Volume 126, Number 6, June 2019
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||22 July 2019|
Magneto-optical signatures of Volkov-Pankratov states in topological insulators
Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université Paris Saclay, CNRS, UMR 8502 F-91405 Orsay Cedex, France
Received: 15 March 2019
Accepted: 18 June 2019
In addition to the usual chiral surface states, massive surface states can arise at a smooth interface between a topological and a trivial bulk insulator. While not subject to topological protection as the chiral states, these massive states, theorized by Volkov and Pankratov in the 1980s, reflect nevertheless emergent Dirac physics at the interface. We study theoretically the magneto-optical response of these surface states, which is strikingly different from that of the bulk states. Most saliently, we show that these states can be identified clearly in the presence of a magnetic field and its orientation with respect to the interface.
PACS: 78.20.-e – Optical properties of bulk materials and thin films
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