Effect of Pt vacancies on magnetotransport of Weyl semimetal candidate GdPtSb epitaxial films

Dongxue Du, Laxman Raju Thoutam, Konrad T. Genser, Chenyu Zhang, Karin M. Rabe, Tamalika Samanta, Taehwan Jung, Bharat Jalan, Paul M. Voyles, Jason K. Kawasaki

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We examine the effects of Pt vacancies on the magnetotransport properties of Weyl semimetal candidate GdPtSb films, grown by molecular beam epitaxy on c-plane sapphire. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and x-ray diffraction measurements suggest that phase-pure GdPtxSb films can accommodate up to 15% of Pt vacancies (x=0.85), which act as acceptors, as measured by the Hall effect. Two classes of electrical transport behavior are observed. Pt-deficient films display metallic temperature-dependent resistivity (dρ/dT>0). The longitudinal magnetoresistance (LMR, magnetic field B parallel to electric field E) is more negative than transverse magnetoresistance (TMR, B⊥E), consistent with the expected chiral anomaly for a Weyl semimetal. The combination of Pt-vacancy disorder and doping away from the expected Weyl nodes, however, suggests that conductivity fluctuations may explain the negative LMR rather than chiral anomaly. Samples closer to stoichiometry display the opposite behavior: semiconductorlike resistivity (dρ/dT>0) and more negative TMR than LMR. Hysteresis and other nonlinearities in the low-field Hall effect and magnetoresistance suggest that spin-disorder scattering and possible topological Hall effect may dominate the near-stoichiometric samples. Our findings highlight the complications of transport-based identification of Weyl nodes but point to possible topological spin textures in GdPtSb.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number084204
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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