In layered polar semiconductor BiTeI, giant Rashba-type spin-split band dispersions show up due to the crystal structure asymmetry and the strong spin-orbit interaction. Here we investigate the three-dimensional (3D) bulk band structures of BiTeI using the bulk-sensitive hν-dependent soft x-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (SX-ARPES). The obtained band structure is shown to be well reproducible by the first-principles calculations, with huge spin splittings of ∼300 meV at the conduction-band minimum and valence-band maximum located in the k z=π/c plane. It provides direct experimental evidence of the 3D Rashba-type spin splitting in a bulk compound.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2012 Aug 16|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics