Negative Resistance in Charge-Density-Wave Materials

E. Slot, H. S J Van Der Zant, S. V. Zaitsev-Zotov, S. N. Artemenko

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The observation of absolute negative resistance is one of the most surprising and unexpected phenomena in the experimental,study of microscopic Charge-Density-Wave (CDW) dynamics. The moving CDW pumps single-particle charge carriers in the opposite direction to the rest of the sample. This new phenomenon only occurs on typical length scales of a micrometer and less. The origin of the negative resistance is attributed to the different forces that the deformed CDW and single-particles feel: the force on the CDW is merely caused by an electric field, whereas the single-particle current is governed by a difference in electro-chemical potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics of Low-Dimensional Structures
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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