Weak localization and small anomalous Hall conductivity in ferromagnetic Weyl semimetal Co2TiGe

Rajendra P. Dulal, Bishnu R. Dahal, Andrew Forbes, Niraj Bhattarai, Ian L. Pegg, John Philip
2019 Scientific Reports  
Several cobalt-based Heusler alloys have been predicted to exhibit Weyl Semimetal behavior due to time reversal symmetry breaking. Co 2 TiGe is one of the predicted ferromagnetic Weyl semimetals. In this work, we report weak localization and small anomalous Hall conductivity in half-metallic Co 2 tiGe thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The longitudinal resistivity shows semimetallic behavior. Elaborate analysis of longitudinal magnetoconductance shows the presence of a weak
more » ... quantum correction present even up to room temperature and reduction in dephasing length at lower temperature. Negative longitudinal magnetoresistance is observed from 5 to 300 K, but at 300 K magnetoresistance becomes positive above 0.5 T magnetic field. The anomalous Hall effect has been investigated in these thin films. The measured anomalous Hall conductivity decreases with increasing temperature, and a small anomalous Hall conductivity has been measured at various temperatures which may be arising due to both intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms. Heusler compounds are an interesting class of materials with a wide variety of useful properties for technological applications 1-3 . Cobalt-based Heusler alloys, Co 2 XY (X = transition or rare earth elements and Y = Si, Al, Ge and Sn) have been the subject of extensive studies in the context of spintronics over the last decade 4-6 . Some of these alloys exhibit half-metallic behavior with 100% spin polarization at the Fermi edge, and have applications in spintronics 7-9 . The Co 2 TiGe (CTG) compound is one of most promising candidates for spin manipulation because it is a half-metallic compound with a Curie temperature higher than 300 K 10-12 . A number of structural, magnetic, and electrical transport studies have been carried out in bulk CTG 10-13 . Recently, band structure calculations revealed that CTG is a Weyl semimetal (WSM) with broken time reversal symmetry due to ferromagnetism 14,15 . Interestingly, the momentum space locations of the Weyl nodes in CTG can be controlled as a function of the magnetization direction. WSM can be realized in materials either by breaking crystal inversion symmetry, time reversal symmetry, or both 16 . In inversion symmetry breaking materials, angle resolved photo emission spectroscopy, and transport measurements have provided evidence for Weyl fermions and surface Fermi arcs that are characteristics of WSMs 17-20 . In CTG, which is a magnetic WSM, the ferromagnetic behavior produces negative magnetoresistance (MR) and anomalous Hall effect, which have been reported in the bulk 15,21-23 . So, understanding the WSM behavior in half-metals solely based on transport properties will be challenging. In addition, the calculated momentum locations of the Weyl nodes in CTG with (001) magnetization are considerably far away (>250 meV) from the Fermi energy, so significant effects of Weyl behavior in transport will be difficult to observe 15, 21 . In this article, we have grown CTG films using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). We have observed semimetallic behavior, low charge carrier density, negative MR with sharp cusps at low magnetic fields, and small anomalous Hall conductivity, which depends on the longitudinal conductivity in the temperature range 5 to 300 K. These observed properties in nanostructured thin film are completely different from the reported bulk properties.
doi:10.1038/s41598-019-39037-0 fatcat:66nqau4o3rewplcpik6arfbsl4