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Anisotropic mobility and carrier dynamics in the β-type BEDT-TTF salts as studied by inter-layer transverse magnetoresistance

Author(s): Shigeharu Sugawara and Masafumi Tamura

Journal: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
ISSN 1468-6996

Volume: 14;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 045004;
Date: 2013;
Original page

A new method to estimate an in-plane conduction anisotropy in a quasi-two-dimensional (q2D) layered conductor by measuring the inter-layer transverse magnetoresistance is proposed. We applied this method to layered organic conductors β-(BEDT-TTF)2X (BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene, C10H8S8; X = IBr2, I2Br) by applying magnetic field rotating within the basal plane at 4.2 K. We found the anisotropic behaviour of carrier mobility μ. From this, anomalous distribution of carrier lifetime τ on the Fermi surface is derived, by the use of Fermi surface data reported for the materials. Calculations of the non-uniform susceptibility χ0(q) suggest that carrier scattering is enhanced at specific k-points related to partial nesting of the Fermi surface. The present method is thus demonstrated to be an efficient experimental tool to elucidate anisotropic carrier dynamics in q2D conductors.
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