Abstract

We investigate several strong spin-orbit coupling ternary chalcogenides related to the (Pb,Sn)Te series of compounds. Our first-principles calculations predict the low-temperature rhombohedral ordered phase in TlBiTe₂, TlBiSe₂, and TlSbX₂ (X=Te, Se, S) to be topologically nontrivial. We identify the specific surface termination that realizes the single Dirac cone through first-principles surface state computations. This termination minimizes effects of dangling bonds, making it favorable for photoemission experiments. In addition, our analysis predicts that thin films of these materials could harbor novel 2D quantum spin Hall states, and support odd-parity topological superconductivity.

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Originally published in Physical Review Letters v.105 (2010): 036404. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.036404

Keywords

TlBiSe₂, topological semiconductors, rhombohedral ordered phase, single dirac cone, spin orbit coupling ternary

Subject Categories

Chalcogenides, Photoemission

Disciplines

Physics

Publisher

American Physical Society

Publication Date

7-16-2010

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Copyright 2010 American Physical Society

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American Physical Society

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