Unconventional spin texture of a topologically nontrivial semimetal Sb(110)

A Stróżecka, A Eiguren, M Bianchi, D Guan, C H Voetmann, S Bao, Ph Hofmann, J I Pascual
2012 New Journal of Physics  
The surfaces of antimony are characterized by the presence of spin-split states within the projected bulk band gap and the Fermi contour is thus expected to exhibit a spin texture. Using spin-resolved density functional theory calculations, we determine the spin polarization of the surface bands of Sb(110). The existence of the unconventional spin texture is corroborated by the investigations of the electron scattering on this surface. The charge interference patterns formed around single
more » ... around single scattering impurities, imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy, reveal the absence of direct backscattering signal. We identify the allowed scattering vectors and analyze their bias evolution in relation to the surface-state dispersion.
doi:10.1088/1367-2630/14/10/103026 fatcat:vewgndq7cfg6pbwpr7qhwi64fa