In transition-metal dipnictides TmPn2 (Tm = Ta and Nb; Pn = P, As, and Sb), the origin of extremely large magnetoresistance (XMR) is yet to be studied by the direct visualization of the experimental band structures. Here, using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we map out the three-dimensional electronic structure of NbAs2. The open-orbit topology contributes to a non-negligible part of the Fermi surfaces (FSs), like that of the isostructural compound MoAs2, where the open FS is proposed to likely explain the origin of XMR. We further demonstrate the observation of open characters in the overall FSs of W2As3, which is also a XMR semimetal with the same space group of C12/m1 as the TmPn2 family and MoAs2. Our results suggest that the open-orbit FS topology may be a shared feature between XMR materials with the space group of C12/m1 and, thus, could possibly play a role in determining the corresponding XMR effect together with the electron–hole compensation.
Electronic structure and open-orbit Fermi surface topology in isostructural semimetals NbAs2 and W2As3 with extremely large magnetoresistance
Rui Lou, Yiyan Wang, Lingxiao Zhao, Chenchao Xu, Man Li, Xiaoyang Chen, Anmin Zhang, Yaobo Huang, Chao Cao, Genfu Chen, Tianlong Xia, Qingming Zhang, Hong Ding, Shancai Wang; Electronic structure and open-orbit Fermi surface topology in isostructural semimetals NbAs2 and W2As3 with extremely large magnetoresistance. Appl. Phys. Lett. 21 March 2022; 120 (12): 123101. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0087141
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