Interplay of the spin-density-wave state and magnetic field in the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTKHg(SC

Takahiko Sasaki, Andrei G. Lebed, Tetsuo Fukase, Naoki Toyota

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Magnetic phase diagram of a quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF(Formula presented)KHg(SCN(Formula presented) is revisited from a viewpoint of magnetic torque measurements in high fields up to 30 T. A phase boundary that is interpreted as a metal-spin density wave (SDW) phase transition is found by using torque measurements. It is shown that this phase boundary is clearly distinguished from so-called kink transition of the magnetoresistance. We demonstrate that the transition temperature defined by the midpoint of the broad phase transition is almost independent on magnetic field up to 23 T. Onset temperature of the transition shifts from about 8 K at H=0 T to higher temperatures with increasing of a magnetic field, and tends to be saturated. The onset line of this transition follows well the theoretical expectation that SDW has to be stabilized by a magnetic field. This allows us to estimate such important band parameters of the quasi-one-dimensional section of the Fermi surface as an effective mass, (Formula presented)≃(0.5±0.1)(Formula presented), and an upper limit of an imperfect nesting bandwidth (Formula presented)′≃(10 ±1) K. The other phase boundaries determined by the position of the kink and hysteresis properties of the magnetoresistance are interpreted as subphases inside the SDW phase. Inside the SDW phase, we find an additional phase boundary at the temperature-independent field of 23 T, which corresponds to the appearance of de Haas-van Alphen oscillations on a magnetic torque curve. At the 23 T boundary, both the effective mass, m*, and the Dingle temperature, (Formula presented), change their values from m*=(1.67 ± 0.05) (Formula presented) and (Formula presented)=3.7-4.0 K in low magnetic field region to (1.95 ± 0.05) (Formula presented) and 2.5-2.8 K in high field region. The latter phenomenon is discussed in terms of a reconstruction of the Fermi surface due to the SDW formation. Hysteresis of the magnetoresistance observed in one of the subphases inside the SDW phase is studied in detail by measuring both the temperature and the magnetic field dependences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12969-12978
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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