Two-dimensional magnetic materials have recently attracted great interest due to their unique functions as the electric field control of a magnetic phase and the anomalous spin Hall effect. For such remarkable functions, a spin-orbit coupling (SOC) serves as an essential ingredient. Here we report a giant positive magnetoresistance in a layered magnetic semiconductor AgCrSe2, which is a manifestation of the subtle combination of the SOC and Zeeman-type spin splitting. When the carrier concentration, n, approaches the critical value of 2.5×1018cm-3, a sizable positive magnetoresistance of ∼400% emerges upon the application of magnetic fields normal to the conducting layers. Based on the magneto-Seebeck effect and the first-principles calculations, the unconventional magnetoresistance is ascribable to the enhancement of effective carrier mass in the SOC-induced J=3/2 state, which is tuned to the Fermi level through the Zeeman splitting enhanced by the p-d coupling. This study demonstrates an aspect of the SOC-derived magnetotransport in two-dimensional magnetic semiconductors, paving the way to spintronic functions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Materials Science
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)