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Weyl semimetals, Fermi arcs and chiral anomalies

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Physicists have discovered a new topological phase of matter, the Weyl semimetal, whose surface features a non-closed Fermi surface whereas the low-energy quasiparticles in the bulk emerge as Weyl fermions. A brief review of these developments and perspectives on the next steps forward are presented.

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Acknowledgements

We thank I. Belopolski, S.-M. Huang, G. Bian, N. Alidoust and M. Neupane for comments, and D. Haldane, I. Klebanov and E. Witten for discussion as a part of Princeton Summer School on New Insights Into Quantum Matter as a part of Prospects in Theoretical Physics Program at IAS. S.J. is supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2014CB239302 and No. 2013CB921901). Work at Princeton by S.-Y.X and M.Z.H. is supported by the US Department of Energy under Basic Energy Sciences (Grant No. DOE/BES DE-FG-02-05ER46200 and No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 at Advanced Light Source at LBNL) and Princeton University funds. M.Z.H. acknowledges Visiting Scientist user support from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, PRISM, and partial support from the Moore Foundation.

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  1. Shuang Jia is at the International Center for Quantum Materials, School of Physics, Peking University and at the Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing 100871, China

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  2. Su-Yang Xu is at the Laboratory for Topological Quantum Matter and Spectroscopy (B7), Department of Physics, Princeton University, New Jersey 08544, USA

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  3. M. Zahid Hasan is at the Laboratory for Topological Quantum Matter and Spectroscopy (B7), Department of Physics, Princeton University and at the Princeton Institute for Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA

    • M. Zahid Hasan

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