Signature of surface state coupling in thin films of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6 from anisotropic magnetoresistance

M. Shaviv Petrushevsky, P. K. Rout, G. Levi, A. Kohn, Y. Dagan

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Abstract

The temperature and thickness dependencies of the in-plane anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) of SmB6 thin films are reported. We find that the AMR changes sign from negative (ρ||<ρ¥) at high temperatures to positive (ρ||>ρ¥) at low temperatures. The temperature, Ts, at which this sign change occurs, decreases with increasing film thickness t and Ts vanishes for t> 30 nm. We interpret our results in the framework of a competition between two components: a negative bulk contribution and a positive surface AMR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085112
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume95
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

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