We report infrared magnetospectroscopy studies on thin crystals of an emerging Dirac material ZrTe 5 near the intrinsic limit. The observed structure of the Landau-level transitions and zero-field infrared absorption indicate a two-dimensional Dirac-like electronic structure, similar to that in graphene but with a small relativistic mass corresponding to a 9.4-meV energy gap. Measurements with circularly polarized light reveal a significant electron-hole asymmetry, which leads to splitting of the Landau-level transitions at high magnetic fields. Our model, based on the Bernevig-Hughes-Zhang effective Hamiltonian, quantitatively explains all observed transitions, determining the values of the Fermi velocity, Dirac mass (or gap), electron-hole asymmetry, and electron and hole g factors.


Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science

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Jiang, Y., Z. L. Dun, H. D. Zhou, Z. Lu, K-W. Chen, S. Moon, T. Besara et al. "Landau-level spectroscopy of massive Dirac fermions in single-crystalline ZrTe 5 thin flakes." Physical Review B 96, no. 4 (2017).

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Physical Review B