Structural defects and electronic properties of the Cu-doped topological insulator Bi2Se3

Yi Lin Wang, Yong Xu, Ye Ping Jiang, Jun Wei Liu, Cui Zu Chang, Mu Chen, Zhi Li, Can Li Song, Li Li Wang, Ke He, Xi Chen, Wen Hui Duan, Qi Kun Xue, Xu Cun Ma

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Motivated by the occurrence of superconductivity transition in Cu-doped topological insulator Bi2Se3, we perform a combined study of low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments and of ab initio density functional theory to clarify the doping nature of Cu atoms in Bi2Se3 films. By measuring the structural and electronic properties of the Cu-doped Bi2Se3 films at different doping temperatures, we find that Cu atoms behave as donors at intercalated and interstitial sites in Bi 2Se3 films. Only the interstitial defect density plays an important role in the observation of Landau quantization of the topological surface states in Bi2Se3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075335
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 17 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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