Intrinsic versus extrinsic anomalous Hall effect in ferromagnets

Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Sep 22;97(12):126602. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.126602. Epub 2006 Sep 18.


A unified theory of the anomalous Hall effect (AHE) is presented for multiband ferromagnetic metals with dilute impurities. In the clean limit, the AHE is mostly due to extrinsic skew scattering. When the Fermi level is located around anticrossing of band dispersions split by spin-orbit interaction, the intrinsic AHE to be calculated ab initio is resonantly enhanced by its nonperturbative nature, revealing the extrinsic-to-intrinsic crossover which occurs when the relaxation rate is comparable to the spin-orbit coupling.