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    Topological type-II nodal line semimetal (NLS) was proposed quite recently and exhibits distinct properties compared with conventional type-I NLS. To date, no ambient-condition stable candidate material has been reported. Here we propose that a stable Kagome compound Mg3Bi2 can host a type-II nodal line state with the protection of time reversal and spatial inversion symmetries. Similar to type-I NLSs, the type-II nodal line in Mg3Bi2 is characterized by the drumhead surface states, which has not been observed in the previous type-II NLSs. The nodal line in Mg3Bi2 can open a minor gap, and a pair of 3D Dirac points occurs when SOC is included. The SOC-induced gap around the nodal line is quite small, and the formation of 3D Dirac points is independent of the nodal line. Therefore, the Mg3Bi2 compound is expected to be a good candidate to investigate the exotic properties of both type-II NLS and 3D Dirac semimetal states.


    Xiaoming Zhang, Lei Jin, Xuefang Dai, Guodong Liu. Topological Type-II Nodal Line Semimetal and Dirac Semimetal State in Stable Kagome Compound Mg3Bi2. The journal of physical chemistry letters. 2017 Oct 05;8(19):4814-4819

    PMID: 28927265

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