Observation of inverted band structure in the topological Dirac semimetal candidate CaAuAs

Kosuke Nakayama, Zhiwei Wang, Daichi Takane, Seigo Souma, Yuya Kubota, Yuki Nakata, Cephise Cacho, Timur Kim, Sandy Adhitia Ekahana, Ming Shi, Miho Kitamura, Koji Horiba, Hiroshi Kumigashira, Takashi Takahashi, Yoichi Ando, Takafumi Sato

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We have performed high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of the ternary pnictide CaAuAs, which is predicted to be a three-dimensional topological Dirac semimetal (TDS). By accurately determining the bulk-band structure, we have revealed the coexistence of three-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surfaces with dominant hole carriers. The band structure around the Brillouin-zone center is characterized by an energy overlap between the hole and electron pockets, in excellent agreement with first-principles band-structure calculations. This indicates the occurrence of bulk-band inversion, supporting the TDS state in CaAuAs. Because of the high tunability in the chemical composition besides the TDS nature, CaAuAs provides a precious opportunity for investigating the quantum phase transition from TDS to other exotic topological phases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041104
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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