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ICMT Seminar: "Magnetic Ordering on Topological Crystalline Insulator Surfaces"

Event Type
Institute for Condensed Matter Physics
190 ESB
Apr 16, 2018   12:00 pm  
Prof. Herb Fertig, University of Indiana
Originating Calendar
Physics - Institute for Condensed Matter Theory Seminar

Topological crystalline insulators (TCI's) are a class of materials which can support non-trivial band topology protected by crystalline symmetry.   Using analytic and numerical methods, we study the effect of bulk magnetic impurities on a TCI model believed to be realized by (Sn,Pb)Te alloys.
When the system bulk is insulating, gapless surface states are present whose
energetics are affected by the magnetic ordering on the surface, particularly when it breaks the mirror symmetry.   This leads to a rich variety of ferromagnetic orderings, with the number of degenerate magnetization directions dependent on which surfaces are exposed and on the doping of those
surfaces.  In particular we find metallic states with two-fold easy axes as well as ones with six
orientations on the (111) surface.  The (001) surface by contrast hosts an 8-fold insulating state.
The nature of domain walls between different orderings has interesting consequences
for transport on the surfaces as well as the universality classes of thermal disordering

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