Instability and topological robustness of Weyl semimetals against Coulomb interaction

Academic Article


  • There is a close connection between various new phenomena in Weyl semimetals and the existence of linear band crossings in the single particle description. We show, by a full self-consistent mean-field calculation, how this picture is modified in the presence of long-range Coulomb interactions. The chiral symmetry breaking occurs at strong enough interactions and the internode interband excitonic pairing channel is found to be significant, which determines the gap-opened band profile varying with interaction strength. Remarkably, in the resultant interacting phase, finite band Chern number jumps in the three-dimensional momentum space are retained, indicating the robustness of the topologically nontrivial features.
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  • Physical Review B  Journal
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    Author List

  • Xue F; Zhang XX
  • Volume

  • 96
  • Issue

  • 19