Speaker: Bernd Gotsman and Federcio Balduini , IBM Zürich, Switzerland
Time: 14:00pm, 13th Oct.
Place: Seminar room IV(CFEL)
Weyl semimetals (WSM) are characterized by exceptional transport properties, including extremely high mobility, magnetoresistance, and electrical conductivity, all of which hold great promise for technological applications. However, it is still unclear whether the extreme properties of WSM can be primarily attributed to the topological and chiral nature of the Weyl fermions they host.
To address this question and gain deeper insights into Weyl fermions' transport properties and Fermi surface characteristics, we employ a combined approach of transverse electron focusing (TEF) and Shubnikov de Haas (SdH) experiments conducted on microstructured single-crystals of the WSM NbP. TEF and SdH allow differentiating charged quasiparticles with distinct momenta and Fermi surface area, respectively, thereby enabling focused study on the Fermi surface of Weyl fermions. Moreover, the combination of TEF and SdH allow extracting carrier density, type, mass and mobility giving valuable insights into Weyl fermions transport properties. Our findings suggest that the extreme properties of NbP originates from bulk, achiral and relativistic electrons. Looking forward, thermal transport experiments hold the potential to pave the way for a more comprehensive understanding of the intriguing properties of Weyl semimetals.