Metal-Insulator Transition in Zinc-Doped LaSrCuO
A. Malinowski, M.Z. Cieplak, M. Berkowski, W. Plesiewicz and T. Skośkiewicz
Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland
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Received: 25 09 2005 ;
The magnetotransport in the vicinity of the metal-insulator transition in La1.85Sr0.15CuxZn1-xO4 is studied in the mK temperature range. Both longitudinal and transverse magnetoresistance are negative indicating the importance of spin effects. The magnitude of transverse magnetoresistance is larger than the magnitude of longitudinal magnetoresistance, indicating the absence of positive orbital magnetoresistance, in sharp contrast to strongly underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4. Both transverse and longitudinal magnetoresistance are proportional to the relative change of zero-field conductivity. This suggests that low-temperature localization of carriers may originate in the spin-disorder scattering on the spin droplets around Zn-impurities.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.109.617
PACS numbers: 74.72.-h, 71.30.+h, 74.25.Fy