Intertwined Topological and Magnetic Orders in Atomically Thin Chern Insulator MnBi2Te4

Dmitry Ovchinnikov, Xiong Huang, Zhong Lin, Zaiyao Fei, Jiaqi Cai, Tiancheng Song, Minhao He, Qianni Jiang, Chong Wang, Hao Li, Yayu Wang, Yang Wu, Di Xiao, Jiun Haw Chu, Jiaqiang Yan, Cui Zu Chang, Yong Tao Cui, Xiaodong Xu

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MnBi2Te4, a van der Waals magnet, is an emergent platform for exploring Chern insulator physics. Its layered antiferromagnetic order was predicted to enable even-odd layer number dependent topological states. Furthermore, it becomes a Chern insulator when all spins are aligned by an applied magnetic field. However, the evolution of the bulk electronic structure as the magnetic state is continuously tuned and its dependence on layer number remains unexplored. Here, employing multimodal probes, we establish one-To-one correspondence between bulk electronic structure, magnetic state, topological order, and layer thickness in atomically thin MnBi2Te4 devices. As the magnetic state is tuned through the canted magnetic phase, we observe a band crossing, i.e., the closing and reopening of the bulk band gap, corresponding to the concurrent topological phase transition in both even-and odd-layer-number devices. Our findings shed new light on the interplay between band topology and magnetic order in this newly discovered topological magnet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2544-2550
Number of pages7
JournalNano letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 24 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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