3Physik-Department, Technische Universität München, D-85748 Garching, Germany
Received March 6, 2018
The dependence of the resistance of a layered con-ductor with a quasi-two-dimensional charge carrier en-ergy spectrum on the strength and orientation of a quan-tizing magnetic field is studied. The case of an organic conductor with a multisheet Fermi surface consisting of a weakly warped cylinder and two adjoining planar sheets is considered. By applying an external pressure to the conductor or doping it with impurity atoms one can reduce the gap between the cylinder and the planar sheets of the Fermi surface (FS) so that electrons start wandering on the FS, tunneling between its different parts due to magnetic breakdown. If an electron can pass through all the different sheets of the FS several times during the mean free time, its motion in the plane orthogonal to the magnetic field becomes finite. This leads to Shubnikov–de Haas oscillations with a period determined by the area enclosed by the closed break-down orbit of an electron in momentum space. Howev-er, even at a slight tilting of the field from the normal to the layers by an angle ϑ the equidistance is broken and at certain angles ϑk the probability of the magnetic breakdown to one of the planar FS sheets may become so low that the electron cannot complete the magnetic-breakdown orbit and its motion over the other planar sheet and the cylindrical part of the FS becomes infinite. As a result, the magnetic-breakdown quantum oscillations of magnetization and all kinetic properties vanish. This vanishing repeats periodically as a function of tan ϑ with changing the tilt angle. Possibilities for experimental observation and investigation of the influence of magnetic breakdown on quantum oscillation phenomena are discussed.
PACS: 71.30.+h Metal-insulator transitions and other electronic transitions; PACS: 71.18.+y Fermi surface: calculations and measurements; effective mass, g factor; PACS: 72.20.Pa Thermoelectric and thermomagnetic effects.
Key words: quasi-two-dimensional energy spectrum, quantizing magnetic field, a multisheet Fermi surface, topological Lifshitz transition.