Tunable Fano quantum-interference dynamics using a topological phase transition in (B i1-x i nx)2 S e3

Sangwan Sim, Nikesh Koirala, Matthew Brahlek, Ji Ho Sung, Jun Park, Soonyoung Cha, Moon Ho Jo, Seongshik Oh, Hyunyong Choi

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Asymmetric Fano resonance arises from quantum interference between discrete and continuum states. The characteristic asymmetry has attracted strong interests in understanding light-induced optoelectronic responses and corresponding applications. In conventional solids, however, the tunability of Fano resonance is generally limited by a material's intrinsic property. Topological insulators are unique states of matter embodying both conducting Dirac surface and underlying bulk. If it is possible to manipulate the two coexisting states, then it should form an ideal laboratory for realizing a tunable topological Fano system. Here, with the recently discovered topological phase transition in (Bi1-xInx)2Se3, we report tunable Fano interference phenomena. By engineering the spatial overlap between surface Dirac electrons (continuous terahertz transitions) and bulk phonon (discrete mode at ∼2 terahertz), we continuously tune, abruptly switch, and dynamically modulate the Fano resonance. Eliminating the topological surface via decreasing spin-orbit coupling - that is, across topological and nontopological phases, we find that the asymmetric Fano spectra return to the symmetric profile. Laser-excited ultrafast terahertz spectroscopy reveals that the controlled spatial overlap is responsible for the picosecond tunability of the Fano resonance, suggesting potentials toward optically controllable topological Fano systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number235438
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 23

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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