A series of states with different densities of stripes of Ir dimers is investigated using x-ray diffraction and density functional theory in layered nonmagnetic metal IrTe2. With decreasing temperature, structures with and without inversion symmetry alternate. In noncentrosymmetric states, spin-orbit coupling splits the electronic energy bands into spin-polarized pairs. Factors affecting the stability of the observed dimerized states are established, and it is conjectured that an infinite series of alternating states with and without polarized bands is realized in IrTe2. Switching dimerized states with different symmetries by changing temperature or strain enables control of band polarization, adding a new tool for spintronics and valleytronics research.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Nov 13 2014|
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