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  1. The Weyl-Cartan Space Problem in Purely Affine Theory

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    von Borzeszkowski, Horst-Heino; Treder, Hans-Jürgen

    1997-04-01

    According to Poincaré, only the ``epistemological sum of geometry and physics is measurable". Of course, there are requirements of measurement to be imposed on geometry because otherwise the theory resting on this geometry cannot be physically interpreted. In particular, the Weyl--Cartan space problem must be solved, i.e., it must be guaranteed that the comparison of distances is compatible with the Levi-Civita transport. In the present paper, we discuss these requirements of measurement and show that in the (purely affine) Einstein-Schrödinger unified field theory the solution of the Weyl-Cartan space problem simultaneously determines the matter via Einstein's equations. Here the affine field $\\Gamma^ikl$ represents Poincaré's sum, and the solution of the space problem means its splitting in a metrical space and in matter fields, where the latter are given by the torsion tensor $\\Gamma^i_{[kl]}$.

  2. Generalized Weyl-Heisenberg (GWH) groups

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    Ghaani Farashahi, Arash

    2014-09-01

    Let be a locally compact group, be a locally compact Abelian (LCA) group, be a continuous homomorphism, and let be the semi-direct product of and with respect to the continuous homomorphism . In this article, we introduce the Generalized Weyl-Heisenberg (GWH) group associate with the semi-direct product group . We will study basic properties of from harmonic analysis aspects. Finally, we will illustrate applications of these methods in the case of some well-known semi-direct product groups.

  3. Coinvariant algebras and fake degrees for spin Weyl groups of classical type

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    Baltera, Constance; Wang, Weiqiang

    2014-01-01

    The coinvariant algebra of a Weyl group plays a fundamental role in several areas of mathematics. The fake degrees are the graded multiplicities of the irreducible modules of a Weyl group in its coinvariant algebra, and they were computed by Steinberg, Lusztig and Beynon-Lusztig. In this paper we formulate a notion of spin coinvariant algebra for every Weyl group. Then we compute all the spin fake degrees for each classical Weyl group, which are by definition the graded multiplicities of the simple modules of a spin Weyl group in the spin coinvariant algebra. The spin fake degrees for the exceptional Weyl groups are given in a sequel.

  4. Polytope Contractions within Weyl Group Symmetries

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    Szajewska, Marzena

    2016-09-01

    A general scheme for constructing polytopes is implemented here specifically for the classes of the most important 3D polytopes, namely those whose vertices are labeled by integers relative to a particular basis, here called the ω-basis. The actual number of non-isomorphic polytopes of the same group has no limit. To put practical bounds on the number of polytopes to consider for each group we limit our consideration to polytopes with dominant point (vertex) that contains only nonnegative integers in ω-basis. A natural place to start the consideration of polytopes from is the generic dominant weight which were all three coordinates are the lowest positive integer numbers. Contraction is a continuous change of one or several coordinates to zero.

  5. Weyl group orbits on Kac-Moody root systems

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    Carbone, Lisa; Conway, Alexander; Freyn, Walter; Penta, Diego

    2014-11-01

    Let D be a Dynkin diagram and let \\Pi =\\{{{α }1},...,{{α }\\ell }\\} be the simple roots of the corresponding Kac-Moody root system. Let h denote the Cartan subalgebra, let W denote the Weyl group and let Δ denote the set of all roots. The action of W on h, and hence on Δ, is the discretization of the action of the Kac-Moody algebra. Understanding the orbit structure of W on Δ is crucial for many physical applications. We show that for i\

  6. Analog of the Peter-Weyl expansion for Lorentz group

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    Perlov, Leonid

    2015-11-01

    The expansion of a square integrable function on SL(2, C) into the sum of the principal series matrix coefficients with the specially selected representation parameters was recently used in the Loop Quantum Gravity [C. Rovelli and F. Vidotto, Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity: An Elementary Introduction to Quantum Gravity and Spinfoam Theory (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014) and C. Rovelli, Classical Quantum Gravity 28(11), 114005 (2011)]. In this paper, we prove that the sum used originally in the Loop Quantum Gravity: ∑ j = 0 ∞ ∑ |m| ≤ j ∑ |n| ≤ j Dj m , j n ( j , τ j ) ( g ) , where j, m, n ∈ Z, τ ∈ C is convergent to a function on SL(2, C); however, the limit is not a square integrable function; therefore, such sums cannot be used for the Peter-Weyl like expansion. We propose the alternative expansion and prove that for each fixed m: ∑ j = m ∞ D j m , j m ( j , τ j ) ( g ) is convergent and that the limit is a square integrable function on SL(2, C). We then prove the analog of the Peter-Weyl expansion: any ψ(g) ∈ L2(SL(2, C)) can be decomposed into the sum: ψ ( g ) = ∑ j = m ∞ j 2 ( 1 + τ 2 ) c j m m D j m , j m ( j , τ j ) ( g ) , with the Fourier coefficients c j m m = ∫ S L ( 2 , C ) ψ ( g ) Dj m , j m j , τ j ( g ) ¯ d g , g ∈ SL(2, C), τ ∈ C, τ ≠ i, - i, j, m ∈ Z, m is fixed. We also prove convergence of the sums ∑ j = |p| ∞ ∑ |m| ≤ j ∑ |n| ≤ j dp m /j 2 Dj m , j n ( j , τ j ) ( g ) , where d|p| m /j 2 = ( j + 1 ) /1 2 ∫ S U ( 2 ) ϕ ( u ) D|p| m /j 2 ( u ) ¯ d u is ϕ(u)'s Fourier transform and p, j, m, n ∈ Z, τ ∈ C, u ∈ SU(2), g ∈ SL(2, C), thus establishing the map between the square integrable functions on SU(2) and the space of the functions on SL(2, C). Such maps were first used in Rovelli [Class. Quant. Grav. 28, 11 (2011)].

  7. Classification of hyperbolic Dynkin diagrams, root lengths and Weyl group orbits

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    Carbone, Lisa; Chung, Sjuvon; Cobbs, Leigh; McRae, Robert; Nandi, Debajyoti; Naqvi, Yusra; Penta, Diego

    2010-04-01

    We give a criterion for a Dynkin diagram, equivalently a generalized Cartan matrix, to be symmetrizable. This criterion is easily checked on the Dynkin diagram. We obtain a simple proof that the maximal rank of a Dynkin diagram of compact hyperbolic type is 5, while the maximal rank of a symmetrizable Dynkin diagram of compact hyperbolic type is 4. Building on earlier classification results of Kac, Kobayashi-Morita, Li and Saçlio\\skew3\\tildeg lu, we present the 238 hyperbolic Dynkin diagrams in ranks 3-10, 142 of which are symmetrizable. For each symmetrizable hyperbolic generalized Cartan matrix, we give a symmetrization and hence the distinct lengths of real roots in the corresponding root system. For each such hyperbolic root system we determine the disjoint orbits of the action of the Weyl group on real roots. It follows that the maximal number of disjoint Weyl group orbits on real roots in a hyperbolic root system is 4.

  8. Identity, Affinity, Reality: Making the Case for Affinity Groups in Elementary School

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    Parsons, Julie; Ridley, Kimberly

    2012-01-01

    Affinity groups are places where students build connections and process "ouch" moments from their classes. Children talk about the isolation they sometimes feel. The relationships students gain through race-based affinity groups enable them to feel less alone with their emotions and help them build a stronger sense of self. At the same time,…

  9. Affine group formulation of the Standard Model coupled to gravity

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    Chou, Ching-Yi; Ita, Eyo; Soo, Chopin

    2014-04-15

    In this work we apply the affine group formalism for four dimensional gravity of Lorentzian signature, which is based on Klauder’s affine algebraic program, to the formulation of the Hamiltonian constraint of the interaction of matter and all forces, including gravity with non-vanishing cosmological constant Λ, as an affine Lie algebra. We use the hermitian action of fermions coupled to gravitation and Yang–Mills theory to find the density weight one fermionic super-Hamiltonian constraint. This term, combined with the Yang–Mills and Higgs energy densities, are composed with York’s integrated time functional. The result, when combined with the imaginary part of the Chern–Simons functional Q, forms the affine commutation relation with the volume element V(x). Affine algebraic quantization of gravitation and matter on equal footing implies a fundamental uncertainty relation which is predicated upon a non-vanishing cosmological constant. -- Highlights: •Wheeler–DeWitt equation (WDW) quantized as affine algebra, realizing Klauder’s program. •WDW formulated for interaction of matter and all forces, including gravity, as affine algebra. •WDW features Hermitian generators in spite of fermionic content: Standard Model addressed. •Constructed a family of physical states for the full, coupled theory via affine coherent states. •Fundamental uncertainty relation, predicated on non-vanishing cosmological constant.

  10. Weyl Magnon

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    Li, Fei-Ye; Li, Yao-Dong; Yu, Yue; Kim, Yong Baek; Balents, Leon; Chen, Gang

    Conventional magnetic orders in Mott insulators are often believed to be trivial as they are simple product states. In this talk, we argue that this belief is not always right. We study a realistic spin model on the breathing pyrochlore lattice. We find that, although the system has a magnetic ordered ground state, the magnetic excitation is rather nontrivial and supports linear band touchings in its spectrum. This linear band touching is a topological property of the magnon band structure and is thus robust against small perturbation. We thus name this magnon band touching as ``Weyl magnon''. Just like the Weyl fermion, the existence of Weyl magnon suggests the presence of chiral magnon surface states. Unlike the surface Fermi arcs for the Weyl fermions, the chiral surface state for Weyl magnon appears at a finite energy due to the bosonic nature of the magnons. Moreover, the external magnetic field only couples to the spins with a Zeeman term and thus can readily shift the Weyl node position. This provides a way to control the Weyl magnon. Our work will inspire a re-examination of the excitation spectrum of many magnetic ordered systems. Chggst@gmail.com.

  11. An affine projection algorithm using grouping selection of input vectors

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    Shin, JaeWook; Kong, NamWoong; Park, PooGyeon

    2011-10-01

    This paper present an affine projection algorithm (APA) using grouping selection of input vectors. To improve the performance of conventional APA, the proposed algorithm adjusts the number of the input vectors using two procedures: grouping procedure and selection procedure. In grouping procedure, the some input vectors that have overlapping information for update is grouped using normalized inner product. Then, few input vectors that have enough information for for coefficient update is selected using steady-state mean square error (MSE) in selection procedure. Finally, the filter coefficients update using selected input vectors. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm has small steady-state estimation errors comparing with the existing algorithms.

  12. Weyl groups and vertex operator algebras generated by Ising vectors satisfying the (2B, 3C) condition

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    Chen, Hsian-Yang; Lam, Ching Hung

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we construct explicitly certain moonshine type vertex operator algebras generated by a set of Ising vectors I such that (1) for any e ≠ f ∈ I, the subVOA VOA(e, f) generated by e and f is isomorphic to either U2B or U3C; and (2) the subgroup generated by the corresponding Miyamoto involutions {τe | e ∈ I} is isomorphic to the Weyl group of a root system of type An, Dn, E6, E7 or E8. The structures of the corresponding vertex operator algebras and their Griess algebras are also studied. In particular, the central charge of these vertex operator algebras are determined.

  13. The Purification of a Blood Group A Glycoprotein: An Affinity Chromatography Experiment.

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    Estelrich, J.; Pouplana, R.

    1988-01-01

    Describes a purification process through affinity chromatography necessary to obtain specific blood group glycoproteins from erythrocytic membranes. Discusses the preparation of erythrocytic membranes, extraction of glycoprotein from membranes, affinity chromatography purification, determination of glycoproteins, and results. (CW)

  14. European bioclimatic affinity groups: Data-model comparisons

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    Laurent, J.-M.; François, L.; Bar-Hen, A.; Bel, L.; Cheddadi, R.

    2008-03-01

    Global vegetation models are remarkably effective when considering large areas such as Europe. However, their accuracy at finer scales remains to be tested. In this paper, we validate the simulation of modern potential vegetation by the CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere (CARAIB) model in Europe. Then, in order to evaluate the simulation of tree group distributions at a finer scale, in France, we present a comparison between observed distributions, distributions reconstructed from palynological data, and model simulated ranges. The results will help to validate past vegetation simulations. For this analysis, we use Bioclimatic Affinity Groups (BAGs), based on vegetation groups' climatic tolerances and requirements. The CARAIB model was adapted to simulate the net primary productivity (NPP), biomass and range of the arboreal BAGs. In Europe, at a 30' latitude/longitude grid scale, simulated NPP of BAGs are used to define classes of vegetation as being present or absent, with a classification rule, based on Kappa statistics. In France, at a 10' lat./long. scale, a second discriminant analysis, based on Classification And Regression Tree (CART), allows for a similar classification with BAG pollen percentages. At each palynological sampling site, we then compared the simulation to the reconstruction from pollen data. With 30' lat./long. resolution, most thresholds that discriminate NPP into absence or presence classes are low, ranging from 1 to 77 g/m 2. Agreement indices between observed and simulated distributions range from 0.4 to 0.83, with broad scale BAG potential patterns and boundaries being accurately simulated by CARAIB. In France, on the 10' lat./long. scale, pollen percentages correctly account for BAG presence/absence despite non-linear pollen-vegetation relationships. Agreement ratios between observed and reconstructed patterns range from 0.53 to 0.95. At the 10' lat./long. scale, the validation of simulated ranges with pollen data is reliable for 9 of

  15. Tractors, mass, and Weyl invariance

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    Gover, A. R.; Shaukat, A.; Waldron, A.

    2009-05-01

    Deser and Nepomechie established a relationship between masslessness and rigid conformal invariance by coupling to a background metric and demanding local Weyl invariance, a method which applies neither to massive theories nor theories which rely upon gauge invariances for masslessness. We extend this method to describe massive and gauge invariant theories using Weyl invariance. The key idea is to introduce a new scalar field which is constant when evaluated at the scale corresponding to the metric of physical interest. This technique relies on being able to efficiently construct Weyl invariant theories. This is achieved using tractor calculus—a mathematical machinery designed for the study of conformal geometry. From a physics standpoint, this amounts to arranging fields in multiplets with respect to the conformal group but with novel Weyl transformation laws. Our approach gives a mechanism for generating masses from Weyl weights. Breitenlohner-Freedman stability bounds for Anti-de Sitter theories arise naturally as do direct derivations of the novel Weyl invariant theories given by Deser and Nepomechie. In constant curvature spaces, partially massless theories—which rely on the interplay between mass and gauge invariance—are also generated by our method. Another simple consequence is conformal invariance of the maximal depth partially massless theories. Detailed examples for spins s⩽2 are given including tractor and component actions, on-shell and off-shell approaches and gauge invariances. For all spins s⩾2 we give tractor equations of motion unifying massive, massless, and partially massless theories.

  16. The thraustochytrids: a protist group with mixed affinities.

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    Chamberlain, A H; Moss, S T

    1988-01-01

    The thraustochytrids, a group of marine, monocentric protists are reconsidered phylogenetically drawing upon ultrastructural and biochemical characters. They appear to have affiliations with both heterokont groups and other phyla of marine organisms, but still remain an essentially independent entity. PMID:3395686

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  18. Novel Kac-Moody-type affine extensions of non-crystallographic Coxeter groups

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    Dechant, Pierre-Philippe; Bœhm, Céline; Twarock, Reidun

    2012-07-01

    Motivated by recent results in mathematical virology, we present novel asymmetric {Z}[\\tau ]-integer-valued affine extensions of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2, H3 and H4 derived in a Kac-Moody-type formalism. In particular, we show that the affine reflection planes which extend the Coxeter group H3 generate (twist) translations along two-, three- and five-fold axes of icosahedral symmetry, and we classify these translations in terms of the Fibonacci recursion relation applied to different start values. We thus provide an explanation of previous results concerning affine extensions of icosahedral symmetry in a Coxeter group context, and extend this analysis to the case of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2 and H4. These results will enable new applications of group theory in physics (quasicrystals), biology (viruses) and chemistry (fullerenes).

  19. Spacetimes of Weyl and Ricci type N in higher dimensions

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    Kuchynka, M.; Pravdová, A.

    2016-06-01

    We study the geometrical properties of null congruences generated by an aligned null direction of the Weyl tensor (WAND) in spacetimes of Weyl and Ricci type N (possibly with a non-vanishing cosmological constant) in an arbitrary dimension. We prove that a type N Ricci tensor and a type III or N Weyl tensor have to be aligned. In such spacetimes, the multiple WAND has to be geodetic. For spacetimes with type N aligned Weyl and Ricci tensors, the canonical form of the optical matrix in the twisting and non-twisting cases is derived and the dependence of the Weyl and the Ricci tensors and Ricci rotation coefficients on the affine parameter of the geodetic null congruence generated by the WAND is obtained.

  20. Affinities of human histo-blood group antigens for norovirus capsid protein complexes

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    Han, Ling; Kitova, Elena N; Tan, Ming; Jiang, Xi; Pluvinage, Benjamin; Boraston, Alisdair B; Klassen, John S

    2015-01-01

    The binding profiles of many human noroviruses (huNoVs) for human histo-blood group antigens have been characterized. However, quantitative-binding data for these important virus–host interactions are lacking. Here, we report on the intrinsic (per binding site) affinities of HBGA oligosaccharides for the huNoV VA387 virus-like particles (VLPs) and the associated subviral P particles measured using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The affinities of 13 HBGA oligosaccharides, containing A, B and H epitopes, with variable sizes (disaccharide to tetrasaccharide) and different precursor chain types (types 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6), were measured for the P particle, while the affinities of the A and B trisaccharides and A and B type 6 tetrasaccharides for the VLP were determined. The intrinsic affinities of the HBGA oligosaccharides for the P particle range from 500 to 2300 M−1, while those of the A and B trisaccharides and the A and B type 6 tetrasaccharides for the VLP range from 1000 to 4000 M−1. Comparison of these binding data with those measured previously for the corresponding P dimer reveals that the HBGA oligosaccharides tested exhibit similar intrinsic affinities for the P dimer and P particle. The intrinsic affinities for the VLP are consistently higher than those measured for the P particle, but within a factor of three. While the cause of the subtle differences in HBGA oligosaccharide affinities for the P dimer and P particle and those for the VLP remains unknown, the present data support the use of P dimers or P particles as surrogates to the VLP for huNoV-receptor-binding studies. PMID:25395406

  1. Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Spin Hecke Algebras IV: Odd Double Affine Type

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    Khongsap, Ta; Wang, Weiqiang

    2009-01-01

    We introduce an odd double affine Hecke algebra (DaHa) generated by a classical Weyl group W and two skew-polynomial subalgebras of anticommuting generators. This algebra is shown to be Morita equivalent to another new DaHa which are generated by W and two polynomial-Clifford subalgebras. There is yet a third algebra containing a spin Weyl group algebra which is Morita (super)equivalent to the above two algebras. We establish the PBW properties and construct Verma-type representations via Dunkl operators for these algebras.

  2. Weyl semimetal state in TaP: experimental discovery

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    Shibayev, Pavel; Hasan Research Group Team

    Despite their extreme rareness in nature, Weyl semimetals provide the first realization of Weyl fermions. After families of tantalum-based (TaAs, TaP) and niobium-based (NbAs, NbP) compounds were recently predicted as Weyl semimetal candidates, our group experimentally realized the Weyl semimetal state in TaP. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) was used to probe the surface features of TaP. Weyl fermion cones and nodes were directly observed in the bulk, and Fermi arcs were observed on the surface. The surface states were found to possess a rich structure, containing topological Fermi arcs and topologically trivial closed contours in the neighborhood of Weyl points. This finding opens up possibilities to study the relationship between trivial and topological surface states on the surface of a Weyl semimetal. By determining the number of chiral edge modes on a closed path enclosing the Weyl node, bulk-boundary correspondence was demonstrated, leading to the establishment of a topologically nontrivial nature of the Weyl semimetal state in TaP. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative through Grant GBMF4547 (Hasan) and by U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  3. Isolation and purification of blood group antigens using immuno-affinity chromatography on short monolithic columns.

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    Mönster, Andrea; Hiller, Oliver; Grüger, Daniela; Blasczyk, Rainer; Kasper, Cornelia

    2011-02-01

    Monolithic columns have gained increasing attention as stationary phases for the separation of biomolecules and biopharmaceuticals. In the present work the performance of monolithic convective interaction media (CIM(®)) chromatography for the purification of blood group antigens was established. The proteins employed in this study are derived from blood group antigens Knops, JMH and Scianna, equipped both with a His-tag and with a V5-tag by which they can be purified. In a first step a monoclonal antibody directed against the V5-tag was immobilized on a CIM(®) Disk with epoxy chemistry. After this, the immobilized CIM(®) Disk was used in immuno-affinity chromatography to purify the three blood group antigens from cell culture supernatant. Up-scaling of the applied technology was carried out using CIM(®) Tubes. In comparison to conventional affinity chromatography, blood group antigens were also purified via His-tag using a HiTrap(®) metal-affinity column. The two purifications have been compared regarding purity, yield and purification speed. Using the monolithic support, it was possible to isolate the blood group antigens with a higher flow rate than using the conventional bed-packed column. PMID:21194702

  4. Cluster algebra structure on the finite dimensional representations of affine quantum group

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    Yang, Yan-Min; Ma, Hai-Tao; Lin, Bing-Sheng; Zheng, Zhu-Jun

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we prove one case of conjecture given by Hernandez and Leclerc. We give a cluster algebra structure on the Grothendieck ring of a full subcategory of the finite dimensional representations of affine quantum group . As a conclusion, for every exchange relation of cluster algebra, there exists an exact sequence of the full subcategory corresponding to it. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11475178).

  5. Type-II Weyl semimetals.

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    Soluyanov, Alexey A; Gresch, Dominik; Wang, Zhijun; Wu, QuanSheng; Troyer, Matthias; Dai, Xi; Bernevig, B Andrei

    2015-11-26

    Fermions--elementary particles such as electrons--are classified as Dirac, Majorana or Weyl. Majorana and Weyl fermions had not been observed experimentally until the recent discovery of condensed matter systems such as topological superconductors and semimetals, in which they arise as low-energy excitations. Here we propose the existence of a previously overlooked type of Weyl fermion that emerges at the boundary between electron and hole pockets in a new phase of matter. This particle was missed by Weyl because it breaks the stringent Lorentz symmetry in high-energy physics. Lorentz invariance, however, is not present in condensed matter physics, and by generalizing the Dirac equation, we find the new type of Weyl fermion. In particular, whereas Weyl semimetals--materials hosting Weyl fermions--were previously thought to have standard Weyl points with a point-like Fermi surface (which we refer to as type-I), we discover a type-II Weyl point, which is still a protected crossing, but appears at the contact of electron and hole pockets in type-II Weyl semimetals. We predict that WTe2 is an example of a topological semimetal hosting the new particle as a low-energy excitation around such a type-II Weyl point. The existence of type-II Weyl points in WTe2 means that many of its physical properties are very different to those of standard Weyl semimetals with point-like Fermi surfaces. PMID:26607545

  6. Type-II Weyl semimetals

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    Soluyanov, Alexey A.; Gresch, Dominik; Wang, Zhijun; Wu, Quansheng; Troyer, Matthias; Dai, Xi; Bernevig, B. Andrei

    2015-11-01

    Fermions—elementary particles such as electrons—are classified as Dirac, Majorana or Weyl. Majorana and Weyl fermions had not been observed experimentally until the recent discovery of condensed matter systems such as topological superconductors and semimetals, in which they arise as low-energy excitations. Here we propose the existence of a previously overlooked type of Weyl fermion that emerges at the boundary between electron and hole pockets in a new phase of matter. This particle was missed by Weyl because it breaks the stringent Lorentz symmetry in high-energy physics. Lorentz invariance, however, is not present in condensed matter physics, and by generalizing the Dirac equation, we find the new type of Weyl fermion. In particular, whereas Weyl semimetals—materials hosting Weyl fermions—were previously thought to have standard Weyl points with a point-like Fermi surface (which we refer to as type-I), we discover a type-II Weyl point, which is still a protected crossing, but appears at the contact of electron and hole pockets in type-II Weyl semimetals. We predict that WTe2 is an example of a topological semimetal hosting the new particle as a low-energy excitation around such a type-II Weyl point. The existence of type-II Weyl points in WTe2 means that many of its physical properties are very different to those of standard Weyl semimetals with point-like Fermi surfaces.

  7. Semimetal with both Rarita-Schwinger-Weyl and Weyl excitations

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    Liang, Long; Yu, Yue

    2016-01-01

    A relativistic spinor with spin 3/2 is historically called a Rarita-Schwinger spinor. The right- and left-handed chiral degrees of freedom for the massless Rarita-Schwinger spinor are independent and are thought of as the left and right Weyl fermions with helicity ±3 /2 . We study three orbital spin-1/2 Weyl semimetals in the strong spin-orbital coupling limit with time reversal symmetry breaking. We find that in this limit the systems can be a Jeff=1 /2 Weyl semimetal or a Jeff=3 /2 semimetal, depending on the Fermi level position. The latter near Weyl points includes degrees of freedom of both Rarita-Schwinger-Weyl and Weyl. A nonlocal potential separates the Weyl and Rarita-Schwinger-Weyl degrees of freedom, and a relativistic Rarita-Schwinger-Weyl semimetal emerges. This recipe can be generalized to a mulit-Weyl semimetal and Weyl fermions with pairing interaction to obtain high monopole charges. Similarly, a spatial-inversion-breaking Raita-Schwinger-Weyl semimetal may also emerge.

  8. On the Weyl curvature hypothesis

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    Stoica, Ovidiu Cristinel

    2013-11-01

    The Weyl curvature hypothesis of Penrose attempts to explain the high homogeneity and isotropy, and the very low entropy of the early universe, by conjecturing the vanishing of the Weyl tensor at the Big-Bang singularity.

  9. Similarity solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations invariant to a family of affine groups

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    Dresner, L.

    1987-08-01

    Problems of technological interest can very often be described by partial differential equations (PDEs) with one dependent and two independent variables (call them c, z, and t, respectively). Many such PDEs are invariant to one-parameter families of one-parameter affine groups. Similarity solutions are solutions of the PDE that are invariant to one group of the family. The great utility of similarity solutions is that they may be calculated by solving an ODE rather than a PDE and are thus much more easily accessible than other solutions. The form of the principal ODE depends, of course, on the form of the PDE, but it can be proved quite generally that the principal ODE is itself invarient to the one-parameter affine group or associated group. because of the invariance of the principal ODE to the associated group, the dependence on the boundary and initial conditions of certain special values of the function y(x), e.g., y(O), y(infinity), y(O), ets., may be predicted a priori without solving the principal ODE. The nonlinear PDE of heat transport in superfluid He-II, is used as an illustration of these ideas in this review.

  10. Dental affinities of the C-group inhabitants of Hierakonpolis, Egypt: Nubian, Egyptian, or both?

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    Irish, J D; Friedman, R

    2010-04-01

    By c. 2050 BC a small community of C-Group Nubians was present deep within Egyptian territory at the city of Hierakonpolis. Their descendants stayed for the next 400 years. Today, the site of Hierakonpolis, 113 km north of Aswan, is known for its Egyptian deposits; however, it also contains a C-Group cemetery, which documents the northernmost occurrence of this culture. Sixty skeletons were excavated. Tombs feature Nubian architecture and goods, including leather garments, although the use of Egyptian mortuary practices and artifacts increased through time. Dates range from the early 11th Dynasty into the Second Intermediate period. During this time the Egyptian empire occupied Lower Nubia, and their state ideology vilified Nubians. Yet, at least in death, the C-Group inhabitants of Hierakonpolis proudly displayed their cultural heritage. Beyond discerning the reason(s) for their presence at the site (e.g., mercenaries, leather-workers, entertainers?), the focus of this report is to estimate their biological affinity. Were they akin to other Nubians, Egyptians, or both? And, was increasing 'Egyptianization' evident in the mortuary ritual accompanied by concomitant genetic influence? To address these queries, up to 36 dental morphological traits in the recovered individuals were compared to those in 26 regional comparative samples. The most influential traits were identified and phenetic affinities were calculated using the mean measure of divergence and other multivariate analyses. Assuming phenetic similarity provides an estimate of genetic relatedness, these affinities suggest the individuals comprising the C-Group sample were, and remained Nubian during their tenure at Hierakonpolis. PMID:20185126

  11. Bosonization of Weyl Fermions

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    Marino, Eduardo

    The electron, discovered by Thomson by the end of the nineteenth century, was the first experimentally observed particle. The Weyl fermion, though theoretically predicted since a long time, was observed in a condensed matter environment in an experiment reported only a few weeks ago. Is there any linking thread connecting the first and the last observed fermion (quasi)particles? The answer is positive. By generalizing the method known as bosonization, the first time in its full complete form, for a spacetime with 3+1 dimensions, we are able to show that both electrons and Weyl fermions can be expressed in terms of the same boson field, namely the Kalb-Ramond anti-symmetric tensor gauge field. The bosonized form of the Weyl chiral currents lead to the angle-dependent magneto-conductance behavior observed in these systems.

  12. Affinities of recombinant norovirus P dimers for human blood group antigens

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    Han, Ling; Kitov, Pavel I; Kitova, Elena N; Tan, Ming; Wang, Leyi; Xia, Ming; Jiang, Xi; Klassen, John S

    2013-01-01

    Noroviruses (NoVs), the major cause of viral acute gastroenteritis, recognize histo-blood group antigens (HBGAs) as receptors or attachment factors. To gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between NoVs and their hosts, the affinities of recombinant P dimers (P2's) of a GII.4 NoV (VA387) to a library of 41 soluble analogs of HBGAs were measured using the direct electrospray ionization mass spectrometry assay. The HBGAs contained the A, B, H and Lewis epitopes, with variable sizes (2–6 residues) and different types (1–6). The results reveal that the P2's exhibit a broad specificity for the HBGAs and bind to all of the oligosaccharides tested. Overall, the affinities are relatively low, ranging from 400 to 3000 M−1 and are influenced by the chain type: 3 > 1 ≈ 2 ≈ 4 ≈ 5 ≈ 6 for H antigens; 6 > 1 ≈ 3 ≈ 4 ≈ 5 > 2 for A antigens; 3 > 1 ≈ 4 ≈ 5 ≈ 6 > 2 for B antigens, but not by chain length. The highest-affinity ligands are B type 3 (3000 ± 300 M−1) and A type 6 (2350 ± 60 M−1). While the higher affinity to the type 3 H antigen was previously observed, preferential binding to the types 6 and 3 antigens with A and B epitopes, respectively, has not been previously reported. A truncated P domain dimer (lacking the C-terminal arginine cluster) exhibits similar binding. The central-binding motifs in the HBGAs were identified by molecular-docking simulations. PMID:23118206

  13. Weyl semimetals and topological phase transitions

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    Murakami, Shuichi

    Weyl semimetals are semimetals with nondegenerate 3D Dirac cones in the bulk. We showed that in a transition between different Z2 topological phases, i.e. between the normal insulator (NI) and topological insulator (TI), the Weyl semimetal phase necessarily appears when inversion symmetry is broken. In the presentation we show that this scenario holds for materials with any space groups without inversion symmetry. Namely, let us take any band insulator without inversion symmetry, and assume that the gap is closed by a change of an external parameter. In such cases we found that the system runs either into (i) a Weyl semimetal or (ii) a nodal-line semimetal, but no insulator-to-insulator transition happens. This is confirmed by classifying the gap closing in terms of the space groups and the wavevector. In the case (i), the number of Weyl nodes produced at the gap closing ranges from 2 to 12 depending on the symmetry. In (ii) the nodal line is protected by mirror symmetry. In the presentation, we explain some Weyl semimetal and nodal-line semimetals which we find by using this classification. As an example, we explain our result on ab initio calculation on tellurium (Te). Tellurium consists of helical chains, and therefore lacks inversion and mirror symmetries. At high pressure the band gap of Te decreases and finally it runs into a Weyl semimetal phase, as confirmed by our ab initio calculation. In such chiral systems as tellurium, we also theoretically propose chiral transport in systems with such helical structures; namely, an orbital magnetization is induced by a current along the chiral axis, in analogy with a solenoid.

  14. Type-II Weyl semimetals

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    Soluyanov, Alexey; Gresch, Dominik; Wang, Zhijun; Wu, Quansheng; Troyer, Matthias; Dai, Xi; Bernevig, Andrei

    The Dirac equation of quantum field theory gives rise to massless Weyl fermions that respect Lorentz invariance. In condensed matter these fermions are realized as low energy excitations in Weyl semimetals. In these materials a topologically protected linear crossing of two bands, called a Weyl point, occurs at the Fermi level resulting in a point-like Fermi surface. Lorentz invariance, however, can be violated in condensed matter, and here we generalize the Dirac equation accordingly to obtain a fundamentally new kind of Weyl fermions. In particular, we report on a novel type of Weyl semimetal, with a new type of Weyl point that emerges at the boundary between electron and hole pockets. This node, although still a protected crossing, has an open, not point-like, Fermi surface, resulting in physical properties very different from that of standard Weyl points. We show that an established material, WTe2, is an example of this novel type of topological semimetals.

  15. Weyl card diagrams

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    Jones, Gregory; Wang, John E.

    2005-06-15

    To capture important physical properties of a spacetime we construct a new diagram, the card diagram, which accurately draws generalized Weyl spacetimes in arbitrary dimensions by encoding their global spacetime structure, singularities, horizons, and some aspects of causal structure including null infinity. Card diagrams draw only nontrivial directions providing a clearer picture of the geometric features of spacetimes as compared to Penrose diagrams, and can change continuously as a function of the geometric parameters. One of our main results is to describe how Weyl rods are traversable horizons and the entirety of the spacetime can be mapped out. We review Weyl techniques and as examples we systematically discuss properties of a variety of solutions including Kerr-Newman black holes, black rings, expanding bubbles, and recent spacelike-brane solutions. Families of solutions will share qualitatively similar cards. In addition we show how card diagrams not only capture information about a geometry but also its analytic continuations by providing a geometric picture of analytic continuation. Weyl techniques are generalized to higher dimensional charged solutions and applied to generate perturbations of bubble and S-brane solutions by Israel-Khan rods.

  16. Weyl card diagrams

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    Jones, Gregory; Wang, John E.

    2005-06-01

    To capture important physical properties of a spacetime we construct a new diagram, the card diagram, which accurately draws generalized Weyl spacetimes in arbitrary dimensions by encoding their global spacetime structure, singularities, horizons, and some aspects of causal structure including null infinity. Card diagrams draw only nontrivial directions providing a clearer picture of the geometric features of spacetimes as compared to Penrose diagrams, and can change continuously as a function of the geometric parameters. One of our main results is to describe how Weyl rods are traversable horizons and the entirety of the spacetime can be mapped out. We review Weyl techniques and as examples we systematically discuss properties of a variety of solutions including Kerr-Newman black holes, black rings, expanding bubbles, and recent spacelike-brane solutions. Families of solutions will share qualitatively similar cards. In addition we show how card diagrams not only capture information about a geometry but also its analytic continuations by providing a geometric picture of analytic continuation. Weyl techniques are generalized to higher dimensional charged solutions and applied to generate perturbations of bubble and S-brane solutions by Israel-Khan rods.

  17. Weyl Mott Insulator

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    Morimoto, Takahiro; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-01-01

    Relativistic Weyl fermion (WF) often appears in the band structure of three dimensional magnetic materials and acts as a source or sink of the Berry curvature, i.e., the (anti-)monopole. It has been believed that the WFs are stable due to their topological indices except when two Weyl fermions of opposite chiralities annihilate pairwise. Here, we theoretically show for a model including the electron-electron interaction that the Mott gap opens for each WF without violating the topological stability, leading to a topological Mott insulator dubbed Weyl Mott insulator (WMI). This WMI is characterized by several novel features such as (i) energy gaps in the angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES) and the optical conductivity, (ii) the nonvanishing Hall conductance, and (iii) the Fermi arc on the surface with the penetration depth diverging as approaching to the momentum at which the Weyl point is projected. Experimental detection of the WMI by distinguishing from conventional Mott insulators is discussed with possible relevance to pyrochlore iridates.

  18. Weyl Mott Insulator

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    Morimoto, Takahiro; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-01-01

    Relativistic Weyl fermion (WF) often appears in the band structure of three dimensional magnetic materials and acts as a source or sink of the Berry curvature, i.e., the (anti-)monopole. It has been believed that the WFs are stable due to their topological indices except when two Weyl fermions of opposite chiralities annihilate pairwise. Here, we theoretically show for a model including the electron-electron interaction that the Mott gap opens for each WF without violating the topological stability, leading to a topological Mott insulator dubbed Weyl Mott insulator (WMI). This WMI is characterized by several novel features such as (i) energy gaps in the angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES) and the optical conductivity, (ii) the nonvanishing Hall conductance, and (iii) the Fermi arc on the surface with the penetration depth diverging as approaching to the momentum at which the Weyl point is projected. Experimental detection of the WMI by distinguishing from conventional Mott insulators is discussed with possible relevance to pyrochlore iridates. PMID:26822023

  19. New beginnings for matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors: identification of high-affinity zinc-binding groups.

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    Puerta, David T; Lewis, Jana A; Cohen, Seth M

    2004-07-14

    In an effort to identify promising non-hydroxamate inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), several new zinc-binding groups (ZBGs) based on pyrone, pyrothione, hydroxypyridinone, and hydroxypyridinethione chelators have been examined. Structural studies with tris(pyrazolyl)borate model complexes show that these ligands bind to the MMP active site zinc(II) ion in a bidentate fashion, similar to that found with hydroxamate-based inhibitors. Fluorescence- and colorimetric-based enzyme assays have been used to determine the IC50 values for these ZBGs against MMP-3; mixed O,S-donor ligands were found to be remarkably potent, with IC50 values as much as 700-fold lower than that found for acetohydroxamic acid. Inhibitory activity was found to parallel metal binding affinity as determined in titrations with model complexes. These results demonstrate that MPIs based on new ZBGs are feasible and may indeed improve the overall performance of inhibitors designed against these important medicinal targets. PMID:15237990

  20. Helicons in Weyl semimetals

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    Pellegrino, Francesco M. D.; Katsnelson, Mikhail I.; Polini, Marco

    2015-11-01

    Helicons are transverse electromagnetic waves propagating in three-dimensional (3D) electron systems subject to a static magnetic field. We present a theory of helicons propagating through a 3D Weyl semimetal. Our approach relies on the evaluation of the optical conductivity tensor from semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory, with the inclusion of certain Berry curvature corrections that have been neglected in the earlier literature (such as the one due to the orbital magnetic moment). We demonstrate that the axion term characterizing the electromagnetic response of Weyl semimetals dramatically alters the helicon dispersion with respect to that in nontopological metals. We also discuss axion-related anomalies that appear in the plasmon dispersion relation.

  1. Holographic thermalization with Weyl corrections

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    Dey, Anshuman; Mahapatra, Subhash; Sarkar, Tapobrata

    2016-01-01

    We consider holographic thermalization in the presence of a Weyl correction in five dimensional AdS space. We first obtain the Weyl corrected black brane solution perturbatively, up to first order in the coupling. The corresponding AdS-Vaidya like solution is then constructed. This is then used to numerically analyze the time dependence of the two point correlation functions and the expectation values of rectangular Wilson loops in the boundary field theory, and we discuss how the Weyl correction can modify the thermalization time scales in the dual field theory. In this context, the subtle interplay between the Weyl coupling constant and the chemical potential is studied in detail.

  2. New type of Weyl semimetal with quadratic double Weyl fermions.

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    Huang, Shin-Ming; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Chang, Guoqing; Chang, Tay-Rong; Wang, BaoKai; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Neupane, Madhab; Sanchez, Daniel; Zheng, Hao; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M Zahid

    2016-02-01

    Weyl semimetals have attracted worldwide attention due to their wide range of exotic properties predicted in theories. The experimental realization had remained elusive for a long time despite much effort. Very recently, the first Weyl semimetal has been discovered in an inversion-breaking, stoichiometric solid TaAs. So far, the TaAs class remains the only Weyl semimetal available in real materials. To facilitate the transition of Weyl semimetals from the realm of purely theoretical interest to the realm of experimental studies and device applications, it is of crucial importance to identify other robust candidates that are experimentally feasible to be realized. In this paper, we propose such a Weyl semimetal candidate in an inversion-breaking, stoichiometric compound strontium silicide, SrSi2, with many new and novel properties that are distinct from TaAs. We show that SrSi2 is a Weyl semimetal even without spin-orbit coupling and that, after the inclusion of spin-orbit coupling, two Weyl fermions stick together forming an exotic double Weyl fermion with quadratic dispersions and a higher chiral charge of ±2. Moreover, we find that the Weyl nodes with opposite charges are located at different energies due to the absence of mirror symmetry in SrSi2, paving the way for the realization of the chiral magnetic effect. Our systematic results not only identify a much-needed robust Weyl semimetal candidate but also open the door to new topological Weyl physics that is not possible in TaAs. PMID:26787914

  3. New type of Weyl semimetal with quadratic double Weyl fermions

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    Huang, Shin-Ming; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Chang, Guoqing; Chang, Tay-Rong; Wang, BaoKai; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Neupane, Madhab; Sanchez, Daniel; Zheng, Hao; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals have attracted worldwide attention due to their wide range of exotic properties predicted in theories. The experimental realization had remained elusive for a long time despite much effort. Very recently, the first Weyl semimetal has been discovered in an inversion-breaking, stoichiometric solid TaAs. So far, the TaAs class remains the only Weyl semimetal available in real materials. To facilitate the transition of Weyl semimetals from the realm of purely theoretical interest to the realm of experimental studies and device applications, it is of crucial importance to identify other robust candidates that are experimentally feasible to be realized. In this paper, we propose such a Weyl semimetal candidate in an inversion-breaking, stoichiometric compound strontium silicide, SrSi2, with many new and novel properties that are distinct from TaAs. We show that SrSi2 is a Weyl semimetal even without spin–orbit coupling and that, after the inclusion of spin–orbit coupling, two Weyl fermions stick together forming an exotic double Weyl fermion with quadratic dispersions and a higher chiral charge of ±2. Moreover, we find that the Weyl nodes with opposite charges are located at different energies due to the absence of mirror symmetry in SrSi2, paving the way for the realization of the chiral magnetic effect. Our systematic results not only identify a much-needed robust Weyl semimetal candidate but also open the door to new topological Weyl physics that is not possible in TaAs. PMID:26787914

  4. Preparation of group I introns for biochemical studies and crystallization assays by native affinity purification.

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    Vicens, Quentin; Gooding, Anne R; Duarte, Luis F; Batey, Robert T

    2009-01-01

    The study of functional RNAs of various sizes and structures requires efficient methods for their synthesis and purification. Here, 23 group I intron variants ranging in length from 246 to 341 nucleotides -- some containing exons -- were subjected to a native purification technique previously applied only to shorter RNAs (<160 nucleotides). For the RNAs containing both exons, we adjusted the original purification protocol to allow for purification of radiolabeled molecules. The resulting RNAs were used in folding assays on native gel electrophoresis and in self-splicing assays. The intron-only RNAs were subjected to the regular native purification scheme, assayed for folding and employed in crystallization screens. All RNAs that contained a 3' overhang of one nucleotide were efficiently cleaved off from the support and were at least 90% pure after the non-denaturing purification. A representative subset of these RNAs was shown to be folded and self-splicing after purification. Additionally, crystals were grown for a 286 nucleotide long variant of the Clostridium botulinum intron. These results demonstrate the suitability of the native affinity purification method for the preparation of group I introns. We hope these findings will stimulate a broader application of this strategy to the preparation of other large RNA molecules. PMID:19710925

  5. Coulomb interaction effect in tilted Weyl fermion in two dimensions

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    Isobe, Hiroki; Nagaosa, Naoto

    Weyl fermions with tilted linear dispersions characterized by several different velocities appear in some systems including the quasi-two-dimensional organic semiconductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3 and three-dimensional WTe2. The Coulomb interaction between electrons modifies the velocities in an essential way in the low energy limit, where the logarithmic corrections dominate. Taking into account the coupling to both the transverse and longitudinal electromagnetic fields, we derive the renormalization group equations for the velocities of the tilted Weyl fermions in two dimensions, and found that they increase as the energy decreases and eventually hit the velocity of light c to result in the Cherenkov radiation. Especially, the system restores the isotropic Weyl cone even when the bare Weyl cone is strongly tilted and the velocity of electrons becomes negative in certain directions.

  6. Quantum Transport of Disordered Weyl Semimetals at the Nodal Point

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    Sbierski, Björn; Pohl, Gregor; Bergholtz, Emil J.; Brouwer, Piet W.

    2014-07-01

    Weyl semimetals are paradigmatic topological gapless phases in three dimensions. We here address the effect of disorder on charge transport in Weyl semimetals. For a single Weyl node with energy at the degeneracy point and without interactions, theory predicts the existence of a critical disorder strength beyond which the density of states takes on a nonzero value. Predictions for the conductivity are divergent, however. In this work, we present a numerical study of transport properties for a disordered Weyl cone at zero energy. For weak disorder, our results are consistent with a renormalization group flow towards an attractive pseudoballistic fixed point with zero conductivity and a scale-independent conductance; for stronger disorder, diffusive behavior is reached. We identify the Fano factor as a signature that discriminates between these two regimes.

  7. Quantum transport of disordered Weyl semimetals at the nodal point.

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    Sbierski, Björn; Pohl, Gregor; Bergholtz, Emil J; Brouwer, Piet W

    2014-07-11

    Weyl semimetals are paradigmatic topological gapless phases in three dimensions. We here address the effect of disorder on charge transport in Weyl semimetals. For a single Weyl node with energy at the degeneracy point and without interactions, theory predicts the existence of a critical disorder strength beyond which the density of states takes on a nonzero value. Predictions for the conductivity are divergent, however. In this work, we present a numerical study of transport properties for a disordered Weyl cone at zero energy. For weak disorder, our results are consistent with a renormalization group flow towards an attractive pseudoballistic fixed point with zero conductivity and a scale-independent conductance; for stronger disorder, diffusive behavior is reached. We identify the Fano factor as a signature that discriminates between these two regimes. PMID:25062216

  8. Discretized Weyl-orbit functions: modified multiplication and Galois symmetry

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    Hrivnák, J.; Walton, M. A.

    2015-05-01

    We note a remarkable similarity between the discretized Weyl-orbit functions and affine modular data associated with Wess-Zumino-Novikov-Witten (WZNW) conformal field theories. Known properties of the modular data are exploited here to uncover analogous results for the discretized orbit functions. We show that the product of orbit functions is modified in analogy with the truncation of tensor products known as affine fusion, governing the interactions in WZNW models. A Galois symmetry, like that of affine modular data, is also described for the discretized orbit functions.

  9. STM studies of Weyl semimetals

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    Inoue, Hiroyuki; Gyenis, Andras; Oh, Seong Woo; Li, Jian; Wang, Zhi Jun; Bernevig, Andrei; Ni, Ni; Yazdani, Ali

    Weyl semimetal exhibits a new gapless topological phase, which is characterized by an even number of band touching points of two non-degenerate bands in the bulk, called Weyl nodes. The surfaces of these compounds are expected to harbor topologically protected surface states with disconnected Fermi surfaces, called Fermi arcs, which connect surface projections of the Weyl nodes with opposing Chern numbers. Among the theoretically predicted Weyl semimetals, there have been several experimental reports on the presence of Fermi arcs in inversion-symmetry-broken monoarsenides, such as TaAs. In this talk, we will present atomic-scale imaging and spectroscopic mapping of the electronic properties of TaAs and other Weyl semimetal candidates. Such measurements have the potential to directly visualize the Fermi arc surface states of these compounds and to probe their properties. This work is supported by ARO and NSF.

  10. On the Weyl curvature hypothesis

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    Stoica, Ovidiu Cristinel

    2013-11-15

    The Weyl curvature hypothesis of Penrose attempts to explain the high homogeneity and isotropy, and the very low entropy of the early universe, by conjecturing the vanishing of the Weyl tensor at the Big-Bang singularity. In previous papers it has been proposed an equivalent form of Einstein’s equation, which extends it and remains valid at an important class of singularities (including in particular the Schwarzschild, FLRW, and isotropic singularities). Here it is shown that if the Big-Bang singularity is from this class, it also satisfies the Weyl curvature hypothesis. As an application, we study a very general example of cosmological models, which generalizes the FLRW model by dropping the isotropy and homogeneity constraints. This model also generalizes isotropic singularities, and a class of singularities occurring in Bianchi cosmologies. We show that the Big-Bang singularity of this model is of the type under consideration, and satisfies therefore the Weyl curvature hypothesis. -- Highlights: •The singularities we introduce are described by finite geometric/physical objects. •Our singularities have smooth Riemann and Weyl curvatures. •We show they satisfy Penrose’s Weyl curvature hypothesis (Weyl=0 at singularities). •Examples: FLRW, isotropic singularities, an extension of Schwarzschild’s metric. •Example: a large class of singularities which may be anisotropic and inhomogeneous.

  11. High affinity group III mGluRs regulate mossy fiber input to CA3 interneurons

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    Cosgrove, Kathleen E.; Meriney, Stephen D.; Barrionuevo, Germán

    2010-01-01

    Stratum lacunosum-moleculare interneurons (L-Mi) in hippocampal area CA3 target the apical dendrite of pyramidal cells providing feedforward inhibition. Here we report that selective activation of group III metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) 4/8 with L-(+)-2-amino-4-phosphnobytyric acid (L-AP4; 10 μM) decreased the probability of glutamate release from the mossy fiber (MF) terminals synapsing onto L-Mi. Consistent with this interpretation, application of L-AP4 in the presence of 3 mM strontium decreased the frequency of asynchronous MF EPSCs in L-Mi. Furthermore, the dose response curve showed that L-AP4 at 400 μM produced no further decrease in MF EPSC amplitude compared to 20 μM L-AP4, indicating the lack of mGluRs 7 at these MF terminals. We also found that one mechanism of mGluRs 4/8-mediated inhibition of release is linked to N-type voltage gated calcium channels at MF terminals. Application of the group III mGluR antagonist MSOP (100 μM) demonstrated that mGluRs 4/8 are neither tonically active nor activated by low and moderate frequencies of activity. However, trains of stimuli to the MF at 20 and 40Hz delivered during the application of MSOP revealed a relief of inhibition of transmitter release and an increase in the overall probability of action potential firing in the postsynaptic L-Mi. Interestingly, the time to first action potential was significantly shorter in the presence of MSOP, indicating that mGluR 4/8 activation delays L-Mi firing in response to MF activity. Taken together, our data demonstrate that the timing and probability of action potentials in L-Mi evoked by MF synaptic input is regulated by the activation of presynaptic high affinity group III mGluRs. PMID:20824730

  12. Self-affinities for the amplitude and the wavelength of folds: A general renormalization-group argument

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    Kikuchi, K.; Nagahama, H.

    2013-12-01

    A method to analyze self-affinities is introduced and applied to the large scale fold geometries of Quaternary and Tertiary sediments in the inner belt of the Northeast Honshu Arc, Japan (Kikuchi et al. 2013). Based on this analysis, their geometries are self-affine and can be differently scaled in different directions. They recognize the self-affinities for the amplitude and the wavelength of folds and a crossover from local to global altitude (vertical) variation of the geometries of folds in the Northeast Honshu Arc. Moreover, they discuss self-affinity for the crustal deformation is related to the b-value in Gutenberg-Richter's law, the fractal dimension and the uniformity of the crustal fragmentation. Softening behaviour can lead to localisation of fold packets in layered materials and a progression to chaos with fractal geometries (Hunt and Wadee, 1991). Why do fractal geometries exist and what is the control on the fractal dimension that is responsible for temperature and strain-rate dependence?(Ord and Hobbs, 2011). Shimamoto (1974) examined the conditions of similarity for geometrically similar systems of inhomogeneous viscous Newtonian fluids under similar boundary conditions, making use of the method of dimensional analysis (Buckingham's Pi-theorem). Then, based on the completely similarity, he vividly derived a relationship between the wavelength of fold and initial thickness of folded layer. Buckingham's Pi-theorem is sufficient to the first problems of fold systems. But the complete similarity can not give us the self-affinities of folds. A general renormalization-group argument is proposed to the applicability of the incomplete self-similarity theory (Barenblatt, 1979). So in this paper, based on the general renormalization-group argument, we derive the self-affinities for the amplitude and the wavelength of folds. Keywords: Fold, Self-Affinities, Dimensional Analysis, Pi-theorem, Incomplete self-similarity R e f e r e n c e s Barenblatt, G.I. (1979

  13. Nonassociative Weyl star products

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    Kupriyanov, V. G.; Vassilevich, D. V.

    2015-09-01

    Deformation quantization is a formal deformation of the algebra of smooth functions on some manifold. In the classical setting, the Poisson bracket serves as an initial conditions, while the associativity allows to proceed to higher orders. Some applications to string theory require deformation in the direction of a quasi-Poisson bracket (that does not satisfy the Jacobi identity). This initial condition is incompatible with associativity, it is quite unclear which restrictions can be imposed on the deformation. We show that for any quasi-Poisson bracket the deformation quantization exists and is essentially unique if one requires (weak) hermiticity and the Weyl condition. We also propose an iterative procedure that allows one to compute the star product up to any desired order.

  14. Protecting group-free immobilization of glycans for affinity chromatography using glycosylsulfonohydrazide donors.

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    Hernandez Armada, Daniel; Santos, Jobette T; Richards, Michele R; Cairo, Christopher W

    2015-11-19

    A variety of applications in glycobiology exploit affinity chromatography through the immobilization of glycans to a solid support. Although several strategies are known, they may provide certain advantages or disadvantages in how the sugar is attached to the affinity matrix. Additionally, the products of some methods may be hard to characterize chemically due to non-specific reactions. The lack of specificity in standard immobilization reactions makes affinity chromatography with expensive oligosaccharides challenging. As a result, methods for specific and efficient immobilization of oligosaccharides remain of interest. Herein, we present a method for the immobilization of saccharides using N'-glycosylsulfonohydrazide (GSH) carbohydrate donors. We have compared GSH immobilization to known strategies, including the use of divinyl sulfone (DVS) and cyanuric chloride (CC), for the generation of affinity matrices. We compared immobilization methods by determining their immobilization efficiency, based on a comparison of the mass of immobilized carbohydrate and the concentration of active binding sites (determined using lectins). Our results indicate that immobilization using GSH donors can provide comparable amounts of carbohydrate epitopes on solid support while consuming almost half of the material required for DVS immobilization. The lectin binding capacity observed for these two methods suggests that GSH immobilization is more efficient. We propose that this method of oligosaccharide immobilization will be an important tool for glycobiologists working with precious glycan samples purified from biological sources. PMID:26454791

  15. Electromagnetic response of Weyl semimetals.

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    Vazifeh, M M; Franz, M

    2013-07-12

    It has been suggested recently, based on subtle field-theoretical considerations, that the electromagnetic response of Weyl semimetals and the closely related Weyl insulators can be characterized by an axion term θE·B with space and time dependent axion angle θ(r,t). Here we construct a minimal lattice model of the Weyl medium and study its electromagnetic response by a combination of analytical and numerical techniques. We confirm the existence of the anomalous Hall effect expected on the basis of the field theory treatment. We find, contrary to the latter, that chiral magnetic effect (that is, ground state charge current induced by the applied magnetic field) is absent in both the semimetal and the insulator phase. We elucidate the reasons for this discrepancy. PMID:23889433

  16. Weyl's Lagrangian in teleparallel form

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    Burnett, James; Vassiliev, Dmitri

    2009-10-15

    The Weyl Lagrangian is the massless Dirac Lagrangian. The dynamical variable in the Weyl Lagrangian is a spinor field. We provide a mathematically equivalent representation in terms of a different dynamical variable - the coframe (an orthonormal tetrad of covector fields). We show that when written in terms of this dynamical variable, the Weyl Lagrangian becomes remarkably simple: it is the wedge product of axial torsion of the teleparallel connection with a teleparallel lightlike element of the coframe. We also examine the issues of U(1)-invariance and conformal invariance. Examination of the latter motivates us to introduce a positive scalar field (equivalent to a density) as an additional dynamical variable; this makes conformal invariance self-evident.

  17. Quantum Weyl invariance and cosmology

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    Dabholkar, Atish

    2016-09-01

    Equations for cosmological evolution are formulated in a Weyl invariant formalism to take into account possible Weyl anomalies. Near two dimensions, the renormalized cosmological term leads to a nonlocal energy-momentum tensor and a slowly decaying vacuum energy. A natural generalization to four dimensions implies a quantum modification of Einstein field equations at long distances. It offers a new perspective on time-dependence of couplings and naturalness with potentially far-reaching consequences for the cosmological constant problem, inflation, and dark energy.

  18. Star product and contact Weyl manifold

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    Yoshioka, Akira

    2016-09-01

    Contact algebra is introduced, which is a Lie algebra given as a one-dimesional exrention of a Weyl algebra. A contact Lie algebra bundle called a contact Weyl manifold is considered over a symplectic manifold which contains a Weyl manifold as a subbundle. A relationship is discussed between deformation quantization on s symplectic manifold and a Weyl manifold over the symplectic manifold. The contact Weyl manifold has a canonical connection which gives rise the relation, and is regarded as an extension of Fedosov connection.

  19. Anomalous Hall effect in Weyl superconductors

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    Bednik, G.; Zyuzin, A. A.; Burkov, A. A.

    2016-08-01

    We present a theory of the anomalous Hall effect in a topological Weyl superconductor with broken time reversal symmetry. Specifically, we consider a ferromagnetic Weyl metal with two Weyl nodes of opposite chirality near the Fermi energy. In the presence of inversion symmetry, such a metal experiences a weak-coupling Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer instability, with pairing of parity-related eigenstates. Due to the nonzero topological charge, carried by the Weyl nodes, such a superconductor is necessarily topologically nontrivial, with Majorana surface states coexisting with the Fermi arcs of the normal Weyl metal. We demonstrate that, surprisingly, the anomalous Hall conductivity of such a superconducting Weyl metal coincides with that of a nonsuperconducting one, under certain conditions, in spite of the nonconservation of charge in a superconductor. We relate this to the existence of an extra (nearly) conserved quantity in a Weyl metal, the chiral charge.

  20. The Weyl Definition of Redshifts

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    Harvey, Alex

    2012-01-01

    In 1923, Weyl published a (not widely known) protocol for the calculation of redshifts. It is completely independent of the origin of the shift and treats it as a pure Doppler shift. The method is comprehensive and depends solely on the relation between the world lines of source and observer. It has the merit of simplicity of statement and…

  1. Photonic Weyl degeneracies in magnetized plasma

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    Gao, Wenlong; Yang, Biao; Lawrence, Mark; Fang, Fengzhou; Béri, Benjamin; Zhang, Shuang

    2016-01-01

    Weyl particles are elusive relativistic fermionic particles with vanishing mass. While not having been found as an elementary particle, they are found to emerge in solid-state materials where three-dimensional bands develop a topologically protected point-like crossing, a so-called Weyl point. Photonic Weyl points have been recently realised in three-dimensional photonic crystals with complex structures. Here we report the presence of a novel type of plasmonic Weyl points in a naturally existing medium—magnetized plasma, in which Weyl points arise as crossings between purely longitudinal plasma modes and transverse helical propagating modes. These photonic Weyl points are right at the critical transition between a Weyl point with the traditional closed finite equifrequency surfaces and the newly proposed ‘type II' Weyl points with open equifrequency surfaces. Striking observable features of plasmon Weyl points include a half k-plane chirality manifested in electromagnetic reflection. Our study introduces Weyl physics into homogeneous photonic media, which could pave way for realizing new topological photonic devices. PMID:27506514

  2. Photonic Weyl degeneracies in magnetized plasma.

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    Gao, Wenlong; Yang, Biao; Lawrence, Mark; Fang, Fengzhou; Béri, Benjamin; Zhang, Shuang

    2016-01-01

    Weyl particles are elusive relativistic fermionic particles with vanishing mass. While not having been found as an elementary particle, they are found to emerge in solid-state materials where three-dimensional bands develop a topologically protected point-like crossing, a so-called Weyl point. Photonic Weyl points have been recently realised in three-dimensional photonic crystals with complex structures. Here we report the presence of a novel type of plasmonic Weyl points in a naturally existing medium-magnetized plasma, in which Weyl points arise as crossings between purely longitudinal plasma modes and transverse helical propagating modes. These photonic Weyl points are right at the critical transition between a Weyl point with the traditional closed finite equifrequency surfaces and the newly proposed 'type II' Weyl points with open equifrequency surfaces. Striking observable features of plasmon Weyl points include a half k-plane chirality manifested in electromagnetic reflection. Our study introduces Weyl physics into homogeneous photonic media, which could pave way for realizing new topological photonic devices. PMID:27506514

  3. Photonic Weyl degeneracies in magnetized plasma

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    Gao, Wenlong; Yang, Biao; Lawrence, Mark; Fang, Fengzhou; Béri, Benjamin; Zhang, Shuang

    2016-08-01

    Weyl particles are elusive relativistic fermionic particles with vanishing mass. While not having been found as an elementary particle, they are found to emerge in solid-state materials where three-dimensional bands develop a topologically protected point-like crossing, a so-called Weyl point. Photonic Weyl points have been recently realised in three-dimensional photonic crystals with complex structures. Here we report the presence of a novel type of plasmonic Weyl points in a naturally existing medium--magnetized plasma, in which Weyl points arise as crossings between purely longitudinal plasma modes and transverse helical propagating modes. These photonic Weyl points are right at the critical transition between a Weyl point with the traditional closed finite equifrequency surfaces and the newly proposed `type II' Weyl points with open equifrequency surfaces. Striking observable features of plasmon Weyl points include a half k-plane chirality manifested in electromagnetic reflection. Our study introduces Weyl physics into homogeneous photonic media, which could pave way for realizing new topological photonic devices.

  4. Chiral anomaly and transport in Weyl metals

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    Burkov, A. A.

    2015-03-01

    We present an overview of our recent work on transport phenomena in Weyl metals, which may be connected to their nontrivial topological properties, particularly to chiral anomaly. We argue that there are two basic phenomena, which are related to chiral anomaly in Weyl metals: anomalous Hall effect (AHE) and chiral magnetic effect (CME). While AHE is in principle present in any ferromagnetic metal, we demonstrate that a magnetic Weyl metal is distinguished from an ordinary ferromagnetic metal by the absence of the extrinsic and the Fermi surface part of the intrinsic contributions to the AHE, as long as the Fermi energy is sufficiently close to the Weyl nodes. The AHE in a Weyl metal is thus shown to be a purely intrinsic, universal property, fully determined by the location of the Weyl nodes in the first Brillouin zone. In other words, a ferromagnetic Weyl metal may be thought of as the only example of a ferromagnetic metal with a purely intrinsic AHE. We further develop a fully microscopic theory of diffusive magnetotransport in Weyl metals. We derive coupled diffusion equations for the total and axial (i.e. node-antisymmetric) charge densities and show that chiral anomaly manifests as a magnetic-field-induced coupling between them. We demonstrate that an experimentally-observable consequence of CME in magnetotransport in Weyl metals is a quadratic negative magnetoresistance, which will dominate all other contributions to magnetoresistance under certain conditions and may be regarded as a smoking-gun transport characteristic, unique to Weyl metals.

  5. Chiral anomaly and transport in Weyl metals.

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    Burkov, A A

    2015-03-25

    We present an overview of our recent work on transport phenomena in Weyl metals, which may be connected to their nontrivial topological properties, particularly to chiral anomaly. We argue that there are two basic phenomena, which are related to chiral anomaly in Weyl metals: anomalous Hall effect (AHE) and chiral magnetic effect (CME). While AHE is in principle present in any ferromagnetic metal, we demonstrate that a magnetic Weyl metal is distinguished from an ordinary ferromagnetic metal by the absence of the extrinsic and the Fermi surface part of the intrinsic contributions to the AHE, as long as the Fermi energy is sufficiently close to the Weyl nodes. The AHE in a Weyl metal is thus shown to be a purely intrinsic, universal property, fully determined by the location of the Weyl nodes in the first Brillouin zone. In other words, a ferromagnetic Weyl metal may be thought of as the only example of a ferromagnetic metal with a purely intrinsic AHE. We further develop a fully microscopic theory of diffusive magnetotransport in Weyl metals. We derive coupled diffusion equations for the total and axial (i.e. node-antisymmetric) charge densities and show that chiral anomaly manifests as a magnetic-field-induced coupling between them. We demonstrate that an experimentally-observable consequence of CME in magnetotransport in Weyl metals is a quadratic negative magnetoresistance, which will dominate all other contributions to magnetoresistance under certain conditions and may be regarded as a smoking-gun transport characteristic, unique to Weyl metals. PMID:25712419

  6. Cambrian origins and affinities of an enigmatic fossil group of arthropods.

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    Vaccari, N E; Edgecombe, G D; Escudero, C

    2004-07-29

    Euthycarcinoids are one of the most enigmatic arthropod groups, having been assigned to nearly all major clades of Arthropoda. Recent work has endorsed closest relationships with crustaceans or a myriapod-hexapod assemblage, a basal position in the Euarthropoda, or a placement in the Hexapoda or hexapod stem group. Euthycarcinoids are known from 13 species ranging in age from Late Ordovician or Early Silurian to Middle Triassic, all in freshwater or brackish water environments. Here we describe a euthycarcinoid from marine strata in Argentina dating from the latest Cambrian period, extending the group's record back as much as 50 million years. Despite its antiquity and marine occurrence, the Cambrian species demonstrates that morphological details were conserved in the transition to fresh water. Trackways in the same unit as the euthycarcinoid strengthen arguments that similar traces of subaerial origin from Cambro-Ordovician rocks were made by euthycarcinoids. Large mandibles in euthycarcinoids are confirmed by the Cambrian species. A morphology-based phylogeny resolves euthycarcinoids as stem-group Mandibulata, sister to the Myriapoda and Crustacea plus Hexapoda. PMID:15282604

  7. The Hermann Weyl Prize - Laudatio for Guilio Chiribella

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    del Olmo, M. A.

    2011-03-01

    The Hermann Weyl Prize was created in 2000 by the Standing Committee of the International Group Theory Colloquium. The purpose of the Weyl Prize is to provide recognition for young scientists (younger than 35) who have performed original work of significant scientific quality in the area of understanding physics through symmetries. The Hermann Weyl Prize consists of a certificate citing the accomplishments of the recipient, prize money of $500 and an allowance towards the attendance of the bi-annual International Group Theory Colloquium at which the award is presented. The previous winners of the award were: Edward Frenkel (2002), Nikita A Nekrasov (2004), Boyko Bakalov (2006) and Mohammad M Sheikh-Jabbari (2008). The Selection Committee of the Weyl Prize 2010 consisted of S T Ali (Concordia University), E Corrigan (Durham Univeristy), P Kulish (St Petersburg Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences), R Mosseri (CNRS Paris) and M A del Olmo (University of Valladolid, chairman). This committee has made the following announcement: The Weyl Prize for the year 2010 was awarded to Dr Giulio Chiribella, in recognition of his pioneering work on the application of group theoretical methods in Quantum Information Theory. In particular, for providing a general solution to the problem of optimal estimation of symmertry transformations based on the notion of quantum entanglement between representation and multiplicity spaces, for the derivation of optimal protocols for the alignment of quantum reference frames, for the characterization of extreme quantum measurements in finite dimensions, for the proof of equivalence between asymptotic cloning and state estimation and for the proof of the optimality of measure-and-reprepare for quantum learning of unitary transformations. The Laudatio of Guilio Chiribella, delivered by M A del Olmo, is included in the PDF.

  8. Spacetimes with vector distortion: Inflation from generalised Weyl geometry

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    Beltrán Jiménez, Jose; Koivisto, Tomi S.

    2016-05-01

    Spacetime with general linear vector distortion is introduced. Thus, the torsion and the nonmetricity of the affine connection are assumed to be proportional to a vector field (and not its derivatives). The resulting two-parameter family of non-Riemannian geometries generalises the conformal Weyl geometry and some other interesting special cases. Taking into account the leading nonlinear correction to the Einstein-Hilbert action results uniquely in the one-parameter extension of the Starobinsky inflation known as the alpha-attractor. The most general quadratic curvature action introduces, in addition to the canonical vector kinetic term, novel ghost-free vector-tensor interactions.

  9. Migration and genetic infrastructure of the Central American Guaymi and their affinities with other tribal groups.

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    Barrantes, R; Smouse, P E; Neel, J V; Mohrenweiser, H W; Gershowitz, H

    1982-06-01

    New genetic data on 40 red cell enzymes, antigenic blood groups, and serum proteins representing 42 separate loci, are reported for two Guaymi communities in Southeastern Costa Rica. These two settlements, Limoncito and Abrojo, are of recent origin, having been established by Panamanian migrants in the last 50 years. Detailed data on the provenance of these migrants permits an analysis of how these settlement patterns differ from those typical of less acculturated Amerindians from the lowlands of South America. The genetic compositions of these two communities are compared with those of previous Panamanian Guaymi samples, and several points are established: (1) One of the localities, Limoncito, contains families from both Guaymi dialect groups (eastern and western), and the allelic frequencies are intermediate between those of the dialect groups. (2) The other settlement, Abrojo, is quite similar to the western Guaymi, as expected from historical reconstruction of its antecedents. (3) In general, the degree of infratribal genetic diversity is less than that found in lowland South American tribes, and the difference may be due to a diffuse settlement pattern among the Guaymi. (4) The Guaymi are also compared genetically with other tribes in low Central America and northern South America, and appear to be similar to their immediate Chibcha neighbors to the east and west. The implications of a pair of "private polymorphisms" are discussed in the context of the time of dialectic and tribal divergence in this zone. PMID:6180642

  10. Hyperbolic Weyl Point in Reciprocal Chiral Metamaterials

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    Xiao, Meng; Lin, Qian; Fan, Shanhui

    2016-07-01

    We report the existence of Weyl points in a class of noncentral symmetric metamaterials, which has time reversal symmetry, but does not have inversion symmetry due to chiral coupling between electric and magnetic fields. This class of metamaterial exhibits either type-I or type-II Weyl points depending on its nonlocal response. We also provide a physical realization of such metamaterial consisting of an array of metal wires in the shape of elliptical helices which exhibits type-II Weyl points.

  11. Extending the ADM formalism to Weyl geometry

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    Barreto, A. B.; Almeida, T. S.; Romero, C.

    2015-03-26

    In order to treat quantum cosmology in the framework of Weyl spacetimes we take the first step of extending the Arnowitt-Deser-Misner formalism to Weyl geometry. We then obtain an expression of the curvature tensor in terms of spatial quantities by splitting spacetime in (3+l)-dimensional form. We next write the Lagrangian of the gravitation field based in Weyl-type gravity theory. We extend the general relativistic formalism in such a way that it can be applied to investigate the quantum cosmology of models whose spacetimes are endowed with a Weyl geometrical structure.

  12. Observation of Weyl fermions in condensed matter

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    Ding, Hong

    In 1929, a German mathematician and physicist Hermann Weyl proposed that a massless solution of the Dirac equation represents a pair of new type of particles, the so-called Weyl fermions. However, their existence in particle physics remains elusive after more than eight decades, e.g., neutrino has been regarded as a Weyl fermion in the Standard Model until it was found to have mass. Recently, significant advances in topological materials have provided an alternative way to realize Weyl fermions in condensed matter as an emergent phenomenon. Weyl semimetals are predicted as a class of topological materials that can be regarded as three-dimensional analogs of graphene breaking time reversal or inversion symmetry. Electrons in a Weyl semimetal behave exactly as Weyl fermions, which have many exotic properties, such as chiral anomaly, magnetic monopoles in the crystal momentum space, and open Fermi arcs on the surface. In this talk I will report our experimental discovery of a Weyl semimetal in TaAs by observing Fermi arcs with a characteristic spin texture in the surface states and Weyl nodes in the bulk states using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

  13. Topological photonic crystal with ideal Weyl points

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    Wang, Luyang; Jian, Shao-Kai; Yao, Hong

    Weyl points in three-dimensional photonic crystals behave as monopoles of Berry flux in momentum space. Here, based on symmetry analysis, we show that a minimal number of symmetry-related Weyl points can be realized in time-reversal invariant photonic crystals. We propose to realize these ``ideal'' Weyl points in modified double-gyroid photonic crystals, which is confirmed by our first-principle photonic band-structure calculations. Photonic crystals with ideal Weyl points are qualitatively advantageous in applications such as angular and frequency selectivity, broadband invisibility cloaking, and broadband 3D-imaging.

  14. Topological photonic crystal with equifrequency Weyl points

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    Wang, Luyang; Jian, Shao-Kai; Yao, Hong

    2016-06-01

    Weyl points in three-dimensional photonic crystals behave as monopoles of Berry flux in momentum space. Here, based on general symmetry analysis, we show that a minimal number of four symmetry-related (consequently equifrequency) Weyl points can be realized in time-reversal invariant photonic crystals. We further propose an experimentally feasible way to modify double-gyroid photonic crystals to realize four equifrequency Weyl points, which is explicitly confirmed by our first-principle photonic band-structure calculations. Remarkably, photonic crystals with equifrequency Weyl points are qualitatively advantageous in applications including angular selectivity, frequency selectivity, invisibility cloaking, and three-dimensional imaging.

  15. S-functions, spectral functions of hyperbolic geometry, and vertex operators with applications to structure for Weyl and orthogonal group invariants

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    Bytsenko, A. A.; Chaichian, M.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we analyze the quantum homological invariants (the Poincaré polynomials of the slN link homology). In the case when the dimensions of homologies of appropriate topological spaces are precisely known, the procedure of the calculation of the Kovanov-Rozansky type homology, based on the Euler-Poincaré formula can be appreciably simplified. We express the formal character of the irreducible tensor representation of the classical groups in terms of the symmetric and spectral functions of hyperbolic geometry. On the basis of Labastida-Mariño-Ooguri-Vafa conjecture, we derive a representation of the Chern-Simons partition function in the form of an infinite product in terms of the Ruelle spectral functions (the cases of a knot, unknot, and links have been considered). We also derive an infinite-product formula for the orthogonal Chern-Simons partition functions and analyze the singularities and the symmetry properties of the infinite-product structures.

  16. Classification of stable Dirac and Weyl semimetals with reflection and rotational symmetry

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    Gao, Zihao; Hua, Meng; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Xiao

    2016-05-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) Dirac and Weyl semimetals are novel states of quantum matter. We classify stable 3D Dirac and Weyl semimetals with reflection and rotational symmetry in the presence of time reversal symmetry and spin-orbit coupling, which belong to seventeen different point groups. They have two classes of reflection symmetry, with the mirror plane parallel and perpendicular to rotation axis. In both cases two types of Dirac points, existing through accidental band crossing (ABC) or at a time reversal invariant momentum (TBC), are determined by four different reflection symmetries. We classify those two types of Dirac points with a combination of different reflection and rotational symmetries. We further classify Dirac and Weyl line nodes to show in which types of mirror plane they can exist. Finally we discuss that Weyl line nodes and Dirac points can exist at the same time taking C4 v symmetry as an example.

  17. Coulomb Interaction Effect in Weyl Fermions with Tilted Energy Dispersion in Two Dimensions.

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    Isobe, Hiroki; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-03-18

    Weyl fermions with tilted linear dispersions characterized by several different velocities appear in some systems including the quasi-two-dimensional organic semiconductor α-(BEDT-TTF)_{2}I_{3} and three-dimensional WTe_{2}. The Coulomb interaction between electrons modifies the velocities in an essential way in the low-energy limit, where the logarithmic corrections dominate. Taking into account the coupling to both the transverse and longitudinal electromagnetic fields, we derive the renormalization group equations for the velocities of the tilted Weyl fermions in two dimensions, and found that they increase as the energy decreases and eventually hit the speed of light c to result in the Cherenkov radiation. Especially, the system restores the isotropic Weyl cone even when the bare Weyl cone is strongly tilted and the velocity of electrons becomes negative in certain directions. PMID:27035318

  18. Coulomb Interaction Effect in Weyl Fermions with Tilted Energy Dispersion in Two Dimensions

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    Isobe, Hiroki; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-03-01

    Weyl fermions with tilted linear dispersions characterized by several different velocities appear in some systems including the quasi-two-dimensional organic semiconductor α -(BEDT -TTF )2I3 and three-dimensional WTe2 . The Coulomb interaction between electrons modifies the velocities in an essential way in the low-energy limit, where the logarithmic corrections dominate. Taking into account the coupling to both the transverse and longitudinal electromagnetic fields, we derive the renormalization group equations for the velocities of the tilted Weyl fermions in two dimensions, and found that they increase as the energy decreases and eventually hit the speed of light c to result in the Cherenkov radiation. Especially, the system restores the isotropic Weyl cone even when the bare Weyl cone is strongly tilted and the velocity of electrons becomes negative in certain directions.

  19. Surface plasmon polaritons in topological Weyl semimetals

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    Hofmann, Johannes; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2016-06-01

    We consider theoretically surface plasmon polaritons in Weyl semimetals. These materials contain pairs of band touching points—Weyl nodes—with a chiral topological charge, which induces an optical anisotropy and anomalous transport through the chiral anomaly. We show that these effects, which are not present in ordinary metals, have a direct fundamental manifestation in the surface plasmon dispersion. The retarded Weyl surface plasmon dispersion depends on the separation of the Weyl nodes in energy and momentum space. For Weyl semimetals with broken time-reversal symmetry, the distance between the nodes acts as an effective applied magnetic field in momentum space, and the Weyl surface plasmon polariton dispersion is strikingly similar to magnetoplasmons in ordinary metals. In particular, this implies the existence of nonreciprocal surface modes. In addition, we obtain the nonretarded Weyl magnetoplasmon modes, which acquire an additional longitudinal magnetic field dependence. These predicted surface plasmon results are observable manifestations of the chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetals and might have technological applications.

  20. G2(+)M study on N-alkylamino cation affinities of neutral main-group element hydrides: trends across the periodic table.

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    Geng, Song; Wu, Ding-Lu; Yang, Jing; Wei, Xi-Guang; Zhu, Jun; Zhang, Hai-Bo; Ren, Yi; Lau, Kai-Chung

    2014-05-01

    We have made an extensive theoretical exploration of gas-phase N-alkylamino cation affinities (NAAMCA), including amino cation affinities (AMCA) and N-dimethylamino cation affinities (NDMAMCA), of neutral main-group element hydrides of groups 15-17 and periods 2-4 in the periodic table by using the G2(+)M method. Some similarities and differences are found between NAAMCA and the corresponding alkyl cation affinities (ACA) of H(n)X. Our calculations show that the AMCA and NDMAMCA are systematically lower than the corresponding proton affinities (PA) for H(n)X. In general, there is no linear correlation between NAAMCA and PA of H(n)X. Instead, the correlations exist only within the central elements X in period 2, or periods 3-4, which is significantly different from the reasonable correlations between ACA and PA for all H(n)X. NAAMCA (H(n)X) are weaker than NAAMCA (H(n-1)X(-)) by more than 700 kJ/mol and generally stronger than ACA (H(n)X), with three exceptions: H2ONR2(+)(R = H, Me) and HFNH2(+). These new findings can be rationalized by the negative hyperconjugation and Pauli repulsion. PMID:24738576

  1. Interpretation of the Weyl tensor

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    Hofmann, Stefan; Niedermann, Florian; Schneider, Robert

    2013-09-01

    According to folklore in general relativity, the Weyl tensor can be decomposed into parts corresponding to Newton-like, incoming and outgoing wavelike field components. It is shown here that this one-to-one correspondence does not hold for space-time geometries with cylindrical isometries. This is done by investigating some well-known exact solutions of Einstein’s field equations with whole-cylindrical symmetry, for which the physical interpretation is very clear, but for which the standard Weyl interpretation would give contradictory results. For planar or spherical geometries, however, the standard interpretation works for both static and dynamical space-times. It is argued that one reason for the failure in the cylindrical case is that for waves spreading in two spatial dimensions there is no local criterion to distinguish incoming and outgoing waves already at the linear level. It turns out that Thorne’s local energy notion, subject to certain qualifications, provides an efficient diagnostic tool to extract the proper physical interpretation of the space-time geometry in the case of cylindrical configurations.

  2. Beyond Dirac and Weyl fermions: Unconventional quasiparticles in conventional crystals.

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    Bradlyn, Barry; Cano, Jennifer; Wang, Zhijun; Vergniory, M G; Felser, C; Cava, R J; Bernevig, B Andrei

    2016-08-01

    In quantum field theory, we learn that fermions come in three varieties: Majorana, Weyl, and Dirac. Here, we show that in solid-state systems this classification is incomplete, and we find several additional types of crystal symmetry-protected free fermionic excitations. We exhaustively classify linear and quadratic three-, six-, and eight-band crossings stabilized by space group symmetries in solid-state systems with spin-orbit coupling and time-reversal symmetry. Several distinct types of fermions arise, differentiated by their degeneracies at and along high-symmetry points, lines, and surfaces. Some notable consequences of these fermions are the presence of Fermi arcs in non-Weyl systems and the existence of Dirac lines. Ab initio calculations identify a number of materials that realize these exotic fermions close to the Fermi level. PMID:27445310

  3. Spin-1 Dirac-Weyl fermions protected by bipartite symmetry

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    Lin, Zeren; Liu, Zhirong

    2015-12-01

    We propose that bipartite symmetry allows spin-1 Dirac-Weyl points, a generalization of the spin-1/2 Dirac points in graphene, to appear as topologically protected at the Fermi level. In this spirit, we provide methodology to construct spin-1 Dirac-Weyl points of this kind in a given 2D space group and get the classification of the known spin-1 systems in the literature. We also apply the workflow to predict two new systems, P3m1-9 and P31m-15, to possess spin-1 at K/K' in the Brillouin zone of hexagonal lattice. Their stability under various strains is investigated and compared with that of T3, an extensively studied model of ultracold atoms trapped in optical lattice with spin-1 also at K/K'.

  4. Spin-1 Dirac-Weyl fermions protected by bipartite symmetry

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    Lin, Zeren; Liu, Zhirong

    2015-12-07

    We propose that bipartite symmetry allows spin-1 Dirac-Weyl points, a generalization of the spin-1/2 Dirac points in graphene, to appear as topologically protected at the Fermi level. In this spirit, we provide methodology to construct spin-1 Dirac-Weyl points of this kind in a given 2D space group and get the classification of the known spin-1 systems in the literature. We also apply the workflow to predict two new systems, P3m1-9 and P31m-15, to possess spin-1 at K/K′ in the Brillouin zone of hexagonal lattice. Their stability under various strains is investigated and compared with that of T{sub 3}, an extensively studied model of ultracold atoms trapped in optical lattice with spin-1 also at K/K′.

  5. Polynomial Extensions of the Weyl C*-Algebra

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    Accardi, Luigi; Dhahri, Ameur

    2015-09-01

    We introduce higher order (polynomial) extensions of the unique (up to isomorphisms) nontrivial central extension of the Heisenberg algebra, which can be concretely realized as sub-Lie algebras of the polynomial algebra generated by the creation and annihilation operators in the Schrödinger representation. The simplest nontrivial of these extensions (the quadratic one) is isomorphic to the Galilei algebra, widely studied in quantum physics. By exponentiation of this representation we construct the corresponding polynomial analogue of the Weyl C*-algebra and compute the polynomial Weyl relations. From this we deduce the explicit form of the composition law of the associated nonlinear extensions of the 1-dimensional Heisenberg group. The above results are used to calculate a simple explicit form of the vacuum characteristic functions of the nonlinear field operators of the Galilei algebra, as well as of their moments. The corresponding measures turn out to be an interpolation family between Gaussian and Meixner, in particular Gamma.

  6. Women Reading for Education, Affinity & Development (WREAD): An Evaluation of a Semistructured Reading Discussion Group for African American Female Adult-Literacy Students with Histories of Trauma

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    Jones, Jayatta D.

    2012-01-01

    Women Reading for Education, Affinity & Development (WREAD), a reading discussion group geared toward African American female adult-literacy students with self-defined histories of trauma, was an outgrowth of research identifying links between trauma, women's struggles with literacy, and the need to be conscious of emotional health…

  7. Involvement of nitrogen functional groups in high-affinity copper binding in tomato and wheat root apoplasts: spectroscopic and thermodynamic evidence.

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    Guigues, Stéphanie; Bravin, Matthieu N; Garnier, Cédric; Masion, Armand; Chevassus-Rosset, Claire; Cazevieille, Patrick; Doelsch, Emmanuel

    2016-03-16

    Carboxylic groups located in plant cell walls (CW) are generally considered to be the main copper binding sites in plant roots, despite the presence of other functional groups. The aim of this study was to investigate sites responsible for copper binding in root apoplasts, i.e. CW and outer surface of the plasma membrane (PM) continuum. Binding sites in root apoplasts were investigated by comparing isolated CW of a monocotyledon (Triticum aestivum L.) and dicotyledon (Solanum lycopersicum L.) crop with their respective whole roots. Copper speciation was examined by X-ray absorption (XAS) and (13)C-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies while the affinity of ligands involved in copper binding was investigated by modeling copper sorption isotherms. Homogeneous speciation and binding of copper was found in wheat and tomato root apoplasts. Only Cu-N and Cu-O bonds were detected in wheat and tomato root apoplasts. Nitrogen/oxygen ligands were identified in slightly higher proportions (40-70%) than single oxygen ligands. Furthermore, low- and high-affinity binding sites contributed in an almost equivalent proportion to copper binding in root apoplasts. The high-affinity N functional groups embedded in root apoplasts participated in copper binding in the same magnitude than the low-affinity carboxylic groups. PMID:26824877

  8. Hyperbolic Weyl Point in Reciprocal Chiral Metamaterials.

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    Xiao, Meng; Lin, Qian; Fan, Shanhui

    2016-07-29

    We report the existence of Weyl points in a class of noncentral symmetric metamaterials, which has time reversal symmetry, but does not have inversion symmetry due to chiral coupling between electric and magnetic fields. This class of metamaterial exhibits either type-I or type-II Weyl points depending on its nonlocal response. We also provide a physical realization of such metamaterial consisting of an array of metal wires in the shape of elliptical helices which exhibits type-II Weyl points. PMID:27517792

  9. Simple Method for Shiga Toxin 2e Purification by Affinity Chromatography via Binding to the Divinyl Sulfone Group

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    Arimitsu, Hideyuki; Sasaki, Keiko; Kojima, Hiroe; Yanaka, Tadashi; Tsuji, Takao

    2013-01-01

    Here we describe a simple affinity purification method for Shiga toxin 2e (Stx2e), a major causative factor of edema disease in swine. Escherichia coli strain MV1184 transformed with the expression plasmid pBSK-Stx2e produced Stx2e when cultivated in CAYE broth containing lincomycin. Stx2e bound to commercial D-galactose gel, containing α-D-galactose immobilized on agarose resin via a divinyl sulfone linker, and was eluted with phosphate-buffered saline containing 4.5 M MgCl2. A small amount of Stx2e bound to another commercial α-galactose-immobilized agarose resin, but not to β-galactose-immobilized resin. In addition, Stx2e bound to thiophilic adsorbent resin containing β-mercaptoethanol immobilized on agarose resin via a divinyl sulfone, and was purified in the same manner as from D-galactose gel, but the Stx2e sample contained some contamination. These results indicate that Stx2e bound to D-galactose gel mainly through the divinyl sulfone group on the resin and to a lesser extent through α-D-galactose. With these methods, the yields of Stx2e and attenuated mutant Stx2e (mStx2e) from 1 L of culture were approximately 36 mg and 27.7 mg, respectively, and the binding capacity of the D-galactose gel and thiophilic adsorbent resin for Stx2e was at least 20 mg per 1 ml of resin. In addition, using chimeric toxins with prototype Stx2 which did not bind to thiophilic adsorbent resin and some types of mutant Stx2e and Stx2 which contained inserted mutations in the B subunits, we found that, at the least, asparagine (amino acid 17 of the B subunits) was associated with Stx2e binding to the divinyl sulfone group. The mStx2e that was isolated exhibited vaccine effects in ICR mice, indicating that these methods are beneficial for large-scale preparation of Stx2e toxoid, which protects swine from edema disease. PMID:24340102

  10. Weyl corrections to holographic conductivity

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    Ritz, Adam; Ward, John

    2009-03-15

    For conformal field theories which admit a dual gravitational description in anti-de Sitter space, electrical transport properties, such as conductivity and charge diffusion, are determined by the dynamics of a U(1) gauge field in the bulk and thus obey universality relations at the classical level due to the uniqueness of the Maxwell action. We analyze corrections to these transport parameters due to higher-dimension operators in the bulk action, beyond the leading Maxwell term, of which the most significant involves a coupling to the bulk Weyl tensor. We show that the ensuing corrections to conductivity and the diffusion constant break the universal relation with the U(1) central charge observed at leading order, but are nonetheless subject to interesting bounds associated with causality in the boundary conformal field theory.

  11. Transversal magnetoresistance in Weyl semimetals

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    Klier, J.; Gornyi, I. V.; Mirlin, A. D.

    2015-11-01

    We explore theoretically the magnetoresistivity of three-dimensional Weyl and Dirac semimetals in transversal magnetic fields within two alternative models of disorder: (i) short-range impurities and (ii) charged (Coulomb) impurities. Impurity scattering is treated using the self-consistent Born approximation. We find that an unusual broadening of Landau levels leads to a variety of regimes of the resistivity scaling in the temperature-magnetic field plane. In particular, the magnetoresistance is nonmonotonous for the white-noise disorder model. For H →0 the magnetoresistance for short-range impurities vanishes in a nonanalytic way as H1 /3. In the limits of strongest magnetic fields H , the magnetoresistivity vanishes as 1 /H for pointlike impurities, while it is linear and positive in the model with Coulomb impurities.

  12. Conventionalism and integrable Weyl geometry

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    Pucheu, M. L.

    2015-03-01

    Since the appearance of Einstein's general relativity, gravitation has been associated to the space-time curvature. This theory introduced a geometrodynamic language which became a convenient tool to predict matter behaviour. However, the properties of space-time itself cannot be measurable by experiments. Taking Poincaré idea that the geometry of space-time is merely a convention, we show that the general theory of relativity can be completely reformulated in a more general setting, a generalization of Riemannian geometry, namely, the Weyl integrable geometry. The choice of this new mathematical language implies, among other things, that the path of particles and light rays should now correspond to Weylian geodesies. Such modification in the dynamic of bodies brings a new perception of physical phenomena that we will explore.

  13. Quantum Materials: Weyl fermions go into orbit

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    Dai, Xi

    2016-08-01

    Due to their chirality, the massless fermions inside Weyl semimetals can take unusual paths that are governed by chiral dynamics, potentially providing a direct method to explore their topological nature.

  14. Weyl's Abandonment of Unified Field Theory

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    Sieroka, Norman

    2015-01-01

    In 1918, Hermann Weyl proposed a generalisation of Riemannian geometry, in order to unify general relativity and electrodynamics. This paper investigates the physical, mathematical and philosophical reasons for his subsequent abandonment of any such attempt towards a unified field theory.

  15. Five-dimensional generalization of the topological Weyl semimetal

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    Lian, Biao; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2016-07-01

    We generalize the concept of three-dimensional topological Weyl semimetals to a class of five dimensional (5D) gapless solids, where Weyl points are generalized to Weyl surfaces which are two-dimensional closed manifolds in the momentum space. Each Weyl surface is characterized by a U (1 ) second Chern number C2 defined on a four-dimensional manifold enclosing the Weyl surface, which is equal to its topological linking number with other Weyl surfaces in 5D. In analogy to the Weyl semimetals, the surface states of the 5D metal take the form of topologically protected Weyl fermion arcs, which connect the projections of the bulk Weyl surfaces. The further generalization of topological metals in 2 n +1 dimensions carrying the n th Chern number Cn is also discussed.

  16. Metric reconstruction from Weyl scalars

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    Whiting, Bernard F.; Price, Larry R.

    2005-08-01

    The Kerr geometry has remained an elusive world in which to explore physics and delve into the more esoteric implications of general relativity. Following the discovery, by Kerr in 1963, of the metric for a rotating black hole, the most major advance has been an understanding of its Weyl curvature perturbations based on Teukolsky's discovery of separable wave equations some ten years later. In the current research climate, where experiments across the globe are preparing for the first detection of gravitational waves, a more complete understanding than concerns just the Weyl curvature is now called for. To understand precisely how comparatively small masses move in response to the gravitational waves they emit, a formalism has been developed based on a description of the whole spacetime metric perturbation in the neighbourhood of the emission region. Presently, such a description is not available for the Kerr geometry. While there does exist a prescription for obtaining metric perturbations once curvature perturbations are known, it has become apparent that there are gaps in that formalism which are still waiting to be filled. The most serious gaps include gauge inflexibility, the inability to include sources—which are essential when the emitting masses are considered—and the failure to describe the ell = 0 and 1 perturbation properties. Among these latter properties of the perturbed spacetime, arising from a point mass in orbit, are the perturbed mass and axial component of angular momentum, as well as the very elusive Carter constant for non-axial angular momentum. A status report is given on recent work which begins to repair these deficiencies in our current incomplete description of Kerr metric perturbations.

  17. Thermodynamics and entanglement entropy with Weyl corrections

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    Dey, Anshuman; Mahapatra, Subhash; Sarkar, Tapobrata

    2016-07-01

    We consider charged black holes in four-dimensional anti-de Sitter space, in the presence of a Weyl correction. We obtain the solution including the effect of backreaction, perturbatively up to first order in the Weyl coupling, and study its thermodynamic properties. This is complemented by a calculation of the holographic entanglement entropy of the boundary theory. The consistency of results obtained from both computations is established.

  18. Linear dependencies in Weyl-Heisenberg orbits

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    Dang, Hoan Bui; Blanchfield, Kate; Bengtsson, Ingemar; Appleby, D. M.

    2013-11-01

    Five years ago, Lane Hughston showed that some of the symmetric informationally complete positive operator valued measures (SICs) in dimension 3 coincide with the Hesse configuration (a structure well known to algebraic geometers, which arises from the torsion points of a certain elliptic curve). This connection with elliptic curves is signalled by the presence of linear dependencies among the SIC vectors. Here we look for analogous connections between SICs and algebraic geometry by performing computer searches for linear dependencies in higher dimensional SICs. We prove that linear dependencies will always emerge in Weyl-Heisenberg orbits when the fiducial vector lies in a certain subspace of an order 3 unitary matrix. This includes SICs when the dimension is divisible by 3 or equal to 8 mod 9. We examine the linear dependencies in dimension 6 in detail and show that smaller dimensional SICs are contained within this structure, potentially impacting the SIC existence problem. We extend our results to look for linear dependencies in orbits when the fiducial vector lies in an eigenspace of other elements of the Clifford group that are not order 3. Finally, we align our work with recent studies on representations of the Clifford group.

  19. Critical exponents at the unconventional disorder-driven transition in a Weyl semimetal

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    Syzranov, S. V.; Ostrovsky, P. M.; Gurarie, V.; Radzihovsky, L.

    2016-04-01

    Disordered noninteracting systems in sufficiently high dimensions have been predicted to display a non-Anderson disorder-driven transition that manifests itself in the critical behavior of the density of states and other physical observables. Recently, the critical properties of this transition have been extensively studied for the specific case of Weyl semimetals by means of numerical and renormalisation-group approaches. Despite this, the values of the critical exponents at such a transition in a Weyl semimetal are currently under debate. We present an independent calculation of the critical exponents using a two-loop renormalization-group approach for Weyl fermions in 2 -ɛ dimensions and resolve controversies currently existing in the literature.

  20. Interplay between interaction and chiral anomaly: Anisotropy in the electrical resistivity of interacting Weyl metals

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    Jho, Yong-Soo; Kim, Ki-Seok

    2013-05-01

    We predict that long-range interactions give rise to anisotropy in the electrical resistivity of Weyl metals at low temperatures, where the electrical resistivity becomes much reduced when electric fields are applied to the direction of the momentum vector to connect two paired Weyl points. Performing the renormalization group analysis, we find that the distance between two Weyl points becomes enhanced logarithmically at low temperatures although the coupling constant of such interactions vanishes inverse-logarithmically. Considering the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly, scattering between these two Weyl points becomes suppressed to increase electrical conductivity in the “longitudinal” direction, counter intuitive in the respect that interactions are expected to reduce metallicity. We also propose that the anomalous contribution in the Hall effect shows the logarithmic enhancement as a function of temperature, originating from the fact that the anomalous Hall coefficient turns out to be proportional to the distance between two paired Weyl points. Correlations with topological constraints allow unexpected and exotic transport properties.

  1. Weyl gravity and Cartan geometry

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    Attard, J.; François, J.; Lazzarini, S.

    2016-04-01

    We point out that the Cartan geometry known as the second-order conformal structure provides a natural differential geometric framework underlying gauge theories of conformal gravity. We are concerned with two theories: the first one is the associated Yang-Mills-like Lagrangian, while the second, inspired by [1], is a slightly more general one that relaxes the conformal Cartan geometry. The corresponding gauge symmetry is treated within the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin language. We show that the Weyl gauge potential is a spurious degree of freedom, analogous to a Stueckelberg field, that can be eliminated through the dressing field method. We derive sets of field equations for both the studied Lagrangians. For the second one, they constrain the gauge field to be the "normal conformal Cartan connection.''Finally, we provide in a Lagrangian framework a justification of the identification, in dimension 4, of the Bach tensor with the Yang-Mills current of the normal conformal Cartan connection, as proved in [2].

  2. Thermoelectric transport in double-Weyl semimetals

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    Chen, Qi; Fiete, Gregory A.

    2016-04-01

    We study the thermoelectric properties of a double-Weyl fermion system, possibly realized in HgCr2Se4 and SrSi2, by a semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. We investigate different relaxation processes including short-range disorder and electron-electron interaction on the thermoelectric transport coefficients. It is found that the anisotropy of the band dispersion for in-plane and out-of-plane momentum directions affects the relaxation time for transport in different directions. The transport also exhibits an interesting directional dependence on the chemical potential and model parameters, differing from a simple isotropic quadratic or linearly dispersing electron gas. By applying a static magnetic field along the linearly dispersing direction, the longitudinal and transverse electrical and thermal magnetoconductivity show a similar dependence on the in-plane cyclotron frequency to the linear dispersing Weyl nodes. By including internode scattering, we find that the chiral anomaly contribution to the thermoelectric coefficients doubles that of a linearly dispersing Weyl node in both the semiclassical and quantum regimes. A magnetic field applied along the quadratically dispersing direction will split the double-Weyl point into two single-Weyl points with the same chirality.

  3. Phase diagrams of disordered Weyl semimetals

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    Shapourian, Hassan; Hughes, Taylor L.

    2016-02-01

    Weyl semimetals are gapless quasitopological materials with a set of isolated nodal points forming their Fermi surface. They manifest their quasitopological character in a series of topological electromagnetic responses including the anomalous Hall effect. Here, we study the effect of disorder on Weyl semimetals while monitoring both their nodal/semimetallic and topological properties through computations of the localization length and the Hall conductivity. We examine three different lattice tight-binding models which realize the Weyl semimetal in part of their phase diagram and look for universal features that are common to all of the models, and interesting distinguishing features of each model. We present detailed phase diagrams of these models for large system sizes and we find that weak disorder preserves the nodal points up to the diffusive limit, but does affect the Hall conductivity. We show that the trend of the Hall conductivity is consistent with an effective picture in which disorder causes the Weyl nodes move within the Brillouin zone along a specific direction that depends deterministically on the properties of the model and the neighboring phases to the Weyl semimetal phase. We also uncover an unusual (nonquantized) anomalous Hall insulator phase which can only exist in the presence of disorder.

  4. Spiraling Fermi arcs in Weyl materials

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    Li, Songci; Andreev, Anton

    In Weyl materials the valence and conduction electron bands touch at an even number of isolated points in the Brillouin zone. In the vicinity of these points the electron dispersion is linear and may be described by the massless Dirac equation. This results in nontrivial topology of Berry connection curvature. One of its consequences is the existence of peculiar surface electron states whose Fermi surfaces form arcs connecting projections of the Weyl points onto the surface plane. Band bending near the boundary of the crystal also produces surface states. We show that in Weyl materials band bending near the crystal surface gives rise to spiral structure of energy surfaces of arc states. The corresponding Fermi surface has the shape of a spiral that winds about the projection of the Weyl point onto the surface plane. The direction of the winding is determined by the helicity of the Weyl point and the sign of the band bending potential. For close valleys arc state morphology may be understood in terms of avoided crossing of oppositely winding spirals. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-FG02-07ER46452.

  5. Electromagnetic response of interacting Weyl semimetals

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    Jacobs, V. P. J.; Betzios, Panagiotis; Gürsoy, Umut; Stoof, H. T. C.

    2016-05-01

    We study the electromagnetic properties of Weyl semimetals with strong interactions. Aiming for a large-N expansion, we induce strong interactions by coupling a Weyl fermion with a tunable coupling constant gf to a quantum critical system with a large number of order O (N ) fermionic and bosonic degrees of freedom. The critical fluctuations are described by a conformal field theory containing also fermionic composite operators with scaling dimension Δ . Employing the methods of the holographic correspondence, we then derive the effective theory of the Weyl fermions in the presence of external electric and magnetic fields in the large-N limit. In particular, we determine their frequency and momentum-dependent anomalous magnetic moment. We also determine the conductivity of the Weyl semimetal including the vertex corrections consistent with the Ward identity. Finally, we connect our construction to the case of Coulomb interactions in Weyl semimetals by tuning the parameters Δ →5 /2 and gf2→e /√{ℏ c ɛ0 } .

  6. The Benzyl Ester Group of Amino Acid Monomers Enhances Substrate Affinity and Broadens the Substrate Specificity of the Enzyme Catalyst in Chemoenzymatic Copolymerization.

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    Ageitos, Jose Manuel; Yazawa, Kenjiro; Tateishi, Ayaka; Tsuchiya, Kousuke; Numata, Keiji

    2016-01-11

    The chemoenzymatic polymerization of amino acid monomers by proteases involves a two-step reaction: the formation of a covalent acyl-intermediate complex between the protease and the carboxyl ester group of the monomer and the subsequent deacylation of the complex by aminolysis to form a peptide bond. Although the initiation with the ester group of the monomer is an important step, the influence of the ester group on the polymerization has not been studied in detail. Herein, we studied the effect of the ester groups (methyl, ethyl, benzyl, and tert-butyl esters) of alanine and glycine on the synthesis of peptides using papain as the catalyst. Alanine and glycine were selected as monomers because of their substantially different affinities toward papain. The efficiency of the polymerization of alanine and glycine benzyl esters was much greater than that of the other esters. The benzyl ester group therefore allowed papain to equally polymerize alanine and glycine, even though the affinity of alanine toward papain is substantially higher. The characterization of the copolymers of alanine and glycine in terms of the secondary structure and thermal properties revealed that the thermal stability of the peptides depends on the amino acid composition and resultant secondary structure. The current results indicate that the nature of the ester group drastically affects the polymerization efficiency and broadens the substrate specificity of the protease. PMID:26620763

  7. A local description of dark energy in terms of classical two-component massive spin-one uncharged fields on spacetimes with torsionful affinities

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    Cardoso, Jorge G.

    2015-11-01

    It is assumed that the two-component spinor formalisms for curved spacetimes that are endowed with torsionful affine connexions can supply a local description of dark energy in terms of classical massive spin-one uncharged fields. The relevant wave functions are related to torsional affine potentials which bear invariance under the action of the generalized Weyl gauge group. Such potentials are thus taken to carry an observable character and emerge from contracted spin affinities whose patterns are chosen in a suitable way. New covariant calculational techniques are then developed towards deriving explicitly the wave equations that supposedly control the propagation in spacetime of the dark energy background. What immediately comes out of this derivation is a presumably natural display of interactions between the fields and both spin torsion and curvatures. The physical properties that may arise directly fromthe solutions to thewave equations are not brought out.

  8. Metaplectic Representation, Conley-Zehnder Index, and Weyl Calculus on Phase Space

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    de Gosson, Maurice

    We define and study a metaplectically covariant class of pseudo-differential operators acting on functions on symplectic space and generalizing a modified form of the usual Weyl calculus. This construction requires a precise calculation of the twisted Weyl symbol of a class of generators of the metaplectic group and the use of a Conley-Zehnder type index for symplectic paths, defined without restrictions on the endpoint. Our calculus is related to the usual Weyl calculus using a family of isometries of L2(ℝn) on closed subspaces of L2(ℝ2n) and to an irreducible representation of the Heisenberg algebra distinct from the usual Schrödinger representation.

  9. Optical conductivity of disordered Weyl semimetals in collisionless regime at zero temperature

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    Juricic, Vladimir; Roy, Bitan

    Weyl semimetals have recently attracted considerable attention as prime examples of topologically nontrivial gapless states of quantum matter. They have been experimentally found and the chiral anomaly, which represents their hallmark feature, has been measured. In this work, we study transport in the disordered Weyl semimetals using the Kubo formalism. We consider point-like impurity potentials, which are irrelevant in the renormalization-group sense, and compute the corresponding leading correction to the collisionless conductivity at zero temperature. As a result, we find that all eight possible types of the point-like disorder potentials give rise to a correction to the real part of the optical conductivity in the clean limit, which is universal up to a sign. Consequently, the dielectric constant of a Weyl material receives a disorder correction which is linear in frequency. Finally, we discuss some experimental consequences of our findings.

  10. Affinity Chromatography.

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    Gray, Gary R.

    1980-01-01

    Presents selected recent advances in immobilization chemistry which have important connections to affinity chromatography. Discusses ligand immobilization and support modification. Cites 51 references. (CS)

  11. Quantum transport in Dirac materials: Signatures of tilted and anisotropic Dirac and Weyl cones

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    Trescher, Maximilian; Sbierski, Björn; Brouwer, Piet W.; Bergholtz, Emil J.

    2015-03-01

    We calculate conductance and noise for quantum transport at the nodal point for arbitrarily tilted and anisotropic Dirac or Weyl cones. Tilted and anisotropic dispersions are generic in the absence of certain discrete symmetries, such as particle-hole and lattice point group symmetries. Whereas anisotropy affects the conductance g , but leaves the Fano factor F (the ratio of shot noise power and current) unchanged, a tilt affects both g and F . Since F is a universal number in many other situations, this finding is remarkable. We apply our general considerations to specific lattice models of strained graphene and a pyrochlore Weyl semimetal.

  12. The Weyl tensor correlator in cosmological spacetimes

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    Fröb, Markus B.

    2014-12-01

    We give a general expression for the Weyl tensor two-point function in a general Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker spacetime. We work in reduced phase space for the perturbations, i.e., quantize only the dynamical degrees of freedom without adding any gauge-fixing term. The general formula is illustrated by a calculation in slow-roll single-field inflation to first order in the slow-roll parameters ε and δ, and the result is shown to have the correct de Sitter limit as ε, δ → 0. Furthermore, it is seen that the Weyl tensor correlation function in slow-roll does not suffer from infrared divergences, unlike the two-point functions of the metric and scalar field perturbations. Lastly, we show how to recover the usual tensor power spectrum from the Weyl tensor correlation function.

  13. The Weyl tensor correlator in cosmological spacetimes

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    Fröb, Markus B.

    2014-12-05

    We give a general expression for the Weyl tensor two-point function in a general Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker spacetime. We work in reduced phase space for the perturbations, i.e., quantize only the dynamical degrees of freedom without adding any gauge-fixing term. The general formula is illustrated by a calculation in slow-roll single-field inflation to first order in the slow-roll parameters ϵ and δ, and the result is shown to have the correct de Sitter limit as ϵ,δ→0. Furthermore, it is seen that the Weyl tensor correlation function in slow-roll does not suffer from infrared divergences, unlike the two-point functions of the metric and scalar field perturbations. Lastly, we show how to recover the usual tensor power spectrum from the Weyl tensor correlation function.

  14. Photoinduced Anomalous Hall Effects in Weyl Semimetals

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    Chan, Ching-Kit; Lee, Patrick A.; Burch, Kenneth S.; Han, Jung Hoon; Ran, Ying

    We examine theoretically the interplay between chiral photons and chiral electrons in Weyl semimetals. Owing to its monopole nature, a three-dimensional Weyl node is topologically-robust against a circularly polarized light. A driven Weyl system exhibits node shifts in the momentum space, in sharp contrast to the gap opening in a driven two-dimensional Dirac system. We show that the node shift leads to a change of the Chern vector which gives arise to a net photoinduced anomalous Hall conductivity, in the plane perpendicular to the light propagation. We shall describe the basic idea behind this generic photoinduced Hall effect, illustrate it with a concrete microscope model, and estimate its feasibility based on current optical experimental techniques.

  15. Hereditarily polaroid operators, SVEP and Weyl's theorem

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    Duggal, B. P.

    2008-04-01

    A Banach space operator is hereditarily polaroid, , if every part of T is polaroid. operators have SVEP. It is proved that if has SVEP and is a Riesz operator which commutes with T, then T+R satisfies generalized a-Browder's theorem. If, in particular, R is a quasi-nilpotent operator Q, then both T+Q and T*+Q* satisfy generalized a-Browder's theorem; furthermore, if Q is injective, then also T+Q satisfies Weyl's theorem. If is an algebraic operator which commutes with the polynomially operator T, then T+N is polaroid and has SVEP, f(T+N) satisfies generalized Weyl's theorem for every function f which is analytic on a neighbourhood of [sigma](T+N), and f(T+N)* satisfies generalized a-Weyl's theorem for every function f which is analytic on, and constant on no component of, a neighbourhood of [sigma](T+N).

  16. The Weyl law for contractive maps

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    Spina, Maria E.; Rivas, Alejandro M. F.; Carlo, Gabriel

    2013-11-01

    We find an empirical Weyl law followed by the eigenvalues of contractive maps. An important property is that it is mainly insensitive to the dimension of the corresponding invariant classical set, the strange attractor. The usual explanation for the fractal Weyl law emergence in scattering systems (i.e., having a projective opening) is based on the classical phase space distributions evolved up to the quantum to classical correspondence (Ehrenfest) time. In the contractive case this reasoning fails to describe it. Instead, we conjecture that the support for this behavior is essentially given by the strong non-orthogonality of the eigenvectors of the contractive superoperator. We test the validity of the Weyl law and this conjecture on two paradigmatic systems, the dissipative baker and kicked top maps.

  17. A first look at Weyl anomalies in shape dynamics

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    Gomes, Henrique

    2013-11-15

    One of the more popular objections towards shape dynamics is the suspicion that anomalies in the spatial Weyl symmetry will arise upon quantization. The purpose of this short paper is to establish the tools required for an investigation of the sort of anomalies that can possibly arise. The first step is to adapt to our setting Barnich and Henneaux's formulation of gauge cohomology in the Hamiltonian setting, which serve to decompose the anomaly into a spatial component and time component. The spatial part of the anomaly, i.e., the anomaly in the symmetry algebra itself ([Ω, Ω] ∝ ℏ instead of vanishing) is given by a projection of the second ghost cohomology of the Hamiltonian BRST differential associated to Ω, modulo spatial derivatives. The temporal part, [Ω, H] ∝ ℏ is given by a different projection of the first ghost cohomology and an extra piece arising from a solution to a functional differential equation. Assuming locality of the gauge cohomology groups involved, this part is always local. Assuming locality for the gauge cohomology groups, using Barnich and Henneaux's results, the classification of Weyl cohomology for higher ghost numbers performed by Boulanger, and following the descent equations, we find a complete characterizations of anomalies in 3+1 dimensions. The spatial part of the anomaly and the first component of the temporal anomaly are always local given these assumptions even in shape dynamics. The part emerging from the solution of the functional differential equations explicitly involves the shape dynamics Hamiltonian, and thus might be non-local. If one restricts this extra piece of the temporal anomaly to be also local, then overall no Weyl anomalies, either temporal or spatial, emerge in the 3+1 case.

  18. The repulsive Casimir effect in Weyl semimetals

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    Wilson, Justin; Allocca, Andrew; Galitski, Victor

    2015-03-01

    Weyl semimetals are a proposed topological material with broken time-reversal symmetry. Due to this, they experience a particular bulk Hall effect as well as a weak longitudinal conductance. In such a situation, one can see a repulsive Casimir effect between two Weyl semimetals (similar to what has been studied for topological insulators and quantum hall materials), and the effect can be tuned from attractive to repulsive with chemical potential or magnetic field. We consider, separately, a simplified bulk description and a thin film geometry taking into account the band structure. This work is supported by JQI-PFC.

  19. Acoustic Faraday rotation in Weyl semimetals

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    Liu, Donghao; Shi, Junren

    We investigate the phonon problems in Weyl semimetals, from which both the phonon Berry curvature and the phonon Damping could be obtained. We show that even without a magnetic field, the degenerate transverse acoustic modes could also be split due to the adiabatic curvature. In three dimensional case, acoustic Faraday rotation shows up. And furthermore, since the attenuation procedure could distinguish the polarized mode, single circularly polarized acoustic wave could be realized. We study the mechanism in the novel time reversal symmetry broken Weyl semimetal. New effects rise because of the linear dispersion, which give enlightenment in the measurement of this new kind of three-dimensional material.

  20. Microevolution in lower Central America: genetic characterization of the Chibcha-speaking groups of Costa Rica and Panama, and a consensus taxonomy based on genetic and linguistic affinity.

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    Barrantes, R; Smouse, P E; Mohrenweiser, H W; Gershowitz, H; Azofeifa, J; Arias, T D; Neel, J V

    1990-01-01

    There is evidence that Amerindians have continuously occupied the lower Central American Isthmus for as long as 10,000 years. There remains some doubt about the relationships of these original colonizers to the resident peoples of this zone at the time of European contact (approximately A.D. 1500). We present new genetic data for up to 48 genetic loci for 570 members of six Chibcha-speaking tribes of lower Central America--the Boruca, Bribri, Cabecar, and Guatuso of Costa Rica and the Kuna and Teribe of Panama--and delineate the genetic affinities among the various groups (these six tribes and the Guaymi and Bokota) of lower Central America. We convert standard genetic distance metrics into a form that is linear with the effective time since divergence, and we compare the genetic distances with linguistic distances for the same groups (r = .74, P less than .001). Geographic affinity accounts for some of the genetic divergence among groups (r = .49, P less than .084) and for some of the linguistic divergence (r = .53, P less than .037), but the correspondence between geographic position and taxonomic affinity is not high. We combine all of the genetic and linguistic data to construct a synthetic overview taxonomy of the lower Central American Chibcha. Both the genetic and linguistic data exhibit hierarchical organization of tribal groups, showing a general east-to-west pattern of grouping, with greater affinities between close neighbors. The presence of private genetic variants of some antiquity within the region and their absence outside the zone, coupled with the essential absence of the DI*A polymorphism of mongoloid origin that is widespread outside the zone, argue for a relatively isolated development of the Central American Chibcha. Our results do not support the old view of lower Central America as a frontier between more advanced cultures to the north and south. Any such explanation would require recent waves of migration from outside the region, migration

  1. Dirty Weyl semimetals: Stability, phase transition, and quantum criticality

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    Bera, Soumya; Sau, Jay D.; Roy, Bitan

    2016-05-01

    We study the stability of three-dimensional incompressible Weyl semimetals in the presence of random quenched charge impurities. Combining numerical analysis and scaling theory, we show that, in the presence of sufficiently weak randomness, (i) the Weyl semimetal remains stable, while (ii) the double-Weyl semimetal gives rise to compressible diffusive metal where the mean density of states at zero energy is finite. At stronger disorder, the Weyl semimetal undergoes a quantum phase transition and enter into a metallic phase. The mean density of states at zero energy serves as the order parameter and displays single-parameter scaling across such a disorder driven quantum phase transition. We numerically determine various exponents at the critical point, which appear to be insensitive to the number of Weyl pairs. We also extract the extent of the quantum critical regime in disordered Weyl semimetals and the phase diagram of dirty double-Weyl semimetals at finite energies.

  2. Prediction of Weyl semimetal in orthorhombic MoTe2

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    Sun, Yan; Wu, Shu-Chun; Ali, Mazhar N.; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the orthorhombic phase (Td) of the layered transition-metal dichalcogenide MoTe2 as a Weyl semimetal candidate. MoTe2 exhibits four pairs of Weyl points lying slightly above (˜6 meV ) the Fermi energy in the bulk band structure. Different from its cousin WTe2, which was recently predicted to be a type-II Weyl semimetal, the spacing between each pair of Weyl points is found to be as large as 4% of the reciprocal lattice in MoTe2 (six times larger than that of WTe2). When projected onto the surface, the Weyl points are connected by Fermi arcs, which can be easily accessed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy due to the large Weyl point separation. In addition, we show that the correlation effect or strain can drive MoTe2 from a type-II to a type-I Weyl semimetal.

  3. Bifurcation Diagrams and Quotient Topological Spaces Under the Action of the Affine Group of a Family of Planar Quadratic Vector Fields

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    Cerba Diaconescu, Oxana; Schlomiuk, Dana; Vulpe, Nicolae

    In this article, we consider the class QSL4{u +vc+w^c, ∞ } of all real quadratic differential systems (dx)/(dt) = p(x, y), (dy)/(dt) = q(x, y) with gcd(p, q) = 1, having invariant lines of total multiplicity four and two complex and one real infinite singularities. We first construct compactified canonical forms for the class QSL4{u +vc+w^c, ∞ } so as to include limit points in the 12-dimensional parameter space of this class. We next construct the bifurcation diagrams for these compactified canonical forms. These diagrams contain many repetitions of phase portraits and we show that these are due to many symmetries under the group action. To retain the essence of the dynamics we finally construct the quotient spaces under the action of the group G = Aff(2, R) × R* of affine transformations and time homotheties and we place the phase portraits in these quotient spaces. The final diagrams retain only the necessary information to capture the dynamics under the motion in the parameter space as well as under this group action. We also present here necessary and sufficient conditions for an affine line to be invariant of multiplicity k for a quadratic system.

  4. The non-compact Weyl equation

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    Doikou, Anastasia; Ioannidou, Theodora

    2011-04-01

    A non-compact version of the Weyl equation is proposed, based on the infinite dimensional spin zero representation of the mathfrak{s}{mathfrak{l}_2} algebra. Solutions of the aforementioned equation are obtained in terms of the Kummer functions. In this context, we discuss the ADHMN approach in order to construct the corresponding non-compact BPS monopoles.

  5. Weyl Nodes in Trigonal Tellurium and Selenium

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    Hirayama, Motoaki; Okugawa, Ryo; Ishibashi, Shoji; Murakami, Shuichi; Miyake, Takashi

    2015-03-01

    Singular points in the momentum space (Dirac nodes) have been under intensive investigation recently. Among various Dirac systems, materials having three-dimensional Dirac nodes without spin degeneracy (Weyl nodes) are of particular interest because of their topological nature. We study trigonal Te and Se as systems having both strong spin-orbit interaction (SOI) and broken inversion symmetry, which is necessary for the Weyl node. We calculate the electronic structure by using QMAS based on relativistic density functional theory, and add the self-energy correction in the GW approximation. Te and Se are insulating at ambient pressure. The conduction bands have a spin splitting similar to the Rashba splitting around the H points, but unlike the Rashba splitting the spin directions are radial, forming a hedgehog spin texture. The energy gap decreases with increasing pressure. In the metallic phase, the spin rotates twice around H on the kz = +/- π/c plane, which can be explained by the motion of the Weyl nodes under pressure. We also find that trigonal Te shows the Weyl semimetal phase with time-reversal symmetry under pressure.

  6. Affinities between Asian non-human Schistosoma species, the S. indicum group, and the African human schistosomes.

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    Agatsuma, T; Iwagami, M; Liu, C X; Rajapakse, R P V J; Mondal, M M H; Kitikoon, V; Ambu, S; Agatsuma, Y; Blair, D; Higuchi, T

    2002-03-01

    Schistosoma species have traditionally been arranged in groups based on egg morphology, geographical origins, and the genus or family of snail intermediate host. One of these groups is the 'S. indicum group' comprising species from Asia that use pulmonate snails as intermediate hosts. DNA sequences were obtained from the four members of this group (S. indicum, S. spindale, S. nasale and S. incognitum) to provide information concerning their phylogenetic relationships with other Asian and African species and species groups. The sequences came from the second internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) of the ribosomal gene repeat, part of the 28S ribosomal RNA gene (28S), and part of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (CO1) gene. Tree analyses using both distance and parsimony methods showed the S. indicum group not to be monophyletic. Schistosoma indicum, S. spindale and S. nasale were clustered among African schistosomes, while S. incognitum was placed as sister to the African species (using ITS2 and 28S nucleotide sequences and CO1 amino acid sequences), or as sister to all other species of Schistosoma (CO1 nucleotide sequences). Based on the present molecular data, a scenario for the evolution of the S. indicum group is discussed. PMID:12018199

  7. Research with Young Children: The Use of an Affinity Group Approach To Explore the Social Dynamics of Peer Culture

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    Keddie, Amanda

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes the research approach of a case study ethnography. The study sought to explore the peer group understandings of five male friends aged between six and eight years. In exploring the social dynamics of peer culture, and in particular how these dynamics interacted to define, regulate and maintain particular understandings of…

  8. H2-saturation of high affinity H2-oxidizing bacteria alters the ecological niche of soil microorganisms unevenly among taxonomic groups

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    Piché-Choquette, Sarah; Tremblay, Julien; Tringe, Susannah G.

    2016-01-01

    Soil microbial communities are continuously exposed to H2 diffusing into the soil from the atmosphere. N2-fixing nodules represent a peculiar microniche in soil where H2 can reach concentrations up to 20,000 fold higher than in the global atmosphere (0.530 ppmv). In this study, we investigated the impact of H2 exposure on soil bacterial community structure using dynamic microcosm chambers simulating soil H2 exposure from the atmosphere and N2-fixing nodules. Biphasic kinetic parameters governing H2 oxidation activity in soil changed drastically upon elevated H2 exposure, corresponding to a slight but significant decay of high affinity H2-oxidizing bacteria population, accompanied by an enrichment or activation of microorganisms displaying low-affinity for H2. In contrast to previous studies that unveiled limited response by a few species, the relative abundance of 958 bacterial ribotypes distributed among various taxonomic groups, rather than a few distinct taxa, was influenced by H2 exposure. Furthermore, correlation networks showed important alterations of ribotype covariation in response to H2 exposure, suggesting that H2 affects microbe-microbe interactions in soil. Taken together, our results demonstrate that H2-rich environments exert a direct influence on soil H2-oxidizing bacteria in addition to indirect effects on other members of the bacterial communities. PMID:26989620

  9. A DFT and semiempirical model-based study of opioid receptor affinity and selectivity in a group of molecules with a morphine structural core.

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    Bruna-Larenas, Tamara; Gómez-Jeria, Juan S

    2012-01-01

    We report the results of a search for model-based relationships between mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptor binding affinity and molecular structure for a group of molecules having in common a morphine structural core. The wave functions and local reactivity indices were obtained at the ZINDO/1 and B3LYP/6-31G(∗∗) levels of theory for comparison. New developments in the expression for the drug-receptor interaction energy expression allowed several local atomic reactivity indices to be included, such as local electronic chemical potential, local hardness, and local electrophilicity. These indices, together with a new proposal for the ordering of the independent variables, were incorporated in the statistical study. We found and discussed several statistically significant relationships for mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptor binding affinity at both levels of theory. Some of the new local reactivity indices incorporated in the theory appear in several equations for the first time in the history of model-based equations. Interaction pharmacophores were generated for mu, delta, and kappa receptors. We discuss possible differences regulating binding and selectivity in opioid receptor subtypes. This study, contrarily to the statistically backed ones, is able to provide a microscopic insight of the mechanisms involved in the binding process. PMID:25379287

  10. A DFT and Semiempirical Model-Based Study of Opioid Receptor Affinity and Selectivity in a Group of Molecules with a Morphine Structural Core

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    Bruna-Larenas, Tamara; Gómez-Jeria, Juan S.

    2012-01-01

    We report the results of a search for model-based relationships between mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptor binding affinity and molecular structure for a group of molecules having in common a morphine structural core. The wave functions and local reactivity indices were obtained at the ZINDO/1 and B3LYP/6-31G∗∗ levels of theory for comparison. New developments in the expression for the drug-receptor interaction energy expression allowed several local atomic reactivity indices to be included, such as local electronic chemical potential, local hardness, and local electrophilicity. These indices, together with a new proposal for the ordering of the independent variables, were incorporated in the statistical study. We found and discussed several statistically significant relationships for mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptor binding affinity at both levels of theory. Some of the new local reactivity indices incorporated in the theory appear in several equations for the first time in the history of model-based equations. Interaction pharmacophores were generated for mu, delta, and kappa receptors. We discuss possible differences regulating binding and selectivity in opioid receptor subtypes. This study, contrarily to the statistically backed ones, is able to provide a microscopic insight of the mechanisms involved in the binding process. PMID:25379287

  11. Magneto-optic measurements of the Weyl semimetal NbAs

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    Armstrong, Nathan; Shao, Yinming; Yuan, Zhujun; Jia, Shuang; Basov, D. N.; Timusk, Thomas

    NbAs is among the newly discovered Weyl semimetals that are of great interest because they have the potential to confirm the chiral anomaly predicted by particle physics. It has been theorized that two separated Weyl nodes of opposite chirality can have a chiral current flow between them with the application electric and magnetic fields parallel to the displacement of the nodes. Indeed, magnetoresistance measurements on TaAs and NbAs found a negative magnetoresistance with these fields. ARPES and band structure calculations show that NbAs has two different groups of Weyl nodes with all the node splittings in kx -ky planes. In addition to the Weyl nodes there are other trivial bands that create Fermi pockets elsewhere in the BZ that are also observed in reflectance measurements. We will present magneto-optics results from far infrared optical data of NbAs in Voigt geometry up to 8 Tesla. In the far infrared at large fields there are two strong features that show an 11% and 3% change of reflectance in field at 60 and 480 cm-1 , respectively. We evaluate these data with comparison to the above mentioned band structure of NbAs.

  12. Elastic Gauge Fields in Weyl Semimetals

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    Cortijo, Alberto; Ferreiros, Yago; Landsteiner, Karl; Hernandez Vozmediano, Maria Angeles

    We show that, as it happens in graphene, elastic deformations couple to the electronic degrees of freedom as pseudo gauge fields in Weyl semimetals. We derive the form of the elastic gauge fields in a tight-binding model hosting Weyl nodes and see that this vector electron-phonon coupling is chiral, providing an example of axial gauge fields in three dimensions. As an example of the new response functions that arise associated to these elastic gauge fields, we derive a non-zero phonon Hall viscosity for the neutral system at zero temperature. The axial nature of the fields provides a test of the chiral anomaly in high energy with three axial vector couplings. European Union structural funds and the Comunidad de Madrid MAD2D-CM Program (S2013/MIT-3007).

  13. Mechanical Weyl Modes in Topological Maxwell Lattices

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    Rocklin, D. Zeb; Chen, Bryan Gin-ge; Falk, Martin; Vitelli, Vincenzo; Lubensky, T. C.

    2016-04-01

    We show that two-dimensional mechanical lattices can generically display topologically protected bulk zero-energy phonon modes at isolated points in the Brillouin zone, analogs of massless fermion modes of Weyl semimetals. We focus on deformed square lattices as the simplest Maxwell lattices, characterized by equal numbers of constraints and degrees of freedom, with this property. The Weyl points appear at the origin of the Brillouin zone along directions with vanishing sound speed and move away to the zone edge (or return to the origin) where they annihilate. Our results suggest a design strategy for topological metamaterials with bulk low-frequency acoustic modes and elastic instabilities at a particular, tunable finite wave vector.

  14. Repulsive Casimir force between Weyl semimetals

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    Wilson, Justin H.; Allocca, Andrew A.; Galitski, Victor

    2015-06-01

    Weyl semimetals are a class of topological materials that exhibit a bulk Hall effect due to time-reversal symmetry breaking. We show that for the idealized semi-infinite case, the Casimir force between two identical Weyl semimetals is repulsive at short range and attractive at long range. Considering plates of finite thickness, we can reduce the size of the long-range attraction even making it repulsive for all distances when thin enough. In the thin-film limit, we study the appearance of an attractive Casimir force at shorter distances due to the longitudinal conductivity. Magnetic field, thickness, and chemical potential provide tunable nobs for this effect, controlling the Casimir force: whether it is attractive or repulsive, the magnitude of the effect, and the positions and existence of a trap and antitrap.

  15. Disordered Weyl Semimetals and Their Topological Family

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    Zhao, Y. X.; Wang, Z. D.

    2015-05-01

    We develop a topological theory for disordered Weyl semimetals in the framework of the gauge invariance of the replica formalism and boundary-bulk correspondence of Chern insulators. An anisotropic topological θ term is analytically derived for the effective nonlinear σ model. It is this nontrivial topological term that ensures that the bulk transverse transport of Weyl semimetals is robust against disorders. Moreover, we establish a general diagram that reveals the intrinsic relations among topological terms in the nonlinear σ models and gauge response theories, respectively, for (2 n +2 ) -dimensional topological insulators, (2 n +1 ) -dimensional chiral fermions, (2 n +1 )-dimensional chiral semimetals, and (2 n )-dimensional topological insulators with n being a positive integer.

  16. Mechanical Weyl Modes in Topological Maxwell Lattices.

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    Rocklin, D Zeb; Chen, Bryan Gin-Ge; Falk, Martin; Vitelli, Vincenzo; Lubensky, T C

    2016-04-01

    We show that two-dimensional mechanical lattices can generically display topologically protected bulk zero-energy phonon modes at isolated points in the Brillouin zone, analogs of massless fermion modes of Weyl semimetals. We focus on deformed square lattices as the simplest Maxwell lattices, characterized by equal numbers of constraints and degrees of freedom, with this property. The Weyl points appear at the origin of the Brillouin zone along directions with vanishing sound speed and move away to the zone edge (or return to the origin) where they annihilate. Our results suggest a design strategy for topological metamaterials with bulk low-frequency acoustic modes and elastic instabilities at a particular, tunable finite wave vector. PMID:27081989

  17. Weyl semimetal and nonassociative Nambu geometry

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    Chu, Chong-Sun

    2016-03-01

    Topological materials are characterized by an electronic band structure with nontrivial topological properties. In this paper we introduce a basis of operators for the linear space of operators spanned by charge-neutral fermion bilinears. These band-projected density operators are constructed using directly the eigenfunctions of the electronic energy band structure and there is no need to assume a flat Berry curvature. As a result, our set of operators has a wider range of validity and is sensitive to physical phenomena which are not detectable in the flat-curvature limit. In particular, we show that the Berry monopole configuration of a Weyl semimetal give rises to a nonvanishing Jacobiator for these band-projected density operators, implying the emergence of nonassociativity at the location of the Weyl nodes. The resulting nonassociativity observes the fundamental identity, the defining property of the Nambu bracket, and so one may call this a nonassociative Nambu geometry. We also derive the corresponding uncertainty principle.

  18. Stability of the nakedness of Weyl singularities

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    Haugan, M. P.; Liang, E. P. T.

    1979-01-01

    The stability of the nakedness of the Weyl singularities against matter perturbations is investigated. Consideration is given to the effects of infalling test matter on the convergence of outgoing null rays. It is shown that the additional convergence induced by infalling test matter does not blow up sufficiently fast to reconverge diverging outgoing rays, at least in the equator, and that the nakedness seems to be stable in this limited sense.

  19. Weyl superfluidity in a three-dimensional dipolar Fermi gas.

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    Liu, Bo; Li, Xiaopeng; Yin, Lan; Liu, W Vincent

    2015-01-30

    Weyl superconductivity or superfluidity, a fascinating topological state of matter, features novel phenomena such as emergent Weyl fermionic excitations and anomalies. Here we report that an anisotropic Weyl superfluid state can arise as a low temperature stable phase in a 3D dipolar Fermi gas. A crucial ingredient of our model is a direction-dependent two-body effective attraction generated by a rotating external field. Experimental signatures are predicted for cold gases in radio-frequency spectroscopy. The finite temperature phase diagram of this system is studied and the transition temperature of the Weyl superfluidity is found to be within the experimental scope for atomic dipolar Fermi gases. PMID:25679898

  20. Observation of Weyl nodes and Fermi arcs in tantalum phosphide

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    Xu, N.; Weng, H. M.; Lv, B. Q.; Matt, C. E.; Park, J.; Bisti, F.; Strocov, V. N.; Gawryluk, D.; Pomjakushina, E.; Conder, K.; Plumb, N. C.; Radovic, M.; Autès, G.; Yazyev, O. V.; Fang, Z.; Dai, X.; Qian, T.; Mesot, J.; Ding, H.; Shi, M.

    2016-01-01

    A Weyl semimetal possesses spin-polarized band-crossings, called Weyl nodes, connected by topological surface arcs. The low-energy excitations near the crossing points behave the same as massless Weyl fermions, leading to exotic properties like chiral anomaly. To have the transport properties dominated by Weyl fermions, Weyl nodes need to locate nearly at the chemical potential and enclosed by pairs of individual Fermi surfaces with non-zero Fermi Chern numbers. Combining angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculation, here we show that TaP is a Weyl semimetal with only a single type of Weyl fermions, topologically distinguished from TaAs where two types of Weyl fermions contribute to the low-energy physical properties. The simple Weyl fermions in TaP are not only of fundamental interests but also of great potential for future applications. Fermi arcs on the Ta-terminated surface are observed, which appear in a different pattern from that on the As-termination in TaAs and NbAs. PMID:26983910

  1. Helical Spin Order from Topological Dirac and Weyl Semimetals

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    Sun, Xiao-Qi; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Wang, Zhong

    2015-08-01

    We study dynamical mass generation and the resultant helical spin orders in topological Dirac and Weyl semimetals, including the edge states of quantum spin Hall insulators, the surface states of weak topological insulators, and the bulk materials of Weyl semimetals. In particular, the helical spin textures of Weyl semimetals manifest the spin-momentum locking of Weyl fermions in a visible manner. The spin-wave fluctuations of the helical order carry electric charge density; therefore, the spin textures can be electrically controlled in a simple and predictable manner.

  2. Observation of Weyl nodes and Fermi arcs in tantalum phosphide

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    Xu, N.; Weng, H. M.; Lv, B. Q.; Matt, C. E.; Park, J.; Bisti, F.; Strocov, V. N.; Gawryluk, D.; Pomjakushina, E.; Conder, K.; Plumb, N. C.; Radovic, M.; Autès, G.; Yazyev, O. V.; Fang, Z.; Dai, X.; Qian, T.; Mesot, J.; Ding, H.; Shi, M.

    2016-03-01

    A Weyl semimetal possesses spin-polarized band-crossings, called Weyl nodes, connected by topological surface arcs. The low-energy excitations near the crossing points behave the same as massless Weyl fermions, leading to exotic properties like chiral anomaly. To have the transport properties dominated by Weyl fermions, Weyl nodes need to locate nearly at the chemical potential and enclosed by pairs of individual Fermi surfaces with non-zero Fermi Chern numbers. Combining angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculation, here we show that TaP is a Weyl semimetal with only a single type of Weyl fermions, topologically distinguished from TaAs where two types of Weyl fermions contribute to the low-energy physical properties. The simple Weyl fermions in TaP are not only of fundamental interests but also of great potential for future applications. Fermi arcs on the Ta-terminated surface are observed, which appear in a different pattern from that on the As-termination in TaAs and NbAs.

  3. Tunable Weyl Points in Periodically Driven Nodal Line Semimetals.

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    Yan, Zhongbo; Wang, Zhong

    2016-08-19

    Weyl semimetals and nodal line semimetals are characterized by linear band touching at zero-dimensional points and one-dimensional lines, respectively. We predict that a circularly polarized light drives nodal line semimetals into Weyl semimetals. The Floquet Weyl points thus obtained are tunable by the incident light, which enables investigations of them in a highly controllable manner. The transition from nodal line semimetals to Weyl semimetals is accompanied by the emergence of a large and tunable anomalous Hall conductivity. Our predictions are experimentally testable by transport measurement in film samples or by pump-probe angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. PMID:27588882

  4. Observation of Weyl nodes and Fermi arcs in tantalum phosphide.

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    Xu, N; Weng, H M; Lv, B Q; Matt, C E; Park, J; Bisti, F; Strocov, V N; Gawryluk, D; Pomjakushina, E; Conder, K; Plumb, N C; Radovic, M; Autès, G; Yazyev, O V; Fang, Z; Dai, X; Qian, T; Mesot, J; Ding, H; Shi, M

    2016-01-01

    A Weyl semimetal possesses spin-polarized band-crossings, called Weyl nodes, connected by topological surface arcs. The low-energy excitations near the crossing points behave the same as massless Weyl fermions, leading to exotic properties like chiral anomaly. To have the transport properties dominated by Weyl fermions, Weyl nodes need to locate nearly at the chemical potential and enclosed by pairs of individual Fermi surfaces with non-zero Fermi Chern numbers. Combining angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculation, here we show that TaP is a Weyl semimetal with only a single type of Weyl fermions, topologically distinguished from TaAs where two types of Weyl fermions contribute to the low-energy physical properties. The simple Weyl fermions in TaP are not only of fundamental interests but also of great potential for future applications. Fermi arcs on the Ta-terminated surface are observed, which appear in a different pattern from that on the As-termination in TaAs and NbAs. PMID:26983910

  5. Weyl anomaly and initial singularity crossing

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    Awad, Adel

    2016-04-01

    We consider the role of quantum effects, mainly, Weyl anomaly in modifying Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) model singular behavior at early times. Weyl anomaly corrections to FLRW models have been considered in the past, here we reconsider this model and show the following: The singularity of this model is weak according to Tipler and Krolak, therefore, the spacetime might admit a geodesic extension. Weyl anomaly corrections change the nature of the initial singularity from a big bang singularity to a sudden singularity. The two branches of solutions consistent with the semiclassical treatment form a disconnected manifold. Joining these two parts at the singularity provides us with a C1 extension to nonspacelike geodesics and leaves the spacetime geodesically complete. Using Gauss-Codazzi equations one can derive generalized junction conditions for this higher-derivative gravity. The extended spacetime obeys Friedmann and Raychaudhuri equations and the junction conditions. The junction does not generate Dirac delta functions in matter sources which keeps the equation of state unchanged.

  6. Classical probabilities for Majorana and Weyl spinors

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    Wetterich, C.

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: > Map of classical statistical Ising model to fermionic quantum field theory. > Lattice-regularized real Grassmann functional integral for single Weyl spinor. > Emerging complex structure characteristic for quantum physics. > A classical statistical ensemble describes a quantum theory. - Abstract: We construct a map between the quantum field theory of free Weyl or Majorana fermions and the probability distribution of a classical statistical ensemble for Ising spins or discrete bits. More precisely, a Grassmann functional integral based on a real Grassmann algebra specifies the time evolution of the real wave function q{sub {tau}}(t) for the Ising states {tau}. The time dependent probability distribution of a generalized Ising model obtains as p{sub {tau}}(t)=q{sub {tau}}{sup 2}(t). The functional integral employs a lattice regularization for single Weyl or Majorana spinors. We further introduce the complex structure characteristic for quantum mechanics. Probability distributions of the Ising model which correspond to one or many propagating fermions are discussed explicitly. Expectation values of observables can be computed equivalently in the classical statistical Ising model or in the quantum field theory for fermions.

  7. Signatures of Weyl semimetals in quasiparticle interference

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    Mitchell, Andrew K.; Fritz, Lars

    2016-01-01

    Impurities act as in situ probes of nontrivial electronic structure, causing real-space modulations in the density of states detected by scanning tunneling spectroscopy on the sample surface. We show that distinctive topological features of Weyl semimetals can be revealed in the Fourier transform of this map, interpreted in terms of quasiparticle interference (QPI). We develop an exact Green's function formalism and apply it to generalized models of Weyl semimetals with an explicit surface. The type of perturbation lifting the Dirac node degeneracy to produce the three-dimensional bulk Weyl phase determines the specific QPI signatures appearing on the surface. QPI Fermi arcs may or may not appear, depending on the relative surface orientation and quantum interference effects. Line nodes give rise to tube projections of width controlled by the bias voltage. We consider the effect of crystal warping, distinguishing dispersive arclike features from true Fermi arcs. Finally, we demonstrate that the commonly used joint-density-of-states approach fails qualitatively, and cannot describe QPI extinction.

  8. Unconventional electromagnetic mode in neutral Weyl semimetals

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    Ferreiros, Yago; Cortijo, Alberto

    2016-05-01

    We study light propagation in a neutral Weyl semimetal with the Fermi level lying at the Weyl nodes in the weak self-interacting regime. The nontrivial topology induces a screening effect in one of the two transverse gauge fields, for which we find two branches of attenuated collective excitations. In addition to the known topologically gapped photon mode, a different massless and slightly damped excitation appears. Strikingly, at low energies, this excitation has a linear dispersion and it propagates with the same velocity as the electrons, while at energies well above the electron-hole continuum threshold it behaves as a massive attenuated photon with velocity similar to the speed of light in the material. There is a crossover at a certain momentum in the direction perpendicular to the separation of the Weyl nodes above which this gapless mode enters into an overdamped regime. Regarding the unscreened gauge field, we show that it is also attenuated, which is a nontopological property shared by Dirac semimetals as well.

  9. Weyl-gauge symmetry of graphene

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    Iorio, Alfredo

    2011-05-15

    Research Highlights: > Graphene action's Weyl symmetry identifies shapes for which the DOS is invariant. > Electrons on graphene might experience a general-relativistic-like spacetime. > Rich mathematical structures, such as the Liouville's equation, naturally arise. - Abstract: The conformal invariance of the low energy limit theory governing the electronic properties of graphene is explored. In particular, it is noted that the massless Dirac theory in point enjoys local Weyl symmetry, a very large symmetry. Exploiting this symmetry in the two spatial dimensions and in the associated three dimensional spacetime, we find the geometric constraints that correspond to specific shapes of the graphene sheet for which the electronic density of states is the same as that for planar graphene, provided the measurements are made in accordance to the inner reference frame of the electronic system. These results rely on the (surprising) general relativistic-like behavior of the graphene system arising from the combination of its well known special relativistic-like behavior with the less explored Weyl symmetry. Mathematical structures, such as the Virasoro algebra and the Liouville equation, naturally arise in this three-dimensional context and can be related to specific profiles of the graphene sheet. Speculations on possible applications of three-dimensional gravity are also proposed.

  10. Complementation of DNA repair in xeroderma pigmentosum group A cell extracts by a protein with affinity for damaged DNA.

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    Robins, P; Jones, C J; Biggerstaff, M; Lindahl, T; Wood, R D

    1991-12-01

    Complementation group A of xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) represents one of the most prevalent and serious forms of this cancer-prone disorder. Because of a marked defect in DNA excision repair, cells from individuals with XP-A are hypersensitive to the toxic and mutagenic effects of ultraviolet light and many chemical agents. We report here the isolation of the XP-A DNA repair protein by complementation of cell extracts from a repair-defective human XP-A cell line. XP-A protein purified from calf thymus migrates on denaturing gel electrophoresis as a doublet of 40 and 42 kilodaltons. The XP-A protein binds preferentially to ultraviolet light-irradiated DNA, with a preference for damaged over nondamaged nucleotides of approximately 10(3). This strongly suggests that the XP-A protein plays a direct role in the recognition of and incision at lesions in DNA. We further show that this protein corresponds to the product encoded by a recently isolated gene that can restore excision repair to XP-A cells. Thus, excision repair of plasmid DNA by cell extracts sufficiently resembles genomic repair in cells to reveal accurately the repair defect in an inherited disease. The general approach described here can be extended to the identification and isolation of other human DNA repair proteins. PMID:1935910

  11. Complementation of DNA repair in xeroderma pigmentosum group A cell extracts by a protein with affinity for damaged DNA.

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    Robins, P; Jones, C J; Biggerstaff, M; Lindahl, T; Wood, R D

    1991-01-01

    Complementation group A of xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) represents one of the most prevalent and serious forms of this cancer-prone disorder. Because of a marked defect in DNA excision repair, cells from individuals with XP-A are hypersensitive to the toxic and mutagenic effects of ultraviolet light and many chemical agents. We report here the isolation of the XP-A DNA repair protein by complementation of cell extracts from a repair-defective human XP-A cell line. XP-A protein purified from calf thymus migrates on denaturing gel electrophoresis as a doublet of 40 and 42 kilodaltons. The XP-A protein binds preferentially to ultraviolet light-irradiated DNA, with a preference for damaged over nondamaged nucleotides of approximately 10(3). This strongly suggests that the XP-A protein plays a direct role in the recognition of and incision at lesions in DNA. We further show that this protein corresponds to the product encoded by a recently isolated gene that can restore excision repair to XP-A cells. Thus, excision repair of plasmid DNA by cell extracts sufficiently resembles genomic repair in cells to reveal accurately the repair defect in an inherited disease. The general approach described here can be extended to the identification and isolation of other human DNA repair proteins. Images PMID:1935910

  12. Infinite-Dimensional Schur-Weyl Duality and the Coxeter-Laplace Operator

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    Tsilevich, N. V.; Vershik, A. M.

    2014-05-01

    We extend the classical Schur-Weyl duality between representations of the groups and to the case of and the infinite symmetric group . Our construction is based on a "dynamic," or inductive, scheme of Schur-Weyl dualities. It leads to a new class of representations of the infinite symmetric group, which has not appeared earlier. We describe these representations and, in particular, find their spectral types with respect to the Gelfand-Tsetlin algebra. The main example of such a representation acts in an incomplete infinite tensor product. As an important application, we consider the weak limit of the so-called Coxeter-Laplace operator, which is essentially the Hamiltonian of the XXX Heisenberg model, in these representations.

  13. Fractal Weyl law for skew extensions of expanding maps

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    Jean-François, Arnoldi

    2012-06-01

    We consider compact Lie group extensions of expanding maps of the circle, essentially restricting to SU(2) extensions. The main objective of the paper is the associated Ruelle transfer (or pull-back) operator \\hat{\\msF} . Harmonic analysis yields a natural decomposition \\hat{\\msF}=\\oplus\\hat{F}_{j} , where j indexes irreducible representation spaces. Using semi-classical techniques we extend a previous result by Faure proving an asymptotic spectral gap for the family \\{\\hat{F}_{j}\\} when restricted to adapted spaces of distributions. Our main result is a fractal Weyl upper bound for the number of eigenvalues (the Ruelle resonances) of these operators out of some fixed disc centred on 0 in the complex plane.

  14. Relativistic corrections to the Moyal-Weyl spacetime

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    Much, A.

    2015-02-15

    We use the framework of quantum field theory to obtain by deformation the Moyal-Weyl spacetime. This idea is extracted from recent progress in deformation theory concerning the emergence of the quantum plane of the Landau-quantization. The quantum field theoretical emerging spacetime is not equal to the standard Moyal-Weyl plane, but terms resembling relativistic corrections occur.

  15. Super-Weyl invariance in 5D supergravity

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    Kuzenko, Sergei M.; Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli, Gabriele

    2008-04-01

    We propose a superspace formulation for the Weyl multiplet of Script N = 1 conformal supergravity in five dimensions. The corresponding superspace constraints are invariant under super-Weyl transformations generated by a real scalar parameter. The minimal supergravity multiplet, which was introduced by Howe in 1981, emerges if one couples the Weyl multiplet to an Abelian vector multiplet and then breaks the super-Weyl invariance by imposing the gauge condition W = 1, with W the field strength of the vector multiplet. The geometry of superspace is shown to allow the existence of a large family of off-shell supermultiplets that possess uniquely determined super-Weyl transformation laws and can be used to describe supersymmetric matter. Many of these supermultiplets have not appeared within the superconformal tensor calculus. We formulate a manifestly locally supersymmetric and super-Weyl invariant action principle. In the super-Weyl gauge W = 1, this action reduces to that constructed in arXiv:0712.3102. We also present a superspace formulation for the dilaton Weyl multiplet.

  16. Chiral wave-packet scattering in Weyl semimetals

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    Jiang, Qing-Dong; Jiang, Hua; Liu, Haiwen; Sun, Qing-Feng; Xie, X. C.

    2016-05-01

    In quantum mechanics, a particle is best described by the wave packet instead of the plane wave. Here, we study the wave-packet scattering problem in Weyl semimetals with the low-energy Weyl fermions of different chiralities. Our results show that the wave packet acquires a chirality-protected shift in the single-impurity scattering process. More importantly, the chirality-protected shift can lead to an anomalous scattering probability, and thus affects the transport properties in Weyl semimetals. We find that the ratio between the transport lifetime and the quantum lifetime increases sharply when the Fermi energy approaches the Weyl nodes, providing an explanation of the experimentally observed ultrahigh mobility in topological (Weyl or Dirac) semimetals.

  17. Floquet Weyl phases in a three-dimensional network model

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    Wang, Hailong; Zhou, Longwen; Chong, Y. D.

    2016-04-01

    We study the topological properties of three-dimensional (3D) Floquet band structures, which are defined using unitary evolution matrices rather than Hamiltonians. Previously, two-dimensional band structures of this sort have been shown to exhibit anomalous topological behaviors, such as topologically nontrivial zero-Chern-number phases. We show that the band structure of a 3D network model can exhibit Weyl phases, which feature "Fermi arc" surface states like those found in Weyl semimetals. Tuning the network's coupling parameters can induce transitions between Weyl phases and various topologically distinct gapped phases. We identify a connection between the topology of the gapped phases and the topology of Weyl point trajectories in k space. The model is feasible to realize in custom electromagnetic networks, where the Weyl point trajectories can be probed by scattering parameter measurements.

  18. Holographic p-wave superconductor models with Weyl corrections

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    Zhang, Lu; Pan, Qiyuan; Jing, Jiliang

    2015-04-01

    We study the effect of the Weyl corrections on the holographic p-wave dual models in the backgrounds of AdS soliton and AdS black hole via a Maxwell complex vector field model by using the numerical and analytical methods. We find that, in the soliton background, the Weyl corrections do not influence the properties of the holographic p-wave insulator/superconductor phase transition, which is different from that of the Yang-Mills theory. However, in the black hole background, we observe that similarly to the Weyl correction effects in the Yang-Mills theory, the higher Weyl corrections make it easier for the p-wave metal/superconductor phase transition to be triggered, which shows that these two p-wave models with Weyl corrections share some similar features for the condensation of the vector operator.

  19. Magnetic torque anomaly in the quantum limit of Weyl semimetals

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    Moll, Philip J. W.; Potter, Andrew C.; Nair, Nityan L.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Modic, K. A.; Riggs, Scott; Zeng, Bin; Ghimire, Nirmal J.; Bauer, Eric D.; Kealhofer, Robert; Ronning, Filip; Analytis, James G.

    2016-01-01

    Electrons in materials with linear dispersion behave as massless Weyl- or Dirac-quasiparticles, and continue to intrigue due to their close resemblance to elusive ultra-relativistic particles as well as their potential for future electronics. Yet the experimental signatures of Weyl-fermions are often subtle and indirect, in particular if they coexist with conventional, massive quasiparticles. Here we show a pronounced anomaly in the magnetic torque of the Weyl semimetal NbAs upon entering the quantum limit state in high magnetic fields. The torque changes sign in the quantum limit, signalling a reversal of the magnetic anisotropy that can be directly attributed to the topological nature of the Weyl electrons. Our results establish that anomalous quantum limit torque measurements provide a direct experimental method to identify and distinguish Weyl and Dirac systems. PMID:27545105

  20. Magnetic torque anomaly in the quantum limit of Weyl semimetals.

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    Moll, Philip J W; Potter, Andrew C; Nair, Nityan L; Ramshaw, B J; Modic, K A; Riggs, Scott; Zeng, Bin; Ghimire, Nirmal J; Bauer, Eric D; Kealhofer, Robert; Ronning, Filip; Analytis, James G

    2016-01-01

    Electrons in materials with linear dispersion behave as massless Weyl- or Dirac-quasiparticles, and continue to intrigue due to their close resemblance to elusive ultra-relativistic particles as well as their potential for future electronics. Yet the experimental signatures of Weyl-fermions are often subtle and indirect, in particular if they coexist with conventional, massive quasiparticles. Here we show a pronounced anomaly in the magnetic torque of the Weyl semimetal NbAs upon entering the quantum limit state in high magnetic fields. The torque changes sign in the quantum limit, signalling a reversal of the magnetic anisotropy that can be directly attributed to the topological nature of the Weyl electrons. Our results establish that anomalous quantum limit torque measurements provide a direct experimental method to identify and distinguish Weyl and Dirac systems. PMID:27545105

  1. Some cosmological consequences of Weyl invariance

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    Alvarez, Enrique; González-Martín, Sergio; Herrero-Valea, Mario

    2015-03-19

    We examine some Weyl invariant cosmological models in the framework of generalized dilaton gravity, in which the action is made of a set of N conformally coupled scalar fields. It will be shown that when the FRW ansatz for the spacetime metric is assumed, the Ward identity for conformal invariance guarantees that the gravitational equations hold whenever the scalar fields EM do so. It follows that any scale factor can solve the theory provided a non-trivial profile for a dilaton field. In particular, accelerated expansion is a natural solution to the full set of equations.

  2. Photovoltaic chiral magnetic effect in Weyl semimetals

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    Taguchi, Katsuhisa; Imaeda, Tatsushi; Sato, Masatoshi; Tanaka, Yukio

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically predict current generation in Weyl semimetals when circularly polarized light is applied. The electric field of the light can drive an effective magnetic field on the order of 10 T. For lower-frequency light, a nonequilibrium spin distribution is formed near the Fermi surface. Spin-momentum locking induces a giant electric current proportional to the effective magnetic field. In contrast, higher-frequency light realizes a quasistatic Floquet state with no induced electric current. We discuss the relevant materials and estimate the order of magnitude of the induced current.

  3. The pointwise product in Weyl quantization

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    Dubin, D. A.; Hennings, M. A.

    2004-07-01

    We study the odot-product of Bracken [1], which is the Weyl quantized version of the pointwise product of functions in phase space. We prove that it is not compatible with the algebras of finite rank and Hilbert-Schmidt operators. By solving the linearization problem for the special Hermite functions, we are able to express the odot-product in terms of the component operators, mediated by the linearization coefficients. This is applied to finite rank operators and their matrices, and operators whose symbols are radial and angular distributions.

  4. Genome Data Mining and Soil Survey for the Novel Group 5 [NiFe]-Hydrogenase To Explore the Diversity and Ecological Importance of Presumptive High-Affinity H2-Oxidizing Bacteria ▿†

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    Constant, Philippe; Chowdhury, Soumitra Paul; Hesse, Laura; Pratscher, Jennifer; Conrad, Ralf

    2011-01-01

    Streptomyces soil isolates exhibiting the unique ability to oxidize atmospheric H2 possess genes specifying a putative high-affinity [NiFe]-hydrogenase. This study was undertaken to explore the taxonomic diversity and the ecological importance of this novel functional group. We propose to designate the genes encoding the small and large subunits of the putative high-affinity hydrogenase hhyS and hhyL, respectively. Genome data mining revealed that the hhyL gene is unevenly distributed in the phyla Actinobacteria, Proteobacteria, Chloroflexi, and Acidobacteria. The hhyL gene sequences comprised a phylogenetically distinct group, namely, the group 5 [NiFe]-hydrogenase genes. The presumptive high-affinity H2-oxidizing bacteria constituting group 5 were shown to possess a hydrogenase gene cluster, including the genes encoding auxiliary and structural components of the enzyme and four additional open reading frames (ORFs) of unknown function. A soil survey confirmed that both high-affinity H2 oxidation activity and the hhyL gene are ubiquitous. A quantitative PCR assay revealed that soil contained 106 to 108 hhyL gene copies g (dry weight)−1. Assuming one hhyL gene copy per genome, the abundance of presumptive high-affinity H2-oxidizing bacteria was higher than the maximal population size for which maintenance energy requirements would be fully supplied through the H2 oxidation activity measured in soil. Our data indicate that the abundance of the hhyL gene should not be taken as a reliable proxy for the uptake of atmospheric H2 by soil, because high-affinity H2 oxidation is a facultatively mixotrophic metabolism, and microorganisms harboring a nonfunctional group 5 [NiFe]-hydrogenase may occur. PMID:21742924

  5. Hirota equations associated with simply laced affine Lie algebras: The cuspidal class E6 of {{e}}_6^{(1)}

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    Dodd, R. K.

    2014-02-01

    In this paper we derive Hirota equations associated with the simply laced affine Lie algebras {{g}}^{(1)}, where {{g}} is one of the simply laced complex Lie algebras {{a}}_n, {{d}}_n, {{e}}_6, {{e}}_7 or {{e}}_8, defined by finite order automorphisms of {{g}} which we call Lepowsky automorphisms. In particular, we investigate the Hirota equations for Lepowsky automorphisms of {{e}}_6 defined by the cuspidal class E6 of the Weyl group W(E6) of {{e}}_6. We also investigate the relationship between the Lepowsky automorphisms of the simply laced complex Lie algebras {{g}} and the conjugate canonical automorphisms defined by Kac. This analysis is applied to identify the canonical automorphisms for the cuspidal class E6 of {{e}}_6.

  6. Bonding of methyl mercury to reduced sulfur groups in soil and stream organic matter as determined by x-ray absorption spectroscopy and binding affinity studies

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    Qian, Jin; Skyllberg, Ulf; Frech, Wolfgang; Bleam, William F.; Bloom, Paul R.; Petit, Pierre Emmanuel

    2002-11-01

    We combined synchrotron-based X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and binding affinity studies to determine the coordination, geometry, and strength of methyl mercury, CH 3Hg (II), bonding in soil and stream organic matter. Samples of organic soil (OS), potentially soluble organic substances (PSOS) from the soil, and organic substances from a stream (SOS) draining the soil were taken along a short "hydrological transect." We determined the sum of concentrations of highly reduced organic S groups (designated Org-S RED), such as thiol (RSH), disulfane (RSSH), sulfide (RSR), and disulfide (RSSR), using sulfur K-edge XANES. Org-S RED varied between 27% and 64% of total S in our samples. Hg LIII-edge EXAFS analysis were determined on samples added CH 3Hg (II) to yield CH 3Hg (II)/Org-S RED ratios in the range 0.01-1.62. At low ratios, Hg was associated to one C atom (the methyl group) at an average distance of 2.03 ± 0.02 Å and to one S atom at an average distance of 2.34 ± 0.03 Å, in the first coordination shell. At calculated CH 3Hg(II)/Org-S RED ratios above 0.37 in OS, 0.32 in PSOS, and 0.24 in SOS, the organic S sites were saturated by CH 3Hg +, and O (and/or N) atoms were found in the first coordination shell of Hg at an average distance of 2.09 ± 0.01 Å. Based on the assumption that RSH (and possibly RSSH) groups take part in the complexation of CH 3Hg +, whereas RSSR and RSR groups do not, approximately 17% of total organic S consisted of RSH (+ RSSH) functionalities in the organic soil. Corresponding figures for samples PSOS and SOS were 14% and 9%, respectively. Competitive complexation of CH 3Hg + by halide ions was used to determine the average binding strength of native concentrations of CH 3Hg (II) in the OS sample. Using data for Org-S RED, calculated surface complexation constants were in the range from 10 16.3 to 10 16.7 for a model RSH site having an acidity

  7. Two-parameter asymptotics in magnetic Weyl calculus

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    Lein, Max

    2010-12-01

    This paper is concerned with small parameter asymptotics of magnetic quantum systems. In addition to a semiclassical parameter ɛ, the case of small coupling λ to the magnetic vector potential naturally occurs in this context. Magnetic Weyl calculus is adapted to incorporate both parameters, at least one of which needs to be small. Of particular interest is the expansion of the Weyl product which can be used to expand the product of operators in a small parameter, a technique which is prominent to obtain perturbation expansions. Three asymptotic expansions for the magnetic Weyl product of two Hörmander class symbols are proven as (i) ɛ ≪ 1 and λ ≪ 1, (ii) ɛ ≪ 1 and λ = 1, as well as (iii) ɛ = 1 and λ ≪ 1. Expansions (i) and (iii) are impossible to obtain with ordinary Weyl calculus. Furthermore, I relate the results derived by ordinary Weyl calculus with those obtained with magnetic Weyl calculus by one- and two-parameter expansions. To show the power and versatility of magnetic Weyl calculus, I derive the semirelativistic Pauli equation as a scaling limit from the Dirac equation up to errors of fourth order in 1/c.

  8. Landau levels and longitudinal magnetoresistance in generalized Weyl semimetals

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    Li, Xiao; Roy, Bitan

    The notion of axial anomaly is a venerable concept in quantum field theory that has received ample attention in condensed matter physics due to the discovery of Weyl materials (WSMs). In such systems Kramers non-degenerate bands touch at isolated points in the Brillouin zone that act as (anti)monopoles of Berry flux, and the monopole number (m) defines the topological invariant of the system. Although so far only simple WSMs (with m = 1) has been found in various inversion and/or time-reversal asymmetric systems, generalized Weyl semimetals with m > 1 can also be found in nature, for example double-Weyl semimetals in HgCr2Se4 and SrSi2 and triple-Weyl semimetals. In this work, we demonstrate the Landau level spectrum in generalized Weyl systems and its ramification on longitudinal magnetotransport measurements. We show that in the quantum limit generalized Weyl semimetals display negative longitudinal magnetoresistance due to the chiral anomaly. Moreover, the magnetoresistance has nontrivial dependence on the relative orientation of the external fields with the crystallographic axis, stemming from underlying anisotropic quasiparticle dispersion in the pristine system. Our theory can thus provide diagnostic tools to pin the quasiparticle properties in Weyl systems.

  9. Two-parameter asymptotics in magnetic Weyl calculus

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    Lein, Max

    2010-12-15

    This paper is concerned with small parameter asymptotics of magnetic quantum systems. In addition to a semiclassical parameter {epsilon}, the case of small coupling {lambda} to the magnetic vector potential naturally occurs in this context. Magnetic Weyl calculus is adapted to incorporate both parameters, at least one of which needs to be small. Of particular interest is the expansion of the Weyl product which can be used to expand the product of operators in a small parameter, a technique which is prominent to obtain perturbation expansions. Three asymptotic expansions for the magnetic Weyl product of two Hoermander class symbols are proven as (i) {epsilon}<< 1 and {lambda}<< 1, (ii) {epsilon}<< 1 and {lambda}= 1, as well as (iii) {epsilon}= 1 and {lambda}<< 1. Expansions (i) and (iii) are impossible to obtain with ordinary Weyl calculus. Furthermore, I relate the results derived by ordinary Weyl calculus with those obtained with magnetic Weyl calculus by one- and two-parameter expansions. To show the power and versatility of magnetic Weyl calculus, I derive the semirelativistic Pauli equation as a scaling limit from the Dirac equation up to errors of fourth order in 1/c.

  10. a Derivation of the Weyl Ordered Form of Two-Mode Fresnel Operator by Virtue of the Weyl Operator Ordering Method

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    Ren, Gang; Du, Jian-Ming

    2012-06-01

    Based on the technique of integration with a Weyl ordered product (IWWOP) for the two-mode operator, we derive out the Weyl ordered form of two-mode Fresnel operator (TFO). The multiplication rule for TFO and the matrix element of Weyl ordered form of TFO in coordinate eigenstates are also discussed.

  11. A Heisenberg Algebra Bundle of a Vector Field in Three-Space and its Weyl Quantization

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    Binz, Ernst; Pods, Sonja

    2006-01-04

    In these notes we associate a natural Heisenberg group bundle Ha with a singularity free smooth vector field X = (id,a) on a submanifold M in a Euclidean three-space. This bundle yields naturally an infinite dimensional Heisenberg group H{sub X}{sup {infinity}}. A representation of the C*-group algebra of H{sub X}{sup {infinity}} is a quantization. It causes a natural Weyl-deformation quantization of X. The influence of the topological structure of M on this quantization is encoded in the Chern class of a canonical complex line bundle inside Ha.

  12. Conformal Weyl Gravity and Perihelion Precession

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    Sultana, Joseph; Kazanas, Demosthenes; Said, Jakson, Levi

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the perihelion shift of planetary motion in conformal Weyl gravity using the metric of the static, spherically symmetric solution discovered by Mannheim and Kazanas. To this end we employ a procedure similar to that used by Weinberg for the Schwarzschild solution, which has also been used recently to study the solar system effects of the cosmological constant Lambda. We show that besides the general relativistic terms obtained earlier from the Schwarzschild-de Sitter solution, the expression for the perihelion shift includes a negative contribution which arises from the linear term gamma ray in the metric. Using data for perihelion shift observations, we obtain constraints on the value of the constant gammma similar to that obtained earlier using galactic rotational curves.

  13. Massive mesons in Weyl-Dirac theory

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    Mirabotalebi, S.; Ahmadi, F.; Salehi, H.

    2008-01-01

    In order to study the mass generation of the vector fields in the framework of a conformal invariant gravitational model, the Weyl-Dirac theory is considered. The mass of the Weyl’s meson fields plays a principal role in this theory, it connects basically the conformal and gauge symmetries. We estimate this mass by using the large-scale characteristics of the observed universe. To do this we firstly specify a preferred conformal frame as a cosmological frame, then in this frame, we introduce an exact possible solution of the theory. We also study the dynamical effect of the massive vector meson fields on the trajectories of an elementary particle. We show that a local change of the cosmological frame leads to a Hamilton-Jacobi equation describing a particle with an adjustable mass. The dynamical effect of the massive vector meson field presents itself in the form of a correction term for the mass of the particle.

  14. Bending of light in conformal Weyl gravity

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    Sultana, Joseph; Kazanas, Demosthenes

    2010-06-01

    We reexamine the bending of light issue associated with the metric of the static, spherically symmetric solution of Weyl gravity discovered by Mannheim and Kazanas (1989). To this end we employ the procedure used recently by Rindler and Ishak to obtain the bending angle of light by a centrally concentrated spherically symmetric matter distribution in a Schwarzschild-de Sitter background. In earlier studies the term γr in the metric led to the paradoxical result of a bending angle proportional to the photon impact parameter, when using the usual formalism appropriate to asymptotically flat space-times. However, employing the approach of light bending of Rindler and Ishak we show that the effects of this term are in fact insignificant, with the discrepancy between the two procedures attributed to the definition of the bending angle between the asymptotically flat and nonflat spaces.

  15. Optical spectroscopy study of Weyl Semimetal NbP

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    Yang, Jeremy; Jiang, Yuxuan; Dun, Zhiling; Zhou, Haidong; Smirnov, Dmitry; Jiang, Zhigang

    Weyl semimetals have attracted much interest lately because of its unique band structure, where conduction band and valence band touch at discrete points. Here, we report on optical spectroscopy study of Weyl semimetal NbP, seeking evidence for the existence of Weyl fermions. Specifically, using Raman spectroscopy we investigate the anisotropic response of Raman-active phonon modes in NbP and compare with Quantum Espresso simulations. Using magneto-infrared spectroscopy in a high magnetic field up to 17.5T, we observe several Landau level transitions and compare with the theoretical model of three-dimensional massless Dirac/Weyl fermions. By combining our data with low-temperature magneto-transport measurement, the magnetic field dispersion of Landau levels in NbP is obtained.

  16. FLRW cosmology in Weyl-integrable space-time

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    Gannouji, Radouane; Nandan, Hemwati; Dadhich, Naresh E-mail: hntheory@yahoo.co.in

    2011-11-01

    We investigate the Weyl space-time extension of general relativity (GR) for studying the FLRW cosmology through focusing and defocusing of the geodesic congruences. We have derived the equations of evolution for expansion, shear and rotation in the Weyl space-time. In particular, we consider the Starobinsky modification, f(R) = R+βR{sup 2}−2Λ, of gravity in the Einstein-Palatini formalism, which turns out to reduce to the Weyl integrable space-time (WIST) with the Weyl vector being a gradient. The modified Raychaudhuri equation takes the form of the Hill-type equation which is then analysed to study the formation of the caustics. In this model, it is possible to have a Big Bang singularity free cyclic Universe but unfortunately the periodicity turns out to be extremely short.

  17. Weyl Superfluidity in a Three-dimensional Dipolar Fermi Gas

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    Liu, Bo; Li, Xiaopeng; Yin, Lan; Liu, W. Vincent

    2015-03-01

    Weyl superconductivity or superfluidity, a fascinating topological state of matter, features novel phenomena such as emergent Weyl fermionic excitations and anomalies. Here we report that an anisotropic Weyl superfluid state can arise as a low temperature stable phase in a 3D dipolar Fermi gas. A crucial ingredient of our model is a direction-dependent two-body effective attraction generated by a rotating external field. Experimental signatures are predicted for cold gases in radio-frequency spectroscopy. The finite temperature phase diagram of this system is studied and the transition temperature of the Weyl superfluidity is found to be within the experimental scope for atomic dipolar Fermi gases. Work supported in part by U.S. ARO, AFOSR, DARPA-OLE-ARO, Charles E. Kaufman Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation, JQI-NSF-PFC, ARO-Atomtronics-MURI, and NSF of China.

  18. Weyl holographic superconductor in the Lifshitz black hole background

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    Mansoori, S. A. Hosseini; Mirza, B.; Mokhtari, A.; Dezaki, F. Lalehgani; Sherkatghanad, Z.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate analytically the properties of the Weyl holographic superconductor in the Lifshitz black hole background. We find that the critical temperature of the Weyl superconductor decreases with increasing Lifshitz dynamical exponent, z, indicating that condensation becomes difficult. In addition, it is found that the critical temperature and condensation operator could be affected by applying the Weyl coupling, γ. Moreover, we compute the critical magnetic field and investigate its dependence on the parameters γ and z. Finally, we show numerically that the Weyl coupling parameter γ and the Lifshitz dynamical exponent z together control the size and strength of the conductivity peak and the ratio of gap frequency over critical temperature ω g /T c .

  19. RKKY interaction of magnetic impurities in Dirac and Weyl semimetals

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    Chang, Hao-Ran; Zhou, Jianhui; Wang, Shi-Xiong; Shan, Wen-Yu; Xiao, Di

    2015-12-01

    We theoretically study the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between magnetic impurities in both Dirac and Weyl semimetals (SMs). We find that the internode process, as well as the unique three-dimensional spin-momentum locking, has significant influences on the RKKY interaction, resulting in both a Heisenberg and an Ising term, and an additional Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya term if the inversion symmetry is absent. These interactions can lead to rich spin textures and possible ferromagnetism in Dirac and time-reversal symmetry-invariant Weyl SMs. The effect of anisotropic Dirac and Weyl nodes on the RKKY interaction is also discussed. Our results provide an alternative scheme to engineer topological SMs and shed new light on the application of Dirac and Weyl SMs in spintronics.

  20. Emergent Weyl excitations in systems of polar particles

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    Syzranov, Sergey; Wall, Michael; Zhu, Bihui; Gurarie, Victor; Rey, Ana Maria

    2016-05-01

    Systems with Weyl quasiparticle dispersion have been predicted to display a plethora of novel fascinating phenomena: chiral anomaly, topologically protected Fermi arcs on the surfaces, non-Anderson disorder-driven transitions, etc. Over the last several years enormous research efforts have been directed at finding new Weyl semimetals in solid-state systems and ways to realise them in ultracold atomic gases. We demonstrate that excitations with Weyl dispersion generically exist in three-dimensional systems of polar particles in the presence of magnetic field. They emerge due to the dipolar-interaction-induced transitions between the J = 0 and J = 1 angular-momentum states of the particles. Also, we calculate the quasiparticle spectra microscopically for systems of alkaline-earth atoms that can be realised experimentally and suggest a Ramsey-spectroscopy protocol for observing Weyl excitations in them.

  1. Structured Weyl Points in Spin-Orbit Coupled Fermionic Superfluids

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    Xu, Yong; Zhang, Fan; Zhang, Chuanwei

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate that a Weyl point, widely examined in 3D Weyl semimetals and superfluids, can develop a pair of nondegenerate gapless spheres. Such a bouquet of two spheres is characterized by three distinct topological invariants of manifolds with full energy gaps, i.e., the Chern number of a 0D point inside one developed sphere, the winding number of a 1D loop around the original Weyl point, and the Chern number of a 2D surface enclosing the whole bouquet. We show that such structured Weyl points can be realized in the superfluid quasiparticle spectrum of a 3D degenerate Fermi gas subject to spin-orbit couplings and Zeeman fields, which supports Fulde-Ferrell superfluids as the ground state.

  2. Weyl Node and Spin Texture in Trigonal Tellurium and Selenium

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    Hirayama, Motoaki; Okugawa, Ryo; Ishibashi, Shoji; Murakami, Shuichi; Miyake, Takashi

    2015-05-01

    We study Weyl nodes in materials with broken inversion symmetry. We find based on first-principles calculations that trigonal Te and Se have multiple Weyl nodes near the Fermi level. The conduction bands have a spin splitting similar to the Rashba splitting around the H points, but unlike the Rashba splitting the spin directions are radial, forming a hedgehog spin texture around the H points, with a nonzero Pontryagin index for each spin-split conduction band. The Weyl semimetal phase, which has never been observed in real materials without inversion symmetry, is realized under pressure. The evolution of the spin texture by varying the pressure can be explained by the evolution of the Weyl nodes in k space.

  3. Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction in Weyl semimetals

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    Hosseini, Mir Vahid; Askari, Mehdi

    2015-12-01

    We theoretically demonstrate the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction between magnetic impurities that is mediated by the Weyl fermions embedded inside a three-dimensional Weyl semimetal (WSM). The WSM is characterized by a pair of Weyl points separated in the momentum space. Using the Green's function method and a two-band model, we show that four terms contribute to the magnetic impurity interaction in the WSM phase: the Heisenberg, Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya, spin-frustrated, and Ising terms. Except for the last term which is vanishingly small in the plane perpendicular to the line connecting two Weyl points, all the other interaction terms are finite. Furthermore, the magnetic spins of the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya and spin-frustrated terms lie in the plane perpendicular to the line connecting two Weyl points, but in this plane, the magnetic spins of the Ising term have no components. For each contribution, an analytical expression is obtained, falling off with a spatial dependence as R-5 at Weyl points and showing beating behavior that depends on the direction between two magnetic impurities.

  4. Linear magnetoconductivity in an intrinsic topological Weyl semimetal

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    Zhang, Song-Bo; Lu, Hai-Zhou; Shen, Shun-Qing

    2016-05-01

    Searching for the signature of the violation of chiral charge conservation in solids has inspired a growing passion for the magneto-transport in topological semimetals. One of the open questions is how the conductivity depends on magnetic fields in a semimetal phase when the Fermi energy crosses the Weyl nodes. Here, we study both the longitudinal and transverse magnetoconductivity of a topological Weyl semimetal near the Weyl nodes with the help of a two-node model that includes all the topological semimetal properties. In the semimetal phase, the Fermi energy crosses only the 0th Landau bands in magnetic fields. For a finite potential range of impurities, it is found that both the longitudinal and transverse magnetoconductivity are positive and linear at the Weyl nodes, leading to an anisotropic and negative magnetoresistivity. The longitudinal magnetoconductivity depends on the potential range of impurities. The longitudinal conductivity remains finite at zero field, even though the density of states vanishes at the Weyl nodes. This work establishes a relation between the linear magnetoconductivity and the intrinsic topological Weyl semimetal phase.

  5. Thermo-electric transports in double-Weyl semimetals

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    Chen, Qi; Fiete, Gregory A.

    Topological Weyl semimetals with linearly dispersing nodal points have received a surge of interest due to their experimental realization in real materials. Another nontrivial type of band crossing whose dispersion is not simply linear is the double Weyl point, around which the spectrum disperses linearly along one momentum direction but quadratically along the two remaining directions. In this work, we apply the semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory to study the thermo-electric conductivity of a double-Weyl fermion model. We find that the transport quantities exhibit an interesting dependence on the chemical potential and spatial anisotropic model parameters, differing from a simple quadratically or linearly dispersing electron gas. By applying a static magnetic field, we find that the double-Weyl point is only stable for a magnetic field along the linearly dispersing direction. The longitudinal and transverse electrical and thermal magneto-conductivity show a similar dependence on the in-plane cyclotron frequency to the linearly dispersing Weyl nodes. In the extreme quantum limit of chemical potential being much smaller than the cyclotron energy, we find that the lowest Landau levels are both chiral and doubly degenerate. The chiral anomaly contribution to the longitudinal magneto-conductivity is double that of a linearly dispersing Weyl node.

  6. Chiral nodes and oscillations in the Josephson current in Weyl semimetals

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    Khanna, Udit; Mukherjee, Dibya Kanti; Kundu, Arijit; Rao, Sumathi

    2016-03-01

    The separation of the Weyl nodes in a broken time-reversal symmetric Weyl semimetal leads to helical quasiparticle excitations at the Weyl nodes which, when coupled with overall spin conservation, allows only internodal transport at the junction of the Weyl semimetal with a superconductor. This leads to an unusual periodic oscillation in the Josephson current as a function of k0L , where L is the length of the Weyl semimetal and 2 k0 is the internodal distance. This oscillation is robust and should be experimentally measurable, providing a direct path to confirming the existence of chiral nodes in the Weyl semimetal.

  7. Spinors, gravity and recalibration invariance. Microphysical motivation for the weyl geometry

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    Sławianowski, Jan J.

    1995-02-01

    Discussed is the status of scale and internal geometry in the theory of mutually interacting gravitational and spinor fields. Suggested is a class of dynamical models free of any introduced by hand scale standards, absolute objects, etc. in internal spaces of field multiplets. Weyl geometry of the physical space-time seems to be implied by the Finkelstein-Penrose-Weizsäcker idea [2,12] about two-component complex objects which describe an ultimate physical reality, underlying quantum phenomena and spatio-temporal structures. There are certain links with the Hehl's idea of dilaton [7] and the metric-affine gravitation theory. Our analysis seems to suggest that some short-range massive modes may appear in the gravitational sector of field quantities.

  8. Report: Affinity Chromatography.

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    Walters, Rodney R.

    1985-01-01

    Supports, affinity ligands, immobilization, elution methods, and a number of applications are among the topics considered in this discussion of affinity chromatography. An outline of the basic principles of affinity chromatography is included. (JN)

  9. Weyl, Dirac and Maxwell Quantum Cellular Automata

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    Bisio, Alessandro; D'Ariano, Giacomo Mauro; Perinotti, Paolo; Tosini, Alessandro

    2015-10-01

    Recent advances on quantum foundations achieved the derivation of free quantum field theory from general principles, without referring to mechanical notions and relativistic invariance. From the aforementioned principles a quantum cellular automata (QCA) theory follows, whose relativistic limit of small wave-vector provides the free dynamics of quantum field theory. The QCA theory can be regarded as an extended quantum field theory that describes in a unified way all scales ranging from an hypothetical discrete Planck scale up to the usual Fermi scale. The present paper reviews the automaton theory for the Weyl field, and the composite automata for Dirac and Maxwell fields. We then give a simple analysis of the dynamics in the momentum space in terms of a dispersive differential equation for narrowband wave-packets. We then review the phenomenology of the free-field automaton and consider possible visible effects arising from the discreteness of the framework. We conclude introducing the consequences of the automaton dispersion relation, leading to a deformed Lorentz covariance and to possible effects on the thermodynamics of ideal gases.

  10. Surface states of massive Dirac fermions with separated Weyl nodes

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    Buividovich, P. V.

    2016-01-01

    We derive the spectra of surface states for massive Dirac Hamiltonians with either momentum or energy separation between the left- and right-handed Weyl nodes. Momentum separation between the Weyl nodes corresponds to the explicitly broken time-reversal symmetry and the energy separation - to broken parity. Such Hamiltonians provide the simplest model description of Weyl semimetals. We find that the only effect of the energy separation between the Weyl nodes is to decrease the Fermi velocity in the linear dispersion relation of the surface states of massive Dirac Hamiltonian. In the case of broken time-reversal symmetry, the spectrum of surface states interpolates in a nontrivial way between the Fermi arc-type and the Dirac cone-type dispersion relations. In particular we find that for all values of the mass and the momentum separation between the Weyl nodes the surface states only exist in a strip of finite width in momentum space. We give also some simpler examples of surface states in order to make these notes more pedagogical.

  11. Negative longitudinal magnetoresistance in Dirac and Weyl metals

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    Burkov, A. A.

    2015-06-01

    It has recently been found that Dirac and Weyl metals are characterized by an unusual weak-field longitudinal magnetoresistance: large, negative, and quadratic in the magnetic field. This has been shown to arise from the chiral anomaly, i.e., nonconservation of the chiral charge in the presence of external electric and magnetic fields, oriented collinearly. In this paper we report on a theory of this effect in both Dirac and Weyl metals. We demonstrate that this phenomenon contains two important ingredients. One is the magnetic-field-induced coupling between the chiral and the total (or vector, in relativistic field theory terminology) charge densities. This arises from the Berry curvature and is present in principle whenever the Berry curvature is nonzero, i.e., is nonspecific to Dirac and Weyl metals. This coupling, however, leads to a large negative quadratic magnetoresistance only when the second ingredient is present, namely when the chiral charge density is a nearly conserved quantity with a long relaxation time. This property is specific to Dirac and Weyl metals and is realized only when the Fermi energy is close to Dirac or Weyl nodes, expressing an important low-energy property of these materials, emergent chiral symmetry.

  12. Disorder and Metal-Insulator Transitions in Weyl Semimetals.

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    Chen, Chui-Zhen; Song, Juntao; Jiang, Hua; Sun, Qing-feng; Wang, Ziqiang; Xie, X C

    2015-12-11

    The Weyl semimetal (WSM) is a newly proposed quantum state of matter. It has Weyl nodes in bulk excitations and Fermi arc surface states. We study the effects of disorder and localization in WSMs and find three novel phase transitions. (i) Two Weyl nodes near the Brillouin zone boundary can be annihilated pairwise by disorder scattering, resulting in the opening of a topologically nontrivial gap and a transition from a WSM to a three-dimensional quantum anomalous Hall state. (ii) When the two Weyl nodes are well separated in momentum space, the emergent bulk extended states can give rise to a direct transition from a WSM to a 3D diffusive anomalous Hall metal. (iii) Two Weyl nodes can emerge near the zone center when an insulating gap closes with increasing disorder, enabling a direct transition from a normal band insulator to a WSM. We determine the phase diagram by numerically computing the localization length and the Hall conductivity, and propose that the novel phase transitions can be realized on a photonic lattice. PMID:26705648

  13. [Analysis of the impact of heparin on the affinity of high mobility group box-1 protein and the receptor of advanced glycation end products by surface plasmon resonance technology].

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    Ling, Yan; Wang, Chun-You; Yang, Zhi-Yong

    2009-11-01

    To investigate the affinity constants of heparin with high mobility group protein 1(HMGB1) and HMGB1 with the receptor of advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and to analyze the impact of heparin on the affinity of HMGB1 and RAGE, the standard BIAcore amine coupling chemistry protocol using EDC and NHS was employed for immobilizing. Surface plasmon resonance biosensor technology was used to detect the affinity constants of heparin/HMGB1, HMGB1/RAGE and heparin/ RAGE. Binding analysis was used to investigate the impact of heparin on the affinity of HMGB1 and RAGE. After the immobilization, 9 000 and 5 000 RU rise of HMGB1 and RAGE respectively were obtained. These meant that the immobilized values of HMGB1 and RAGE were about 9 and 5 ng x mm(-2) respectively. The kinetic constants were k(a) = 1.78 x 10(5) L x mol(-1) x s(-1), kd = 8.02 x 10(-4) s(-1), and the affinity constants were KA = 2.22 x 10(8) L x mol(-1), the equilibrium dissociation constant K(D) = 4.5 x 10(-9) mol x L(-1) for heparin and HMGB1; while the kinetic constants were k(a) = 1.85 x 10(3) L x mol(-1) x s(-1), k(d) = 1.81 x 10(-4) s(-1), K(A) = 1.02 x 10(7) L x mol(-1), K(D) = 9.77 x 10(-8) mol x L(-1) for HMGB1 and RAGE; there was very low affinity of heparin with RAGE. The highest concentration of 10 000 u x L(-1) of heparin in this experiment did not reach the saturation with HMGB1. After 50 mg x L(-1) of HMGB1 was mixed with heparin of 50, 100, 1 000, 10 000 u x L(-1), the combining amount of HMGB1 and RAGE declined from 100 to 50 RU. But there were no significant differences between different concentrations of heparin. It was concluded that heparin can combine with HMGB1 and affect the affinity of HMGB1/RAGE. In addition, this impact was not in a dose-dependent manner. PMID:20101991

  14. Anomalous Weyl superfluid in three-dimensional ultracold fermionic gases

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    Huang, Beibing

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we use layer construction method to construct an experimentally feasible model to realize one type of anomalous Weyl superfluids (WS) in the context of cold fermionic gases. This exotic phase still characterizes the Weyl points in the bulk but completely different Majorana Fermi arc surface state (MFASS) on the boundaries. In contrast to conventional WS, where MFASS only connects the projection of Weyl points, new MFASS continuously stretches to the border of surface Brillouin zone. We self-consistently determine the phase diagram of model at the mean-field level to claim the achievement of anomalous WS. In addition, inversion symmetry and band inversion in this model are analyzed in detail to provide unique feature of identifying anomalous WS experimentally by momentum-resolved radio-frequency spectroscopy.

  15. Topological Imbert-Fedorov Shift in Weyl Semimetals

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    Jiang, Qing-Dong; Jiang, Hua; Liu, Haiwen; Sun, Qing-Feng; Xie, Xin-Cheng

    The Goos-Hänchen (GH) shift and the Imbert-Fedorov (IF) shift are optical phenomena which describe the longitudinal and transverse lateral shifts at the reflection interface, respectively. Here, we predict the GHIF shifts in Weyl semimetals (WSMs)--a promising material harboring low energy Weyl fermions, afermionic cousin of photons. Our results show that the GH shift in WSMs is valley independent,is analogous to that discovered in a 2D relativistic material--graphene. However, the IF shift hasbeen explored in nonoptical systems, and here we show that it is valley dependent. Furthermore, wethat the IF shift actually originates from the topological effect of the system. Experimentally, theIF shift can be utilized to characterize theWeyl semimetals, design valleytronic devices of high, and measure the Berry curvature. Morever, we investigate the transport properties of topological semimetal using the wave-packet dynamics, which give some interesting results. NBRP of China, NSF-China.

  16. Topological Imbert-Fedorov Shift in Weyl Semimetals

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    Jiang, Qing-Dong; Jiang, Hua; Liu, Haiwen; Sun, Qing-Feng; Xie, X. C.

    2015-10-01

    The Goos-Hänchen (GH) shift and the Imbert-Fedorov (IF) shift are optical phenomena which describe the longitudinal and transverse lateral shifts at the reflection interface, respectively. Here, we predict the GH and IF shifts in Weyl semimetals (WSMs)—a promising material harboring low energy Weyl fermions, a massless fermionic cousin of photons. Our results show that the GH shift in WSMs is valley independent, which is analogous to that discovered in a 2D relativistic material—graphene. However, the IF shift has never been explored in nonoptical systems, and here we show that it is valley dependent. Furthermore, we find that the IF shift actually originates from the topological effect of the system. Experimentally, the topological IF shift can be utilized to characterize the Weyl semimetals, design valleytronic devices of high efficiency, and measure the Berry curvature.

  17. Weyl and Dirac semimetals with Z2 topological charge

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    Morimoto, Takahiro; Furusaki, Akira

    2014-06-01

    We study the stability of gap-closing (Weyl or Dirac) points in the three-dimensional Brillouin zone of semimetals using Clifford algebras and their representation theory. We show that a pair of Weyl points with Z2 topological charge are stable in a semimetal with time-reversal and reflection symmetries when the square of the product of the two symmetry transformations equals minus identity. We present toy models of Z2 Weyl semimetals which have surface modes forming helical Fermi arcs. We also show that Dirac points with Z2 topological charge are stable in a semimetal with time-reversal, inversion, and SU(2) spin rotation symmetries when the square of the product of time-reversal and inversion equals plus identity. Furthermore, we briefly discuss the topological stability of point nodes in superconductors using Clifford algebras.

  18. Weyl's Raum, Zeit, Materie and its Early Reception

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    Eckes, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Let us recall first some biographical data. Hermann Weyl (1885-1955) becomes professor at the ETH (Zürich) in 1913. At that time, he is well known for his contributions in pure mathematics: Riemann surfaces and integral equations. Already in his works on integral equations -- especially in 1912-1913 -- he has strong interest in mathematical physics. Weyl's career is almost immediately interrupted by the First World War. According to Thomas Hawkins "Although at first Weyl was judged physically unfit for military service by the German army, he was finally drafted in the spring of 1915 but was discharged the following spring at the request of the Swiss government." His scientific career begins anew in 1916. During the period 1916-1923, his research is mainly devoted to the formalization of special and general relativity...

  19. Optical spectroscopy of the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Xu, B.; Dai, Y. M.; Zhao, L. X.; Wang, K.; Yang, R.; Zhang, W.; Liu, J. Y.; Xiao, H.; Chen, G. F.; Taylor, A. J.; et al

    2016-03-24

    Here, we present a systematic study of both the temperature and frequency dependence of the optical response in TaAs, a material that has recently been realized to host the Weyl semimetal state. Our study reveals that the optical conductivity of TaAs features a narrow Drude response alongside a conspicuous linear dependence on frequency. The weight of the Drude peak decreases upon cooling, following a T2 temperature dependence, in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Two linear components with distinct slopes dominate the low-temperature optical conductivity. A comparison between our experimental results and theoretical calculations suggests that the linear conductivity below ~230more » cm–1 arises purely from interband transitions near the Weyl points, providing rich information about the Weyl semimetal state in TaAs.« less

  20. P T -invariant Weyl semimetals in gauge-symmetric systems

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    Lepori, L.; Fulga, I. C.; Trombettoni, A.; Burrello, M.

    2016-08-01

    Weyl semimetals typically appear in systems in which either time-reversal (T ) or inversion (P ) symmetry is broken. Here we show that in the presence of gauge potentials these topological states of matter can also arise in fermionic lattices preserving both T and P . We analyze in detail the case of a cubic lattice model with π fluxes, discussing the role of gauge symmetries in the formation of Weyl points and the difference between the physical and the canonical T and P symmetries. We examine the robustness of this P T -invariant Weyl semimetal phase against perturbations that remove the chiral sublattice symmetries, and we discuss further generalizations. Finally, motivated by advances in ultracold-atom experiments and by the possibility of using synthetic magnetic fields, we study the effect of random perturbations of the magnetic fluxes, which can be compared to a local disorder in realistic scenarios.

  1. Optical spectroscopy of the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Xu, B.; Dai, Y. M.; Zhao, L. X.; Wang, K.; Yang, R.; Zhang, W.; Liu, J. Y.; Xiao, H.; Chen, G. F.; Taylor, A. J.; Yarotski, D. A.; Prasankumar, R. P.; Qiu, X. G.

    2016-03-01

    We present a systematic study of both the temperature and frequency dependence of the optical response in TaAs, a material that has recently been realized to host the Weyl semimetal state. Our study reveals that the optical conductivity of TaAs features a narrow Drude response alongside a conspicuous linear dependence on frequency. The weight of the Drude peak decreases upon cooling, following a T2 temperature dependence, in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Two linear components with distinct slopes dominate the low-temperature optical conductivity. A comparison between our experimental results and theoretical calculations suggests that the linear conductivity below ˜230 cm-1 arises purely from interband transitions near the Weyl points, providing rich information about the Weyl semimetal state in TaAs.

  2. Predicted Unusual Magnetoresponse in Type-II Weyl Semimetals

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    Yu, Zhi-Ming; Yao, Yugui; Yang, Shengyuan A.

    2016-08-01

    We show several distinct signatures in the magnetoresponse of type-II Weyl semimetals. The energy tilt tends to squeeze the Landau levels (LLs), and, for a type-II Weyl node, there always exists a critical angle between the B field and the tilt, at which the LL spectrum collapses, regardless of the field strength. Before the collapse, signatures also appear in the magneto-optical spectrum, including the invariable presence of intraband peaks, the absence of absorption tails, and the special anisotropic field dependence.

  3. Predicted Unusual Magnetoresponse in Type-II Weyl Semimetals.

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    Yu, Zhi-Ming; Yao, Yugui; Yang, Shengyuan A

    2016-08-12

    We show several distinct signatures in the magnetoresponse of type-II Weyl semimetals. The energy tilt tends to squeeze the Landau levels (LLs), and, for a type-II Weyl node, there always exists a critical angle between the B field and the tilt, at which the LL spectrum collapses, regardless of the field strength. Before the collapse, signatures also appear in the magneto-optical spectrum, including the invariable presence of intraband peaks, the absence of absorption tails, and the special anisotropic field dependence. PMID:27563994

  4. Thermodynamics, phase transition and quasinormal modes with Weyl corrections

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    Mahapatra, Subhash

    2016-04-01

    We study charged black holes in D dimensional AdS space, in the presence of four derivative Weyl correction. We obtain the black hole solution perturbatively up to first as well as second order in the Weyl coupling, and show that first law of black hole thermodynamics is satisfied in all dimensions. We study its thermodynamic phase transition and then calculate the quasinormal frequencies of the massless scalar field perturbation. We find that, here too, the quasinormal frequencies capture the essence of black hole phase transition. Few subtleties near the second order critical point are discussed.

  5. Emergent spinless Weyl semimetals between the topological crystalline insulator and normal insulator phases with glide symmetry

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    Kim, Heejae; Murakami, Shuichi

    2016-05-01

    We construct a theory describing phase transitions between the spinless topological crystalline insulator phase with glide symmetry and a normal insulator phase. We show that a spinless Weyl semimetal phase should intervene between these two phases. Here, because all the bands are free from degeneracy in general, a gap closing between a single conduction band and a single valence band at phase transition generally gives rise to a pair creation of Weyl nodes; hence the Weyl semimetal phase naturally appears. We show the relationship between the change of the Z2 topological number when the system goes through the Weyl semimetal phase, and the trajectory of the Weyl nodes.

  6. Scattering theory of the chiral magnetic effect in a Weyl semimetal: interplay of bulk Weyl cones and surface Fermi arcs

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    Baireuther, P.; Hutasoit, J. A.; Tworzydło, J.; Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2016-04-01

    We formulate a linear response theory of the chiral magnetic effect in a finite Weyl semimetal, expressing the electrical current density j induced by a slowly oscillating magnetic field B or chiral chemical potential μ in terms of the scattering matrix of Weyl fermions at the Fermi level. Surface conduction can be neglected in the infinite-system limit for δ j/δ μ , but not for δ j/δ B: the chirally circulating surface Fermi arcs give a comparable contribution to the bulk Weyl cones no matter how large the system is, because their smaller number is compensated by an increased flux sensitivity. The Fermi arc contribution to {μ }-1δ j/δ B has the universal value {(e/h)}2, protected by chirality against impurity scattering—unlike the bulk contribution of opposite sign.

  7. Symmetry-protected ideal Weyl semimetal in HgTe-class materials

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    Ruan, Jiawei; Jian, Shao-Kai; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-04-01

    Ideal Weyl semimetals with all Weyl nodes exactly at the Fermi level and no coexisting trivial Fermi surfaces in the bulk, similar to graphene, could feature deep physics such as exotic transport phenomena induced by the chiral anomaly. Here, we show that HgTe and half-Heusler compounds, under a broad range of in-plane compressive strain, could be materials in nature realizing ideal Weyl semimetals with four pairs of Weyl nodes and topological surface Fermi arcs. Generically, we find that the HgTe-class materials with nontrivial band inversion and noncentrosymmetry provide a promising arena to realize ideal Weyl semimetals. Such ideal Weyl semimetals could further provide a unique platform to study emergent phenomena such as the interplay between ideal Weyl fermions and superconductivity in the half-Heusler compound LaPtBi.

  8. Symmetry-protected ideal Weyl semimetal in HgTe-class materials

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    Jian, Shao-Kai; Ruan, Jiawei; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    Ideal Weyl semimetals with all Weyl nodes exactly at the Fermi level and no coexisting trivial Fermi surfaces in the bulk, similar to graphene, could feature deep and novel physics such as exotic transport phenomena induced by the chiral anomaly. Here, we show that HgTe and half-Heusler compounds, under a broad range of inplane compressive strain, could be the first materials in nature realizing ideal Weyl semimetals with four pairs of Weyl nodes and topological surface Fermi arcs. Generically, we find that the HgTe-class materials with nontrivial band inversion and noncentrosymmetry provide a promising arena to realize ideal Weyl semimetals. Such ideal Weyl semimetals could further provide a unique platform to study emergent phenomena such as the interplay between ideal Weyl fermions and superconductivity in the half-Heusler compound LaPtBi.

  9. Symmetry-protected ideal Weyl semimetal in HgTe-class materials.

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    Ruan, Jiawei; Jian, Shao-Kai; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-01-01

    Ideal Weyl semimetals with all Weyl nodes exactly at the Fermi level and no coexisting trivial Fermi surfaces in the bulk, similar to graphene, could feature deep physics such as exotic transport phenomena induced by the chiral anomaly. Here, we show that HgTe and half-Heusler compounds, under a broad range of in-plane compressive strain, could be materials in nature realizing ideal Weyl semimetals with four pairs of Weyl nodes and topological surface Fermi arcs. Generically, we find that the HgTe-class materials with nontrivial band inversion and noncentrosymmetry provide a promising arena to realize ideal Weyl semimetals. Such ideal Weyl semimetals could further provide a unique platform to study emergent phenomena such as the interplay between ideal Weyl fermions and superconductivity in the half-Heusler compound LaPtBi. PMID:27033588

  10. Symmetry-protected ideal Weyl semimetal in HgTe-class materials

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    Ruan, Jiawei; Jian, Shao-Kai; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-01-01

    Ideal Weyl semimetals with all Weyl nodes exactly at the Fermi level and no coexisting trivial Fermi surfaces in the bulk, similar to graphene, could feature deep physics such as exotic transport phenomena induced by the chiral anomaly. Here, we show that HgTe and half-Heusler compounds, under a broad range of in-plane compressive strain, could be materials in nature realizing ideal Weyl semimetals with four pairs of Weyl nodes and topological surface Fermi arcs. Generically, we find that the HgTe-class materials with nontrivial band inversion and noncentrosymmetry provide a promising arena to realize ideal Weyl semimetals. Such ideal Weyl semimetals could further provide a unique platform to study emergent phenomena such as the interplay between ideal Weyl fermions and superconductivity in the half-Heusler compound LaPtBi. PMID:27033588

  11. TOPOLOGICAL MATTER. Discovery of a Weyl fermion semimetal and topological Fermi arcs.

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bian, Guang; Zhang, Chenglong; Sankar, Raman; Chang, Guoqing; Yuan, Zhujun; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Zheng, Hao; Ma, Jie; Sanchez, Daniel S; Wang, BaoKai; Bansil, Arun; Chou, Fangcheng; Shibayev, Pavel P; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M Zahid

    2015-08-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles and admits a topological classification that protects Fermi arc surface states on the boundary of a bulk sample. This unusual electronic structure has deep analogies with particle physics and leads to unique topological properties. We report the experimental discovery of a Weyl semimetal, tantalum arsenide (TaAs). Using photoemission spectroscopy, we directly observe Fermi arcs on the surface, as well as the Weyl fermion cones and Weyl nodes in the bulk of TaAs single crystals. We find that Fermi arcs terminate on the Weyl fermion nodes, consistent with their topological character. Our work opens the field for the experimental study of Weyl fermions in physics and materials science. PMID:26184916

  12. Theoretical study of the structures and electron affinities of the dimers and trimers of the group IB metals (Cu, Ag, and Au)

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry

    1989-01-01

    The molecular structure of both the neutral and negatively charged diatomic and triatomic systems containing the Cu, Ag, and Au metals are determined from ab initio calculations. For the neutral triatomic systems, the lowest energy structure is found to be triangular. The relative stability of the 2A1 and 2B2 structures can be predicted simply by knowing the constituent diatomic bond distances and atomic electron affinities (EAs). The lowest energy structure is linear for all of the negative ions. For anionic clusters containing Au, the Au atom(s) preferentially occupy the terminal position(s). The EAs of the heteronuclear systems can be predicted relatively accurately from a weighted average of the corresponding homonuclear systems. Although the theoretical EAs are systematically too small, accurate predictions for the EAs of the triatomics are obtained by uniformly scaling the ab initio results using the accurate experimental EA values available for the atoms and homonuclear diatomics.

  13. Weyl Phases in a Three Dimensional Network Model

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    Wang, Hailong; Chong, Yidong; theoretical photonics Team

    We study the topological properties of 3D ``Floquet'' band structures, defined using unitary evolution matrices rather than Hamiltonians. Such band structures can be realized in coherent-wave networks or lattices subjected to time-periodic drives. Previously, 2D Floquet band structures have been shown to exhibit unusual topological behaviors such as topologically-nontrivial zero-Chern-number phases. Here, we analyze the Floquet band structure of a 3D network model, which exhibits an Floquet analogue of a Weyl phase. The surface states exhibit topologically-protected ``Fermi'' arcs, similar to the recently-discovered Weyl semi-metals; however, the Weyl points in different quasi-energy gaps are related by a particle-hole symmetry which is unique to the Floquet system. By tuning the coupling parameters of the network, we can drive a transition between conventional insulator, weak topological insulator, and Weyl phases. Finally, we discuss the possibility of realizing this model using custom-designed electromagnetic networks. GRANT: Supported by Singapore National Research Foundation under Grant No. NRFF2012-02.

  14. Topological Phonons and Weyl Lines in Three Dimensions

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    Stenull, Olaf; Kane, C. L.; Lubensky, T. C.

    2016-08-01

    Topological mechanics and phononics have recently emerged as an exciting field of study. Here we introduce and study generalizations of the three-dimensional pyrochlore lattice that have topologically protected edge states and Weyl lines in their bulk phonon spectra, which lead to zero surface modes that flip from one edge to the opposite as a function of surface wave number.

  15. Topological Phonons and Weyl Lines in Three Dimensions.

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    Stenull, Olaf; Kane, C L; Lubensky, T C

    2016-08-01

    Topological mechanics and phononics have recently emerged as an exciting field of study. Here we introduce and study generalizations of the three-dimensional pyrochlore lattice that have topologically protected edge states and Weyl lines in their bulk phonon spectra, which lead to zero surface modes that flip from one edge to the opposite as a function of surface wave number. PMID:27541476

  16. Inflation with a Weyl term, or ghosts at work

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    Deruelle, Nathalie; Youssef, Ahmed; Sasaki, Misao; Sendouda, Yuuiti E-mail: misao@yukawa.kyoto-u.ac.jp E-mail: ahmed.youssef@apc.univ-paris7.fr

    2011-03-01

    In order to assess the role of ghosts in cosmology, we study the evolution of linear cosmological perturbations during inflation when a Weyl term is added to the action. Our main results are that vector perturbations can no longer be ignored and that scalar modes diverge in the newtonian gauge but remain bounded in the comoving slicing.

  17. Criteria for Directly Detecting Topological Fermi Arcs in Weyl Semimetals.

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    Belopolski, Ilya; Xu, Su-Yang; Sanchez, Daniel S; Chang, Guoqing; Guo, Cheng; Neupane, Madhab; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Chang, Tay-Rong; Wang, BaoKai; Zhang, Xiao; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M Zahid

    2016-02-12

    The recent discovery of the first Weyl semimetal in TaAs provides the first observation of a Weyl fermion in nature and demonstrates a novel type of anomalous surface state, the Fermi arc. Like topological insulators, the bulk topological invariants of a Weyl semimetal are uniquely fixed by the surface states of a bulk sample. Here we present a set of distinct conditions, accessible by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), each of which demonstrates topological Fermi arcs in a surface state band structure, with minimal reliance on calculation. We apply these results to TaAs and NbP. For the first time, we rigorously demonstrate a nonzero Chern number in TaAs by counting chiral edge modes on a closed loop. We further show that it is unreasonable to directly observe Fermi arcs in NbP by ARPES within available experimental resolution and spectral linewidth. Our results are general and apply to any new material to demonstrate a Weyl semimetal. PMID:26919005

  18. Morphometric affinities of gigantopithecus.

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    Gelvin, B R

    1980-11-01

    Multivariate analyses, supplemented by univariate statistical methods, of measurements from mandibular tooth crown dimensions and the mandible of Gigantopithecus blacki, G. bilaspurensis, Plio-Plelstocene hominids, Homo erectus, and seven Neogene ape species from the genera Proconsul, Sivapithecus, Ouranopithecus, and Dryopithecus were used to assess the morphometric affinities of Gigantopithecus. The results show that Gigantopithecus displays affinities to Ouranopithecus and to the hominids, particularly the Plio-Plelstocene hominids, rather than to the apes. Ouranopithecus demonstrated dental resemblances to G. bilaspurensis and the Plio-Pleistocene hominids but mandibular similarities to the apes. Results of analyses of tooth and mandibular shape indices, combined with multivariate distance and temporal relationships, suggest that Ouranopithecus is a more likely candidate for Gigantopithecus ancestry than is Silvapithecus indicus. Shape and allometric differences between G. bilaspurensis and the robust australopithecines weaken the argument for an ancestral-descendant relationship between these groups. The results support the hypothesis that Gigantopithecus is an extinct side branch of the Hominidae. PMID:7468790

  19. Spectroscopic evidence for a type II Weyl semimetallic state in MoTe2

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    Huang, Lunan; McCormick, Timothy M.; Ochi, Masayuki; Zhao, Zhiying; Suzuki, Michi -To; Arita, Ryotaro; Wu, Yun; Mou, Daixiang; Cao, Huibo; Yan, Jiaqiang; et al

    2016-07-11

    In a type I Dirac or Weyl semimetal, the low-energy states are squeezed to a single point in momentum space when the chemical potential μ is tuned precisely to the Dirac/Weyl point1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Recently, a type II Weyl semimetal was predicted to exist, where the Weyl states connect hole and electron bands, separated by an indirect gap7, 8, 9, 10. This leads to unusual energy states, where hole and electron pockets touch at the Weyl point. Here we present the discovery of a type II topological Weyl semimetal state in pure MoTe2, where two sets ofmore » Weyl points (W±2 , W±3) exist at the touching points of electron and hole pockets and are located at different binding energies above EF. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, modelling, density functional theory and calculations of Berry curvature, we identify the Weyl points and demonstrate that they are connected by different sets of Fermi arcs for each of the two surface terminations. We also find new surface ‘track states’ that form closed loops and are unique to type II Weyl semimetals. Lastly, this material provides an exciting, new platform to study the properties of Weyl fermions.« less

  20. Experimental discovery of a topological Weyl semimetal state in TaP.

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S; Zhang, Chenglong; Chang, Guoqing; Guo, Cheng; Bian, Guang; Yuan, Zhujun; Lu, Hong; Chang, Tay-Rong; Shibayev, Pavel P; Prokopovych, Mykhailo L; Alidoust, Nasser; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fangcheng; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Strocov, Vladimir N; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M Zahid

    2015-11-01

    Weyl semimetals are expected to open up new horizons in physics and materials science because they provide the first realization of Weyl fermions and exhibit protected Fermi arc surface states. However, they had been found to be extremely rare in nature. Recently, a family of compounds, consisting of tantalum arsenide, tantalum phosphide (TaP), niobium arsenide, and niobium phosphide, was predicted as a Weyl semimetal candidates. We experimentally realize a Weyl semimetal state in TaP. Using photoemission spectroscopy, we directly observe the Weyl fermion cones and nodes in the bulk, and the Fermi arcs on the surface. Moreover, we find that the surface states show an unexpectedly rich structure, including both topological Fermi arcs and several topologically trivial closed contours in the vicinity of the Weyl points, which provides a promising platform to study the interplay between topological and trivial surface states on a Weyl semimetal's surface. We directly demonstrate the bulk-boundary correspondence and establish the topologically nontrivial nature of the Weyl semimetal state in TaP, by resolving the net number of chiral edge modes on a closed path that encloses the Weyl node. This also provides, for the first time, an experimentally practical approach to demonstrating a bulk Weyl fermion from a surface state dispersion measured in photoemission. PMID:26702446

  1. Experimental discovery of a topological Weyl semimetal state in TaP

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Zhang, Chenglong; Chang, Guoqing; Guo, Cheng; Bian, Guang; Yuan, Zhujun; Lu, Hong; Chang, Tay-Rong; Shibayev, Pavel P.; Prokopovych, Mykhailo L.; Alidoust, Nasser; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fangcheng; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Strocov, Vladimir N.; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2015-01-01

    Weyl semimetals are expected to open up new horizons in physics and materials science because they provide the first realization of Weyl fermions and exhibit protected Fermi arc surface states. However, they had been found to be extremely rare in nature. Recently, a family of compounds, consisting of tantalum arsenide, tantalum phosphide (TaP), niobium arsenide, and niobium phosphide, was predicted as a Weyl semimetal candidates. We experimentally realize a Weyl semimetal state in TaP. Using photoemission spectroscopy, we directly observe the Weyl fermion cones and nodes in the bulk, and the Fermi arcs on the surface. Moreover, we find that the surface states show an unexpectedly rich structure, including both topological Fermi arcs and several topologically trivial closed contours in the vicinity of the Weyl points, which provides a promising platform to study the interplay between topological and trivial surface states on a Weyl semimetal’s surface. We directly demonstrate the bulk-boundary correspondence and establish the topologically nontrivial nature of the Weyl semimetal state in TaP, by resolving the net number of chiral edge modes on a closed path that encloses the Weyl node. This also provides, for the first time, an experimentally practical approach to demonstrating a bulk Weyl fermion from a surface state dispersion measured in photoemission. PMID:26702446

  2. Affine root systems and dual numbers

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    Kostyakov, I. V.; Gromov, N. A.; Kuratov, V. V.

    The root systems in Carroll spaces with degenerate metric are defined. It is shown that their Cartan matrices and reflection groups are affine. Due to the geometric consideration the root system structure of affine algebras is determined by a sufficiently simple algorithm.

  3. Magnetic Torque Anomaly in the Quantum Limit of Weyl and Dirac Semimetals

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    Nair, Nityan L.; Moll, Philip J. W.; Potter, Andrew C.; Ramshaw, Brad; Modic, Kimberly; Riggs, Scott; Zeng, Bin; Ghimire, Nirmal; Bauer, Eric; Kealhofer, Robert; Li, Zhenglu; Louie, Steven; Ronning, Filip; Analytis, James G.

    Three dimensional Dirac and Weyl semimetals, characterized by bulk quasiparticles that behave as massless, linearly dispersing Dirac or Weyl fermions, have excited physicists with their unique topological properties and potential for applications. The experimental signatures of Weyl or Dirac fermions, however, are often subtle and indirect, especially in systems where they coexist with trivial electrons. Here, we report a novel method by which these topological systems can be unambiguously experimentally identified. Magnetic torque measurements were performed on the Weyl semimetal NbAs in high magnetic field, showing a large anomaly upon entering the quantum limit. The torque exhibits a striking sign reversal, corresponding to a change in the magnetic anisotropy that is a direct result of the topological properties of the charge carriers. This result can be generalized to other Dirac and Weyl semimetal systems and establishes quantum limit torque measurements as a simple and direct experimental method of distinguishing topologically non-trivial Weyl and Dirac systems from trivial semiconductors.

  4. Weyl points in three-dimensional optical lattices: synthetic magnetic monopoles in momentum space

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    Buljan, Hrvoje; Dubcek, Tena; Kennedy, Colin; Lu, Ling; Ketterle, Wolfgang; Soljacic, Marin

    2015-05-01

    We show that Hamiltonians with Weyl points can be realized for ultracold atoms using laser-assisted tunneling in three-dimensional (3D) optical lattices. Weyl points are synthetic magnetic monopoles that exhibit a robust, 3D linear dispersion (e.g., see). They are associated with many interesting topological states of matter, such as Weyl semimetals and chiral Weyl fermions. However, Weyl points have yet to be experimentally observed in any system. We show that this elusive goal is well-within experimental reach with an extension of the techniques recently used to obtain the Harper Hamiltonian. We propose using laser assisted tunneling to create a 3D optical lattice, with specifically designed hopping between lattice sites that breaks inversion symmetry. The design leads to creation of four Weyl points in the Brillouin zone of the lattice, which are verified to be monopoles of the synthetic magnetic field. Supported by the Unity through Knowledge Fund (Grant 5/13).

  5. Reproducing pairs and the continuous nonstationary Gabor transform on LCA groups

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    Speckbacher, Michael; Balazs, Peter

    2015-10-01

    In this paper we introduce and investigate the concept of reproducing pairs as a generalization of continuous frames. Reproducing pairs yield a bounded analysis and synthesis process while the frame condition can be omitted at both stages. Moreover, we will investigate certain continuous frames (resp. reproducing pairs) on LCA groups, which can be described as a continuous version of nonstationary Gabor systems and state sufficient conditions for these systems to form a continuous frame (resp. reproducing pair). As a byproduct we identify the structure of the frame operator (resp. resolution operator). We will apply our results to systems generated by a unitary action of a subset of the affine Weyl-Heisenberg group in {L}2({{R}}). This setup will also serve as a nontrivial example of a system for which, whereas continuous frames exist, no dual system with the same structure exists even if we drop the frame property.

  6. Two-parameter scaling theory of the longitudinal magnetoconductivity in a Weyl metal phase: Chiral anomaly, weak disorder, and finite temperature

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    Kim, Kyoung-Min; Shin, Dongwoo; Sasaki, M.; Kim, Heon-Jung; Kim, Jeehoon; Kim, Ki-Seok

    2016-08-01

    It is at the heart of modern condensed matter physics to investigate the role of a topological structure in anomalous transport phenomena. In particular, chiral anomaly turns out to be the underlying mechanism for the negative longitudinal magnetoresistivity in a Weyl metal phase. The existence of a dissipationless current channel causes enhancement of electric currents along the direction of a pair of Weyl points or applied magnetic fields (B ). However, temperature (T ) dependence of the negative longitudinal magnetoresistivity has not been understood yet in the presence of disorder scattering since it is not clear at all how to introduce effects of disorder scattering into the topological-in-origin transport coefficient at finite temperatures. The calculation based on the Kubo formula of the current-current correlation function is simply not known for this anomalous transport coefficient. Combining the renormalization group analysis with the Boltzmann transport theory to encode the chiral anomaly, we reveal how disorder scattering renormalizes the distance between a pair of Weyl points and such a renormalization effect modifies the topological-in-origin transport coefficient at finite temperatures. As a result, we find breakdown of B /T scaling, given by B /T1 +η with 0 <η <1 . This breakdown may be regarded to be a fingerprint of the interplay between disorder scattering and topological structure in a Weyl metal phase.

  7. Dimerization Is Not a Determining Factor for Functional High Affinity Human Plasminogen Binding by the Group A Streptococcal Virulence Factor PAM and Is Mediated by Specific Residues within the PAM a1a2 Domain*

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    Bhattacharya, Sarbani; Liang, Zhong; Quek, Adam J.; Ploplis, Victoria A.; Law, Ruby; Castellino, Francis J.

    2014-01-01

    A emm53 subclass of Group A Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) interacts tightly with human plasma plasminogen (hPg) and plasmin (hPm) via the kringle 2 (K2hPg) domain of hPg/hPm and the N-terminal a1a2 regions of a GAS coiled-coil M-like protein (PAM). Previous studies have shown that a monomeric PAM fragment, VEK30 (residues 97–125 + Tyr), interacted specifically with isolated K2hPg. However, the binding strength of VEK30 (KD = 56 nm) was ∼60-fold weaker than that of full-length dimeric PAM (KD = 1 nm). To assess whether this attenuated binding was due to the inability of VEK30 to dimerize, we defined the minimal length of PAM required to dimerize using a series of peptides with additional PAM residues placed at the NH2 and COOH termini of VEK30. VEK64 (PAM residues 83–145 + Tyr) was found to be the smallest peptide that adopted an α-helical dimer, and was bound to K2hPg with nearly the same affinity as PAM (KD = 1–2 nm). However, addition of two PAM residues (Arg126-His127) to the COOH terminus of VEK30 (VEK32) maintained a monomeric peptidic structure, but exhibited similar K2hPg binding affinity as full-length dimeric PAM. We identified five residues in a1a2 (Arg113, His114, Glu116, Arg126, His127), mutation of which reduced PAM binding affinity for K2hPg by ∼1000-fold. Replacement of these critical residues by Ala in the GAS genome resulted in reduced virulence, similar to the effects of inactivating the PAM gene entirely. We conclude that rather than dimerization of PAM, the five key residues in the binding domain of PAM are essential to mediate the high affinity interaction with hPg, leading to increased GAS virulence. PMID:24962580

  8. Dimerization is not a determining factor for functional high affinity human plasminogen binding by the group A streptococcal virulence factor PAM and is mediated by specific residues within the PAM a1a2 domain.

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    Bhattacharya, Sarbani; Liang, Zhong; Quek, Adam J; Ploplis, Victoria A; Law, Ruby; Castellino, Francis J

    2014-08-01

    A emm53 subclass of Group A Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) interacts tightly with human plasma plasminogen (hPg) and plasmin (hPm) via the kringle 2 (K2hPg) domain of hPg/hPm and the N-terminal a1a2 regions of a GAS coiled-coil M-like protein (PAM). Previous studies have shown that a monomeric PAM fragment, VEK30 (residues 97-125 + Tyr), interacted specifically with isolated K2hPg. However, the binding strength of VEK30 (KD = 56 nm) was ∼60-fold weaker than that of full-length dimeric PAM (KD = 1 nm). To assess whether this attenuated binding was due to the inability of VEK30 to dimerize, we defined the minimal length of PAM required to dimerize using a series of peptides with additional PAM residues placed at the NH2 and COOH termini of VEK30. VEK64 (PAM residues 83-145 + Tyr) was found to be the smallest peptide that adopted an α-helical dimer, and was bound to K2hPg with nearly the same affinity as PAM (KD = 1-2 nm). However, addition of two PAM residues (Arg(126)-His(127)) to the COOH terminus of VEK30 (VEK32) maintained a monomeric peptidic structure, but exhibited similar K2hPg binding affinity as full-length dimeric PAM. We identified five residues in a1a2 (Arg(113), His(114), Glu(116), Arg(126), His(127)), mutation of which reduced PAM binding affinity for K2hPg by ∼ 1000-fold. Replacement of these critical residues by Ala in the GAS genome resulted in reduced virulence, similar to the effects of inactivating the PAM gene entirely. We conclude that rather than dimerization of PAM, the five key residues in the binding domain of PAM are essential to mediate the high affinity interaction with hPg, leading to increased GAS virulence. PMID:24962580

  9. Analog simulation of Weyl particles with cold atoms

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    Rabinovic, Mihail; Suchet, Daniel; Reimann, Thomas; Kretzschmar, Norman; Sievers, Franz; Salomon, Christophe; Lau, Jonathan; Lobo, Carlos; Goulko, Olga; Chevy, Frederic

    2016-05-01

    The high degree of control of the properties of ultracold gases offers the possibility to study experimentally unconventional many-body systems. An example is given by massless relativistic Weyl fermions, which are of particular interest in high energy and condensed matter physics, where they emerge in the form of low energy excitations of exotic compounds like TaAs. The particular case of harmonically trapped Weyl particles can be mimicked by a laser-cooled cloud of 6Li trapped in a magnetic quadrupole potential. The non-separability of this particular potential enables a quasi-thermalization of the single particle distribution function even in the absence of interactions. Surprisingly, the dynamics features an effective decoupling between the strong trapping axis and the weak trapping plane. We studied both, numerically and experimentally, the relaxation of the excited cloud towards its equilibrium distribution, mapping this dynamics directly to the case of non-interaction massless particles in a harmonic potential.

  10. Wormhole geometries in fourth-order conformal Weyl gravity

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    Varieschi, Gabriele U.; Ault, Kellie L.

    2016-04-01

    We present an analysis of the classic wormhole geometries based on conformal Weyl gravity, rather than standard general relativity. The main characteristics of the resulting traversable wormholes remains the same as in the seminal study by Morris and Thorne, namely, that effective super-luminal motion is a viable consequence of the metric. Improving on previous work on the subject, we show that for particular choices of the shape and redshift functions the wormhole metric in the context of conformal gravity does not violate the main energy conditions at or near the wormhole throat. Some exotic matter might still be needed at the junction between our solutions and flat spacetime, but we demonstrate that the averaged null energy condition (as evaluated along radial null geodesics) is satisfied for a particular set of wormhole geometries. Therefore, if fourth-order conformal Weyl gravity is a correct extension of general relativity, traversable wormholes might become a realistic solution for interstellar travel.

  11. The Weyl-Cartan Gauss-Bonnet gravity

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    Haghani, Zahra; Khosravi, Nima; Shahidi, Shahab

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we consider the generalized Gauss-Bonnet action in four-dimensional Weyl-Cartan spacetime. In this spacetime, the presence of a torsion tensor and Weyl vector implies that the generalized Gauss-Bonnet action will not be a total derivative in four-dimensional spacetime. It will be shown that the higher than two time derivatives can be removed from the action by choosing a suitable set of parameters. In the special case where only the trace part of the torsion remains, the model reduces to general relativity plus two vector fields, one of which is massless and the other is massive. We will then obtain the healthy region of the five-dimensional parameter space of the theory in some special cases.

  12. The semiclassical coherent state propagator in the Weyl representation

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    Braun, Carol; Li, Feifei; Garg, Anupam; Stone, Michael

    2015-12-15

    It is shown that the semiclassical coherent state propagator takes its simplest form when the quantum mechanical Hamiltonian is replaced by its Weyl symbol in defining the classical action, in that there is then no need for a Solari-Kochetov correction. It is also shown that such a correction exists if a symbol other than the Weyl symbol is chosen and that its form is different depending on the symbol chosen. The various forms of the propagator based on different symbols are shown to be equivalent provided the correspondingly correct Solari-Kochetov correction is included. All these results are shown for both particle and spin coherent state propagators. The global anomaly in the fluctuation determinant is further elucidated by a study of the connection between the discrete fluctuation determinant and the discrete Jacobi equation.

  13. On the null trajectories in conformal Weyl gravity

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    Villanueva, J.R.; Olivares, Marco E-mail: marco.olivaresrubilar@gmail.com

    2013-06-01

    In this work we find analytical solutions to the null geodesics around a black hole in the conformal Weyl gravity. Exact expressions for the horizons are found, and they depend on the cosmological constant and the coupling constants of the conformal Weyl gravity. Then, we study the radial motion from the point of view of the proper and coordinate frames, and compare it with that found in spacetimes of general relativity. The angular motion is also examined qualitatively by means of an effective potential; quantitatively, the equation of motion is solved in terms of wp-Weierstrass elliptic function. Thus, we find the deflection angle for photons without using any approximation, which is a novel result for this kind of gravity.

  14. Electronic properties in a quantum well structure of Weyl semimetal

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    You, Wen-Long; Wang, Xue-Feng; Oleś, Andrzej M.; Zhou, Jiao-Jiao

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the confined states and transport of three-dimensional Weyl electrons around a one-dimensional external rectangular electrostatic potential. The confined states with finite transverse wave vector exist at energies higher than the half well depth or lower than the half barrier height. The rectangular potential appears completely transparent to the normal incident electrons but not otherwise. The tunneling transmission coefficient is sensitive to their incident angle and shows resonant peaks when their energy coincides with the confined spectra. In addition, for the electrons in the conduction (valence) band through a potential barrier (well), the transmission spectrum has a gap of width increasing with the incident angle. Interestingly, the electron linear zero-temperature conductance over the potential can approach zero when the Fermi energy is aligned to the top and bottom energies of the potential, when only electron beams normal to the potential interfaces can pass through. The considered structure can be used to collimate the Weyl electron beams.

  15. Wormhole geometries in fourth-order conformal Weyl gravity

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    Varieschi, Gabriele; Ault, Kellie

    2016-03-01

    We present an analysis of the classic wormhole geometries based on conformal Weyl gravity, rather than standard general relativity. The main characteristics of the resulting traversable wormholes remain the same as in the seminal study by Morris and Thorne, namely, that effective super-luminal motion is a viable consequence of the metric. Improving on previous work on the subject, we show that for particular choices of the shape and redshift functions, the wormhole metric in the context of conformal gravity does not violate the main energy conditions, as was the case of the original solutions. In particular, the resulting geometry does not require the use of exotic matter at or near the wormhole throat. Therefore, if fourth-order conformal Weyl gravity is a correct extension of general relativity, traversable wormholes might become a realistic solution for interstellar travel. This work was supported by a Grant from the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Loyola Marymount University.

  16. Weirdest Martensite: Smectic Liquid Crystal Microstructure and Weyl-Poincaré Invariance

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    Liarte, Danilo B.; Bierbaum, Matthew; Mosna, Ricardo A.; Kamien, Randall D.; Sethna, James P.

    2016-04-01

    Smectic liquid crystals are remarkable, beautiful examples of materials microstructure, with ordered patterns of geometrically perfect ellipses and hyperbolas. The solution of the complex problem of filling three-dimensional space with domains of focal conics under constraining boundary conditions yields a set of strict rules, which are similar to the compatibility conditions in a martensitic crystal. Here we present the rules giving compatible conditions for the concentric circle domains found at two-dimensional smectic interfaces with planar boundary conditions. Using configurations generated by numerical simulations, we develop a clustering algorithm to decompose the planar boundaries into domains. The interfaces between different domains agree well with the smectic compatibility conditions. We also discuss generalizations of our approach to describe the full three-dimensional smectic domains, where the variant symmetry group is the Weyl-Poincaré group of Lorentz boosts, translations, rotations, and dilatations.

  17. Weirdest Martensite: Smectic Liquid Crystal Microstructure and Weyl-Poincaré Invariance.

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    Liarte, Danilo B; Bierbaum, Matthew; Mosna, Ricardo A; Kamien, Randall D; Sethna, James P

    2016-04-01

    Smectic liquid crystals are remarkable, beautiful examples of materials microstructure, with ordered patterns of geometrically perfect ellipses and hyperbolas. The solution of the complex problem of filling three-dimensional space with domains of focal conics under constraining boundary conditions yields a set of strict rules, which are similar to the compatibility conditions in a martensitic crystal. Here we present the rules giving compatible conditions for the concentric circle domains found at two-dimensional smectic interfaces with planar boundary conditions. Using configurations generated by numerical simulations, we develop a clustering algorithm to decompose the planar boundaries into domains. The interfaces between different domains agree well with the smectic compatibility conditions. We also discuss generalizations of our approach to describe the full three-dimensional smectic domains, where the variant symmetry group is the Weyl-Poincaré group of Lorentz boosts, translations, rotations, and dilatations. PMID:27104728

  18. Analog simulation of Weyl particles with cold atoms

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    Suchet, Daniel; Rabinovic, Mihail; Reimann, Thomas; Kretschmar, Norman; Sievers, Franz; Salomon, Christophe; Lau, Johnathan; Goulko, Olga; Lobo, Carlos; Chevy, Frédéric

    2016-04-01

    In this letter we report on a novel approach to study the dynamics of harmonically confined Weyl particles using magnetically trapped fermionic atoms. We find that after a kick of its center of mass, the system relaxes towards a steady state even in the absence of interactions, in stark contrast with massive particles which would oscillate without damping. Remarkably, the equilibrium distribution is non-Boltzmann, exhibiting a strong anisotropy which we study both numerically and experimentally.

  19. Chiral anomaly and classical negative magnetoresistance of Weyl metals

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    Son, D. T.; Spivak, B. Z.

    2013-09-01

    We consider the classical magnetoresistance of a Weyl metal in which the electron Fermi surface possesses nonzero fluxes of the Berry curvature. Such a system may exhibit large negative magnetoresistance with unusual anisotropy as a function of the angle between the electric and magnetic fields. In this case the system can support an additional type of plasma wave. These phenomena are consequences of the chiral anomaly in electron transport theory.

  20. On Weyl wormholes supported by massless K-essence

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    Estevez-Delgado, J.; Zannias, T.

    2008-12-04

    We show that Weyl wormholes supported by mass-less K-essence can be generated by a pair of axisymmetric harmonic functions. We study properties of space-times generated by harmonic functions describing the exterior potential of a thin conducting disk held at fixed potential. We find that within this family, only a particular subfamily generates wormholes and the resulting wormholes are necessarily spherical. In general, the topology of the space-times generated by an arbitrary pair is multi sheeted.

  1. Magnetotransport phenomena related to the chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetals

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    Spivak, B. Z.; Andreev, A. V.

    2016-02-01

    We present a theory of magnetotransport phenomena related to the chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetals. We show that conductivity, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric, and the sound absorption coefficients exhibit strong and anisotropic magnetic field dependencies. We also discuss properties of magnetoplasmons and magnetopolaritons, whose existences are entirely determined by the chiral anomaly. Finally, we discuss the conditions of applicability of the quasiclassical description of electron transport phenomena related to the chiral anomaly.

  2. Intrinsic diamagnetism in the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Liu, Yu; Li, Zhilin; Guo, Liwei; Chen, Xiaolong; Yuan, Ye; Liu, Fang; Prucnal, Slawomir; Helm, Manfred; Zhou, Shengqiang

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the magnetic properties of TaAs, a prototype Weyl semimetal. TaAs crystals show diamagnetism with magnetic susceptibility of about -7×10-7 emu/(g Oe) at 5 K. A general feature is the appearance of a minimum at around 185 K in magnetization measurements as a function of temperature, which resembles that of graphite. No phase transition is observed in the temperature range between 5 K and 400 K.

  3. Possible superconductivity in Weyl semimetal NbP

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    Kumar, P.; Sudesh, Patnaik, S.

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, we have observed the possible superconductivity in polycrystalline NbP compound. This belongs to the so called Weyl Semimetal family where there is band crossing and linear dispersion point near the Fermi level. Critical temperature calculated from the resistivity measurement is found near 7.5 K. Superconductivity is also confirmed from the magnetization measurement. In the normal state, this sample shows significant magneto-resistance.

  4. Gauge equivalence in QCD: The Weyl and Coulomb gauges

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    Haller, Kurt; Ren, Hai-Cang

    2003-10-01

    The Weyl-gauge (Aa0=0) QCD Hamiltonian is unitarily transformed to a representation in which it is expressed entirely in terms of gauge-invariant quark and gluon fields. In a subspace of gauge-invariant states we have constructed that implement the non-Abelian Gauss’s law, this unitarily transformed Weyl-gauge Hamiltonian can be further transformed and, under appropriate circumstances, can be identified with the QCD Hamiltonian in the Coulomb gauge. We demonstrate an isomorphism that materially facilitates the application of this Hamiltonian to a variety of physical processes, including the evaluation of S-matrix elements. This isomorphism relates the gauge-invariant representation of the Hamiltonian and the required set of gauge-invariant states to a Hamiltonian of the same functional form but dependent on ordinary unconstrained Weyl-gauge fields operating within a space of “standard” perturbative states. The fact that the gauge-invariant chromoelectric field is not Hermitian has important implications for the functional form of the Hamiltonian finally obtained. When this non-Hermiticity is taken into account, the “extra” vertices in the Christ-Lee’ Coulomb-gauge Hamiltonian are natural outgrowths of the formalism. When this non-Hermiticity is neglected, the Hamiltonian used in the earlier work of Gribov and others results.

  5. A Note on Holographic Superconductors with Weyl Corrections

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    Momeni, D.; Setare, M. R.

    We study analytical properties of the holographic superconductors with Weyl corrections. We describe the phenomena in the probe limit neglecting backreaction of the spacetime. We observe that for the conformal dimension \\xutri;+ = 3, the minimum value of the critical temperature T Min c at which condensation sets, can be obtained directly from the equations of motion as T Min c≈ 0.170845\\root3 \\of {ρ }, which is in very good agreement with the numerical value T Min c = 0.170\\root3 \\of {ρ } [Phys. Lett. B 697, 153 (2011)]. This value of T Min c corresponds to the value of the Weyl's coupling γ = -0.06 in Table 1 of Phys. Lett. B 697, 153 (2011). We calculate the T Min c ≈ 0.21408\\root3 \\of {ρ } for another Weyl's coupling γ = 0.02 and the conformal dimension \\xutri- = 1. Further, we show that the critical exponent is β = (1)/(2). We observe that there is a linear relation between the charge density ρ and the chemical potential difference μ-μc qualitatively matches the numerical curves.

  6. Implications of Einstein-Weyl Causality on Quantum Mechanics

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    Bendaniel, David

    A fundamental physical principle that has consequences for the topology of space-time is the principle of Einstein-Weyl causality. This also has quantum mechanical manifestations. Borchers and Sen have rigorously investigated the mathematical implications of Einstein-Weyl causality and shown the denumerable space-time Q2 would be implied. They were left with important philosophical paradoxes regarding the nature of the physical real line E, e.g., whether E = R, the real line of mathematics. In order to remove these paradoxes an investigation into a constructible foundation is suggested. We have pursued such a program and find it indeed provides a dense, denumerable space-time and, moreover, an interesting connection with quantum mechanics. We first show that this constructible theory contains polynomial functions which are locally homeomorphic with a dense, denumerable metric space R* and are inherently quantized. Eigenfunctions governing fields can then be effectively obtained by computational iteration. Postulating a Lagrangian for fields in a compactified space-time, we get a general description of which the Schrodinger equation is a special case. From these results we can then also show that this denumerable space-time is relational (in the sense that space is not infinitesimally small if and only if it contains a quantized field) and, since Q2 is imbedded in R*2, it directly fulfills the strict topological requirements for Einstein-Weyl causality. Therefore, the theory predicts that E = R*.

  7. Universal optical conductivity of a disordered Weyl semimetal

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    Roy, Bitan; Juričić, Vladimir; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2016-01-01

    Topological Weyl semimetals, besides manifesting chiral anomaly, can also accommodate a disorder-driven unconventional quantum phase transition into a metallic phase. A fundamentally and practically important question in this regard concerns an experimentally measurable quantity that can clearly distinguish these two phases. We show that the optical conductivity while serving this purpose can also play the role of a bonafide order parameter across such disorder-driven semimetal-metal quantum phase transition by virtue of displaying distinct scaling behavior in the semimetallic and metallic phases, as well as inside the quantum critical fan supporting a non-Fermi liquid. We demonstrate that the correction to the dielectric constant and optical conductivity in a dirty Weyl semimetal due to weak disorder is independent of the actual nature of point-like impurity scatterers. Therefore, optical conductivity can be used as an experimentally measurable quantity to study the critical properties and to pin the universality class of the disorder-driven quantum phase transition in Weyl semimetals. PMID:27573668

  8. Universal optical conductivity of a disordered Weyl semimetal.

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    Roy, Bitan; Juričić, Vladimir; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2016-01-01

    Topological Weyl semimetals, besides manifesting chiral anomaly, can also accommodate a disorder-driven unconventional quantum phase transition into a metallic phase. A fundamentally and practically important question in this regard concerns an experimentally measurable quantity that can clearly distinguish these two phases. We show that the optical conductivity while serving this purpose can also play the role of a bonafide order parameter across such disorder-driven semimetal-metal quantum phase transition by virtue of displaying distinct scaling behavior in the semimetallic and metallic phases, as well as inside the quantum critical fan supporting a non-Fermi liquid. We demonstrate that the correction to the dielectric constant and optical conductivity in a dirty Weyl semimetal due to weak disorder is independent of the actual nature of point-like impurity scatterers. Therefore, optical conductivity can be used as an experimentally measurable quantity to study the critical properties and to pin the universality class of the disorder-driven quantum phase transition in Weyl semimetals. PMID:27573668

  9. Origin of dissipative Fermi arc transport in Weyl semimetals

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    Gorbar, E. V.; Miransky, V. A.; Shovkovy, I. A.; Sukhachov, P. O.

    2016-06-01

    By making use of a low-energy effective model of Weyl semimetals, we show that the Fermi arc transport is dissipative. The origin of the dissipation is the scattering of the surface Fermi arc states into the bulk of the semimetal. It is noticeable that the corresponding scattering rate is nonzero and can be estimated even in a perturbative theory, although in general the reliable calculations of transport properties necessitate a nonperturbative approach. Nondecoupling of the surface and bulk sectors in the low-energy theory of Weyl semimetals invalidates the usual argument of a nondissipative transport due to one-dimensional arc states. This property of Weyl semimetals is in drastic contrast to that of topological insulators, where the decoupling is protected by a gap in the bulk. Within the framework of the linear response theory, we obtain an approximate result for the conductivity due to the Fermi arc states and analyze its dependence on chemical potential, temperature, and other parameters of the model.

  10. Nanostructured Carbon Allotropes with Weyl-like Loops and Points.

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    Chen, Yuanping; Xie, Yuee; Yang, Shengyuan A; Pan, Hui; Zhang, Fan; Cohen, Marvin L; Zhang, Shengbai

    2015-10-14

    Carbon allotropes are subject of intense investigations for their superb structural, electronic, and chemical properties, but not for topological band properties because of the lack of strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Here, we show that conjugated p-orbital interactions, common to most carbon allotropes, can in principle produce a new type of topological band structure, forming the so-called Weyl-like semimetal in the absence of SOC. Taking a structurally stable interpenetrated graphene network (IGN) as example, we show, by first-principles calculations and tight-binding modeling, that its Fermi surface is made of two symmetry-protected Weyl-like loops with linear dispersion along perpendicular directions. These loops are reduced to Weyl-like points upon breaking of the inversion symmetry. Because of the topological properties of these band-structure anomalies, remarkably, at a surface terminated by vacuum there emerges a flat band in the loop case and two Fermi arcs in the point case. These topological carbon materials may also find applications in the fields of catalysts. PMID:26426355

  11. Weyl Calculus in Phase Space and the Torres-Vega and Frederick Equation

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    Gosson, Maurice de

    2006-01-04

    We show that the Schroedinger equation in phase space proposed by Torres-Vega and Frederick is canonical in the sense that it is a natural consequence of Weyl calculus provided that one lets Heisenberg-Weyl operators act on functions (or half-densities) defined on phase space. We interpret our results in terms of deformation quantization.

  12. Realization and detection of Weyl semimetals and the chiral anomaly in cold atomic systems

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    He, Wen-Yu; Zhang, Shizhong; Law, K. T.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we describe a method to realize a three-dimensional Weyl semimetal by coupling multilayers of a honeycomb optical lattice in the presence of a pair of Raman lasers. The Raman lasers render each isolated honeycomb layer a Chern insulator. With finite interlayer coupling, the bulk gap of the system closes at certain out-of-plane momenta due to Raman assisted tunneling and results in the Weyl semimetal phase. Using experimentally relevant parameters, we show that both one pair and two pairs of Weyl points can be realized by tuning the interlayer coupling strength. We suggest that Landau-Zener tunneling can be used to detect Weyl points and show that the transition probability increases dramatically when the Weyl point emerges. The realization of chiral anomaly by using a magnetic-field gradient is also discussed.

  13. TaIrTe4: A ternary type-II Weyl semimetal

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    Koepernik, K.; Kasinathan, D.; Efremov, D. V.; Khim, Seunghyun; Borisenko, Sergey; Büchner, Bernd; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2016-05-01

    In metallic condensed matter systems two different types of Weyl fermions can in principle emerge, with either a vanishing (type-I) or with a finite (type-II) density of states at the Weyl node energy. So far only WTe2 and MoTe2 were predicted to be type-II Weyl semimetals. Here we identify TaIrTe4 as a third member of this family of topological semimetals. TaIrTe4 has the attractive feature that it hosts only four well-separated Weyl points, the minimum imposed by symmetry. Moreover, the resulting topological surface states—Fermi arcs connecting Weyl nodes of opposite chirality—extend to about 1/3 of the surface Brillouin zone. This large momentum-space separation is very favorable for detecting the Fermi arcs spectroscopically and in transport experiments.

  14. Signatures of the Adler-Bell-Jackiw chiral anomaly in a Weyl fermion semimetal

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    Zhang, Cheng-Long; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Yuan, Zhujun; Lin, Ziquan; Tong, Bingbing; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Chang, Tay-Rong; Chang, Guoqing; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Neupane, Madhab; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Zheng, Hao; Wang, Junfeng; Lin, Hsin; Zhang, Chi; Lu, Hai-Zhou; Shen, Shun-Qing; Neupert, Titus; Zahid Hasan, M.; Jia, Shuang

    2016-02-01

    Weyl semimetals provide the realization of Weyl fermions in solid-state physics. Among all the physical phenomena that are enabled by Weyl semimetals, the chiral anomaly is the most unusual one. Here, we report signatures of the chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport measurements on the first Weyl semimetal TaAs. We show negative magnetoresistance under parallel electric and magnetic fields, that is, unlike most metals whose resistivity increases under an external magnetic field, we observe that our high mobility TaAs samples become more conductive as a magnetic field is applied along the direction of the current for certain ranges of the field strength. We present systematically detailed data and careful analyses, which allow us to exclude other possible origins of the observed negative magnetoresistance. Our transport data, corroborated by photoemission measurements, first-principles calculations and theoretical analyses, collectively demonstrate signatures of the Weyl fermion chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport of TaAs.

  15. When Chiral Photons Meet Chiral Fermions: Photoinduced Anomalous Hall Effects in Weyl Semimetals.

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    Chan, Ching-Kit; Lee, Patrick A; Burch, Kenneth S; Han, Jung Hoon; Ran, Ying

    2016-01-15

    The Weyl semimetal is characterized by three-dimensional linear band touching points called Weyl nodes. These nodes come in pairs with opposite chiralities. We show that the coupling of circularly polarized photons with these chiral electrons generates a Hall conductivity without any applied magnetic field in the plane orthogonal to the light propagation. This phenomenon comes about because with all three Pauli matrices exhausted to form the three-dimensional linear dispersion, the Weyl nodes cannot be gapped. Rather, the net influence of chiral photons is to shift the positions of the Weyl nodes. Interestingly, the momentum shift is tightly correlated with the chirality of the node to produce a net anomalous Hall signal. Application of our proposal to the recently discovered TaAs family of Weyl semimetals leads to an order-of-magnitude estimate of the photoinduced Hall conductivity which is within the experimentally accessible range. PMID:26824561

  16. Discovery of the first Weyl fermion semimetal and topological Fermi arcs in TaAs

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    Xu, Suyang; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bian, Guang; Zhang, Chenglong; Sankar, Raman; Chang, Guoqing; Yuan, Zhujun; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Zheng, Hao; Ma, Jie; Sanchez, Daniel; Wang, Baokai; Bansil, Arun; Chou, Fangcheng; Shibayev, Pavel; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    Weyl semimetals have opened a new era in condensed matter physics and materials science. They host Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles and admit a topological classification that protects Fermi arc surface states on the boundary. This unusual electronic structure has deep analogies with particle physics and leads to unique topological properties. We report the experimental discovery of the first Weyl semimetal, TaAs. We directly observe the Weyl fermions and the Fermi arcs in a TaAs single crystal and demonstrate its topological character. Our work opens the field for studying of Weyl fermions in table-top experiments. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative through grant GBMF4547 (Hasan) and by U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  17. Special Report: Affinity Chromatography.

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    Parikh, Indu; Cuatrecasas, Pedro

    1985-01-01

    Describes the nature of affinity chromatography and its use in purifying enzymes, studying cell interactions, exploring hormone receptors, and other areas. The potential the technique may have in treating disease is also considered. (JN)

  18. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Weyl law for fat fractals

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    Spina, María E.; García-Mata, Ignacio; Saraceno, Marcos

    2010-10-01

    It has been conjectured that for a class of piecewise linear maps the closure of the set of images of the discontinuity has the structure of a fat fractal, that is, a fractal with positive measure. An example of such maps is the sawtooth map in the elliptic regime. In this work we analyze this problem quantum mechanically in the semiclassical regime. We find that the fraction of states localized on the unstable set satisfies a modified fractal Weyl law, where the exponent is given by the exterior dimension of the fat fractal.

  19. (2+1)-dimensional gravity in Weyl integrable spacetime

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    Madriz Aguilar, J. E.; Romero, C.; Fonseca Neto, J. B.; Almeida, T. S.; Formiga, J. B.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate (2+1)-dimensional gravity in a Weyl integrable spacetime (WIST). We show that, unlike general relativity, this scalar-tensor theory has a Newtonian limit for any dimension n≥slant 3 and that in three dimensions the congruence of world lines of particles of a pressureless fluid has a non-vanishing geodesic deviation. We present and discuss a class of static vacuum solutions generated by a circularly symmetric matter distribution that for certain values of the parameter ω corresponds to a spacetime with a naked singularity at the center of the matter distribution. We interpret all these results as being a direct consequence of the spacetime geometry.

  20. Physical account of Weyl anomaly from Dirac Sea

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    Habara, Yoshinobu; Nielsen, Holger B.; Ninomiya, Masao

    2015-09-01

    We rederive in a physical manner the Weyl anomaly in two-dimensional space-time by considering the Dirac Sea. It is regularized by some bosonic extra species which are formally negatively counted. In fact, we calculate the trace of the energy-momentum tensor in the Dirac Sea in presence of background gravitational field. It has to be regularized, since the Dirac Sea is bottomless and thus causes divergence. The new regularization method consists in adding various massive bosonic species some of which are to be counted negative in the Dirac Sea. The mass terms in the Lagrangian of the regularization fields have a dependence on the background gravitational field.

  1. Current at a Distance and Resonant Transparency in Weyl Semimetals

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    Baum, Yuval; Berg, Erez; Parameswaran, S. A.; Stern, Ady

    2015-10-01

    Surface Fermi arcs are the most prominent manifestation of the topological nature of Weyl semimetals. In the presence of a static magnetic field oriented perpendicular to the sample surface, their existence leads to unique intersurface cyclotron orbits. We propose two experiments that directly probe the Fermi arcs: a magnetic-field-dependent nonlocal dc voltage and sharp resonances in the transmission of electromagnetic waves at frequencies controlled by the field. We show that these experiments do not rely on quantum mechanical phase coherence, which renders them far more robust and experimentally accessible than quantum effects. We also comment on the applicability of these ideas to Dirac semimetals.

  2. Chirality-Dependent Hall Effect in Weyl Semimetals.

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    Yang, Shengyuan A; Pan, Hui; Zhang, Fan

    2015-10-01

    We generalize a semiclassical theory and use the argument of angular momentum conservation to examine the ballistic transport in lightly doped Weyl semimetals, taking into account various phase-space Berry curvatures. We predict universal transverse shifts of the wave-packet center in transmission and reflection, perpendicular to the direction in which the Fermi energy or velocities change adiabatically. The anomalous shifts are opposite for electrons with different chirality, and they can be made imbalanced by breaking inversion symmetry. We discuss how to utilize local gates, strain effects, and circularly polarized lights to generate and probe such a chirality-dependent Hall effect. PMID:26550743

  3. Chirality-dependent Hall Effect in Weyl Semimetals

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    Yang, Shengyuan; Pan, Hui; Zhang, Fan

    We generalize a semiclassical theory and use the argument of angular momentum conservation to examine the ballistic transport in lightly-doped Weyl semimetals, taking into account various phase-space Berry curvatures. We predict universal transverse shifts of the wave-packet center in transmission and reflection, perpendicular to the direction in which the Fermi energy or velocities change adiabatically. The anomalous shifts are opposite for electrons with different chirality, and can be made imbalanced by breaking inversion symmetry. We discuss how to utilize local gates, strain effects, and circularly polarized lights to generate and probe such a chirality-dependent Hall effect. Journal Ref: Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 , 156603 (2015).

  4. Characteristic classes and weyl tensor: applications to general relativity.

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    Avez, A

    1970-06-01

    In a recent paper, Chern and Simons proved that the Pontrjagin forms of a Riemannian manifold remain invariant under a conformal deformation. We show that these forms can be expressed uniquely in terms of the conformal curvature tensor: this provides a new proof of their result. Similar techniques can be applied to Euler-Poincare characteristic class, as suggested to me by A. Taub. We obtain the following: If the Weyl tensor of a compact space time is of type III of Bel-Petrov, then it cannot carry a perfect fluid + electromagnetic field. PMID:16591838

  5. Characteristic Classes and Weyl Tensor: Applications to General Relativity*

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    Avez, André

    1970-01-01

    In a recent paper, Chern and Simons proved that the Pontrjagin forms of a Riemannian manifold remain invariant under a conformal deformation. We show that these forms can be expressed uniquely in terms of the conformal curvature tensor: this provides a new proof of their result. Similar techniques can be applied to Euler-Poincare characteristic class, as suggested to me by A. Taub. We obtain the following: If the Weyl tensor of a compact space time is of type III of Bel-Petrov, then it cannot carry a perfect fluid + electromagnetic field. PMID:16591838

  6. Electron bubbles and Weyl fermions in chiral superfluid 3He-A

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    Shevtsov, Oleksii; Sauls, J. A.

    2016-08-01

    Electrons embedded in liquid 3He form mesoscopic bubbles with large radii compared to the interatomic distance between 3He atoms, voids of Nbubble≈200 3He atoms, generating a negative ion with a large effective mass that scatters thermal excitations. Electron bubbles in chiral superfluid 3He-A also provide a local probe of the ground state. We develop a scattering theory of Bogoliubov quasiparticles by negative ions embedded in 3He-A that incorporates the broken symmetries of 3He-A , particularly broken symmetries under time reversal and mirror symmetry in a plane containing the chiral axis l ̂. Multiple scattering by the ion potential, combined with branch conversion scattering by the chiral order parameter, leads to a spectrum of Weyl fermions bound to the ion that support a mass current circulating the electron bubble—a mesoscopic realization of chiral edge currents in superfluid 3He-A films. A consequence is that electron bubbles embedded in 3He-A acquire angular momentum, L ≈-(Nbubble/2 ) ℏ l ̂ , inherited from the chiral ground state. We extend the scattering theory to calculate the forces on a moving electron bubble, both the Stokes drag and a transverse force, FW=e/c v ×BW , defined by an effective magnetic field, BW∝l ̂ , generated by the scattering of thermal quasiparticles off the spectrum of Weyl fermions bound to the moving ion. The transverse force is responsible for the anomalous Hall effect for electron bubbles driven by an electric field reported by the RIKEN group. Our results for the scattering cross section, drag, and transverse forces on moving ions are compared with experiments and shown to provide a quantitative understanding of the temperature dependence of the mobility and anomalous Hall angle for electron bubbles in normal and superfluid 3He-A . We also discuss our results in relation to earlier work on the theory of negative ions in superfluid 3He.

  7. Theoretical proton affinity and fluoride affinity of nerve agent VX.

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    Bera, Narayan C; Maeda, Satoshi; Morokuma, Keiji; Viggiano, Al A

    2010-12-23

    Proton affinity and fluoride affinity of nerve agent VX at all of its possible sites were calculated at the RI-MP2/cc-pVTZ//B3LYP/6-31G* and RI-MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ//B3LYP/6-31+G* levels, respectively. The protonation leads to various unique structures, with H(+) attached to oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur atoms; among which the nitrogen site possesses the highest proton affinity of -ΔE ∼ 251 kcal/mol, suggesting that this is likely to be the major product. In addition some H(2), CH(4) dissociation as well as destruction channels have been found, among which the CH(4) + [Et-O-P(═O)(Me)-S-(CH(2))(2)-N(+)(iPr)═CHMe] product and the destruction product forming Et-O-P(═O)(Me)-SMe + CH(2)═N(+)(iPr)(2) are only 9 kcal/mol less stable than the most stable N-protonated product. For fluoridization, the S-P destruction channel to give Et-O-P(═O)(Me)(F) + [S-(CH(2))(2)-N-(iPr)(2)](-) is energetically the most favorable, with a fluoride affinity of -ΔE ∼ 44 kcal. Various F(-) ion-molecule complexes are also found, with the one having F(-) interacting with two hydrogen atoms in different alkyl groups to be only 9 kcal/mol higher than the above destruction product. These results suggest VX behaves quite differently from surrogate systems. PMID:21117653

  8. Immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography.

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    Yip, T T; Hutchens, T W

    1992-01-01

    Immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography (IMAC) (1,2) is also referred to as metal chelate chromatography, metal ion interaction chromatography, and ligand-exchange chromatography. We view this affinity separation technique as an intermediate between highly specific, high-affinity bioaffinity separation methods, and wider spectrum, low-specificity adsorption methods, such as ion exchange. The IMAC stationary phases are designed to chelate certain metal ions that have selectivity for specific groups (e.g., His residues) in peptides (e.g., 3-7) and on protein surfaces (8-13). The number of stationary phases that can be synthesized for efficient chelation of metal ions is unlimited, but the critical consideration is that there must be enough exposure of the metal ion to interact with the proteins, preferably in a biospecific manner. Several examples are presented in Fig. 1. The challenge to produce new immobilized chelating groups, including protein surface metal-binding domains (14,15) is being explored continuously. Table 1 presents a list of published procedures for the synthesis and use of stationary phases with immobilized chelating groups. This is by no means exhaustive, and is intended only to give an idea of the scope and versatility of IMAC. Fig. 1 Schematic illustration of several types of immobilized metal-chelating groups, including, iminodiacetate (IDA), tris(carboxymethyl) ethylenediamine (TED), and the metal-binding peptides (GHHPH)(n)G (where n = 1,2,3, and 5) (14,15). Table 1 Immobilized Chelating Groups and Metal Ions Used for Immobilized Metal Ion Affinity Chromatography Chelating group Suitable metal ions Reference Commercial source Immodiacetate Transitional1,2 Pharmacia LKB Pierce Sigma Boehringer Mannheim TosoHaas 2-Hydroxy-3[N-(2- pyrtdylmethyl) glycme]propyl Transitional3 Not available ?-Alky1 mtrilo triacetic acid Transitional4 Not available Carboxymethylated asparhc acid Ca(II)13 Not available Tris (carboxy- methyl) ethylene Diamme

  9. A Weyl Fermion semimetal with surface Fermi arcs in the transition metal monopnictide TaAs class.

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    Huang, Shin-Ming; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Chang, Guoqing; Wang, BaoKai; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Neupane, Madhab; Zhang, Chenglong; Jia, Shuang; Bansil, Arun; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M Zahid

    2015-01-01

    Weyl fermions are massless chiral fermions that play an important role in quantum field theory but have never been observed as fundamental particles. A Weyl semimetal is an unusual crystal that hosts Weyl fermions as quasiparticle excitations and features Fermi arcs on its surface. Such a semimetal not only provides a condensed matter realization of the anomalies in quantum field theories but also demonstrates the topological classification beyond the gapped topological insulators. Here, we identify a topological Weyl semimetal state in the transition metal monopnictide materials class. Our first-principles calculations on TaAs reveal its bulk Weyl fermion cones and surface Fermi arcs. Our results show that in the TaAs-type materials the Weyl semimetal state does not depend on fine-tuning of chemical composition or magnetic order, which opens the door for the experimental realization of Weyl semimetals and Fermi arc surface states in real materials. PMID:26067579

  10. A Weyl Fermion semimetal with surface Fermi arcs in the transition metal monopnictide TaAs class

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    Huang, Shin-Ming; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Chang, Guoqing; Wang, BaoKai; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Neupane, Madhab; Zhang, Chenglong; Jia, Shuang; Bansil, Arun; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2015-01-01

    Weyl fermions are massless chiral fermions that play an important role in quantum field theory but have never been observed as fundamental particles. A Weyl semimetal is an unusual crystal that hosts Weyl fermions as quasiparticle excitations and features Fermi arcs on its surface. Such a semimetal not only provides a condensed matter realization of the anomalies in quantum field theories but also demonstrates the topological classification beyond the gapped topological insulators. Here, we identify a topological Weyl semimetal state in the transition metal monopnictide materials class. Our first-principles calculations on TaAs reveal its bulk Weyl fermion cones and surface Fermi arcs. Our results show that in the TaAs-type materials the Weyl semimetal state does not depend on fine-tuning of chemical composition or magnetic order, which opens the door for the experimental realization of Weyl semimetals and Fermi arc surface states in real materials. PMID:26067579

  11. Topological nodal Cooper pairing in doped Weyl metals

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    Li, Yi; Haldane, F. D. M.

    We generalize the concept of Berry connection of the single-electron band structure to the two-particle Cooper pair states between two Fermi surfaces with opposite Chern numbers. Because of underlying Fermi surface topology, the pairing Berry phase acquires non-trivial monopole structure. Consequently, pairing gap functions have the topologically-protected nodal structure as vortices in the momentum space with the total vorticity solely determined by the monopole charge qp. The pairing nodes behave as the Weyl-Majorana points of the Bogoliubov-de Gennes pairing Hamiltonian. Their relation with the connection patterns of the surface modes from theWeyl band structure and the Majorana surface modes inside the pairing gap is also discussed. Under the approximation of spherical Fermi surfaces, the pairing symmetry are represented by monopole harmonic functions. The lowest possible pairing channel carries angular momentum number j =|qp|, and the corresponding gap functions are holomorphic or anti-holomorphic functions on Fermi surfaces. F.D.M.H. acknowledges the support from MRSEC NSF-DMR-1420541 and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

  12. Chiral tunneling in gated inversion symmetric Weyl semimetal.

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    Bai, Chunxu; Yang, Yanling; Chang, Kai

    2016-01-01

    Based on the chirality-resolved transfer-matrix method, we evaluate the chiral transport tunneling through Weyl semimetal multi-barrier structures created by periodic gates. It is shown that, in sharp contrast to the cases of three dimensional normal semimetals, the tunneling coefficient as a function of incident angle shows a strong anisotropic behavior. Importantly, the tunneling coefficients display an interesting periodic oscillation as a function of the crystallographic angle of the structures. With the increasement of the barriers, the tunneling current shows a Fabry-Perot type interferences. For superlattice structures, the fancy miniband effect has been revealed. Our results show that the angular dependence of the first bandgap can be reduced into a Lorentz formula. The disorder suppresses the oscillation of the tunneling conductance, but would not affect its average amplitude. This is in sharp contrast to that in multi-barrier conventional semiconductor structures. Moreover, numerical results for the dependence of the angularly averaged conductance on the incident energy and the structure parameters are presented and contrasted with those in two dimensional relativistic materials. Our work suggests that the gated Weyl semimetal opens a possible new route to access to new type nanoelectronic device. PMID:26888491

  13. Chiral tunneling in gated inversion symmetric Weyl semimetal

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    Bai, Chunxu; Yang, Yanling; Chang, Kai

    2016-02-01

    Based on the chirality-resolved transfer-matrix method, we evaluate the chiral transport tunneling through Weyl semimetal multi-barrier structures created by periodic gates. It is shown that, in sharp contrast to the cases of three dimensional normal semimetals, the tunneling coefficient as a function of incident angle shows a strong anisotropic behavior. Importantly, the tunneling coefficients display an interesting periodic oscillation as a function of the crystallographic angle of the structures. With the increasement of the barriers, the tunneling current shows a Fabry-Perot type interferences. For superlattice structures, the fancy miniband effect has been revealed. Our results show that the angular dependence of the first bandgap can be reduced into a Lorentz formula. The disorder suppresses the oscillation of the tunneling conductance, but would not affect its average amplitude. This is in sharp contrast to that in multi-barrier conventional semiconductor structures. Moreover, numerical results for the dependence of the angularly averaged conductance on the incident energy and the structure parameters are presented and contrasted with those in two dimensional relativistic materials. Our work suggests that the gated Weyl semimetal opens a possible new route to access to new type nanoelectronic device.

  14. Theory of Kerr and Faraday rotation in Topological Weyl Semimetals

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    Kargarian, Mehdi; Randeria, Mohit; Trivedi, Nandini

    2015-03-01

    Topological Weyl semimetals are characterized by bulk Dirac nodes separated in momentum space by a distance 2 b and lead to Fermi arcs in the surfaces electronic structure. We calculate the Faraday θF and Kerr θK angles for electromagnetic waves scattered from such a Weyl semimetal using the Kubo formalism. (1) For thin films with electromagnetic radiation incident on a surface without arcs, we show that θK = bd / απ and θF = απ / bd where α is the fine structure constant, and the film thickness d << λ , the wavelength. We further show multiple reflections give rise to giant Kerr rotation, under certain conditions, for a film on a substrate. (2) In the case when the electromagnetic radiation is incident on the surface with arcs, the wave propagating inside the material acquires a longitudinal component of the electric field proportional to b. We discuss the implications of our results for thin films of pyrochlore iridates, and also for the recently discovered Dirac semimetals in a magnetic field. We acknowledge the support of the CEM, an NSF MRSEC, under Grant DMR-1420451.

  15. Superconductivity in Weyl semimetal candidate MoTe2

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    Qi, Yanpeng; Naumov, Pavel G.; Ali, Mazhar N.; Rajamathi, Catherine R.; Schnelle, Walter; Barkalov, Oleg; Hanfland, Michael; Wu, Shu-Chun; Shekhar, Chandra; Sun, Yan; Süß, Vicky; Schmidt, Marcus; Schwarz, Ulrich; Pippel, Eckhard; Werner, Peter; Hillebrand, Reinald; Förster, Tobias; Kampert, Erik; Parkin, Stuart; Cava, R. J.; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai; Medvedev, Sergey A.

    2016-01-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted research interest over the last few decades due to their interesting structural chemistry, unusual electronic properties, rich intercalation chemistry and wide spectrum of potential applications. Despite the fact that the majority of related research focuses on semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides (for example, MoS2), recently discovered unexpected properties of WTe2 are provoking strong interest in semimetallic transition metal dichalcogenides featuring large magnetoresistance, pressure-driven superconductivity and Weyl semimetal states. We investigate the sister compound of WTe2, MoTe2, predicted to be a Weyl semimetal and a quantum spin Hall insulator in bulk and monolayer form, respectively. We find that bulk MoTe2 exhibits superconductivity with a transition temperature of 0.10 K. Application of external pressure dramatically enhances the transition temperature up to maximum value of 8.2 K at 11.7 GPa. The observed dome-shaped superconductivity phase diagram provides insights into the interplay between superconductivity and topological physics. PMID:26972450

  16. Superconductivity in Weyl semimetal candidate MoTe2.

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    Qi, Yanpeng; Naumov, Pavel G; Ali, Mazhar N; Rajamathi, Catherine R; Schnelle, Walter; Barkalov, Oleg; Hanfland, Michael; Wu, Shu-Chun; Shekhar, Chandra; Sun, Yan; Süß, Vicky; Schmidt, Marcus; Schwarz, Ulrich; Pippel, Eckhard; Werner, Peter; Hillebrand, Reinald; Förster, Tobias; Kampert, Erik; Parkin, Stuart; Cava, R J; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai; Medvedev, Sergey A

    2016-01-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted research interest over the last few decades due to their interesting structural chemistry, unusual electronic properties, rich intercalation chemistry and wide spectrum of potential applications. Despite the fact that the majority of related research focuses on semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides (for example, MoS2), recently discovered unexpected properties of WTe2 are provoking strong interest in semimetallic transition metal dichalcogenides featuring large magnetoresistance, pressure-driven superconductivity and Weyl semimetal states. We investigate the sister compound of WTe2, MoTe2, predicted to be a Weyl semimetal and a quantum spin Hall insulator in bulk and monolayer form, respectively. We find that bulk MoTe2 exhibits superconductivity with a transition temperature of 0.10 K. Application of external pressure dramatically enhances the transition temperature up to maximum value of 8.2 K at 11.7 GPa. The observed dome-shaped superconductivity phase diagram provides insights into the interplay between superconductivity and topological physics. PMID:26972450

  17. Superconductivity in Weyl semimetal candidate MoTe2

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    Qi, Yanpeng; Naumov, Pavel G.; Ali, Mazhar N.; Rajamathi, Catherine R.; Schnelle, Walter; Barkalov, Oleg; Hanfland, Michael; Wu, Shu-Chun; Shekhar, Chandra; Sun, Yan; Süß, Vicky; Schmidt, Marcus; Schwarz, Ulrich; Pippel, Eckhard; Werner, Peter; Hillebrand, Reinald; Förster, Tobias; Kampert, Erik; Parkin, Stuart; Cava, R. J.; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai; Medvedev, Sergey A.

    2016-03-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted research interest over the last few decades due to their interesting structural chemistry, unusual electronic properties, rich intercalation chemistry and wide spectrum of potential applications. Despite the fact that the majority of related research focuses on semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides (for example, MoS2), recently discovered unexpected properties of WTe2 are provoking strong interest in semimetallic transition metal dichalcogenides featuring large magnetoresistance, pressure-driven superconductivity and Weyl semimetal states. We investigate the sister compound of WTe2, MoTe2, predicted to be a Weyl semimetal and a quantum spin Hall insulator in bulk and monolayer form, respectively. We find that bulk MoTe2 exhibits superconductivity with a transition temperature of 0.10 K. Application of external pressure dramatically enhances the transition temperature up to maximum value of 8.2 K at 11.7 GPa. The observed dome-shaped superconductivity phase diagram provides insights into the interplay between superconductivity and topological physics.

  18. Chiral tunneling in gated inversion symmetric Weyl semimetal

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    Bai, Chunxu; Yang, Yanling; Chang, Kai

    2016-01-01

    Based on the chirality-resolved transfer-matrix method, we evaluate the chiral transport tunneling through Weyl semimetal multi-barrier structures created by periodic gates. It is shown that, in sharp contrast to the cases of three dimensional normal semimetals, the tunneling coefficient as a function of incident angle shows a strong anisotropic behavior. Importantly, the tunneling coefficients display an interesting periodic oscillation as a function of the crystallographic angle of the structures. With the increasement of the barriers, the tunneling current shows a Fabry-Perot type interferences. For superlattice structures, the fancy miniband effect has been revealed. Our results show that the angular dependence of the first bandgap can be reduced into a Lorentz formula. The disorder suppresses the oscillation of the tunneling conductance, but would not affect its average amplitude. This is in sharp contrast to that in multi-barrier conventional semiconductor structures. Moreover, numerical results for the dependence of the angularly averaged conductance on the incident energy and the structure parameters are presented and contrasted with those in two dimensional relativistic materials. Our work suggests that the gated Weyl semimetal opens a possible new route to access to new type nanoelectronic device. PMID:26888491

  19. Discovery of the first Weyl fermion semimetal and topological Fermi arcs in TaAs

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    Xu, Suyang; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bian, Guang; Zhang, Chenglong; Sankar, Raman; Chang, Guoqing; Yuan, Zhujun; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Zheng, Hao; Ma, Jie; Sanchez, Daniel; Wang, Baokai; Bansil, Arun; Chou, Fangcheng; Shibayev, Pavel; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    Weyl semimetals have opened a new era in condensed matter physics and materials science. They host Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles and admit a topological classification that protects Fermi arc surface states on the boundary. This unusual electronic structure has deep analogies with particle physics and leads to unique topological properties. We report the experimental discovery of the first Weyl semimetal, TaAs. We directly observe Fermi arcs on the surface, as well as the Weyl fermion cones and Weyl nodes in the bulk of TaAs single crystals. We find that Fermi arcs terminate on the Weyl fermion nodes, consistent with their topological character. Our work opens the field for the experimental study of Weyl fermions in physics and materials science. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative through Grant GBMF4547 (Hasan) and by U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  20. Semiclassical Limits of Ore Extensions and a Poisson Generalized Weyl Algebra

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    Cho, Eun-Hee; Oh, Sei-Qwon

    2016-07-01

    We observe [Launois and Lecoutre, Trans. Am. Math. Soc. 368:755-785, 2016, Proposition 4.1] that Poisson polynomial extensions appear as semiclassical limits of a class of Ore extensions. As an application, a Poisson generalized Weyl algebra A 1, considered as a Poisson version of the quantum generalized Weyl algebra, is constructed and its Poisson structures are studied. In particular, a necessary and sufficient condition is obtained, such that A 1 is Poisson simple and established that the Poisson endomorphisms of A 1 are Poisson analogues of the endomorphisms of the quantum generalized Weyl algebra.

  1. Detecting the Chern number of topological Weyl semimetals in 3D optical lattices

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    Zhang, Dan-Wei; Cao, Shuai

    2016-06-01

    We propose a realistic scheme to directly probe the Chern number of topological Weyl semimetals in optical lattices. The Weyl semimetal states can be realized with ultracold fermionic atoms trapped in three-dimensional optical lattices, and are topologically characterized by k z -dependent Chern number, where k z is the out-of-plane quasimomentum. We demonstrate with numerical simulations that this characteristic topological invariant can be extracted from the shift of the hybrid Wannier center in the optical lattice, based on the particle pumping approach. Through in situ measurement of atomic density, the topological properties of the Weyl semimetal states are then directly revealed.

  2. Dirac and Weyl Semimetal in XYBi (X = Ba, Eu; Y = Cu, Ag and Au).

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    Du, Yongping; Wan, Bo; Wang, Di; Sheng, Li; Duan, Chun-Gang; Wan, Xiangang

    2015-01-01

    Weyl and Dirac semimetals recently stimulate intense research activities due to their novel properties. Combining first-principles calculations and effective model analysis, we predict that nonmagnetic compounds BaYBi (Y = Au, Ag and Cu) are Dirac semimetals. As for the magnetic compound EuYBi, although the time reversal symmetry is broken, their long-range magnetic ordering cannot split the Dirac point into pairs of Weyl points. However, we propose that partially substitute Eu ions by Ba ions will realize the Weyl semimetal. PMID:26399742

  3. Semiclassical Limits of Ore Extensions and a Poisson Generalized Weyl Algebra

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    Cho, Eun-Hee; Oh, Sei-Qwon

    2016-05-01

    We observe [Launois and Lecoutre, Trans. Am. Math. Soc. 368:755-785, 2016, Proposition 4.1] that Poisson polynomial extensions appear as semiclassical limits of a class of Ore extensions. As an application, a Poisson generalized Weyl algebra A 1, considered as a Poisson version of the quantum generalized Weyl algebra, is constructed and its Poisson structures are studied. In particular, a necessary and sufficient condition is obtained, such that A 1 is Poisson simple and established that the Poisson endomorphisms of A 1 are Poisson analogues of the endomorphisms of the quantum generalized Weyl algebra.

  4. Hydrodynamic theory of thermoelectric transport and negative magnetoresistance in Weyl semimetals.

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    Lucas, Andrew; Davison, Richard A; Sachdev, Subir

    2016-08-23

    We present a theory of thermoelectric transport in weakly disordered Weyl semimetals where the electron-electron scattering time is faster than the electron-impurity scattering time. Our hydrodynamic theory consists of relativistic fluids at each Weyl node, coupled together by perturbatively small intervalley scattering, and long-range Coulomb interactions. The conductivity matrix of our theory is Onsager reciprocal and positive semidefinite. In addition to the usual axial anomaly, we account for the effects of a distinct, axial-gravitational anomaly expected to be present in Weyl semimetals. Negative thermal magnetoresistance is a sharp, experimentally accessible signature of this axial-gravitational anomaly, even beyond the hydrodynamic limit. PMID:27512042

  5. Intertwined Rashba, Dirac, and Weyl Fermions in Hexagonal Hyperferroelectrics

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    Di Sante, Domenico; Barone, Paolo; Stroppa, Alessandro; Garrity, Kevin F.; Vanderbilt, David; Picozzi, Silvia

    2016-08-01

    By means of density functional theory based calculations, we study the role of spin-orbit coupling in the new family of A B C hyperferroelectrics [Garrity, Rabe, and Vanderbilt Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 127601 (2014)]. We unveil an extremely rich physics strongly linked to ferroelectric properties, ranging from the electric control of bulk Rashba effect to the existence of a three-dimensional topological insulator phase, with concomitant topological surface states even in the ultrathin film limit. Moreover, we predict that the topological transition, as induced by alloying, is followed by a Weyl semimetal phase of finite concentration extension, which is robust against disorder, putting forward hyperferroelectrics as promising candidates for spin-orbitronic applications.

  6. Cosmology for quadratic gravity in generalized Weyl geometry

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    Beltrán Jiménez, Jose; Heisenberg, Lavinia; Koivisto, Tomi S.

    2016-04-01

    A class of vector-tensor theories arises naturally in the framework of quadratic gravity in spacetimes with linear vector distortion. Requiring the absence of ghosts for the vector field imposes an interesting condition on the allowed connections with vector distortion: the resulting one-parameter family of connections generalises the usual Weyl geometry with polar torsion. The cosmology of this class of theories is studied, focusing on isotropic solutions wherein the vector field is dominated by the temporal component. De Sitter attractors are found and inhomogeneous perturbations around such backgrounds are analysed. In particular, further constraints on the models are imposed by excluding pathologies in the scalar, vector and tensor fluctuations. Various exact background solutions are presented, describing a constant and an evolving dark energy, a bounce and a self-tuning de Sitter phase. However, the latter two scenarios are not viable under a closer scrutiny.

  7. A spin filter transistor made of topological Weyl semimetal

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    Shi, Zhangsheng; Wang, Maoji; Wu, Jiansheng

    2015-09-07

    Topological boundary states (TBSs) in Weyl semimetal (WSM) thin film can induce tunneling. Such TBSs are spin polarized inducing spin-polarized current, which can be used to build a spin-filter transistor (SFT) in spintronics. The WSM thin film can be viewed as a series of decoupled quantum anomalous Hall insulator (QAHI) wires connected in parallel, so compared with the proposed SFT made of QAHI nanowire, this SFT has a broader working energy region and easier to be manipulated. And within a narrow region outside this energy domain, the 2D WSM is with very low conductance, so it makes a good on/off switch device with controllable chemical potential induced by liquid ion gate. We also construct a loop device made of 2D WSM with inserted controllable flux to control the polarized current.

  8. A spin filter transistor made of topological Weyl semimetal

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    Shi, Zhangsheng; Wang, Maoji; Wu, Jiansheng

    2015-09-01

    Topological boundary states (TBSs) in Weyl semimetal (WSM) thin film can induce tunneling. Such TBSs are spin polarized inducing spin-polarized current, which can be used to build a spin-filter transistor (SFT) in spintronics. The WSM thin film can be viewed as a series of decoupled quantum anomalous Hall insulator (QAHI) wires connected in parallel, so compared with the proposed SFT made of QAHI nanowire, this SFT has a broader working energy region and easier to be manipulated. And within a narrow region outside this energy domain, the 2D WSM is with very low conductance, so it makes a good on/off switch device with controllable chemical potential induced by liquid ion gate. We also construct a loop device made of 2D WSM with inserted controllable flux to control the polarized current.

  9. Synthetic gauge flux and Weyl points in acoustic systems

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    Xiao, Meng; Chen, Wen-Jie; He, Wen-Yu; Chan, C. T.

    2015-11-01

    Following the discovery of the quantum Hall effect and topological insulators, the topological properties of classical waves began to draw attention. Topologically non-trivial bands characterized by non-zero Chern numbers are realized through either the breaking of time-reversal symmetry using an external magnetic field or dynamic modulation. Owing to the absence of a Faraday-like effect, the breaking of time-reversal symmetry in an acoustic system is commonly realized with moving background fluids, which drastically increases the engineering complexity. Here we show that we can realize effective inversion symmetry breaking and create an effective gauge flux in a reduced two-dimensional system by engineering interlayer couplings, achieving an acoustic analogue of the topological Haldane model. We show that the synthetic gauge flux is closely related to Weyl points in the three-dimensional band structure and the system supports chiral edge states for fixed values of kz.

  10. Intertwined Rashba, Dirac, and Weyl Fermions in Hexagonal Hyperferroelectrics.

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    Di Sante, Domenico; Barone, Paolo; Stroppa, Alessandro; Garrity, Kevin F; Vanderbilt, David; Picozzi, Silvia

    2016-08-12

    By means of density functional theory based calculations, we study the role of spin-orbit coupling in the new family of ABC hyperferroelectrics [Garrity, Rabe, and Vanderbilt Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 127601 (2014)]. We unveil an extremely rich physics strongly linked to ferroelectric properties, ranging from the electric control of bulk Rashba effect to the existence of a three-dimensional topological insulator phase, with concomitant topological surface states even in the ultrathin film limit. Moreover, we predict that the topological transition, as induced by alloying, is followed by a Weyl semimetal phase of finite concentration extension, which is robust against disorder, putting forward hyperferroelectrics as promising candidates for spin-orbitronic applications. PMID:27563977

  11. Current at a distance and resonant transparency in Weyl semimetals

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    Stern, Ady; Baum, Yuval; Berg, Erez; Parameswaran, Siddharth

    Surface Fermi arcs are the most prominent manifestation of the topological nature of Weyl semimetals. In the presence of a static magnetic field oriented perpendicular to the sample surface, their existence leads to unique inter-surface cyclotron orbits. We propose two experiments which directly probe the Fermi arcs: a magnetic field dependent non-local DC voltage and sharp resonances in the transmission of electromagnetic waves at frequencies controlled by the field. We show that these experiments are insensitive to small momentum scattering and do not rely on quantum mechanical phase coherence, which renders them far more robust and experimentally accessible than quantum effects. We also comment on the applicability of these ideas to Dirac semimetals.

  12. Probing the chiral anomaly and transport in Weyl semimetals

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    Parameswaran, Siddharth

    2014-03-01

    The topological nature of Weyl semimetals is reflected in the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly, an unusual bulk response where applying parallel electric (E) and magnetic (B) fields pumps electrons between nodes of opposite chirality at a rate proportional to E . B . We argue that this pumping is measurable via nonlocal transport experiments, in the limit of weak internode scattering. Such nonlocal transport vanishes when the injected current and magnetic field are orthogonal, and therefore serves as a test of the chiral anomaly. I will also comment on the possibility of observing similar physics in the three-dimensional Dirac semimetallic phase proposed to exist in Na3Bi and Cd3As2, which have been the subject of recent photoemission and transport experiments. We acknowledge support from the Simons Foundation, NSF Grant PHYS-1066293 (Aspen Center for Physics), DOE Contract No. DEAC02- 05CH11231, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant GBMF1250 (IQIM at Caltech).

  13. From Graphene and Topological Insulators to Weyl Semimetals

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    Hills, R. D. Y.; Brada, M.; Liu, Y.; Pierpoint, M.; Sobnack, M. B.; Wu, W. M.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    Here we present a short introduction into physics of Dirac materials. In particular we review main physical properties of various two-dimensional crystals such as graphene, silicene, germanene and others. We comment on the origin of their buckled two-dimensional shape, and address the issues created by Mermin-Wagner theorem prohibiting the existence of strictly two-dimensional, flat crystals. Then we describe main ideas which were leading to the discovery of two and three-dimensional topological insulators and Weyl fermions. We describe some of their outstanding electronic properties which have been originating due to the existence of the Dirac gapless spectrum. We also compare simplest devices made of Dirac materials. Analogies and differences between Dirac materials and optics are also discussed.

  14. Synthetic gauge flux and Weyl points in acoustic systems

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    Xiao, Meng; Chen, Wen-Jie; He, Wen-Yu; Chan, C. T.

    We consider acoustic systems comprising a honeycomb lattice in the xy plane and periodic along the z direction. As kz is a good quantum number here, for each fixed kz, this system can be treated as a reduced two-dimensional system. By engineering the interlayer coupling in the z-direction, we show that we can realize effective inversion symmetry breaking and synthetic staggered gauge flux in the reduced two-dimensional system. The realizations of chiral edge states for fixed values of kz are direct consequences of the staggered gauge flux. And we then show that the synthetic gauge flux is closely related to the Weyl points in the three-dimensional band structure. This work was supported by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (Grant No. AoE/P-02/12).

  15. Positive magnetoconductivity of Weyl semimetals in the ultraquantum limit

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    Chen, Chui-Zhen; Liu, Haiwen; Jiang, Hua; Xie, X. C.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we numerically study the magnetic transport properties of disordered Weyl semimetals (WSM) in the ultraquantum limit. We find a positive magnetic conductivity for the long-range disorder, although the system tends to have negative magnetic conductivity for the weak short-range disorder. Remarkably, for long-range disorder, such a positive magnetic conductivity usually cannot be described by the semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory even in the weak disorder limit, and the backscattering assisted by the high Landau levels is always important. Our results have significant implications for the positive magnetic conductivity recently discovered in the WSM systems, and point out two physical mechanisms: (i) the long-range correlated disorder suppresses the backscattering among the zeroth Landau level modes; (ii) with increasing the magnetic field, the backscattering assisted by the high Landau levels will also be suppressed.

  16. Deflection of light to second order in conformal Weyl gravity

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    Sultana, Joseph

    2013-04-01

    We reexamine the deflection of light in conformal Weyl gravity obtained in Sultana and Kazanas (2010), by extending the calculation based on the procedure by Rindler and Ishak, for the bending angle by a centrally concentrated spherically symmetric matter distribution, to second order in M/R, where M is the mass of the source and R is the impact parameter. It has recently been reported in Bhattacharya et al. (JCAP 09 (2010) 004; JCAP 02 (2011) 028), that when this calculation is done to second order, the term γr in the Mannheim-Kazanas metric, yields again the paradoxical contribution γR (where the bending angle is proportional to the impact parameter) obtained by standard formalisms appropriate to asymptotically flat spacetimes. We show that no such contribution is obtained for a second order calculation and the effects of the term γr in the metric are again insignificant as reported in our earlier work.

  17. Quasiparticle interference of the Fermi arcs and surface-bulk connectivity of a Weyl semimetal.

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    Inoue, Hiroyuki; Gyenis, András; Wang, Zhijun; Li, Jian; Oh, Seong Woo; Jiang, Shan; Ni, Ni; Bernevig, B Andrei; Yazdani, Ali

    2016-03-11

    Weyl semimetals host topologically protected surface states, with arced Fermi surface contours that are predicted to propagate through the bulk when their momentum matches that of the surface projections of the bulk's Weyl nodes. We used spectroscopic mapping with a scanning tunneling microscope to visualize quasiparticle scattering and interference at the surface of the Weyl semimetal TaAs. Our measurements reveal 10 different scattering wave vectors, which can be understood and precisely reproduced with a theory that takes into account the shape, spin texture, and momentum-dependent propagation of the Fermi arc surface states into the bulk. Our findings provide evidence that Weyl nodes act as sinks for electron transport on the surface of these materials. PMID:26965625

  18. Magnetic Breakdown and Klein Tunneling in a Type-II Weyl Semimetal.

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    O'Brien, T E; Diez, M; Beenakker, C W J

    2016-06-10

    The band structure of a type-II Weyl semimetal has pairs of electron and hole pockets that coexist over a range of energies and touch at a topologically protected conical point. We identify signatures of this Weyl point in the magnetic quantum oscillations of the density of states, observable in thermodynamic properties. Tunneling between the electron and hole pockets in a magnetic field is the momentum space counterpart of Klein tunneling at a p-n junction in real space. This magnetic breakdown happens at a characteristic field strength that vanishes when the Fermi level approaches the Weyl point. The topological distinction between connected and disconnected pairs of type-II Weyl cones can be distinguished by the qualitatively different dependence of the quantum oscillations on the direction of the magnetic field. PMID:27341246

  19. Visualizing Weyl Fermions in MoTe2 Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Notis, Ayelet; Andrade, Erick; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Pasupathy, Abhay

    MoTe2, a transition metal dichalcogenide, has a metastable orthorhombic phase at temperatures below 250 K. This phase is predicted to be a type II Weyl semimetal, providing us an exciting new opportunity to explore Weyl Fermions, a type of particle long sought after but only recently realized as a quasiparticle excitation in a crystal. A topological consequence of the existence of Weyl points in a crystal is the existence of Fermi arc surface states that connect pairs of Weyl points. Here, we present scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM and STS) studies investigating the topography and electronic structure of this material. We resolve the crystal structure of the orthorhombic phase in STM topography, and probe the electronic structure of the Fermi arc states using quasiparticle interference imaging.

  20. Magnetic Breakdown and Klein Tunneling in a Type-II Weyl Semimetal

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    O'Brien, T. E.; Diez, M.; Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2016-06-01

    The band structure of a type-II Weyl semimetal has pairs of electron and hole pockets that coexist over a range of energies and touch at a topologically protected conical point. We identify signatures of this Weyl point in the magnetic quantum oscillations of the density of states, observable in thermodynamic properties. Tunneling between the electron and hole pockets in a magnetic field is the momentum space counterpart of Klein tunneling at a p -n junction in real space. This magnetic breakdown happens at a characteristic field strength that vanishes when the Fermi level approaches the Weyl point. The topological distinction between connected and disconnected pairs of type-II Weyl cones can be distinguished by the qualitatively different dependence of the quantum oscillations on the direction of the magnetic field.

  1. Experimental discovery of a topological Weyl semimetal state in TaP

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel; Guo, Cheng; Chang, Guoqing; Zhang, Chenglong; Bian, Guang; Yuan, Zhujun; Lu, Hong; Feng, Yiyang; Chang, Tay-Rong; Shibayev, Pavel; Prokopovych, Mykhailo; Alidoust, Nasser; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Sankar, Raman; Jenny, Horn-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Strocov, Vladimir; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    We observed Weyl fermion cones and nodes in the bulk and the Fermi arcs on the surface of Weyl semimetal TaP. Also, we found that the surface states show an unexpectedly rich structure, including both topological Fermi arcs and topologically trivial closed contours in the vicinity of the Weyl points. A rigorous scheme for directly demonstrating the bulk-boundary correspondence and, hence, establishing the Weyl semimetal state in TaP is discussed. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative through Grant GBMF4547 (Hasan) and by U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  2. Phenomenology of a semi-Dirac semi-Weyl semimetal

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    Banerjee, S.; Pickett, W. E.

    2012-08-01

    We extend the semiclassical study of fermionic particle-hole symmetric semi-Dirac (more appropriately, semi-Dirac semi-Weyl) dispersion of quasiparticles, ɛK=±(kx2/2m)2+(vky)2)=±ɛ0Kx4+Ky2 in dimensionless units, discovered computationally in oxide heterostructures by Pardo and collaborators. This unique system is a highly anisotropic sister phase of both (symmetric) graphene and what has become known as a Weyl semimetal, having 1/2≈v independent of energy, and 1/2∝m-1/2ɛ being very strongly dependent on energy (ɛ) and depending only on the effective mass m. Each of these systems is distinguished by bands crossing (sometimes referred to as touching) at a point Fermi surface, with one consequence being that for this semi-Dirac system the ratio |χorb/χsp| of orbital to spin susceptibilities diverges at low doping. We extend the study of the low-energy behavior of the semi-Dirac system, finding the plasmon frequency to be highly anisotropic while the Hall coefficient scales with carrier density in the usual manner. The Faraday rotation behavior is also reported. For Klein tunneling at normal incidence on an arbitrarily oriented barrier, the kinetic energy mixes both linear (massless) and quadratic (massive) contributions depending on orientation. Analogous to graphene, perfect transmission occurs under resonant conditions, except for the specific orientation that eliminates massless dispersion. Comparisons of the semi-Dirac system are made throughout with both other types of point Fermi surface systems.

  3. Spin Polarization and Texture of the Fermi Arcs in the Weyl Fermion Semimetal TaAs.

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S; Neupane, Madhab; Chang, Guoqing; Yaji, Koichiro; Yuan, Zhujun; Zhang, Chenglong; Kuroda, Kenta; Bian, Guang; Guo, Cheng; Lu, Hong; Chang, Tay-Rong; Alidoust, Nasser; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Komori, Fumio; Kondo, Takeshi; Shin, Shik; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M Zahid

    2016-03-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as quasiparticle excitations. The Weyl fermions at zero energy correspond to points of bulk-band degeneracy, called Weyl nodes, which are separated in momentum space and are connected only through the crystal's boundary by an exotic Fermi arc surface state. We experimentally measure the spin polarization of the Fermi arcs in the first experimentally discovered Weyl semimetal TaAs. Our spin data, for the first time, reveal that the Fermi arcs' spin-polarization magnitude is as large as 80% and lies completely in the plane of the surface. Moreover, we demonstrate that the chirality of the Weyl nodes in TaAs cannot be inferred by the spin texture of the Fermi arcs. The observed nondegenerate property of the Fermi arcs is important for establishing its exact topological nature, which reveals that spins on the arc form a novel type of 2D matter. Additionally, the nearly full spin polarization we observed (∼80%) may be useful in spintronic applications. PMID:26991191

  4. Dirac and Weyl Rings in Three Dimensional Cold Atom Optical Lattices

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    Xu, Yong; Zhang, Chuanwei

    Recently three dimensional topological quantum materials with gapless energy spectra have attracted considerable interests in many branches of physics. Besides the celebrated example, Dirac and Weyl points which possess gapless point structures in the underlying energy dispersion, the topologically protected gapless spectrum can also occur along a ring, named Dirac and Weyl nodal rings. Ultra-cold atomic gases provide an ideal platform for exploring new topological materials with designed symmetries. However, whether Dirac and Weyl rings can exist in the single-particle spectrum of cold atoms remains elusive. Here we propose a realistic model for realizing Dirac and Weyl rings in the single-particle band dispersion of a cold atom optical lattice. Our scheme is based on previously experimentally already implemented Raman coupling setup for realizing spin-orbit coupling. Without the Zeeman field, the model preserves both pseudo-time-reversal and inversion symmetries, allowing Dirac rings. The Dirac rings split into Weyl rings with a Zeeman field that breaks the pseudo-time-reversal symmetry. We examine the superfluidity of attractive Fermi gases in this model and also find Dirac and Weyl rings in the quasiparticle spectrum.

  5. Dirac and Weyl rings in three-dimensional cold-atom optical lattices

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    Xu, Yong; Zhang, Chuanwei

    2016-06-01

    Recently three-dimensional topological quantum materials with gapless energy spectra have attracted considerable interest in many branches of physics. Besides the celebrated example, Dirac and Weyl points which possess gapless point structures in the underlying energy dispersion, the topologically protected gapless spectrum, can also occur along a ring, named Dirac and Weyl nodal rings. Ultracold atomic gases provide an ideal platform for exploring new topological materials with designed symmetries and dispersion. However, whether Dirac and Weyl rings can exist in the single-particle spectrum of cold atoms remains elusive. Here we propose a realistic model for realizing Dirac and Weyl rings in the single-particle band dispersion of a cold-atom optical lattice. Our scheme is based on a previously experimentally implemented Raman coupling setup for realizing spin-orbit coupling. Without the Zeeman field, the model preserves both pseudo-time-reversal and inversion symmetries, allowing Dirac rings. The Dirac rings split into Weyl rings with a Zeeman field that breaks the pseudo-time-reversal symmetry. We examine the superfluidity of attractive Fermi gases in this model and also find Dirac and Weyl rings in the quasiparticle spectrum.

  6. Spin Polarization and Texture of the Fermi Arcs in the Weyl Fermion Semimetal TaAs

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Neupane, Madhab; Chang, Guoqing; Yaji, Koichiro; Yuan, Zhujun; Zhang, Chenglong; Kuroda, Kenta; Bian, Guang; Guo, Cheng; Lu, Hong; Chang, Tay-Rong; Alidoust, Nasser; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Komori, Fumio; Kondo, Takeshi; Shin, Shik; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2016-03-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as quasiparticle excitations. The Weyl fermions at zero energy correspond to points of bulk-band degeneracy, called Weyl nodes, which are separated in momentum space and are connected only through the crystal's boundary by an exotic Fermi arc surface state. We experimentally measure the spin polarization of the Fermi arcs in the first experimentally discovered Weyl semimetal TaAs. Our spin data, for the first time, reveal that the Fermi arcs' spin-polarization magnitude is as large as 80% and lies completely in the plane of the surface. Moreover, we demonstrate that the chirality of the Weyl nodes in TaAs cannot be inferred by the spin texture of the Fermi arcs. The observed nondegenerate property of the Fermi arcs is important for establishing its exact topological nature, which reveals that spins on the arc form a novel type of 2D matter. Additionally, the nearly full spin polarization we observed (˜80 %) may be useful in spintronic applications.

  7. Canonical quantization, path integral representations, and pseudoclassical description of massive Weyl neutrinos in external backgrounds

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    Dvornikov, Maxim; Gitman, D. M.

    2013-01-01

    We study massive 1/2-spin particles in various external backgrounds, keeping in mind applications to neutrino physics. We are mainly interested in massive Majorana (Weyl) fields. However, massive neutral Dirac particles are also considered. We formulate classical Lagrangian theory of the massive Weyl field in terms of Grassmann-odd two-component spinors. Then, we construct the Hamiltonian formulation of such a theory, which turns out to be a theory with second-class constraints. Using this formulation, we canonically quantize the massive free Weyl field. We derive propagators of the Weyl field and relate them to the propagator of a massive Dirac particle. We also study the massive Weyl particles propagating in the background mater. We find the path integral representation for the propagator of such a field, as well as the corresponding pseudoclassical particle action. The massless limit of the Weyl field interacting with the matter is considered and compared with results of other works. Finally, the path integral representation for the propagator of the neutral massive Dirac particle with an anomalous magnetic moment moving in the background matter and external electromagnetic field, as well as the corresponding pseudoclassical particle action, are constructed.

  8. Discovery of a Weyl fermion state with Fermi arcs in niobium arsenide

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    Alidoust, Nasser; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Neupert, Titus; Hasan, M. Zahid; Yuan, Zhujun; Zhang, Chenglong; Jia, Shuang; Mou, Daixiang; Wu, Yun; Huang, Lunan; Kaminski, Adam; Strocov, Vladimir N.; Wang, Baokai; Bansil, Arun; Chang, Tay-Rong; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Lin, Hsin

    Three types of fermions play a fundamental role in our understanding of nature: Dirac, Majorana and Weyl. A Weyl semimetal is a novel crystal whose low-energy electronic excitations behave as Weyl fermions. Here, we present the experimental discovery of the Weyl semimetal state in an inversion-symmetry-breaking single-crystalline solid, niobium arsenide (NbAs). Utilizing the combination of soft X-ray and ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, we systematically study both the surface and bulk electronic structure of NbAs. We experimentally observe both the Weyl cones in the bulk and the Fermi arcs on the surface of this system. Our ARPES data, in agreement with our theoretical calculations, identify the Weyl semimetal state in NbAs, which provides a platform to test the potential of Weyltronics. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative, Grant GBMF4547 (Hasan), and by U.S. DOE DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  9. Robust Type-II Weyl Semimetal Phase in Transition Metal Diphosphides X P2 (X =Mo , W)

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    Autès, G.; Gresch, D.; Troyer, M.; Soluyanov, A. A.; Yazyev, O. V.

    2016-08-01

    The recently discovered type-II Weyl points appear at the boundary between electron and hole pockets. Type-II Weyl semimetals that host such points are predicted to exhibit a new type of chiral anomaly and possess thermodynamic properties very different from their type-I counterparts. In this Letter, we describe the prediction of a type-II Weyl semimetal phase in the transition metal diphosphides MoP2 and WP2 . These materials are characterized by relatively simple band structures with four pairs of type-II Weyl points. Neighboring Weyl points have the same chirality, which makes the predicted topological phase robust with respect to small perturbations of the crystalline lattice. In addition, this peculiar arrangement of the Weyl points results in long topological Fermi arcs, thus making them readily accessible in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

  10. The weirdest martensite: Smectic liquid crystal microstructure and Weyl-Poincaré invariance

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    Liarte, Danilo; Bierbaum, Matthew; Mosna, Ricardo; Kamien, Randall; Sethna, James

    We propose a generalization of the mathematical theory of martensites to describe the complex assembly of focal conics in smectic liquid crystals. Smectics are remarkable, beautiful examples of materials microstructure, with ordered patterns of geometrically perfect ellipses and hyperbolas. The solution of the complex problem of filling three-dimensional space with domains of focal conics under constraining boundary conditions yields a set of strict rules, which are similar to the compatibility conditions in a martensitic crystal. Here we present the rules giving compatible conditions for the concentric circle domains found at two-dimensional smectic interfaces with planar boundary conditions. Using configurations generated by numerical simulations, we develop a clustering algorithm to decompose the planar boundaries into domains. The interfaces between different domains agree well with the smectic compatibility conditions. We also discuss generalizations of our approach to describe the full three-dimensional smectic domains, where the variant symmetry group is the restricted Weyl-Poincaré group of Lorentz boosts, translations, rotations, and dilatations.

  11. Duality and holographic renormalization group flows

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    Halmagyi, Nicholas

    This thesis contains a detailed study of holographic renormalization group flows in An quiver gauge theories. The flows considered are two fold. Firstly I consider flows generated by mass terms for the adjoint chiral superfields, these flows have conformal fixed point in the ultraviolet as well as the infrared. Two well known flows in this class are the Pilch-Warner flow and the Klebanov-Witten flow, which as deformations of the UV theory lie in the untwisted sector and twisted sector respectively. There is also known to be flows which mix the twisted and untwisted sectors. We study this whole family of flows using field theory methods combined with their M-theory construction. In particular I elaborate on the duality group which acts on this whole family of flows and a subgroup of the full duality group is identified directly in the field theory as Seiberg duality. The structure of the long sought after IIB supergravity solution to the Klebanov-Witten flow is provided, the entire flow is a metric on the singular conifold which we provide up to the solution of one non-linear p.d.e. Further, the IIB string is solved in the Penrose limit of the Pilch-Warner solution. Secondly, we consider flows which are confining in the infrared the same duality group which acts on this RG-flows mentioned above, also acts of this family of flows. A certain universal behaviour is discovered on this large family of flows and is attributed to certain properties of the affine Weyl group.

  12. Observation of the Chiral-Anomaly-Induced Negative Magnetoresistance in 3D Weyl Semimetal TaAs

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    Huang, Xiaochun; Zhao, Lingxiao; Long, Yujia; Wang, Peipei; Chen, Dong; Yang, Zhanhai; Liang, Hui; Xue, Mianqi; Weng, Hongming; Fang, Zhong; Dai, Xi; Chen, Genfu

    2015-07-01

    Weyl semimetal is the three-dimensional analog of graphene. According to quantum field theory, the appearance of Weyl points near the Fermi level will cause novel transport phenomena related to chiral anomaly. In the present paper, we report the experimental evidence for the long-anticipated negative magnetoresistance generated by the chiral anomaly in a newly predicted time-reversal-invariant Weyl semimetal material TaAs. Clear Shubnikov de Haas (SdH) oscillations have been detected starting from a very weak magnetic field. Analysis of the SdH peaks gives the Berry phase accumulated along the cyclotron orbits as π , indicating the existence of Weyl points.

  13. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, Baokai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Zahid Hasan, M.

    2016-02-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in MoxW1-xTe2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touching points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1-xTe2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed.

  14. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1−xTe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, BaoKai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Zahid Hasan, M.

    2016-01-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in MoxW1−xTe2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touching points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1−xTe2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed. PMID:26875819

  15. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, BaoKai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Belopolski, Ilya; et al

    2016-02-15

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal’s boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in MoxW1₋xTe2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touchingmore » points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Lastly,our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1₋xTe2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed.« less

  16. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2.

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, BaoKai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Zahid Hasan, M

    2016-01-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touching points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed. PMID:26875819

  17. Towards three-dimensional Weyl-surface semimetals in graphene networks

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    Zhong, Chengyong; Chen, Yuanping; Xie, Yuee; Yang, Shengyuan A.; Cohen, Marvin L.; Zhang, S. B.

    2016-03-01

    Graphene as a two-dimensional topological semimetal has attracted much attention for its outstanding properties. In contrast, three-dimensional (3D) topological semimetals of carbon are still rare. Searching for such materials with salient physics has become a new direction in carbon research. Here, using first-principles calculations and tight-binding modeling, we propose a new class of Weyl semimetals based on three types of 3D graphene networks. In the band structures of these materials, two flat Weyl surfaces appear in the Brillouin zone, which straddle the Fermi level and are robust against external strain. Their unique atomic and electronic structures enable applications in correlated electronics, as well as in energy storage, molecular sieves, and catalysis. When the networks are cut, the resulting slabs and nanowires remain semimetallic with Weyl lines and points at the Fermi surfaces, respectively. Between the Weyl lines, flat surface bands emerge with possible strong magnetism. The robustness of these structures can be traced back to a bulk topological invariant, ensured by the sublattice symmetry, and to the one-dimensional Weyl semimetal behavior of the zigzag carbon chain.Graphene as a two-dimensional topological semimetal has attracted much attention for its outstanding properties. In contrast, three-dimensional (3D) topological semimetals of carbon are still rare. Searching for such materials with salient physics has become a new direction in carbon research. Here, using first-principles calculations and tight-binding modeling, we propose a new class of Weyl semimetals based on three types of 3D graphene networks. In the band structures of these materials, two flat Weyl surfaces appear in the Brillouin zone, which straddle the Fermi level and are robust against external strain. Their unique atomic and electronic structures enable applications in correlated electronics, as well as in energy storage, molecular sieves, and catalysis. When the networks

  18. The role of the Pauli-Lubański vector for the Dirac, Weyl, Proca, Maxwell and Fierz-Pauli equations

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    Kryuchkov, Sergey I.; Lanfear, Nathan A.; Suslov, Sergei K.

    2016-03-01

    We analyze basic relativistic wave equations for the classical fields, such as Dirac's equation, Weyl's two-component equation for massless neutrinos and the Proca, Maxwell and Fierz-Pauli equations, from the viewpoint of the Pauli-Lubański vector and the Casimir operators of the Poincaré group. In general, in this group-theoretical approach, the above wave equations arise in certain overdetermined forms, which can be reduced to the conventional ones by a Gaussian elimination. A connection between the spin of a particle/field and consistency of the corresponding overdetermined system is emphasized in the massless case.

  19. Adsorption affinity of anions on metal oxyhydroxides

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    Pechenyuk, S. I.; Semushina, Yu. P.; Kuz'mich, L. F.

    2013-03-01

    The dependences of anion (phosphate, carbonate, sulfate, chromate, oxalate, tartrate, and citrate) adsorption affinity anions from geometric characteristics, acid-base properties, and complex forming ability are generalized. It is shown that adsorption depends on the nature of both the anions and the ionic medium and adsorbent. It is established that anions are generally grouped into the following series of adsorption affinity reduction: PO{4/3-}, CO{3/2-} > C2O{4/2-}, C(OH)(CH2)2(COO){3/3-}, (CHOH)2(COO){2/2-} > CrO{4/2-} ≫ SO{4/2-}.

  20. Local Affinity Release.

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    Delplace, Vianney; Obermeyer, Jaclyn; Shoichet, Molly S

    2016-07-26

    The use of hydrogels for therapeutic delivery is a burgeoning area of investigation. These water-swollen polymer matrices are ideal platforms for localized drug delivery that can be further combined with specific ligands or nanotechnologies to advance the controlled release of small-molecule drugs and proteins. Due to the advantage of hydrophobic, electrostatic, or specific extracellular matrix interactions, affinity-based strategies can overcome burst release and challenges associated with encapsulation. Future studies will provide innovative binding tools, truly stimuli-responsive systems, and original combinations of emerging technologies to control the release of therapeutics spatially and temporally. Local drug delivery can be achieved by directly injecting a therapeutic to its site of action and is advantageous because off-target effects associated with systemic delivery can be minimized. For prolonged benefit, a vehicle that provides sustained drug release is required. Hydrogels are versatile platforms for localized drug release, owing to the large library of biocompatible building blocks from which they can be formed. Injectable hydrogel formulations that gel quickly in situ and provide sustained release of therapeutics are particularly advantageous to minimize invasiveness. The incorporation of polymers, ligands or nanoparticles that have an affinity for the therapeutic of interest improve control over the release of small-molecule drugs and proteins from hydrogels, enabling spatial and temporal control over the delivery. Such affinity-based strategies can overcome drug burst release and challenges associated with protein instability, allowing more effective therapeutic molecule delivery for a range of applications from therapeutic contact lenses to ischemic tissue regeneration. PMID:27403513

  1. Mass decomposition of SLACS lens galaxies in Weyl conformal gravity

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    Potapov, Alexander A.; Izmailov, Ramil N.; Nandi, Kamal K.

    2016-06-01

    We study here, using the Mannheim-Kazanas solution of Weyl conformal theory, the mass decomposition in the representative subsample of 57 early-type elliptical lens galaxies of the Sloan Lens Advanced Camera for Surveys (SLACS) on board the Hubble Space Telescope. We begin by showing that the solution need not be an exclusive solution of conformal gravity but can also be viewed as a solution of a class of f (R ) gravity theories coupled to nonlinear electrodynamics thereby rendering the ensuing results more universal. Since lensing involves light bending, we shall first show that the solution adds to Schwarzschild light bending caused by the luminous mass (M*) a positive contribution +γ R contrary to the previous results in the literature, thereby resolving a long-standing problem. The cause of the error is critically examined. Next, applying the expressions for light bending together with an input equating Einstein and Weyl angles, we develop a novel algorithm for separating the luminous component from the total lens mass (luminous+dark ) within the Einstein radius. Our results indicate that the luminous mass estimates differ from the observed total lens masses by a linear proportionality factor across the subsample, which qualitatively agrees with the common conclusion from a number of different simulations in the literature. In quantitative detail, we observe that the ratios of luminous over total lens mass (f*) within the Einstein radius of individual galaxies take on values near unity, many of which remarkably fall inside or just marginally outside the specified error bars obtained from a simulation based on the Bruzual-Charlot stellar population synthesis model together with the Salpeter initial mass function favored on the ground of metallicity [Grillo et al., Astron. Astrophys. 501, 461 (2009)]. We shall also calculate the average dark matter density ⟨ρ⟩ av of individual galaxies within their respective Einstein spheres. To our knowledge, the present

  2. Mass gap for gravity localized on Weyl thick branes

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    Barbosa-Cendejas, N.; Santos, M. A. Reyes; Herrera-Aguilar, A.; Schubert, C.

    2008-06-15

    We consider thick brane configurations in a pure geometric Weyl integrable 5D space-time, a non-Riemannian generalization of Kaluza-Klein (KK) theory involving a geometric scalar field. Thus, the 5D theory describes gravity coupled to a self-interacting scalar field which gives rise to the structure of the thick branes. We continue the study of the properties of a previously found family of solutions which is smooth at the position of the brane but involves naked singularities in the fifth dimension. Analyzing their graviton spectrum, we find that a particularly interesting situation arises for a special case in which the 4D graviton is separated from the KK gravitons by a mass gap. The corresponding effective Schroedinger equation has a modified Poeschl-Teller potential and can be solved exactly. Apart from the massless 4D graviton, it contains one massive KK bound state, and the continuum spectrum of delocalized KK modes. We also discuss the mass hierarchy problem, and explicitly compute the corrections to Newton's law in the thin brane limit.

  3. Extended Weyl invariance in a bimetric model and partial masslessness

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    Hassan, S. F.; Schmidt-May, Angnis; von Strauss, Mikael

    2016-01-01

    We revisit a particular ghost-free bimetric model which is related to both partial masslessness (PM) and conformal gravity. Linearly, the model propagates six instead of seven degrees of freedom not only around de Sitter but also around flat spacetime. Nonlinearly, the equations of motion can be recast in the form of expansions in powers of curvatures, and exhibit a remarkable amount of structure. In this form, the equations are shown to be invariant under scalar gauge transformations, at least up to six orders in derivatives, the lowest order term being a Weyl scaling of the metrics. The terms at two-derivative order reproduce the usual PM gauge transformations on de Sitter backgrounds. At the four-derivative order, a potential obstruction that could destroy the symmetry is shown to vanish. This in turn guarantees the gauge invariance to at least six-orders in derivatives. This is equivalent to adding up to ten-derivative corrections to conformal gravity. More generally, we outline a procedure for constructing the gauge transformations order by order as an expansion in derivatives and comment on the validity and limitations of the procedure. We also discuss recent arguments against the existence of a PM gauge symmetry in bimetric theory and show that, at least in their present form, they are evaded by the model considered here. Finally, we argue that a bimetric approach to PM theory is more promising than one based on the existence of a fundamental PM field.

  4. 'Hard' crystalline lattice in the Weyl semimetal NbAs.

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    Luo, Yongkang; Ghimire, N J; Bauer, E D; Thompson, J D; Ronning, F

    2016-02-10

    We report the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the magnetotransport properties of the Weyl semimetal NbAs. Subtle changes can be seen in the ρ(xx)(T) profiles with pressure up to 2.31 GPa. The Fermi surfaces undergo an anisotropic evolution under pressure: the extremal areas slightly increase in the k(x)-k(y) plane, but decrease in the k(z)-k(y)(k(x)) plane. The topological features of the two pockets observed at atmospheric pressure, however, remain unchanged at 2.31 GPa. No superconductivity can be seen down to 0.3 K for all the pressures measured. By fitting the temperature dependence of specific heat to the Debye model, we obtain a small Sommerfeld coefficient γ(0) = 0.09(1) mJ (mol·K(2))(-1) and a large Debye temperature, Θ(D) = 450(9) K, confirming a 'hard' crystalline lattice that is stable under pressure. We also studied the Kadowaki-Woods ratio of this low-carrier-density massless system, R(KW) = 3.2 × 10(4) μΩ cm mol(2) K(2) J(-2). After accounting for the small carrier density in NbAs, this R(KW) indicates a suppressed transport scattering rate relative to other metals. PMID:26764313

  5. Probing unconventional superconductivity in inversion-symmetric doped Weyl semimetal

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    Kim, Youngseok; Park, Moon Jip; Gilbert, Matthew J.

    2016-06-01

    Unconventional superconductivity has been predicted to arise in the topologically nontrivial Fermi surface of doped inversion-symmetric Weyl semimetals (WSMs). In particular, Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) and nodal BCS states are theoretically predicted to be possible superconductor pairing states in inversion-symmetric doped WSMs. In an effort to resolve the preferred pairing state, we theoretically study two separate four-terminal quantum transport methods that each exhibit a unique electrical signature in the presence of FFLO and nodal BCS states in doped WSMs. We first introduce a Josephson junction that consists of a doped WSM and an s -wave superconductor in which we show that the application of a transverse uniform current in s -wave superconductors effectively cancels the momentum carried by FFLO states in doped WSMs. From our numerical analysis, we find a peak in Josephson current amplitude at finite uniform current in s -wave superconductors that serves as an indicator of FFLO states in doped WSMs. Furthermore, we show using a four-terminal measurement configuration that the nodal points may be shifted by an application of transverse uniform current in doped WSMs. We analyze the topological phase transitions induced by nodal pair annihilation in nonequilibrium by constructing the phase diagram and we find a characteristic decrease in the density of states that serves as a signature of the quantum critical point in the topological phase transition, thereby identifying nodal BCS states in doped WSMs.

  6. Signatures of the Adler-Bell-Jackiw chiral anomaly in a Weyl fermion semimetal.

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    Zhang, Cheng-Long; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Yuan, Zhujun; Lin, Ziquan; Tong, Bingbing; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Chang, Tay-Rong; Chang, Guoqing; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Neupane, Madhab; Sanchez, Daniel S; Zheng, Hao; Wang, Junfeng; Lin, Hsin; Zhang, Chi; Lu, Hai-Zhou; Shen, Shun-Qing; Neupert, Titus; Zahid Hasan, M; Jia, Shuang

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals provide the realization of Weyl fermions in solid-state physics. Among all the physical phenomena that are enabled by Weyl semimetals, the chiral anomaly is the most unusual one. Here, we report signatures of the chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport measurements on the first Weyl semimetal TaAs. We show negative magnetoresistance under parallel electric and magnetic fields, that is, unlike most metals whose resistivity increases under an external magnetic field, we observe that our high mobility TaAs samples become more conductive as a magnetic field is applied along the direction of the current for certain ranges of the field strength. We present systematically detailed data and careful analyses, which allow us to exclude other possible origins of the observed negative magnetoresistance. Our transport data, corroborated by photoemission measurements, first-principles calculations and theoretical analyses, collectively demonstrate signatures of the Weyl fermion chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport of TaAs. PMID:26911701

  7. Signatures of the Adler–Bell–Jackiw chiral anomaly in a Weyl fermion semimetal

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    Zhang, Cheng-Long; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Yuan, Zhujun; Lin, Ziquan; Tong, Bingbing; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Chang, Tay-Rong; Chang, Guoqing; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Neupane, Madhab; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Zheng, Hao; Wang, Junfeng; Lin, Hsin; Zhang, Chi; Lu, Hai-Zhou; Shen, Shun-Qing; Neupert, Titus; Zahid Hasan, M.; Jia, Shuang

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals provide the realization of Weyl fermions in solid-state physics. Among all the physical phenomena that are enabled by Weyl semimetals, the chiral anomaly is the most unusual one. Here, we report signatures of the chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport measurements on the first Weyl semimetal TaAs. We show negative magnetoresistance under parallel electric and magnetic fields, that is, unlike most metals whose resistivity increases under an external magnetic field, we observe that our high mobility TaAs samples become more conductive as a magnetic field is applied along the direction of the current for certain ranges of the field strength. We present systematically detailed data and careful analyses, which allow us to exclude other possible origins of the observed negative magnetoresistance. Our transport data, corroborated by photoemission measurements, first-principles calculations and theoretical analyses, collectively demonstrate signatures of the Weyl fermion chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport of TaAs. PMID:26911701

  8. Signatures of the Adler–Bell–Jackiw chiral anomaly in a Weyl fermion semimetal

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    Zhang, Cheng-Long; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Yuan, Zhujun; Lin, Ziquan; Tong, Bingbing; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; et al

    2016-02-25

    Weyl semimetals provide the realization of Weyl fermions in solid-state physics. Among all the physical phenomena that are enabled by Weyl semimetals, the chiral anomaly is the most unusual one. Here, we report signatures of the chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport measurements on the first Weyl semimetal TaAs. We show negative magnetoresistance under parallel electric and magnetic fields, that is, unlike most metals whose resistivity increases under an external magnetic field, we observe that our high mobility TaAs samples become more conductive as a magnetic field is applied along the direction of the current for certain ranges of the fieldmore » strength. We present systematically detailed data and careful analyses, which allow us to exclude other possible origins of the observed negative magnetoresistance. Finally, our transport data, corroborated by photoemission measurements, first-principles calculations and theoretical analyses, collectively demonstrate signatures of the Weyl fermion chiral anomaly in the magneto-transport of TaAs.« less

  9. Towards three-dimensional Weyl-surface semimetals in graphene networks.

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    Zhong, Chengyong; Chen, Yuanping; Xie, Yuee; Yang, Shengyuan A; Cohen, Marvin L; Zhang, S B

    2016-04-01

    Graphene as a two-dimensional topological semimetal has attracted much attention for its outstanding properties. In contrast, three-dimensional (3D) topological semimetals of carbon are still rare. Searching for such materials with salient physics has become a new direction in carbon research. Here, using first-principles calculations and tight-binding modeling, we propose a new class of Weyl semimetals based on three types of 3D graphene networks. In the band structures of these materials, two flat Weyl surfaces appear in the Brillouin zone, which straddle the Fermi level and are robust against external strain. Their unique atomic and electronic structures enable applications in correlated electronics, as well as in energy storage, molecular sieves, and catalysis. When the networks are cut, the resulting slabs and nanowires remain semimetallic with Weyl lines and points at the Fermi surfaces, respectively. Between the Weyl lines, flat surface bands emerge with possible strong magnetism. The robustness of these structures can be traced back to a bulk topological invariant, ensured by the sublattice symmetry, and to the one-dimensional Weyl semimetal behavior of the zigzag carbon chain. PMID:26971563

  10. Adjoint affine fusion and tadpoles

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    Urichuk, Andrew; Walton, Mark A.

    2016-06-01

    We study affine fusion with the adjoint representation. For simple Lie algebras, elementary and universal formulas determine the decomposition of a tensor product of an integrable highest-weight representation with the adjoint representation. Using the (refined) affine depth rule, we prove that equally striking results apply to adjoint affine fusion. For diagonal fusion, a coefficient equals the number of nonzero Dynkin labels of the relevant affine highest weight, minus 1. A nice lattice-polytope interpretation follows and allows the straightforward calculation of the genus-1 1-point adjoint Verlinde dimension, the adjoint affine fusion tadpole. Explicit formulas, (piecewise) polynomial in the level, are written for the adjoint tadpoles of all classical Lie algebras. We show that off-diagonal adjoint affine fusion is obtained from the corresponding tensor product by simply dropping non-dominant representations.

  11. Signatures of Fermi Arcs in the Quasiparticle Interferences of the Weyl Semimetals TaAs and NbP

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    Chang, Guoqing; Xu, Su-Yang; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Chang, Tay-Rong; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2016-02-01

    The recent discovery of the first Weyl semimetal in TaAs provides the first observation of a Weyl fermion in nature. Such a topological semimetal features a novel type of anomalous surface state, the Fermi arc, which connects a pair of Weyl nodes through the boundary of the crystal. Here, we present theoretical calculations of the quasiparticle interference (QPI) patterns that arise from the surface states including the topological Fermi arcs in the Weyl semimetals TaAs and NbP. Most importantly, we discover that the QPI exhibits termination points that are fingerprints of the Weyl nodes in the interference pattern. Our results, for the first time, propose a universal interference signature of the topological Fermi arcs in TaAs, which is fundamental for scanning tunneling microscope (STM) measurements on this prototypical Weyl semimetal compound. More generally, our work provides critical guideline and methodology for STM studies on new Weyl semimetals. Further, the scattering channels revealed by our QPIs are broadly relevant to surface transport and device applications based on Weyl semimetals.

  12. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, Baokai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M. Zahid

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by an exotic Fermi arc surface state. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in k space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2 via our first-principles calculations, where the Fermi arc length can be continuously changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength of the system. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1-xTe2 where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure driven superconductivity have been observed.

  13. Signatures of Fermi Arcs in the Quasiparticle Interferences of the Weyl Semimetals TaAs and NbP.

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    Chang, Guoqing; Xu, Su-Yang; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S; Bian, Guang; Alidoust, Nasser; Chang, Tay-Rong; Hsu, Chuang-Han; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M Zahid

    2016-02-12

    The recent discovery of the first Weyl semimetal in TaAs provides the first observation of a Weyl fermion in nature. Such a topological semimetal features a novel type of anomalous surface state, the Fermi arc, which connects a pair of Weyl nodes through the boundary of the crystal. Here, we present theoretical calculations of the quasiparticle interference (QPI) patterns that arise from the surface states including the topological Fermi arcs in the Weyl semimetals TaAs and NbP. Most importantly, we discover that the QPI exhibits termination points that are fingerprints of the Weyl nodes in the interference pattern. Our results, for the first time, propose a universal interference signature of the topological Fermi arcs in TaAs, which is fundamental for scanning tunneling microscope (STM) measurements on this prototypical Weyl semimetal compound. More generally, our work provides critical guideline and methodology for STM studies on new Weyl semimetals. Further, the scattering channels revealed by our QPIs are broadly relevant to surface transport and device applications based on Weyl semimetals. PMID:26919003

  14. Weyl fermions and spin dynamics of metallic ferromagnet SrRuO3.

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    Itoh, Shinichi; Endoh, Yasuo; Yokoo, Tetsuya; Ibuka, Soshi; Park, Je-Geun; Kaneko, Yoshio; Takahashi, Kei S; Tokura, Yoshinori; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-01-01

    Weyl fermions that emerge at band crossings in momentum space caused by the spin-orbit interaction act as magnetic monopoles of the Berry curvature and contribute to a variety of novel transport phenomena such as anomalous Hall effect and magnetoresistance. However, their roles in other physical properties remain mostly unexplored. Here, we provide evidence by neutron Brillouin scattering that the spin dynamics of the metallic ferromagnet SrRuO3 in the very low energy range of milli-electron volts is closely relevant to Weyl fermions near Fermi energy. Although the observed spin wave dispersion is well described by the quadratic momentum dependence, the temperature dependence of the spin wave gap shows a nonmonotonous behaviour, which can be related to that of the anomalous Hall conductivity. This shows that the spin dynamics directly reflects the crucial role of Weyl fermions in the metallic ferromagnet. PMID:27273207

  15. Negative magnetoresistance without well-defined chirality in the Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Arnold, Frank; Shekhar, Chandra; Wu, Shu-Chun; Sun, Yan; Dos Reis, Ricardo Donizeth; Kumar, Nitesh; Naumann, Marcel; Ajeesh, Mukkattu O.; Schmidt, Marcus; Grushin, Adolfo G.; Bardarson, Jens H.; Baenitz, Michael; Sokolov, Dmitry; Borrmann, Horst; Nicklas, Michael; Felser, Claudia; Hassinger, Elena; Yan, Binghai

    2016-05-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are topological quantum states wherein the electronic bands disperse linearly around pairs of nodes with fixed chirality, the Weyl points. In WSMs, nonorthogonal electric and magnetic fields induce an exotic phenomenon known as the chiral anomaly, resulting in an unconventional negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, the chiral-magnetic effect. However, it remains an open question to which extent this effect survives when chirality is not well-defined. Here, we establish the detailed Fermi-surface topology of the recently identified WSM TaP via combined angle-resolved quantum-oscillation spectra and band-structure calculations. The Fermi surface forms banana-shaped electron and hole pockets surrounding pairs of Weyl points. Although this means that chirality is ill-defined in TaP, we observe a large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. We show that the magnetoresistance can be affected by a magnetic field-induced inhomogeneous current distribution inside the sample.

  16. Mutual transformations between the P—Q, Q—P, and generalized Weyl ordering of operators

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    Xu, Xing-Lei; Li, Hong-Qi; Fan, Hong-Yi

    2014-03-01

    Based on the generalized Weyl quantization scheme, which relies on the generalized Wigner operator Ωk (p, q) with a real k parameter and can unify the P—Q, Q—P, and Weyl ordering of operators in k = 1, - 1, 0, respectively, we find the mutual transformations between δ(p — P)δ(q — Q), δ(q — Q)δ(p — P), and Ωk(p, q), which are, respectively, the integration kernels of the P—Q, Q—P, and generalized Weyl quantization schemes. The mutual transformations provide us with a new approach to deriving the Wigner function of quantum states. The fraktur P— and fraktur Q— ordered forms of Ωk (p, q) are also derived, which helps us to put the operators into their fraktur P— and fraktur Q— ordering, respectively.

  17. Negative magnetoresistance without well-defined chirality in the Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Arnold, Frank; Shekhar, Chandra; Wu, Shu-Chun; Sun, Yan; dos Reis, Ricardo Donizeth; Kumar, Nitesh; Naumann, Marcel; Ajeesh, Mukkattu O.; Schmidt, Marcus; Grushin, Adolfo G.; Bardarson, Jens H.; Baenitz, Michael; Sokolov, Dmitry; Borrmann, Horst; Nicklas, Michael; Felser, Claudia; Hassinger, Elena; Yan, Binghai

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are topological quantum states wherein the electronic bands disperse linearly around pairs of nodes with fixed chirality, the Weyl points. In WSMs, nonorthogonal electric and magnetic fields induce an exotic phenomenon known as the chiral anomaly, resulting in an unconventional negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, the chiral-magnetic effect. However, it remains an open question to which extent this effect survives when chirality is not well-defined. Here, we establish the detailed Fermi-surface topology of the recently identified WSM TaP via combined angle-resolved quantum-oscillation spectra and band-structure calculations. The Fermi surface forms banana-shaped electron and hole pockets surrounding pairs of Weyl points. Although this means that chirality is ill-defined in TaP, we observe a large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. We show that the magnetoresistance can be affected by a magnetic field-induced inhomogeneous current distribution inside the sample. PMID:27186980

  18. Weyl fermions and spin dynamics of metallic ferromagnet SrRuO3

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    Itoh, Shinichi; Endoh, Yasuo; Yokoo, Tetsuya; Ibuka, Soshi; Park, Je-Geun; Kaneko, Yoshio; Takahashi, Kei S.; Tokura, Yoshinori; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-01-01

    Weyl fermions that emerge at band crossings in momentum space caused by the spin–orbit interaction act as magnetic monopoles of the Berry curvature and contribute to a variety of novel transport phenomena such as anomalous Hall effect and magnetoresistance. However, their roles in other physical properties remain mostly unexplored. Here, we provide evidence by neutron Brillouin scattering that the spin dynamics of the metallic ferromagnet SrRuO3 in the very low energy range of milli-electron volts is closely relevant to Weyl fermions near Fermi energy. Although the observed spin wave dispersion is well described by the quadratic momentum dependence, the temperature dependence of the spin wave gap shows a nonmonotonous behaviour, which can be related to that of the anomalous Hall conductivity. This shows that the spin dynamics directly reflects the crucial role of Weyl fermions in the metallic ferromagnet. PMID:27273207

  19. Negative magnetoresistance without well-defined chirality in the Weyl semimetal TaP.

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    Arnold, Frank; Shekhar, Chandra; Wu, Shu-Chun; Sun, Yan; Dos Reis, Ricardo Donizeth; Kumar, Nitesh; Naumann, Marcel; Ajeesh, Mukkattu O; Schmidt, Marcus; Grushin, Adolfo G; Bardarson, Jens H; Baenitz, Michael; Sokolov, Dmitry; Borrmann, Horst; Nicklas, Michael; Felser, Claudia; Hassinger, Elena; Yan, Binghai

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are topological quantum states wherein the electronic bands disperse linearly around pairs of nodes with fixed chirality, the Weyl points. In WSMs, nonorthogonal electric and magnetic fields induce an exotic phenomenon known as the chiral anomaly, resulting in an unconventional negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, the chiral-magnetic effect. However, it remains an open question to which extent this effect survives when chirality is not well-defined. Here, we establish the detailed Fermi-surface topology of the recently identified WSM TaP via combined angle-resolved quantum-oscillation spectra and band-structure calculations. The Fermi surface forms banana-shaped electron and hole pockets surrounding pairs of Weyl points. Although this means that chirality is ill-defined in TaP, we observe a large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. We show that the magnetoresistance can be affected by a magnetic field-induced inhomogeneous current distribution inside the sample. PMID:27186980

  20. Weyl fermions and spin dynamics of metallic ferromagnet SrRuO3

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    Itoh, Shinichi; Endoh, Yasuo; Yokoo, Tetsuya; Ibuka, Soshi; Park, Je-Geun; Kaneko, Yoshio; Takahashi, Kei S.; Tokura, Yoshinori; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-06-01

    Weyl fermions that emerge at band crossings in momentum space caused by the spin-orbit interaction act as magnetic monopoles of the Berry curvature and contribute to a variety of novel transport phenomena such as anomalous Hall effect and magnetoresistance. However, their roles in other physical properties remain mostly unexplored. Here, we provide evidence by neutron Brillouin scattering that the spin dynamics of the metallic ferromagnet SrRuO3 in the very low energy range of milli-electron volts is closely relevant to Weyl fermions near Fermi energy. Although the observed spin wave dispersion is well described by the quadratic momentum dependence, the temperature dependence of the spin wave gap shows a nonmonotonous behaviour, which can be related to that of the anomalous Hall conductivity. This shows that the spin dynamics directly reflects the crucial role of Weyl fermions in the metallic ferromagnet.

  1. Quantum oscillations and the Fermi surface topology of the Weyl semimetal NbP

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    Klotz, J.; Wu, Shu-Chun; Shekhar, Chandra; Sun, Yan; Schmidt, Marcus; Nicklas, Michael; Baenitz, Michael; Uhlarz, M.; Wosnitza, J.; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai

    2016-03-01

    The Weyl semimetal NbP was found to exhibit topological Fermi arcs and exotic magnetotransport properties. Here, we report on magnetic quantum-oscillation measurements on NbP and construct the three-dimensional Fermi surface with the help of band-structure calculations. We reveal a pair of spin-orbit-split electron pockets at the Fermi energy and a similar pair of hole pockets, all of which are strongly anisotropic. The Weyl points that are located in the kz≈π /c plane are found to exist 5 meV above the Fermi energy. Therefore, we predict that the chiral anomaly effect can be realized in NbP by electron doping to drive the Fermi energy to the Weyl points.

  2. Atomic-Scale Visualization of Quantum Interference on a Weyl Semimetal Surface by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

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    Zheng, Hao; Xu, Su-Yang; Bian, Guang; Guo, Cheng; Chang, Guoqing; Sanchez, Daniel S; Belopolski, Ilya; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Zhang, Xiao; Sankar, Raman; Alidoust, Nasser; Chang, Tay-Rong; Wu, Fan; Neupert, Titus; Chou, Fangcheng; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Yao, Nan; Bansil, Arun; Jia, Shuang; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M Zahid

    2016-01-26

    Weyl semimetals may open a new era in condensed matter physics, materials science, and nanotechnology after graphene and topological insulators. We report the first atomic scale view of the surface states of a Weyl semimetal (NbP) using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy. We observe coherent quantum interference patterns that arise from the scattering of quasiparticles near point defects on the surface. The measurements reveal the surface electronic structure both below and above the chemical potential in both real and reciprocal spaces. Moreover, the interference maps uncover the scattering processes of NbP's exotic surface states. Through comparison between experimental data and theoretical calculations, we further discover that the orbital and/or spin texture of the surface bands may suppress certain scattering channels on NbP. These results provide a comprehensive understanding of electronic properties on Weyl semimetal surfaces. PMID:26743693

  3. Affinity+: Semi-Structured Brainstorming on Large Displays

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    Burtner, Edwin R.; May, Richard A.; Scarberry, Randall E.; LaMothe, Ryan R.; Endert, Alexander

    2013-04-27

    Affinity diagraming is a powerful method for encouraging and capturing lateral thinking in a group environment. The Affinity+ Concept was designed to improve the collaborative brainstorm process through the use of large display surfaces in conjunction with mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. The system works by capturing the ideas digitally and allowing users to sort and group them on a large touch screen manually. Additionally, Affinity+ incorporates theme detection, topic clustering, and other processing algorithms that help bring structured analytic techniques to the process without requiring explicit leadership roles and other overhead typically involved in these activities.

  4. Magnetic-Field-Induced Relativistic Properties in Type-I and Type-II Weyl Semimetals.

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    Tchoumakov, Serguei; Civelli, Marcello; Goerbig, Mark O

    2016-08-19

    We investigate Weyl semimetals with tilted conical bands in a magnetic field. Even when the cones are overtilted (type-II Weyl semimetal), Landau-level quantization can be possible as long as the magnetic field is oriented close to the tilt direction. Most saliently, the tilt can be described within the relativistic framework of Lorentz transformations that give rise to a rich spectrum, displaying new transitions beyond the usual dipolar ones in the optical conductivity. We identify particular features in the latter that allow one to distinguish between semimetals of different types. PMID:27588870

  5. Torsional Chiral Magnetic Effect in a Weyl Semimetal with a Topological Defect

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    Sumiyoshi, Hiroaki; Fujimoto, Satoshi

    2016-04-01

    We propose a torsional response raised by a lattice dislocation in Weyl semimetals akin to a chiral magnetic effect; i.e., a fictitious magnetic field arising from a screw or edge dislocation induces a charge current. We demonstrate that, in sharp contrast to the usual chiral magnetic effect that vanishes in real solid state materials, the torsional chiral magnetic effect exists even for realistic lattice models, which implies the experimental detection of the effect via superconducting quantum interference device or nonlocal resistivity measurements in Weyl semimetal materials.

  6. Cyclotron resonance of figure-of-eight orbits in a type-II Weyl semimetal

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    Koshino, Mikito

    2016-07-01

    We study the cyclotron resonance in the electron-hole joint Fermi surface of a type-II Weyl semimetal. In magnetic field, the electron and hole pockets touching at the Weyl node are hybridized to form quantized Landau levels corresponding to semiclassical 8-shaped orbits. We calculate the dynamical conductivities for the electric fields oscillating in x and y directions and find that the resonant frequencies in x and y differ by a factor of two, reflecting the figure-of-eight electron motion in real space. The peculiar anisotropy in the cyclotron resonance serves as a unique characteristic of the dumbbell-like Fermi surface.

  7. Superconducting Proximity Effect in the Weyl Semimetal WTe2 and MoTe2

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    Wang, Wudi; Liu, Minhao; Gibson, Quinn; Cava, R. J.; Ong, N. P.

    WTe2 and MoTe2 are predicted to have type-II Weyl nodes and many novel transport properties have been studied. We investigated the transport of cooper pairs and Andreev reflection in Weyl semimetals by proximitizing WTe2 and MoTe2 nanoflakes with superconducting pads (Nb and Al). We have fabricated superconductor-nanoflakes-superconductor structure with different length. Supercurrent were observed in both materials with junction length up to 700nm. We conducted dc IV curve measurements and got exotic Fraunhofer patterns. We also measured the current-phase relation with a radio frequency-based CPR measurement technique.

  8. Klein tunneling and magnetoresistance of p -n junctions in Weyl semimetals

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    Li, Songci; Andreev, A. V.; Spivak, B. Z.

    2016-08-01

    We study the zero temperature conductance and magnetoconductance of ballistic p -n junctions in Weyl semimetals. Electron transport is mediated by Klein tunneling between the n and p regions. The chiral anomaly that is realized in Weyl semimetals plays a crucial role in the magnetoconductance of the junction. With the exception of field orientations where the angle between B and the junction plane is small, magnetoconductance is positive and linear in B at both weak and strong magnetic fields. In contrast, magnetoconductance in conventional p -n junctions is always negative.

  9. Torsional Chiral Magnetic Effect in a Weyl Semimetal with a Topological Defect.

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    Sumiyoshi, Hiroaki; Fujimoto, Satoshi

    2016-04-22

    We propose a torsional response raised by a lattice dislocation in Weyl semimetals akin to a chiral magnetic effect; i.e., a fictitious magnetic field arising from a screw or edge dislocation induces a charge current. We demonstrate that, in sharp contrast to the usual chiral magnetic effect that vanishes in real solid state materials, the torsional chiral magnetic effect exists even for realistic lattice models, which implies the experimental detection of the effect via superconducting quantum interference device or nonlocal resistivity measurements in Weyl semimetal materials. PMID:27152814

  10. Superconducting proximity effect and Majorana flat bands at the surface of a Weyl semimetal

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    Chen, Anffany; Franz, M.

    2016-05-01

    We study the proximity effect between an s -wave superconductor (SC) and the surface states of a Weyl semimetal. An interesting two-dimensional SC forms in such an interface with properties resembling in certain aspects the Fu-Kane superconductor with some notable differences. In a Weyl semimetal with unbroken time-reversal symmetry the interface SC supports completely flat Majorana bands in a linear Josephson junction with a π phase difference. We discuss the stability of these bands against disorder and propose ways in which they can be observed experimentally.

  11. Affinity chromatography: a historical perspective.

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    Hage, David S; Matsuda, Ryan

    2015-01-01

    Affinity chromatography is one of the most selective and versatile forms of liquid chromatography for the separation or analysis of chemicals in complex mixtures. This method makes use of a biologically related agent as the stationary phase, which provides an affinity column with the ability to bind selectively and reversibly to a given target in a sample. This review examines the early work in this method and various developments that have lead to the current status of this technique. The general principles of affinity chromatography are briefly described as part of this discussion. Past and recent efforts in the generation of new binding agents, supports, and immobilization methods for this method are considered. Various applications of affinity chromatography are also summarized, as well as the influence this field has played in the creation of other affinity-based separation or analysis methods. PMID:25749941

  12. Affinity Monolith-Integrated Microchips for Protein Purification and Concentration.

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    Gao, Changlu; Sun, Xiuhua; Wang, Huaixin; Qiao, Wei; Hu, Bo

    2016-01-01

    Affinity chromatography is a valuable method to purify and concentrate minute amount of proteins. Monoliths with epoxy groups for affinity immobilization were prepared by direct in-situ photopolymerization of glycidyl methacrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate in porogenic solvents consisting of 1-dodecanol and cyclohexanol. By integrating affinity monoliths onto a microfluidic system, targeted biomolecules can be captured and retained on affinity column, while other biomolecules having no specific interactions toward the immobilized ligands flow through the microchannel. Therefore, proteins which remain on the affinity column are purified and concentrated, and then eluted by appropriate solutions and finally, separated by microchip capillary electrophoresis. This integrated microfluidic device has been applied to the purification and separation of specific proteins (FITC-labeled human serum albumin and IgG) in a mixture. PMID:27473483

  13. Visualizing weakly bound surface Fermi arcs and their correspondence to bulk Weyl fermions

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    Batabyal, Rajib; Morali, Noam; Avraham, Nurit; Sun, Yan; Schmidt, Marcus; Felser, Claudia; Stern, Ady; Yan, Binghai; Beidenkopf, Haim

    2016-01-01

    Fermi arcs are the surface manifestation of the topological nature of Weyl semimetals, enforced by the bulk-boundary correspondence with the bulk Weyl nodes. The surface of tantalum arsenide, similar to that of other members of the Weyl semimetal class, hosts nontopological bands that obscure the exploration of this correspondence. We use the spatial structure of the Fermi arc wave function, probed by scanning tunneling microscopy, as a spectroscopic tool to distinguish and characterize the surface Fermi arc bands. We find that, as opposed to nontopological states, the Fermi arc wave function is weakly affected by the surface potential: it spreads rather uniformly within the unit cell and penetrates deeper into the bulk. Fermi arcs reside predominantly on tantalum sites, from which the topological bulk bands are derived. Furthermore, we identify a correspondence between the Fermi arc dispersion and the energy and momentum of the bulk Weyl nodes that classify this material as topological. We obtain these results by introducing an analysis based on the role the Bloch wave function has in shaping quantum electronic interference patterns. It thus carries broader applicability to the study of other electronic systems and other physical processes. PMID:27551687

  14. Thin-disk models in an integrable Weyl-Dirac theory

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    Vieira, Ronaldo S. S.; Letelier, Patricio S.

    2014-01-01

    We construct a class of static, axially symmetric solutions representing razor-thin disks of matter in the Integrable Weyl-Dirac theory proposed in Israelit (Found Phys 29:1303, 1999). The main differences between these solutions and the corresponding general relativistic one are analyzed, focusing on the behavior of physical observables (rotation curves of test particles, density and pressure profiles). We consider the case in which test particles move along Weyl geodesics. The same rotation curve can be obtained from many different solutions of the Weyl-Dirac theory, although some of these solutions present strong qualitative differences with respect to the usual general relativistic model (such as the appearance of a ring-like density profile). In particular, for typical galactic parameters all rotation curves of the Weyl-Dirac model present Keplerian fall-off. As a consequence, we conclude that a more thorough analysis of the problem requires the determination of the gauge function on galactic scales, as well as restrictions on the test-particle behavior under the action of the additional geometrical fields introduced by this theory.

  15. π Berry phase and Zeeman splitting of Weyl semimetal TaP.

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    Hu, J; Liu, J Y; Graf, D; Radmanesh, S M A; Adams, D J; Chuang, A; Wang, Y; Chiorescu, I; Wei, J; Spinu, L; Mao, Z Q

    2016-01-01

    The recent breakthrough in the discovery of Weyl fermions in monopnictide semimetals provides opportunities to explore the exotic properties of relativistic fermions in condensed matter. The chiral anomaly-induced negative magnetoresistance and π Berry phase are two fundamental transport properties associated with the topological characteristics of Weyl semimetals. Since monopnictide semimetals are multiple-band systems, resolving clear Berry phase for each Fermi pocket remains a challenge. Here we report the determination of Berry phases of multiple Fermi pockets of Weyl semimetal TaP through high field quantum transport measurements. We show our TaP single crystal has the signatures of a Weyl state, including light effective quasiparticle masses, ultrahigh carrier mobility, as well as negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. Furthermore, we have generalized the Lifshitz-Kosevich formula for multiple-band Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations and extracted the Berry phases of π for multiple Fermi pockets in TaP through the direct fits of the modified LK formula to the SdH oscillations. In high fields, we also probed signatures of Zeeman splitting, from which the Landé g-factor is extracted. PMID:26726050

  16. Curved spacetimes and curved graphene: A status report of the Weyl symmetry approach

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    Iorio, Alfredo

    2015-02-01

    This is a status report about the ongoing work on the realization of quantum field theory on curved graphene spacetimes that uses Weyl symmetry. The programme is actively pursued from many different perspectives. Here we point to what has been done, and to what needs to be done.

  17. π Berry phase and Zeeman splitting of Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Hu, J.; Liu, J. Y.; Graf, D.; Radmanesh, S. M. A.; Adams, D. J.; Chuang, A.; Wang, Y.; Chiorescu, I.; Wei, J.; Spinu, L.; Mao, Z. Q.

    2016-01-01

    The recent breakthrough in the discovery of Weyl fermions in monopnictide semimetals provides opportunities to explore the exotic properties of relativistic fermions in condensed matter. The chiral anomaly-induced negative magnetoresistance and π Berry phase are two fundamental transport properties associated with the topological characteristics of Weyl semimetals. Since monopnictide semimetals are multiple-band systems, resolving clear Berry phase for each Fermi pocket remains a challenge. Here we report the determination of Berry phases of multiple Fermi pockets of Weyl semimetal TaP through high field quantum transport measurements. We show our TaP single crystal has the signatures of a Weyl state, including light effective quasiparticle masses, ultrahigh carrier mobility, as well as negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. Furthermore, we have generalized the Lifshitz-Kosevich formula for multiple-band Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations and extracted the Berry phases of π for multiple Fermi pockets in TaP through the direct fits of the modified LK formula to the SdH oscillations. In high fields, we also probed signatures of Zeeman splitting, from which the Landé g-factor is extracted.

  18. π Berry phase and Zeeman splitting of Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Hu, Jin; Liu, Jinyu; Graf, David; Radmanesh, Seyed; Adams, Daniel; Chuang, Alyssa; Wang, Yu; Chiorescu, Irinel; Wei, Jiang; Spinu, Leonard; Mao, Zhiqiang

    The recent breakthrough in the discovery of Weyl fermions in monopnictide semimetals provides opportunities to explore the exotic properties of relativistic fermions in condensed matter. The chiral anomaly-induced negative magnetoresistance and π Berry phase are two fundamental transport properties associated with the topological characteristics of Weyl semimetals. Since monopnictide semimetals are multiple-band systems, resolving clear π Berry phase for each Fermi pocket remains a challenge. We report the determination of Berry phases of multiple Fermi pockets of Weyl semimetal TaP through high field quantum transport measurements. We show our TaP single crystal has the signatures of a Weyl state, including light effective quasiparticle masses, ultrahigh carrier mobility, as well as negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. Furthermore, we have generalized the Lifshitz-Kosevich (LK) formula for multiple-band Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations and extracted the Berry phases of π for multiple Fermi pockets in TaP through the direct fits of the modified LK formula to the SdH oscillations. In high fields, we also probed signatures of Zeeman splitting, from which the Landé g-factor is extracted. Supported by the DOE (DE-SC0012432) and the NSF (EPS- 1003897).

  19. Visualizing weakly bound surface Fermi arcs and their correspondence to bulk Weyl fermions.

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    Batabyal, Rajib; Morali, Noam; Avraham, Nurit; Sun, Yan; Schmidt, Marcus; Felser, Claudia; Stern, Ady; Yan, Binghai; Beidenkopf, Haim

    2016-08-01

    Fermi arcs are the surface manifestation of the topological nature of Weyl semimetals, enforced by the bulk-boundary correspondence with the bulk Weyl nodes. The surface of tantalum arsenide, similar to that of other members of the Weyl semimetal class, hosts nontopological bands that obscure the exploration of this correspondence. We use the spatial structure of the Fermi arc wave function, probed by scanning tunneling microscopy, as a spectroscopic tool to distinguish and characterize the surface Fermi arc bands. We find that, as opposed to nontopological states, the Fermi arc wave function is weakly affected by the surface potential: it spreads rather uniformly within the unit cell and penetrates deeper into the bulk. Fermi arcs reside predominantly on tantalum sites, from which the topological bulk bands are derived. Furthermore, we identify a correspondence between the Fermi arc dispersion and the energy and momentum of the bulk Weyl nodes that classify this material as topological. We obtain these results by introducing an analysis based on the role the Bloch wave function has in shaping quantum electronic interference patterns. It thus carries broader applicability to the study of other electronic systems and other physical processes. PMID:27551687

  20. π Berry phase and Zeeman splitting of Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Hu, J.; Liu, J. Y.; Graf, D.; Radmanesh, S. M. A.; Adams, D. J.; Chuang, A.; Wang, Y.; Chiorescu, I.; Wei, J.; Spinu, L.; Mao, Z. Q.

    2016-01-01

    The recent breakthrough in the discovery of Weyl fermions in monopnictide semimetals provides opportunities to explore the exotic properties of relativistic fermions in condensed matter. The chiral anomaly-induced negative magnetoresistance and π Berry phase are two fundamental transport properties associated with the topological characteristics of Weyl semimetals. Since monopnictide semimetals are multiple-band systems, resolving clear Berry phase for each Fermi pocket remains a challenge. Here we report the determination of Berry phases of multiple Fermi pockets of Weyl semimetal TaP through high field quantum transport measurements. We show our TaP single crystal has the signatures of a Weyl state, including light effective quasiparticle masses, ultrahigh carrier mobility, as well as negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. Furthermore, we have generalized the Lifshitz-Kosevich formula for multiple-band Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations and extracted the Berry phases of π for multiple Fermi pockets in TaP through the direct fits of the modified LK formula to the SdH oscillations. In high fields, we also probed signatures of Zeeman splitting, from which the Landé g-factor is extracted. PMID:26726050

  1. Field-Selective Anomaly and Chiral Mode Reversal in Type-II Weyl Materials.

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    Udagawa, M; Bergholtz, E J

    2016-08-19

    Three-dimensional condensed matter incarnations of Weyl fermions generically have a tilted dispersion-in sharp contrast to their elusive high-energy relatives where a tilt is forbidden by Lorentz invariance, and with the low-energy excitations of two-dimensional graphene sheets where a tilt is forbidden by either crystalline or particle-hole symmetry. Very recently, a number of materials (MoTe_{2}, LaAlGe, and WTe_{2}) have been identified as hosts of so-called type-II Weyl fermions whose dispersion is so strongly tilted that a Fermi surface is formed, whereby the Weyl node becomes a singular point connecting electron and hole pockets. We here predict that these systems have remarkable properties in the presence of magnetic fields. Most saliently, we show that the nature of the chiral anomaly depends crucially on the relative angle between the applied field and the tilt, and that an inversion-asymmetric overtilting creates an imbalance in the number of chiral modes with positive and negative slopes. The field-selective anomaly gives a novel magneto-optical resonance, providing an experimental way to detect concealed Weyl nodes. PMID:27588869

  2. General structure of the gravitational equations of motion in conformal Weyl gravity

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    Kazanas, Demosthenes; Mannheim, Philip D.

    1991-01-01

    A general method for determining the structure of the gravitational equations of motion is presented in the fourth-order theory of gravity based on local conformal Weyl invariance of the gravitational action. The explicit structure for these equations is given for a time-dependent, spherically symmetric geometry.

  3. Comment on ``Functional integral for Weyl fermions and the effective action''

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    Banerjee, R.; Banerjee, H.

    1989-02-01

    Baaklini's method of obtaining the effective action for Weyl fermions is shown to yield either a gauge-invariant or a gauge-variant form depending on the specific definition employed in the analysis. The structures of the effective action proposed by Baaklini are found to correspond to the standard expressions.

  4. Weyl gauge-vector and complex dilaton scalar for conformal symmetry and its breaking

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    Ohanian, Hans C.

    2016-03-01

    Instead of the scalar "dilaton" field that is usually adopted to construct conformally invariant Lagrangians for gravitation, we here propose a hybrid construction, involving both a complex dilaton scalar and a Weyl gauge-vector, in accord with Weyl's original concept of a non-Riemannian conformal geometry with a transport law for length and time intervals, for which this gauge vector is required. Such a hybrid construction permits us to avoid the wrong sign of the dilaton kinetic term (the ghost problem) that afflicts the usual construction. The introduction of a Weyl gauge-vector and its interaction with the dilaton also has the collateral benefit of providing an explicit mechanism for spontaneous breaking of the conformal symmetry, whereby the dilaton and the Weyl gauge-vector acquire masses somewhat smaller than {m}_{P} by the Coleman-Weinberg mechanism. Conformal symmetry breaking is assumed to precede inflation, which occurs later by a separate GUT or electroweak symmetry breaking, as in inflationary models based on the Higgs boson.

  5. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION Algebraic classification of the Weyl tensor in higher dimensions based on its 'superenergy' tensor

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    Senovilla, José M. M.

    2010-11-01

    The algebraic classification of the Weyl tensor in the arbitrary dimension n is recovered by means of the principal directions of its 'superenergy' tensor. This point of view can be helpful in order to compute the Weyl aligned null directions explicitly, and permits one to obtain the algebraic type of the Weyl tensor by computing the principal eigenvalue of rank-2 symmetric future tensors. The algebraic types compatible with states of intrinsic gravitational radiation can then be explored. The underlying ideas are general, so that a classification of arbitrary tensors in the general dimension can be achieved.

  6. Dirac and Weyl Semimetal in XYBi (X = Ba, Eu; Y = Cu, Ag and Au)

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    Du, Yongping; Wan, Bo; Wang, Di; Sheng, Li; Duan, Chun-Gang; Wan, Xiangang

    2015-01-01

    Weyl and Dirac semimetals recently stimulate intense research activities due to their novel properties. Combining first-principles calculations and effective model analysis, we predict that nonmagnetic compounds BaYBi (Y = Au, Ag and Cu) are Dirac semimetals. As for the magnetic compound EuYBi, although the time reversal symmetry is broken, their long-range magnetic ordering cannot split the Dirac point into pairs of Weyl points. However, we propose that partially substitute Eu ions by Ba ions will realize the Weyl semimetal. PMID:26399742

  7. Smooth big bounce from affine quantization

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    Bergeron, Hervé; Dapor, Andrea; Gazeau, Jean Pierre; Małkiewicz, Przemysław

    2014-04-01

    We examine the possibility of dealing with gravitational singularities on a quantum level through the use of coherent state or wavelet quantization instead of canonical quantization. We consider the Robertson-Walker metric coupled to a perfect fluid. It is the simplest model of a gravitational collapse, and the results obtained here may serve as a useful starting point for more complex investigations in the future. We follow a quantization procedure based on affine coherent states or wavelets built from the unitary irreducible representation of the affine group of the real line with positive dilation. The main issue of our approach is the appearance of a quantum centrifugal potential allowing for regularization of the singularity, essential self-adjointness of the Hamiltonian, and unambiguous quantum dynamical evolution.

  8. On the search for the chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetals: the negative longitudinal magnetoresistance

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    dos Reis, R. D.; Ajeesh, M. O.; Kumar, N.; Arnold, F.; Shekhar, C.; Naumann, M.; Schmidt, M.; Nicklas, M.; Hassinger, E.

    2016-08-01

    Recently, the existence of massless chiral (Weyl) fermions has been postulated in a class of semi-metals with a non-trivial energy dispersion. These materials are now commonly dubbed Weyl semi-metals (WSM). One predicted property of Weyl fermions is the chiral or Adler–Bell–Jackiw anomaly, a chirality imbalance in the presence of parallel magnetic and electric fields. In WSM, it is expected to induce a negative longitudinal magnetoresistance (MR). Here, we present experimental evidence that the observation of the chiral anomaly can be hindered by an effect called ‘current jetting’. This effect also leads to a strong apparent negative longitudinal MR, but it is characterized by a highly non-uniform current distribution inside the sample. It appears in materials possessing a large field-induced anisotropy of the resistivity tensor, such as almost compensated high-mobility semimetals due to the orbital effect. In case of a non-homogeneous current injection, the potential distribution is strongly distorted in the sample. As a consequence, an experimentally measured potential difference is not proportional to the intrinsic resistance. Our results on the MR of the Weyl semimetal candidate materials NbP, NbAs, TaAs, and TaP exhibit distinct signatures of an inhomogeneous current distribution, such as a field-induced ‘zero resistance’ and a strong dependence of the ‘measured resistance’ on the position, shape, and type of the voltage and current contacts on the sample. A misalignment between the current and the magnetic-field directions can even induce a ‘negative resistance’. Finite-element simulations of the potential distribution inside the sample, using typical resistance anisotropies, are in good agreement with the experimental findings. Our study demonstrates that great care must be taken before interpreting measurements of a negative longitudinal MR as evidence for the chiral anomaly in putative Weyl semimetals.

  9. From Weyl to Born-Jordan quantization: The Schrödinger representation revisited

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    de Gosson, Maurice A.

    2016-03-01

    The ordering problem has been one of the long standing and much discussed questions in quantum mechanics from its very beginning. Nowadays, there is more or less a consensus among physicists that the right prescription is Weyl's rule, which is closely related to the Moyal-Wigner phase space formalism. We propose in this report an alternative approach by replacing Weyl quantization with the less well-known Born-Jordan quantization. This choice is actually natural if we want the Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures of quantum mechanics to be mathematically equivalent. It turns out that, in addition, Born-Jordan quantization can be recovered from Feynman's path integral approach provided that one used short-time propagators arising from correct formulas for the short-time action, as observed by Makri and Miller. These observations lead to a slightly different quantum mechanics, exhibiting some unexpected features, and this without affecting the main existing theory; for instance quantizations of physical Hamiltonian functions are the same as in the Weyl correspondence. The differences are in fact of a more subtle nature; for instance, the quantum observables will not correspond in a one-to-one fashion to classical ones, and the dequantization of a Born-Jordan quantum operator is less straightforward than that of the corresponding Weyl operator. The use of Born-Jordan quantization moreover solves the "angular momentum dilemma", which already puzzled L. Pauling. Born-Jordan quantization has been known for some time (but not fully exploited) by mathematicians working in time-frequency analysis and signal analysis, but ignored by physicists. One of the aims of this report is to collect and synthesize these sporadic discussions, while analyzing the conceptual differences with Weyl quantization, which is also reviewed in detail. Another striking feature is that the Born-Jordan formalism leads to a redefinition of phase space quantum mechanics, where the usual Wigner

  10. Helicity-protected ultrahigh mobility Weyl fermions in NbP

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    Wang, Zhen; Zheng, Yi; Shen, Zhixuan; Lu, Yunhao; Fang, Hanyan; Sheng, Feng; Zhou, Yi; Yang, Xiaojun; Li, Yupeng; Feng, Chunmu; Xu, Zhu-An

    2016-03-01

    Noncentrosymmetric transition-metal monopnictides, including TaAs, TaP, NbAs, and NbP, are emergent topological Weyl semimetals (WSMs) hosting exotic relativistic Weyl fermions. In this Rapid Communication, we elucidate the physical origin of the unprecedented charge carrier mobility of NbP, which can reach 1 ×107cm2V-1s-1 at 1.5 K. Angle- and temperature-dependent quantum oscillations, supported by density function theory calculations, reveal that NbP has the coexistence of p - and n -type WSM pockets in the kz=1.16 π /c plane (W1-WSM) and in the kz=0 plane near the high symmetry points Σ (W2-WSM), respectively. Uniquely, each W2-WSM pocket forms a large dumbbell-shaped Fermi surface enclosing two neighboring Weyl nodes with the opposite chirality. The magnetotransport in NbP is dominated by these highly anisotropic W2-WSM pockets, in which Weyl fermions are well protected from defect backscattering by real spin conservation associated to the chiral nodes. However, with a minimal doping of ˜1 % Cr, the mobility of NbP is degraded by more than two orders of magnitude, due to the invalidity of helicity protection to magnetic impurities. Helicity protected Weyl fermion transport is also manifested in chiral anomaly induced negative magnetoresistance, controlled by the W1-WSM states. In the quantum regime below 10 K, the intervalley scattering time by impurities becomes a large constant, producing the sharp and nearly identical conductivity enhancement at low magnetic field.

  11. Phosphopeptide Enrichment by Immobilized Metal Affinity Chromatography.

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    Thingholm, Tine E; Larsen, Martin R

    2016-01-01

    Immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) has been the method of choice for phosphopeptide enrichment prior to mass spectrometric analysis for many years and it is still used extensively in many laboratories. Using the affinity of negatively charged phosphate groups towards positively charged metal ions such as Fe(3+), Ga(3+), Al(3+), Zr(4+), and Ti(4+) has made it possible to enrich phosphorylated peptides from peptide samples. However, the selectivity of most of the metal ions is limited, when working with highly complex samples, e.g., whole-cell extracts, resulting in contamination from nonspecific binding of non-phosphorylated peptides. This problem is mainly caused by highly acidic peptides that also share high binding affinity towards these metal ions. By lowering the pH of the loading buffer nonspecific binding can be reduced significantly, however with the risk of reducing specific binding capacity. After binding, the enriched phosphopeptides are released from the metal ions using alkaline buffers of pH 10-11, EDTA, or phosphate-containing buffers. Here we describe a protocol for IMAC using Fe(3+) for phosphopeptide enrichment. The principles are illustrated on a semi-complex peptide mixture. PMID:26584922

  12. Tetrahydroprotoberberine alkaloids with dopamine and σ receptor affinity.

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    Gadhiya, Satishkumar; Madapa, Sudharshan; Kurtzman, Thomas; Alberts, Ian L; Ramsey, Steven; Pillarsetty, Nagavara-Kishore; Kalidindi, Teja; Harding, Wayne W

    2016-05-01

    Two series of analogues of the tetrahydroprotoberberine (THPB) alkaloid (±)-stepholidine that (a) contain various alkoxy substituents at the C10 position and, (b) were de-rigidified with respect to (±)-stepholidine, were synthesized and evaluated for affinity at dopamine and σ receptors in order to evaluate effects on D3 and σ2 receptor affinity and selectivity. Small n-alkoxy groups are best tolerated by D3 and σ2 receptors. Among all compounds tested, C10 methoxy and ethoxy analogues (10 and 11 respectively) displayed the highest affinity for σ2 receptors as well as σ2 versus σ1 selectivity and also showed the highest D3 receptor affinity. De-rigidification of stepholidine resulted in decreased affinity at all receptors evaluated; thus the tetracyclic THPB framework is advantageous for affinity at dopamine and σ receptors. Docking of the C10 analogues at the D3 receptor, suggest that an ionic interaction between the protonated nitrogen atom and Asp110, a H-bond interaction between the C2 phenol and Ser192, a H-bond interaction between the C10 phenol and Cys181 as well as hydrophobic interactions of the aryl rings to Phe106 and Phe345, are critical for high affinity of the compounds. PMID:27032890

  13. Zak transform for semidirect product of locally compact groups

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    Arefijamaal, Ali Akbar; Ghaani Farashahi, Arash

    2013-09-01

    Let be a locally compact group and be an LCA group also let be a continuous homomorphism and be the semidirect product of and with respect to . In this article we define the Zak transform on with respect to a -invariant uniform lattice of and we also show that the Zak transform satisfies the Plancherel formula. As an application we analyze how these technique apply for the semidirect product group and also the Weyl-Heisenberg groups.

  14. Increased hemoglobin O2 affinity protects during acute hypoxia.

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    Yalcin, Ozlem; Cabrales, Pedro

    2012-08-01

    Acclimatization to hypoxia requires time to complete the adaptation mechanisms that influence oxygen (O(2)) transport and O(2) utilization. Although decreasing hemoglobin (Hb) O(2) affinity would favor the release of O(2) to the tissues, increasing Hb O(2) affinity would augment arterial O(2) saturation during hypoxia. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that pharmacologically increasing the Hb O(2) affinity will augment O(2) transport during severe hypoxia (10 and 5% inspired O(2)) compared with normal Hb O(2) affinity. RBC Hb O(2) affinity was increased by infusion of 20 mg/kg of 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (5HMF). Control animals received only the vehicle. The effects of increasing Hb O(2) affinity were studied in the hamster window chamber model, in terms of systemic and microvascular hemodynamics and partial pressures of O(2) (Po(2)). Pimonidazole binding to hypoxic areas of mice heart and brain was also studied. 5HMF decreased the Po(2) at which the Hb is 50% saturated with O(2) by 12.6 mmHg. During 10 and 5% O(2) hypoxia, 5HMF increased arterial blood O(2) saturation by 35 and 48% from the vehicle group, respectively. During 5% O(2) hypoxia, blood pressure and heart rate were 58 and 30% higher for 5HMF compared with the vehicle. In addition, 5HMF preserved microvascular blood flow, whereas blood flow decreased to 40% of baseline in the vehicle group. Consequently, perivascular Po(2) was three times higher in the 5HMF group compared with the control group at 5% O(2) hypoxia. 5HMF also reduced heart and brain hypoxic areas in mice. Therefore, increased Hb O(2) affinity resulted in hemodynamics and oxygenation benefits during severe hypoxia. This acute acclimatization process may have implications in survival during severe environmental hypoxia when logistic constraints prevent chronic acclimatization. PMID:22636677

  15. Increased hemoglobin O2 affinity protects during acute hypoxia

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    Yalcin, Ozlem

    2012-01-01

    Acclimatization to hypoxia requires time to complete the adaptation mechanisms that influence oxygen (O2) transport and O2 utilization. Although decreasing hemoglobin (Hb) O2 affinity would favor the release of O2 to the tissues, increasing Hb O2 affinity would augment arterial O2 saturation during hypoxia. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that pharmacologically increasing the Hb O2 affinity will augment O2 transport during severe hypoxia (10 and 5% inspired O2) compared with normal Hb O2 affinity. RBC Hb O2 affinity was increased by infusion of 20 mg/kg of 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (5HMF). Control animals received only the vehicle. The effects of increasing Hb O2 affinity were studied in the hamster window chamber model, in terms of systemic and microvascular hemodynamics and partial pressures of O2 (Po2). Pimonidazole binding to hypoxic areas of mice heart and brain was also studied. 5HMF decreased the Po2 at which the Hb is 50% saturated with O2 by 12.6 mmHg. During 10 and 5% O2 hypoxia, 5HMF increased arterial blood O2 saturation by 35 and 48% from the vehicle group, respectively. During 5% O2 hypoxia, blood pressure and heart rate were 58 and 30% higher for 5HMF compared with the vehicle. In addition, 5HMF preserved microvascular blood flow, whereas blood flow decreased to 40% of baseline in the vehicle group. Consequently, perivascular Po2 was three times higher in the 5HMF group compared with the control group at 5% O2 hypoxia. 5HMF also reduced heart and brain hypoxic areas in mice. Therefore, increased Hb O2 affinity resulted in hemodynamics and oxygenation benefits during severe hypoxia. This acute acclimatization process may have implications in survival during severe environmental hypoxia when logistic constraints prevent chronic acclimatization. PMID:22636677

  16. The Weyl realizations of Lie algebras, and left-right duality

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    Meljanac, Stjepan; Krešić-Jurić, Saša; Martinić, Tea

    2016-05-01

    We investigate dual realizations of non-commutative spaces of Lie algebra type in terms of formal power series in the Weyl algebra. To each realization of a Lie algebra 𝔤 we associate a star-product on the symmetric algebra S(𝔤) and an ordering on the enveloping algebra U(𝔤). Dual realizations of 𝔤 are defined in terms of left-right duality of the star-products on S(𝔤). It is shown that the dual realizations are related to an extension problem for 𝔤 by shift operators whose action on U(𝔤) describes left and right shift of the generators of U(𝔤) in a given monomial. Using properties of the extended algebra, in the Weyl symmetric ordering we derive closed form expressions for the dual realizations of 𝔤 in terms of two generating functions for the Bernoulli numbers. The theory is illustrated by considering the κ-deformed space.

  17. Magneto-optical conductivity of Weyl semimetals with quadratic term in momentum

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    Shao, J. M.; Yang, G. W.

    2016-02-01

    Weyl semimetal is a three-dimensional Dirac material whose low energy dispersion is linear in momentum. Adding a quadratic (Schrödinger) term to the Weyl node breaks the original particle-hole symmetry and also breaks the mirror symmetry between the positive and negative Landau levels in present of magnetic field. This asymmetry splits the absorption line of the longitudinal magneto-optical conductivity into a two peaks structure. It also results in an oscillation pattern in the absorption part of the Hall conductivity. The two split peaks in Reσxx (or the positive and negative oscillation in Imσxy) just correspond to the absorptions of left-handed (σ-) and right-handed (σ+) polarization light, respectively. The split in Reσxx and the displacement between the absorption of σ+ and σ- are decided by the magnitude of the quadratic term and the magnetic field.

  18. Kondo effect and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in Dirac and Weyl semimetals

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    Principi, Alessandro; Vignale, Giovanni; Rossi, E.

    2015-07-01

    We study the Kondo effect in three-dimensional (3D) Dirac materials and Weyl semimetals. We find the scaling of the Kondo temperature with respect to the doping n and the coupling J between the moment of the magnetic impurity and the carriers of the semimetal. We consider the interplay of long-range scalar disorder and Kondo screening and find that it causes the Kondo effect to be characterized not by a Kondo temperature, but by a distribution of Kondo temperatures with features that cause the appearance of strong non-Fermi-liquid behavior. We then consider the effect of Kondo screening, and of the interplay of Kondo screening and long-range scalar disorder, on the transport properties of Weyl semimetals. Finally, we compare the properties of the Kondo effect in 3D and 2D Dirac materials such as graphene and topological insulators.

  19. Interacting Weyl semimetals: characterization via the topological Hamiltonian and its breakdown

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    Witczak-Krempa, William; Knap, Michael; Abanin, Dmitry

    2015-03-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) have robust linearly-dispersing excitations. Unusual properties arise from the latter, such as anomalous electrodynamic responses and open Fermi arcs on boundaries. We derive a simple criterion to identify and characterize WSMs in an interacting setting using the exact electronic Green's function at zero frequency, which defines a topological Bloch Hamiltonian. We apply this criterion by numerically analyzing, via cluster and other methods, interacting models with and without time-reversal symmetry. We thus identify mechanisms for how interactions move and renormalize Weyl fermions. Our methods remain valid in the presence of long-ranged Coulomb repulsion. Finally, we introduce a WSM-like phase for which our criterion breaks down, due to fractionalization of the electron.

  20. Dirac versus Weyl Fermions in Topological Insulators: Adler-Bell-Jackiw Anomaly in Transport Phenomena

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    Kim, Heon-Jung; Kim, Ki-Seok; Wang, J.-F.; Sasaki, M.; Satoh, N.; Ohnishi, A.; Kitaura, M.; Yang, M.; Li, L.

    2013-12-01

    Dirac metals (gapless semiconductors) are believed to turn into Weyl metals when perturbations, which break either time reversal symmetry or inversion symmetry, are employed. However, no experimental evidence has been reported for the existence of Weyl fermions in three dimensions. Applying magnetic fields near the topological phase transition from a topological insulator to a band insulator in Bi1-xSbx we observe not only the weak antilocalization phenomenon in magnetoconductivity near zero magnetic fields (B<0.4T), but also its upturn above 0.4 T only for E//B. This “incompatible” coexistence between weak antilocalization and “negative” magnetoresistivity is attributed to the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly (“topological” E·B term) in the presence of weak antilocalization corrections.

  1. Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin structure for the mixed Weyl-diffeomorphism residual symmetry

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    François, J.; Lazzarini, S.; Masson, T.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we show the compatibility of the so-called "dressing field method," which allows a systematic reduction of gauge symmetries, with the inclusion of diffeomorphisms in the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin (BRST) algebra of a gauge theory. The robustness of the scheme is illustrated on two examples where Cartan connections play a significant role. The former is General Relativity, while the latter concerns the second-order conformal structure where one ends up with a BRST algebra handling both the Weyl residual symmetry and diffeomorphisms of spacetime. We thereby provide a geometric counterpart to the BRST cohomological treatment used in Boulanger [J. Math. Phys. 46, 053508 (2005)] in the construction of a Weyl covariant tensor calculus.

  2. Nernst and magnetothermal conductivity in a lattice model of Weyl fermions

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    Sharma, Girish; Goswami, Pallab; Tewari, Sumanta

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are topologically protected three-dimensional materials whose low-energy excitations are linearly dispersing massless Dirac fermions, possessing a nontrivial Berry curvature. Using semiclassical Boltzmann dynamics in the relaxation time approximation for a lattice model of time-reversal (TR) symmetry broken WSMs, we compute both magnetic field dependent and anomalous contributions to the Nernst coefficient. In addition to the magnetic field dependent Nernst response, which is present in both Dirac and Weyl semimetals, we show that, contrary to previous reports, the TR-broken WSM also has an anomalous Nernst response due to a nonvanishing Berry curvature. We also compute the thermal conductivities of a WSM in the Nernst (∇ T ⊥B ) and the longitudinal (∇ T ∥B ) setup and confirm from our lattice model that in the parallel setup, the Wiedemann-Franz law is violated between the longitudinal thermal and electrical conductivities due to the chiral anomaly.

  3. The Coleman-Weinberg mechanism in a conformal (Weyl) invariant theory: application to a magnetic monopole

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    Edery, Ariel; Graham, Noah

    2015-05-01

    We consider a massless conformally (Weyl) invariant classical action consisting of a magnetic monopole coupled to gravity in an anti-de Sitter background spacetime. We implement quantum corrections and this breaks the conformal (Weyl) symmetry, introduces a length scale via the process of renormalization and leads to the trace anomaly. We calculate the one-loop effective potential and determine from it the vacuum expectation value (VEV). Spontaneous symmetry breaking is radiatively induced a la Coleman-Weinberg and the scalar coupling constant is exchanged for the dimensionful VEV via dimensional transmutation. An important result is that the Ricci scalar of the AdS background spacetimeis determined entirely by the value of the VEV.

  4. Spacetime encodings. IV. The relationship between Weyl curvature and Killing tensors in stationary axisymmetric vacuum spacetimes

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    Brink, Jeandrew

    2010-01-15

    The problem of obtaining an explicit representation for the fourth invariant of geodesic motion (generalized Carter constant) of an arbitrary stationary axisymmetric vacuum spacetime generated from an Ernst potential is considered. The coupling between the nonlocal curvature content of the spacetime as encoded in the Weyl tensor, and the existence of a Killing tensor is explored and a constructive, algebraic test for a fourth-order Killing tensor suggested. The approach used exploits the variables defined for the Baecklund transformations to clarify the relationship between Weyl curvature, constants of geodesic motion, expressed as Killing tensors, and the solution-generation techniques. A new symmetric noncovariant formulation of the Killing equations is given. This formulation transforms the problem of looking for fourth-order Killing tensors in 4D into one of looking for four interlocking two-manifolds admitting fourth-order Killing tensors in 2D.

  5. Magneto-optics of general pseudospin- s two-dimensional Dirac-Weyl fermions

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    Malcolm, John; Nicol, Elisabeth

    2014-03-01

    The popularity of graphene-a pseudospin-1/2 two-dimensional Dirac-Weyl material-has prompted the search for related materials and the characterization of their properties. The magneto-optical conductivity is calculated for systems that obey the general pseudospin- s two-dimensional Dirac-Weyl Hamiltonian, with particular focus on s = {1/2, 1, 3/2, 2}. This follows previous work on the optical response of these systems in zero field. In the presence of a magnetic field, Landau levels condense out of the 2 s + 1 energy bands. As the chemical potential in a system is shifted, patterns arise in the appearance and disappearance of certain peaks within the optical spectra. These patterns are markedly different for each case considered, creating unique signatures for potential experimental observations. The general structure of each spectrum and how they compare is discussed.

  6. Unitarity of spin-2 theories with linearized Weyl symmetry in D=2+1 dimensions

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    Dalmazi, D.

    2009-10-15

    Here we prove unitarity of the recently found fourth-order (in derivatives) self-dual model of spin-2 by investigating the analytic structure of its propagator. The model describes massive particles of helicity +2 (or -2) in D=2+1 dimensions and corresponds to the quadratic truncation of a higher derivative topologically massive gravity about a flat background. It is an intriguing example of a theory where a term in the propagator of the form 1/[{open_square}{sup 2}({open_square}-m{sup 2})] does not lead to ghosts. The crucial role of the linearized Weyl symmetry in getting rid of the ghosts is pointed out. We use a peculiar pair of gauge conditions which fix the linearized reparametrizations and linearized Weyl symmetries separately.

  7. Primordial massive gravitational waves from Einstein-Chern-Simons-Weyl gravity

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    Myung, Yun Soo; Moon, Taeyoon E-mail: tymoon@inje.ac.kr

    2014-08-01

    We investigate the evolution of cosmological perturbations during de Sitter inflation in the Einstein-Chern-Simons-Weyl gravity. Primordial massive gravitational waves are composed of one scalar, two vector and four tensor circularly polarized modes. We show that the vector power spectrum decays quickly like a transversely massive vector in the superhorizon limit z → 0. In this limit, the power spectrum coming from massive tensor modes decays quickly, leading to the conventional tensor power spectrum. Also, we find that in the limit of m{sup 2} → 0 (keeping the Weyl-squared term only), the vector and tensor power spectra disappear. It implies that their power spectra are not gravitationally produced because they (vector and tensor) are decoupled from the expanding de Sitter background, as a result of conformal invariance.

  8. Pressure tuning the Fermi surface topology of the Weyl semimetal NbP

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    dos Reis, R. D.; Wu, S. C.; Sun, Y.; Ajeesh, M. O.; Shekhar, C.; Schmidt, M.; Felser, C.; Yan, B.; Nicklas, M.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the pressure evolution of the Fermi surface topology of the Weyl semimetal NbP, probed by Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in the magnetoresistance combined with ab initio calculations of the band structure. Although we observe a drastic effect on the amplitudes of the quantum oscillations, the frequencies only exhibit a weak pressure dependence up to 2.8 GPa. The pressure-induced variations in the oscillation frequencies are consistent with our band-structure calculations. Furthermore, we can relate the changes in the amplitudes to small modifications in the shape of the Fermi surface. Our findings show evidence of the stability of the electronic band structure of NbP and demonstrate the power of combining quantum-oscillation studies and band-structure calculations to investigate pressure effects on the Fermi surface topology in Weyl semimetals.

  9. Poincaré covariant pseudoscalar and scalar meson spectroscopy in Wigner-Weyl phase

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    Hilger, T.

    2016-03-01

    The coupled quark Dyson-Schwinger and meson Bethe-Salpeter equations in rainbow-ladder truncation for spin-0 mesons are solved in the Wigner-Weyl phase in the chiral limit and beyond, retaining only the ultraviolet finite terms of the phenomenologically most successful Maris-Tandy interaction. This allows one to reveal and discuss the scalar and pseudoscalar meson masses in a chirally symmetric setting without additional medium effects. Independent of the current-quark mass, the found solutions are spacelike, i.e., have negative squared masses. The current-quark mass dependence of meson masses, leptonic decay constants and chiral condensate are illustrated in the Wigner-Weyl phase.

  10. Overview of affinity tags for protein purification.

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    Kimple, Michelle E; Sondek, John

    2004-09-01

    Addition of an affinity tag is a useful method for differentiating recombinant proteins expressed in bacterial and eukaryotic expression systems from the background of total cellular proteins, and for detecting protein-protein interactions. This overview describes the historical basis for the development of affinity tags, affinity tags that are commonly used today, how to choose an appropriate affinity tag for a particular purpose, and several recently developed affinity tag technologies that may prove useful in the near future. PMID:18429272

  11. Overview of affinity tags for protein purification.

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    Kimple, Michelle E; Brill, Allison L; Pasker, Renee L

    2013-01-01

    Addition of an affinity tag is a useful method for differentiating recombinant proteins expressed in bacterial and eukaryotic expression systems from the background of total cellular proteins, as well as for detecting protein-protein interactions. This overview describes the historical basis for the development of affinity tags, affinity tags that are commonly used today, how to choose an appropriate affinity tag for a particular purpose, and several recently developed affinity tag technologies that may prove useful in the near future. PMID:24510596

  12. Weyl-Cartan-Weitzenböck gravity as a generalization of teleparallel gravity

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    Haghani, Zahra; Sepangi, Hamid Reza; Shahidi, Shahab; Harko, Tiberiu E-mail: harko@hkucc.hku.hk E-mail: s_shahidi@sbu.ac.ir

    2012-10-01

    We consider a gravitational model in a Weyl-Cartan space-time in which the Weitzenböck condition of the vanishing of the sum of the curvature and torsion scalar is imposed. In contrast to the standard teleparallel theories, our model is formulated in a four-dimensional curved spacetime. The properties of the gravitational field are then described by the torsion tensor and Weyl vector fields. A kinetic term for the torsion is also included in the gravitational action. The field equations of the model are obtained from a Hilbert-Einstein type variational principle, and they lead to a complete description of the gravitational field in terms of two fields, the Weyl vector and the torsion, respectively, defined in a curved background. The cosmological applications of the model are investigated for a particular choice of the free parameters in which the torsion vector is proportional to the Weyl vector. The Newtonian limit of the model is also considered, and it is shown that the Poisson equation can be recovered in the weak field approximation. Depending on the numerical values of the parameters of the cosmological model, a large variety of dynamic evolutions can be obtained, ranging from inflationary/accelerated expansions to non-inflationary behaviors. In particular we show that a de Sitter type late time evolution can be naturally obtained from the field equations of the model. Therefore the present model leads to the possibility of a purely geometrical description of the dark energy, in which the late time acceleration of the Universe is determined by the intrinsic geometry of the space-time.

  13. Affine Contractions on the Plane

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    Celik, D.; Ozdemir, Y.; Ureyen, M.

    2007-01-01

    Contractions play a considerable role in the theory of fractals. However, it is not easy to find contractions which are not similitudes. In this study, it is shown by counter examples that an affine transformation of the plane carrying a given triangle onto another triangle may not be a contraction even if it contracts edges, heights or medians.…

  14. Quantifying Affinity among Chinese Dialects.

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    Cheng, Chin-Chuan

    A study of the relationships between Chinese dialects based on a quantitative measure of dialect affinity is summarized. First, tone values in all the dialect localities available in the early 1970s were used to calculate the dialectal differences in terms of tone height with respect to the "yin and yang" split. In the late 1970s, calculations of…

  15. Topological density-wave states in a particle-hole symmetric Weyl metal

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    Wang, Yuxuan; Ye, Peng

    2016-08-01

    We study the instabilities of a particle-hole symmetric Weyl metal with both electron and hole Fermi surfaces (FSs) around the Weyl points. For a repulsive interaction we find that the leading instability is towards a longitudinal spin-density-wave (SDWz) order. Besides, there exist three degenerate subleading instabilities: a charge-density-wave (CDW) instability, and two transverse spin-density-wave (SDWx ,y) instabilities. For an attractive interaction the leading instabilities are towards two pair-density-wave (PDW) orders which pair the two FSs separately. Both the PDW and SDWz order parameters fully gap out the FSs, while the CDW and SDWx ,y ones leave line nodes on both FSs. For the SDWz and the PDW states, the surface Fermi arc in the metallic state evolves to a chiral Fermi line which passes the projection of the Weyl points and traverses the full momentum space. For the CDW state, the line node projects to a "drumhead" band localized on the surface, which can lead to a topological charge polarization. We verify the surface states by computing the angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy data.

  16. Studies of Dirac and Weyl fermions by angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Huang, Lunan

    This dissertation consists of three parts. First, we study magnetic domains in Nd2Fe14 B single crystals using high resolution magnetic force microscopy (MFM). In addition to the elongated, wavy nano-domains reported by a previous MFM study, we found that the micrometer size, star-shaped fractal pattern is constructed of an elongated network of nano-domains about 20 nm in width, with resolution-limited domain walls thinner than 2 nm. Second, we studied extra Dirac cones of multilayer graphene on SiC surface by ARPES and SPA-LEED. We discovered extra Dirac cones on Fermi surface due to SiC 6 x 6 and graphene 6√3 x 6√3 coincidence lattice on both single-layer and three-layer graphene sheets. We interpreted the position and intensity of the Dirac cone replicas, based on the scattering vectors from LEED patterns. We found the positions of replica Dirac cones are determined mostly by the 6 x 6 SiC superlattice even graphene layers grown thicker. Finally, we studied the electronic structure of MoTe2 by ARPES and experimentally confirmed the prediction of type II Weyl state in this material. By combining the result of Density Functional Theory calculations and Berry curvature calculations with out experimental data, we identified Fermi arcs, track states and Weyl points, all features predicted to exist in a type II Weyl semimetal. This material is an excellent playground for studies of exotic Fermions.

  17. Dirac-Weyl fermions with arbitrary spin in two-dimensional optical superlattices

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    Lan, Z.; Lu, W.; Oehberg, P.; Goldman, N.; Bermudez, A.

    2011-10-15

    Dirac-Weyl fermions are massless relativistic particles with a well-defined helicity which arise in the context of high-energy physics. Here we propose a quantum simulation of these paradigmatic fermions using multicomponent ultracold atoms in a two-dimensional square optical lattice. We find that laser-assisted spin-dependent hopping, specifically tuned to the (2s+1)-dimensional representations of the su(2) Lie algebra, directly leads to a regime where the emerging massless excitations correspond to Dirac-Weyl fermions with arbitrary pseudospin s. We show that this platform hosts two different phases: a semimetallic phase that occurs for half-integer s, and a metallic phase that contains a flat zero-energy band at integer s. These phases host a variety of interesting effects, such as a very rich anomalous quantum Hall effect and a remarkable multirefringent Klein tunneling. In addition, we show that these effects are directly related to the number of underlying Dirac-Weyl species and zero modes.

  18. Optical conductivity of Weyl semimetals and signatures of the gapped semimetal phase transition

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    Tabert, C. J.; Carbotte, J. P.

    2016-02-01

    The interband optical response of a three-dimensional Dirac cone is linear in photon energy (Ω ) . Here, we study the evolution of the interband response within a model Hamiltonian which contains Dirac, Weyl, and gapped semimetal phases. In the pure Dirac case, a single linear dependence is observed, while in the Weyl phase, we find two quasilinear regions with different slopes. These regions are also distinct from the large-Ω dependence. As the boundary between the Weyl (WSM) and gapped phases is approached, the slope of the low-Ω response increases, while the photon-energy range over which it applies decreases. At the phase boundary, a square root behavior is obtained which is followed by a gapped response in the gapped semimetal phase. The density of states parallels these behaviors with the linear law replaced by quadratic behavior in the WSM phase and the square root dependence at the phase boundary changed to |ω| 3 /2. The optical spectral weight under the intraband (Drude) response at low temperature (T ) and/or small chemical potential (μ ) is found to change from T2 (μ2) in the WSM phase to T3 /2 (|μ |3/2) at the phase boundary.

  19. Bulk electronic, elastic, structural, and dielectric properties of the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Buckeridge, J.; Jevdokimovs, D.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Sokol, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    We present results of electronic structure calculations of the bulk properties of the Weyl semimetal TaAs. The emergence of Weyl (massless) fermions in TaAs, due to its electronic band structure, is indicative of a new state of matter in the condensed phase that is of great interest for fundamental physics and possibly new applications. Many of the physical properties of the material, however, are unknown. We have calculated the structural parameters, dielectric function, elastic constants, phonon dispersion, electronic band structure, and Born effective charges using density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation, including spin-orbit coupling where necessary. Our results provide essential information on the material; and our calculations agree well with the relatively small number of experimental data available. Moreover, we have determined the relative stability of the ground state body-centered tetragonal phase with respect to other common binary phases as a function of pressure at the athermal limit, predicting a transition to the CsCl cubic structure at 23.3 GPa. Finally, we have determined the band structure using an unbiased hybrid density functional that includes 25% exact exchange, in order to refine the previously determined positions in k space of the Weyl points.

  20. Theory of Kerr and Faraday rotations and linear dichroism in Topological Weyl Semimetals

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    Kargarian, Mehdi; Randeria, Mohit; Trivedi, Nandini

    2015-01-01

    We consider the electromagnetic response of a topological Weyl semimetal (TWS) with a pair of Weyl nodes in the bulk and corresponding Fermi arcs in the surface Brillouin zone. We compute the frequency-dependent complex conductivities σαβ(ω) and also take into account the modification of Maxwell equations by the topological θ-term to obtain the Kerr and Faraday rotations in a variety of geometries. For TWS films thinner than the wavelength, the Kerr and Faraday rotations, determined by the separation between Weyl nodes, are significantly larger than in topological insulators. In thicker films, the Kerr and Faraday angles can be enhanced by choice of film thickness and substrate refractive index. We show that, for radiation incident on a surface with Fermi arcs, there is no Kerr or Faraday rotation but the electric field develops a longitudinal component inside the TWS, and there is linear dichroism signal. Our results have implications for probing the TWS phase in various experimental systems. PMID:26235120

  1. Quantum oscillations from generic surface Fermi arcs and bulk chiral modes in Weyl semimetals.

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    Zhang, Yi; Bulmash, Daniel; Hosur, Pavan; Potter, Andrew C; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2016-01-01

    We re-examine the question of quantum oscillations from surface Fermi arcs and chiral modes in Weyl semimetals. By introducing two tools - semiclassical phase-space quantization and a numerical implementation of a layered construction of Weyl semimetals - we discover several important generalizations to previous conclusions that were implicitly tailored to the special case of identical Fermi arcs on top and bottom surfaces. We show that the phase-space quantization picture fixes an ambiguity in the previously utilized energy-time quantization approach and correctly reproduces the numerically calculated quantum oscillations for generic Weyl semimetals with distinctly curved Fermi arcs on the two surfaces. Based on these methods, we identify a 'magic' magnetic-field angle where quantum oscillations become independent of sample thickness, with striking experimental implications. We also analyze the stability of these quantum oscillations to disorder, and show that the high-field oscillations are expected to persist in samples whose thickness parametrically exceeds the quantum mean free path. PMID:27033563

  2. Optical evidence for a Weyl semimetal state in pyrochlore Eu2 Ir2 O7

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    Sushkov, Andrei; Hofmann, Johannes; Jenkins, Gregory; Drew, Dennis; Ishikawa, Jun; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    Possible realization of a Weyl semimetallic state with the broken time-reversal symmetry in pyrochlore iridates is still under debate. In the absense of ARPES and neutron data, optical evidence become very important. We found that the THz optical conductivity and temperature dependence of the free carrier response in pyrochlore Eu2Ir2O7 match the predictions for a Weyl semimetal and suggest novel Dirac liquid behavior. The interband optical conductivity vanishes continuously at low frequencies signifying a semimetal. The metal-semimetal transition at TN = 110 K is manifested in the Drude spectral weight, which is independent of temperature in the metallic phase, and which decreases smoothly in the ordered phase. The temperature dependence of the free carrier weight below TN is in good agreement with theoretical predictions for a Weyl semimetal. The fit of experimental Drude weight yields a Fermi velocity 4x107 cm/s, a logarithmic renormalization scale ΛL ~ 600 K, and require a Fermi temperature of 100 K associated with residual unintentional doping to account for the low temperature optical response and dc resistivity. This work was supported by Grants: NSF DMR-1104343 and 1066293, DOE ER46741-SC0005436, LPS-MPO-CMTC, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science R2604, and Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research 25707030.

  3. Response properties of axion insulators and Weyl semimetals driven by screw dislocations and dynamical axion strings

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    You, Yizhi; Cho, Gil Young; Hughes, Taylor L.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we investigate the theory of dynamical axion strings emerging from chiral symmetry breaking in three-dimensional Weyl semimetals. The chiral symmetry is spontaneously broken by a charge density wave (CDW) order which opens an energy gap and converts the Weyl semimetal into an axion insulator. Indeed, the phase fluctuations of the CDW order parameter act as a dynamical axion field θ (x ⃗,t ) and couple to electromagnetic field via Lθ=θ/(x ⃗,t ) 32 π2 ɛσ τ ν μFσ τFν μ. Additionally, when the axion insulator is coupled to deformations of the background geometry/strain fields via torsional defects, e.g., screw dislocations, there is interesting interplay between the crystal dislocations and dynamical axion strings. For example, the screw dislocation traps axial charge, and there is a Berry phase accumulation when an axion string (which carries axial flux) is braided with a screw dislocation. In addition, a cubic coupling between the axial current and the geometry fields is nonvanishing and indicates a Berry phase accumulation during a particular three-loop braiding procedure where a dislocation loop is braided with another dislocation and they are both threaded by an axion string. We also observe a chiral magnetic effect induced by a screw dislocation density in the absence of a nodal energy imbalance between Weyl points and describe an additional chiral geometric effect and a geometric Witten effect.

  4. Quantum oscillations from generic surface Fermi arcs and bulk chiral modes in Weyl semimetals

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    Zhang, Yi; Bulmash, Daniel; Hosur, Pavan; Potter, Andrew C.; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2016-01-01

    We re-examine the question of quantum oscillations from surface Fermi arcs and chiral modes in Weyl semimetals. By introducing two tools - semiclassical phase-space quantization and a numerical implementation of a layered construction of Weyl semimetals - we discover several important generalizations to previous conclusions that were implicitly tailored to the special case of identical Fermi arcs on top and bottom surfaces. We show that the phase-space quantization picture fixes an ambiguity in the previously utilized energy-time quantization approach and correctly reproduces the numerically calculated quantum oscillations for generic Weyl semimetals with distinctly curved Fermi arcs on the two surfaces. Based on these methods, we identify a ‘magic’ magnetic-field angle where quantum oscillations become independent of sample thickness, with striking experimental implications. We also analyze the stability of these quantum oscillations to disorder, and show that the high-field oscillations are expected to persist in samples whose thickness parametrically exceeds the quantum mean free path. PMID:27033563

  5. Kinetic controlled affinity labeling of target enzyme with thioester chemistry.

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    Tomohiro, Takenori; Nakabayashi, Masahiro; Sugita, Yuka; Morimoto, Shota

    2016-08-01

    High specificity has been an important feature in affinity labeling for target profiling. Especially, to label targets via rapidly progressing reactions with consumption of ligand (probe), high specificity of reaction with common functional groups of target protein should be achieved without reactions with similar groups of non-target proteins. Herein, we demonstrate the kinetic controlled affinity labeling of acyl CoA synthetase using a fatty acid analogue containing a phenylthioester linkage. High specificity was attained by accelerating the labeling rate in the binding pocket. This approach could be useful for profiling a series of target enzymes and transporters in signal transduction pathways. PMID:27298000

  6. Affinity Adsorbents Based on Carriers Activated by Epoxy-compounds

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    Klyashchitskii, B. A.; Kuznetsov, P. V.

    1984-10-01

    The review is devoted to the synthesis and applications of affinity adsorbents based on carriers activated by epoxy-compounds. The methods for the introduction of epoxy-groups into carriers of different chemical types are discussed and conditions for the immobilisation of three-dimensional spacers and low-molecular-weight and polymeric ligands on carriers containing epoxy-groups are considered. Data are presented on the properties and applications of adsorbents of this type in affinity chromatography. The bibliography includes 144 references.

  7. Experimental and theoretical binding affinity between polyvinylpolypyrrolidone and selected phenolic compounds from food matrices.

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    Durán-Lara, Esteban F; López-Cortés, Xaviera A; Castro, Ricardo I; Avila-Salas, Fabián; González-Nilo, Fernando D; Laurie, V Felipe; Santos, Leonardo S

    2015-02-01

    Polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) is a fining agent, widely used in winemaking and brewing, whose mode of action in removing phenolic compounds has not been fully characterised. The aim of this study was to evaluate the experimental and theoretical binding affinity of PVPP towards six phenolic compounds representing different types of phenolic species. The interaction between PVPP and phenolics was evaluated in model solutions, where hydroxyl groups, hydrophobic bonding and steric hindrance were characterised. The results of the study indicated that PVPP exhibits high affinity for quercetin and catechin, moderate affinity for epicatechin, gallic acid and lower affinity for 4-methylcatechol and caffeic acid. The affinity has a direct correlation with the hydroxylation degree of each compound. The results show that the affinity of PVPP towards phenols is related with frontier orbitals. This work demonstrates a direct correlation between the experimental affinity and the interaction energy calculations obtained through computational chemistry methods. PMID:25172736

  8. Breaking classical Lie groups to finite subgroups - an automated approach

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    Fallbacher, Maximilian

    2015-09-01

    The decomposition of representations of compact classical Lie groups into representations of finite subgroups is discussed. A MATHEMATICA package is presented that can be used to compute these branching rules using the Weyl character formula. For some low order finite groups including A4 and Δ (27) general analytical formulas are presented for the branching rules of arbitrary representations of their smallest Lie super-groups.

  9. Unifying the rotational and permutation symmetry of nuclear spin states: Schur-Weyl duality in molecular physics.

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    Schmiedt, Hanno; Jensen, Per; Schlemmer, Stephan

    2016-08-21

    In modern physics and chemistry concerned with many-body systems, one of the mainstays is identical-particle-permutation symmetry. In particular, both the intra-molecular dynamics of a single molecule and the inter-molecular dynamics associated, for example, with reactive molecular collisions are strongly affected by selection rules originating in nuclear-permutation symmetry operations being applied to the total internal wavefunctions, including nuclear spin, of the molecules involved. We propose here a general tool to determine coherently the permutation symmetry and the rotational symmetry (associated with the group of arbitrary rotations of the entire molecule in space) of molecular wavefunctions, in particular the nuclear-spin functions. Thus far, these two symmetries were believed to be mutually independent and it has even been argued that under certain circumstances, it is impossible to establish a one-to-one correspondence between them. However, using the Schur-Weyl duality theorem we show that the two types of symmetry are inherently coupled. In addition, we use the ingenious representation-theory technique of Young tableaus to represent the molecular nuclear-spin degrees of freedom in terms of well-defined mathematical objects. This simplifies the symmetry classification of the nuclear wavefunction even for large molecules. Also, the application to reactive collisions is very straightforward and provides a much simplified approach to obtaining selection rules. PMID:27544099

  10. Holographic trace anomaly and local renormalization group

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    Rajagopal, Srivatsan; Stergiou, Andreas; Zhu, Yechao

    2015-11-01

    The Hamilton-Jacobi method in holography has produced important results both at a renormalization group (RG) fixed point and away from it. In this paper we use the Hamilton-Jacobi method to compute the holographic trace anomaly for four- and six-dimensional boundary conformal field theories (CFTs), assuming higher-derivative gravity and interactions of scalar fields in the bulk. The scalar field contributions to the anomaly appear in CFTs with exactly marginal operators. Moving away from the fixed point, we show that the Hamilton-Jacobi formalism provides a deep connection between the holographic and the local RG. We derive the local RG equation holographically, and verify explicitly that it satisfies Weyl consistency conditions stemming from the commutativity of Weyl scalings. We also consider massive scalar fields in the bulk corresponding to boundary relevant operators, and comment on their effects to the local RG equation.

  11. Lectin affinity chromatography of glycolipids

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    Torres, B.V.; Smith, D.F.

    1987-05-01

    Since glycolipids (GLs) are either insoluble or form mixed micelles in water, lectin affinity chromatography in aqueous systems has not been applied to their separation. They have overcome this problem by using tetrahydrofuran (THF) in the mobile phase during chromatography. Affinity columns prepared with the GalNAc-specific Helix pomatia agglutinin (HPA) and equilibrated in THF specifically bind the (/sup 3/H)oligosaccharide derived from Forssman GL indicating that the immobilized HPA retained its carbohydrate-binding specificity in this solvent. Intact Forssman GL was bound by the HPA-column equilibrated in THF and was specifically eluted with 0.1 mg/ml GalNAc in THF. Purification of the Forssman GL was achieved when a crude lipid extract of sheep erythrocyte membranes was applied to the HPA-column in THF. Non-specifically bound GLs were eluted from the column using a step gradient of aqueous buffer in THF, while the addition of GalNAc was required to elute the specifically bound GLs. Using this procedure the A-active GLs were purified from a crude lipid extract of type A human erythrocytes in a single chromatographic step. The use of solvents that maintain carbohydrate-binding specificity and lipid solubility will permit the application of affinity chromatography on immobilized carbohydrate-binding proteins to intact GLs.

  12. Ideal Weyl Semimetals in the Chalcopyrites CuTlSe2 , AgTlTe2 , AuTlTe2 , and ZnPbAs2

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    Ruan, Jiawei; Jian, Shao-Kai; Zhang, Dongqin; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-06-01

    Weyl semimetals are new states of matter which feature novel Fermi arcs and exotic transport phenomena. Based on first-principles calculations, we report that the chalcopyrites CuTlSe2 , AgTlTe2 , AuTlTe2 , and ZnPbAs2 are ideal Weyl semimetals, having largely separated Weyl points (˜0.05 Å-1 ) and uncovered Fermi arcs that are amenable to experimental detections. We also construct a minimal effective model to capture the low-energy physics of this class of Weyl semimetals. Our discovery is a major step toward a perfect playground of intriguing Weyl semimetals and potential applications for low-power and high-speed electronics.

  13. Ideal Weyl Semimetals in the Chalcopyrites CuTlSe_{2}, AgTlTe_{2}, AuTlTe_{2}, and ZnPbAs_{2}.

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    Ruan, Jiawei; Jian, Shao-Kai; Zhang, Dongqin; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-06-01

    Weyl semimetals are new states of matter which feature novel Fermi arcs and exotic transport phenomena. Based on first-principles calculations, we report that the chalcopyrites CuTlSe_{2}, AgTlTe_{2}, AuTlTe_{2}, and ZnPbAs_{2} are ideal Weyl semimetals, having largely separated Weyl points (∼0.05  Å^{-1}) and uncovered Fermi arcs that are amenable to experimental detections. We also construct a minimal effective model to capture the low-energy physics of this class of Weyl semimetals. Our discovery is a major step toward a perfect playground of intriguing Weyl semimetals and potential applications for low-power and high-speed electronics. PMID:27314733

  14. Determining the chirality of Weyl fermions from circular dichroism spectra in time-dependent angle-resolved photoemission

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    Yu, Rui; Weng, Hongming; Fang, Zhong; Ding, Hong; Dai, Xi

    2016-05-01

    We show that the intensity of pumped states near Weyl point is different when pumped with left- and right-handed circular-polarized light, which leads to a special circular dichroism (CD) in time-dependent angle-resolved photoemission spectra (ARPES). We derive the expression for the CD of time-dependent ARPES, which is directly related to the chirality of Weyl fermions. Based on the above derivation, we further propose a method to determine the chirality for a given Weyl point from the CD of time-dependent ARPES. The corresponding CD spectra for TaAs has then been calculated from first principles, which can be compared with future experiments.

  15. Floquet-Weyl and Floquet-topological-insulator phases in a stacked two-dimensional ring-network lattice.

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    Ochiai, Tetsuyuki

    2016-10-26

    We show the presence of Floquet-Weyl and Floquet-topological-insulator phases in a stacked two-dimensional ring-network lattice. The Weyl points in the three-dimensional Brillouin zone and Fermi-arc surface states are clearly demonstrated in the quasienergy spectrum of the system in the Floquet-Weyl phase. In addition, chiral surface states coexist in this phase. The Floquet-topological-insulator phase is characterized by the winding number of two in the reflection matrices of the semi-infinite system and resulting two gapless surface states in the quasienergy gap of the bulk. The phase diagram of the system is derived in the two-parameter space of hopping S-matrices among the rings. We also discuss a possible optical realization of the system together with the introduction of synthetic gauge fields. PMID:27589340

  16. Direct observation of nonequivalent Fermi-arc states of opposite surfaces in the noncentrosymmetric Weyl semimetal NbP

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    Souma, S.; Wang, Zhiwei; Kotaka, H.; Sato, T.; Nakayama, K.; Tanaka, Y.; Kimizuka, H.; Takahashi, T.; Yamauchi, K.; Oguchi, T.; Segawa, Kouji; Ando, Yoichi

    2016-04-01

    We have performed high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on noncentrosymmetric Weyl semimetal candidate NbP, and determined the electronic states of both Nb- and P-terminated surfaces. We revealed a drastic difference in the Fermi-surface topology between two types of surfaces, whereas the Fermi arcs on both surfaces are likely terminated at the surface projection of the same bulk Weyl nodes. A comparison of the ARPES data with our first-principles band calculations suggests a notable difference in the electronic structure at the Nb-terminated surface between theory and experiment. The present result opens a platform for realizing exotic quantum phenomena arising from the unusual surface properties of Weyl semimetals.

  17. Chiral magnetic conductivity and surface states of Weyl semimetals in topological insulator ultra-thin film multilayer

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    Owerre, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate an ultra-thin film of topological insulator (TI) multilayer as a model for a three-dimensional (3D) Weyl semimetal. We introduce tunneling parameters t S, {{t}\\bot} , and t D, where the former two parameters couple layers of the same thin film at small and large momenta, and the latter parameter couples neighbouring thin film layers along the z-direction. The Chern number is computed in each topological phase of the system and we find that for {{t}\\text{S}},{{t}\\text{D}}>0 , the tunneling parameter {{t}\\bot} changes from positive to negative as the system transits from Weyl semi-metallic phase to insulating phases. We further study the chiral magnetic effect (CME) of the system in the presence of a time dependent magnetic field. We compute the low-temperature dependence of the chiral magnetic conductivity and show that it captures three distinct phases of the system separated by plateaus. Furthermore, we propose and study a 3D lattice model of Porphyrin thin film, an organic material known to support topological Frenkel exciton edge states. We show that this model exhibits a 3D Weyl semi-metallic phase and also supports a 2D Weyl semi-metallic phase. We further show that this model recovers that of 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. Thus, paving the way for simulating a 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. We obtain the surface states (Fermi arcs) in the 3D model and the chiral edge states in the 2D model and analyze their topological properties.

  18. Chiral magnetic conductivity and surface states of Weyl semimetals in topological insulator ultra-thin film multilayer.

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    Owerre, S A

    2016-06-15

    We investigate an ultra-thin film of topological insulator (TI) multilayer as a model for a three-dimensional (3D) Weyl semimetal. We introduce tunneling parameters t S, [Formula: see text], and t D, where the former two parameters couple layers of the same thin film at small and large momenta, and the latter parameter couples neighbouring thin film layers along the z-direction. The Chern number is computed in each topological phase of the system and we find that for [Formula: see text], the tunneling parameter [Formula: see text] changes from positive to negative as the system transits from Weyl semi-metallic phase to insulating phases. We further study the chiral magnetic effect (CME) of the system in the presence of a time dependent magnetic field. We compute the low-temperature dependence of the chiral magnetic conductivity and show that it captures three distinct phases of the system separated by plateaus. Furthermore, we propose and study a 3D lattice model of Porphyrin thin film, an organic material known to support topological Frenkel exciton edge states. We show that this model exhibits a 3D Weyl semi-metallic phase and also supports a 2D Weyl semi-metallic phase. We further show that this model recovers that of 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. Thus, paving the way for simulating a 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. We obtain the surface states (Fermi arcs) in the 3D model and the chiral edge states in the 2D model and analyze their topological properties. PMID:27157544

  19. Optical and transport properties in three-dimensional Dirac and Weyl semimetals

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    Tabert, C. J.; Carbotte, J. P.; Nicol, E. J.

    2016-02-01

    Within a Kubo formalism, we study dc transport and ac optical properties of 3D Dirac and Weyl semimetals. Emphasis is placed on the approach to charge neutrality and on the differences between Dirac and Weyl materials. At charge neutrality, the zero-temperature limit of the dc conductivity is not universal and also depends on the residual scattering model employed. However, the Lorenz number L retains its usual value L0. With increasing temperature, the Wiedemann-Franz law is violated. At high temperatures, L exhibits a new plateau at a value dependent on the details of the scattering rate. Such details can also appear in the optical conductivity, both in the Drude response and interband background. In the clean limit, the interband background is linear in photon energy and always extrapolates to the origin. This background can be shifted to the right through the introduction of a massless gap. In this case, the extrapolation can cut the axis at a finite photon energy as is observed in some experiments. It is also of interest to differentiate between the two types of Weyl semimetals: those with broken time-reversal symmetry and those with broken spatial-inversion symmetry. We show that, while the former will follow the same behavior as the 3D Dirac semimetals, for the zero magnetic field properties discussed here, the latter type will show a double step in the optical conductivity at finite doping and a single absorption edge at charge neutrality. The Drude conductivity is always finite in this case, even at charge neutrality.

  20. Resonant plasmon-axion excitations induced by charge density wave order in a Weyl semimetal

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    Redell, Matthew D.; Mukherjee, Shantanu; Lee, Wei-Cheng

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the charge excitations of a Weyl semimetal in the axionic charge density wave (axionic CDW) state. While it has been shown that the topological response (anomalous Hall conductivity) is protected against the CDW state, we find that the long-wavelength plasmon excitation is radically influenced by the dynamics of the CDW order parameter. In the normal state, we show that an undamped collective mode should exist at q ⃗≈Q⃗CDW if there is an attractive interaction favoring the formation of the CDW state. The undamped nature of this collective mode is attributed to a gaplike feature in the particle-hole continuum at q ⃗≈Q⃗CDW due to the chirality of the Weyl nodes, which is not seen in other materials with CDW instability. In the CDW state, the long-wavelength plasmon excitations become more dispersive due to the additional interband scattering not allowed in the normal state. Moreover, because the translational symmetry is spontaneously broken, umklapp scattering, the process conserving the total momentum only up to n Q⃗CDW , with n an integer and Q⃗CDW the ordering wave vector, emerges in the CDW state. We find that the plasmon excitation couples to the phonon mode of the CDW order via the umklapp scattering, leading to two branches of resonant collective modes observable in the density-density correlation function at q ⃗≈0 and q ⃗≈Q⃗CDW . Based on our analysis, we propose that measuring these resonant plasmon-axion excitations around q ⃗≈0 and q ⃗≈Q⃗CDW by momentum-resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy could serve as a reliable way to detect the axionic CDW state in Weyl semimetals.

  1. Tuning Hydrophobicity in Abiotic Affinity Reagents: Polymer Hydrogel Affinity Reagents for Molecules with Lipid-like Domains.

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    Chou, Beverly; Mirau, Peter; Jiang, Tian; Wang, Szu-Wen; Shea, Kenneth J

    2016-05-01

    Hydrophobic interactions often dominate the associative forces between biomacromolecules. A synthetic affinity reagent must be able to exploit and optimize these interactions. We describe synthesis of abiotic affinity reagents that sequester biomacromolecules with lipid-like domains. NIPAm-based copolymer nanoparticles (NPs) containing C4-C8 hydrophobic groups were evaluated for their affinity for lipopolysaccharides (LPS), the lipophilic component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Optimal affinity was found for NPs incorporating a linear C4 hydrocarbon group. 1D and 2D (1)H NMR studies revealed that in water, the longer chain (C6 and C8) alkyl groups in the hydrogel NPs were engaged in intrachain association, rendering them less available to interact with LPS. Optimal LPS-NP interaction requires maximizing hydrophobicity, while avoiding side chain aggregation. Polymer compositions with high LPS binding were grafted onto agarose beads and evaluated for LPS clearance from solution; samples containing linear C4 groups also showed the highest LPS clearance capacity. PMID:27064286

  2. Full quantum theory of the chiral anomaly transport in a Weyl semimetal

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    Lee, Woo-Ram; Park, Kwon; KIAS Team

    In relativistic field theory, the chiral anomaly means a violation of the number conservation of chiral fermions. In condensed matter physics, the chiral anomaly can be manifested in a Weyl semimetal as a negative magnetoresistance in the presence of parallel electric and magnetic fields. In this work, we use the Keldysh-Floquet Green's function formalism to develop a full quantum theory of the chiral anomaly transport, which can be valid in a broad range of both electric and magnetic field strengths. The authors thank KIAS Center for Advanced Computation (CAC) for providing computing resources.

  3. Noncollinear drag force in Bose-Einstein condensates with Weyl spin-orbit coupling

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    Liao, Renyuan; Fialko, Oleksandr; Brand, Joachim; Zülicke, Ulrich

    2016-02-01

    We consider the motion of a pointlike impurity through a three-dimensional two-component Bose-Einstein condensate subject to Weyl spin-orbit coupling. Using linear-response theory, we calculate the drag force felt by the impurity and the associated anisotropic critical velocity from the spectrum of elementary excitations. The drag force is shown to be generally not collinear with the velocity of the impurity. This unusual behavior is a consequence of condensation into a finite-momentum state due to the spin-orbit coupling.

  4. Strong gravitational field time delay for photons coupled to Weyl tensor in a Schwarzschild black hole

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    Lu, Xu; Yang, Feng-Wei; Xie, Yi

    2016-07-01

    We analyze strong gravitational field time delay for photons coupled to the Weyl tensor in a Schwarzschild black hole. By making use of the method of strong deflection limit, we find that these time delays between relativistic images are significantly affected by polarization directions of such a coupling. A practical problem about determination of the polarization direction by observations is investigated. It is found that if the first and second relativistic images can be resolved, the measurement of time delay can more effectively improve detectability of the polarization direction.

  5. Spin textures and spin-wave excitations in doped Dirac-Weyl semimetals

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    Araki, Yasufumi; Nomura, Kentaro

    2016-03-01

    We study correlations and magnetic textures of localized spins, doped in three-dimensional Dirac semimetals. An effective field theory for magnetic moments is constructed by integrating out the fermionic degrees of freedom. The spin correlation shows a strong anisotropy, originating from spin-momentum locking of Dirac electrons, in addition to the conventional Heisenberg-like ferromagnetic correlation. The anisotropic spin correlation allows topologically nontrivial magnetic excitation textures such as a transient hedgehog state, as well as the ferromagnetic ground state. The spin-wave dispersion in ferromagnetic Weyl semimetal also becomes anisotropic, being less dispersed perpendicular to the magnetization.

  6. Specific capture of uranyl protein targets by metal affinity chromatography.

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    Basset, Christian; Dedieu, Alain; Guérin, Philippe; Quéméneur, Eric; Meyer, Daniel; Vidaud, Claude

    2008-03-28

    To improve general understanding of biochemical mechanisms in the field of uranium toxicology, the identification of protein targets needs to be intensified. Immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) has been widely developed as a powerful tool for capturing metal binding proteins from biological extracts. However uranyl cations (UO2(2+)) have particular physico-chemical characteristics which prevent them from being immobilized on classical metal chelating supports. We report here on the first development of an immobilized uranyl affinity chromatography method, based on the cation-exchange properties of aminophosphonate groups for uranyl binding. The cation distribution coefficient and loading capacity on the support were determined. Then the stability of the uranyl-bonded phase under our chromatographic conditions was optimized to promote affinity mechanisms. The successful enrichment of uranyl binding proteins from human serum was then proven using proteomic and mass spectral analysis. PMID:18308325

  7. Indian craniometric variability and affinities.

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    Raghavan, Pathmanathan; Bulbeck, David; Pathmanathan, Gayathiri; Rathee, Suresh Kanta

    2013-01-01

    Recently published craniometric and genetic studies indicate a predominantly indigenous ancestry of Indian populations. We address this issue with a fuller coverage of Indian craniometrics than any done before. We analyse metrical variability within Indian series, Indians' sexual dimorphism, differences between northern and southern Indians, index-based differences of Indian males from other series, and Indians' multivariate affinities. The relationship between a variable's magnitude and its variability is log-linear. This relationship is strengthened by excluding cranial fractions and series with a sample size less than 30. Male crania are typically larger than female crania, but there are also shape differences. Northern Indians differ from southern Indians in various features including narrower orbits and less pronounced medial protrusion of the orbits. Indians resemble Veddas in having small crania and similar cranial shape. Indians' wider geographic affinities lie with "Caucasoid" populations to the northwest, particularly affecting northern Indians. The latter finding is confirmed from shape-based Mahalanobis-D distances calculated for the best sampled male and female series. Demonstration of a distinctive South Asian craniometric profile and the intermediate status of northern Indians between southern Indians and populations northwest of India confirm the predominantly indigenous ancestry of northern and especially southern Indians. PMID:24455409

  8. Indian Craniometric Variability and Affinities

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    Raghavan, Pathmanathan; Bulbeck, David; Pathmanathan, Gayathiri; Rathee, Suresh Kanta

    2013-01-01

    Recently published craniometric and genetic studies indicate a predominantly indigenous ancestry of Indian populations. We address this issue with a fuller coverage of Indian craniometrics than any done before. We analyse metrical variability within Indian series, Indians' sexual dimorphism, differences between northern and southern Indians, index-based differences of Indian males from other series, and Indians' multivariate affinities. The relationship between a variable's magnitude and its variability is log-linear. This relationship is strengthened by excluding cranial fractions and series with a sample size less than 30. Male crania are typically larger than female crania, but there are also shape differences. Northern Indians differ from southern Indians in various features including narrower orbits and less pronounced medial protrusion of the orbits. Indians resemble Veddas in having small crania and similar cranial shape. Indians' wider geographic affinities lie with “Caucasoid” populations to the northwest, particularly affecting northern Indians. The latter finding is confirmed from shape-based Mahalanobis-D distances calculated for the best sampled male and female series. Demonstration of a distinctive South Asian craniometric profile and the intermediate status of northern Indians between southern Indians and populations northwest of India confirm the predominantly indigenous ancestry of northern and especially southern Indians. PMID:24455409

  9. An Early Cambrian problematic fossil: Vetustovermis and its possible affinities

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    Chen, Jun-yuan; Huang, Di-ying; Bottjer, David J

    2005-01-01

    The Early Cambrian problematic fossil Vetustovermis (Glaessner 1979 Alcheringa 3, 21–31) was described as an annelid or arthropod. Anatomical analysis of 17 new specimens from the Lower Cambrian Maotianshan Shale at Anning, Kunming (South China) does not support its affinities with annelids or arthropods. Anatomical features instead resemble other animal groups including modern flatworms, nemertines and molluscs. The presence of a pelagic slug-like form and ventral foot, as well as a head with eyes and tentacles indicates a possible affinity with molluscs, but these characters are not present only in molluscs; some of them are shared with other animal groups, including flatworms and nemertines. For example, a ventral foot-like structure is found in nemertines, ‘turbellarians’, and some polychaete groups. The well differentiated head is seen in separate bilaterian groups, but among molluscs it did not occur before the evolutionary level of the Conchifera. Unlike the ctenia-gills in molluscs, the gills in Vetustovermis are bar-like. All the characters displayed in this 525 million-year old soft-bodied animal fail to demonstrate clear affinity with molluscs or any other known extant or extinct animal groups, but argue for representing an independently evolved animal group, which flourished in Early Cambrian and possibly in Middle Cambrian time. PMID:16191609

  10. Dynamical axion string, screw dislocation in Weyl semimetals and Axion insulators

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    You, Yi-Zhi; Cho, Gil Young; Hughes, Taylor

    We study the interplay between the geometry and axion string resulting from a chiral symmetry breaking in 3D. The chiral symmetry is spontaneously broken by charge density wave (CDW) order parameter nesting two Weyl points, which turns it into an axion insulator. The phase fluctuation of the CDW order parameter acts as a dynamical axion field coupled to electromagnetic field via θF ∧ F term. When the axion insulator is coupled with the background geometry with torsional defects, i.e. screw dislocations, there is a novel interplay between the dislocation and the dynamical axion string. First, we show that the screw dislocation traps an axial charge. This then implies that if an axion string braids with a parallel screw dislocation, there is Berry phase accumulated during the braiding procedure. In addition, the cubic coupling between the axial current and the torsion bilinear shows the Berry phase accumulated by the three-loop braiding procedure, where we braid one dislocation loop around the other dislocation loop where the both are linked by an axion string loop. We also observe a chiral magnetic effect induced by a screw dislocation in the absence of chemical potential imbalance between Weyl points.

  11. Optical evidence for a Weyl semimetal state in pyrochlore Eu2Ir2O7

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    Sushkov, A. B.; Hofmann, J. B.; Jenkins, G. S.; Ishikawa, J.; Nakatsuji, S.; Das Sarma, S.; Drew, H. D.

    2015-12-01

    A Weyl semimetallic state with pairs of nondegenerate Dirac cones in three dimensions was recently predicted to occur in the antiferromagnetic state of the pyrochlore iridates. Here, we show that the THz optical conductivity and temperature dependence of the free carrier response in pyrochlore Eu2Ir2O7 match the predictions for a Weyl semimetal and suggest novel Dirac liquid behavior. The interband optical conductivity vanishes continuously at low frequencies signifying a semimetal. The metal-semimetal transition at TN=110 K is manifested in the Drude spectral weight, which is independent of temperature in the metallic phase and decreases smoothly in the ordered phase. The temperature dependence of the free carrier weight below TN is in good agreement with theoretical predictions for a Dirac material. The data yield a Fermi velocity vF≈4 ×107 cm/s, a logarithmic renormalization scale ΛL≈600 K, and require a Fermi temperature of TF≈100 K associated with residual unintentional doping to account for the low temperature optical response and dc resistivity.

  12. Evolution of the Fermi surface of Weyl semimetals in the transition metal pnictide family

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    Liu, Z. K.; Yang, L. X.; Sun, Y.; Zhang, T.; Peng, H.; Yang, H. F.; Chen, C.; Zhang, Y.; Guo, Y. F.; Prabhakaran, D.; Schmidt, M.; Hussain, Z.; Mo, S.-K.; Felser, C.; Yan, B.; Chen, Y. L.

    2016-01-01

    Topological Weyl semimetals (TWSs) represent a novel state of topological quantum matter which not only possesses Weyl fermions (massless chiral particles that can be viewed as magnetic monopoles in momentum space) in the bulk and unique Fermi arcs generated by topological surface states, but also exhibits appealing physical properties such as extremely large magnetoresistance and ultra-high carrier mobility. Here, by performing angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on NbP and TaP, we directly observed their band structures with characteristic Fermi arcs of TWSs. Furthermore, by systematically investigating NbP, TaP and TaAs from the same transition metal monopnictide family, we discovered their Fermiology evolution with spin-orbit coupling (SOC) strength. Our experimental findings not only reveal the mechanism to realize and fine-tune the electronic structures of TWSs, but also provide a rich material base for exploring many exotic physical phenomena (for example, chiral magnetic effects, negative magnetoresistance, and the quantum anomalous Hall effect) and novel future applications.

  13. Geometry of deformed black holes. II. Schwarzschild hole surrounded by a Bach-Weyl ring

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    Basovník, M.; Semerák, O.

    2016-08-01

    We continue to study the response of black-hole space-times on the presence of additional strong sources of gravity. Restricting ourselves to static and axially symmetric (electro)vacuum exact solutions of Einstein's equations, we first considered the Majumdar-Papapetrou solution for a binary of extreme black holes in a previous paper, while here we deal with a Schwarzschild black hole surrounded by a concentric thin ring described by the Bach-Weyl solution. The geometry is again revealed on the simplest invariants determined by the metric (lapse function) and its gradient (gravitational acceleration), and by curvature (Kretschmann scalar). Extending the metric inside the black hole along null geodesics tangent to the horizon, we mainly focus on the black-hole interior (specifically, on its sections at constant Killing time) where the quantities behave in a way indicating a surprisingly strong influence of the external source. Being already distinct on the level of potential and acceleration, this is still more pronounced on the level of curvature: for a sufficiently massive and/or nearby (small) ring, the Kretschmann scalar even becomes negative in certain toroidal regions mostly touching the horizon from inside. Such regions have been interpreted as those where magnetic-type curvature dominates, but here we deal with space-times which do not involve rotation and the negative value is achieved due to the electric-type components of the Riemann/Weyl tensor. The Kretschmann scalar also shapes rather nontrivial landscapes outside the horizon.

  14. Extremely large magnetoresistance and ultrahigh mobility in the topological Weyl semimetal candidate NbP

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    Shekhar, Chandra; Nayak, Ajaya K.; Sun, Yan; Schmidt, Marcus; Nicklas, Michael; Leermakers, Inge; Zeitler, Uli; Skourski, Yurii; Wosnitza, Jochen; Liu, Zhongkai; Chen, Yulin; Schnelle, Walter; Borrmann, Horst; Grin, Yuri; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai

    2015-08-01

    Recent experiments have revealed spectacular transport properties in semimetals, such as the large, non-saturating magnetoresistance exhibited by WTe2 (ref. ). Topological semimetals with massless relativistic electrons have also been predicted as three-dimensional analogues of graphene. These systems are known as Weyl semimetals, and are predicted to have a range of exotic transport properties and surface states, distinct from those of topological insulators. Here we examine the magneto-transport properties of NbP, a material the band structure of which has been predicted to combine the hallmarks of a Weyl semimetal with those of a normal semimetal. We observe an extremely large magnetoresistance of 850,000% at 1.85 K (250% at room temperature) in a magnetic field of up to 9 T, without any signs of saturation, and an ultrahigh carrier mobility of 5 × 106 cm2 V-1 s-1 that accompanied by strong Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations. NbP therefore presents a unique example of a material combining topological and conventional electronic phases, with intriguing physical properties resulting from their interplay.

  15. Magnetotransport in Weyl semimetals in the quantum limit: Role of topological surface states

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    Ominato, Yuya; Koshino, Mikito

    2016-06-01

    We theoretically study the magnetoconductivity of Weyl semimetals with a surface boundary under E ||B geometry and demonstrate that the topological surface state plays an essential role in the magnetotransport. In the long-range-disorder limit where the scattering between the two Weyl nodes vanishes, the conductivity diverges in the bulk model (i.e., periodic boundary condition) as usually expected since the direct internode relaxation is absent. In the presence of the surface, however, the internode relaxation always takes place through the mediation by the surface states, and that prevents the conductivity divergence. The magnetic-field dependence becomes also quite different between the two cases, where the conductivity linearly increases in B in the surface boundary case, in contrast to B -independent behavior in the bulk periodic case. This is an interesting example in which the same system exhibits completely different properties in the surface boundary condition and the periodic boundary condition even in the macroscopic size limit. In the short-range regime where the direct intervalley scattering is dominant, the surface states are irrelevant, and the conductivity approaches that of the bulk periodic model.

  16. Effective action and electromagnetic response of topological superconductors and Majorana-mass Weyl fermions

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    Stone, Michael; Lopes, Pedro L. e. S.

    2016-05-01

    Motivated by an apparent paradox in [X.-L. Qi, E. Witten, and S.-C. Zhang, Phys. Rev. B 87, 134519 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.134519], we use the method of gauged Wess-Zumino-Witten functionals to construct an effective action for a Weyl fermion with a Majorana mass that arises from coupling to a charged condensate. We obtain expressions for the current induced by an external gauge field and observe that the topological part of the current is only one-third of that that might have been expected from the gauge anomaly. The anomaly is not changed by the induced mass gap, however. The topological current is supplemented by a conventional supercurrent that provides the remaining two-thirds of the anomaly once the equation of motion for the Goldstone mode is satisfied. We apply our formula for the current to resolve the apparent paradox and also to the chiral magnetic effect (CME), where it predicts a reduction of the CME current to one-third of its value for a free Weyl gas in thermal equilibrium. We attribute this reduction to a partial cancellation of the CME by a chiral vortical effect current arising from the persistent rotation of the fluid induced by the external magnetic field.

  17. Anisotropic thermal transport in Weyl semimetal TaAs: a first principles calculation.

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    Ouyang, Tao; Xiao, Huaping; Tang, Chao; Hu, Ming; Zhong, Jianxin

    2016-06-22

    A fundamental understanding of the phonon transport property is crucial to predict the thermal management performance in micro/nano-electronic devices. By combining first principle calculations and Boltzmann phonon transport equation, we investigate thermal transport in TaAs-a typical Weyl semimetal. The lattice thermal conductivity of TaAs at room temperature was found to be 39.26 W mK(-1) and 24.78 W mK(-1) along the a(b) and c crystal axis, respectively, showing obvious anisotropy. Detailed analyses of the mode level phonon properties further revealed that the three acoustic phonon modes dominate the overall thermal transport and the major phonon scattering channels in this typical Weyl semimetal were TA1/TA2/LA + O ↔ O and A + A ↔ O. The representative phonon mean free path of TaAs was also calculated in this paper, which provide helpful guidance for the thermal management of TaAs-based electronic devices. PMID:27271203

  18. Nernst and magneto-thermal conductivity in a lattice model of Weyl fermions

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    Sharma, Girish; Goswami, Pallab; Tewari, Sumanta

    Weyl semimetals (WSM) are topologically protected three dimensional materials whose low energy excitations are linearly dispersing massless Dirac fermions, possessing a non-trivial Berry curvature. Using semi-classical Boltzmann dynamics in the relaxation time approximation for a lattice model of time reversal (TR) symmetry broken WSM, we compute both magnetic field dependent and anomalous contributions to the Nernst coefficient. In addition to the magnetic field dependent Nernst response, which is present in both Dirac and Weyl semimetals, we show that, contrary to previous reports, the TR-broken WSM also has an anomalous Nernst response due to a non-vanishing Berry curvature. We also compute the thermal conductivities of a WSM in the Nernst (∇T ⊥ B) and the longitudinal (∇T ∥ B) set-up and confirm from our lattice model that in the parallel set-up, the Wiedemann-Franz law is violated between the longitudinal thermal and electrical conductivities due to chiral anomaly. G.S and S.T are supported by AFOSR (FA9550-13-1-0045). P.G was supported by NSF-JQI-PFC and and LPS-CMTC.

  19. Magneto-optics of general pseudospin-s two-dimensional Dirac-Weyl fermions

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    Malcolm, J. D.; Nicol, E. J.

    2014-07-01

    The popularity of graphene—a pseudospin-1/2 two-dimensional Dirac-Weyl material—has prompted the search for related materials and the characterization of their properties. In this work, the magneto-optical conductivity is calculated for systems that obey the general pseudospin-s two-dimensional Dirac-Weyl Hamiltonian, with particular focus on s ={1/2,1,3/2,2}. This generalizes calculations that have been made for s =1/2 and follows previous work on the optical response of these systems in zero field. In the presence of a magnetic field, Landau levels condense out of the 2s+1 energy bands. As the chemical potential in a system is shifted, patterns arise in the appearance and disappearance of certain peaks within the optical spectra. These patterns are markedly different for each case considered, creating unique signatures in the magneto-optics. The general structure of each spectrum and how they compare is discussed.

  20. Large unsaturated positive and negative magnetoresistance in Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Du, JianHua; Wang, HangDong; Chen, Qin; Mao, QianHui; Khan, Rajwali; Xu, BinJie; Zhou, YuXing; Zhang, YanNan; Yang, JinHu; Chen, Bin; Feng, ChunMu; Fang, MingHu

    2016-05-01

    After successfully growing single-crystal TaP, we measured its longitudinal resistivity ( ρ xx ) and Hall resistivity ( ρ yx ) at magnetic fields up to 9 T in the temperature range of 2-300 K. At 8 T, the magnetoresistance (MR) reached 3.28 × 105% at 2 K, 176% at 300 K. Neither value appeared saturated. We confirmed that TaP is a hole-electron compensated semimetal with a low carrier concentration and high hole mobility of μ h=3.71 × 105 cm2/V s, and found that a magnetic-field-induced metal-insulator transition occurs at room temperature. Remarkably, because a magnetic field ( H) was applied in parallel to the electric field ( E), a negative MR due to a chiral anomaly was observed and reached -3000% at 9 T without any sign of saturation, either, which is in contrast to other Weyl semimetals (WSMs). The analysis of the Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations superimposed on the MR revealed that a nontrivial Berry's phase with a strong offset of 0.3958, which is the characteristic feature of charge carriers enclosing a Weyl node. These results indicate that TaP is a promising candidate not only for revealing fundamental physics of the WSM state but also for some novel applications.

  1. On modified Weyl Heisenberg algebras, noncommutativity, matrix-valued Planck constant and QM in Clifford spaces

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    Castro, Carlos

    2006-11-01

    A novel Weyl-Heisenberg algebra in Clifford spaces is constructed that is based on a matrix-valued {\\cal H}^{AB} extension of Planck's constant. As a result of this modified Weyl-Heisenberg algebra one will no longer be able to measure, simultaneously, the pairs of variables (x, px), (x, py), (x, pz), (y, px), ... with absolute precision. New Klein-Gordon and Dirac wave equations and dispersion relations in Clifford spaces are presented. The latter Dirac equation is a generalization of the Dirac-Lanczos-Barut-Hestenes equation. We display the explicit isomorphism between Yang's noncommutative spacetime algebra and the area-coordinates algebra associated with Clifford spaces. The former Yang's algebra involves noncommuting coordinates and momenta with a minimum Planck scale λ (ultraviolet cutoff) and a minimum momentum p = planck/R (maximal length R, infrared cutoff). The double-scaling limit of Yang's algebra λ → 0, R → ∞, in conjunction with the large n → ∞ limit, leads naturally to the area quantization condition λR = L2 = nλ2 (in Planck area units) given in terms of the discrete angular-momentum eigenvalues n. It is shown how modified Newtonian dynamics is also a consequence of Yang's algebra resulting from the modified Poisson brackets. Finally, another noncommutative algebra which differs from Yang's algebra and related to the minimal length uncertainty relations is presented. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of noncommutative QM and QFT's in Clifford spaces.

  2. Affine hypersurfaces with parallel difference tensor relative to affine α-connection

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    Li, Cece

    2014-12-01

    Li and Zhang (2014) studied affine hypersurfaces of R n + 1 with parallel difference tensor relative to the affine α-connection ∇ (α), and characterized the generalized Cayley hypersurfaces by K n - 1 ≠ 0 and ∇ (α) K = 0 for some nonzero constant α, where the affine α-connection ∇ (α) of information geometry was introduced on affine hypersurface. In this paper, by a slightly different method we continue to study affine hypersurfaces with ∇ (α) K = 0, if α = 0 we further assume that the Pick invariant vanishes and affine metric is of constant sectional curvature. It is proved that they are either hyperquadrics or improper affine hypersphere with flat indefinite affine metric, the latter can be locally given as a graph of a polynomial of at most degree n + 1 with constant Hessian determinant. In particular, if the affine metric is definite, Lorentzian, or its negative index is 2, we complete the classification of such hypersurfaces.

  3. The maximal affinity of ligands

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    Kuntz, I. D.; Chen, K.; Sharp, K. A.; Kollman, P. A.

    1999-01-01

    We explore the question of what are the best ligands for macromolecular targets. A survey of experimental data on a large number of the strongest-binding ligands indicates that the free energy of binding increases with the number of nonhydrogen atoms with an initial slope of ≈−1.5 kcal/mol (1 cal = 4.18 J) per atom. For ligands that contain more than 15 nonhydrogen atoms, the free energy of binding increases very little with relative molecular mass. This nonlinearity is largely ascribed to nonthermodynamic factors. An analysis of the dominant interactions suggests that van der Waals interactions and hydrophobic effects provide a reasonable basis for understanding binding affinities across the entire set of ligands. Interesting outliers that bind unusually strongly on a per atom basis include metal ions, covalently attached ligands, and a few well known complexes such as biotin–avidin. PMID:10468550

  4. The Painlevé III, V and VI transcendents as solutions of the Einstein-Weyl equations

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    Schief, W. K.

    2000-03-01

    We demonstrate that the integrable Ernst-Weyl equation governing neutrino and gravitational fields in axially symmetric space-times of general relativity admits symmetry reductions to the Painlevé III, V and VI equations with arbitrary constants. In particular, the matrix form of PVI is shown to be a canonical symmetry reduction of the integrable Loewner-Konopelchenko-Rogers (LKR) system.

  5. Coexistence of Weyl physics and planar defects in the semimetals TaP and TaAs

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    Besara, T.; Rhodes, D. A.; Chen, K.-W.; Das, S.; Zhang, Q. R.; Sun, J.; Zeng, B.; Xin, Y.; Balicas, L.; Baumbach, R. E.; Manousakis, E.; Singh, D. J.; Siegrist, T.

    2016-06-01

    We report a structural study of the Weyl semimetals TaAs and TaP, utilizing diffraction and imaging techniques, where we show that they contain a high density of defects, leading to nonstoichiometric single crystals of both semimetals. Despite the observed defects and nonstoichiometry on samples grown using techniques already reported in the literature, de Haas-van Alphen measurements on TaP reveal quantum oscillations and a high carrier mobility, an indication that the crystals are of quality comparable to those reported elsewhere. Electronic structure calculations on TaAs reveal that the position of the Weyl points relative to the Fermi level shift with the introduction of vacancies and stacking faults. In the case of vacancies the Fermi surface becomes considerably altered, while the effect of stacking faults on the electronic structure is to allow the Weyl pockets to remain close to the Fermi surface. The observation of quantum oscillations in a nonstoichiometric crystal and the persistence of Weyl fermion pockets near the Fermi surface in a crystal with stacking faults point to the robustness of these quantum phenomena in these materials.

  6. Protein Complex Purification by Affinity Capture.

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    LaCava, John; Fernandez-Martinez, Javier; Hakhverdyan, Zhanna; Rout, Michael P

    2016-01-01

    Affinity capture has become a powerful technique for consistently purifying endogenous protein complexes, facilitating biochemical and biophysical assays on otherwise inaccessible biological assemblies, and enabling broader interactomic exploration. For this procedure, cells are broken and their contents separated and extracted into a solvent, permitting access to target macromolecular complexes thus released in solution. The complexes are specifically enriched from the extract onto a solid medium coupled with an affinity reagent-usually an antibody-that recognizes the target either directly or through an appended affinity tag, allowing subsequent characterization of the complex. Here, we discuss approaches and considerations for purifying endogenous yeast protein complexes by affinity capture. PMID:27371601

  7. A Novel Vertex Affinity for Community Detection

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    Yoo, Andy; Sanders, Geoffrey; Henson, Van; Vassilevski, Panayot

    2015-10-05

    We propose a novel vertex affinity measure in this paper. The new vertex affinity quantifies the proximity between two vertices in terms of their clustering strength and is ideal for such graph analytics applications as community detection. We also developed a framework that combines simple graph searches and resistance circuit formulas to compute the vertex affinity efficiently. We study the properties of the new affinity measure empirically in comparison to those of other popular vertex proximity metrics. Our results show that the existing metrics are ill-suited for community detection due to their lack of fundamental properties that are essential for correctly capturing inter- and intra-cluster vertex proximity.

  8. Structural determinants of sigma receptor affinity

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    Largent, B.L.; Wikstroem, H.G.; Gundlach, A.L.; Snyder, S.H.

    1987-12-01

    The structural determinants of sigma receptor affinity have been evaluated by examining a wide range of compounds related to opioids, neuroleptics, and phenylpiperidine dopaminergic structures for affinity at sigma receptor-binding sites labeled with (+)-(/sup 3/H)3-PPP. Among opioid compounds, requirements for sigma receptor affinity differ strikingly from the determinants of affinity for conventional opiate receptors. Sigma sites display reverse stereoselectivity to classical opiate receptors. Multi-ringed opiate-related compounds such as morphine and naloxone have negligible affinity for sigma sites, with the highest sigma receptor affinity apparent for benzomorphans which lack the C ring of opioids. Highest affinity among opioids and other compounds occurs with more lipophilic N-substituents. This feature is particularly striking among the 3-PPP derivatives as well as the opioids. The butyrophenone haloperidol is the most potent drug at sigma receptors we have detected. Among the series of butyrophenones, receptor affinity is primarily associated with the 4-phenylpiperidine moiety. Conformational calculations for various compounds indicate a fairly wide range of tolerance for distances between the aromatic ring and the amine nitrogen, which may account for the potency at sigma receptors of structures of considerable diversity. Among the wide range of structures that bind to sigma receptor-binding sites, the common pharmacophore associated with high receptor affinity is a phenylpiperidine with a lipophilic N-substituent.

  9. Compact noncontraction semigroups of affine operators

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    Voynov, A. S.; Protasov, V. Yu

    2015-07-01

    We analyze compact multiplicative semigroups of affine operators acting in a finite-dimensional space. The main result states that every such semigroup is either contracting, that is, contains elements of arbitrarily small operator norm, or all its operators share a common invariant affine subspace on which this semigroup is contracting. The proof uses functional difference equations with contraction of the argument. We look at applications to self-affine partitions of convex sets, the investigation of finite affine semigroups and the proof of a criterion of primitivity for nonnegative matrix families. Bibliography: 32 titles.

  10. Structure of classical affine and classical affine fractional W-algebras

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    Suh, Uhi Rinn

    2015-01-15

    We introduce a classical BRST complex (See Definition 3.2.) and show that one can construct a classical affine W-algebra via the complex. This definition clarifies that classical affine W-algebras can be considered as quasi-classical limits of quantum affine W-algebras. We also give a definition of a classical affine fractional W-algebra as a Poisson vertex algebra. As in the classical affine case, a classical affine fractional W-algebra has two compatible λ-brackets and is isomorphic to an algebra of differential polynomials as a differential algebra. When a classical affine fractional W-algebra is associated to a minimal nilpotent, we describe explicit forms of free generators and compute λ-brackets between them. Provided some assumptions on a classical affine fractional W-algebra, we find an infinite sequence of integrable systems related to the algebra, using the generalized Drinfel’d and Sokolov reduction.

  11. Scaling analysis of affinity propagation.

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    Furtlehner, Cyril; Sebag, Michèle; Zhang, Xiangliang

    2010-06-01

    We analyze and exploit some scaling properties of the affinity propagation (AP) clustering algorithm proposed by Frey and Dueck [Science 315, 972 (2007)]. Following a divide and conquer strategy we setup an exact renormalization-based approach to address the question of clustering consistency, in particular, how many cluster are present in a given data set. We first observe that the divide and conquer strategy, used on a large data set hierarchically reduces the complexity O(N2) to O(N((h+2)/(h+1))) , for a data set of size N and a depth h of the hierarchical strategy. For a data set embedded in a d -dimensional space, we show that this is obtained without notably damaging the precision except in dimension d=2 . In fact, for d larger than 2 the relative loss in precision scales such as N((2-d)/(h+1)d). Finally, under some conditions we observe that there is a value s* of the penalty coefficient, a free parameter used to fix the number of clusters, which separates a fragmentation phase (for ss*) of the underlying hidden cluster structure. At this precise point holds a self-similarity property which can be exploited by the hierarchical strategy to actually locate its position, as a result of an exact decimation procedure. From this observation, a strategy based on AP can be defined to find out how many clusters are present in a given data set. PMID:20866473

  12. Methods for Improving Aptamer Binding Affinity.

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    Hasegawa, Hijiri; Savory, Nasa; Abe, Koichi; Ikebukuro, Kazunori

    2016-01-01

    Aptamers are single stranded oligonucleotides that bind a wide range of biological targets. Although aptamers can be isolated from pools of random sequence oligonucleotides using affinity-based selection, aptamers with high affinities are not always obtained. Therefore, further refinement of aptamers is required to achieve desired binding affinities. The optimization of primary sequences and stabilization of aptamer conformations are the main approaches to refining the binding properties of aptamers. In particular, sequence optimization using combined in silico sequence recombinations and in vitro functional evaluations is effective for the improvement of binding affinities, however, the binding affinities of aptamers are limited by the low hydrophobicity of nucleic acids. Accordingly, introduction of hydrophobic moieties into aptamers expands the diversity of interactions between aptamers and targets. Moreover, construction of multivalent aptamers by connecting aptamers that recognize distinct epitopes is an attractive approach to substantial increases in binding affinity. In addition, binding affinities can be tuned by optimizing the scaffolds of multivalent constructs. In this review, we summarize the various techniques for improving the binding affinities of aptamers. PMID:27043498

  13. Loop realizations of quantum affine algebras

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    Cautis, Sabin; Licata, Anthony

    2012-12-15

    We give a simplified description of quantum affine algebras in their loop presentation. This description is related to Drinfeld's new realization via halves of vertex operators. We also define an idempotent version of the quantum affine algebra which is suitable for categorification.

  14. Improving image segmentation by learning region affinities

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    Prasad, Lakshman; Yang, Xingwei; Latecki, Longin J

    2010-11-03

    We utilize the context information of other regions in hierarchical image segmentation to learn new regions affinities. It is well known that a single choice of quantization of an image space is highly unlikely to be a common optimal quantization level for all categories. Each level of quantization has its own benefits. Therefore, we utilize the hierarchical information among different quantizations as well as spatial proximity of their regions. The proposed affinity learning takes into account higher order relations among image regions, both local and long range relations, making it robust to instabilities and errors of the original, pairwise region affinities. Once the learnt affinities are obtained, we use a standard image segmentation algorithm to get the final segmentation. Moreover, the learnt affinities can be naturally unutilized in interactive segmentation. Experimental results on Berkeley Segmentation Dataset and MSRC Object Recognition Dataset are comparable and in some aspects better than the state-of-art methods.

  15. Chiral magnetic conductivity in an interacting lattice model of parity-breaking Weyl semimetal

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    Buividovich, P. V.; Puhr, M.; Valgushev, S. N.

    2015-11-01

    We report on the mean-field study of the chiral magnetic effect (CME) in static magnetic fields within a simple model of parity-breaking Weyl semimetal given by the lattice Wilson-Dirac Hamiltonian with constant chiral chemical potential. We consider both the mean-field renormalization of the model parameters and nontrivial corrections to the CME originating from resummed ladder diagrams with arbitrary number of loops. We find that onsite repulsive interactions affect the chiral magnetic conductivity almost exclusively through the enhancement of the renormalized chiral chemical potential. Our results suggest that nontrivial corrections to the chiral magnetic conductivity due to interfermion interactions are not relevant in practice since they only become important when the CME response is strongly suppressed by the large gap in the energy spectrum.

  16. Einstein--Weyl space-times with geodesic and shear-free neutrino rays: asymptotic behaviour

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    Kolassis, C.A.; Santos, N.O.

    1987-02-15

    We consider a neutrino field with geodesic and shear-free rays, in interaction with a gravitational field according to the Einstein--Weyl field equations. Furthermore we suppose that there exists a Killing vector r/sup ..mu../ whose magnitude is almost everywhere bounded at the future and past endpoints of the neutrino rays. The implications of the asymptotic behavior of r/sup ..mu../ on the structure of space-time are investigated and a useful set of reduced equations is obtained. It is found that under these hypothes the space-time cannot be asymptotically flat if the neutrino field is nonvanishing. All the Demianski--Kerr--NUT-like space-times as well as the space-times which admit a covariantly constant null vector are explicity obtained. copyright 1987 Academic Press, Inc.

  17. Density of states and magnetotransport in Weyl semimetals with long-range disorder

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    Pesin, D. A.; Mishchenko, E. G.; Levchenko, A.

    2015-11-01

    We study the density of states and magnetotransport properties of disordered Weyl semimetals, focusing on the case of a strong long-range disorder. To calculate the disorder-averaged density of states close to nodal points, we treat exactly the long-range random potential fluctuations produced by charged impurities, while the short-range component of disorder potential is included systematically and controllably with the help of a diagram technique. We find that, for energies close to the degeneracy point, long-range potential fluctuations lead to a finite density of states. In the context of transport, we discuss that a self-consistent theory of screening in magnetic field may conceivably lead to nonmonotonic low-field magnetoresistance.

  18. Effects of anisotropy and disorder on the conductivity of Weyl semimetals

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    Rodionov, Ya. I.; Kugel, K. I.; Nori, Franco

    2015-11-01

    We study dc conductivity of a Weyl semimetal with uniaxial anisotropy (Fermi velocity ratio ξ =v⊥/v∥≠1 ) considering the scattering of charge carriers by a wide class of impurity potentials, both short- and long-range. We obtain the ratio of transverse and longitudinal (with respect to the anisotropy axis) conductivities as a function of both ξ and temperature. We find that the transverse and longitudinal conductivities exhibit different temperature dependence in the case of short-range disorder. For general long-range disorder, the temperature dependence (˜T4 ) of the conductivity turns out to be insensitive of the anisotropy in the limits of strong (ξ ≫ and ≪1 ) and weak (ξ ≈1 ) anisotropy.

  19. An exploration of the black hole entropy via the Weyl tensor

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    Li, Nan; Li, Xiao-Long; Song, Shu-Peng

    2016-03-01

    The role of the Weyl tensor C_{μ ν λ ρ } in black hole thermodynamics is explored by looking at the relation between the scalar invariant C_{μ ν λ ρ }C^{μ ν λ ρ } and the entropy of n-dimensional static black holes. It is found that this invariant can be identified as the entropy density of the gravitational fields for classical 5-dimensional black holes. We calculate the proper volume integrals of C_{μ ν λ ρ }C^{μ ν λ ρ } for the Schwarzschild and Schwarzschild-anti-de Sitter black holes and show that these integrals correctly lead to the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy formulas, only up to some coefficients. '

  20. Odd Viscosity in the Quantum Critical Region of a Holographic Weyl Semimetal.

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    Landsteiner, Karl; Liu, Yan; Sun, Ya-Wen

    2016-08-19

    We study odd viscosity in a holographic model of a Weyl semimetal. The model is characterized by a quantum phase transition from a topological semimetal to a trivial semimetal state. Since the model is axisymmetric in three spatial dimensions there are two independent odd viscosities. Both odd viscosity coefficients are nonvanishing in the quantum critical region and nonzero only due to the mixed axial gravitational anomaly. It is therefore a novel example in which the mixed axial gravitational anomaly gives rise to a transport coefficient at first order in derivatives at finite temperature. In the quantum critical region, the physics of viscosities as well as conductivities is governed by the quantum critical point. PMID:27588846

  1. Supersymmetric Rényi entropy and Weyl anomalies in six-dimensional (2,0) theories

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    Zhou, Yang

    2016-06-01

    We propose a closed formula of the universal part of supersymmetric Rényi entropy S q for (2 , 0) superconformal theories in six-dimensions. We show that S q across a spherical entangling surface is a cubic polynomial of γ := 1 /q, with all coefficients expressed in terms of the newly discovered Weyl anomalies a and c. This is equivalent to a similar statement of the supersymmetric free energy on conic (or squashed) six-sphere. We first obtain the closed formula by promoting the free tensor multiplet result and then provide an independent derivation by assuming that S q can be written as a linear combination of 't Hooft anomaly coefficients. We discuss a possible lower bound a/cge 3/7 implied by our result.

  2. Regularization of a Massless Dirac Model to Describe Anomalous Electromagnetic Response of Weyl Semimetals

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    Takane, Yositake

    2016-01-01

    An unbounded massless Dirac model with two nondegenerate Dirac cones is the simplest model for Weyl semimetals, which show the anomalous electromagnetic response of chiral magnetic effect (CME) and anomalous Hall effect (AHE). However, if this model is naively used to analyze the electromagnetic response within a linear response theory, it gives the result apparently inconsistent with the persuasive prediction based on a lattice model. We show that this serious difficulty is related to the breaking of current conservation in the Dirac model due to quantum anomaly and can be removed if current and charge operators are redefined to include the contribution from the anomaly. We demonstrate that the CME as well as the AHE can be properly described using newly defined operators, and clarify that the CME is determined by the competition between the contribution from the anomaly and that from low-energy electrons.

  3. On the Calculation of Lyapunov Indicators with Post-stabilization in a Weyl Field

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    Wu, Xin; Zhang, Hong; Wan, Xiao-Sheng

    2006-04-01

    We present details of a work aiming at the overestimation of Lyapunov exponents defined by the geodesic deviation equations in the previous work. The geodesic deviation vector with post-stabilization is used to compute the fast Lyapunov indicator, considered to be a very sensitive tool for discrimination between ordered or weakly chaotic motions. We make a detailed study of the dynamics in the superposed Weyl field between a black hole and shell of octopoles by using the fast Lyapunov indicator with the Poincaré surface of section. In particular, we examine the effects on the dynamics around the fixed points, of varying one of the three parameters (specific energy E, specific angular momentum L and octopolar moment Script O), while keeping the other two fixed, and identify the intervals of the varying parameter where the motion is regular or chaotic.

  4. Nonequilibrium transport and statistics of Schwinger pair production in Weyl semimetals

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    Vajna, Szabolcs; Dóra, Balázs; Moessner, R.

    2015-08-01

    The nonequilibrium dynamics beyond the linear response of Weyl semimetals is studied after a sudden switching on of a dc electric field. The resulting current is a nonmonotonic function of time with an initial quick increase in polarization current followed by a power-law decay. Particle-hole creation à la Schwinger dominates for long times when the conduction current takes over the leading role with the total current increasing again. The conductivity estimated from a dynamical calculation within a generalized Drude picture agrees with the one obtained from Kubo's formula. The full distribution function of electron-hole pairs changes from Poissonian for short perturbations to a Gaussian in the long perturbation (Landau-Zener) regime. The vacuum persistence probability of high-energy physics manifests itself in a finite probability of no pair creation and no induced current at all times.

  5. Gravitational waves from a Weyl-Integrable manifold: A new formalism

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    Romero, Jesús Martín; Bellini, Mauricio; Madriz Aguilar, José Edgar

    2016-09-01

    We study the variational principle over an Hilbert-Einstein like action for an extended geometry taking into account torsion and non-metricity. By extending the semi-Riemannian geometry, we obtain an effective energy-momentum tensor which can be interpreted as physical sources. As an application we develop a new manner to obtain the gravitational wave equations on a Weyl-integrable manifold taking into account the non-metricity and non-trivial boundary conditions on the minimization of the action, which can be identified as possible sources for the cosmological constant and provides two different equations for gravitational waves. We examine gravitational waves in a pre-inflationary cosmological model.

  6. Weyl correspondence for a charged particle in the field of a magnetic monopole

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    Soloviev, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    We construct a generalized Weyl correspondence for an electrically charged particle in the field of the Dirac magnetic monopole. Our starting points are a global Lagrangian description of this system as a constrained system with U(1) gauge symmetry given in terms of the fiber bundle theory and a reduction of the presymplectic structure arising on the constraint surface. In contrast to the recently proposed quantization scheme based on using a quaternionic Hilbert module, the quantum operators corresponding to classical observables in our construction act in the complex Hilbert space of U(1)-equivariant functions introduced by Greub and Petry. These functions are defined on the total space of a fiber bundle that is topologically equivalent to the Hopf fibration.

  7. Topological Weyl superconductor to diffusive thermal Hall metal crossover in the B phase of UPt3

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    Goswami, Pallab; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H.

    2015-12-01

    The recent phase-sensitive measurements in the superconducting B phase of UPt3 provide strong evidence for the triplet, chiral kz(kx±i ky) 2 pairing symmetries, which endow the Cooper pairs with orbital angular momentum projections Lz=±2 along the c axis. In the absence of disorder such pairing can support both line and point nodes, and both types of nodal quasiparticles exhibit nontrivial topology in the momentum space. The point nodes, located at the intersections of the closed Fermi surfaces with the c axis, act as the double monopoles and the antimonopoles of the Berry curvature, and generalize the notion of Weyl quasiparticles. Consequently, the B phase should support an anomalous thermal Hall effect, the polar Kerr effect, in addition to the protected Fermi arcs on the (1 ,0 ,0 ) and the (0 ,1 ,0 ) surfaces. The line node at the Fermi surface equator acts as a vortex loop in the momentum space and gives rise to the zero-energy, dispersionless Andreev bound states on the (0 ,0 ,1 ) surface. At the transition from the B phase to the A phase, the time-reversal symmetry is restored, and only the line node survives inside the A phase. As both line and double-Weyl point nodes possess linearly vanishing density of states, we show that weak disorder acts as a marginally relevant perturbation. Consequently, an infinitesimal amount of disorder destroys the ballistic quasiparticle pole, while giving rise to a diffusive phase with a finite density of states at the zero energy. The resulting diffusive phase exhibits T -linear specific heat, and an anomalous thermal Hall effect. We predict that the low-temperature thermodynamic and transport properties display a crossover between a ballistic thermal Hall semimetal and a diffusive thermal Hall metal. By contrast, the diffusive phase obtained from a time-reversal-invariant pairing exhibits only the T -linear specific heat without any anomalous thermal Hall effect.

  8. 2d Affine XY-Spin Model/4d Gauge Theory Duality and Deconfinement

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    Anber, Mohamed M.; Poppitz, Erich; Unsal, Mithat; /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /San Francisco State U.

    2012-08-16

    We introduce a duality between two-dimensional XY-spin models with symmetry-breaking perturbations and certain four-dimensional SU(2) and SU(2) = Z{sub 2} gauge theories, compactified on a small spatial circle R{sup 1,2} x S{sup 1}, and considered at temperatures near the deconfinement transition. In a Euclidean set up, the theory is defined on R{sup 2} x T{sup 2}. Similarly, thermal gauge theories of higher rank are dual to new families of 'affine' XY-spin models with perturbations. For rank two, these are related to models used to describe the melting of a 2d crystal with a triangular lattice. The connection is made through a multi-component electric-magnetic Coulomb gas representation for both systems. Perturbations in the spin system map to topological defects in the gauge theory, such as monopole-instantons or magnetic bions, and the vortices in the spin system map to the electrically charged W-bosons in field theory (or vice versa, depending on the duality frame). The duality permits one to use the two-dimensional technology of spin systems to study the thermal deconfinement and discrete chiral transitions in four-dimensional SU(N{sub c}) gauge theories with n{sub f} {ge} 1 adjoint Weyl fermions.

  9. Genetic affinities of central China populations.

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    Zhou, H Y; Wang, H W; Tan, S N; Chen, Y; Wang, W L; Tao, H X; Yin, Z C; Zou, Y H; Ouyang, S M; Ni, B

    2014-01-01

    Hunan locates in the south-central part of China, to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting. According to the historical records, the peopling of Hunan by modern human ancestors can ascend to 40 thousand years ago. Thus, to trace the ancient maternal components can offer further insight into the origin of south-central China. In this study, we investigated the mitochondrial DNA of 114 individuals from Hunan Province (including 34 Han, 40 Tujia and 40 Miao). Hypervariable regions I and II of the mtDNA control region were sequenced, and the relative diagnostic variations in coding region according to the updated worldwide phylogeny tree were selected and typed by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis or direct sequencing. All individuals were classified into specific (sub)haplogroups. By comparison with the surrounding populations, southern China-prevalent haplogroups were detected with relative higher frequency in the Tujia and Miao ethnic populations, such as haplogroup B, with more than 20%, lacking in the Han population, which illustrated its southern origin characters. In addition, we also detected northern of East Asia prevalent haplogroups with a relative higher frequency in Tujia populations than in the Miao and Yao ethnic groups, implying a gene flow from Han populations. However, the language-clustering tendency was supported by our principal component analysis and further genetic estimation results. Han and ethnic groups in central China exhibited specific ancestors related to their closer language affinity, although there was extensively genetic admixture between Han and ethnic groups. PMID:24615027

  10. Telonemia, a new protist phylum with affinity to chromist lineages.

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    Shalchian-Tabrizi, K; Eikrem, W; Klaveness, D; Vaulot, D; Minge, M A; Le Gall, F; Romari, K; Throndsen, J; Botnen, A; Massana, R; Thomsen, H A; Jakobsen, K S

    2006-07-22

    Recent molecular investigations of marine samples taken from different environments, including tropical, temperate and polar areas, as well as deep thermal vents, have revealed an unexpectedly high diversity of protists, some of them forming deep-branching clades within important lineages, such as the alveolates and heterokonts. Using the same approach on coastal samples, we have identified a novel group of protist small subunit (SSU) rDNA sequences that do not correspond to any phylogenetic group previously identified. Comparison with other sequences obtained from cultures of heterotrophic protists showed that the environmental sequences grouped together with Telonema, a genus known since 1913 but of uncertain taxonomic affinity. Phylogenetic analyses using four genes (SSU, Hsp90, alpha-tubulin and beta-tubulin), and accounting for gamma- and covarion-distributed substitution rates, revealed Telonema as a distinct group of species branching off close to chromist lineages. Consistent with these gene trees, Telonema possesses ultrastructures revealing both the distinctness of the group and the evolutionary affinity to chromist groups. Altogether, the data suggest that Telonema constitutes a new eukaryotic phylum, here defined as Telonemia, possibly representing a key clade for the understanding of the early evolution of bikont protist groups, such as the proposed chromalveolate supergroup. PMID:16790418

  11. Telonemia, a new protist phylum with affinity to chromist lineages

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    Shalchian-Tabrizi, K; Eikrem, W; Klaveness, D; Vaulot, D; Minge, M.A; Le Gall, F; Romari, K; Throndsen, J; Botnen, A; Massana, R; Thomsen, H.A; Jakobsen, K.S

    2006-01-01

    Recent molecular investigations of marine samples taken from different environments, including tropical, temperate and polar areas, as well as deep thermal vents, have revealed an unexpectedly high diversity of protists, some of them forming deep-branching clades within important lineages, such as the alveolates and heterokonts. Using the same approach on coastal samples, we have identified a novel group of protist small subunit (SSU) rDNA sequences that do not correspond to any phylogenetic group previously identified. Comparison with other sequences obtained from cultures of heterotrophic protists showed that the environmental sequences grouped together with Telonema, a genus known since 1913 but of uncertain taxonomic affinity. Phylogenetic analyses using four genes (SSU, Hsp90, alpha-tubulin and beta-tubulin), and accounting for gamma- and covarion-distributed substitution rates, revealed Telonema as a distinct group of species branching off close to chromist lineages. Consistent with these gene trees, Telonema possesses ultrastructures revealing both the distinctness of the group and the evolutionary affinity to chromist groups. Altogether, the data suggest that Telonema constitutes a new eukaryotic phylum, here defined as Telonemia, possibly representing a key clade for the understanding of the early evolution of bikont protist groups, such as the proposed chromalveolate supergroup. PMID:16790418

  12. Positive-type functions on groups and new inequalities in classical and quantum mechanics

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    Man'ko, V. I.; Marmo, G.; Simoni, A.; Ventriglia, F.

    2010-09-01

    Out of any unitary representation of a group, positive-type functions on the group can be obtained. These functions allow one to construct positive semi-definite matrices that may be used to define new inequalities for higher moments of observables associated with classical probability distribution functions and density states of quantum systems. The inequalities stemming from the Heisenberg-Weyl group representations are considered in connection with Gaussian distributions. We obtain new inequalities for multi-variable Hermite polynomials.

  13. Affinity Proteomics in the mountains: Alpbach 2015.

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    Taussig, Michael J

    2016-09-25

    The 2015 Alpbach Workshop on Affinity Proteomics, organised by the EU AFFINOMICS consortium, was the 7th workshop in this series. As in previous years, the focus of the event was the current state of affinity methods for proteome analysis, including complementarity with mass spectrometry, progress in recombinant binder production methods, alternatives to classical antibodies as affinity reagents, analysis of proteome targets, industry focus on biomarkers, and diagnostic and clinical applications. The combination of excellent science with Austrian mountain scenery and winter sports engender an atmosphere that makes this series of workshops exceptional. The articles in this Special Issue represent a cross-section of the presentations at the 2015 meeting. PMID:27118167

  14. Optimized Affinity Capture of Yeast Protein Complexes.

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    LaCava, John; Fernandez-Martinez, Javier; Hakhverdyan, Zhanna; Rout, Michael P

    2016-01-01

    Here, we describe an affinity isolation protocol. It uses cryomilled yeast cell powder for producing cell extracts and antibody-conjugated paramagnetic beads for affinity capture. Guidelines for determining the optimal extraction solvent composition are provided. Captured proteins are eluted in a denaturing solvent (sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis sample buffer) for gel-based proteomic analyses. Although the procedures can be modified to use other sources of cell extract and other forms of affinity media, to date we have consistently obtained the best results with the method presented. PMID:27371596

  15. Aptamers in Affinity Separations: Stationary Separation

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    Ravelet, Corinne; Peyrin, Eric

    The use of DNA or RNA aptamers as tools in analytical chemistry is a very promising field of research because of their capabilities to bind specifically the target molecules with an affinity similar to that of antibodies. Notably, they appear to be of great interest as target-specific ligands for the separation and capture of various analytes in affinity chromatography and related affinity-based methods such as magnetic bead technology. In this chapter, the recent developments of these aptamer-based separation/capture approaches are addressed.

  16. Affinity purification of heme-tagged proteins.

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    Asher, Wesley B; Bren, Kara L

    2014-01-01

    Protein affinity purification techniques are widely used for isolating pure target proteins for biochemical and structural characterization. Herein, we describe the protocol for affinity-based purification of proteins expressed in Escherichia coli that uses the coordination of a peptide tag covalently modified with heme c, known as a heme-tag, to an L-histidine immobilized Sepharose resin. This approach provides an affinity purification tag visible to the eye, facilitating tracking of the protein. In addition, we describe methods for specifically detecting heme-tagged proteins in SDS-PAGE gels using a heme-staining procedure and for quantifying the proteins using a pyridine hemochrome assay. PMID:24943311

  17. Relative Binding Affinities of Monolignols to Horseradish Peroxidase.

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    Sangha, Amandeep K; Petridis, Loukas; Cheng, Xiaolin; Smith, Jeremy C

    2016-08-11

    Monolignol binding to the peroxidase active site is the first step in lignin polymerization in plant cell walls. Using molecular dynamics, docking, and free energy perturbation calculations, we investigate the binding of monolignols to horseradish peroxidase C. Our results suggest that p-coumaryl alcohol has the strongest binding affinity followed by sinapyl and coniferyl alcohol. Stacking interactions between the monolignol aromatic rings and nearby phenylalanine residues play an important role in determining the calculated relative binding affinities. p-Coumaryl and coniferyl alcohols bind in a pose productive for reaction in which a direct H-bond is formed between the phenolic -OH group and a water molecule (W2) that may facilitate proton transfer during oxidation. In contrast, in the case of sinapyl alcohol there is no such direct interaction, the phenolic -OH group instead interacting with Pro139. Since proton and electron transfer is the rate-limiting step in monolignol oxidation by peroxidase, the binding pose (and thus the formation of near attack conformation) appears to play a more important role than the overall binding affinity in determining the oxidation rate. PMID:27447548

  18. Stable high capacity, F-actin affinity column

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    Luna, E.J.; Wang, Y.L.; Voss, E.W. Jr.; Branton, D.; Taylor, D.L.

    1982-11-10

    A high capacity F-actin affinity matrix is constructed by binding fluorescyl-actin to rabbit anti-fluorescein IgG that is covalently bound to Sepharose 4B. When stabilized with phalloidin, the actin remains associated with the Sepharose beads during repeated washes, activates the ATPase activity of myosin subfragment 1, and specifically binds /sup 125/I-heavy meromyosin and /sup 125/I-tropomyosin. The associations between the F-actin-binding proteins are monitored both by affinity chromatography and by a rapid, low speed sedimentation assay. Anti-fluorescein IgG-Sepharose should be generally useful as a matrix for the immobilization of proteins containing accessible, covalently bound fluorescein groups.

  19. PRINCIPLES OF AFFINITY-BASED BIOSENSORS

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    Despite the amount of resources that have been invested by national and international academic, government, and commercial sectors to develop affinity-based biosensor products, little obvious success has been realized through commercialization of these devices for specific applic...

  20. Minimal information to determine affine shape equivalence.

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    Wagemans, J; Van Gool, L; Lamote, C; Foster, D H

    2000-04-01

    Participants judged the affine equivalence of 2 simultaneously presented 4-point patterns. Performance level (d') varied between 1.5 and 2.7, depending on the information available for solving the correspondence problem (insufficient in Experiment 1a, superfluous in Experiment 1b, and minimal in Experiments 1c, 2a, 2b) and on the exposure time (unlimited in Experiments 1 and 2a and 500 ms in Experiment 2b), but it did not vary much with the complexity of the affine transformation (rotation and slant in Experiment 1 and same plus tilt in Experiment 2). Performance in Experiment 3 was lower with 3-point patterns than with 4-point patterns, whereas blocking the trials according to the affine transformation parameters had little effect. Determining affine shape equivalence with minimal-information displays is based on a fast assessment of qualitatively or quasi-invariant properties such as convexity/ concavity, parallelism, and collinearity. PMID:10811156

  1. Protein purification using PDZ affinity chromatography.

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    Walkup, Ward G; Kennedy, Mary B

    2015-01-01

    PDZ domains function in nature as protein-binding domains within scaffold and membrane-associated proteins. They comprise approximately 90 residues and undergo specific, high-affinity interactions with complementary C-terminal peptide sequences, other PDZ domains, and/or phospholipids. We have previously shown that the specific, strong interactions of PDZ domains with their ligands make them well suited for use in affinity chromatography. This unit provides protocols for the PDZ affinity chromatography procedure that are applicable for the purification of proteins that contain PDZ domains or PDZ domain-binding ligands, either naturally or introduced by genetic engineering. We detail the preparation of affinity resins composed of PDZ domains or PDZ domain peptide ligands coupled to solid supports. These resins can be used to purify proteins containing endogenous or genetically introduced PDZ domains or ligands, eluting the proteins with free PDZ domain peptide ligands. PMID:25829303

  2. Visualizing antibody affinity maturation in germinal centers.

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    Tas, Jeroen M J; Mesin, Luka; Pasqual, Giulia; Targ, Sasha; Jacobsen, Johanne T; Mano, Yasuko M; Chen, Casie S; Weill, Jean-Claude; Reynaud, Claude-Agnès; Browne, Edward P; Meyer-Hermann, Michael; Victora, Gabriel D

    2016-03-01

    Antibodies somatically mutate to attain high affinity in germinal centers (GCs). There, competition between B cell clones and among somatic mutants of each clone drives an increase in average affinity across the population. The extent to which higher-affinity cells eliminating competitors restricts clonal diversity is unknown. By combining multiphoton microscopy and sequencing, we show that tens to hundreds of distinct B cell clones seed each GC and that GCs lose clonal diversity at widely disparate rates. Furthermore, efficient affinity maturation can occur in the absence of homogenizing selection, ensuring that many clones can mature in parallel within the same GC. Our findings have implications for development of vaccines in which antibodies with nonimmunodominant specificities must be elicited, as is the case for HIV-1 and influenza. PMID:26912368

  3. Weyl action of two-column mixed-symmetry field and its factorization around (A)dS space

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    Joung, Euihun; Mkrtchyan, Karapet

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the four-derivative free Weyl action for two-column mixed-symmetry field that makes use of maximal gauge symmetries. In flat space, the action can be uniquely determined from gauge and Weyl (trace shift) symmetry requirements. We show that there is a smooth and unique deformation of the flat action to (A)dS which keeps the same amount of gauge symmetries. This action admits a factorization into two distinct two-derivative actions having gauge parameters of different Young diagrams. Hence, this factorization pattern naturally extends that of the Weyl actions of symmetric higher spin fields to mixed-symmetry cases. The mass-deformation for these actions can be realized preserving one of the gauge symmetries. Although generically non-unitary, in special dimensions, unitarity is achieved selecting different mass deformations for dS and AdS. We consider particular examples of our construction such as New Massive Gravity in three dimensions, linearized bigravity in four dimensions and their arbitrary dimensional generalizations.

  4. Affinity engineering of maltoporin: variants with enhanced affinity for particular ligands.

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    Clune, A; Lee, K S; Ferenci, T

    1984-05-31

    Affinity-chromatographic selection on immobilized starch was used to selectively enhance the affinity of the maltodextrin-specific pore protein ( maltoporin , LamB protein, or lambda receptor protein) in the outer membrane of E. coli. Selection strategies were established for rare bacteria in large populations producing maltoporin variants with enhanced affinities for both starch and maltose, for starch but not maltose and for maltose but not starch. Three classes of lamB mutants with up to eight-fold increase in affinity for particular ligands were isolated. These mutants provide a unique range of modifications in the specificity of a transport protein. PMID:6375667

  5. Affinity chromatography of nicotinamide–adenine dinucleotide-linked dehydrogenases on immobilized derivatives of the dinucleotide

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    Barry, Standish; O'Carra, Pádraig

    1973-01-01

    1. Three established methods for immobilization of ligands through primary amino groups promoted little or no attachment of NAD+ through the 6-amino group of the adenine residue. Two of these methods (coupling to CNBr-activated agarose and to carbodi-imide-activated carboxylated agarose derivatives) resulted instead in attachment predominantly through the ribosyl residues. Other immobilized derivatives were prepared by azolinkage of NAD+ (probably through the 8 position of the adenine residue) to a number of different spacer-arm–agarose derivatives. 2. The effectiveness of these derivatives in the affinity chromatography of a variety of NAD-linked dehydrogenases was investigated, applying rigorous criteria to distinguish general or non-specific adsorption effects from truly NAD-specific affinity (bio-affinity). The ribosyl-attached NAD+ derivatives displayed negligible bio-affinity for any of the NAD-linked dehydrogenases tested. The most effective azo-linked derivative displayed strong bio-affinity for glycer-aldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase, weaker bio-affinity for lactate dehydrogenase and none at all for malate dehydrogenase, although these three enzymes have very similar affinities for soluble NAD+. Alcohol dehydrogenase and xanthine dehydrogenase were subject to such strong non-specific interactions with the hydrocarbon spacer-arm assembly that any specific affinity was completely eclipsed. 3. It is concluded that, in practice, the general effectiveness of a general ligand may be considerably distorted and attenuated by the nature of the immobilization linkage. However, this attenuation can result in an increase in specific effectiveness, allowing dehydrogenases to be separated from one another in a manner unlikely to be feasible if the general effectiveness of the ligand remained intact. 4. The bio-affinity of the various derivatives for lactate dehydrogenase is correlated with the known structure of the NAD+-binding site of this enzyme. Problems

  6. Rare-Region-Induced Avoided Quantum Criticality in Disordered Three-Dimensional Dirac and Weyl Semimetals

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    Pixley, J. H.; Huse, David A.; Das Sarma, S.

    2016-04-01

    We numerically study the effect of short-ranged potential disorder on massless noninteracting three-dimensional Dirac and Weyl fermions, with a focus on the question of the proposed (and extensively theoretically studied) quantum critical point separating semimetal and diffusive-metal phases. We determine the properties of the eigenstates of the disordered Dirac Hamiltonian (H ) and exactly calculate the density of states (DOS) near zero energy, using a combination of Lanczos on H2 and the kernel polynomial method on H . We establish the existence of two distinct types of low-energy eigenstates contributing to the disordered density of states in the weak-disorder semimetal regime. These are (i) typical eigenstates that are well described by linearly dispersing perturbatively dressed Dirac states and (ii) nonperturbative rare eigenstates that are weakly dispersive and quasilocalized in the real-space regions with the largest (and rarest) local random potential. Using twisted boundary conditions, we are able to systematically find and study these two (essentially independent) types of eigenstates. We find that the Dirac states contribute low-energy peaks in the finite-size DOS that arise from the clean eigenstates which shift and broaden in the presence of disorder. On the other hand, we establish that the rare quasilocalized eigenstates contribute a nonzero background DOS which is only weakly energy dependent near zero energy and is exponentially small at weak disorder. We also find that the expected semimetal to diffusive-metal quantum critical point is converted to an avoided quantum criticality that is "rounded out" by nonperturbative effects, with no signs of any singular behavior in the DOS at the energy of the clean Dirac point. However, the crossover effects of the avoided (or hidden) criticality manifest themselves in a so-called quantum critical fan region away from the Dirac energy. We discuss the implications of our results for disordered Dirac and Weyl

  7. Synthesis and glutathione S-transferase structure-affinity relationships of nonpeptide and peptidase-stable glutathione analogues.

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    Klotz, P; Slaoui-Hasnaoui, A; Banères, J L; Duckert, J F; Rossi, J C; Kerbal, A

    1998-06-18

    A series of nonpeptidic glutathione analogues where the peptide bonds were replaced by simple carbon-carbon bonds or isosteric E double bonds were prepared. The optimal length for the two alkyl chains on either side of the mercaptomethyl group was evaluated using structure-affinity relationships. Affinities of the analogues 14a-f, 23, and 25 were evaluated for a recombinant GST enzyme using a new affinity chromatography method previously developed in our laboratory. Analysis of these analogues gives an additional understanding for GST affinity requirements: (a) the carbon skeleton must conserve that of glutathione since analogue 14a showed the best affinity (IC50 = 5.2 microM); (b) the GST G site is not able to accommodate a chain length elongation of one methylene group (no affinity for analogues 14c,f); (c) a one-methylene group chain length reduction is tolerated, much more for the "Glu side" (14d, IC50 = 10.1 microM) than for the "Gly side" (14b, IC50 = 1800 microM); (d) the mercaptomethyl group must remain at position 5 as shown from the null affinity of the 6-mercaptomethyl analogue 14e; (e) the additional peptide isosteric E double bond (25) or hydroxyl derivative (23) in 14e did not help to retrieve affinity. This work reveals useful information for the design of new selective nonpeptidic and peptidase-stable glutathione analogues. PMID:9632361

  8. Affinity labeling of the ribosomal P site in Drosophila melanogaster

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    North, D.

    1987-01-01

    Several recent studies have probed the peptidyl transferase region of the Drosophila ribosome via the use of reactive site specific analogues (affinity labels). P site proteins adjacent to the 3' end of the amino acid bearing tRNA strand were labeled with modified tRNA fragments. Drugs affecting the binding of these agents were used to further clarify the nature of the region. The nascent peptide region of the P site was not labeled in previous experiments. To label that region radioactive Bromoacetylphenylalanyl-tRNA (BrAcphe-tRNA) was synthesized. The alpha-bromoacetyl group of this analogue is potentially reactive with nucleophiles present in either proteins or RNAs. Charged tRNAs and tRNA analogues bearing a peptide bond on the N-terminus of their amino acid are recognized as having affinity for the ribosomal P site. Specific labeling of the P site by BrAcphe-tRNA was confirmed by its ability to radioactively label proteins indirectly. As many as 8 ribosomal proteins may be labeled under these conditions, however, the majority of the bound label is associated with 3 large subunit proteins and 2 small subunit proteins. Overlaps between the proteins labeled by BrAcphe-tRNA and those labeled by other affinity labels are examined and a model of the peptidyl transferase region of Drosophila ribosomes is presented.

  9. Classification of neocortical interneurons using affinity propagation

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    Santana, Roberto; McGarry, Laura M.; Bielza, Concha; Larrañaga, Pedro; Yuste, Rafael

    2013-01-01

    In spite of over a century of research on cortical circuits, it is still unknown how many classes of cortical neurons exist. In fact, neuronal classification is a difficult problem because it is unclear how to designate a neuronal cell class and what are the best characteristics to define them. Recently, unsupervised classifications using cluster analysis based on morphological, physiological, or molecular characteristics, have provided quantitative and unbiased identification of distinct neuronal subtypes, when applied to selected datasets. However, better and more robust classification methods are needed for increasingly complex and larger datasets. Here, we explored the use of affinity propagation, a recently developed unsupervised classification algorithm imported from machine learning, which gives a representative example or exemplar for each cluster. As a case study, we applied affinity propagation to a test dataset of 337 interneurons belonging to four subtypes, previously identified based on morphological and physiological characteristics. We found that affinity propagation correctly classified most of the neurons in a blind, non-supervised manner. Affinity propagation outperformed Ward's method, a current standard clustering approach, in classifying the neurons into 4 subtypes. Affinity propagation could therefore be used in future studies to validly classify neurons, as a first step to help reverse engineer neural circuits. PMID:24348339

  10. Classification of neocortical interneurons using affinity propagation.

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    Santana, Roberto; McGarry, Laura M; Bielza, Concha; Larrañaga, Pedro; Yuste, Rafael

    2013-01-01

    In spite of over a century of research on cortical circuits, it is still unknown how many classes of cortical neurons exist. In fact, neuronal classification is a difficult problem because it is unclear how to designate a neuronal cell class and what are the best characteristics to define them. Recently, unsupervised classifications using cluster analysis based on morphological, physiological, or molecular characteristics, have provided quantitative and unbiased identification of distinct neuronal subtypes, when applied to selected datasets. However, better and more robust classification methods are needed for increasingly complex and larger datasets. Here, we explored the use of affinity propagation, a recently developed unsupervised classification algorithm imported from machine learning, which gives a representative example or exemplar for each cluster. As a case study, we applied affinity propagation to a test dataset of 337 interneurons belonging to four subtypes, previously identified based on morphological and physiological characteristics. We found that affinity propagation correctly classified most of the neurons in a blind, non-supervised manner. Affinity propagation outperformed Ward's method, a current standard clustering approach, in classifying the neurons into 4 subtypes. Affinity propagation could therefore be used in future studies to validly classify neurons, as a first step to help reverse engineer neural circuits. PMID:24348339

  11. Affinity purification of aprotinin from bovine lung.

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    Xin, Yu; Liu, Lanhua; Chen, Beizhan; Zhang, Ling; Tong, Yanjun

    2015-05-01

    An affinity protocol for the purification of aprotinin from bovine lung was developed. To simulate the structure of sucrose octasulfate, a natural specific probe for aprotinin, the affinity ligand was composed of an acidic head and a hydrophobic stick, and was then linked with Sepharose. The sorbent was then subjected to adsorption analysis with pure aprotinin. The purification process consisted of one step of affinity chromatography and another step of ultrafiltration. Then purified aprotinin was subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, trypsin inhibitor activity, gel-filtration, and thin-layer chromatography analysis. As calculated, the theoretical maximum adsorption (Qmax ) of the affinity sorbent was 25,476.0 ± 184.8 kallikrein inactivator unit/g wet gel; the dissociation constant of the complex "immobilized ligand-aprotinin" (Kd ) was 4.6 ± 0.1 kallikrein inactivator unit/mL. After the affinity separation of bovine lung aprotinin, reducing sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis and gel-filtration chromatography revealed that the protein was a single polypeptide, and the purities were ∼ 97 and 100%, respectively; the purified peptide was also confirmed with aprotinin standard by gel-filtration chromatography and thin-layer chromatography. After the whole purification process, protein, and bioactivity recoveries were 2.2 and 92.6%, respectively; and the specific activity was up to 15,907.1 ± 10.2 kallikrein inactivator unit/mg. PMID:25677462

  12. Methyl cation affinities of neutral and anionic maingroup-element hydrides: trends across the periodic table and correlation with proton affinities.

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    Mulder, R Joshua; Guerra, Célia Fonseca; Bickelhaupt, F Matthias

    2010-07-22

    We have computed the methyl cation affinities in the gas phase of archetypal anionic and neutral bases across the periodic table using ZORA-relativistic density functional theory (DFT) at BP86/QZ4P//BP86/TZ2P. The main purpose of this work is to provide the methyl cation affinities (and corresponding entropies) at 298 K of all anionic (XH(n-1)(-)) and neutral bases (XH(n)) constituted by maingroup-element hydrides of groups 14-17 and the noble gases (i.e., group 18) along the periods 2-6. The cation affinity of the bases decreases from H(+) to CH(3)(+). To understand this trend, we have carried out quantitative bond energy decomposition analyses (EDA). Quantitative correlations are established between the MCA and PA values. PMID:20575582

  13. Weyl-Euler-Lagrange equations on twistor space for tangent structure

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    Kasap, Zeki

    2016-06-01

    Twistor spaces are certain complex three-manifolds, which are associated with special conformal Riemannian geometries on four-manifolds. Also, classical mechanic is one of the major subfields for mechanics of dynamical system. A dynamical system has a state determined by a collection of real numbers, or more generally by a set of points in an appropriate state space for classical mechanic. Euler-Lagrange equations are an efficient use of classical mechanics to solve problems using mathematical modeling. On the other hand, Weyl submitted a metric with a conformal transformation for unified theory of classical mechanic. This paper aims to introduce Euler-Lagrage partial differential equations (mathematical modeling, the equations of motion according to the time) for the movement of objects on twistor space and also to offer a general solution of differential equation system using the Maple software. Additionally, the implicit solution of the equation will be obtained as a result of a special selection of graphics to be drawn.

  14. Visualizing the chiral anomaly in Dirac and Weyl semimetals with photoemission spectroscopy

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    Behrends, Jan; Grushin, Adolfo G.; Ojanen, Teemu; Bardarson, Jens H.

    2016-02-01

    Quantum anomalies are the breaking of a classical symmetry by quantum fluctuations. They dictate how physical systems of diverse nature, ranging from fundamental particles to crystalline materials, respond topologically to external perturbations, insensitive to local details. The anomaly paradigm was triggered by the discovery of the chiral anomaly that contributes to the decay of pions into photons and influences the motion of superfluid vortices in 3He-A. In the solid state, it also fundamentally affects the properties of topological Weyl and Dirac semimetals, recently realized experimentally. In this work we propose that the most identifying consequence of the chiral anomaly, the charge density imbalance between fermions of different chirality induced by nonorthogonal electric and magnetic fields, can be directly observed in these materials with the existing technology of photoemission spectroscopy. With angle resolution, the chiral anomaly is identified by a characteristic note-shaped pattern of the emission spectra, originating from the imbalanced occupation of the bulk states and a previously unreported momentum dependent energy shift of the surface state Fermi arcs. We further demonstrate that the chiral anomaly likewise leaves an imprint in angle averaged emission spectra, facilitating its experimental detection. Thereby, our work provides essential theoretical input to foster the direct visualization of the chiral anomaly in condensed matter, in contrast to transport properties, such as negative magnetoresistance, which can also be obtained in the absence of a chiral anomaly.

  15. Incomplete Protection of the Surface Weyl Cones of Kondo Insulators: Spin Exciton Scattering

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    Riseborough, Peter; Kapilevich, Gary A.>; Gray, Alex; Gulacsi, Miklos; Durakiewicz, Tomasz; Smith, James L.

    The material SmB6 is a Kondo Insulator, where the lowest-energy bulk electronic excitations are spin excitons. The material also has surface states which are subjected to strong spin-orbit coupling. It has been suggested that SmB6 is also a topological insulator. Here we show that, despite the absence of time-reversal symmetry breaking and the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling, the chiral spin texture of the Weyl cone is not completely protected. In particular, we show that the spin-exciton mediated scattering produces features in the surface electronic spectrum at energies separated from the surface Fermi-energy by the spin-exciton energy. Despite the features being far removed from the surface Fermi-energy, the features are extremely temperature dependent. The temperature variation occurs over a characteristic scale determined by the dispersion of the spin exciton. The structures may be observed by electron spectroscopy at low temperatures. US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science, via the Award DE-FG02-01ER45872.

  16. Covariant perturbations of f(R) black holes: the Weyl terms

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    Pratten, Geraint

    2015-08-01

    In this paper we revisit non-spherical perturbations of the Schwarzschild black hole in the context of f(R) gravity. Previous studies were able to demonstrate the stability of the f(R) Schwarzschild black hole against gravitational perturbations in both the even and odd parity sectors. In particular, it was seen that the Regge-Wheeler (RW) and Zerilli equations in f(R) gravity obey the same equations as their general relativity (GR) counterparts. More recently, the 1+1+2 semi-tetrad formalism has been used to derive a set of two wave equations: one for transverse, trace-free (tensor) perturbations and one for the additional scalar modes that characterize fourth-order theories of gravitation. The master variable governing tensor perturbations was shown to be a modified RW tensor obeying the same equation as in GR. However, it is well known that there is a non-uniqueness in the definition of the master variable. In this paper we derive a set of two perturbation variables and their concomitant wave equations that describe gravitational perturbations in a covariant and gauge invariant manner. These variables can be related to the Newman-Penrose (NP) Weyl scalars as well as the master variables from the 2+2 formalism. As a byproduct of this study, we also derive a set of useful results relating the NP formalism to the 1+1+2 formalism valid for LRS-II spacetimes.

  17. ‘Hard’ crystalline lattice in the Weyl semimetal NbAs

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    Luo, Yongkang; Ghimire, N. J.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Ronning, F.

    2016-01-14

    Here, we report the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the magnetotransport properties of the Weyl semimetal NbAs. Subtle changes can be seen in the ρxx(T) profiles with pressure up to 2.31 GPa. The Fermi surfaces undergo an anisotropic evolution under pressure: the extremal areas slightly increase in the kx-ky plane, but decrease in the kz-ky(kx) plane. The topological features of the two pockets observed at atmospheric pressure, however, remain unchanged at 2.31 GPa. No superconductivity can be seen down to 0.3 K for all the pressures measured. By fitting the temperature dependence of specific heat to the Debye model, wemore » obtain a small Sommerfeld coefficient γ0=0.09(1) mJ (mol•K2)-1 and a large Debye temperature, θD=450(9) K, confirming a 'hard' crystalline lattice that is stable under pressure. We also studied the Kadowaki–Woods ratio of this low-carrier-density massless system, RKW=3.2 x 104 μΩ cm mol2 K2 J-2. After we account for the small carrier density in NbAs, this RKW indicates a suppressed transport scattering rate relative to other metals.« less

  18. Magnetic and nematic phases in a Weyl type spin–orbit-coupled spin-1 Bose gas

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    Chen, Guanjun; Chen, Li; Zhang, Yunbo

    2016-06-01

    We present a variational study of the spin-1 Bose gases in a harmonic trap with three-dimensional spin–orbit (SO) coupling of Weyl type. For weak SO coupling, we treat the single-particle ground states as the form of perturbational harmonic oscillator states in the lowest total angular momentum manifold with j = 1, m j = 1, 0, ‑1. When the two-body interaction is considered, we set the trail order parameter as the superposition of three degenerate single-particle ground-states and the weight coefficients are determined by minimizing the energy functional. Two ground state phases, namely the magnetic and the nematic phases, are identified depending on the spin-independent and the spin-dependent interactions. Unlike the non-SO-coupled spin-1 Bose–Einstein condensate for which the phase boundary between the magnetic and the nematic phase lies exactly at zero spin-dependent interaction, the boundary is modified by the SO-coupling. We find the magnetic phase is featured with phase-separated density distributions, 3D skyrmion-like spin textures and competing magnetic and biaxial nematic orders, while the nematic phase is featured with miscible density distributions, zero magnetization and spatially modulated uniaxial nematic order. The emergence of higher spin order creates new opportunities for exploring spin-tensor-related physics in SO coupled superfluid.

  19. Spin correlations and spin-wave excitations in Dirac-Weyl semimetals

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    Araki, Yasufumi; Nomura, Kentaro

    We study correlations among magnetic dopants in three-dimensional Dirac and Weyl semimetals. Effective field theory for localized magnetic moments is derived by integrating out the itinerant electron degrees of freedom. We find that spin correlation in the spatial direction parallel to local magnetization is more rigid than that in the perpendicular direction, reflecting spin-momentum locking nature of the Dirac Hamiltonian. Such an anisotropy becomes stronger for Fermi level close to the Dirac points, due to Van Vleck paramagnetism triggered by spin-orbit coupling. One can expect topologically nontrivial spin textures under this anisotropy, such as a hedgehog around a single point, or a radial vortex around an axis, as well as a uniform ferromagnetic order. We further investigate the characteristics of spin waves in the ferromagnetic state. Spin-wave dispersion also shows a spatial anisotropy, which is less dispersed in the direction transverse to the magnetization than that in the longitudinal direction. The spin-wave dispersion anisotropy can be traced back to the rigidity and flexibility of spin correlations discussed above. This work was supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Grants No.15H05854, No.26107505, and No.26400308) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan.

  20. Superconductivity enhancement in the S-doped Weyl semimetal candidate MoTe2

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    Chen, F. C.; Luo, X.; Xiao, R. C.; Lu, W. J.; Zhang, B.; Yang, H. X.; Li, J. Q.; Pei, Q. L.; Shao, D. F.; Zhang, R. R.; Ling, L. S.; Xi, C. Y.; Song, W. H.; Sun, Y. P.

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMDs) MoTe2 has attracted much attention due to its predicted Weyl semimetal state and a quantum spin Hall insulator in bulk and monolayer form, respectively. We find that the superconductivity in MoTe2 single crystal can be greatly enhanced by the partial substitution of the Te ions by the S ones. The maximum superconducting temperature TC of MoTe1.8S0.2 single crystal is about 1.3 K. Compared with the parent MoTe2 single crystal (TC = 0.1 K), nearly 13-fold in TC is improved in the MoTe1.8S0.2 one. The superconductivity has been investigated through the resistivity and magnetization measurements. MoTe2-xSx single crystals belong to weak coupling superconductors and the improvement of the superconductivity may be related to the enhanced electron-phonon coupling induced by the S-ion substitution. A dome-shaped superconducting phase diagram is obtained in the S-doped MoTe2 single crystals. MoTe2-xSx materials may provide a new platform for our understanding of superconductivity phenomena and topological physics in TMDs.