Time-reversal symmetry breaking type-II Weyl state in YbMnBi2


Spectroscopic detection of Dirac and Weyl fermions in real materials is vital for both, promising applications and fundamental bridge between high-energy and condensed-matter physics. While the presence of Dirac and noncentrosymmetric Weyl fermions is well established in many materials, the magnetic Weyl semimetals still escape direct experimental detection. In order to find a time-reversal symmetry breaking Weyl state we design two materials and present here experimental and theoretical evidence of realization of such a state in one of them, YbMnBi2. We model the time-reversal symmetry breaking observed by magnetization and magneto-optical microscopy measurements by canted antiferromagnetism and find a number of Weyl points. Using angle-resolved photoemission, we directly observe two pairs of Weyl points connected by the Fermi arcs. Our results not only provide a fundamental link between the two areas of physics, but also demonstrate the practical way to design novel materials with exotic properties.

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Borisenko, S., Evtushinsky, D., Gibson, Q., Yaresko, A., Koepernik, K., Kim, T., et al. (2019). Time-reversal symmetry breaking type-II Weyl state in YbMnBi2 (Version publishedVersion, Vol. 10). Version publishedVersion, Vol. 10. London : Nature Publishing Group. https://doi.org//10.1038/s41467-019-11393-5