NMR probe of metallic states in nanoscale topological insulators

Dimitrios Koumoulis*, Thomas C. Chasapis, Robert E. Taylor, Michael P. Lake, Danny King, Nanette N. Jarenwattananon, Gregory A. Fiete, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Louis S. Bouchard

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A Te125 NMR study of bismuth telluride nanoparticles as a function of particle size revealed that the spin-lattice relaxation is enhanced below 33 nm, accompanied by a transition of NMR spectra from the single to the bimodal regime. The satellite peak features a negative Knight shift and higher relaxivity, consistent with core polarization from p-band carriers. Whereas nanocrystals follow a Korringa law in the range 140-420 K, micrometer particles do so only below 200 K. The results reveal increased metallicity of these nanoscale topological insulators in the limit of higher surface-to-volume ratios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number026602
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 9 2013

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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