This article reviews recent theoretical and experimental work on a new class of topological material-topological Kondo insulators, which develop through the interplay of strong correlations and spin-orbit interactions. The history of Kondo insulators is reviewed along with the theoretical models used to describe these heavy fermion compounds. The Fu-Kane method of topological classification of insulators is used to show that hybridization between the conduction electrons and localized f electrons in these systems gives rise to interaction-induced topological insulating behavior. Finally, some recent experimental results are discussed, which appear to confirm the theoretical prediction of the topological insulating behavior in samarium hexaboride, where the long-standing puzzle of the residual low-temperature conductivity has been shown to originate from robust surface states.
|Number of pages||32|
|Journal||Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Mar 2016|
- Heavy fermions
- Kondo lattice
- Topological insulators