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Title: Surface-state-dominated transport in crystals of the topological crystalline insulator In-doped Pb 1-xSn xTe

Abstract

Three-dimensional topological insulators and topological crystalline insulators represent new quantum states of matter, which are predicted to have insulating bulk states and spin-momentum-locked gapless surface states. Experimentally, it has proven difficult to achieve the high bulk resistivity that would allow surface states to dominate the transport properties over a substantial temperature range. Here we report a series of indium-doped Pb 1-xSn xTe compounds that manifest huge bulk resistivities together with evidence consistent with the topological character of the surface states for x ≳ 0.35, based on thickness-dependent transport studies and magnetoresistance measurements. For these bulk-insulating materials, the surface states determine the resistivity for temperatures beyond 20 K.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [6];  [6];  [6];  [6]
  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); North Univ. of China, Shanxi (China)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
  4. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
  5. Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States)
  6. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1193899
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC00112704
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Journal Volume: 91 Journal Issue: 19; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
Publisher:
American Physical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Zhong, Ruidan, He, Xugang, Schneeloch, J. A., Zhang, Cheng, Liu, Tiansheng, Pletikosić, I., Yilmaz, T., Sinkovic, B., Li, Qiang, Ku, Wei, Valla, T., Tranquada, J. M., and Gu, Genda. Surface-state-dominated transport in crystals of the topological crystalline insulator In-doped Pb1-xSnxTe. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.195321.
Zhong, Ruidan, He, Xugang, Schneeloch, J. A., Zhang, Cheng, Liu, Tiansheng, Pletikosić, I., Yilmaz, T., Sinkovic, B., Li, Qiang, Ku, Wei, Valla, T., Tranquada, J. M., & Gu, Genda. Surface-state-dominated transport in crystals of the topological crystalline insulator In-doped Pb1-xSnxTe. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.195321.
Zhong, Ruidan, He, Xugang, Schneeloch, J. A., Zhang, Cheng, Liu, Tiansheng, Pletikosić, I., Yilmaz, T., Sinkovic, B., Li, Qiang, Ku, Wei, Valla, T., Tranquada, J. M., and Gu, Genda. Fri . "Surface-state-dominated transport in crystals of the topological crystalline insulator In-doped Pb1-xSnxTe". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.195321.
@article{osti_1193899,
title = {Surface-state-dominated transport in crystals of the topological crystalline insulator In-doped Pb1-xSnxTe},
author = {Zhong, Ruidan and He, Xugang and Schneeloch, J. A. and Zhang, Cheng and Liu, Tiansheng and Pletikosić, I. and Yilmaz, T. and Sinkovic, B. and Li, Qiang and Ku, Wei and Valla, T. and Tranquada, J. M. and Gu, Genda},
abstractNote = {Three-dimensional topological insulators and topological crystalline insulators represent new quantum states of matter, which are predicted to have insulating bulk states and spin-momentum-locked gapless surface states. Experimentally, it has proven difficult to achieve the high bulk resistivity that would allow surface states to dominate the transport properties over a substantial temperature range. Here we report a series of indium-doped Pb1-xSnxTe compounds that manifest huge bulk resistivities together with evidence consistent with the topological character of the surface states for x ≳ 0.35, based on thickness-dependent transport studies and magnetoresistance measurements. For these bulk-insulating materials, the surface states determine the resistivity for temperatures beyond 20 K.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.91.195321},
journal = {Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics},
number = 19,
volume = 91,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri May 29 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Fri May 29 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
}

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