Low-field magnetoresistance in GaAs two-dimensional holes

S. J. Papadakis, E. P. De Poortere, H. C. Manoharan, J. B. Yau, M. Shayegan, S. A. Lyon

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We report low-field magnetotransport data in two-dimensional hole systems in GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs heterostructures and quantum wells, in a large density range 2.5x1010≤p≤4.0x1011 cm-2, with a primary focus on samples grown on (311)A GaAs substrates. At high densities, p≳1x1011 cm-2, we observe a remarkably strong positive magnetoresistance. It appears in samples with an anisotropic in-plane mobility and predominantly along the low-mobility direction, and is strongly dependent on the perpendicular electric field and the resulting spin-orbit interaction-induced spin-subband population difference. A careful examination of the data reveals that the magnetoresistance must result from a combination of factors including the presence of two spin subbands, a corrugated quantum-well interface which leads to the mobility anisotropy, and possibly weak antilocalization. None of these factors can alone account for the observed positive magnetoresistance. We also present the evolution of the data with density: the magnitude of the positive magnetoresistance decreases with decreasing density until, at the lowest density studied (p=2.5x1010 cm-2), it vanishes and is replaced by a weak negative magnetoresistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number245312
Pages (from-to)2453121-2453127
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 15 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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