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On the possibility of magnetic Weyl fermions in non-symmorphic compound PtFeSb

  • Maia G. VergnioryEmail author
  • Luis Elcoro
  • Fabio Orlandi
  • Benjamin Balke
  • Yang-Hao Chan
  • Juergen Nuss
  • Andreas P. Schnyder
  • Leslie M. Schoop
Regular Article
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  1. Topical issue: Special issue in honor of Hardy Gross

Abstract

Weyl fermions are expected to exhibit exotic physical properties such as the chiral anomaly, large negative magnetoresistance or Fermi arcs. Recently a new platform to realize these fermions has been introduced based on the appearance of a three-fold band crossing at high symmetry points of certain space groups. These band crossings are composed of two linearly dispersed bands that are topologically protected by a Chern number, and a flat band with no topological charge. In this paper, we present a new way of inducing two kinds of Weyl fermions, based on two- and three-fold band crossings, in the non-symmorphic magnetic material PtFeSb. By means of density functional theory calculations and group theory analysis, we show that magnetic order can split a six-fold degeneracy enforced by non-symmoprhic symmetry to create three- or two-fold degenerate Weyl nodes. We also report on the synthesis of a related phase potentially containing two-fold degenerate magnetic Weyl points and extend our group theory analysis to that phase. This is the first study showing that magnetic ordering has the potential to generate new three-fold degenerate Weyl nodes, advancing the understanding of magnetic interactions in topological materials.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maia G. Vergniory
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Luis Elcoro
    • 4
  • Fabio Orlandi
    • 5
  • Benjamin Balke
    • 6
  • Yang-Hao Chan
    • 7
  • Juergen Nuss
    • 8
  • Andreas P. Schnyder
    • 8
  • Leslie M. Schoop
    • 9
  1. 1.Donostia International Physics CenterDonostia-San SebastiánSpain
  2. 2.IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for ScienceBilbaoSpain
  3. 3.Department of Applied Physics IIFaculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain
  4. 4.Condensed Matter Physics Department, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain
  5. 5.ISIS Neutron Pulsed Facility, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryOxfordUK
  6. 6.Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Materialwissenschaft - Chemische MaterialsyntheseStuttgartGermany
  7. 7.Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan
  8. 8.Max-Planck-Institut für FestkörperforschungStuttgartGermany
  9. 9.Department of ChemistryPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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