Gapless topological phases of matter may host emergent quasiparticle excitations which have no analog in quantum field theory. This is the case of so called triple point fermions (TPF), quasiparticle excitations protected by crystal symmetries, which show fermionic statistics but have an integer (pseudo)spin degree of freedom. TPFs have been predicted in certain three-dimensional non-symmorphic crystals, where they are pinned to high symmetry points of the Brillouin zone. In this work, we introduce a minimal, three-band model which hosts TPFs protected only by the combination of a C4 rotation and an anti-commuting mirror symmetry. Unlike current non-symmorphic realizations, our model allows for TPFs which are anisotropic and can be created or annihilated pairwise. It provides a simple, numerically affordable platform for their study.
Triple point fermions in a minimal symmorphic model
Triple point fermions in a minimal symmorphic mode
2020. 11. 16. 14:15
Ion Cosma Fulga (IFW Dresden)