Ultrafast manipulation of material properties with light could stimulate the development of novel electronics, including quantum computers.
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.
A material already known for its unique behavior is found to carry current in a way never before observed.
This work provides important insight into one of the parent materials of iron-based superconductors.
In the 14 years since its discovery, graphene has amazed scientists around the world with both the ground-breaking physics and technological potential it displays. Recently, scientists from Penn State University added to graphene's gallery of impressive scientific achievements and constructed a map that will aid future exploration of this material. This work is emblematic of the large number of university-based materials research efforts that use the MagLab to explore the frontiers of science.
Researchers discover that Sr1-yMn1-zSb2 (y,z < 0.1) is a so-called Weyl material that holds great promise for building devices that require far less power.
Looking for better ways to power electronics, topological semimetals may hold the answer.
Across disciplines, exciting stuff happens along the boundaries between things. What makes those realms so rich for research, and how do magnets shed light on them?
This area of research could help scientists understand high-temperature superconductivity and other mysteries.
The work gives physicists a new tool for exploring and understanding a class of materials that could lead to faster electronics.