Demonstration of surface transport in a hybrid Bi2Se3/Bi2Te3 heterostructure

Yanfei Zhao, Cui Zu Chang, Ying Jiang, Ashley DaSilva, Yi Sun, Huichao Wang, Ying Xing, Yong Wang, Ke He, Xucun Ma, Qi Kun Xue, Jian Wang

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Abstract

In spite of much work on topological insulators (TIs), systematic experiments for TI/TI heterostructures remain absent. We grow a high quality heterostructure containing single quintuple layer (QL) of Bi2Se3 on 19 QLs of Bi2Te3 and compare its transport properties with 20 QLs Bi2Se3 and 20 QLs Bi2Te3. All three films are grown on insulating sapphire (0001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). In situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) provides direct evidence that the surface state of 1 QL Bi2Se3/19 QLs Bi2Te3 heterostructure is similar to the surface state of the 20 QLs Bi2Se3 and different with that of the 20 QLs Bi2Te3. In ex situ transport measurements, the observed linear magnetoresistance (MR) and weak antilocalization (WAL) of the hybrid heterostructure are similar to that of the pure Bi2Se3 film and not the Bi2Te3 film. This suggests that the single Bi2Se3 layer on top of 19 QLs Bi2Te3 dominates its transport properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3060
JournalScientific reports
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 28 2013

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