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Title: Dirac metal to topological metal transition at a structural phase change in Au2Pb and prediction of Z2 topology for the superconductor

Three-dimensionalDirac semimetals (DSMs) arematerials that have masslessDirac electrons and exhibit exotic physical properties. It has been suggested that structurally distorting a DSM can create a topological insulator but this has not yet been experimentally verified. Furthermore, Majorana fermions have been theoretically proposed to exist inmaterials that exhibit both superconductivity and topological surface states. Herewe showthat the cubic Laves phase Au2Pb has a bulk Dirac cone that is predicted to gap on cooling through a structural phase transition at 100 K. The low temperature phase can be assigned a Z(2) = -1 topological index, and this phase becomes superconducting below 1.2 K. These characteristics make Au2Pb a unique platform for studying the transition between bulk Dirac electrons and topological surface states as well as studying the interaction of superconductivity with topological surface states, combining many different properties of emergent materials-superconductivity, bulk Dirac electrons, and a topologically nontrivial Z(2) invariant.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: 21
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation (NSF); USDOE Office of Science - National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC); U.S. Army Research Laboratory - U.S. Army Research Office (ARO)
Country of Publication:
United States