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Chin. Phys. B, 2016, Vol. 25(7): 077101    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/25/7/077101

Electronic structure, Dirac points and Fermi arc surface states in three-dimensional Dirac semimetal Na3Bi from angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

Aiji Liang(梁爱基)1, Chaoyu Chen(陈朝宇)1, Zhijun Wang(王志俊)1, Youguo Shi(石友国)1, Ya Feng(冯娅)1, Hemian Yi(伊合绵)1, Zhuojin Xie(谢卓晋)1, Shaolong He(何少龙)1, Junfeng He(何俊峰)1, Yingying Peng(彭莹莹)1, Yan Liu(刘艳)1, Defa Liu(刘德发)1, Cheng Hu(胡成)1, Lin Zhao(赵林)1, Guodong Liu(刘国东)1, Xiaoli Dong(董晓莉)1, Jun Zhang(张君)1, M Nakatake2, H Iwasawa2, K Shimada2, M Arita2, H Namatame2, M Taniguchi2, Zuyan Xu(许祖彦)3, Chuangtian Chen(陈创天)3, Hongming Weng(翁红明)1,4, Xi Dai(戴希)1,4, Zhong Fang(方忠)1,4, Xing-Jiang Zhou(周兴江)1,4
1 Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China;
2 Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center, Hiroshima University, 2-313 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima City, 739-0046, Japan;
3 Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China;
4 Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing, China

The three-dimensional (3D) Dirac semimetals have linearly dispersive 3D Dirac nodes where the conduction band and valence band are connected. They have isolated 3D Dirac nodes in the whole Brillouin zone and can be viewed as a 3D counterpart of graphene. Recent theoretical calculations and experimental results indicate that the 3D Dirac semimetal state can be realized in a simple stoichiometric compound A3Bi (A = Na, K, Rb). Here we report comprehensive high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) measurements on the two cleaved surfaces, (001) and (100), of Na3Bi. On the (001) surface, by comparison with theoretical calculations, we provide a proper assignment of the observed bands, and in particular, pinpoint the band that is responsible for the formation of the three-dimensional Dirac cones. We observe clear evidence of 3D Dirac cones in the three-dimensional momentum space by directly measuring on the kx-ky plane and by varying the photon energy to get access to different out-of-plane kzs. In addition, we reveal new features around the Brillouin zone corners that may be related with surface reconstruction. On the (100) surface, our ARPES measurements over a large momentum space raise an issue on the selection of the basic Brillouin zone in the (100) plane. We directly observe two isolated 3D Dirac nodes on the (100) surface. We observe the signature of the Fermi-arc surface states connecting the two 3D Dirac nodes that extend to a binding energy of ~150 meV before merging into the bulk band. Our observations constitute strong evidence on the existence of the Dirac semimetal state in Na3Bi that are consistent with previous theoretical and experimental work. In addition, our results provide new information to clarify on the nature of the band that forms the 3D Dirac cones, on the possible formation of surface reconstruction of the (001) surface, and on the issue of basic Brillouin zone selection for the (100) surface.

Keywords:  Dirac semimetal      Na3Bi      photonemission      surface state  
Received:  12 May 2016      Revised:  03 June 2016      Published:  05 July 2016
PACS:  71.20.-b (Electron density of states and band structure of crystalline solids)  
  73.20.-r (Electron states at surfaces and interfaces)  
  79.60.Bm (Clean metal, semiconductor, and insulator surfaces)  
  03.65.Pm (Relativistic wave equations)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574367), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2013CB921700, 2013CB921904, and 2015CB921300), and the Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07020300). The synchrotron radiation experiments have been done under the HiSOR Proposal numbers, 12-B-47 and 13-B-16.

Corresponding Authors:  Shaolong He, Xing-Jiang Zhou     E-mail:;

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Aiji Liang(梁爱基), Chaoyu Chen(陈朝宇), Zhijun Wang(王志俊), Youguo Shi(石友国), Ya Feng(冯娅), Hemian Yi(伊合绵), Zhuojin Xie(谢卓晋), Shaolong He(何少龙), Junfeng He(何俊峰), Yingying Peng(彭莹莹), Yan Liu(刘艳), Defa Liu(刘德发), Cheng Hu(胡成), Lin Zhao(赵林), Guodong Liu(刘国东), Xiaoli Dong(董晓莉), Jun Zhang(张君), M Nakatake, H Iwasawa, K Shimada, M Arita, H Namatame, M Taniguchi, Zuyan Xu(许祖彦), Chuangtian Chen(陈创天), Hongming Weng(翁红明), Xi Dai(戴希), Zhong Fang(方忠), Xing-Jiang Zhou(周兴江) Electronic structure, Dirac points and Fermi arc surface states in three-dimensional Dirac semimetal Na3Bi from angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy 2016 Chin. Phys. B 25 077101

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