Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C
Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C
Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C

Magnetoresistance in Bismuth, MRB-11/ MRB-11C

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It is noticed that the resistance of the sample changes when the magnetic field is turned on. The phenomenon, called magnetoresistance, is due to the fact that the drift velocity of all the carriers is not same. With the magnetic field on; the Hall voltage V = Eyt = v -H compensates exactly the Lorentz force

for carriers with the average velocity; slower carriers will be over compensated and faster one undercompensated, resulting in trajectories that are not along the applied field. This results in an effective decrease of the mean free path and hence an increase in resistivity.

Here the above referred symbols are defined as: v = drift velocity; E = applied electric field; t = thickness of the crystal; H = Magnetic field


The set-up consists of the following:

1. Probes Arrangement

It consists of 4 collinear, equally spaced (2mm) and individually spring loaded probes mounted on a PCB strip. Two outer probes for supplying the constant current to the sample and two inner probes for

measuring the voltage developed across these probes. This eliminates the error due to contact resistance which is particularly serious in semiconductors. A platform is also provided for placing the sample and mounting the Four Probes on it.

2. Control Unit of Four Probe Setup

The unit comprises of two sections a totally isolated constant current source, and a grounded voltage measurement system. Features of these two sections are described below in some detail.

(A) Constant Current Source

It is an IC regulated current generator that is galvanically isolated from the rest of the circuit which is a basic requirement of four probe method. The isolation is achieved by using an optically coupled amplifier and associated circuits. This circuit sends a constant Current. To the changing resistance of the sample due to change in temp..

A judicious choice of the current setting as detailed in the user manual is necessary depending on the resistance value that is measured. Brief technical details of the current section are as under:

Current Range: 2 A, 20 A, 200 A, 2mA, 20mA and 200mA with over ranging

Open Circuit Voltage: 15V in the lower four ranges and 9V in the upper two

Accuracy : 0.25% of the reading 1digit

4-line LCD display with indication when current needs decreasing

(b) Digital Voltmeter Section

The voltmeter is used to read the voltage developed between the middle pins of the four probe arrangement. A primary requirement is to have very high input resistance so that the measurement  is not disturbed in case of high resistance samples. The input range of the voltmeter is thus limited by avoiding the use of any potential divider. Brief technical details are as under:

Voltage Range: 2mV, 20 mV, 200 mV, 2V with over ranging

Manual adjustment of Offset Voltage whenever current/voltage range is changed

Accuracy : 0.25% of the reading 1 digit

4-line LCD display with over voltage indication

3. Standard Sample

Bismuth (dimensions: 10 x 10 x 1.2mm)

4. Electromagnet, EMU-75T (Refer datasheet for specifications)

5. Constant Current Power Supply, DPS-175-C2 (Refer datasheet for specifications)

6. Digital Gaussmeter, DGM-202-C1 (Refer datasheet for specifications)


This is SES computer aided measurement module, which act as an interface between computer and different subunits of this experiment.

In addition to the above, this Magnetoresistance Setup may be connected to a computer for data logging purposes. Necessary hardware and software are included in the system.

The setup is complete in itself

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