Strong suppression of electron convection in Dirac and Weyl semimetals

P. O. Sukhachov, E. V. Gorbar, I. A. Shovkovy

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It is shown that the convective instability in electron fluids in three- and two-dimensional (3D and 2D) Dirac and Weyl semimetals is strongly inhibited. The major obstacles for electron convection are the effects of the Coulomb forces and the momentum relaxation related to the interaction with impurities and phonons. The effect of the Coulomb forces is less pronounced in 2D materials, such as graphene. However, momentum relaxation still noticeably inhibits convection, making it very difficult to achieve in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL121113
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number12
StatePublished - Sep 15 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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