3 years ago

Resistivity Anomaly in Weyl Semimetal candidate Molybdenum Telluride.

F. C. Chou, Christopher Linderalv, Sandeep Kumar Singh, R. S. Patel, Bogdan Karpiak, Saroj P. Dash, Paul Erhart, Raman Sankar, Dhavala Suri, Andre Dankert, Linnea Anderson

The Weyl semi-metal candidate MoTe$_{2}$ is expected to exhibit a range of exotic electronic transport properties. It exhibits a structural phase transition near room temperature that is evident in the thermal hysteresis in resistivity and thermopower (Seebeck coefficient) as well as large spin-orbit interaction. Here, we also document a resistivity anomaly of up to 13% in the temperature window between 25 and 50 K, which is found to be strongly anisotropic. Based on the experimental data in conjunction with density functional theory calculations, we conjecture that the anomaly can be related to the presence of defects in the system. These findings open opportunities for further investigations and understanding of the transport behavior in these newly discovered semi-metallic layered systems.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.05162

DOI: arXiv:1801.05162v1

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