Explaining Exotic Behavior in Nd-Doped CeCoIn5

Upending existing theory, scientists discovered what’s behind the emergence of the unusual "Q-phase" in this material.

Electrical resistivity of TaAs for temperatures from 20K to 0.7K.

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Latest Science Highlights


  • Quasi-2D to 3D Fermi surface topology change in Nd-doped CeCoIn5
    5 November 2018
    Quasi-2D to 3D Fermi surface topology change in Nd-doped CeCoIn5

    Scientists found that the emergence of an exotic quantum mechanical phase in Ce1-xNdxCoIn5 is due to a shape change in the Fermi surface. This finding ran counter to theoretical arguments and has led investigators in new directions.

  • Destruction of Weyl nodes and a new state in tantalum arsenide above 80 teslas
    17 September 2018
    Destruction of Weyl nodes and a new state in tantalum arsenide above 80 teslas

    Weyl metals such as tantalum arsenide (TaAs) are predicted to have novel properties arising from a chirality of their electron spins. Scientists induced an imbalance between the left- and right-handed spin states, resulting in a topologically protected current. This was the first time this phenomenon, known as the chiral anomaly, has been observed.

  • Pinning and melting of a quantum Wigner crystal
    17 September 2018
    Pinning and melting of a quantum Wigner crystal

    This research established experimental evidence for the long sought-after transition of a small, two-dimensional sheet of electrons to a solid state.

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Featured Publications


Quasi-2D to 3D Fermi surface topology change in Nd-doped CeCoIn5, J. Klotz, et al., Phys. Rev. B Rapid Commun., 98, 081105 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Destruction of Weyl nodes and a New State in TaAs above 80 Teslas, B.J. Ramshaw, et al., Nature Communications, 9: 2217 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Pinning and melting of a quantum Wigner crystal, T. Knighton, et al., Phys Rev B, 97, 085135 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Manipulating the ferryl tilt in a non-heme oxoiron(IV) complex that makes the complex a better oxidant, W. Rasheed, et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 57, 9387-9391 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

1.1 billion-year-old porphyrins evidence photosynthesis 600 million years earlier than previously established, N. Guineli, et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 115, 1-9 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Metabolic assessment of migraines using ultra-high magnetic fields, N. Abad, et al., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 79(3):1266-1275, (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Imaging pH levels with a CoII2 MRI Probe, A. E. Thorarinsdottir, et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 15836–15847 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Dirac fermions detected via quantum oscillations, T. Terashima, et al., Physical Review X, 8, 011014 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Phase diagram of URu2–xFexSi2 in high magnetic fields, S. Ran, et al., PNAS, 114, 37, 9826 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online