Topological superconductors: a review

Rep Prog Phys. 2017 Jul;80(7):076501. doi: 10.1088/1361-6633/aa6ac7. Epub 2017 Apr 3.


This review elaborates pedagogically on the fundamental concept, basic theory, expected properties, and materials realizations of topological superconductors. The relation between topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions are explained, and the difference between dispersive Majorana fermions and a localized Majorana zero mode is emphasized. A variety of routes to topological superconductivity are explained with an emphasis on the roles of spin-orbit coupling. Present experimental situations and possible signatures of topological superconductivity are summarized with an emphasis on intrinsic topological superconductors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't