We report the bulk and surface electronic properties and spin polarization of a rich family of Sn-based ternary topological insulators studied by means of first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory. These compounds exist with the following stoichiometries: SnX2Te4,SnX4Te7, and SnBi6Te10 (X = Sb and Bi). Where a septuple layer or a quintuple layer and septuple layer blocks alternate along the hexagonal axis. We reveal that the bulk band gap in these compounds is about 100 meV and recognize a strong dependence of the spin polarization on the cleavage surface. The calculated spin polarization reaches 85% in some cases, that is one of the highest predicted values hitherto. Since the electron spin polarization is a relevant parameter for spintronics technology, this new family is suitable for applications within this field.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jul 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics