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Title: ‘Hard’ crystalline lattice in the Weyl semimetal NbAs

Here, we report the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the magnetotransport properties of the Weyl semimetal NbAs. Subtle changes can be seen in the ρxx(T) profiles with pressure up to 2.31 GPa. The Fermi surfaces undergo an anisotropic evolution under pressure: the extremal areas slightly increase in the kx-ky plane, but decrease in the kz-ky(kx) plane. The topological features of the two pockets observed at atmospheric pressure, however, remain unchanged at 2.31 GPa. No superconductivity can be seen down to 0.3 K for all the pressures measured. By fitting the temperature dependence of specific heat to the Debye model, we obtain a small Sommerfeld coefficient γ0=0.09(1) mJ (mol•K2)-1 and a large Debye temperature, θD=450(9) K, confirming a 'hard' crystalline lattice that is stable under pressure. We also studied the Kadowaki–Woods ratio of this low-carrier-density massless system, RKW=3.2 x 104 μΩ cm mol2 K2 J-2. After we account for the small carrier density in NbAs, this RKW indicates a suppressed transport scattering rate relative to other metals.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1249050
Report Number(s):
LA-UR--15-28700
Journal ID: ISSN 0953-8984
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0953-8984
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE