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Chin. Phys. B, 2021, Vol. 30(11): 117304    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ac2489

Electronic structures and topological properties of TeSe2 monolayers

Zhengyang Wan(万正阳)1, Hao Huan(郇昊)1, Hairui Bao(鲍海瑞)1, Xiaojuan Liu(刘晓娟)1, and Zhongqin Yang(杨中芹)1,2,†
1 State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics and Key Laboratory of Computational Physical Sciences(MOE) & Department of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China;
2 Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing 210093, China
Abstract  The successfully experimental fabrication of two-dimensional Te monolayer films [Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 106101 (2017)] has promoted the researches on the group-VI monolayer materials. In this work, the electronic structures and topological properties of a group-VI binary compound of TeSe2 monolayers are studied based on the density functional theory and Wannier function method. Three types of structures, namely, α-TeSe2, β-TeSe2, and γ-TeSe2, are proposed for the TeSe2 monolayer among which the α-TeSe2 is found being the most stable. All the three structures are semiconductors with indirect band gaps. Very interestingly, the γ-TeSe2 monolayer becomes a quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator with a global nontrivial energy gap of 0.14 eV when a 3.5% compressive strain is applied. The opening of the global band gap is understood by the competition between the decrease of the local band dispersion and the weakening of the interactions between the Se px, py orbitals and Te px, py orbitals during the process. Our work realizes topological states in the group-VI monolayers and promotes the potential applications of the materials in spintronics and quantum computations.
Keywords:  two-dimensional material      monolayer TeSe2      quantum spin Hall effect      topological insulator  
Received:  27 July 2021      Revised:  02 September 2021      Accepted manuscript online:  08 September 2021
PACS:  73.22.-f (Electronic structure of nanoscale materials and related systems)  
  73.43.Nq (Quantum phase transitions) (Applications of density-functional theory (e.g., to electronic structure and stability; defect formation; dielectric properties, susceptibilities; viscoelastic coefficients; Rydberg transition frequencies)) (Electronic structure and bonding characteristics)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11574051 and 11874117) and Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai, China (Grant No. 21ZR1408200).
Corresponding Authors:  Zhongqin Yang     E-mail:

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Zhengyang Wan(万正阳), Hao Huan(郇昊), Hairui Bao(鲍海瑞), Xiaojuan Liu(刘晓娟), and Zhongqin Yang(杨中芹) Electronic structures and topological properties of TeSe2 monolayers 2021 Chin. Phys. B 30 117304

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