show how these distinct topological phases can be realized in a realistic system, i.e., in magnetic atom chains on a conventional superconductor, and we will discuss the differences and similarities between nontrivial ABS and MBS, which are relevant for their experimental realization and identification. We thus consider a chain of magnetic atoms [60–67] on the surface of a conventional superconductor, in the presence of a helical spin order [68] and an externally applied Zeeman field, as in Fig. 1 . The essential physics is described by a Bogoliubov–de Gennes tight-binding Hamiltonian, which reads (1) H = 1 2 ∑ n Ψ n † · − μ σ 0 + b n · σ Δ i σ y − ( Δ i σ y ) * μ σ 0 − ( b n · σ ) * · Ψ n − 1 2 ∑ n Ψ n † · t σ 0 − λ i σ y 0 0 − ( t σ 0 − λ i σ y ) · Ψ n + 1 + H.c. , where Ψ n † = c n ↑ † , c n ↓ † , c n ↑ , c n ↓ is the Nambu spinor. Here, λ is the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling (SOC) due to the inversion symmetry breaking at the surface, Δ the spin-singlet superconducting pairing induced by the substrate, and b n the total Zeeman field at each site. 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.220502.f1 1 FIG. 1. A chain of magnetic atoms on the surface of a superconductor. The amplitude-modulated Zeeman field b n is the superposition of an externally applied field b along the z axis and the field induced by the helical spin order Re ( e i ( n θ + ϕ ) δ b ) in the z x plane. The helical spin order is induced by the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) coupling between localized magnetic moments of the chain, and is resonantly enhanced by the perfect nesting between Fermi momenta ± k F in 1D systems. This nesting condition fixes the spatial frequency θ of the helix as θ = 2 k F [69,70] , which mandates μ = − 2 t cos ( θ / 2 ) , which we assume hereafter. This assumption is, however, not essential to the main results [71] . Moreover, in the absence of externally applied fields, the spin helix direction is fixed by symmetry. Indeed, the SOC (along y ) breaks the SU ( 2 ) spin-rotation symmetry down to U ( 1 ) rotations in the z x plane: Hence, the helical order becomes pinned to the z x plane for applied fields smaller than the SOC splitting [27] . For simplicity, we assume that the helical order is independent of the externally applied field. Thus, the total field is b n = b + Re ( e i ( n θ + ϕ ) δ b ) , where b is the applied field and δ b = ( − i δ b , 0 , δ b ) . Here, θ , ϕ , and δ b are respectively the spatial frequency, phase offset, and magnitude of the field induced by the helical spin order. The cases with δ b = 0 and b = 0 reduce respectively to the well-known regimes where only the uniform [72,73] and helical fields [66,67,74] are present. If the applied and helical fields are not perpendicular δ b · b ≠ 0 , the total field is amplitude modulated, | b n | 2 = b 2 + δ b 2 + 2 Re ( e i ( n θ + ϕ ) δ b · b ) , and depends explicitly on the phase offset ϕ , which cannot be absorbed by local or global unitary rotations of the spin basis [66,70] . Thus, the energy spectrum and the PH gap depend on the phase offset ϕ . Since we are interested in this regime, we assume that the applied field is coplanar with the helical field. Besides, one can always rotate the spin basis such that the applied field is parallel to the z axis, which we assume hereafter. Note that, assuming a rigid and uniformly rotating spin helix, the magnetic order is degenerate in the phase offset ϕ , even with external fields b ≠ 0 , since the coupling between the applied field and the helical order ∝ b · m vanishes, being the total magnetization m = ∑ n Re ( e i ( n θ + ϕ ) δ b ) = 0 . However, the effect of the applied field on the spin helix may induce a finite magnetization and break the U ( 1 ) invariance. If these effects are negligible, the phase offset ϕ will become pinned by arbitrarily small local variations of the Zeeman field or by defects and impurities along the chain. Note also that the SOC induces spin-triplet correlations [75] , which we consider in the Supplemental Material [71] . In order to define the topological invariants, it is useful to Fourier-transform the Hamiltonian (1) , which yields (2) H = 1 2 ∑ k Ψ k † · h ( k ) Δ i σ y − ( Δ i σ y ) * − h ( − k ) * · Ψ k + 1 4 ∑ k Ψ k + θ † · e i ϕ δ b · σ 0 0 − e i ϕ δ b · σ * · Ψ k + H.c. , where Ψ k † = c k ↑ † , c k ↓ † , c − k ↑ , c − k ↓ and h ( k ) = b · σ − ( μ + 2 t cos k ) σ 0 + 2 λ sin k σ y . We notice that for Δ = λ = 0 , Eq. (2) reduces to the Harper-Hofstadter Hamiltonian realized in topological quantum pumps [43,76–78] . Due to the coupling between different momenta, the Hamiltonian is invariant up to momenta translations k → k + θ . Assuming a spatial frequency commensurate to the lattice, i.e., θ = 2 π p / q with p , q integer coprimes, this symmetry induces a periodicity in momentum space Δ k = 2 π / q and a folding of the energy levels into a reduced Brillouin zone (BZ) [ 0 , 2 π / q ] . The model exhibits PH symmetry and broken time-reversal symmetry at any finite field, and belongs to the Altland-Zirnbauer [40–42] symmetry class D. Note that PH symmetry acts as H ( k , ϕ ) → − H ( − k , ϕ ) in the synthetic BZ (see SM [71] ). Gapped phases in 1D are characterized by a Z 2 topological invariant, the Majorana number [11] , defined as M = sgn pf i H ̃ 0 pf i H ̃ π / q , where H ̃ k = ∑ n m = 0 q − 1 P k + n θ H ̃ P k + m θ † are the projections of the Hamiltonian H ̃ in the Majorana basis onto the subspace spanned by the momenta k + n θ , with P k the projector operators, and k = 0 , π / q the time-reversal symmetry points. Phase transitions between trivial and nontrivial phases are determined by the closing of the PH gap, i.e., E ( k , ϕ ) = 0 for either k = 0 or π / q . For clarity, we will focus here only on the phases which are globally gapped, i.e., where the PH gap is finite for any value of the phase offset ϕ . We define the global PH gap as E G = min k , ϕ E ( k , ϕ ) . Globally gapped phases E G > 0 are either trivial or nontrivial. Conversely, phases which are not globally gapped E G = 0 , i.e., where the PH gap closes for some values of the phase offset, may be trivial M = 1 and nontrivial M = − 1 depending on the phase offset ϕ (see Ref. [28] ). In Fig. 2(a) we plot the value of the global PH gap E G as a function of the helical field magnitude δ b and applied field b , calculated by direct numerical diagonalization of the Hamiltonian (2) for θ = π / 2 (i.e., q = 4 ). The globally gapped phases E G > 0 are separated by domains where the global PH gap vanishes. We then calculate the Majorana number numerically for each globally gapped phase. Due to time-reversal symmetry, the phase at zero field b = δ b = 0 (and at small fields b ≈ δ b ≈ 0 ) is obviously trivial. At larger fields, there are two separated (but topologically equivalent) nontrivial phases with M = − 1 , which are realized respectively for strong applied fields and small (or zero) helical fields b ≫ δ b , and for strong helical fields and small (or zero) applied fields δ b ≫ b . The two separated phases with M = − 1 reduce to the well-known regimes where only a uniform field [72,73] (with b > 0 and δ b = 0 ), or the helical field [66,67] (with b = 0 and δ b > 0 ) are present. In these regimes, topological superconductivity is realized respectively for b − < b < b + , with b ± = [ ( | μ | ± 2 t ) 2 + Δ 2 ] 1 / 2 [the δ b = 0 axis in Fig. 1(a) ] and for b eff − < δ b < b eff + , where b eff ± = [ ( | μ | ± 2 t eff ) 2 + Δ 2 ] 1 / 2 and t eff = t cos ( θ / 2 ) − λ sin ( θ / 2 ) [the b = 0 axis in Fig. 1(a) ], as one can show by unitary rotating Eq. (1) and calculating the Majorana number directly. Nontrivial phases with M = − 1 exhibit MBS at zero energy, as in Fig. 2(b) , where we show the energy spectra for b = δ b / 3 , calculated by direct diagonalization of Eq. (1) with open nonperiodic boundary conditions. 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.220502.f2 2 FIG. 2. (a) Topological phase space for θ = π / 2 as a function of the helical δ b and applied fields b , and spectra in the nontrivial phases (b) and (c). Color intensity is proportional to the global PH gap E G . Three kinds of globally gapped phases E G > 0 are present: The trivial phase (gray) at small and at very large fields; the nontrivial phase with Majorana number M = − 1 (blue) with (b) MBS at zero energy; the nontrivial phase with PH Chern number C ph ≠ 0 (red) with (c) nontrivial ABS below the PH gap, two states per edge. Here, μ ≈ − 1.41 t , Δ = λ = t / 2 , δ b = 1.5 t , b = 0.5 t (b), and b = 3 t (c). For amplitude-modulated fields δ b · b ≠ 0 , the Hamiltonian in Eq. (2) depends periodically on the phase offset ϕ , which can be regarded as an additional synthetic (nonspatial) dimension. The 1D chain is thus embedded in a 2D parameter space, which coincides with a synthetic BZ spanned by the momentum k ∈ [ 0 , π / q ] and by the phase offset ϕ ∈ [ 0 , 2 π ] . Topological phases in 2D and symmetry class D are described by a Z topological invariant. We notice that the total Chern number is zero due to PH symmetry. Therefore, to describe the nontrivial globally gapped phases of the model, we shall introduce the PH Chern number, defined as the PH analogue of the spin Chern number [6–10] . For any globally gapped phase E G > 0 , which does not close when the superconducting paring is adiabatically turned off Δ → 0 , we define (3) C ± = 1 2 π ∫ 0 2 π / q d k ∫ 0 2 π d ϕ [ Ω p ( k , ϕ ) ± Ω h ( k , ϕ ) ] , where Ω p , h ( k , ϕ ) = ∑ i ∈ p , h 2 Θ ( − E i ) Im 〈 ∂ k Ψ i | ∂ ϕ Ψ i 〉 are the total Berry curvatures in the synthetic BZ, defined respectively for the two PH sectors of the Hamiltonian in Eq. (2) as a sum over all bands with E i < 0 . Due to PH symmetry, the total Berry curvatures are Ω h ( k , ϕ ) = − Ω p ( k , ϕ ) , and the Chern number vanishes, C = C + = 0 . The PH Chern number C ph = C − can be nonzero, and it is given by (4) C ph = 2 × 1 2 π ∫ 0 2 π / q d k ∫ 0 2 π d ϕ Ω p ( k , ϕ ) . The PH Chern number is thus an even integer due to PH symmetry. Notice that the PH Chern number is well defined only if the phase with Δ > 0 can be continuously mapped into a phase with Δ = 0 , without closing the global PH gap E G > 0 . Only in this case indeed the phase Δ > 0 is homeomorphic to the phase Δ = 0 , where the Hamiltonian becomes block-diagonal in the PH sectors, and the PH Berry curvatures become well defined. As a counterexample, notice the PH Chern number C ph is not well defined for the nontrivial phase M = − 1 , where the gap closes for Δ → 0 . If the helical and applied fields are comparable, the model may realize a nontrivial phase characterized by a nonzero PH Chern number, as shown in Fig. 2(a) . Using the Fukui-Hatsugai-Suzuki numerical method [79] applied separately in the PH sectors, we find that the PH Chern number of this globally gapped phase is C ph = − 2 . The emergence of a nontrivial phase C ph ≠ 0 can be understood in terms of a band inversion induced by the applied field. Considering a continuous transformation Δ → 0 , λ → 0 , and δ b = ( − i δ b , 0 , δ b ) → ( 0 , 0 , δ b ) , each of the PH and spin-up and spin-down sectors of the Hamiltonian in Eq. (2) reduce to an Harper-Hofstadter Hamiltonian of spinless electrons on a 1D lattice with harmonic potential − μ ± δ b cos ( θ n + ϕ ) , with ± for spin up and down, respectively. Thus, if the transformation does not close the global PH gap, the PH Chern number C ph can be obtained as the sum of the corresponding Chern numbers of the Hofstadter butterfly. Since opposite gaps ± δ b of the butterfly have opposite Chern numbers, spin-up and spin-down contributions have opposite signs. Hence, if we define j ↑ and j ↓ as the intraband indices of the particle spin-up and spin-down sectors of Eq. (2) , using the diophantine equation characterizing the Hofstadter butterfly Chern numbers, 4 yields (5) C ph = 2 ( C j ↑ − C j ↓ ) , where p C j ≡ j mod q , with | C j | < q / 2 . Here, C j are the Chern numbers labeling each of the intraband gaps j of the Hofstadter butterfly [80,81] . Since the Hofstadter Chern numbers take all possible integer values | C j | < q / 2 , the PH Chern number can take all possible even integer values | C ph | < q . At zero applied field b = 0 , spin-up and spin-down bands are degenerate, and thus j ↑ = j ↓ , resulting in a trivial phase C ph = 0 . However, spin degeneracy breaks at finite applied fields, and thus bands with C j ↑ ≠ C j ↓ can align at zero energy. Hence, the band inversion driven by the applied field b can induce a nontrivial phase with C ph ≠ 0 . These nontrivial phases correspond to the presence of nontrivial ABS localized at the edges. Nontrivial ABS are midgap excitations, and are completely PH and spin polarized. Due to bulk-edge correspondence [18,19] , each edge exhibits a number C ph / 2 of particlelike edge states, and the same number of holelike edge states, which are PH conjugates, one of the other. This has to be contrasted with MBS, which appear as a single zero-energy fermionic state localized at two opposite edges, and which are consequently PH symmetric, i.e., being their own PH conjugates. In Fig. 2(c) we show the energy spectra in the nontrivial phase C ph = − 2 (with b = 3 δ b ) calculated by direct diagonalization of Eq. (1) with open nonperiodic boundary conditions. The spectra show 2 × 2 PH-symmetric, nontrivial ABS inside the PH gap, with two edge states for each boundary of the chain. These ABS are protected by PH symmetry, and robust against perturbations which do not close the gap and do not break PH symmetry (see Supplemental Material [71] ). Despite the fundamental difference between MBS and nontrivial ABS, there are some similarities that need to be emphasized. Nontrivial ABS are midgap excitations, and can have zero energy only for fine-tuned values ϕ * of the phase offset. However, their energies can be lower than the experimental resolution, and thus the resulting near-zero-bias peak can be erroneously attributed to MBS. Most importantly, being topologically protected, they can materialize only concomitantly with the closing and reopening of the PH gap. Hence, the simultaneous probe of bulk and edge conductance, with the observation of the closing of the gap accompanied by the emergence of a zero-bias peak at the edges [82] , cannot be considered as conclusive evidence of MBS. However, nontrivial ABS do not necessarily appear simultaneously with the same energy at the two opposite edges of the nontrivial phase, contrarily to the case of MBS. In order to highlight the differences and similarities between nontrivial ABS and MBS, we show in Fig. 3 the spectra and the local density of states (LDOS) as a function of the applied field b through the two nontrivial phases M = − 1 and C ph = − 2 , calculated as ρ n ( E ) = − Im 〈 n | G ( E ) | n 〉 / π with G ( E ) the unperturbed Green's function. As shown, both the M = − 1 and the C ph = − 2 nontrivial phases are realized, respectively at low b ≲ t and large applied fields b ≳ t , respectively with MBS and nontrivial ABS localized at the edges. The closing and reopening of the global PH gap coincides with the appearance of nontrivial ABS. Notice that, contrarily to the case of MBS, the energies of the two nontrivial ABS at the opposite edges are uncorrelated. Moreover, whereas MBS have equal spectral weights in the PH sectors (they are PH symmetric), nontrivial ABS are completely PH and spin polarized. 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.220502.f3 3 FIG. 3. Spectra (a) and LDOS in the bulk (b) and on the left (c) and right (d) edges, as a function of the applied field b . At low applied fields b ≲ t , the model realizes the M = − 1 nontrivial phase (cf. Fig. 1 ), with MBS at zero energy localized simultaneously at the left and right edges. At larger fields, the PH gap closes E G = 0 until reaching the nontrivial phase with C ph = − 2 at fields b ≳ t (cf. Fig. 1 ), with two PH symmetric and nontrivial ABS localized at each edge of the chain. The energy of nontrivial ABS at opposite edges is uncorrelated, contrarily to the case of MBS. Moreover, nontrivial ABS are fully PH and spin polarized, whereas MBS are PH symmetric. In summary, we found that in the presence of amplitude-modulated fields, a 1D superconductor may exhibits two distinct kinds of nontrivial phases corresponding to two distinct topological invariants, i.e., the Majorana number and the PH Chern number, defined respectively in the 1D and in a synthetic 2D BZ. These nontrivial phases exhibits two distinct kind of edge states, i.e., MBS and nontrivial ABS, with remarkably different properties. However, their similarities may hinder the detection of Majorana states in magnetic atom chains, in particular, in the regime of large applied fields. This work opens several directions for future research. First, nontrivial ABS can be realized in nanowires with amplitude-modulated fields, induced by, e.g., arrays of nanomagnets [25,26,83] or magnetic film substrates in the stripe phase [84,85] , where they may exhibit distinctive signatures, e.g., in the differential conductance and the Josephson current. Moreover, in cold atoms, this model may realize a PH Thouless pump and the direct manipulation of the PH degree of freedom, analogously to the electron spin in spintronics. Finally, the concept of double dimensionality and of the coexistence of different topological phases can be extended to other contiguous entries of the periodic table of topological phases, or to higher-order topological insulators [86] . We thank D. Inotani for useful discussions and suggestions, and the anonymous reviewers whose comments have greatly improved this manuscript. This work is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities “Topological Science” (Grant No. S1511006). The work of M.N. is also supported in part by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) Grants No. 16H03984 and No. 18H01217 and by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Topological Materials Science” (KAKENHI Grant No. 15H05855) from MEXT of Japan.

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N2 - Andreev bound states are low-energy excitations appearing below the particle-hole gap of superconductors, and are expected to be topologically trivial. Here, we report the theoretical prediction of topologically nontrivial Andreev bound states in one-dimensional superconductors. These states correspond to another topological invariant defined in a synthetic two-dimensional space, the particle-hole Chern number, which we construct in analogy to the spin Chern number in quantum spin Hall systems. Nontrivial Andreev bound states have distinct features and are topologically nonequivalent to Majorana bound states. Yet, they can coexist in the same system, have similar spectral signatures, and materialize with the concomitant opening of the particle-hole gap. The coexistence of Majorana and nontrivial Andreev bound state is the direct consequence of "double dimensionality", i.e., the dimensional embedding of the one-dimensional system in a synthetic two-dimensional space, which allows the definition of two distinct topological invariants (Z2 and Z) in different dimensionalities.

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