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Shaking up topology with light

A light-induced topological phase transition is realized in the Dirac semimetal ZrTe5 by coherently driving symmetry-breaking phonons.

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Fig. 1: A light-induced topological phase transition.

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Sirica, N.S., Prasankumar, R.P. Shaking up topology with light. Nat. Mater. 20, 283–284 (2021).

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