Asymmetric mass acquisition in LaBi: Topological semimetal candidate

Yun Wu, Tai Kong, Lin-Lin Wang, D. D. Johnson, Daixiang Mou, Lunan Huang, Benjamin Schrunk, S. L. Bud'ko, P. C. Canfield, Adam Kaminski
2016 Physical review B  
We use our high resolution He-lamp based, tunable laser-based ARPES measurements and density functional theory calculations to study the electronic properties of LaBi, a binary system that was proposed to be a member of a new family of topological semimetals. Both bulk and surface bands are present in the spectra. The dispersion of the surface state is highly unusual. It resembles a Dirac cone, but upon closer inspection we can clearly detect an energy gap. The bottom band follows roughly a
more » ... bolic dispersion. The dispersion of the top band remains very linear, "V" shape like, with the tip approaching very closely to the extrapolated location of Dirac point. Such asymmetric mass acquisition is highly unusual and opens a possibility of a new topological phenomena that has yet to be understood.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.94.081108 fatcat:4yt3t3qfwbghpjyakx5a2cox3e