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Hedgehog spin texture and Berry's phase tuning in a magnetic topological insulator

  • Su-Yang Xu
  • Madhab Neupane
  • Chang Liu
  • Duming Zhang
  • Anthony Richardella
  • L. Andrew Wray
  • Nasser Alidoust
  • Mats Leandersson
  • Balasubramanian Thiagarajan
  • Jaime Sanchez-Barriga
  • Oliver Rader
  • Gabriel Landolt
  • Bartosz Slomski
  • Jan Hugo Dil
  • Juerg Osterwalder
  • Tay-Rong Chang
  • Horng-Tay Jeng
  • Hsin Lin
  • Arun Bansil
  • Nitin Samarth
  • M. Zahid Hasan
Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 616-622
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Nature Physics
Volym: 8
Nummer: 8
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Nature Publishing Group


Understanding and control of spin degrees of freedom on the surfaces of topological materials are key to future applications as well as for realizing novel physics such as the axion electrodynamics associated with time-reversal (TR) symmetry breaking on the surface. We experimentally demonstrate magnetically induced spin reorientation phenomena simultaneous with a Dirac-metal to gapped-insulator transition on the surfaces of manganese-doped Bi2Se3 thin films. The resulting electronic groundstate exhibits unique hedgehog-like spin textures at low energies, which directly demonstrate the mechanics of TR symmetry breaking on the surface. We further show that an insulating gap induced by quantum tunnelling between surfaces exhibits spin texture modulation at low energies but respects TR invariance. These spin phenomena and the control of their Fermi surface geometrical phase first demonstrated in our experiments pave the way for the future realization of many predicted exotic magnetic phenomena of topological origin.


  • Physical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences


  • ISSN: 1745-2473

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