"ARPES study of the epitaxially grown topological crystalline insulator SnTe(111)"

Yi Zhang: Zhongkai Liu, Bo Zhou, Yeongkwan Kim, Lexian Yang, Hyejin Ryu, Choongyu Hwang, Yulin Chen, Zahid Hussain, Zhi-Xun Shen, Sung-Kwan Mo; Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 08/01/17.

Additional Authors: Zhongkai Liu, Bo Zhou, Yeongkwan Kim, Lexian Yang, Hyejin Ryu, Choongyu Hwang, Yulin Chen, Zahid Hussain, Zhi-Xun Shen, Sung-Kwan Mo

Abstract:

SnTe is a prototypical topological crystalline insulator, in which the gapless surface state is protected by a crystal symmetry. The hallmark of the topological properties in SnTe is the Dirac cones projected to the surfaces with mirror symmetry, stemming from the band inversion near the L points of its bulk Brillouin zone, which can be measured by angle-resolved photoemission. We have obtained the (111) surface of SnTe film by molecular beam epitaxy on BaF2(111) substrate. Photon-energy-dependence of in situ angle-resolved photoemission, covering multiple Brillouin zones in the direction perpendicular to the (111) surface, demonstrate the projected Dirac cones at the Γ¯ and  points of the surface Brillouin zone. In addition, we observe a Dirac-cone-like band structure at the Γ point of the bulk Brillouin zone, whose Dirac energy is largely different from those at the Γ¯ and  points.