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Density wave instabilities and surface state evolution in interacting Weyl semimetals


Laubach, Manuel; Platt, Christian; Thomale, Ronny; Neupert, Titus; Rachel, Stephan (2016). Density wave instabilities and surface state evolution in interacting Weyl semimetals. Physical Review B, 94(24):241102.

Abstract

We investigate the interplay of many-body and band-structure effects of interacting Weyl semimetals (WSMs). Attractive and repulsive Hubbard interactions are studied within a model for a time-reversal-breaking WSM with tetragonal symmetry, where we can approach the limit of weakly coupled planes and coupled chains by varying the hopping amplitudes. Using a slab geometry, we employ the variational cluster approach to describe the evolution of WSM Fermi arc surface states as a function of interaction strength. We find spin and charge density wave instabilities which can gap out Weyl nodes. We identify scenarios where the bulk Weyl nodes are gapped while the Fermi arcs still persist, hence realizing a quantum anomalous Hall state.

Abstract

We investigate the interplay of many-body and band-structure effects of interacting Weyl semimetals (WSMs). Attractive and repulsive Hubbard interactions are studied within a model for a time-reversal-breaking WSM with tetragonal symmetry, where we can approach the limit of weakly coupled planes and coupled chains by varying the hopping amplitudes. Using a slab geometry, we employ the variational cluster approach to describe the evolution of WSM Fermi arc surface states as a function of interaction strength. We find spin and charge density wave instabilities which can gap out Weyl nodes. We identify scenarios where the bulk Weyl nodes are gapped while the Fermi arcs still persist, hence realizing a quantum anomalous Hall state.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:09 Jan 2017 09:37
Last Modified:09 Jan 2017 09:37
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:2469-9950
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.94.241102

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