Suppression of chaotic dynamics and localization of two-dimensional electrons by a weak magnetic field

M. Fogler, A. Yu Dobin, V. Perel, Boris I Shklovskii

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Abstract

We study a two-dimensional motion of a charged particle in a weak random potential and a perpendicular magnetic field. The correlation length of the potential is assumed to be much larger than the de Broglie wavelength. Under such conditions, the motion on not too large length scales is described by classical equations of motion. We show that the phase-space averaged diffusion coefficient is given by the Drude-Lorentz formula only at magnetic fields (Formula presented) smaller than certain value (Formula presented) At larger fields, the chaotic motion is suppressed and the diffusion coefficient becomes exponentially small. In addition, we calculate the quantum-mechanical localization length as a function of (Formula presented) at the minima of (Formula presented) At (Formula presented) it is exponentially large but decreases with increasing (Formula presented). At (Formula presented) this decrease becomes very rapid and the localization length ceases to be exponentially large at a field (Formula presented) which is only slightly larger than (Formula presented) Implications for the crossover from the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations to the quantum Hall effect are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6823-6838
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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