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A complementary screening for quantum spin Hall insulators in 2D exfoliable materials

Davide Grassano1*, Davide Campi1,2, Antimo Marrazzo1,3, Nicola Marzari1*

1 Theory and Simulation of Materials (THEOS), and National Centre for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (MARVEL), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

2 Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, University of Milano-Bicocca, Via R.Cozzi 55, Milano, Italy

3 Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Trieste, I-34151 Trieste, Italy

* Corresponding authors emails: davide.grassano@epfl.ch, nicola.marzari@epfl.ch
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:z5-hm [version v1]

Publication date: Jan 13, 2023

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Davide Grassano, Davide Campi, Antimo Marrazzo, Nicola Marzari, A complementary screening for quantum spin Hall insulators in 2D exfoliable materials, Materials Cloud Archive 2023.9 (2023), doi: 10.24435/materialscloud:z5-hm.


Quantum spin Hall insulators (QSHIs) are a class of topological materials that has been extensively studied during the past decade. One of their distinctive features is the presence of a finite band gap in the bulk and gapless, topologically protected edge states that are spin-momentum locked. These materials are characterized by a Z₂ topological order where, in the 2D case, a single topological invariant can be even or odd for a trivial or a topological material, respectively. Thanks to their interesting properties, such as the realization of dissipationless spin currents, spin pumping and spin filtering, they are of great interest in the field of electronics, spintronics and quantum computing. In this work we perform an high-throughput screening of QSHI starting from a set of 783 2D exfoliable materials (603 after removing materials with lanthanides), recently identified from a systematic screening of the ICSD, COD, and MPDS databases (MC2D). In this screening we identify 4 Z₂ topological insulators, 3 of which already known in the literature, and 7 direct gap metals with the potential of becoming QSHIs under a reasonable external perturbation. All the data are also displayed in the dedicated DISCOVER section "2D topological insulators" https://www.materialscloud.org/discover/2dtopo/dashboard/ptable

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2.7 MiB Data (SOC) and plots (SOC and nonSOC) for the band structures of the 11 topological materials found in the screening
892.2 KiB XSF and CIF files of the 603 material on which the screening has been performed
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28.8 MiB AiiDA export file (v1.6.5) containing a group with the recentered structure for the topological materials
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32.0 MiB AiiDA export file (v1.6.5) containing the workchains used for the screening of the topological materials (only for the topological materials)
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33.9 MiB AiiDA export file (v1.6.5) containing a group with the nonSOC band structures for the topological materials
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37.8 MiB AiiDA export file (v1.6.5) containing a group with the SOC band structures for the topological materials
4.4 KiB Readme file


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2023.9 (version v1) [This version] Jan 13, 2023 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:z5-hm