Surface spectral function of momentum-dependent pairing potentials in a topological insulator: application to CuxBi2Se3.
ABSTRACT We propose three possible momentum-dependent pairing potentials as candidates for topological superconductors (for example CuxBi2Se3), and calculate the surface spectral function and surface density of states with these pairing potentials. We find that the first two can give the same spectral functions as the fully gapped and node-contacted pairing potentials given by Fu and Berg (2010 Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 097001), and that the third one can obtain a topological non-trivial case in which there exists a flat Andreev bound state and which preserves the threefold rotation symmetry. We hope our proposals and results will be assessed by future experiment.