Co2MnAl has been predicted to have Weyl points near the Fermi level in L21-ordered structure, which is expected to give rise to exotic transverse transport properties such as large anomalous Hall (AHE) and Nernst effects (ANE) due to large Berry curvature. In this study, the effects of Fermi level position and atomic ordering on AHE and ANE in Co2MnAl1-xSix were studied systematically. The Co2MnAl film keeps B2-disordred structure regardless of annealing temperature, which results in much smaller anomalous Hall conductivity σxy and transverse Peltier coefficient αxy than those calculated for L21-ordered Co2MnAl. Our newly performed calculation of σxy with taking B2 disordering into account well reproduces the experimental result; thus it was concluded that Berry curvature originating from the Weyl points is largely reduced by B2 disordering. It was also revealed Al substitution with Si shifts the position of the Fermi level and greatly improves the L21 atomic ordering, leading to strong enhancement of αxy, which also agreed with our theoretical calculation. The highest thermopower of ANE of 5.7 μV/K, which is comparable to the recent reports for Co2MnGa, was observed for Co2MnAl0.63Si0.37 because of dominant contribution of αxy. This study clearly shows the importance of both Fermi level tuning and high atomic ordering for obtaining the effect of topological features in Co-based Heusler alloys on transverse transport properties.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics