Scientists come up with new ways to identify and manipulate topological metals.
Topological metals have become very significant in the study of quantum materials since they have possible applications for quantum information and spintronic. One topological material, a magnetic Weyl semimetal, is particularly gaining the interest of researchers because of the possibility of manipulating it using magnetic fields.
Olle Heinonen, an Argonne materials scientist, stated that they intend to find out whether there is some signature in the semimetal which they may observe when they ass a current through it, a trait typical of it being a Weyl semimetal.
He stated that this may be pictured as two swimmers in a pool swimming in opposite directions, where one swims freestyle and the other does the backstroke. There won’t be a net direction of swimming, however, there will be a net amount of freestyle.
Researchers discovered that the semimetal had to look for methods to make room for electrons with specific spins in its electronic structure when transferring moving spins preferentially into the Weyl semimetal, from the usual metal. Heinonen clarified how one cannot place an electron wherever they choose to.
The researchers, instead, ended up discovering how electrons reallocate their spins into the places which as vacant and energetically appropriate. Heinonen stated that while one may not succeed in fitting all their spins into one specific electronic state, they can manage to fit some portion of the spin in various states which amount to the same total when added up. This could be pictured by imagining a wave that hits a rock. Here the amount of moving water will be the same but in different directions.
Heinonen stated that how the electron breaks up is very sensitively linked to the associations, in the magnetic Weyl semimetal, between momentum, energy, and spin. Consequently, how the charge current changes, is linked directly to the Weyl semimetal’s characteristics, letting one gauge its topological properties.
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