Topological Crystalline Insulators and Dirac Octets in Anti-perovskites
Hsieh, Timothy H.
Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons | Condensed Matter - Materials Science
We predict a new class of topological crystalline insulators (TCI) in the anti-perovskite material family with the chemical formula A$_3$BX. Here the nontrivial topology arises from band inversion between two $J=3/2$ quartets, which is described by a generalized Dirac equation for a "Dirac octet". Our work suggests that anti-perovskites are a promising new venue for exploring the cooperative interplay between band topology, crystal symmetry and electron correlation.