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Nat Commun. 2016 May 31;7:11696. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11696.

Dirac cone protected by non-symmorphic symmetry and three-dimensional Dirac line node in ZrSiS.

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1
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstr. 1, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany.
2
Max Plank Institute for Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle, Germany.
3
IBM-Almaden Research Center, 650 Harry Road, San Jose, California 95120, USA.
4
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Elektronenspeicherring BESSY II, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Berlin, Germany.
5
Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Butenandtstr. 5-13, 81377 München, Germany.
6
Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) &Center for Nanoscience, Schellingstr. 4, 80799 München, Germany.

Abstract

Materials harbouring exotic quasiparticles, such as massless Dirac and Weyl fermions, have garnered much attention from physics and material science communities due to their exceptional physical properties such as ultra-high mobility and extremely large magnetoresistances. Here, we show that the highly stable, non-toxic and earth-abundant material, ZrSiS, has an electronic band structure that hosts several Dirac cones that form a Fermi surface with a diamond-shaped line of Dirac nodes. We also show that the square Si lattice in ZrSiS is an excellent template for realizing new types of two-dimensional Dirac cones recently predicted by Young and Kane. Finally, we find that the energy range of the linearly dispersed bands is as high as 2 eV above and below the Fermi level; much larger than of other known Dirac materials. This makes ZrSiS a very promising candidate to study Dirac electrons, as well as the properties of lines of Dirac nodes.

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