Evidence for topological type-II Weyl semimetal WTe2

Peng Li, Yan Wen, Xin He, Qiang Zhang, Chuan Xia, Zhi Ming Yu, Shengyuan A. Yang, Zhiyong Zhu, Husam N. Alshareef, Xi Xiang Zhang

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Abstract

Recently, a type-II Weyl fermion was theoretically predicted to appear at the contact of electron and hole Fermi surface pockets. A distinguishing feature of the surfaces of type-II Weyl semimetals is the existence of topological surface states, so-called Fermi arcs. Although WTe2 was the first material suggested as a type-II Weyl semimetal, the direct observation of its tilting Weyl cone and Fermi arc has not yet been successful. Here, we show strong evidence that WTe2 is a type-II Weyl semimetal by observing two unique transport properties simultaneously in one WTe2 nanoribbon. The negative magnetoresistance induced by a chiral anomaly is quite anisotropic in WTe2 nanoribbons, which is present in b-axis ribbon, but is absent in a-axis ribbon. An extra-quantum oscillation, arising from a Weyl orbit formed by the Fermi arc and bulk Landau levels, displays a two dimensional feature and decays as the thickness increases in WTe2 nanoribbon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2150
JournalNature communications
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Li, P., Wen, Y., He, X., Zhang, Q., Xia, C., Yu, Z. M., Yang, S. A., Zhu, Z., Alshareef, H. N., & Zhang, X. X. (2017). Evidence for topological type-II Weyl semimetal WTe2 Nature communications, 8(1), [2150]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-02237-1