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ARPES study of the epitaxially grown topological crystalline insulator SnTe(111)

  • Author(s): Zhang, Y;
  • Liu, Z;
  • Zhou, B;
  • Kim, Y;
  • Yang, L;
  • Ryu, H;
  • Hwang, C;
  • Chen, Y;
  • Hussain, Z;
  • Shen, ZX;
  • Mo, SK
  • et al.

SnTe is a prototypical topological crystalline insulator, in which the gapless surface state is protected by a crystal symmetry. The hallmark of the topological properties in SnTe is the Dirac cones projected to the surfaces with mirror symmetry, stemming from the band inversion near the L points of its bulk Brillouin zone, which can be measured by angle-resolved photoemission. We have obtained the (111) surface of SnTe film by molecular beam epitaxy on BaF2(111) substrate. Photon-energy-dependence of in situ angle-resolved photoemission, covering multiple Brillouin zones in the direction perpendicular to the (111) surface, demonstrate the projected Dirac cones at the Γ¯ and M¯ points of the surface Brillouin zone. In addition, we observe a Dirac-cone-like band structure at the Γ point of the bulk Brillouin zone, whose Dirac energy is largely different from those at the Γ¯ and M¯ points.

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