Magneto-optical conductivity of Weyl semimetals Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Weyl semimetals are a topological phase of matter that have drawn recent interest and have been suggested as a possible phase of the pyrochlore irridates, among other materials. Here, we compute the magneto-optical response of an isolated Weyl point. We find that the conductivity is a series of asymmetric peaks lying on top of a linear background. We find additional features in the conductivity that are explained by the underlying Landau level structure. We show that weak disorder tends to blur out the peaks, but they still show up as measurable oscillations on a linear background.

publication date

  • June 27, 2013