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Title: Electrically tunable low-density superconductivity in a monolayer topological insulator

Turning on superconductivity in a topologically nontrivial insulator may provide a route to search for non-Abelian topological states. However, existing demonstrations of superconductor-insulator switches have involved only topologically trivial systems. Here we report reversible, in situ electrostatic on-off switching of superconductivity in the recently established quantum spin Hall insulator monolayer tungsten ditelluride (WTe2). Fabricated into a van der Waals field-effect transistor, the monolayer’s ground state can be continuously gate-tuned from the topological insulating to the superconducting state, with critical temperaturesTcup to ~1 kelvin. Our results establish monolayer WTe2as a material platform for engineering nanodevices that combine superconducting and topological phases of matter.

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p. 926-929
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
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National Science Foundation
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