Mirror-symmetry-protected dynamical quantum phase transitions in topological crystalline insulators

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Abstract

Dynamical quantum phase transitions (DQPTs) are topologically characterized in quantum quench dynamics in topological systems. In this paper, we study Loschmidt amplitudes and DQPTs in quantum quenches in mirror-symmetric topological phases. Based on the topological classification of mirror-symmetric insulators, we show that mirror symmetry creates symmetry-protected DQPTs. If mirror symmetry is present, topologically robust DQPTs can occur in quantum quenches, even in high-dimensional time-reversal invariant systems. Then, we also show that symmetry-protected DQPTs occur in quenches in two-dimensional chiral-symmetric systems with mirror symmetry. Mirror-symmetry-protected DQPTs can be easily captured by a reduced rate function. Moreover, we introduce dynamical topological order parameters for mirror-symmetry-protected DQPTs. Finally, we demonstrate DQPTs using lattice models for a time-reversal invariant topological crystalline insulator and a higher-order topological insulator.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA72
JournalPhysical Review Research
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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