J. Phys. I France
Volume 6, Numéro 12, December 1996
Page(s) 1875 - 1898
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1996169
J. Phys. I France 6 (1996) 1875-1898

Field Induced Spin Density Waves

P.M. Chaikin

Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA and Exxon Research and Engineering Company, Route 22 East, Annandale, NJ 08801, USA

(Received 20 June 1996, revised 20 August 1996, accepted 26 August 1996)

The Field Induced Spin Density Waves (FISDWs) found in organic conductors represent a unique series of transitions which meld the one-dimensional physics of the Peierls instability with the two-dimensional physics of the Quantum Hall Effect. This paper presents a pedagogical introduction to the FISDW's in the Bechgaard salts, along with recent experimental results on related high magnetic field phenomena.

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