On the Kwak transition: Field-induced states in two-dimensional organic conductors

P. M. Chaikin, E. J. Mele, L. Y. Chiang, R. V. Chamberlin, M. J. Naughton, J. S. Brooks

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    When the metallic salts (TMTSF)2ClO4 and (TMTSF)2PF6 are subjected to a large magnetic field at low temperatures, they undergo a series of metal-semimetal transitions. We review the experimental measurements on these materials and present some new magnetization data indicating that the transitions are thermodynamic and first order. We address the problem of the energy states of a two-dimensional open orbit metal in the presence of a perpendicular magnetic field and indicate that such a system is unstable. The nature of the possible ground state and the transitions and their relation to the quantum Hall effect is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)45-61
    Number of pages17
    JournalSynthetic Metals
    Issue number1-3
    StatePublished - Jan 1986

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metals and Alloys
    • Materials Chemistry


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