Quasitopological electromagnetic response of line-node semimetals

Srinidhi T. Ramamurthy, Taylor L. Hughes

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Topological semimetals are gapless states of matter which have robust surface states and characteristic electromagnetic responses. In this paper, we consider the electromagnetic response of gapless phases in 3+1 dimensions with line nodes. We show through a layering approach that an intrinsic antisymmetric tensor Bμν (2-form), which is determined by the geometry and energy-embedding of the nodal lines, emerges in the effective response field theory. Bμν is shown to be simply related to the charge polarization and orbital magnetization of the sample; hence the geometry of the line nodes determines these electromagnetic observables. We conclude by discussing the relevance for recently proposed materials and heterostructures with line-node fermi-surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075138
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 21 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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