Signatures of the chiral anomaly in phonon dynamics

12 Sep 2017  ·  Rinkel Pierre, Lopes Pedro L. S., Garate Ion ·

Discovered in high-energy physics, the chiral anomaly has recently made way to materials science by virtue of Weyl semimetals (WSM). Thus far, the main efforts to probe the chiral anomaly in WSM have concentrated on electronic phenomena... Here, we show that the chiral anomaly can have a large impact in the $A_1$ phonons of enantiomorphic WSM. In these materials, the chiral anomaly produces an unusual magnetic-field-induced resonance in the effective phonon charge, which in turn leads to anomalies in the phonon dispersion, optical reflectivity, and the Raman scattering. read more

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