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Multi-frequency Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in topological semimetal Pt2HgSe3

Published on March 19, 2020

Monolayer jacutingaite (Pt2HgSe3) has been recently identified as a candidate quantum spin Hall system with a 0.5 eV band gap, but no transport measurements have been performed so far on this material, neither in monolayer nor in the bulk. By using a dedicated high-pressure technique, we grow crystals enabling the exfoliation of 50-100 nm thick layers and the realization of devices for controlled transport experiments. Magnetoresistance measurements indicate that jacutingaite is a semimetal, exhibiting Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) resistance oscillations with a multi-frequency spectrum. We adapt the Lifshitz-Kosevich formula to analyze quantitatively the SdH resistance oscillations in the presence of multiple frequencies, and find that the experimental observations are overall reproduced well by band structure ab-initio calculations for bulk jacutingaite. Together with the relatively high electron mobility extracted from the experiments (≈ 2000 cm2/V−1s−1, comparable to what is observed in WTe2 crystals of the same thickness), our results indicate that monolayer jacutingaite should provide an excellent platform to investigate transport in 2D quantum spin Hall systems.


D. Mauro, H. Henck, M. Gibertini, M. Filippone1, E. Giannini, I. Gutiérrez-Lezama and A. F. Morpurgo

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