Breunig, Oliver ORCID: 0000-0001-8651-1757, Wang, Zhiwei ORCID: 0000-0003-0182-2471, Taskin, A. A., Lux, Jonathan, Rosch, Achim ORCID: 0000-0002-6586-5721 and Ando, Yoichi ORCID: 0000-0002-3553-3355 (2017). Gigantic negative magnetoresistance in the bulk of a disordered topological insulator. Nat. Commun., 8. LONDON: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP. ISSN 2041-1723

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Abstract

With the recent discovery of Weyl semimetals, the phenomenon of negative magnetoresistance (MR) is attracting renewed interest. Large negative MR is usually related to magnetism, but the chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetals is a rare exception. Here we report a mechanism for large negative MR which is also unrelated to magnetism but is related to disorder. In the nearly bulk-insulating topological insulator TlBi0.15Sb0.85Te2, we observed gigantic negative MR reaching 98% in 14 T at 10 K, which is unprecedented in a nonmagnetic system. Supported by numerical simulations, we argue that this phenomenon is likely due to the Zeeman effect on a barely percolating current path formed in the disordered bulk. Since disorder can also lead to non-saturating linear MR in Ag-2 (+) Se-delta, the present finding suggests that disorder engineering in narrow-gap systems is useful for realizing gigantic MR in both positive and negative directions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Breunig, OliverUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-8651-1757UNSPECIFIED
Wang, ZhiweiUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-0182-2471UNSPECIFIED
Taskin, A. A.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lux, JonathanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rosch, AchimUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-6586-5721UNSPECIFIED
Ando, YoichiUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-3553-3355UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-230697
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15545
Journal or Publication Title: Nat. Commun.
Volume: 8
Date: 2017
Publisher: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Place of Publication: LONDON
ISSN: 2041-1723
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
CONDUCTIVITY; TLSBTE2Multiple languages
Multidisciplinary SciencesMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/23069

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