"Magnetic breakdown and charge density wave formation: A quantum oscillation study of the rare-earth tritellurides"

P. Walmsley: S. Aeschlimann, J. A. W. Straquadine, P. Giraldo-Gallo, S. C. Riggs, M. K. Chan, R. D. McDonald, and I. R. Fisher; Physical Review B, 07/30/20.

Additional Authors: S. Aeschlimann, J. A. W. Straquadine, P. Giraldo-Gallo, S. C. Riggs, M. K. Chan, R. D. McDonald, and I. R. Fisher

Abstract:

The rare-earth tritellurides (RTe3, where R=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Y) form a charge density wave state consisting of a single unidirectional charge density wave for lighter R, with a second unidirectional charge density wave, perpendicular and in addition to the first, also present at low temperatures for heavier R. We present a quantum oscillation study in magnetic fields up to 65 T that compares the single charge density wave state with the double charge density wave state both above and below the magnetic breakdown field of the second charge density wave. In the double charge density wave state it is observed that there remain several small, light pockets, with the largest occupying around 0.5% of the Brillouin zone. By applying magnetic fields above the independently determined magnetic breakown field, the quantum oscillation frequencies of the single charge density wave state are recovered, as expected in a magnetic breakdown scenario. Measurements of the electronic effective mass do not show any divergence or significant increase on the pockets of Fermi surface observed here as the putative quantum phase transition between the single and the double charge density wave states is approached.