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Surface Green's functions and quasiparticle interference in Weyl semimetals

Abstract : We use the exact analytical technique introduced in Phys. Rev. B 101, 115405 to recover the surface Green's functions and the corresponding Fermi-arc surface states for various lattice models of Weyl semimetals. For these models we use the T-matrix formalism to calculate the quasiparticle interference patterns generated in the presence of impurity scattering. In particular, we consider the models introduced in Phys. Rev. B 93, 041109(R) (A) and Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 076801 (B), and we find that, as opposed to observations previously obtained via joint density of states and spindependent scattering probability, the inter-arc scattering in the quasiparticle interference features is fully suppressed in model A, and very small in model B. Our findings indicate that these models may not correctly describe materials such as MoTe2, since for such materials inter-arc scattering is clearly visible experimentally, e.g., in Nature Phys. 12, 11051110 (2016). We also focus on the minimal models proposed by McCormick et al. in Phys. Rev. B 95, 075133, which indeed recover significant inter-arc scattering features.
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Sarah Pinon, Vardan Kaladzhyan, Cristina Bena. Surface Green's functions and quasiparticle interference in Weyl semimetals. Physical Review B, American Physical Society, 2020, 102, pp.165117. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.102.165117⟩. ⟨cea-03196103⟩

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