125Te spin-lattice relaxation in a candidate to Weyl semimetals WTe2

A. O. Antonenko, E. V. Charnaya, A. L. Pirozerskii, D. Yu Nefedov, M. K. Lee, L. J. Chang, J. Haase, S. V. Naumov, A. N. Domozhirova, V. V. Marchenkov

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The tungsten ditelluride WTe2 was suggested to belong to the Weyl semimetal family. We studied 125Te spin-lattice relaxation and NMR spectra in a WTe2 single crystal within a large range from 28 K up to room temperature. Measurements were carried out on a Bruker Avance 500 NMR pulse spectrometer for the crystalline c axis directed in parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field. Relaxation proved to be single-exponential. The relaxation time varied depending on the sample position in magnetic field and frequency offset. The relaxation rate increased about linearly with temperature below 70 K, however the dependence became nearly quadratic at higher temperatures. The relaxation rate within the total temperature range was fitted using a theoretical model developed in Ref. [41] for Weyl semimetals and assuming the decrease of the chemical potential with increasing temperature. The results obtained for 125Te spin-lattice relaxation evidence in favor of the topological nontriviality of the WTe2 semimetal. The 125Te NMR spectra agreed with the occurrence of nonequivalent tellurium sites and varied insignificantly with temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103793
JournalResults in Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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