Anomalous quantization trajectory and parity anomaly in Co cluster decorated BiSbTeSe2 nanodevices

Shuai Zhang, Li Pi, Rui Wang, Geliang Yu, Xing Chen Pan, Zhongxia Wei, Jinglei Zhang, Chuanying Xi, Zhanbin Bai, Fucong Fei, Mingyu Wang, Jian Liao, Yongqing Li, Xuefeng Wang, Fengqi Song, Yuheng Zhang, Baigeng Wang, Dingyu Xing, Guanghou Wang

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Abstract

Dirac Fermions with different helicities exist on the top and bottom surfaces of topological insulators, offering a rare opportunity to break the degeneracy protected by the no-go theorem. Through the application of Co clusters, quantum Hall plateaus were modulated for the topological insulator BiSbTeSe2, allowing an optimized surface transport. Here, using renormalization group flow diagrams, we show the extraction of two sets of converging points in the conductivity tensor space, revealing that the top surface exhibits an anomalous quantization trajectory, while the bottom surface retains the 1/2 quantization. Co clusters are believed to induce a sizeable Zeeman gap (> 4.8 meV) through antiferromagnetic exchange coupling, which delays the Landau level hybridization on the top surface for a moderate magnetic field. A quasi-half-integer plateau also appears at -7.2 Tesla. This allows us to study the interesting physics of parity anomaly, and paves the way for further studies simulating exotic particles in condensed matter physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number977
JournalNature communications
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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