Extreme magnetoresistance and Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in ferromagnetic DySb

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The electronic structures of a representative rare earth monopnictide (i.e., DySb) under high magnetic field (i.e., in the ferromagnetic state) are studied from both experimental and theoretical aspects. A non-saturated extremely large positive magnetoresistance (XMR) is observed (as large as 3.7 × 104% at 1.8 K and 38.7 T), along with the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations that are well reproduced by our first principles calculations. Three possible origins of XMR are examined. Although a band inversion is found theoretically, suggesting that DySb might be topologically nontrivial, it is deeply underneath the Fermi level, which rules out a topological nature of the XMR. The total densities of electron-like and hole-like carriers are not fully compensated, showing that compensation is unlikely to account for the XMR. The XMR is eventually understood in terms of high mobility that is associated with the steep linear bands. This discovery is important to the intensive studies on the XMR of rare earth monopnictides.

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Liang, D. D., Wang, Y. J., Xi, C. Y., Zhen, W. L., Yang, J., Pi, L., … Zhang, C. J. (2018). Extreme magnetoresistance and Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in ferromagnetic DySb. APL Materials, 6(8). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5040662

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