Numerical calculations for large positive magnetoresistance ratios R(B)/R(0) in insulating materials

R. Rosenbaum, H. Castro, W. Schoepe

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Abstract

Numerical calculations are presented for predicting the large positive magnetoresistance ratios R(B)/R(0) which are often observed in insulating materials. The magnetic field causes shrinkage of the localized electronic wave function, resulting in less overlapping between the hopping sites and hence a relatively large increase of the resistance in the insulating material. Two specific cases are considered: (a) an insulating 3D sample that exhibits a `Mott' variable-range hopping law in its zero-field resistance and (b) an insulating 3D sample that exhibits an `Efros-Shklovskii' variable-range hopping law in its zero field resistance. The numerical calculations are tabulated. The general 3D `soft gap' case is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-488
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Volume294-295
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2001

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