Discovery of Topological Nodal-Line Fermionic Phase in a Magnetic Material GdSbTe


Author: M Mofazzel Hosen, Gyanendra Dhakal, Klauss Dimitri, Pablo Maldonado, Alex Aperis, Firoza Kabir, Christopher Sims, Peter Riseborough, Peter M Oppeneer, Dariusz Kaczorowski, Tomasz Durakiewicz Nature Logo | © Nature Scientific Reports
Date: 2018
Instruments: ARPES Lab, R3000, R4000, VUV5k

Topological Dirac semimetals with accidental band touching between conduction and valence bands protected by time reversal and inversion symmetry are at the frontier of modern condensed matter research. A majority of discovered topological semimetals are nonmagnetic and conserve time reversal symmetry. Here we report the experimental discovery of an antiferromagnetic topological nodal-line semimetallic state in GdSbTe using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Our systematic study reveals the detailed electronic structure of the paramagnetic state of antiferromagnetic GdSbTe. We observe the presence of multiple Fermi surface pockets including a diamond-shape, and small circular pockets around the zone center and high symmetry X points of the Brillouin zone (BZ), respectively. Furthermore, we observe the presence of a Dirac-like state at the X point of the BZ and the effect of magnetism along the nodal-line direction. Interestingly, our experimental data show a robust Dirac-like state both below and above the magnetic transition temperature (TN  = 13 K). Having a relatively high transition temperature, GdSbTe provides an archetypical platform to study the interaction between magnetism and topological states of matter.