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NPG Asia Materials (2016) 8, e271; doi:10.1038/am.2016.56
The discovery of two-dimensional electron gas states with giant Rashba spin splitting (RSS) in electron-doped three-dimensional topological insulators (TIs) uncovered new fascinating physics and raised hopes for novel spintronic devices. Significant challenges, including synthetic constraints and control of the magnetic properties, must be addressed before any breakthroughs are possible. Here, we show how RSS in Bi-rich Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets is responsible for the appearance of remarkable orbital magnetic properties, as observed using magnetization and conduction electron spin resonance experiments and confirmed by theoretical simulations. In view of the strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and the proximity to the TI surface states, this discovery enlightens fundamental aspects of SOC-based functionalities of TI materials with aims for future applications.
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