Topological insulators from a chemist's perspective

Lukas Müchler, Haijun Zhang, Stanislav Chadov, Binghai Yan, Frederick Casper, Jürgen Kübler, Shou Cheng Zhang, Claudia Felser

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Heavy stuff: Topological insulators are formed of heavy atoms and host special surface or edge states. The electronic structure is characterized by a Dirac cone within a bulk band gap (see picture) that is generated by strong spin-orbit coupling. A chemist's perspective in terms of bonds, bands, symmetry, and nuclear charge is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7221-7225
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 16 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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