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Separating the bulk and surface n- to p-type transition in the topological insulator GeBi4-xSbxTe7

We identify the multilayered compound GeBi4Te7 to be a topological insulator with a Dirac point slightly above the valence band maximum, using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements. The spin polarization satisfies the time reversal symmetry of the surface states, visible in spin-resolved ARPES. For increasing Sb content in GeBi4-xSbxTe7 we observe a transition from n to p type in bulk sensitive Seebeck coefficient measurements at a doping of x = 0.6. In surface sensitive ARPES measurements a rigid band shift is observed with Sb doping, accompanied by a movement of the Dirac point towards the Fermi level. Between x = 0.8 and x = 1 the Fermi level crosses the band gap, changing the surface transport regime. This difference of the n- to p-type transition between the surface region and the bulk is caused by band bending effects which are also responsible for a noncoexistence of insulating phases in the bulk and in the near surface region.


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