Joint TRR 227 & FU Phyisics Colloquium - Oliver Rader

Jan 17, 2020 | 03:15 PM

The TRR 227 kindly invites you to the joint Colloquium of the TRR 227 & FU Physics Department Colloquium.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Oliver Rader - Materials for Green Spintronics, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin & Universität Potsdam

Title: Materials for the quantum anomalous Hall effect: From extrinsic to intrinsic magnetic topological insulators


Ferromagnetic topological insulators have been used to demonstrate the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect. In electronic devices, the QAH edge states may be used for lossless interconnects or for lossless edge channel spintronics. Moreover, in conjunction with superconductors, they could host chiral Majorana fermions which are among the contenders for the realization of topological qubits.

These are some examples that underline the importance of materials science of magnetic topological insulators. So far, stable 3+ impurities (Cr, V) in (Bi, Sb)2Te3 topological insulators have been the mainstream approach for these materials. However, there remain several challenges: Firstly, the temperature at which the QAH effect can be observed is only 1 K even though the principle limit is the Curie temperature which is one to two orders of magnitude higher. Secondly, the magnetic gap at the Dirac point of topological insulators, which is believed to host the chiral edge states, has never been observed directly. Thirdly, disorder leads in these randomly doped materials to considerable scattering in gap size and chemical potential.

Here, we use low temperature ARPES to reveal the magnetic gap of Mn-doped Bi2Te3 films which is present only below the Curie temperature of ~10 K. Interestingly, the size of the gap is 5 times larger than predicted by density functional theory. This enhancement is due to a remarkable structure modification induced by Mn doping. Instead of a disordered impurity system, it forms an alternating sequence of septuple and quintuple layer blocks, with Mn in the center of the septuple layers. We argue that a stable 2+ state as with Mn naturally favors these septuple layer units of A1B2C4 stoichiometry.

Mn-doped Bi2Se3, which has been extensively studied in the literature, forms a similar heterostructure, however, only a large, albeit nonmagnetic gap is formed. Moreover, the magnetic anisotropy is in plane for Mn-doped Bi2Se3 and out of plane for Mn-doped Bi2Te3. We learn that the higher spin-orbit interaction in the telluride acts in two ways: it prevents the nonmagnetic gap and it causes the perpendicular anisotropy which is the precondition for the magnetic gap and the QAH effect.

Time & Location

Jan 17, 2020 | 03:15 PM

Lecture Hall A - Physics Department - Freie Universität Berlin
(Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem)