The angular-dependent magnetoresistance in the Bechgaard salts (TMTSF)2X (X=PF6, ClO4, etc.) is characterized by sharp dips when the field is aligned along lattice vectors. Although magic-angle effects were originally predicted by Lebed, they remain largely unexplained. Here we present detailed interplane transport data and show that a simple model involving conductivity contributions from transfers between neighboring chains, which are individually destroyed by a perpendicular field, fits most c-axis data remarkably well. The fitting illustrates what can be explained by classical transport and what cannot - a dominant term from hopping perpendicular to the current direction. Combined with the observation that the fitting also "works" for a-axis data, this suggests a different interpretation: The quasi-one-dimensional system is insulating and any unnesting transfer makes it metallic.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics