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Dirac cone and pseudogapped density of states in the topological half-Heusler compound YPtBi

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Chadov,  S.
Stanislav Chadov, Inorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Kronenberg, A., Braun, J., Minar, J., Elmers, H.-J., Kutnyakhov, D., Zaporozhchenko, A. V., et al. (2016). Dirac cone and pseudogapped density of states in the topological half-Heusler compound YPtBi. Physical Review B, 94(16): 161108(R), pp. 1-5. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.94.161108.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-B9D8-3
Abstract
Topological insulators (TIs) are exciting materials, which exhibit unprecedented properties, such as helical spin-momentum locking, which leads to large torques for magnetic switching and highly efficient spin current detection. Here we explore the compound YPtBi, an example from the class of half-Heusler materials, for which the typical band inversion of topological insulators was predicted. We prepared this material as thin films by conventional cosputtering from elementary targets. By in situ time-of-flight momentum microscopy, a Dirac conelike surface state with a Dirac point similar or equal to 300 meV below the Fermi energy was observed, in agreement with electronic structure-photoemission calculations. Only little additional spectral weight due to other states was observed at E-F, which corroborates the identification of the topologically protected surface state and is highly relevant for spintronics applications.