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Dispersive drumhead states in nodal-line semimetal junctions

Buccheri, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-9315-6199, Egger, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5451-1883 & De Martino, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3656-0419 (2024). Dispersive drumhead states in nodal-line semimetal junctions. Physical Review Research, 6(1), article number 013193. doi: 10.1103/physrevresearch.6.013193


We consider a smooth interface between a topological nodal-line semimetal and a topologically trivial insulator (e.g., the vacuum) or another semimetal with a nodal ring of different radius. Using a low-energy effective Hamiltonian including only the two crossing bands, we show that these junctions accommodate a two-dimensional zero-energy level and a set of two-dimensional dispersive bands, corresponding to states localized at the interface. We characterize the spectrum, identifying the parameter ranges in which these states are present, and highlight the role of the nodal radius and the smoothness of the interface. We also suggest material-independent ways to detect and identify these states, using optical conductivity and infrared absorption spectroscopy in magnetic field.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI.
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: School of Science & Technology
School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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