In-plane field magnetoresistivity of Si two-dimensional electron gas in Si/SiGe quantum wells at 20 mK

T. M. Lu, L. Sun, D. C. Tsui, Stephen Aplin Lyon, W. Pan, M. Mühlberger, F. Schäffler, J. Liu, Y. H. Xie

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Abstract

We report measurements of in-plane field magnetoresistivity of the two-dimensional electrons in two Si/SiGe quantum wells with different disorder strength at 20 mK. For both samples, the ratio of the saturation resistivity in the high magnetic field to the zero-field resistivity was approximately constant in the high-density limit. In the metallic to insulating transition (MIT) regime, it is strongly enhanced and appears diverging as the electron density approaches a sample-dependent characteristic density n. n is below nc, the critical density of MIT at which the temperature dependence of resistivity changes sign. Disorder is believed to play an important role in this phenomenon. Furthermore, the field at which the magnetoresistivity saturates appears to extrapolate to zero, suggesting that ferromagnetic instability does not occur in Si/SiGe, at least down to n∼0.3× 1011 / cm2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number233309
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume78
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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