Atomic-Layer Superconductors with Molecule-based van der Waals Heterostructures and the Rashba Effect


Takashi Uchihashi, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan


2018.03.12 13:30-14:30


Room 410, 4th floor, Tsung-Dao LEE Library


Metal atomic layers on semiconductor surfaces constitute of a unique family of two-dimensional (2D) electron system. The recent discovery of superconductivity in this class of atomic-layer materials offers fresh opportunities for studying 2D superconductors [1-4]. In this talk I will report on two recent developments in our group on this type of atomic layer superconductors. First, we found that highly ordered layers of metal-phthalocyanine (MPc, M = Mn, Cu) molecules can modify the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of the indium atomic layers on Si(111) surfaces in a controllable manner [5]. This 2D system can be considered a molecule-based van der Waals heterostructures. Second, we performed magneto-transport measurements of the same atomic layer superconductor down to the lowest sample temperature of 900 mK and the largest magnetic field of 5 T. We found that the superconductivity is highly robust when a magnetic field was applied to the sample in an in-plane direction. The very likely influence of the Rashba effect will be discussed based on a spin-split Fermi surface of this atomic layer superconductor.

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