Dirac electron behavior and NMR evidence for topological band inversion in ZrTe5 Academic Article uri icon


  • We report 125Te NMR measurements of the topological quantum material ZrTe5. Spin-lattice relaxation results, well explained by a theoretical model of Dirac electron systems, reveal that the topological characteristic of ZrTe5 is T dependent, changing from weak topological insulator to strong topological insulator as temperature increases. Electronic structure calculations confirm this ordering, the reverse of what has been proposed. NMR results demonstrate a gapless Dirac semimetal state occurring at a Lifshitz transition temperature, Tc=85 K, in our crystals. We demonstrate that the changes in NMR shift at Tc also provide direct evidence of band inversion when the topological phase transition occurs.

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altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Tian, Y., Ghassemi, N., & Ross, J.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Tian, Yefan||Ghassemi, Nader||Ross, Joseph H Jr

publication date

  • October 2019