Three-dimensional band structure of LaSb and CeSb: Absence of band inversion

H. Oinuma, S. Souma, D. Takane, T. Nakamura, K. Nakayama, T. Mitsuhashi, K. Horiba, H. Kumigashira, M. Yoshida, A. Ochiai, T. Takahashi, T. Sato

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We have performed angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) of LaSb and CeSb, a candidate of topological insulators. Using soft-x-ray photons, we have accurately determined the three-dimensional bulk band structure and revealed that the band inversion at the Brillouin-zone corner, a prerequisite for realizing the topological-insulator phase, is absent in both LaSb and CeSb. Moreover, unlike the ARPES data obtained with soft-x-ray photons, those with VUV photons were found to suffer significant kz broadening. These results suggest that LaSb and CeSb are topologically trivial semimetals, and unusual Dirac-cone-like states observed with VUV photons are not of the topological origin.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041120
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 18


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