The nodal points in a Weyl semimetal are generally considered as the causes of the chiral anomaly and the chiral magnetic effect (CME). Employing a linear-response analysis of a two-band lattice model, we show that the Weyl nodes and thus the chirality are not required for the CME, while they remain crucial for the chiral anomaly. Similar to the anomalous Hall effect, the CME results directly from the Berry curvature of energy bands, even when there is no monopole source from the Weyl nodes. Therefore, the phenomenon of the CME could be observed in a wider class of materials. Motivated by this result, we suggest that the nodeless CME may appear in three-dimensional quantum anomalous Hall insulators, but after they become metallic due to the band deformation caused by inversion symmetry breaking.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Nov 4|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics