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Title: Experimental evidence of crystal symmetry protection for the topological nodal line semimetal state in ZrSiS

Abstract

Tunable symmetry breaking plays a crucial role for the manipulation of topological phases of quantum matter. Here, through combined high-pressure magnetotransport measurements, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction, we demonstrate a pressure-induced topological phase transition in nodal-line semimetal ZrSiS. Symmetry analysis and first-principles calculations suggest that this pressure-induced topological phase transition may be attributed to weak lattice distortions by nonhydrostatic compression, which breaks some crystal symmetries, such as the mirror and inversion symmetries. This finding provides some experimental evidence for crystal symmetry protection for the topological semimetal state, which is at the heart of topological relativistic fermion physics.

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Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1593555
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0019467
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 100; Journal Issue: 20; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS

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Gu, C. C., Hu, J., Chen, X. L., Guo, Z. P., Fu, B. T., Zhou, Y. H., An, C., Zhou, Y., Zhang, R. R., Xi, C. Y., Gu, Q. Y., Park, C., Shu, H. Y., Yang, W. G., Pi, L., Zhang, Y. H., Yao, Y. G., Yang, Z. R., Zhou, J. H., Sun, J., Mao, Z. Q., and Tian, M. L. Experimental evidence of crystal symmetry protection for the topological nodal line semimetal state in ZrSiS. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.100.205124.
Gu, C. C., Hu, J., Chen, X. L., Guo, Z. P., Fu, B. T., Zhou, Y. H., An, C., Zhou, Y., Zhang, R. R., Xi, C. Y., Gu, Q. Y., Park, C., Shu, H. Y., Yang, W. G., Pi, L., Zhang, Y. H., Yao, Y. G., Yang, Z. R., Zhou, J. H., Sun, J., Mao, Z. Q., & Tian, M. L. Experimental evidence of crystal symmetry protection for the topological nodal line semimetal state in ZrSiS. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.100.205124.
Gu, C. C., Hu, J., Chen, X. L., Guo, Z. P., Fu, B. T., Zhou, Y. H., An, C., Zhou, Y., Zhang, R. R., Xi, C. Y., Gu, Q. Y., Park, C., Shu, H. Y., Yang, W. G., Pi, L., Zhang, Y. H., Yao, Y. G., Yang, Z. R., Zhou, J. H., Sun, J., Mao, Z. Q., and Tian, M. L. Fri . "Experimental evidence of crystal symmetry protection for the topological nodal line semimetal state in ZrSiS". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.100.205124.
@article{osti_1593555,
title = {Experimental evidence of crystal symmetry protection for the topological nodal line semimetal state in ZrSiS},
author = {Gu, C. C. and Hu, J. and Chen, X. L. and Guo, Z. P. and Fu, B. T. and Zhou, Y. H. and An, C. and Zhou, Y. and Zhang, R. R. and Xi, C. Y. and Gu, Q. Y. and Park, C. and Shu, H. Y. and Yang, W. G. and Pi, L. and Zhang, Y. H. and Yao, Y. G. and Yang, Z. R. and Zhou, J. H. and Sun, J. and Mao, Z. Q. and Tian, M. L.},
abstractNote = {Tunable symmetry breaking plays a crucial role for the manipulation of topological phases of quantum matter. Here, through combined high-pressure magnetotransport measurements, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction, we demonstrate a pressure-induced topological phase transition in nodal-line semimetal ZrSiS. Symmetry analysis and first-principles calculations suggest that this pressure-induced topological phase transition may be attributed to weak lattice distortions by nonhydrostatic compression, which breaks some crystal symmetries, such as the mirror and inversion symmetries. This finding provides some experimental evidence for crystal symmetry protection for the topological semimetal state, which is at the heart of topological relativistic fermion physics.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.100.205124},
journal = {Physical Review B},
number = 20,
volume = 100,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {11}
}

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