Prediction of a large-gap and switchable Kane-Mele quantum spin Hall insulator

19 Feb 2018  ·  Marrazzo Antimo, Gibertini Marco, Campi Davide, Mounet Nicolas, Marzari Nicola ·

Fundamental research and technological applications of topological insulators are hindered by the rarity of materials exhibiting a robust topologically non-trivial phase, especially in two dimensions. Here, by means of extensive first-principles calculations, we propose a novel quantum spin Hall insulator with a sizeable band gap of $\sim$0.5 eV that is a monolayer of Jacutingaite, a naturally occurring layered mineral first discovered in 2008 in Brazil and recently synthesised... This system realises the paradigmatic Kane-Mele model for quantum spin Hall insulators in a potentially exfoliable two-dimensional monolayer, with helical edge states that are robust and that can be manipulated exploiting a unique strong interplay between spin-orbit coupling, crystal-symmetry breaking and dielectric response. read more

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Materials Science Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics