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Band Engineering of Dirac Semimetals Using Charge Density Waves

Author(s): Lei, Shiming; Teicher, Samuel ML; Topp, Andreas; Cai, Kehan; Lin, Jingjing; et al

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Abstract: New developments in the field of topological matter are often driven by materials discovery, including novel topological insulators, Dirac semimetals, and Weyl semimetals. In the last few years, large efforts have been made to classify all known inorganic materials with respect to their topology. Unfortunately, a large number of topological materials suffer from non-ideal band structures. For example, topological bands are frequently convoluted with trivial ones, and band structure features of interest can appear far below the Fermi level. This leaves just a handful of materials that are intensively studied. Finding strategies to design new topological materials is a solution. Here, a new mechanism is introduced, which is based on charge density waves and non-symmorphic symmetry, to design an idealized Dirac semimetal. It is then shown experimentally that the antiferromagnetic compound GdSb0.46Te1.48 is a nearly ideal Dirac semimetal based on the proposed mechanism, meaning that most interfering bands at the Fermi level are suppressed. Its highly unusual transport behavior points to a thus far unknown regime, in which Dirac carriers with Fermi energy very close to the node seem to gradually localize in the presence of lattice and magnetic disorder.
Publication Date: 17-Jun-2021
Electronic Publication Date: 17-Jun-2021
Citation: Lei, Shiming, Teicher, Samuel ML, Topp, Andreas, Cai, Kehan, Lin, Jingjing, Cheng, Guangming, Salters, Tyger H, Rodolakis, Fanny, McChesney, Jessica L, Lapidus, Saul, Yao, Nan, Krivenkov, Maxim, Marchenko, Dmitry, Varykhalov, Andrei, Ast, Christian R, Car, Roberto, Cano, Jennifer, Vergniory, Maia G, Ong, N Phuan, Schoop, Leslie M. (2021). Band Engineering of Dirac Semimetals Using Charge Density Waves. Advanced Materials, 33 (30), 10.1002/adma.202101591
DOI: doi:10.1002/adma.202101591
ISSN: 0935-9648
EISSN: 1521-4095
Language: en
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Advanced Materials
Version: Author's manuscript

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