Weyl semimetals is a recently discovered class of material exhibiting the chiral anomaly and Fermi arc surface states. These properties cause exotic thermal, optical, and electronic effects; such as a colossal bulk photovoltaic effect and a dissipationless charge transport. Consequently, they have potentially revolutionary applications in energy conversion systems. Some half-Heusler compounds transition to the Weyl semimetal phase at a threshold magnetic field strength. My research is aimed at exploring this phase transition and the conditions under which it occurs. This may reveal a wider range of materials that can be modified to exhibit the Weyl semimetal phase.
Advisor: Jihui Yang – Materials Science & Engineering