Enhanced spin ordering temperature in ultrathin FeTe films grown on a topological insulator

30 Nov 2017  ·  Singh Udai Raj, Warmuth Jonas, Kamlapure Anand, Cornils Lasse, Bremholm Martin, Hofmann Philip, Wiebe Jens, Wiesendanger Roland ·

We studied the temperature dependence of the diagonal double-stripe spin order in one and two unit cell thick layers of FeTe grown on the topological insulator Bi_2Te_3 via spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy. The spin order persists up to temperatures which are higher than the transition temperature reported for bulk Fe_1+yTe with lowest possible excess Fe content y... The enhanced spin order stability is assigned to a strongly decreased y with respect to the lowest values achievable in bulk crystal growth, and effects due to the interface between the FeTe and the topological insulator. The result is relevant for understanding the recent observation of a coexistence of superconducting correlations and spin order in this system. read more

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Strongly Correlated Electrons