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Spin-polarized gap in the magnetic Weyl semimetal Co3Sn2S2

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Sun fei, F., Zhang, T., Yi, C. J., Wu, Y. L., Zhao, H., Wu, Q., et al. (2021). Spin-polarized gap in the magnetic Weyl semimetal Co3Sn2S2. Physical Review B, 104(10): L100301, pp. 1-8. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.104.L100301.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-2DDD-D
Abstract
We report a unique type of gap in a magnetic Weyl semimetal Co3Sn2S2 where the electrons are spin polarized and preserve the spin-momentum locking feature of Weyl fermions. Such spin-polarized gaps are associated with the Weyl node annihilation, where a pair of Weyl nodes with opposite chirality touch each other at similar to 210 meV above the Fermi energy. These are revealed by both time- and spin-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy experiments, combined with first-principles calculations. The spin-polarized gap opening is accompanied by a topological phase transition, and the gap magnitude exhibits an unconventional temperature dependence originated from the Weyl physics. Furthermore, we propose possible circularly polarized terahertz-midinfrared radiation from such a spin-polarized gap. Our results shed light on exploring the topological properties of excited states and endow application potentials for gapped materials based on chirality.