Dresden 2017 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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MA: Fachverband Magnetismus

MA 59: Topological Insulators II (jointly with DS, HL, O, TT)

MA 59.5: Vortrag

Freitag, 24. März 2017, 10:30–10:45, HSZ 04

Strong intrinsic spin Hall effect in the TaAs-family of Weyl semimetals — •Yan Sun1, Yang Zhang1,2, Claudia Felser1, and Binghai Yan1,31Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, 01187 Dresden, Germany — 2Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, 01069 Dresden, Germany — 3Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, 01187 Dresden,Germany

Since their birth topological insulators have been expected to be ideal spintronic materials due to the spin currents carried by the surface states with spin-momentum locking . However, the bulk doping problem still remains to be an obstacle that hinders such application. In this work, we predict that a newly discovered family of topological materials, the Weyl semimetals, exhibits large intrinsic spin Hall effects that can be utilized to generate and detect spin currents[1]. Our ab-initio calculations reveal large spin Hall conductivity that is comparable to that of 4d and 5d transition metals. The spin Hall effect originates intrinsically from the bulk band structure of Weyl semimetals that exhibits large Berry curvature and spin-orbit coupling, naturally avoiding the bulk carrier problem in the topological insulators. Our work not only paves a way to employ Weyl semimetals in spintronics, but also proposes a new guideline to search for spin Hall effect materials in various topological materials.

[1] Yan Sun, Yang Zhang, Claudia Felser, and Binghai Yan, Phy. Rew. Lett. 117, 146403 (2016)

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