We study symmetry-protected features in the quasiparticle interference (QPI) pattern of two-dimensional (2D) systems with mirror symmetries and time-reversal symmetry, around a single static point impurity. We show that, in the Fourier-transformed local density of states (FT-LDOS) ρ(q,ω), while the position of high-intensity peaks generically depends on the geometric features of the iso-energy contour at energy ω, the absence of certain peaks is guaranteed by the opposite mirror eigenvalues of the two Bloch states that are (i) on the mirror-symmetric lines in the Brillouin zone (BZ) and (ii) separated by scattering vector q. We apply the general result to the QPI on the 001 surface of the topological crystalline insulator Pb1-xSn xTe and predict all vanishing peaks in ρ(q,ω). The model-independent analysis is supported by numerical calculations using an effective four-band model derived from symmetry analysis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Sep 30 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics