Metal-insulator-like behavior in semimetallic bismuth and graphite.

When high quality bismuth or graphite crystals are placed in a magnetic field directed along the c axis (trigonal axis for bismuth) and the temperature is lowered, the resistance increases as it does in an insulator but then saturates. We show that the combination of unusual features specific to semimetals, i.e., low carrier density, small effective mass… CONTINUE READING