Lifshitz Transition and Non-Fermi Liquid Behavior in Highly Doped Semimetals

Kyungrok Kang, Won June Kim, Dohyun Kim, Sera Kim, Byungdo Ji, Dong Hoon Keum, Suyeon Cho, Young Min Kim, Sébastien Lebègue, Heejun Yang

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Abstract

The classical Fermi liquid theory and Drude model have provided fundamental ways to understand the resistivity of most metals. The violation of the classical theory, known as non-Fermi liquid (NFL) transport, appears in certain metals, including topological semimetals, but quantitative understanding of the NFL behavior has not yet been established. In particular, the determination of the non-quadratic temperature exponent in the resistivity, a sign of NFL behavior, remains a puzzling issue. Here, a physical model to quantitatively explain the Lifshitz transition and NFL behavior in highly doped (a carrier density of ≈1022 cm−3) monoclinic Nb2Se3 is reported. Hall and magnetoresistance measurements, the two-band Drude model, and first-principles calculations demonstrate an apparent chemical potential shift by temperature in monoclinic Nb2Se3, which induces a Lifshitz transition and NFL behavior in the material. Accordingly, the non-quadratic temperature exponent in the resistivity can be quantitatively determined by the chemical potential shift under the framework of Fermi liquid theory. This model provides a new experimental insight for nontrivial transport with NFL behavior or sign inversion of Seebeck coefficients in emerging materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2005742
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • layered semimetals
  • Lifshitz transition
  • non-Fermi liquids
  • temperature-induced chemical potential shifts

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