Giant planar Hall effect in the Dirac semimetal ZrTe5−δ

P. Li, C. H. Zhang, J. W. Zhang, Y. Wen, X. X. Zhang
2018 Physical review B  
Recently, giant planar Hall effect originating from chiral anomaly has been predicted in nonmagnetic Dirac/Weyl semimetals. ZrTe5 is considered to be an intriguing Dirac semimetal at the boundary of weak topological insulators and strong topological insulators, though this claim still remains controversial. Here, we report the observation in ZrTe5 of the giant planar Hall resistivity that shows two different magnetic-field dependences as predicted by theory and a maximum at the Lifshitz
more » ... on temperature. We found that the giant planar Hall resistivity fades out with decreasing the thickness of ZrTe5 nanoplates, which may be ascribed to the vanishing of the 3D nature of the samples. In addition, we have observed a nontrivial Berry phase, chiral-anomaly-induced negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, and a giant in-plane anisotropic magnetoresistance in these ZrTe5 nanoplates. All the experimental observations demonstrated coherently that ZrTe5 is a Dirac semimetal.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.98.121108 fatcat:q22bz3t3vfduzhf2nvteuzij7q