Single Crystalline β-Ag2Te Nanowire as a New Topological Insulator

Title
Single Crystalline β-Ag2Te Nanowire as a New Topological Insulator
Authors
Sunghun LeeJuneho InYoungdong YooYounghun JoYun Chang Park김형준구현철Jinhee KimBongsoo KimKang L. Wang
Keywords
Ag2Te; Topological Insulator; SdH oscillation; Anisotropic topological insulator; nanowire; nanoplate; Aharanov?Bohm oscillation; Shubnikov?de Haas oscillation
Issue Date
2012-08
Publisher
Nano letters
Citation
VOL 12, NO 8, 4194-4199
Abstract
A recent theoretical study suggested that Ag2Te is a topological insulator with a highly anisotropic Dirac cone. Novel physics in the topological insulators with an anisotropic Dirac cone is anticipated due to the violation of rotational invariance. From magnetoresistance (MR) measurements of Ag2Te nanowires (NWs), we have observed Aharanov–Bohm (AB) oscillation, which is attributed to the quantum interference of electron phase around the perimeter of the NW. Angle and temperature dependences of the AB oscillation indicate the existence of conducting surface states in the NWs, confirming that Ag2Te is a topological insulator. For Ag2Te nanoplates (NPLs), we have observed high carrier mobility exceeding 22 000 ㎠/(V s) and pronounced Shubnikov–de Haas (SdH) oscillation. From the SdH oscillation, we have obtained Fermi state parameters of the Ag2Te NPLs, which can provide valuable information on Ag2Te. Understanding the basic physics of the topological insulator with an anisotropic Dirac cone could lead to new applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/42923
ISSN
15306984
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