Atomic manipulation of in-gap states in the β-Bi2Pd superconductor

Cristina Mier, Jiyoon Hwang, Jinkyung Kim, Yujeong Bae, Fuyuki Nabeshima, Yoshinori Imai, Atsutaka Maeda, Nicolás Lorente, Andreas Heinrich, Deung Jang Choi

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Electronic states in the gap of a superconductor inherit intriguing many-body properties from the superconductor. Here, we create these in-gap states by manipulating Cr atomic chains on the β-Bi2Pd superconductor. We find that the topological properties of the in-gap states can greatly vary depending on the crafted spin chain. These systems make an ideal platform for nontrivial topological phases because of the large atom-superconductor interactions and the existence of a large Rashba coupling at the Bi-terminated surface. We study two spin chains, one with atoms two lattice parameters apart and one with 2 lattice parameters. Of these, only the second one is in a topologically nontrivial phase, in agreement with the spin interactions for this geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045406
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2021

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