Superconductivity Provides Access to the Chiral Magnetic Effect of an Unpaired Weyl Cone

T. E. O'Brien, C.W.J. Beenakker, I. Adagideli*

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The massless fermions of a Weyl semimetal come in two species of opposite chirality, in two cones of the band structure. As a consequence, the current j induced in one Weyl cone by a magnetic field B [the chiral magnetic effect (CME)] is canceled in equilibrium by an opposite current in the other cone. Here, we show that superconductivity offers a way to avoid this cancellation, by means of a flux bias that gaps out a Weyl cone jointly with its particle-hole conjugate. The remaining gapless Weyl cone and its particle-hole conjugate represent a single fermionic species, with renormalized charge e∗ and a single chirality ± set by the sign of the flux bias. As a consequence, the CME is no longer canceled in equilibrium but appears as a supercurrent response ∂j/∂B=±(e∗e/h2)μ along the magnetic field at chemical potential μ.
Original languageEnglish
Article number207701
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


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