"Images of Edge Current in InAs/GaSb Quantum Wells"

Eric M. Spanton: Katja C. Nowack, Lingjie Du, Gerard Sullivan, Rui-Rui Du, and Kathryn A. Moler ; Physical Review Letters, 07/11/14.

Additional Authors: Katja C. Nowack, Lingjie Du, Gerard Sullivan, Rui-Rui Du, and Kathryn A. Moler

Abstract:

Quantum spin Hall devices with edges much longer than several microns do not display ballistic transport; that is, their measured conductances are much less than e2/h per edge. We imaged edge currents in InAs/GaSb quantum wells with long edges and determined an effective edge resistance. Surprisingly, although the effective edge resistance is much greater than h/e2, it is independent of temperature up to 30 K within experimental resolution. Known candidate scattering mechanisms do not explain our observation of an effective edge resistance that is large yet temperature independent.