Friday, November 16, 2012

1211.3523 (M. M. Vazifeh)

Weyl Semimetal from the Honeycomb Array of Topological Insulator

M. M. Vazifeh
We show that isolated Weyl nodes can arise in a system of parallel topological insulator nano-wires arranged in a honeycomb fashion. This introduces another theoretical example of a topological semi-metal phase with more than one pair of Weyl nodes and due to the simple form of its Hamiltonian it can be used to study various interesting phenomena associated with this phase. Our result emphasizes that depending on the separation of the Weyl nodes a topological electromagnetic response might or might not emerge and two pairs might have overall cancelling contributions to the net anomalous Hall conductivity.
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