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Title: Giant magnetoresistance in the variable-range hopping regime

We predict the universal power-law dependence of the localization length on the magnetic field in the strongly localized regime. This effect is due to the orbital quantum interference. Physically, this dependence shows up in an anomalously large negative magnetoresistance in the hopping regime. The reason for the universality is that the problem of the electron tunneling in a random media belongs to the same universality class as the directed polymer problem even in the case of wave functions of random sign. We present numerical simulations that prove this conjecture. We discuss the existing experiments that show anomalously large magnetoresistance. We also discuss the role of localized spins in real materials and the spin polarizing effect of the magnetic field.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, LPTHE (France)
  2. University of Washington, Department of Physics (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22210468
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Pleiades Publishing, Inc.; http://www.springer-ny.com; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; ELECTRONS; FUNCTIONS; INTERFERENCE; LENGTH; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETORESISTANCE; POLYMERS; RANDOMNESS; SPIN; SPIN ORIENTATION; TUNNEL EFFECT