Strong electronic correlations can produce remarkable phenomena such as metal–insulator transitions and greatly enhance superconductivity, thermoelectricity or optical nonlinearity. In correlated systems, spatially varying charge textures also amplify magnetoelectric effects or electroresistance in mesostructures. However, how spatially varying spin textures may influence electron transport in the presence of correlations remains unclear. Here we demonstrate a very large topological Hall effect (THE) in thin films of a lightly electron-doped charge-transfer insulator, (Ca,Ce)MnO3. Magnetic force microscopy reveals the presence of magnetic bubbles, whose density as a function of magnetic field peaks near the THE maximum. The THE critically depends on carrier concentration and diverges at low doping, near the metal–insulator transition. We discuss the strong amplification of the THE by correlation effects and give perspectives for its non-volatile control by electric fields.
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The authors thank V. Cros, V. Dobrosavljevic, J. Iñiguez, J.-V. Kim, D. Maccariello, J. Matsuno, I. Mertig, N. Nagaosa and N. Reyren for useful discussions, J.-Y. Chauleau and M. Viret for second harmonic generation experiments, N. Jaouen for resonant magnetic X-ray diffraction, J. Varignon for preparing Fig. 1a and J.-M. George for his help with some magnetotransport measurements. This research received financial support from the ERC Consolidator grant ‘MINT’ (contract no. 615759) and ANR project ‘FERROMON’. This work was also supported by a public grant overseen by the ANR as part of the ‘Investissement d’Avenir’ programme (LABEX NanoSaclay, ref. ANR-10-LABX-0035) through projects ‘FERROMOTT’ and ‘AXION’ and by the Spanish Government through project no. MAT2014-56063-C2-1-R and MAT2017-85232-R (AEI/FEDER, UE), and Severo Ochoa SEV-2015-0496 and the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014SGR 734 project). B.C. acknowledges grant no. FPI BES-2012-059023, R.C. acknowledges support from CNPq-Brazil, and J.S. thanks the University Paris-Saclay (D’Alembert programme) and CNRS for financing his stay at CNRS/Thales. Work at Rutgers was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, US Department of Energy under award no. DE-SC0018153. H.K. is supported by JSPS KAKENHI grants nos. 25400339, 15H05702 and 17H02929. K.N. is supported by a Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fellow grant no. 16J05516, and by a Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Integrative Graduate Education and Research in Green Natural Sciences’.
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Vistoli, L., Wang, W., Sander, A. et al. Giant topological Hall effect in correlated oxide thin films. Nature Phys 15, 67–72 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0307-5
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