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Sahar Pakdel

Surface-dominated conductivity of few-layered antimonene

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  • Sahar Pakdel
  • J. J. Palacios, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, University of Texas at Austin

We present a theoretical study of the phase-coherent DC conductivity of few-layered antimonene in the presence of surface disorder. It is well known that while a single layer is a trivial semiconductor, multiple layers (typically a minimum of ≈7) turn into a semi-metal with a nontrivial topological invariant featuring protected and decoupled surface states. We employ the finite-size Kubo formalism based on density functional theory calculations to show that the conductivity is amply dominated by the topological surface states even without bulk disorder. More importantly, the conductivity of the surface states does not show traces of a metal-insulator transition while the bulk ones can be driven towards an insulating phase in presence of only surface disorder. These results suggest that few-layered antimonene, despite not being insulating in the bulk, can present many of the advantages attributed to topological insulators under very general experimental conditions.

Tidsskrift2D materials
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2020

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