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Type-II Topological Dirac Semimetals: Theory and Materials Prediction (VAl3 family)

Author(s): Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Huang, Shin-Ming; Chang, Guoqing; et al

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Abstract: The discoveries of Dirac and Weyl semimetal states in spin-orbit compounds led to the realizations of elementary particle analogs in table-top experiments. In this paper, we propose the concept of a three-dimensional type-II Dirac fermion and identify a new topological semimetal state in the large family of transition-metal icosagenides, MA3 (M=V, Nb, Ta; A=Al, Ga, In). We show that the VAl3 family features a pair of strongly Lorentz-violating type-II Dirac nodes and that each Dirac node consists of four type-II Weyl nodes with chiral charge +/-1 via symmetry breaking. Furthermore, we predict the Landau level spectrum arising from the type-II Dirac fermions in VAl3 that is distinct from that of known Dirac semimetals. We also show a topological phase transition from a type-II Dirac semimetal to a quadratic Weyl semimetal or a topological crystalline insulator via crystalline distortions. The new type-II Dirac fermions, their novel magneto-transport response, the topological tunability and the large number of compounds make VAl3 an exciting platform to explore the wide-ranging topological phenomena associated with Lorentz-violating Dirac fermions in electrical and optical transport, spectroscopic and device-based experiments.
Publication Date: 27-Jun-2016
Citation: Chang, T.-R., Xu, S.-Y., Sanchez, D.S., Huang, S.-M., Chang, G., Hsu, C.-H., Bian, G., Belopolski, I., Yu, Z.-M., Xu, X., Xiang, C., Yang, S.A., Neupert, T., Jeng, H.-T., Lin, H., Hasan, M.Z., 2016. Type-II Topological Dirac Semimetals: Theory and Materials Prediction (VAl3 family). arXiv:1606.07555 [cond-mat].
Pages: 1 - 28
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: arXiv
Version: Author's manuscript

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