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Dirac Node Lines in Pure Alkali Earth Metals
Li, RH; Ma, H; Cheng, XY; Wang, SL; Li, DZ; Zhang, ZY; Li, YY; Chen, XQ; Chen, XQ (reprint author), Univ Sci & Technol China, Sch Mat Sci & Engn, Chinese Acad Sci, Shenyang Natl Lab Mat Sci,Inst Met Res, Shenyang 110016, Liaoning, Peoples R China.
2016-08-22
Source PublicationPHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
ISSN0031-9007
Volume117Issue:9
AbstractBeryllium is a simple alkali earth metal, but has been the target of intensive studies for decades because of its unusual electron behavior at surfaces. The puzzling aspects include (i) severe deviations from the description of the nearly free-electron picture, (ii) an anomalously large electron-phonon coupling effect, and (iii) giant Friedel oscillations. The underlying origins for such anomalous surface electron behavior have been under active debate, but with no consensus. Here, by means of first-principles calculations, we discover that this pure metal system, surprisingly, harbors the Dirac node line (DNL) that in turn helps to rationalize many of the existing puzzles. The DNL is featured by a closed line consisting of linear band crossings, and its induced topological surface band agrees well with previous photoemission spectroscopy observations on the Be (0001) surface. We further reveal that each of the elemental alkali earth metals of Mg, Ca, and Sr also harbors the DNL and speculate that the fascinating topological property of the DNL might naturally exist in other elemental metals as well.
description.department[li, ronghan ; ma, hui ; cheng, xiyue ; wang, shoulong ; li, dianzhong ; li, yiyi ; chen, xing-qiu] univ sci & technol china, sch mat sci & engn, chinese acad sci, shenyang natl lab mat sci,inst met res, shenyang 110016, liaoning, peoples r china ; [zhang, zhengyu] univ sci & technol china, hefei natl lab phys sci microscale, int ctr quantum design funct mat, hefei 230026, anhui, peoples r china ; [zhang, zhengyu] univ sci & technol china, synerget innovat ctr quantum informat & quantum p, hefei 230026, anhui, peoples r china
Subject AreaPhysics, Multidisciplinary
Funding OrganizationHundred Talents Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Key Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences [KGZD-EW-T06]; National Natural Science Foundation of China [51474202, 51174188, 91226204]; high-performance computational cluster in the Shenyang National University Science and Technology Park
Indexed Bysci
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imr.ac.cn/handle/321006/76304
Collection中国科学院金属研究所
Corresponding AuthorChen, XQ (reprint author), Univ Sci & Technol China, Sch Mat Sci & Engn, Chinese Acad Sci, Shenyang Natl Lab Mat Sci,Inst Met Res, Shenyang 110016, Liaoning, Peoples R China.
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Li, RH,Ma, H,Cheng, XY,et al. Dirac Node Lines in Pure Alkali Earth Metals[J]. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS,2016,117(9).
APA Li, RH.,Ma, H.,Cheng, XY.,Wang, SL.,Li, DZ.,...&Chen, XQ .(2016).Dirac Node Lines in Pure Alkali Earth Metals.PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS,117(9).
MLA Li, RH,et al."Dirac Node Lines in Pure Alkali Earth Metals".PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 117.9(2016).
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