Realizing an Epitaxial Decorated Stanene with an Insulating Bandgap

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Result date: 01/01/2018
Author: Yunyi Zang
Institute: State Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics,
Publication: Adv. Funct. Mater.
Instrument: MBE Systems
The exploration of intriguing topological quantum physics in stanene has attracted enormous interest but is challenged by lacking desirable material samples. The successful fabrication of monolayer stanene on PbTe(111) films with low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy and thorough characterizations of its atomic and electronic structures are reported here. In situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy together with first-principles calculations identify two hole bands of p xy orbital with a spin-orbit coupling induced band splitting and meanwhile reveal an automatic passivation of p z orbital of stanene. Importantly, material properties are tuned by substrate engineering, realizing a decorated stanene sample with truly insulating bulk on Sr-doped PbTe. This finding paves a road for studies of stanene-based topological quantum effects and electronics.
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