Crossing the ballistic-ohmic transition via high energy electron irradiation

E. Zhakina*, P.H. McGuinness*, M. König, R. Grasset, M.D. Bachmann, S. Khim, C. Putzke, P.J.W. Moll, M. Konczykowski, A.P. Mackenzie*

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The delafossite metal PtCoO2 is among the highest-purity materials known, with low-temperature mean free path up to 5 μm in the best as-grown single crystals. It exhibits a strongly faceted, nearly hexagonal Fermi surface. This property has profound consequences for nonlocal transport within this material, such as in the classic ballistic-regime measurement of bend resistance in mesoscopic squares. Here, we report the results of experiments in which high-energy electron irradiation was used to introduce pointlike disorder into such squares, reducing the mean free path and therefore the strength of the ballistic-regime transport phenomena. We demonstrate that high-energy electron irradiation is a well-controlled technique to cross from nonlocal to local transport behavior and therefore determine the nature and extent of unconventional transport regimes. Using this technique, we confirm the origins of the directional ballistic effects observed in delafossite metals and demonstrate how the strongly faceted Fermi surface both leads to unconventional transport behavior and enhances the length scale over which such effects are important.
Original languageEnglish
Article number094203
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
Early online date10 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2023


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