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Spin-polarized two-dimensional electron/hole gases on LiCoO$_2$ layers.

by Santosh Kumar Radha and Walter R. L. Lambrecht

Submission summary

As Contributors: Santosh Kumar Radha
Preprint link: scipost_202011_00010v2
Date accepted: 2021-02-19
Date submitted: 2020-12-25 16:21
Submitted by: Radha, Santosh Kumar
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Academic field: Physics
Specialties:
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Computational
Approaches: Theoretical, Computational

Abstract

First-principles calculations show the formation of a 2D spin polarized electron (hole) gas on the Li (CoO$_2$) terminated surfaces of finite slabs down to a monolayer, in remarkable contrast with the bulk band structure, which is stabilized by Li donating its electron to the CoO$_2$ layer forming a Co-$d-t_{2g}^6$ insulator. By mapping the first-principles computational results to a minimal tight-binding models corresponding to a non-chiral 3D generalization of the quadripartite Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH4) model and symmetry analysis, we show that these surface states have topological origin.

Published as SciPost Phys. 10, 057 (2021)



Author comments upon resubmission

Dear Editor,

We have added the requested changes and replies.

Best,
Santosh

List of changes

Page 1
1) added explecitly the statement that the surface states are not topologically protected
2) reference to Zak's and Maue-Shockley's paper
3) band structure reference

Page 2
1) removed illustration from the figure 1
2)changed interaction to hopping parameters

Page 3
1) changed interaction to hopping parameters

page 4
1)added values of hopping parameters
2) again explained the absence of topological protection of the surface states

page 5
1) added a new section referencing and detailing experemental evidence

page 6/7
1) added more details and discussion on connection to topological states.

other pages
1) changed interaction to hopping parameters


Reports on this Submission

Anonymous Report 3 on 2021-2-15 (Invited Report)

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The authors have addressed my questions and now the manuscript more clearly states that the surface states found in this work are not topologically protected. I have no further comments and recommend publication in Scipost Physics.

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Anonymous Report 2 on 2021-2-15 (Invited Report)

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The authors have addressed my comments. In particular, they have clarified that the surface states they find are not topological per se; they are instead related to the topological surface state of a "parent" chiral symmetric model.
I recommend publication of the revised version of the manuscript in SciPost Physics.

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Anonymous Report 1 on 2021-1-20 (Invited Report)

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The authors have fully addressed all the points I raised during the first round of review. My recommendation is to publish this paper in SciPost Physics as is. As an aside, I want to say that I appreciate very much the fact that they have also published their code and numerical data.

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