Evidence from transport measurements for YR h6 G e4 being a triply degenerate nodal semimetal

Yanglin Zhu, Xin Gui, Yu Wang, David Graf, Weiwei Xie, Jin Hu, Zhiqiang Mao

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Abstract

We have investigated magnetotransport properties of YRh6Ge4, which was recently predicted to be a triply degenerate nodal semimetal. We find it exhibits remarkable signatures of a chiral anomaly, manifested by large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, the quadratic field dependence of magnetoconductance and the planar Hall effect. Furthermore, we have also observed Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) quantum oscillations in the magnetoresistivity measurements on this material. The analyses of the SdH data reveal two pointlike Fermi surfaces and these pockets are found to host nearly massless fermions. The small size of these Fermi pockets is in a good agreement with the theoretical prediction that the triply degenerate point in YRh6Ge4 is much closer to the Fermi level than previously demonstrated triply degenerate nodal semimetals such as MoP and WC. These results suggest YRh6Ge4 may serve as a model system to probe exotic properties of three-component fermions and understand their underlying physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035133
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume101
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 17 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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