Restoration of metallic behavior in organic conductors by small electric fields

W. M. Walsh, F. Wudl, G. A. Thomas, D. Nalewajek, J. J. Hauser, P. A. Lee, T. Poehler

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The electrical conductivity of two linear-chain organic compounds in their semiconducting states is found to increase drastically witht the application of electric fields of ∼ 10 mV/cm and with the increase of frequency to ∼ 10 GHz. Also, the electron-spin-resonance line is found to switch abruptly from unresolvable to fully resolved (narrow and metal-like) at fields of 0.1 V/cm. One speculative explanation of these observations is the presence of spin-density waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-832
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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