Magnetoresistance in arrays of fine graphite powders with nearest-neighbor tunneling conduction

A. B. Pakhomov*, X. X. Zhang, Hui Liu, X. R. Wang, H. J. Huang, S. H. Yang

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Resistance of samples prepared by compressing submicron graphite powders was measured in the temperature range 1.8-300 K and magnetic field up to 4.5 T. The temperature dependence of resistance for some samples is satisfactorily described by a fluctuation-induced tunneling model R∝exp[T1/(T+T2)]. In others resistance follows a power law R∝1/Tα with α close to 1, and we propose a phonon-assisted bunch hopping (or tunneling) model for this case. The dominating mechanism is determined by the effective tunneling distance. Magnetoresistance (MR) is dominantly positive, with mesoscopic oscillations at low fields, in the fluctuation-induced tunneling regime, and has a negative component in the phonon-assisted bunch hopping regime. Our results confirm the existence of negative MR in systems with nearest-neighbor tunneling conduction and point the conditions for this effect. We interpret NMR as due to shifting of discrete electron levels towards the Fermi level in the magnetic field, which enhances the phonon-assisted bunch hopping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 5th International Conference on Electrical Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media (ETOPIM5) - Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Duration: Jun 21 1999Jun 25 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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