Large anomalous Hall effect and negative magnetoresistance in half-topological semimetals

Yanglin Zhu, Cheng Yi Huang, Yu Wang, David Graf, Hsin Lin, Seng Huat Lee, John Singleton, Lujin Min, Johanna C. Palmstrom, Arun Bansil, Bahadur Singh, Zhiqiang Mao

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Proposed mechanisms for large intrinsic anomalous Hall effect (AHE) in magnetic topological semimetals include diverging Berry curvatures of Weyl nodes, anticrossing nodal rings or points of non-trivial bands. Here we demonstrate that a half-topological semimetal (HTS) state near a topological critical point can provide an alternative mechanism for a large AHE via systematic studies on an antiferromagnetic (AFM) half-Heusler compound TbPdBi. We not only observe a large AHE with tanΘH ≈ 2 in its field-driven ferromagnetic (FM) phase, but also find a distinct Hall resistivity peak in its canted AFM phase. Moreover, we observe a large negative magnetoresistance with a value of ~98%. Our in-depth theoretical modelling indicates that these exotic transport properties originate from the HTS state which exhibits Berry curvature cancellation between the trivial spin-up and nontrivial spin-down bands. Our study offers alternative strategies for improved materials design for spintronics and other applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number346
JournalCommunications Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy

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