Disorder-induced phase transitions of type-II Weyl semimetals

Moon Jip Park, Bora Basa, Matthew J. Gilbert

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Weyl semimetals are a newly discovered class of materials that host relativistic massless Weyl fermions as their low-energy bulk excitations. Among this new class of materials, there exist two general types of semimetals that are of particular interest: type-I Weyl semimetals, which have broken inversion or time-reversal symmetry, and type-II Weyl semimetals, which additionally break Lorentz invariance. In this work, we use the Born approximation to analytically demonstrate that the type-I Weyl semimetals may undergo a quantum phase transition to type-II Weyl semimetals in the presence of the finite charge and magnetic disorder when nonzero tilt exists. The phase transition occurs when the disorder renormalizes the topological mass, thereby reducing the Fermi velocity near the Weyl cone below the tilt of the cone. We also confirm the presence of the disorder-induced phase transition in Weyl semimetals by using exact diagonalization of a three-dimensional tight-binding model to calculate the resultant phase diagram of the type-I Weyl semimetal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094201
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 2 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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