Spin Hall insulators beyond the Helical Luttinger model

Thursday, 14 September, 2017

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We consider the interacting, spin conserving, extended Kane-Mele-Hubbard model, and we rigorously establish the exact quantization of the edge spin conductance and the validity of the Helical Luttinger relations for Drude weights and susceptibilities. Our analysis fully takes into account lattice effects, typically neglected in the Helical Luttinger liquid approximation, which play an essential role for universality. The proof is based on exact renormalization group methods and on a combination of lattice and emergent Ward identities, which allow to relate the emergent chiral anomaly with the finite renormalizations due to lattice corrections.


Vieri Mastropietro
Marcello Porta