We report the heteroepitaxy of single crystal thin films of Bi2 Se3 on the (111)B surface of GaAs by molecular beam epitaxy. We find that Bi2 Se3 grows highly c-axis oriented, with an atomically sharp interface with the GaAs substrate. By optimizing the growth of a very thin GaAs buffer layer before growing the Bi2 Se3, we demonstrate the growth of thin films with atomically flat terraces over hundreds of nanometers. Initial time-resolved Kerr rotation measurements herald opportunities for probing coherent spin dynamics at the interface between a candidate topological insulator and a large class of GaAs-based heterostructures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)