By means of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements, the electronic band structure of the three-dimensional PbBi 4 Te 7 and PbBi 6 Te 10 topological insulators is compared. The measurements clearly reveal coexisting topological and multiple Rashba-like split states close to the Fermi level for both systems. The observed topological states derive from different surface terminations, as confirmed by scanning tunneling microscopy measurements, and are well-described by the density functional theory simulations. Both the topological and the Rashba-like states reveal a prevalent two-dimensional character barely affected by air exposure. X-ray and valence band photoemission measurements suggest Rashba-like states stem from the van der Waals gap expansion, consistently with density functional theory calculations.

Deep Insight Into the Electronic Structure of Ternary Topological Insulators: A Comparative Study of PbBi 4 Te 7 and PbBi 6 Te 10

Pacilè, D.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
De Luca, O.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Grimaldi, I.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Agostino, R. G.
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Papagno, M.
Membro del Collaboration Group
2018

Abstract

By means of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements, the electronic band structure of the three-dimensional PbBi 4 Te 7 and PbBi 6 Te 10 topological insulators is compared. The measurements clearly reveal coexisting topological and multiple Rashba-like split states close to the Fermi level for both systems. The observed topological states derive from different surface terminations, as confirmed by scanning tunneling microscopy measurements, and are well-described by the density functional theory simulations. Both the topological and the Rashba-like states reveal a prevalent two-dimensional character barely affected by air exposure. X-ray and valence band photoemission measurements suggest Rashba-like states stem from the van der Waals gap expansion, consistently with density functional theory calculations.
density functional theory; electronic structure; photoemission; scanning tunneling microscopy; topological insulators; Materials Science (all); Condensed Matter Physics
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