Fermi-Arc Metals

We predict a novel metallic state of matter that emerges in a Weyl-semimetal superstructure with spatially varying Weyl-node positions. In the new state, the Weyl nodes are stretched into extended, anisotropic Fermi surfaces, which can be understood as being built from Fermi arclike states. This “Fermi-arc metal” exhibits the chiral anomaly of the parental Weyl semimetal. However, unlike in the parental Weyl semimetal, in the Fermi-arc metal the “ultraquantum state,” in which the anomalous chiral Landau level is the only state at the Fermi energy, is already reached for a finite energy window at zero magnetic field. The dominance of the ultraquantum state implies a universal low-field ballistic magnetoconductance and the absence of quantum oscillations, making the Fermi surface “invisible” to de Haas–van Alphen and Shubnikov–de Haas effects, although it signifies its presence in other response properties.

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  • Received 9 January 2023
  • Revised 9 March 2023
  • Accepted 27 April 2023

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.130.196602

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Condensed Matter, Materials & Applied Physics

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