Real-space imaging and control of chiral anomaly induced current at room temperature in topological Dirac semimetal

Byung Cheol Park, Taewoo Ha, Kyung Ik Sim, Taek Sun Jung, Jae Hoon Kim, Yeongkwan Kim, Young Hee Lee, Teun Teun Kim, Sung Wng Kim

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Chiral fermions (CFs) in condensed matters, distinguished by right (+) or left (−) handedness, hold a promise for emergent quantum devices. Although a chiral anomaly induced current, Jchiral = J(+) − J(−), occurs in Weyl semimetals due to the charge imbalance of the CFs, monitoring spatial flow and temporal dynamics of Jchiral has not been demonstrated yet. Here, we report real-space imaging and control of Jchiral on the topological Dirac semimetal KZnBi at room temperature (RT) by near-field terahertz (THz) spectroscopy, establishing a relation for an electromagnetic control of Jchiral. In THz electric and external magnetic fields, we visualize a spatial flow of coherent Jchiral in macroscopic length scale and monitor its temporal dynamics in picosecond time scale, revealing its ultralong transport length around 100 micrometers. Such coherent Jchiral is further found to be controlled according to field directions, suggesting the feasibility of information science with topological Dirac semimetals at RT.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereabq2479
JournalScience Advances
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov

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Funding Information:
Funding: This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Science and ICT) (nos. 2021R1A6A1A03039696 and 2022R1A2C2004735), the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R011-D1), and the Advanced Facility Center for Quantum Technology. B.C.P. acknowledges the support from the NRF grant funded by the Korean government (no. 2019R1A6A3A01096112).

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