Path to strong insulating transport properties in bulk AlPdRe samples

Ralph Rosenbaum*, Yuan Liang Zhong, Juhn Jong Lin

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Electronic transport measurements have been made on bulk icosahedral Al70Pd22.5Re7.5 quasicrystal (QC's) samples, having increasingly larger resistance temperature ratios, rT = R(4.2 K)/R(292 K). Data were taken between 0.023 K to 292 K and in magnetic fields up to 17.9 T. Both the zero field resistivity and the magnetoresistance (MR) changed from metallic behavior to weakly insulating behavior to highly insulating behavior, as the resistance temperature ratios rT's of the samples were made larger. For the insulating samples, the resistivities ρ's followed simple inverse temperature power laws above 50 K going as ρ(T) = a0/Tz, where z = 1 ± 0.1. The insulating QC samples exhibited saturation behaviors of their resistivities below 2 K. Below 0.3 K, the strongly insulating QC's displayed activated variable-range hopping (VRH) laws in their conductivity; the hopping exponents y's in the VRH laws varied between 0.19 ≤ y ≤ 0.43. A simple model including conductivity contributions both from the primary insulating QC phase and from a secondary metallic phase yielded good fits to the resistivity and MR data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2003
EventQuasicrystals 2003 - Preparation, Properties and Applications - Boston, MA., United States
Duration: 1 Dec 20033 Dec 2003


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