Nuclear spin-lattice relaxation time in TaP and the Knight shift of Weyl semimetals

Zoltán Okvátovity, Hiroshi Yasuoka, Michael Baenitz, F. Simon, B. Dóra

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We first analyze the recent experimental data on the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate of the Weyl semimetal TaP. We argue that its nonmonotonic temperature dependence is explained by the temperature-dependent chemical potential of Weyl fermions. We also develop the theory of the Knight shift in Weyl semimetals, which contains two counteracting terms. The diamagnetic term follows -ln[W/max(|μ|,kBT)] with W,μ, and T being the high-energy cutoff, chemical potential, and temperature, respectively, and is always negative. The paramagnetic term scales with μ and changes sign depending on the doping level. Altogether, the Knight shift is predicted to vanish or even change sign upon changing the doping or the temperature, making it a sensitive tool to identify Weyl points. We also calculate the Korringa relation for Weyl semimetals which shows an unusual energy dependence rather than being constant as expected for a noninteracting Fermi system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115107
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume99
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 5 2019

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Spin-lattice relaxation
metalloids
spin-lattice relaxation
nuclear spin
Relaxation time
relaxation time
nuclear magnetic resonance
Chemical potential
Doping (additives)
Temperature
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Fermions
cut-off
fermions
temperature dependence
energy

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Nuclear spin-lattice relaxation time in TaP and the Knight shift of Weyl semimetals. / Okvátovity, Zoltán; Yasuoka, Hiroshi; Baenitz, Michael; Simon, F.; Dóra, B.

In: Physical Review B, Vol. 99, No. 11, 115107, 05.03.2019.

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Okvátovity, Zoltán ; Yasuoka, Hiroshi ; Baenitz, Michael ; Simon, F. ; Dóra, B. / Nuclear spin-lattice relaxation time in TaP and the Knight shift of Weyl semimetals. In: Physical Review B. 2019 ; Vol. 99, No. 11.
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