## Abstract

We have screened 71 two-dimensional (2D) materials with C

_{3 }symmetry for non-trivial second order topological order and find that 28 compounds exhibit an obstructed atomic limit (OAL). In the case of C_{3}symmetry, the second order topology can be calculated from bulk symmetry indicator invariants, which predict the value of fractional corner charges in symmetry conserving nanoflakes. The procedure is exemplified by MoS_{2}in the H-phase, which constitutes a generic example of a 2D OAL material and the predicted fractional corner charges is verified by direct calculations of nanoflakes with armchair edges. We also determine the bulk topological polarization, which always lead to gapless states at zigzag edges and thus deteriorates the concept of fractional corner charges in nanoflakes with zigzag edges that are typically more stable that armchair flakes. We then consider the case of TiCl_{2}, which has vanishing polarization as well as an OAL and we verify that the edge states of nanoflakes with zigzag edges may indeed by passivated such that the edges remain insulating and the corner charges are well defined. For the 28 OAL materials we find that 16 have vanishing polarization and these materials thus constitute a promising starting point for experimental verification of second order topology in a 2D material.Original language | English |
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Article number | 015009 |

Journal | 2D materials |

Volume | 10 |

Number of pages | 7 |

ISSN | 2053-1583 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2023 |

## Keywords

- Higher order topology
- Density functional theory
- 2D materials
- Topological insulators

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