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TOPOLOGICAL SEMIMETAL SB (111) WITH EXOTIC BEHAVIOR: STM, LEED and APRES STUDIES

2016-12-17
S.I. Bozhko, S.V. Chekmazov A.M. Ionov, .A.A.Kapustin A.A. Smirnov, O.Yu.Vilkov*
Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Chernogolovka,
Moscow district 142432, Russia
*St.Petersburg State University, ul. Ulyanovskaya 1, 198504,
Saint-Petersburg, Peterhof, Russia

Vol./Issue: 16 , id: 179

Due to a strong spin-orbit interaction, the surface states of Sb (111) are similar to those for topological insulators. The surface states are protected by timereversal symmetry, and energy dispersion is a linear function of momentum. Surface modification (for example, defects in surface structure) leads to a local break of the surface translational symmetry and can change surface states. It is the primary reason to study the defects of Sb crystal structure and their effect on the surface states dispersion. Etching of the Sb(111) surface using Ar+ ions is a common way to create defects both in a bulk and on the surface of the crystal. For qualitative interpretation of the PE features we have provided the comparative experiments on at (111) surface and after ion etching. Sb(111) ion etching at room temperature reveals anomalous exotic behavior of a surface crystal structure. It results in the formation of flat terraces with a size of 2nm. Investigation of electronic structure of the etched Sb (111) surface has demonstrated an increase of density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level. The results are discussed in terms of local break of the Peierls transition conditions. The authors thank Russian-German laboratory at BESSY II and the Resource Center of Saint Petersburg State University “Physical Methods of Surface Investigation’’.