Quadratic Fermi node in a 3D strongly correlated semimetal

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Strong spin-orbit coupling fosters exotic electronic states such as topological insulators and superconductors, but the combination of strong spin-orbit and strong electron-electron interactions is just beginning to be understood. Central to this emerging area are the 5d transition metal iridium oxides. Here, in the pyrochlore iridate Pr2Ir2O7, we identify a non-trivial state with a single-point Fermi node protected by cubic and time-reversal symmetries, using a combination of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Owing to its quadratic dispersion, the unique coincidence of four degenerate states at the Fermi energy, and strong Coulomb interactions, non-Fermi liquid behaviour is predicted, for which we observe some evidence. Our discovery implies that Pr2Ir2O7 is a parent state that can be manipulated to produce other strongly correlated topological phases, such as topological Mott insulator, Weyl semimetal, and quantum spin and anomalous Hall states.
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NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Issue Date
2015-12
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, v.6, pp.10042

ISSN
2041-1723
DOI
10.1038/ncomms10042
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/207803
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PH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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