The gravity of Weyl: tabletop signatures of the mixed axial-gravitational anomaly
27.10.2017 at 09:00
Topological semimetals have recently been one of the most active topics in solid state physics, and provide an exceptionally fruitful meeting point for fields as diverse as chemistry, band structure calculations and high-energy field theory. This talk will discuss the observation of quantum anomalies in Weyl semimetals. These anomalies are rooted in an incompatibility of quantum mechanics and classical conservation laws. In particular, I will focus on recent measurements demonstrating the presence of the mixed axial-gravitational anomaly in Weyl semimetals. In contrast to earlier expectations, which would for example search for this phenomenon in the hydrodynamics of neutron stars, we used a conceptually simple thermoelectric transport experiment to find signatures of the mixed axial-gravitational anomaly in the Weyl semimetal NbP.
A 450, Theresienstr. 37