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Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus

Dr. Jian-Xin Zhu, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Electronic Structure and Topology in f-Electron Quantum Matter

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in quantum materials with topologically protected properties, which are robust against disorder effects. Interesting examples are topological insulators and three-dimensional Weyl metals. Electronic structure has played an important role in the exotic properties of these materials. In this talk, I will present our recent theoretical study of electronic structure and its topology in f-electron PuB\({}_4\) [1] and Ce\({}_3\)(Pt,Pd)\({}_3\)Bi\({}_4\) [2] compounds. In addition to uncovering topologically nontrivial electronic states, the role of f-electron and in particular the electronic correlation effects are discussed in the framework of density functional theory and its combination with the dynamical mean-field theory.

[1] H. Choi, W. Zhu, S.K. Cary, L.E. Winter, Z. Huang, R.D. McDonald, V. Mocko, B.L. Scott, P.H. Tobash, J.D. Thompson, S.A. Kozimor, E.D. Bauer, J.-X. Zhu, and F. Ronning, “Experimental and theoretical study of topology and electronic correlations in PuB\({}_4\)”, Phys. Rev. B 97, 201114(R) (2018).

[2] C. Cao, G.-X. Zhi, and J.-X. Zhu, “From Trivial Kondo Insulator Ce\({}_3\)Pt\({}_3\)Bi\({}_4\) to Topological Nodal-line Semimetal Ce\({}_3\)Pd\({}_3\)Bi\({}_4\)”, arXiv:1904.00675.


Prof. A. Balatsky

Physics Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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