Wednesday, 15 Dicember 2010, 12:00-13.00

*Prof. Luis Brey *

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC

ABSTRACT:

In this seminar, first, I will review the electronic structure of CdTe and I will describe the conditions under which this material is a topological insulator.

Using band theory, I will introduce the concept of topological insulator and I will discuss the surface states of these materials.

Considering spin-orbit coupling graphene is a topological insulators. In the second part of the talk I will present the electronic properties of a graphene bilayer in presence of spin orbit coupling, and using this model system I will comment on the properties of two coupled topological insulators. Finally, I will analyze a bilayer graphene where the spin orbit coupling only exists in one of the layers.