Three-Dimensional Electronic Structure of the Type-II Weyl Semimetal WTe2

Domenico Di Sante, Pranab Kumar Das, C. Bigi, Z. Ergönenc, N. Gürtler, J. A. Krieger, T. Schmitt, M. N. Ali, G. Rossi, R. Thomale, C. Franchini, S. Picozzi, J. Fujii, V. N. Strocov, G. Sangiovanni, I. Vobornik, R. J. Cava, G. Panaccione

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Abstract

By combining bulk sensitive soft-x-ray angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations we explored the bulk electron states of WTe2, a candidate type-II Weyl semimetal featuring a large nonsaturating magnetoresistance. Despite the layered geometry suggesting a two-dimensional electronic structure, we directly observe a three-dimensional electronic dispersion. We report a band dispersion in the reciprocal direction perpendicular to the layers, implying that electrons can also travel coherently when crossing from one layer to the other. The measured Fermi surface is characterized by two well-separated electron and hole pockets at either side of the Γ point, differently from previous more surface sensitive angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments that additionally found a pronounced quasiparticle weight at the zone center. Moreover, we observe a significant sensitivity of the bulk electronic structure of WTe2 around the Fermi level to electronic correlations and renormalizations due to self-energy effects, previously neglected in first-principles descriptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number026403
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume119
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 14 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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