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Origin of extremely large magnetoresistance in the candidate type-II Weyl semimetal MoTe2-x

Title
Origin of extremely large magnetoresistance in the candidate type-II Weyl semimetal MoTe2-x
Authors
Lee, SangyunJang, JaekyungKim, Sung-IlJung, Soon-GilKim, JihyunCho, SuyeonKim, Sung WngRhee, Joo YullPark, Kee-SuPark, Tuson
Ewha Authors
조수연
SCOPUS Author ID
조수연scopus
Issue Date
2018
Journal Title
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN
2045-2322JCR Link
Citation
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS vol. 8
Publisher
NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
The recent observation of extremely large magnetoresistance (MR) in the transition-metal dichalcogenide MoTe2 has attracted considerable interest due to its potential technological applications as well as its relationship with novel electronic states predicted for a candidate type-II Weyl semimetal. In order to understand the origin of the MR, the electronic structure of MoTe2-x (x = 0.08) is systematically tuned by application of pressure and probed via its Hall and longitudinal conductivities. With increasing pressure, a monoclinic-to-orthorhombic (1T' to T-d) structural phase transition temperature (T*) gradually decreases from 210 K at 1 bar to 58 K at 1.1 GPa, and there is no anomaly associated with the phase transition at 1.4 GPa, indicating that a T = 0 K quantum phase transition occurs at a critical pressure (P-c) between 1.1 and 1.4 GPa. The large MR observed at 1 bar is suppressed with increasing pressure and is almost saturated at 100% for P > P-c. The dependence on magnetic field of the Hall and longitudinal conductivities of MoTe2-x shows that a pair of electron and hole bands are important in the low-pressure T-d phase, while another pair of electron and hole bands are additionally required in the high-pressure 1T' phase. The MR peaks at a characteristic hole-to-electron concentration ratio (n(c)) and is sharply suppressed when the ratio deviates from n(c) within the T-d phase. These results establish the comprehensive temperature-pressure phase diagram of MoTe2-x and underscore that its MR originates from balanced electron-hole carrier concentrations.
DOI
10.1038/s41598-018-32387-1
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