Anomalous conductivity tensor in the Dirac semimetal Na3Bi
1 Departments of Physics, Princeton University - Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
2 Departments of Chemistry, Princeton University - Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Received: 31 January 2016
Accepted: 28 April 2016
Na3Bi is a Dirac semimetal with protected nodes that may be sensitive to the breaking of time-reversal invariance in a magnetic field B. We report experiments which reveal that both the conductivity and resistivity tensors exhibit robust anomalies in B. The resistivity is B-linear up to 35 T, while the Hall angle exhibits an unusual profile approaching a step function. The conductivities and share identical power-law dependences at large B. We propose that these significant deviations from conventional transport result from an unusual sensitivity of the transport lifetime to B. The transport features are compared with those in Cd3As2.
PACS: 72.15.Gd – Galvanomagnetic and other magnetotransport effects / 72.20.My – Galvanomagnetic and other magnetotransport effects / 75.47.De – Giant magnetoresistance
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