Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2

Tay Rong Chang, Su Yang Xu, Guoqing Chang, Chi Cheng Lee, Shin Ming Huang, Bao Kai Wang, Guang Bian, Hao Zheng, Daniel S. Sanchez, Ilya Belopolski, Nasser Alidoust, Madhab Neupane, Arun Bansil, Horng Tay Jeng, Hsin Lin, M. Zahid Hasan

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Abstract

A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in MoxW1-xTe2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touching points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1-xTe2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10639
JournalNature communications
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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