Topological insulators are a new class of materials that have attracted signiﬁcant attention in contemporary condensed mat-ter physics. They are diﬀerent from regular insulators, and they display novel quantum properties that involve the idea of ‘topology’, an area of mathematics. Some of the fundamental concepts behind topological insulators, particularly in low-dimensional condensed matter systems such as poly-acetylene chains, can be understood using a simple one-dimensional toy model popularly known as the Su-Schrieﬀer-Heeger (SSH) model. This model can also be used as an introduction to the topological insulators of higher dimensions. Here, we give a concise description of the SSH model along with a brief re-view of the background physics and attempt to understand the ideas of topological invariants, edge states, and bulk-boundary correspondence using the model.
Volume 26 | Issue 1