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Strongly angle-dependent magnetoresistance in Weyl semimetals with long-range disorder
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Condensed Matter Theory. Max Planck Institute, Germany.
2017 (English)In: Physical Review B, ISSN 2469-9950, E-ISSN 2469-9969, Vol. 96, no 6, article id 060201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetals states that the left- and right-handed Weyl fermions, constituting the low energy description, are not individually conserved, resulting, for example, in a negative magnetoresistance in such materials. Recent experiments see strong indications of such an anomalous resistance response; however, with a response that at strong fields is more sharply peaked for parallel magnetic and electric fields than expected from simple theoretical considerations. Here, we uncover a mechanism, arising from the interplay between the angle-dependent Landau-level structure and long-range scalar disorder, that has the same phenomenology. In particular, we analytically show, and numerically confirm, that the internode scattering time decreases exponentially with the angle between the magnetic field and the Weyl node separation in the large field limit, while it is insensitive to this angle at weak magnetic fields. Since, in the simplest approximation, the internode scattering time is proportional to the anomaly-related conductivity, this feature may be related to the experimental observations of a sharply peaked magnetoresistance.

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American Physical Society, 2017. Vol. 96, no 6, article id 060201
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-212597DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.96.060201ISI: 000407318500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-212597DiVA, id: diva2:1135935
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EU, European Research Council, 679722
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QC 20170824

Available from: 2017-08-24 Created: 2017-08-24 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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