"Quasiparticle interference on the surface of the topological insulator Bi2Te3"

Wei-Cheng Lee: Congjun Wu, Daniel P. Arovas, and Shou-Cheng Zhang; Phys. Rev. B , 12/29/09.

Additional Authors: Congjun Wu, Daniel P. Arovas, and Shou-Cheng Zhang

Abstract:

The quasiparticle interference of the spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy has been investigated for the surface states of the large gap topological insulator Bi2Te3 through the T-matrix formalism. Both the scalar-potential scattering and the spin-orbit scattering on the warped hexagonal isoenergy contour are considered. While backscatterings are forbidden by time-reversal symmetry, other scatterings are allowed and exhibit strong dependence on the spin configurations of the eigenfunctions at k⃗ points over the isoenergy contour. The characteristic scattering wave vectors found in our analysis agree well with recent experiment results.