Dirac Fermions in Borophene

Baojie Feng, Osamu Sugino, Ro Ya Liu, Jin Zhang, Ryu Yukawa, Mitsuaki Kawamura, Takushi Iimori, Howon Kim, Yukio Hasegawa, Hui Li, Lan Chen, Kehui Wu, Hiroshi Kumigashira, Fumio Komori, Tai Chang Chiang, Sheng Meng, Iwao Matsuda

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Honeycomb structures of group IV elements can host massless Dirac fermions with nontrivial Berry phases. Their potential for electronic applications has attracted great interest and spurred a broad search for new Dirac materials especially in monolayer structures. We present a detailed investigation of the β12 sheet, which is a borophene structure that can form spontaneously on a Ag(111) surface. Our tight-binding analysis revealed that the lattice of the β12 sheet could be decomposed into two triangular sublattices in a way similar to that for a honeycomb lattice, thereby hosting Dirac cones. Furthermore, each Dirac cone could be split by introducing periodic perturbations representing overlayer-substrate interactions. These unusual electronic structures were confirmed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and validated by first-principles calculations. Our results suggest monolayer boron as a new platform for realizing novel high-speed low-dissipation devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number096401
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 2


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