Topological surface states in lead-based ternary telluride Pb(Bi 1-xSb x) 2Te 4

S. Souma, K. Eto, M. Nomura, K. Nakayama, T. Sato, T. Takahashi, Kouji Segawa, Yoichi Ando

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

65 Citations (Scopus)


We have performed angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on Pb(Bi 1-xSb x) 2Te 4, which is a member of lead-based ternary tellurides and has been theoretically proposed as a candidate for a new class of three-dimensional topological insulators. In PbBi 2Te 4, we found a topological surface state with a hexagonally deformed Dirac-cone band dispersion, indicating that this material is a strong topological insulator with a single topological surface state at the Brillouin-zone center. Partial replacement of Bi with Sb causes a marked change in the Dirac carrier concentration, leading to the sign change of Dirac carriers from n type to p type. The Pb(Bi 1-xSb x) 2Te 4 system with tunable Dirac carriers thus provides a new platform for investigating exotic topological phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116801
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar 12


Dive into the research topics of 'Topological surface states in lead-based ternary telluride Pb(Bi 1-xSb x) 2Te 4'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this