Direct evidence of ferromagnetism in a quantum anomalous Hall system

Wenbo Wang, Yunbo Ou, Chang Liu, Yayu Wang, Ke He, Qi Kun Xue, Weida Wu

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Quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) systems are of great fundamental interest and potential application because of their dissipationless conduction without the need for an external magnetic field 1–9 . The QAH effect has been realized in magnetically doped topological insulator thin films 10–14 . However, full quantization requires extremely low temperature (T < 50 mK) in the earliest works, athough it has been significantly improved by modulation doping or co-doping of magnetic elements 15,16 . Improved ferromagnetism has been shown in these thin films, yet direct evidence of long-range ferromagnetic order is lacking. Herein, we present direct visualization of long-range ferromagnetic order in thin films of Cr and V co-doped (Bi,Sb) 2 Te 3 using low-temperature magnetic force microscopy with in situ transport. The magnetization reversal process reveals typical ferromagnetic domain behaviour—that is, domain nucleation and possibly domain wall propagation—in contrast to much weaker magnetic signals observed in the endmembers, possibly due to superparamagnetic behaviour 17–19 . The observed long-range ferromagnetic order resolves one of the major challenges in QAH systems, and paves the way towards high-temperature dissipationless conduction by exploring magnetic topological insulators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-795
Number of pages5
JournalNature Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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