Description: The origin of the Shubnikov-de Haas effect, the strain theory developed by Bir and Pikus, and a simple, classical beating-effects model are discussed. The equipment and the experimental techniques used in recording the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations of n-type indium antimonite are described. The analysis of the experimental data showed that the angular anisotropy of the period of SdH oscillations at zero stress was unmeasurable for low concentration samples as discussed by other workers. Thus the Fermi surfaces of InSb are nearly spherical at low concentration. It was also shown that the Fermi surface of a high concentration sample of InAs is also nearly spherical. The advantages of using the magnetic field modulation and phase sensitive detection techniques in determining the beats are given. The simple, classical beating-effects model is able to explain the experimental beating effect data in InSb. The computer programs used to obtain the theoretical values of the beat nodal position, SdH frequencies, average frequency, the Fermi surface contours, and the energy eigenvalues are given.
Date: December 1976
Creator: Bajaj, Bhushan D.