Inverse flux quantum periodicity in the amplitudes of commensurability oscillations in two-dimensional lateral surface superlattices

Chowdhury, S., Long, A.R., Skuras, E., Davies, J.H. , Lister, K., Pennelli, G. and Stanley, C.R. (2004) Inverse flux quantum periodicity in the amplitudes of commensurability oscillations in two-dimensional lateral surface superlattices. Physical Review B, 69(3), art 035330. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.69.035330)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.69.035330

Abstract

We report strong, amplitude modulated, commensurability oscillations in the magnetoresistance of short period, square, two-dimensional, lateral surface superlattices with symmetric potentials. The amplitude of the oscillations is strongly enhanced when one magnetic-flux quantum (h/e) passes through an integral number of cells of the superlattice. The temperature dependence of the strong oscillations agrees with the theory for commensurability oscillations in one-dimensional superlattices, but the smaller oscillations between these are more rapidly attenuated by increasing temperature. Although the structure we observe has the same flux periodicity as expected for the Landau-level substructure known as the Hofstadter butterfly, such substructure will not be resolved at the temperatures of measurement (1-10 K). We compare our data instead to a recent theoretical model which treats exactly this case, and find significant points of agreement.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stanley, Professor Colin and Long, Professor Andrew and Davies, Professor John and Chowdhury, Soumyadeb
Authors: Chowdhury, S., Long, A.R., Skuras, E., Davies, J.H., Lister, K., Pennelli, G., and Stanley, C.R.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review B
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1098-0121
ISSN (Online):1550-235X

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