Subterahertz Momentum Drag and Violation of Matthiessen's Rule in an Ultraclean Ferromagnetic SrRuO3 Metallic Thin Film
SrRuO3, a ferromagnet with an approximately 160 K Curie temperature, exhibits a T2-dependent dc resistivity below â‰ˆ30 K. Nevertheless, previous optical studies in the infrared and terahertz range show non-Drude dynamics at low temperatures, which seem to contradict Fermi-liquid predictions. In this work, we measure the low-frequency THz range response of thin films with residual resistivity ratios, Ï300K/Ï4Kâ‰ˆ74. At temperatures below 30 K, we find both a sharp zero frequency mode which has a width narrower than kBT/Ã¢ as well as a broader zero frequency Lorentzian that has at least an order of magnitude larger scattering. Both features have temperature dependences consistent with a Fermi liquid with the wider feature explicitly showing a T2 scaling. Above 30 K, there is a crossover to a regime described by a single Drude peak that we believe arises from strong interband electron-electron scattering. Such two channel Drude transport sheds light on reports of the violation of Matthiessen's rule and extreme sensitivity to disorder in metallic ruthenates. Â© 2020 American Physical Society.