The role of spin–orbit coupling in topologically protected interface states in Dirac materials – D. S. L. Abergel, J. Edge, A. V. Balatsky (2014)


We highlight the fact that two-dimensional (2D) materials with Dirac-like low energy band structures and spin–orbit coupling (SOC) will produce linearly dispersing topologically protected Jackiw–Rebbi modes at interfaces where the Dirac mass changes sign. These modes may support persistent spin or valley currents parallel to the interface, and the exact arrangement of such topologically protected currents depends crucially on the details of the SOC in the material. As examples, we discuss buckled 2D hexagonal lattices such as silicene or germanene, and transition metal dichalcogenides such as MoS2.


New Journal of Physics