Superconductivity and oscillatory magnetoresistance at a topological-insulator/chalcogenide interface Conference Paper uri icon


  • The Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure intersects several phenomena and key classes of materials in condensed matter physics: topological insulators, superconductivity, magnetism, and the physics of interfaces. While neither the topological insulator (Bi2Te3) nor the iron chalcogenide (FeTe) are themselves superconductors, superconductivity forms in a thin 7nm interfacial layer between the two. The restricted dimensionality and the extraordinarily conductive normal state, possibly sourced by the topologically protected surface states, have led to the observation of novel phenomena such as the Likharev vortex explosion and transitions in behavior resulting from the interplay between current induced depairing and the Berezinski-Kosterlitz-Thouless regime. Bi2Te3/FeTe also displays the anomalous oscillatory magnetoresistance phenomenon, which we had previously observed in cuprates. © 2017 Author(s).

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  • 2017-01-01