Weyl semimetals are a class of topological materials that exhibit a bulk Hall effect due to time-reversal symmetry breaking. We show that for the idealized semi-infinite case, the Casimir force between two identical Weyl semimetals is repulsive at short range and attractive at long range. Considering plates of finite thickness, we can reduce the size of the long-range attraction even making it repulsive for all distances when thin enough. In the thin-film limit, we study the appearance of an attractive Casimir force at shorter distances due to the longitudinal conductivity. Magnetic field, thickness, and chemical potential provide tunable nobs for this effect, controlling the Casimir force: whether it is attractive or repulsive, the magnitude of the effect, and the positions and existence of a trap and antitrap.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Wilson, J., Allocca, A., & Galitski, V. (2015). Repulsive Casimir force between Weyl semimetals. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 91 (23) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.91.235115