Closing the gap between spatial and spin dynamics of electrons at the metal-to-insulator transition

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Lonnemann, J.G.; Rugeramigabo, E.P.; Oestreich, M.; Hübner, J.: Closing the gap between spatial and spin dynamics of electrons at the metal-to-insulator transition. In: Physical Review B 96 (2017), Nr. 4, No. 45201. DOI:

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We combine extensive precision measurements of the optically detected spin dynamics and magneto-transport measurements in a contiguous set of n-doped bulk GaAs structures, in order to unambiguously unravel the intriguing but complex contributions to the spin relaxation at the metal-to-insulator transition (MIT). Just below the MIT, the interplay between hopping induced loss of spin coherence and hyperfine interaction yields a maximum spin lifetime exceeding 800 ns. At slightly higher doping concentrations, however, the spin relaxation deviates from the expected Dyakonov-Perel mechanism which is consistently explained by a reduction of the effective motional narrowing close to the MIT. The reduction is attributed to the change of the dominant momentum scattering mechanism in the metallic impurity band, where scattering by local conductivity domain boundaries due to the intrinsic random distribution of donors becomes significant. Here, we fully identify and model all intricate contributions of the relevant microscopic scattering mechanisms, which allows the complete quantitative modeling of the electron spin relaxation in the entire regime from weakly interacting up to fully delocalized electrons. © 2017 American Physical Society.
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Document Type: article
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Issue Date: 2017
Appears in Collections:Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik

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