Coexistence of Bulk-Nodal and Surface-Nodeless Cooper Pairings in a Superconducting Dirac Semimetal

Xian P. Yang, Yigui Zhong, Sougata Mardanya, Tyler A. Cochran, Ramakanta Chapai, Akifumi Mine, Junyi Zhang, Jaime Sánchez-Barriga, Zi Jia Cheng, Oliver J. Clark, Jia Xin Yin, Joanna Blawat, Guangming Cheng, Ilya Belopolski, Tsubaki Nagashima, Sahand Najafzadeh, Shiyuan Gao, Nan Yao, Arun Bansil, Rongying JinTay Rong Chang, Shik Shin, Kozo Okazaki, M. Zahid Hasan

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The interplay of nontrivial topology and superconductivity in condensed matter physics gives rise to exotic phenomena. However, materials are extremely rare where it is possible to explore the full details of the superconducting pairing. Here, we investigate the momentum dependence of the superconducting gap distribution in a novel Dirac material PdTe. Using high resolution, low temperature photoemission spectroscopy, we establish it as a spin-orbit coupled Dirac semimetal with the topological Fermi arc crossing the Fermi level on the (010) surface. This spin-textured surface state exhibits a fully gapped superconducting Cooper pairing structure below Tc∼4.5 K. Moreover, we find a node in the bulk near the Brillouin zone boundary, away from the topological Fermi arc. These observations not only demonstrate the band resolved electronic correlation between topological Fermi arc states and the way it induces Cooper pairing in PdTe, but also provide a rare case where surface and bulk states host a coexistence of nodeless and nodal gap structures enforced by spin-orbit coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046402
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan 27

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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