Boundary scattering in quantum wires

T. J. Thornton, M. L. Roukes, A. Scherer, B. P. Van De Gaag

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Narrow quantum wires of sufficiently high mobility exhibit an anomalous, low-field magnetoresistance peak at a position scaling as the ratio of the Fermi wave vector to the wire width. We investigate this effect varying temperature, electron density, sample geometry, and method of lateral confinement. The data we obtain are consistent with a classical explanation based upon a diffuse component of electron scattering at the edges of the wire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2128-2131
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes


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Thornton, T. J., Roukes, M. L., Scherer, A., & Van De Gaag, B. P. (1989). Boundary scattering in quantum wires. Physical Review Letters, 63(19), 2128-2131.