The thermal Hall conductivity κxy and Hall conductivity σxy in CeCoIn5 are used to determine the Lorenz number ℒH at low temperature T. This enables the separation of the observed thermal conductivity into its electronic and non-electronic parts. We uncover evidence for a charge-neutral, field-dependent thermal conductivity, which we identify with spin excitations. At low T, these excitations dominate the scattering of charge carriers. We show that suppression of the spin excitations in high fields leads to a steep enhancement of the electron mean-free-path, which leads to an interesting scaling relation between the magnetoresistance, thermal conductivity and σxy.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)