Dirac dispersion and non-trivial Berry's phase in three-dimensional semimetal RhSb3

14 Mar 2017  ·  Wang Kefeng, Boschini F., Ramshaw B. J., Graf D., Wang Limin, Michiardi M., Zonno A., Rotenberg E., Bostwick A., Damascelli A., Paglione J. ·

We report observations of magnetoresistance, quantum oscillations and angle-resolved photoemission in RhSb$_3$, a unfilled skutterudite semimetal with low carrier density. The calculated electronic band structure of RhSb$_3$ entails a $Z_2$ quantum number $\nu_0=0,\nu_1=\nu_2=\nu_3=1$ in analogy to strong topological insulators, and inverted linear valence/conduction bands that touch at discrete points close to the Fermi level, in agreement with angle-resolved photoemission results... Transport experiments reveal an unsaturated linear magnetoresistance that approaches a factor of 200 at 60 T magnetic fields, and quantum oscillations observable up to 150~K that are consistent with a large Fermi velocity ($\sim 1.3\times 10^6$ ms$^{-1}$), high carrier mobility ($\sim 14$ $m^2$/Vs), and small three dimensional hole pockets with nontrivial Berry phase. A very small, sample-dependent effective mass that falls as low as $0.015(7)$ bare masses scales with Fermi velocity, suggesting RhSb$_3$ is a new class of zero-gap three-dimensional Dirac semimetal. read more

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