Elementary-particle physics in laser-driven materials

Dancing Weyl cones: When excited by tailored laser pulses (white spiral), the cones in a Dirac fermion material dance on a path (8-shape) that can be controlled by the laser light. This turns a Dirac material into a Weyl material, changing the nature of the quasiparticles in it. One of the cones hosts right-handed Weyl fermions; the other cone hosts left-handed ones. [less] © Jörg M. Harms/MPSD
Dancing Weyl cones: When excited by tailored laser pulses (white spiral), the cones in a Dirac fermion material dance on a path (8-shape) that can be controlled by the laser light. This turns a Dirac material into a Weyl material, changing the nature of the quasiparticles in it. One of the cones hosts right-handed Weyl fermions; the other cone hosts left-handed ones. © Jörg M. Harms/MPSD

Our work “Creating stable Floquet-Weyl semimetals by laser-driving of 3D Dirac materials” was published in Nature Communications (doi:10.1038/ncomms13940).

Further reading:
Studying fundamental particles in materials