30 October 2023 Mon 4 pm

                                      IBS Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems (PCS), Administrative Office (B349), Theory Wing, 3rd floor

                                      Expo-ro 55, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea, 34126 Tel: +82-42-878-8633                     

The protected surface states of topological insulators (TIs) form gapless Dirac cones corresponding non-degenerate eigenstates with helical spin polarization. The presence of a warping term deforms the isotropic cone of the most simple model into snowflake Fermi surfaces as in Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3. Their features have been identified in STM quasiparticle interference (QPI) experiments on isolated surfaces. We investigate the QPI spectrum for the TI thin film geometry with a finite tunneling between the surface states. This leads to a dramatic change of spectrum due to gapping and a change in spin texture that should leave distinct signatures in the QPI pattern. We show the expected systematic variation of QPI snowflake intensity features by varying film thickness and study, in particular, the influence on backscattering processes. 

  1. quasiparticle interference of gapped dirac conesin thin film topological insulator

Alireza Akbari

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Germany