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Special CAMP: Weyl semimetal phase in non-centrosymmetric transition metal monophosphides

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Xi Dai, The Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
When
27 May 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where
339 Davey Laboratory
Contact Name
Chaoxing Liu
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Based on first principle calculations, we show that a family of nonmagnetic materials including TaAs, TaP, NbAs and NbP are Weyl semimetal (WSM) without inversion center. We find twelve pairs of Weyl points in the whole Brillouin zone (BZ) for each of them. In the absence of spin-orbit coupling (SOC), band inversions in mirror invariant planes lead to gapless nodal rings in the energy-momentum dispersion. The strong SOC in these materials then opens full gaps in the mirror planes, generating nonzero mirror Chern numbers and Weyl points off the mirror planes. The resulting surface state Fermi arc structures on both (001) and (100) surfaces are also obtained and show interesting shapes, pointing to fascinating playgrounds for future experimental studies.

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