Hopping nature of the Hall effect in a samarium nickelate film

We analyzed the temperature dependencies of the DC resistivity and Hall coefficient in thin films of samarium nickelate SmNiO3. A dominating hopping conductivity was revealed in the insulating phase below 400 K, which defines an exponential drop in the Hall coefficient with temperature. The estimated dependencies of the hopping activation energy, Hall mobility, and charge carrier density suggest that small polarons are responsible for hopping. The hopping transport explains the observed sign anomaly of the Hall coefficient in rare-earth nickelates.