Low-energy electronic properties of a Weyl semimetal quantum dot

  • Shu-Feng ZhangEmail author
  • Chang-Wen Zhang
  • Pei-Ji Wang
  • Qing-Feng SunEmail author


We investigate the low-energy electronic structure of a Weyl semimetal quantum dot (QD) with a simple model Hamiltonian with only two Weyl points. Distinguished from the semiconductor and topological insulator QDs, there exist both surface and bulk states near the Fermi level in Weyl semimetal QDs. The surface state, distributed near the side surface of the QD, contributes a circular persistent current, an orbital magnetic moment, and a chiral spin polarization with spin-current locking. There are always surface states even for a strong magnetic field, even though a given surface state gradually evolves into a Landau level with increasing magnetic field. It indicates that these unique properties can be tuned via the QD size. In addition, we show the correspondence to the electronic structures of a three-dimensional Weyl semimetal, such as Weyl point and Fermi arc. Because a QD has the largest surface-to-volume ratio, it provides a new platform to verify Weyl semimetal by separating and detecting the signals of surface states. Besides, the study of Weyl QDs is also necessary for potential applications in nanoelectronics.


quantum dot Weyl semimetal Landau quantization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physics and TechnologyUniversity of JinanJinanChina
  2. 2.International Center for Quantum Materials, School of PhysicsPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum MatterBeijingChina

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