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Fabrication of a novel magnetic topological heterostructure and temperature evolution of its massive Dirac cone

Hirahara, Toru*; Otrokov, M. M.*; Sasaki, Taisuke*; Sumida, Kazuki*; Tomohiro, Yuta*; Kusaka, Shotaro*; Okuyama, Yuma*; Ichinokura, Satoru*; Kobayashi, Masaki*; Takeda, Yukiharu; Amemiya, Kenta*; Shirasawa, Tetsuro*; Ideta, Shinichiro*; Miyamoto, Koji*; Tanaka, Kiyohisa*; Kuroda, Shinji*; Okuda, Taiichi*; Hono, Kazuhiro*; Eremeev, S. V.*; Chulkov, E. V.*

We fabricate a novel magnetic topological heterostructure Mn$$_{4}$$Bi$$_{2}$$Te$$_{7}$$/Bi$$_{2}$$Te$$_{3}$$ where multiple magnetic layers are inserted into the topmost quintuple layer of the original topological insulator Bi$$_{2}$$Te$$_{3}$$. A massive Dirac cone (DC) with a gap of 40-75 meV at 16 K is observed. By tracing the temperature evolution, this gap is shown to gradually decrease with increasing temperature and a blunt transition from a massive to a massless DC occurs around 200-250 K. Magnetic measurements show that there are two distinct Mn components in the system that corresponds to the two heterostructures; MnBi$$_{2}$$Te$$_{4}$$/Bi$$_{2}$$Te$$_{3}$$ is paramagnetic at 6 K while Mn$$_{4}$$Bi$$_{2}$$Te$$_{7}$$/Bi$$_{2}$$Te$$_{3}$$ is ferromagnetic with a negative hysteresis (critical temperature 20 K). This novel heterostructure is potentially important for future device applications.

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