Acoustoelectric Study of Microwave-Induced Current Domains

B. Friess, I. A. Dmitriev, V. Umansky, L. Pfeiffer, K. West, K. Von Klitzing, J. H. Smet

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Surface acoustic waves (SAW) have been utilized to investigate the properties of a two-dimensional electron system subjected to a perpendicular magnetic field and monochromatic microwave radiation in the regime where the so-called microwave-induced zero-resistance states form. Contrary to conventional magnetotransport in Hall bar and van der Pauw geometries, the collimated SAW beam probes only the bulk of the electronic system exposed to this wave. Clear signatures appear in the SAW propagation velocity, corroborating that neither contacts nor sample edges are a root source for their emergence. By virtue of the directional nature of this probing method and with the assistance of theoretical modeling, we were able to demonstrate that the SAW response depends on the angle between its propagation vector and the orientation of domains that spontaneously form when zero-resistance is observed in transport. This confirms in unprecedented manner the formation of an inhomogeneous phase under these nonequilibrium conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number117601
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 20 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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