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Orbital-flop Induced Magnetoresistance Anisotropy in Rare Earth Monopnictide CeSb

TitleOrbital-flop Induced Magnetoresistance Anisotropy in Rare Earth Monopnictide CeSb
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsJ. Xu, F. Wu, J-K. Bao, F. Han, Z-L. Xiao, I. Martin, Y-Y. Lyu, Y-L. Wang, D. Young Chung, M. Li, W. Zhang, J. E. Pearson, J. S. Jiang, M. G. Kanatzidis, and W-K. Kwok
JournalNat. Commun.
Volume10
Pagination2875
Date PublishedJUN 28
Type of ArticleArticle
ISSN2041-1723
Abstract

The charge and spin of the electrons in solids have been extensively exploited in electronic devices and in the development of spintronics. Another attribute of electrons-their orbital nature-is attracting growing interest for understanding exotic phenomena and in creating the next-generation of quantum devices such as orbital qubits. Here, we report on orbital-flop induced magnetoresistance anisotropy in CeSb. In the low temperature high magnetic-field driven ferromagnetic state, a series of additional minima appear in the angle-dependent magnetoresistance. These minima arise from the anisotropic magnetization originating from orbital-flops and from the enhanced electron scattering from magnetic multidomains formed around the first-order orbital-flop transition. The measured magnetization anisotropy can be accounted for with a phenomenological model involving orbital-flops and a spin-valve-like structure is used to demonstrate the viable utilization of orbital-flop phenomenon. Our results showcase a contribution of orbital behavior in the emergence of intriguing phenomena.

DOI10.1038/s41467-019-10624-z