Spins in Si: P close to the metal-insulator transition

M. A. Paalanen, A. E. Ruckenstein, G. A. Thomas

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The spin-lattice relaxation time T1 of Si29 nuclei is measured near the metal-insulator transition as a function of temperature and magnetic field. The observed relaxation rate in the metal is up to 103 times larger than that for nuclei interacting with free, degenerate electrons. The enhanced relaxation rate and its magnetic field dependence suggest the existence of intrinsic, quasistatic spins with an ω-1 spectrum. These spins may cause strong spin-flip scattering and may therefore be responsible for the anomalous critical exponent of the electrical conductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1295-1298
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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