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Towards diluted magnetism in TaAs

  • Author(s): Liu, Y
  • Li, Z
  • Guo, L
  • Chen, X
  • Yuan, Y
  • Xu, C
  • Hübner, R
  • Akhmadaliev, S
  • Krasheninnikov, AV
  • N'Diaye, AT
  • Arenholz, E
  • Helm, M
  • Zhou, S
  • et al.

© 2017 American Physical Society. Magnetism in Weyl semimetals is desired to investigate the interaction between the magnetic moments and Weyl fermions, e.g., to explore anomalous quantum Hall phenomena. Here we demonstrate that proton irradiation is an effective tool to induce ferromagnetism in the Weyl semimetal TaAs. The intrinsic magnetism is observed with a transition temperature above room temperature. The magnetic moments from d states are found to be localized around Ta atoms. Further, the first-principles calculations indicate that the d states localized on the nearest-neighbor Ta atoms of As vacancy sites are responsible for the observed magnetic moments and the long-ranged magnetic order. The results show the feasibility of inducing ferromagnetism in Weyl semimetals so that they may facilitate the applications of this material in spintronics.

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