Contact: Paul Preuss
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Caption: The diagram at right maps the electronic states of bismuth selenide in momentum space. ARPES, at left, can directly create such maps with photoelectrons. A slice through the conduction cone at the Fermi energy maps the topological insulator's surface as a circle (upper left); here electron spins and momenta are locked together. Initial ARPES measurements in this experiment were made with p-polarized incident light in the regions indicated by the green circle and line, where the spin polarization of the photoelectrons is consistent with the intrinsic spin polarization of the surface.
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