In this letter the authors present the observation of giant magnetothermal conductivity in NiMnIn single crystals. Upon cooling, a martensitic transformation is accompanied by a ferromagnetic metal→ferrimagnetic poor-metal transition. Most strikingly, this transition can be shifted to lower temperature and even totally suppressed by a magnetic field. The magnetic field-induced phase transition leads to a large magnetoresistance and a large magnetothermal conductivity up to 70% and 120%, respectively. The specific heat measurements indicate that the large magnetotransport properties are due to the increasing the density of free electrons, suggesting existence of superzone gap in the low-temperature, ferrimagnetic martensite.
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