Volume 101, Number 2, February 2013
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||28 January 2013|
Topological phase transition and Dirac fermion transfer in Bi2Se3 films
1 Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801-3080, USA
2 Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 104 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801-2902, USA
3 College of Science, Nanjing University of Science and Technology - Nanjing 210094, China
Received: 8 January 2013
Accepted: 11 January 2013
Topological surface states, while protected by time-reversal symmetry in the bulk limit, can be missing in films with thicknesses much greater than the decay lengths of the surface states. This novel effect is demonstrated theoretically in Bi2Se3, the best known topological insulator. When the spin-orbit-coupling strength is tuned through the quantum critical point (realizable experimentally by low-Z element substitution), there is a wide dead zone where the film is topological but without topological surface states within the projected bulk gap. This dead zone can be suppressed by interfacial bonding.
PACS: 73.20.At – Surface states, band structure, electron density of states / 71.70.Ej – Spin-orbit coupling, Zeeman and Stark splitting, Jahn-Teller effect / 79.60.Dp – Adsorbed layers and thin films
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