# Physics Colloquium: Weida Wu, "Toward robust quantum anomalous Hall effect"

When |
Apr 25, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM |
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Where | MR418N |

Contact Name | Vinod Menon |

Contact Phone | 212-650-7443 |

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Physics Colloquium: Weida Wu, Title to be announced

Toward robust quantum anomalous Hall effect

Weida Wu

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA, Piscataway, NJ, United States.

Abstract:

Quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) systems are of great fundamental interest and of potential application (e.g. quantum computing) because of dissipationless conduction without external magnetic field.1–3 The QAHE has been realized in magnetically doped topological insulator thin films.4–7 There is experimental evidence of chiral majorana fermion modes in QAH-superconductor heterostructure.8 However, full quantization requires extremely low temperature (<50 mK) in the initial works, though it was significantly improved with modulation doping or co-doping of magnetic elements.9,10 Improved ferromagnetism was indicated in these thin films, yet a direct evidence of long-range ferromagnetic order is lacking. In this talk, I will present direct evidence of long-range ferromagnetic order in thin films of Cr and V co-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 using low-temperature magnetic force microscopy with in-situ transport. The magnetization reversal process reveals a typical ferromagnetic domain behavior, i.e., domain nucleation and domain wall propagation, in contrast to much weaker magnetic signals observed in the end members, possibly due to superparamagnetic behavior observed in Cr doped TI films.11,12 The observed long-range ferromagnetic order resolves one of the major challenges in QAH systems, and paves the way to high-temperature dissipationless conduction and exotic phenomena such as Axion magnetoelectric effect.13

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12. Lachman, E. O. et al. Observation of superparamagnetism in coexistence with quantum anomalous Hall C = ±1 and C = 0 Chern states. npj Quantum Mater. 2, 70 (2017).

13. Xiao, D. et al. Realization of the Axion Insulator State in Quantum Anomalous Hall Sandwich Heterostructures. Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 56801 (2018).