In the hunt for room-temperature quantum spin Hall insulators, bismuthene  has demonstrated the impressive advantage of a local spin-orbit coupling experienced by the in-plane p-orbitals. This alternative to pi-bond graphene can be pushed to a conceptually even more essential level upon halving the honeycomb lattice, i.e. considering chiral p-orbitals on a triangular lattice. We theoretically conceive and experimentally realize for the first time a triangular real-space obstructed QSHI [2,3], "indenene", an indium monolayer exhibiting non-trivial valley physics and a large gap, as well as representing a model platform for higher-order topology . We identify an interference mechanism of the Bloch functions and the emergence of a hidden honeycomb pattern in the charge localization, which makes the topological classification accessible to bulk experiments, without the necessity of quantum edge transport.
|Where?||PER 08 0.51
Chemin du Musée 3
|speaker||Asst. Prof. Domenico Di Sante
University of Bologne
Invited by group Monney
|Contact||Département de physique, groupe Monney
Prof. Claude Monney