The atomic structure of quasi one-dimensional (1D) van der Waals materials can be regarded as the stacking of atomic chains to form thin flakes or nanoribbons, which substantially differentiates them from typical two-dimensional (2D) layered materials and 1D nanotube/nanowire array. Here we present our studies on quasi 1D gold selenide (AuSe) that possesses highly anisotropic crystal structure, excellent electrical conductivity, giant magnetoresistance, and unusual reentrant metallic behavior. The low in-plane symmetry of AuSe gives rise to its high anisotropy of vibrational behavior. In contrast, quasi 1D AuSe exhibits high in-plane electrical conductivity along the directions of both atomic chains and perpendicular one, which can be understood as a result of strong interchain interaction. We found that AuSe exhibits a near quadratic nonsaturating giant magnetoresistance of 1841% with the magnetic field perpendicular to its in-plane. We also observe unusual reentrant metallic behavior, which is caused by the carrier mismatch in the multiband transport. Our works help to establish fundamental understandings on quasi 1D van der Waals semimetallic AuSe and identify it as a new candidate for exploring giant magnetoresistance and compensated semimetals.
- Giant magnetoresistance
- Quasi one-dimensional (1D) materials
- Two-dimensional (2D) materials
- van der Waals
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