# Berlin 2012 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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# KR: Fachgruppe Kristallographie

## KR 5: Poster I – including Multiferroics (MA with DF, DS, KR, TT)

### KR 5.45: Poster

### Dienstag, 27. März 2012, 12:15–15:15, Poster A

**STM studies on the ternary topological insulator PbBi**_{4}**Te**_{7} — •Andreas Eich, Alexander Ako Khajetoorians, Julian Hagemeister, Oswald Pietzsch, Jens Wiebe, and Roland Wiesendanger — Institute of Applied Physics, University of Hamburg, Jungiusstrasse 11, D-20355 Hamburg, Germany

Topological insulators are a new class of materials with a bulk band gap like an ordinary insulator but exhibit a gapless surface state where the spin and momentum are locked.
This topological surface state which results from a combination of spin-orbit interactions and time-reversal symmetry exhibits exotic spin-dependent transport phenomena at the surface.
Nevertheless, the electronic properties of these surface states can be influenced by adsorbates.
By adding a third component to a binary topological insulator it is also possible to influence both the energetic position of the Dirac cone and the surface state localization.
Here we show STM measurements of the structure of a ternary topological insulator, namely PbBi_{4}Te_{7}.
It has a hexagonal unit cell and contains five-layer (5L) and seven-layer (7L)-blocks with the atomic layer sequence, Te-Bi-Te-Bi-Te (5L) and Te-Bi-Te-Pb-Te-Bi-Te (7L).
Theory predicts that not only the position of the Dirac cone relative to the Fermi energy is changed but that the surface states are localized in the 7L-block, leading to buried surface-states in the case of a 5L-terminated surface.
We review the growth properties of this crystal and comment on the topological properties of these layers.