Condensed-Matter Physics & Materials Science Seminar


Presented by Sasa Dordevic, University of Akron

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 1:30 pm — Building 734, Room 201

Infrared and magneto-optical studies of topological insulators Spectroscopic techniques are an important tool in studies of novel materials. I will review recent infrared and magneto-optical studies of 3D topological insulators Bi2Se3, Bi2Te3, Sb2Te3 and Bi1-xSbx. A number of issues will be discussed, such as the cyclotron resonance and its field dependence, electronic inhomogeneities, and electron-phonon coupling. We find that in Bi2Se3 charge carriers are indeed strongly coupled to an optical phonon, causing its asymmetric (Fano) lineshape. Moreover, we show that the asymmetry of the phonon can be switched from negative to positive, with the application of magnetic field. This is the so-called Fano q reversal, which to the best of our knowledge has not been observed before in topological insulators.

Hosted by: Cedomir Petrovic

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