Molecular beam epitaxy growth and structure of self-assembled Bi 2 Se 3 /Bi 2 MnSe 4 multilayer heterostructures
Abstract

We demonstrate that the introduction of an elemental beam of Mn during the molecular beam epitaxial growth of Bi2Se3results in the formation of layers of Bi2MnSe4that intersperse between layers of pure Bi2Se3. This study revises the assumption held by many who study magnetic topological insulators (TIs) that Mn incorporates randomly at Bi-substitutional sites during epitaxial growth of Mn:Bi2Se3. Here, we report the formation of thin film magnetic TI Bi2MnSe4with stoichiometric composition that grows in a self-assembled multilayer heterostructure with layers of Bi2Se3, where the number of Bi2Se3layers separating the single Bi2MnSe4layers is approximately defined by the relative arrival rate of Mn ions to Bi and Se ions during growth, and we present its compositional, structural, and electronic properties. We support a model for the epitaxial growth of Bi2MnSe4in a near-periodic self-assembled layered heterostructure with Bi2Se3with corresponding theoretical calculations of the energetics of this material and those of similar compositions. Computationally derived electronic structure of these heterostructures demonstrates the existence of topologically nontrivial surface states at sufficient thickness.

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NSF-PAR ID:
10361367
Journal Name:
New Journal of Physics
Volume:
19
Issue:
8
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Article No. 085002
ISSN:
1367-2630
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
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