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Title: Quantum oscillations of electrical resistivity in an insulator

Abstract

In metals, orbital motions of conduction electrons on the Fermi surface are quantized in magnetic fields, which is manifested by quantum oscillations in electrical resistivity. This Landau quantization is generally absent in insulators. Here, we report a notable exception in an insulator—ytterbium dodecaboride (YbB 12 ). The resistivity of YbB 12 , which is of a much larger magnitude than the resistivity in metals, exhibits distinct quantum oscillations. These unconventional oscillations arise from the insulating bulk, even though the temperature dependence of the oscillation amplitude follows the conventional Fermi liquid theory of metals with a large effective mass. Quantum oscillations in the magnetic torque are also observed, albeit with a lighter effective mass.

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1476135
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[Science in 100 T; SC0008110]
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Published Article
Journal Name:
Science
Additional Journal Information:
[Journal Name: Science Journal Volume: 362 Journal Issue: 6410]; Journal ID: ISSN 0036-8075
Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

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Xiang, Z., Kasahara, Y., Asaba, T., Lawson, B., Tinsman, C., Chen, Lu, Sugimoto, K., Kawaguchi, S., Sato, Y., Li, G., Yao, S., Chen, Y. L., Iga, F., Singleton, John, Matsuda, Y., and Li, Lu. Quantum oscillations of electrical resistivity in an insulator. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1126/science.aap9607.
Xiang, Z., Kasahara, Y., Asaba, T., Lawson, B., Tinsman, C., Chen, Lu, Sugimoto, K., Kawaguchi, S., Sato, Y., Li, G., Yao, S., Chen, Y. L., Iga, F., Singleton, John, Matsuda, Y., & Li, Lu. Quantum oscillations of electrical resistivity in an insulator. United States. doi:10.1126/science.aap9607.
Xiang, Z., Kasahara, Y., Asaba, T., Lawson, B., Tinsman, C., Chen, Lu, Sugimoto, K., Kawaguchi, S., Sato, Y., Li, G., Yao, S., Chen, Y. L., Iga, F., Singleton, John, Matsuda, Y., and Li, Lu. Thu . "Quantum oscillations of electrical resistivity in an insulator". United States. doi:10.1126/science.aap9607.
@article{osti_1476135,
title = {Quantum oscillations of electrical resistivity in an insulator},
author = {Xiang, Z. and Kasahara, Y. and Asaba, T. and Lawson, B. and Tinsman, C. and Chen, Lu and Sugimoto, K. and Kawaguchi, S. and Sato, Y. and Li, G. and Yao, S. and Chen, Y. L. and Iga, F. and Singleton, John and Matsuda, Y. and Li, Lu},
abstractNote = {In metals, orbital motions of conduction electrons on the Fermi surface are quantized in magnetic fields, which is manifested by quantum oscillations in electrical resistivity. This Landau quantization is generally absent in insulators. Here, we report a notable exception in an insulator—ytterbium dodecaboride (YbB 12 ). The resistivity of YbB 12 , which is of a much larger magnitude than the resistivity in metals, exhibits distinct quantum oscillations. These unconventional oscillations arise from the insulating bulk, even though the temperature dependence of the oscillation amplitude follows the conventional Fermi liquid theory of metals with a large effective mass. Quantum oscillations in the magnetic torque are also observed, albeit with a lighter effective mass.},
doi = {10.1126/science.aap9607},
journal = {Science},
number = [6410],
volume = [362],
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {8}
}

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