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Quantum-classical crossover and apparent metal-insulator transition in a weakly interacting 2D Fermi liquid.

Authors
  • Zhou, Xiaoqing
  • Schmidt, B
  • Proust, C
  • Gervais, G
  • Pfeiffer, L N
  • West, K W
  • Sarma, S Das
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical Review Letters
Publisher
American Physical Society
Publication Date
Aug 19, 2011
Volume
107
Issue
8
Pages
86804–86804
Identifiers
PMID: 21929191
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report the observation of an apparent parallel magnetic-field-induced metal-insulator transition in a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas for which spin and localization physics most likely play no major role. The high-mobility metallic phase at low field is consistent with the established Fermi liquid transport theory including phonon scattering, whereas the phase at higher field shows a large insulatinglike negative temperature dependence at resistances much smaller than the quantum of resistance h/e(2). We argue that this observation is a direct manifestation of a quantum-classical crossover arising predominantly from the magneto-orbital coupling between the finite width of the two-dimensional electron gas and the in-plane magnetic field.

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