A magnetic topological semimetal Sr1-y Mn1-zSb2 (y, z < 0.1)

J. Y. Liu, J. Hu, Q. Zhang, D. Graf, H. B. Cao, S. M.A. Radmanesh, D. J. Adams, Y. L. Zhu, G. F. Cheng, X. Liu, W. A. Phelan, J. Wei, M. Jaime, F. Balakirev, D. A. Tennant, J. F. DItusa, I. Chiorescu, L. Spinu, Z. Q. Mao

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Weyl (WSMs) evolve from Dirac semimetals in the presence of broken time-reversal symmetry (TRS) or space-inversion symmetry. The WSM phases in TaAs-class materials and photonic crystals are due to the loss of space-inversion symmetry. For TRS-breaking WSMs, despite numerous theoretical and experimental efforts, few examples have been reported. In this Article, we report a new type of magnetic semimetal Sr1-y Mn1-z Sb2 (y, z < 0.1) with nearly massless relativistic fermion behaviour (m-=0.04-0.05m0, where m 0 is the free-electron mass). This material exhibits a ferromagnetic order for 304 K<T<565 K, but a canted antiferromagnetic order with a ferromagnetic component for T<304 K. The combination of relativistic fermion behaviour and ferromagnetism in Sr 1-y Mn1-z Sb 2 offers a rare opportunity to investigate the interplay between relativistic fermions and spontaneous TRS breaking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-910
Number of pages6
JournalNature Materials
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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