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Physical Review Letters

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# Magnetic field symmetry properties of the capacitance tensor of a two-dimensional electron system

## Abstract

Large, almost complete, asymmetry in the capacitance tensor elements is observed under field reversal in a 2D electron system with a multilead measurement configuration. In our high mobility electron gas the saturation field for this asymmetry is typically less than 0.05 T at T<4 K. The measured magnetic field symmetries are consistent with a recent theoretical discussion of capacitance by Büttiker and are in accordance with the Onsager-Casimir symmetry requirements. In multilead structures capacitance coefficients which are uneven under magnetic field reversal are possible since the Coulomb interaction couples a partial density of states instead of the full equilibrium density of states. © 1994 The American Physical Society.