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Title: Observation of topological superconductivity on the surface of an iron-based superconductor

Topological superconductors are predicted to host exotic Majorana states that obey non-Abelian statistics and can be used to implement a topological quantum computer. Most of the proposed topological superconductors are realized in difficult-to-fabricate heterostructures at very low temperatures. By using high-resolution spin-resolved and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we find that the iron-based superconductor FeTe 1–xSe x (x = 0.45; superconducting transition temperature T c = 14.5 kelvin) hosts Dirac-cone–type spin-helical surface states at the Fermi level; the surface states exhibit an s-wave superconducting gap below T c. Thus, our study shows that the surface states of FeTe 0.55Se 0.45 are topologically superconducting, providing a simple and possibly high-temperature platform for realizing Majorana states.
Authors:
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  1. Univ. of Tokyo (Japan). Inst. for Solid State Physics
  2. Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Dept. of Physics
  3. Nanjing Univ. (China). National Lab. of Solid State Microstructures and Dept. of Physics
  4. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Dept.
  5. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China). Inst. of Physics. Beijing National Lab. for Condensed Matter Physics (BNLCP-CAS); Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China). CAS Center for Excellence in Topological Quantum Computation
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
BNL-205750-2018-JAAM
Journal ID: ISSN 0036-8075
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; 25220707; 16H02209; 16H06013; 16H00979; 11234014; 11504117; 2016YFA0401000; 2015CB921300; XDPB08-1; XDB07000000
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 360; Journal Issue: 6385; Journal ID: ISSN 0036-8075
Publisher:
AAAS
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Materials Sciences & Engineering Division; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC); Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST); Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING
OSTI Identifier:
1440897