A study of the modern theory of polarization on extensions of one dimensional topological insulators and disordered systems

dc.contributor.advisorHetenyi, Balazs
dc.contributor.authorParlak, Selçuk
dc.departmentDepartment of Physicsen_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of article.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.): Bilkent University, Department of Physics, İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, 2021.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 71-75).en_US
dc.description.abstractWe work on identifying topological and quantum phase transition via the modern theory of polarization. We go through the problem of electrostatics definition of absolute polarization via a discrete chain of anions and cations. We move from this discrete approach to a continuous one and prove the emergence of the Berry phase under adiabatic evolution. Introducing the Resta's position operator, we show the correspondence to the definition of polarization and go through the polarization distribution of the system. Using these concepts we studied band structures, topological invariants, and symmetries in the Su-Schrie er-Heeger model. With these basics, we analyzed the emergence of torus knots and its identification of topological transition on the distance-dependent SSH model. We go through the formal definitions of knot theory and how to identify them to establish a new system using Klein bottle knots. Following the distance vector structure in the distance-dependent SSH model, we try to establish a real-life system using Klein bottle parametrizations; Pinched torus, figure 8, and the bottle shape. In all of the parametrizations, the interpretation of the real-life system had hoppings on empty sites. Klein bottle knots are tried to observe via parametrizations of the Klein bottle. In all cases, due to the four-dimensional nature of the Klein bottle, we encountered intersecting curves on 3-dimensional interpretations of the Klein bottle. To understand the system better, we go through the Berry phase and dispersion relation of the system. After not encountering anything significant, we try to acquire a knot structure on fundamental polygons. We obtain a Hopf link and unlink with a possible intersection point. The intersection becomes hard to judge due to computational approximation on determining the knot diagrams. Due to the complexity of the project, we go through the Anderson model to study the modern theory of polarization. A background on Anderson localization with a computational method: Transfer matrix method is given. We state Mott's relation of conductivity and discuss the concept of mobility edge. We show the localization theory of Resta by introducing the complex number z. With this, we prove that the jzj becomes 1 when the states are localized and 0 when we have extended states. We also go through the scaling theory of localization. To understand the scaling theory, we introduce the concept of the renormalization group and discuss how this idea is used in the gang of four paper. We go through the assumptions and results of the gang of four by observing that the scaling exponent of conductance exhibits a critical value only in the three dimensions. Using Resta's quantity, we try to establish the gang of four results by examining the size scaling of the variance of polarization of the system and introducing a renormalization flow with Resta's quantity. We observe the low-temperature limit by examining a single state in the ground state. With this, we recover the results of the gang of four. Based on the discussion of Mott's on mobility edge, we further examine the high-temperature limit, where the system is in the average of all states. We identify the transition point via two fixed points(repulsive and attractive) on flow diagrams and size scaling exponent in all dimensions. We recover the behavior of the gang of four in one and three dimensions by examination of the fixed points, and we state the ambiguity of two-dimensional solutions due to the convergence problem of the fixed points. We further solidify the analogy of conductance and Resta's number by observing the Binder cumulant and analogical mobility edge of the system. We found the same repulsive fixed point on Binder cumulant and analogical behavior on the mobility edge argument.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Selçuk Parlaken_US
dc.format.extentxvii, 75 leaves : charts ; 30 cm.en_US
dc.publisherBilkent Universityen_US
dc.subjectModern theory of polarizationen_US
dc.subjectDisordered systemsen_US
dc.subjectTopological insulatorsen_US
dc.subjectAnderson localizationen_US
dc.subjectPolarization distributionen_US
dc.titleA study of the modern theory of polarization on extensions of one dimensional topological insulators and disordered systemsen_US
dc.title.alternativeModern polarizasyon teorisinin bir boyutlu topolojik yalıtkanlara ve düzensiz sistemlere etkisien_US
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