Transport properties and crystal structure of layered LaSb2

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LaSb2 has a layered crystal structure along the c-axis with ∼2% difference between the in-plane orthorombic a and b axes. Here, we report on the thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity, and Seebeck coefficient from 10 to 300 K as well as the magnetoresistance at 10 K. Using the van der Pauw technique on single crystal samples, the in-plane electrical resistivity tensor has been measured and it is found to be isotropic. An anisotropic crystal structure may have isotropic properties, but in the present case, the isotropic nature stems from crystal imperfection. Single crystal X-ray diffraction provides evidence of a mixing of the in-plane a- and b-directions leading to observed diffraction intensity where systematic absences are expected. Whether the underlying structural mechanism is twinning or stacking faults is unknown, but it could be the origin of the previously observed charge density wave states, and it may also explain the high unsaturating linear magnetoresistance reported here. At ambient conditions, LaSb2 is found to be stable in air, with no sign of bulk degradation after 5 years of storage; however, some change is observed in the amorphous background scattering.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045110
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Pages (from-to)045110-1 - 045110-7
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2019

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