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The 289th SPring-8 Seminar

Subject/Contents Insights into topological insulator thin films using x-ray absorption spectroscopy
Period from 10:30 to 12:00 Fri., Jul 19 , 2019
Venue Middle-size lecture hall in Public Relations Center
Format Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Adriana I. Figueroa

Language: English

Affiliation: Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

Title: Insights into topological insulator thin films using x-ray absorption spectroscopy

Novel materials and developments for spintronic applications are among the most active and successful research topics in condensed matter physics. Topological insulators (TIs) [1] have been on the spotlight for such potential applications as they promise dissipationless carrier transport through their spin-momentum locked surface states. The main strategy for making practical use of TIs is believed to be by combination with magnetic materials, either by doping TIs with magnetic impurities [2] or at interfaces of thin film heterostructures [3]. In this talk, I will describe the properties of both magnetically doped TIs and magnetic heterostructures incorporating TI thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy, as studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in synchrotron radiation facilities (ALBA, ESRF and Diamond Light Source). XAS, extended x-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) have provided us with unparalleled information about the electronic, local structure and magnetism of these novel materials [4]. Moreover, they have allowed us to investigate magnetic proximity effects [5, 6], as well as time- and layer-resolved magnetodynamics [7] of TI heterostructures by combination of XMCD with ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). Understanding and controlling such proximity effects are prerequisites for observation of exotic magneto-electric phenomena, such as the quantum anomalous Hall effect, as well as incorporation of TIs into future electronic and spintronic devices.

Keywords: topological insulator, thin films, molecular beam epitaxy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, EXAFS, XMCD, magnetic proximity effects.

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[6] A. I. Figueroa et al. to be submitted (2019).
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Website: https://icn2.cat/en/physics-and-engineering-of-nanodevices-group

Organizer: JASRI Spectroscopy and Imaging Division Nakamura Tetsuya
PHS: 3244

Contact Address SPring-8 Seminar secretariat Shinobu Miyoshi / Minako Koujibata General Administration Division/ SPring-8/Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI)
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