Superconductivity and non-metallicity induced by doping the topological insulators Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3

Y. S. Hor, J. G. Checkelsky, D. Qu, N. P. Ong, R. J. Cava

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We show that by Ca doping the Bi2Se3 topological insulator, the Fermi level can be fine tuned to fall inside the band gap and therefore suppresses the bulk conductivity. Non-metallic Bi2Se 3 crystals are obtained. On the other hand, the Bi2Se 3 topological insulator can also be induced to become a bulk superconductor, with Tc∼3.8 K, by copper intercalation in the van der Waals gaps between the Bi2Se3 layers. Likewise, an as-grown crystal of metallic Bi2Te3 can be turned into a non-metallic crystal by slight variation in the Te content. The Bi 2Te3 topological insulator shows small amounts of superconductivity with Tc∼5.5 K when reacted with Pd to form materials of the type PdzBi2Te3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-576
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • A. Semiconductors
  • A. Superconductors
  • B. Crystal growth
  • D. Surface properties
  • D. Transport properties


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