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  1. Supercurrent in the quantum Hall regime.

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    Amet, F; Ke, C T; Borzenets, I V; Wang, J; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Deacon, R S; Yamamoto, M; Bomze, Y; Tarucha, S; Finkelstein, G

    2016-05-20

    A promising route for creating topological states and excitations is to combine superconductivity and the quantum Hall (QH) effect. Despite this potential, signatures of superconductivity in the QH regime remain scarce, and a superconducting current through a QH weak link has been challenging to observe. We demonstrate the existence of a distinct supercurrent mechanism in encapsulated graphene samples contacted by superconducting electrodes, in magnetic fields as high as 2 tesla. The observation of a supercurrent in the QH regime marks an important step in the quest for exotic topological excitations, such as Majorana fermions and parafermions, which may find applications in fault-tolerant quantum computing.

  2. Supercurrent in the quantum Hall regime

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    Amet, F.; Ke, C. T.; Borzenets, I. V.; Wang, J.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Deacon, R. S.; Yamamoto, M.; Bomze, Y.; Tarucha, S.; Finkelstein, G.

    2016-05-01

    A promising route for creating topological states and excitations is to combine superconductivity and the quantum Hall (QH) effect. Despite this potential, signatures of superconductivity in the QH regime remain scarce, and a superconducting current through a QH weak link has been challenging to observe. We demonstrate the existence of a distinct supercurrent mechanism in encapsulated graphene samples contacted by superconducting electrodes, in magnetic fields as high as 2 tesla. The observation of a supercurrent in the QH regime marks an important step in the quest for exotic topological excitations, such as Majorana fermions and parafermions, which may find applications in fault-tolerant quantum computing.

  3. Supercurrent in the quantum Hall regime

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    Wei, Ming-Tso; Amet, François; Ke, Chung-Ting; Borzenets, Ivan; Wang, Jiyingmei; Watanabe, Keji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Deacon, Russell; Yamamoto, Michihisa; Bomze, Yuriy; Tarucha, Seigo; Finkelstein, Gleb

    Combining superconductivity and the quantum Hall (QH) effect is a promising route for creating new types of topological excitations. Despite this potential, signatures of superconductivity in the quantum Hall regime remain scarce, and a superconducting current through a QH weak link has so far eluded experimental observation. Here we demonstrate the existence of a novel type of Josephson coupling through a QH region at magnetic fields as high as 2 Tesla. The supercurrent is mediated by states encompassing QH edge channels, which are flowing on opposite sides of the sample. The edges are coupled together by the hybrid electron-hole modes at the interfaces between the QH region and the superconducting contacts. These chiral modes, which share some features with Majorana modes, are formed when electron and hole edge states are mixed by the superconductor.

  4. Supercurrent in the quantum Hall regime, part II

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    Amet, Francois; Ke, Chung Ting; Borzenets, Ivan; Wang, Jiyingmei; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Deacon, Russel; Yamamoto, Michihisa; Bomze, Yuriy; Tarucha, Seigo; Finkelstein, Gleb

    A novel promising route for creating topological states and excitations is to combine superconductivity and the quantum Hall effect. Despite this potential, signatures of superconductivity in the quantum Hall regime remain scarce, and a superconducting current through a Landau-quantized two-dimensional electron gas has so far eluded experimental observation. High-mobility graphene/BN heterostructures exhibit the quantum Hall effect at relatively low field and are therefore particularly suitable to study the fate of the Josephson effect in that regime. Here, we report the observation of a superconducting current through graphene at fields as high as 2 Tesla. In that regime, the normal-state resistance is quantized but pockets of superconductivity still persist at small current bias. We will describe their bias and temperature dependence. Magnetic field interference patterns in the supercurrent inform on possible mechanisms mediating this supercurrent.

  5. Optically Pumped NMR in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime

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    Barrett, S. E.; Kuzma, N. N.; Khandelwal, P.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    1998-03-01

    Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance measurements are a local probe of the electron spin degree of freedom in n-type GaAs quantum wells.(S.E.Barrett et al.,Phys.Rev.Lett.72),1368(1994).^, footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995)^, footnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995). We have recently shown that this OPNMR technique can be carried out in fields up to B=12 Tesla and temperatures down to T=0.3 K, making this technique a viable new probe of the Fractional Quantum Hall regime. We will discuss our latest measurements in these conditions, and compare our new results with previous measurements and the existing theoretical models for this regime.

  6. Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Quantum Hall Regimes

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    Barrett, S. E.; Khandelwal, P.; Kuzma, N. N.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    1997-03-01

    Optical pumping enables the direct detection of the nuclear magnetic resonance signal of ^71Ga nuclei located in an electron doped GaAs quantum well.footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1368 (1994) Using this technique, measurements of the Knight shift (K_S)footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995) and spin-lattice relaxation time (T_1)footnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995) have been carried out in the Quantum Hall regimes. This talk will focus on our latest measurements of KS and T1 near Landau level filling ν=1, which extend our earlier results to higher magnetic fields (B=12 Tesla) and lower temperatures (T < 1 Kelvin). We will compare these results to the theoretical predictionsfootnote S. L. Sondhi et al., Phys. Rev. B 47, 16419 (1993); H. A. Fertig et al., Phys. Rev. B 50, 11018 (1994) that the charged excitations of the ν = 1 ground state are novel spin textures called skyrmions. The current status of this picture will be discussed.

  7. Gate-defined graphene quantum point contact in the quantum Hall regime.

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    Nakaharai, S; Williams, J R; Marcus, C M

    2011-07-15

    We investigate transport in a gate-defined graphene quantum point contact in the quantum Hall regime. Edge states confined to the interface of p and n regions in the graphene sheet are controllably brought together from opposite sides of the sample and allowed to mix in this split-gate geometry. Among the expected quantum Hall features, an unexpected additional plateau at 0.5h/e2 is observed. We propose that chaotic mixing of edge channels gives rise to the extra plateau.

  8. Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Quantum Hall Regimes

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    Barrett, Sean E.

    1998-03-01

    Optical pumping enables the direct detection of the nuclear magnetic resonance signal of ^71Ga nuclei located in an electron doped GaAs quantum well.footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1368 (1994) This OPNMR technique was previously used to measure the Knight shift (K_S)footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995) and spin-lattice relaxation time (T_1)footnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995) near Landau level filling ν=1, which provided the first experimental support for the theoretical predictionsfootnote S. L. Sondhi et al., Phys. Rev. B 47, 16419 (1993); H. A. Fertig et al., Phys. Rev. B 50, 11018 (1994) that the charged excitations of the ν = 1 ground state are novel spin textures called skyrmions. We have recently demonstrated that OPNMR is possible in fields up to B=12 Tesla, and temperatures down to T= 0.3 K, making it a viable new probe of the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime. In this talk we will present our latest OPNMR measurements near Landau level filling ν=1/3, which include the first direct measurement of the electron spin polarization at ν=1/3. The spin polarization drops as the filling factor is varied away from ν=1/3, indicating that the quasiparticles and quasiholes are not fully spin-polarized. We will also show how the NMR lineshape away from ν=1/3 changes dramatically at low temperatures, which is due to slowing of the electron dynamics, and a reduction in the motional narrowing of the NMR line. The current understanding of these results will be discussed.

  9. Nonlinear transport of graphene in the quantum Hall regime

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    Tian, Shibing; Wang, Pengjie; Liu, Xin; Zhu, Junbo; Fu, Hailong; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Chen, Jian-Hao; Lin, Xi

    2017-03-01

    We have studied the breakdown of the integer quantum Hall (QH) effect with fully broken symmetry, in an ultra-high mobility graphene device sandwiched between two single crystal hexagonal boron nitride substrates. The evolution and stabilities of the QH states are studied quantitatively through the nonlinear transport with dc Hall voltage bias. The mechanism of the QH breakdown in graphene and the movement of the Fermi energy with the electrical Hall field are discussed. This is the first study in which the stabilities of fully symmetry broken QH states are probed all together. Our results raise the possibility that the ν = ±6 states might be a better target for the quantum resistance standard.

  10. Edge mixing dynamics in graphene p-n junctions in the quantum Hall regime

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    Matsuo, Sadashige; Takeshita, Shunpei; Tanaka, Takahiro; Nakaharai, Shu; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito; Moriyama, Takahiro; Ono, Teruo; Kobayashi, Kensuke

    2015-09-01

    Massless Dirac electron systems such as graphene exhibit a distinct half-integer quantum Hall effect, and in the bipolar transport regime co-propagating edge states along the p-n junction are realized. Additionally, these edge states are uniformly mixed at the junction, which makes it a unique structure to partition electrons in these edge states. Although many experimental works have addressed this issue, the microscopic dynamics of electron partition in this peculiar structure remains unclear. Here we performed shot-noise measurements on the junction in the quantum Hall regime as well as at zero magnetic field. We found that, in sharp contrast with the zero-field case, the shot noise in the quantum Hall regime is finite in the bipolar regime, but is strongly suppressed in the unipolar regime. Our observation is consistent with the theoretical prediction and gives microscopic evidence that the edge states are uniquely mixed along the p-n junction.

  11. Minimal Excitations in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime

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    Rech, J.; Ferraro, D.; Jonckheere, T.; Vannucci, L.; Sassetti, M.; Martin, T.

    2017-02-01

    We study the minimal excitations of fractional quantum Hall edges, extending the notion of levitons to interacting systems. Using both perturbative and exact calculations, we show that they arise in response to a Lorentzian potential with quantized flux. They carry an integer charge, thus involving several Laughlin quasiparticles, and leave a Poissonian signature in a Hanbury Brown-Twiss partition noise measurement at low transparency. This makes them readily accessible experimentally, ultimately offering the opportunity to study real-time transport of Abelian and non-Abelian excitations.

  12. Unconventional features in the quantum Hall regime of disordered graphene: Percolating impurity states and Hall conductance quantization

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    Leconte, Nicolas; Ortmann, Frank; Cresti, Alessandro; Roche, Stephan

    2016-03-01

    We report on the formation of critical states in disordered graphene, at the origin of variable and unconventional transport properties in the quantum Hall regime, such as a zero-energy Hall conductance plateau in the absence of an energy band gap and Landau-level degeneracy breaking. By using efficient real-space transport methodologies, we compute both the dissipative and Hall conductivities of large-size graphene sheets with random distribution of model single and double vacancies. By analyzing the scaling of transport coefficients with defect density, system size, and magnetic length, we elucidate the origin of anomalous quantum Hall features as magnetic-field-dependent impurity states, which percolate at some critical energies. These findings shed light on unidentified states and quantum-transport anomalies reported experimentally.

  13. Crossover to the anomalous quantum regime in the extrinsic spin Hall effect of graphene

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    Milletarı, Mirco; Ferreira, Aires

    2016-11-01

    Recent reports of spin-orbit coupling enhancement in chemically modified graphene have opened doors to studies of the spin Hall effect with massless chiral fermions. Here, we theoretically investigate the interaction and impurity density dependence of the extrinsic spin Hall effect in spin-orbit coupled graphene. We present a nonperturbative quantum diagrammatic calculation of the spin Hall response function in the strong-coupling regime that incorporates skew scattering and anomalous impurity density-independent contributions on equal footing. The spin Hall conductivity dependence on Fermi energy and electron-impurity interaction strength reveals the existence of experimentally accessible regions where anomalous quantum processes dominate. Our findings suggest that spin-orbit-coupled graphene is an ideal model system for probing the competition between semiclassical and bona fide quantum scattering mechanisms underlying the spin Hall effect.

  14. Variable-Range Hopping Conductivity in Quantum Hall Regime for HgTe-Based Heterostructure

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    Arapov, Yu. G.; Gudina, S. V.; Neverov, V. N.; Podgornykh, S. M.; Popov, M. R.; Harus, G. I.; Shelushinina, N. G.; Yakunin, M. V.; Dvoretsky, S. A.; Mikhailov, N. N.

    2016-12-01

    We have measured the longitudinal and Hall resistivities in the quantum Hall regime at magnetic fields B up to 9 T and temperatures T =(2.9div 50) K for the HgCdTe/HgTe/HgCdTe heterostructure with a wide HgTe quantum well. The temperature-induced transport at the resistivity minima corresponding to the quantum Hall plateaus has been studied within the concept of hopping conduction in a strongly localized electron system. An analysis of the variable-range hopping conductivity in the regions of the first and second quantum Hall plateaus provided an opportunity to determine the value and the magnetic-field dependence of the localization length with the experimental estimation of the critical indices.

  15. Lineshape of Resonant Tunneling Peaks in Fractional Quantum Hall Regime.

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    Maasilta, Ilari J.; Goldman, V. J.

    1996-03-01

    Recently an experiment that measures the tunneling conductance between two fractional quantum Hall edges in a quantum antidot geometry was performed(V.J. Goldman and B. Su, Science 267), 1010 (1995).. We present measurements of the lineshape of these resonant tunneling peaks at ν=1/3 at several temperatures for 13 mK <= T < 100 mK. This subject was considered within the theories of one dimensional Luttinger liquids(X.G. Wen, Int. J. Mod. Phys. B6), 1711 (1992).(C.L. Kane and M.P.A. Fisher, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68), 1220 (1992).. Our analysis shows that, in an experiment at a given T, it is extremely difficult to distinguish between the recently calculated(K. Moon et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 4381 (1993); P. Fendley, A.W.W. Ludwig and H. Saleur, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 3005 (1995). universal Luttinger liquid resonance lineshape and a regular thermally broadened Fermi liquid peak. Instead, the temperature dependence of the widths of the resonances can be analyzed, since the widths are predicted to scale as T^2/3 for ν=1/3 in the Luttinger case as opposed to T in the Fermi liquid.

  16. Supercurrent in the quantum Hall regime: part I

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    Ke, Chung-Ting; Amet, Francois; Borzenets, Ivan; Wang, Jiyingmei; Watanabe, Keji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Deacon, Russell; Yamamoto, Michihisa; Bomze, Yuriy; Tarucha, Seigo; Finkelstein, Gleb

    The remarkable electronic quality of graphene/boron nitride heterostructures makes them an ideal medium to study induced superconductivity. Our Josephson junctions are made of encapsulated graphene demonstrate ballistic superconducting transport at the micron scale. In the hole-doped regime, a Fabry-Perot resonator is formed by PN junctions close to superconducting contacts, which causes quantum interference of the critical current. We study variations of the Fraunhofer pattern (I_C vs. B) thought the gate voltage range. At higher magnetic fields, superconducting transport across the junctions becomes profoundly non-periodic. Despite demonstrating strong fluctuations as a function of density and magnetic field, we find that supercurrent persists in a wide range of parameters.

  17. Electron Interferometry in the Quantum Hall Regime: Aharonov-Bohm Effect of Interacting Electrons

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    Lin, P.V.; Camino, F.; Goldman, V.J.

    2009-09-01

    An apparent h/fe Aharonov-Bohm flux period, where f is an integer, has been reported in coherent quantum Hall devices. Such subperiod is not expected for noninteracting electrons and thus is thought to result from interelectron Coulomb interaction. Here we report experiments in a Fabry-Perot interferometer comprised of two wide constrictions enclosing an electron island. By carefully tuning the constriction front gates, we find a regime where interference oscillations with period h/2e persist throughout the transition between the integer quantum Hall plateaus 2 and 3, including half-filling. In a large quantum Hall sample, a transition between integer plateaus occurs near half-filling, where the bulk of the sample becomes delocalized and thus dissipative bulk current flows between the counterpropagating edges ('backscattering'). In a quantum Hall constriction, where conductance is due to electron tunneling, a transition between forward and backscattering is expected near the half-filling. In our experiment, neither period nor amplitude of the oscillations show a discontinuity at half-filling, indicating that only one interference path exists throughout the transition. We also present experiments and an analysis of the front-gate dependence of the phase of the oscillations. The results point to a single physical mechanism of the observed conductance oscillations: Aharonov-Bohm interference of interacting electrons in quantum Hall regime.

  18. Selective equilibration among the current-carrying states in the quantum Hall regime

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    Alphenaar, B. W.; Mceuen, P. L.; Wheeler, R. G.; Sacks, R. N.

    1990-01-01

    The Hall resistance of a two-dimensional electron gas is measured with gated probes to determine the extent of equilibration among the N current-carrying states in the quantum Hall regime. After traveling macroscopic distances, current injected into the first state is equilibrated among the N - 1 lowest states but equilibration into the highest state varies strongly across the Hall plateau. This is attributed to a change in the Nth state from being localized within a magnetic length of the edge to substantially extending into the sample.

  19. Scanned potential microscopy of edge and bulk currents in the quantum Hall regime

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    McCormick, K.L.; Woodside, M.T.; Huang, M.; Wu, M.; McEuen, P.L. |; Duruoz, C.; Harris, J.S. , Jr.

    1999-02-01

    Using an atomic force microscope as a local voltmeter, we measure the Hall voltage profile in a two-dimensional electron gas in the quantum Hall (QH) regime. We observe a linear profile in the bulk of the sample in the transition regions between QH plateaus and a distinctly nonlinear profile on the plateaus. In addition, localized voltage drops are observed at the sample edges in the transition regions. We interpret these results in terms of theories of edge and bulk current in the QH regime. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Accessing the quantum Hall regime in cold atom traps using circularly polarized light

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    Wooten, Rachel; Yan, Bin; Greene, Chris H.

    2016-05-01

    There has been considerable interest in designing cold atom experiments to explore the quantum Hall effect with the extreme control allowed in such trapped atom systems. Many theoretical proposals and experimental attempts have been made in the effort to construct a cold atom fractional quantum Hall experiment, but so far, the fractional quantum Hall regime has proven difficult to achieve in experimental setups. One method for reaching the quantum Hall effect consists of rapidly rotating a cold atom system in a harmonic trap to near the centrifugal limit, where the system's Hamiltonian matches the two-dimensional magnetic field Hamiltonian. This condition could be reached in a few-body system through a scheme which increases the angular momentum of the particles in the trap through precision photon excitations. According to the hyperspherical framework from few-body theory, when particle interactions break the harmonic energy spectrum degeneracy, it becomes possible for circularly polarized light to excite the system selectively into the high angular momentum states required for the quantum Hall effect. We will discuss possible experimental systems where this technique could be applicable and challenges that these systems may face.

  1. Coherent nonlinear optical response of graphene in the quantum Hall regime

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    Avetissian, H. K.; Mkrtchian, G. F.

    2016-07-01

    We study the nonlinear optical response of graphene in the quantum Hall regime to an intense laser pulse. In particular, we consider the harmonic generation process. We demonstrate that the generalized magneto-optical conductivity of graphene on the harmonics of a strong pump laser radiation has a characteristic Hall plateau feature. The plateau heights depend on the laser intensity and broadening of the Landau levels so that they are not quantized exactly. This nonlinear effect remains robust against the significant broadening of the Landau levels. We predict realization of an experiment through the observation of the third-harmonic signal and nonlinear Faraday effect, which are within the experimental feasibility.

  2. Charge metastability and hysteresis in the quantum Hall regime

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    Pollanen, J.; Eisenstein, J. P.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2016-12-01

    We report simultaneous quasi-dc magnetotransport and high-frequency surface acoustic wave measurements on bilayer two-dimensional electron systems in GaAs. Near strong integer quantized Hall states, a strong magnetic-field-sweep hysteresis in the velocity of the acoustic waves is observed at low temperatures. This hysteresis indicates the presence of a metastable state with anomalously high conductivity in the interior of the sample. This nonequilibrium state is not revealed by conventional low-frequency transport measurements which are dominated by dissipationless transport at the edge of the two-dimensional system. We find that a field-cooling technique allows the equilibrium charge configuration within the interior of the sample to be established. A simple model for this behavior is discussed.

  3. Giant Fano factor and bistability in a Corbino disk in the quantum Hall effect breakdown regime.

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    Hata, Tokuro; Arakawa, Tomonori; Chida, Kensaku; Matsuo, Sadashige; Kobayashi, Kensuke

    2016-02-10

    We performed noise measurements for a Corbino disk in the quantum Hall effect breakdown regime. We investigated two Corbino-disk-type devices with different sizes and observed that the Fano factor increases when the length between the contacts doubles. This observation is consistent with the avalanche picture suggested by the bootstrap electron heating model. The temperature dependence of the Fano factor indicates that the avalanche effect becomes more prominent as temperature decreases. Moreover, in the highly nonlinear regime, negative differential resistance and temporal oscillation due to bistability are found. A possible interpretation of this result is that Zener tunneling of electrons between Landau levels occurs.

  4. Giant Fano factor and bistability in a Corbino disk in the quantum Hall effect breakdown regime

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    Hata, Tokuro; Arakawa, Tomonori; Chida, Kensaku; Matsuo, Sadashige; Kobayashi, Kensuke

    2016-02-01

    We performed noise measurements for a Corbino disk in the quantum Hall effect breakdown regime. We investigated two Corbino-disk-type devices with different sizes and observed that the Fano factor increases when the length between the contacts doubles. This observation is consistent with the avalanche picture suggested by the bootstrap electron heating model. The temperature dependence of the Fano factor indicates that the avalanche effect becomes more prominent as temperature decreases. Moreover, in the highly nonlinear regime, negative differential resistance and temporal oscillation due to bistability are found. A possible interpretation of this result is that Zener tunneling of electrons between Landau levels occurs.

  5. Field effect in the quantum Hall regime of a high mobility graphene wire

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    Barraud, C. E-mail: clement.barraud@univ-paris-diderot.fr; Choi, T.; Ihn, T.; Ensslin, K.; Butti, P.; Shorubalko, I.; Taniguchi, T.; Watanabe, K.

    2014-08-21

    In graphene-based electronic devices like in transistors, the field effect applied thanks to a gate electrode allows tuning the charge density in the graphene layer and passing continuously from the electron to the hole doped regime across the Dirac point. Homogeneous doping is crucial to understand electrical measurements and for the operation of future graphene-based electronic devices. However, recently theoretical and experimental studies highlighted the role of the electrostatic edge due to fringing electrostatic field lines at the graphene edges [P. Silvestrov and K. Efetov, Phys. Rev. B 77, 155436 (2008); F. T. Vasko and I. V. Zozoulenko, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 092115 (2010)]. This effect originates from the particular geometric design of the samples. A direct consequence is a charge accumulation at the graphene edges giving a value for the density, which deviates from the simple picture of a plate capacitor and also varies along the width of the graphene sample. Entering the quantum Hall regime would, in principle, allow probing this accumulation thanks to the extreme sensitivity of this quantum effect to charge density and the charge distribution. Moreover, the presence of an additional and counter-propagating edge channel has been predicted [P. Silvestrov and K. Efetov, Phys. Rev. B 77, 155436 (2008)] giving a fundamental aspect to this technological issue. In this article, we investigate this effect by tuning a high mobility graphene wire into the quantum Hall regime in which charge carriers probe the electrostatic potential at high magnetic field close to the edges. We observe a slight deviation to the linear shift of the quantum Hall plateaus with magnetic field and we study its evolution for different filling factors, which correspond to different probed regions in real space. We discuss the possible origins of this effect including an increase of the charge density towards the edges.

  6. A quantitative examination of the collapse of spin splitting in the quantum Hall regime

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    Pan, W.; Baldwin, K. W.; West, K. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; Tsui, D. C.

    2012-02-01

    There is a great deal of current interest in understanding electron spin physics in semiconductors for potential quantum computation applications. The quantum Hall effect in the two-dimensional electron system (2DES) has proved to be a unique system in this avenue due to a tunability in the difference of spin population and thus the strength of exchange interaction provided by the formation of Landau levels. In this talk, we want to present our experimental results to quantitatively examine the theoretical model of spin splitting collapse in the quantum Hall regime [by Fogler and Shklovskii, Phys. Rev. B 52, 17366 (1995)] at fixed magnetic fields as a function of electron density in a high quality heterojunction insulated-gate field effect transistor. In the density range between n = 2x10^10 and 2x10^11 cm-2, the Landau level number N follows a power-law dependence on the critical electron density nc, where the spin splitting collapses, and N=11.47xnc^0.64±0.01. This power law dependence is in good agreement with the theoretical prediction in the low density regime.

  7. Temperature scaling in the quantum-Hall-effect regime in a HgTe quantum well with an inverted energy spectrum

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    Arapov, Yu. G.; Gudina, S. V.; Neverov, V. N.; Podgornykh, S. M.; Popov, M. R. Harus, G. I.; Shelushinina, N. G.; Yakunin, M. V.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Dvoretsky, S. A.

    2015-12-15

    The longitudinal and Hall magnetoresistances of HgTe/HgCdTe heterostructures with an inverted energy spectrum (the HgTe quantum well width is d = 20.3 nm) are measured in the quantum-Hall-effect regime at T = 2–50 K in magnetic fields up to B = 9 T. Analysis of the temperature dependences of conductivity in the transition region between the first and second plateaus of the quantum Hall effect shows the feasibility of the scaling regime for a plateau–plateau quantum phase transition in 2D-structures on the basis of mercury telluride.

  8. Quantitative examination of the collapse of spin splitting in the quantum Hall regime

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    Pan, W.; Baldwin, K. W.; West, K. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; Tsui, D. C.

    2011-10-01

    We have quantitatively tested the theoretical model on the collapse of spin slitting in the quantum Hall effect regime proposed by Fogler and Shklovskii [Phys. Rev. BPLRBAQ0556-280510.1103/PhysRevB.52.17366 52, 17366 (1995)] in a high-mobility two-dimensional electron system (2DES) realized in a heterojunction insulated-gate field-effect transistor. In the 2DES density range between n = 2 × 1010 and 2 × 1011 cm-2, the Landau level number N displays a power-law dependence on the critical electron density nc where the spin splitting collapses and N = 11.47 × nc0.64±0.01 (nc is in units of 1011 cm-2). This power-law dependence is in good agreement with the theoretical prediction in the low-density regime.

  9. Ultracold Bose gases: From the Gross-Pitaevskii to the fractional quantum Hall regime

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    Bhongale, Satyan Gopal

    Ultra-cold Bose gases present an ideal environment for the study of many-body physics. These systems can be prepared under various experimental conditions with precise control. Techniques like Feshbach resonances allow us to dynamically tune the inter atomic interaction, from strongly attractive to a strongly repulsive one. In the first part of the thesis, we study the weakly interacting Bose gas in connection with the dynamics of an atom laser. Here we propose a possible optical pumping model for loading the reservoir of a continuous wave atom laser. The finite temperature effects like phase diffusion require a thorough understanding of the kinetic regime of the dilute Bose gas. In this respect, we develop a non-Markovian quantum kinetic theory and thereby show the emergence of different time scales for correlation and subsequent relaxation to an equilibrium states. Using numerical simulations, we also predict the damping rates and frequencies of collective modes. In the second part, we study the strongly correlated regime where the interaction energy is greater than any other (single particle) energy scale of the problem. Here, in the presence of a Feshbach interaction we predict the generation of novel strongly correlated paired states. Such states while similar to the one observed in a 5/2 fractional quantum hall effect, are unique in symmetry to the Bose gas system.

  10. Nuclear magnetic resonance in the quantum Hall regime: Skyrmion diffusion model

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    Sinova, Jairo

    As the Trojans strengthened their defenses, they believed their fortress invulnerable. Taking into the city the Trojan horse, with the easiness and self-praising of an assumed victor, proved to be fatal. Although not with such a tragic tone to the story, similar events are occurring in the exciting field of quantum Hall ferromagnets (QHF). Once the basis for the theory was settled, a surprisingly excellent agreement with a few experimental results was obtained during the first few years of research. Building on these initial successes, the theory has remained somewhat stationary in the past few years, while the experimentalists have gotten busy building their Trojan horse once again. The model that we present in this thesis has its origins in the non-disorder theory of the charged excitations in the quantum Hall regime. However, at the time of writing, new experiments are beginning to suggest that our understanding of the QHF needs some rethinking, or at the very least, aspects of the experiments need to be understood better. We present in this thesis a model for the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) line shapes in the absence of these experimental complications. We show that within this model the spectra have a very high sensitivity to nuclear polarization spatial profiles and a weak dependence on the dynamics of the charged excitations. It is plausible that some of the observed experimental features may be due to the specific experimental procedure used. Further work will be needed to settle the matter. Although this thesis does not attempt to be an exhaustive work on the understanding of NMR in the QHE, considerable effort has been made to lay down the basic experimental and theoretical details in order to understand both the trivial and subtle effects extractable from the experiments.

  11. Hall effect in hopping regime

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    Avdonin, A.; Skupiński, P.; Grasza, K.

    2016-02-01

    A simple description of the Hall effect in the hopping regime of conductivity in semiconductors is presented. Expressions for the Hall coefficient and Hall mobility are derived by considering averaged equilibrium electron transport in a single triangle of localization sites in a magnetic field. Dependence of the Hall coefficient is analyzed in a wide range of temperature and magnetic field values. Our theoretical result is applied to our experimental data on temperature dependence of Hall effect and Hall mobility in ZnO.

  12. Anomalous magnetotransport and cyclotron resonance of high mobility magnetic 2DHGs in the quantum Hall regime

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    Wurstbauer, U.; Knott, S.; Westarp, C. G. v.; Mecking, N.; Rachor, K.; Heitmann, D.; Wegscheider, W.; Hansen, W.

    2010-02-01

    Low-temperature magnetotransport measurements and far-infrared transmission spectroscopy are reported in molecular beam epitaxial grown two-dimensional hole systems confined in strained InAs quantum wells with magnetic impurities in the channel. The interactions of the free holes spin with the magnetic moment of 5/2 provided by manganese features intriguing localization phenomena and anomalies in the Hall and the quantum Hall resistance. In magnetic field-dependent far-infrared spectroscopy measurements well-pronounced cyclotron resonance and an additional resonance are found that indicates an anti-crossing with the cyclotron resonance.

  13. Gate control of spin polarization in a quantum Hall regime toward reconfigurable network of helical channels (Conference Presentation)

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    Rokhinson, Leonid; Kazakov, Aleksandr; Simion, George; Lyanda-Geller, Yuli; Kolkovsky, Valery; Karczewski, Grzegorz; Adamus, Zbigniew; Wojtowicz, Tomasz

    2016-10-01

    Several experiments in nanowires detected signatures of Majorana fermions, building block for topologicaly protected quantum computer. Now the focus of research is shifting toward systems where non-Abelian statistics of excitations can be demonstrated. To achieve this goal we are developing a new dilute magnetic semiconductor-based platform where non-Abelian excitations can be created and manipulated in a two-dimensional plane, with support for Majorana and higher order non-Abelian excitations. Here we report development of heterostructures where spin polarization of a two-dimensional electron gas in a quantum Hall regime can be controlled locally by electrostatic gating. This is demonstrated via voltage induced shift of quantum Hall ferromagnetic transition in the CdTe quantum wells with engineered placement of paramagnetic Mn impurities. The structures can be used to form helical domain walls in integer quantum Hall regime which, coupled to an s-wave superconductor, are expected to support Majorana zero modes. These heterostructures can be used as a testbed to study gate-reconfigurable domain walls networks.

  14. Electronic transport in two-dimensional systems in the quantum hall regime

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    Tarquini, Vinicio

    The integer and the fractional quantum Hall effects are essential to the exploration of quantum matters characterized by topological phases. A quantum Hall system hosts one-dimensional (1D) chiral edge channels that manifest zero magnetoresistance, dissipationless due to the broken time reversal symmetry, and quantized Hall resistance vhe2 with v being the topological invariant (or Chern number). The 1-1 correspondence between the conducting gapless edge channels to the gapped incompressible bulk states is a defining character of a topological insulator (TI). Understanding this correspondence in real systems, especially the origin of its robustness (in terms of the limit of breakdown), is important both fundamentally and practically (i.e. in relation to spintronics). However, the breakdown mechanism, especially in light of the edge-bulk correlation, is still an open question. We adopt GaAs two-dimensional (2D) high-mobility hole systems confined in a 20 nm wide (100)-GaAs quantum wells and have perform transport measurement for a range of charge densities between 4 and 5 x 1010 cm -2 with a carrier mobility of 2 - 4 x 106 cm 2/V·s down to millikelvin temperatures. Systematic characterization of the 2D systems through Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations yields an effective mass between 0.30 and 0.50me, in good agreement with the cyclotron resonance results. We then modify a regular Hall bar system into a unique anti-Hall bar geometry that provides an extra set of independent chiral edge channels without altering the topological invariant. We perform systematic measurement of quantum oscillations via chiral edges while simultaneously probing the bulk dynamics, through measuring across independent edges, in respond to the edge excitations. The edge-bulk correspondence reveals a non-equilibrium dynamical development of the incompressible bulk states that leads to a novel asymmetrical 1-0 Hall potential distribution. Moreover, probing the breakdown via inner and outer

  15. Landauer-Büttiker approach for hyperfine mediated electronic transport in the integer quantum Hall regime

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    Singha, Aniket; Fauzi, M. H.; Hirayama, Y.; Muralidharan, Bhaskaran

    2017-03-01

    The interplay of spin-polarized electronic edge states with the dynamics of the host nuclei in quantum Hall systems presents rich and nontrivial transport physics. Here, we develop a Landauer-Büttiker approach to understand various experimental features observed in the integer quantum Hall setups featuring quantum point contacts. The approach developed here entails a phenomenological description of spin-resolved interedge scattering induced via hyperfine assisted electron-nuclear spin flip-flop processes. A self-consistent simulation framework between the nuclear spin dynamics and edge state electronic transport is presented in order to gain crucial insights into the dynamic nuclear polarization effects on electronic transport and in turn the electron-spin polarization effects on the nuclear spin dynamics. In particular, we show that the hysteresis noted experimentally in the conductance-voltage trace as well as in the resistively detected NMR line-shape results from a lack of quasiequilibrium between electronic transport and nuclear polarization evolution. In addition, we present circuit models to emulate such hyperfine mediated transport effects to further facilitate a clear understanding of the electronic transport processes occurring around the quantum point contact. Finally, we extend our model to account for the effects of quadrupolar splitting of nuclear levels and also depict the electronic transport signatures that arise from single and multiphoton processes.

  16. Shot noise generated by graphene p-n junctions in the quantum Hall effect regime.

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    Kumada, N; Parmentier, F D; Hibino, H; Glattli, D C; Roulleau, P

    2015-09-04

    Graphene offers a unique system to investigate transport of Dirac Fermions at p-n junctions. In a magnetic field, combination of quantum Hall physics and the characteristic transport across p-n junctions leads to a fractionally quantized conductance associated with the mixing of electron-like and hole-like modes and their subsequent partitioning. The mixing and partitioning suggest that a p-n junction could be used as an electronic beam splitter. Here we report the shot noise study of the mode-mixing process and demonstrate the crucial role of the p-n junction length. For short p-n junctions, the amplitude of the noise is consistent with an electronic beam-splitter behaviour, whereas, for longer p-n junctions, it is reduced by the energy relaxation. Remarkably, the relaxation length is much larger than typical size of mesoscopic devices, encouraging using graphene for electron quantum optics and quantum information processing.

  17. Shot noise generated by graphene p-n junctions in the quantum Hall effect regime

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    Kumada, N.; Parmentier, F. D.; Hibino, H.; Glattli, D. C.; Roulleau, P.

    2015-09-01

    Graphene offers a unique system to investigate transport of Dirac Fermions at p-n junctions. In a magnetic field, combination of quantum Hall physics and the characteristic transport across p-n junctions leads to a fractionally quantized conductance associated with the mixing of electron-like and hole-like modes and their subsequent partitioning. The mixing and partitioning suggest that a p-n junction could be used as an electronic beam splitter. Here we report the shot noise study of the mode-mixing process and demonstrate the crucial role of the p-n junction length. For short p-n junctions, the amplitude of the noise is consistent with an electronic beam-splitter behaviour, whereas, for longer p-n junctions, it is reduced by the energy relaxation. Remarkably, the relaxation length is much larger than typical size of mesoscopic devices, encouraging using graphene for electron quantum optics and quantum information processing.

  18. Spectral distribution and wave function of electrons emitted from a single-particle source in the quantum Hall regime

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    Battista, F.; Samuelsson, P.

    2012-02-01

    We investigate theoretically a scheme for spectroscopy of electrons emitted by an on-demand single-particle source. The total system, with an electron turnstile source and a single-level quantum dot spectrometer, is implemented with edge states in a conductor in the quantum Hall regime. Employing a Floquet scattering approach, the source and the spectrometer are analyzed within a single theoretical framework. The nonequilibrium distribution of the emitted electrons is analyzed via the direct current at the dot spectrometer. In the adiabatic and intermediate source frequency regimes, the distribution is found to be strongly peaked around the active resonant level of the turnstile. At high frequencies the distribution is split up into a set of fringes, resulting from the interplay of resonant transport through the turnstile and absorption or emission of individual Floquet quanta. For ideal source operation, with exactly one electron emitted per cycle, an expression for the single-electron wave function is derived.

  19. Magnetoconductance of interacting electrons in quantum wires in the integer quantum Hall regime.

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    Zozoulenko, Igor; Ihnatsenka, Siarhei

    2008-03-01

    We present systematic quantitative description of the magnetoconductance of the split-gate quantum wires. Accounting for the exchange and correlation interactions within the spin density function theory (DFT) leads to the lifting of the spin degeneracy and formation of the spin-resolved plateaus at odd values of e^2/h. We show that the width of the odd conductance steps in the spin DFT calculations is equal to the width of the transition intervals between the conductance steps for the spinless Hartree electrons. A detailed analysis of the structure of compressible/incompressible strips and the evolution of the Hartree and the spin-DFT subband structure provides an explanation of this finding. Our spin-DFT calculations reproduce not only qualitatively, but rather quantitatively all the features in the magnetoconductance observed in the experiment [1] including the unexpected effect of the collapse of the odd conductance plateaus at lower fields. [1] I. P. Radu, J. B. Miller, S. Amasha, E. Levenson-Falk, D. M. Zumbuhl, M. A. Kastner, C. M. Marcus, L. N. Pfeiffer, and K. W. West, unpublished.

  20. Zero-bias anomalies in narrow tunnel junctions in the quantum Hall regime.

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    Jiang, P; Chien, C-C; Yang, I; Kang, W; Baldwin, K W; Pfeiffer, L N; West, K W

    2010-12-10

    We report on the study of cleaved-edge-overgrown line junctions with a serendipitously created narrow opening in an otherwise thin, precise line barrier. Two sets of zero-bias anomalies are observed with an enhanced conductance for filling factors ν>1 and a strongly suppressed conductance for ν<1. A transition between the two behaviors is found near ν≈1. The zero-bias anomaly (ZBA) line shapes find explanation in Luttinger liquid models of tunneling between quantum Hall edge states. The ZBA for ν<1 occurs from strong backscattering induced by suppression of quasiparticle tunneling between the edge channels for the n=0 Landau levels. The ZBA for ν>1 arises from weak tunneling of quasiparticles between the n=1 edge channels.

  1. Domain walls, fusion rules, and conformal field theory in the quantum Hall regime.

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    Ardonne, Eddy

    2009-05-08

    We provide a simple way to obtain the fusion rules associated with elementary quasiholes over quantum Hall wave functions, in terms of domain walls. The knowledge of the fusion rules is helpful in the identification of the underlying conformal field theory describing the wave functions. We show that, for a certain two-parameter family (k,r) of wave functions, the fusion rules are those of su(r)k. In addition, we give an explicit conformal field theory construction of these states, based on the Mk(k+1,k+r) "minimal" theories. For r=2, these states reduce to the Read-Rezayi states. The "Gaffnian" wave function is the prototypical example for r>2, in which case the conformal field theory is nonunitary.

  2. Resonant Raman Scattering from Bound Magnetorotons in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime

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    He, Song

    1996-03-01

    We investigate excitation spectra of a fractional quantum Hall system at ν=1/3 using both theoretical and experimental techniques. Using finite-size numerical diagonalizations, we have studied systematically the excitation spectra, the nature of the low-lying excited states, and the density response function of a ν=1/3 system. Our numerical results indicate that two rotons at the roton minimum can form a weakly bound composite object, giving rise to excited states below the collective mode at long wavelengths. We argue that only these two roton composite objects contribute to the resonant Raman scattering at low momentum transfers. Using the experimental technique of resonant Raman scattering, we have identified the contributions to the Raman intensity from the internal excitations of the fractional quantum Hall system by studying their dependence on the incoming light energy, the filling factor, and the temperature. As a function of the energy shift, the Raman intensity shows a sharp peak at an energy shift of about twice of the energy gap at the roton minimum. We propose that this sharp peak is related to a two roton bound state. The sharp peak is followed by a broader peak, which we think is related to the two-roton continuum. When a grating pattern is put on the sample so that small but finite momentum transfer can be achieved, we observed another peak at about twice of the energy gap Δ_q=∞. We suspect this peak is related to the collective mode at long wavelength. Finally, we propose an excitation spectra consistent with our numerical and experimental results. * This work is a collaboration with P. M. Platzman, A. Pinczuk, B. S. Dennis, L. L. Sohn, L. N. Pfeiffer, and K. W. West.

  3. Temperature Dependent Transport of Two-Dimensional Electrons in the Integral Quantum Hall Regime.

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    Wei, Hsuang-Ping

    This thesis is concerned with the temperature (T) dependent electronic transport properties of a two dimensional electron gas subject to background potential fluctuations and a perpendicular magnetic field. We have carried out an extensive temperature dependent study of the transport coefficients, in the region of an integral quantum plateau, in an In(,x)Ga(,1-x)As/InP heterostructure for 4.2K < T < 50K. By assuming a simple thermal activation picture, we demonstrate a quantitative deduction of the electron density of states. Our results indicate that there exists a significant number of states (1 x 10('10)cm(' -2)meV('-1)) even at the middle between two Landau levels, which is unexpected from model calculations based on short ranged randomness. In addition, the different T dependent behavior of (rho)(,xx) between the states in the tails and those near the center of a Landau level, indicates the existence of different electron states in a Landau level. Moreover, we have performed T dependent trans- port measurements in the transition region between two quantum plateaus, in several different materials. In the In(,x)Ga(,1-x)As/InP sample, when T(, )> 4K, the transport behavior can be attributed to the T dependent distribution function. When T(, )< 4K, our experi- mental T-driven (sigma)(,xx) vs. (sigma)(,xy) flow diagram is consistent with the pre- dicted theoretical renormalization group flow diagram, and suggests the existence of a critical point related to the localization to delocali- zation transition. However, in the GaAs/Al(,x)Ga(,1-x)As samples there is a difference in the T dependent behavior of (sigma)(,xx), between N = 1(UPARR) and 1(DARR) electrons. First, (sigma)(,xx)(1(UPARR)) decreases with decreasing T; whereas (sigma)(,xx)(1(DARR)) increases with decreasing T for 0.3K(, )< T < 4.2K. Second, (sigma)(,xx)('max) (1(DARR)) ('(TURN)) 3(sigma)(,xx)('max) (1(UPARR)) at T('(TURN))0.5K in all of our samples. These results indicate the existence of spin

  4. Conductance noise of submicron wires in the regime of quantum Hall effect

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    Wróbel, J.; Jaroszyń Ski, J.; Dietl, T.; Regiń Ski, K.; Bugajski, M.

    1998-12-01

    A detailed study of low-temperature magnetoconductance in between quantized Hall plateaux is presented. The data are obtained for disordered two-terminal submicron wires defined in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures modulation-doped by Si. Slow time evolution of conductance G is observed on the high-field side of the quantized plateaux - for filling factors ν<3 and ν<2. This surprising noise is attributed to glassy dynamics of localized electrons in the wire centre, and to the corresponding time dependence of the impurity-assisted tunnelling probability between the current carrying regions.

  5. Quantum hall ferromagnets

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    Kumar, Akshay

    We study several quantum phases that are related to the quantum Hall effect. Our initial focus is on a pair of quantum Hall ferromagnets where the quantum Hall ordering occurs simultaneously with a spontaneous breaking of an internal symmetry associated with a semiconductor valley index. In our first example ---AlAs heterostructures--- we study domain wall structure, role of random-field disorder and dipole moment physics. Then in the second example ---Si(111)--- we show that symmetry breaking near several integer filling fractions involves a combination of selection by thermal fluctuations known as "order by disorder" and a selection by the energetics of Skyrme lattices induced by moving away from the commensurate fillings, a mechanism we term "order by doping". We also study ground state of such systems near filling factor one in the absence of valley Zeeman energy. We show that even though the lowest energy charged excitations are charge one skyrmions, the lowest energy skyrmion lattice has charge > 1 per unit cell. We then broaden our discussion to include lattice systems having multiple Chern number bands. We find analogs of quantum Hall ferromagnets in the menagerie of fractional Chern insulator phases. Unlike in the AlAs system, here the domain walls come naturally with gapped electronic excitations. We close with a result involving only topology: we show that ABC stacked multilayer graphene placed on boron nitride substrate has flat bands with non-zero local Berry curvature but zero Chern number. This allows access to an interaction dominated system with a non-trivial quantum distance metric but without the extra complication of a non-zero Chern number.

  6. Quantum Hall ferrimagnetism in lateral quantum dot molecules.

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    Abolfath, Ramin M; Hawrylak, Pawel

    2006-11-03

    We demonstrate the existence of ferrimagnetic and ferromagnetic phases in a spin phase diagram of coupled lateral quantum dot molecules in the quantum Hall regime. The spin phase diagram is determined from the Hartree-Fock configuration interaction method as a function of electron number N and magnetic field B. The quantum Hall ferrimagnetic phase corresponds to spatially imbalanced spin droplets resulting from strong interdot coupling of identical dots. The quantum Hall ferromagnetic phases correspond to ferromagnetic coupling of spin polarization at filling factors between nu=2 and nu=1.

  7. Effect of disorder on longitudinal resistance of a graphene p-n junction in the quantum Hall regime

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    Chen, Jiang-Chai; Yeung, T. C. Au; Sun, Qing-Feng

    2010-06-01

    The longitudinal resistances of a six-terminal graphene p-n junction under a perpendicular magnetic field are investigated. Because of the chirality of the Hall edge states, the longitudinal resistances on top and bottom edges of the graphene ribbon are not equal. In the presence of suitable disorder, the top-edge and bottom-edge resistances well show the plateau structures in the both unipolar and bipolar regimes, and the plateau values are determined by the Landau filling factors only. These plateau structures are in excellent agreement with the recent experiment. For the unipolar junction, the resistance plateaus emerge in the absence of impurity and they are destroyed by strong disorder. But for the bipolar junction, the resistances are very large without the plateau structures in the clean junction. The disorder can strongly reduce the resistances and leads the formation of the resistance plateaus due to the mixture of the Hall edge states in virtue of the disorder. In addition, the size effect of the junction on the resistances is studied and some extra resistance plateaus are found in the long graphene junction case. This is explained by the fact that only part of the edge states participate in the full mixing.

  8. Density of states of the two-dimensional electron system at Si-MOS and Si-MNOS devices in the quantum Hall regime

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    Nachtwei, G.; Salchow, O.; Breitlow, C.; Jaeger, A.; Krüger, H.

    1991-07-01

    The measurement of activation energies for various positions of the Fermi level between two Landau levels provides an opportunity to evaluate the density of states (DOS) in the quantum Hall regime. We present results of measurements of the temperature dependence of the magnetoresistivity ϱxx at filling factors ν = 2 and ν = 4 for several Si-MOS and MNOS samples with the same layout but different insulator layers of SiO 2 or SiO 2/Si 3N 4, respectively. The Hall mobility of the MNOS structures is noticeably higher than that of the MOS structures, whereas the DOS determined from activation energy measurements is lower. The measured DOS is higher than the simple overlap of two adjacent Gaussian-shaped Landau bands with broadening parameters taken from the Hall mobility data. This can be explained by a constant background contribution to the DOS. For the i = 2 plateau an estimate of the effective Landé-factor can be given.

  9. Quantum Hall effect in quantum electrodynamics

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    Penin, Alexander A.

    2009-03-15

    We consider the quantum Hall effect in quantum electrodynamics and find a deviation from the quantum-mechanical prediction for the Hall conductivity due to radiative antiscreening of electric charge in an external magnetic field. A weak dependence of the universal von Klitzing constant on the magnetic field strength, which can possibly be observed in a dedicated experiment, is predicted.

  10. Optically Induced Nuclear Spin Polarization in the Quantum Hall Regime: The Effect of Electron Spin Polarization through Exciton and Trion Excitations.

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    Akiba, K; Kanasugi, S; Yuge, T; Nagase, K; Hirayama, Y

    2015-07-10

    We study nuclear spin polarization in the quantum Hall regime through the optically pumped electron spin polarization in the lowest Landau level. The nuclear spin polarization is measured as a nuclear magnetic field B(N) by means of the sensitive resistive detection. We find the dependence of B(N) on the filling factor nonmonotonic. The comprehensive measurements of B(N) with the help of the circularly polarized photoluminescence measurements indicate the participation of the photoexcited complexes, i.e., the exciton and trion (charged exciton), in nuclear spin polarization. On the basis of a novel estimation method of the equilibrium electron spin polarization, we analyze the experimental data and conclude that the filling factor dependence of B(N) is understood by the effect of electron spin polarization through excitons and trions.

  11. Anomalous hydrodynamics of fractional quantum Hall states

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    Wiegmann, P.

    2013-09-15

    We propose a comprehensive framework for quantum hydrodynamics of the fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states. We suggest that the electronic fluid in the FQH regime can be phenomenologically described by the quantized hydrodynamics of vortices in an incompressible rotating liquid. We demonstrate that such hydrodynamics captures all major features of FQH states, including the subtle effect of the Lorentz shear stress. We present a consistent quantization of the hydrodynamics of an incompressible fluid, providing a powerful framework to study the FQH effect and superfluids. We obtain the quantum hydrodynamics of the vortex flow by quantizing the Kirchhoff equations for vortex dynamics.

  12. Insulating to relativistic quantum Hall transition in disordered graphene

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    Pallecchi, E.; Ridene, M.; Kazazis, D.; Lafont, F.; Schopfer, F.; Poirier, W.; Goerbig, M. O.; Mailly, D.; Ouerghi, A.

    2013-01-01

    Quasi-particle excitations in graphene exhibit a unique behavior concerning two key phenomena of mesoscopic physics: electron localization and the quantum Hall effect. A direct transition between these two states has been found in disordered two-dimensional electron gases at low magnetic field. It has been suggested that it is a quantum phase transition, but the nature of the transition is still debated. Despite the large number of works studying either the localization or the quantum Hall regime in graphene, such a transition has not been investigated for Dirac fermions. Here we discuss measurements on low-mobility graphene where the localized state at low magnetic fields and a quantum Hall state at higher fields are observed. We find that the system undergoes a direct transition from the insulating to the Hall conductor regime. Remarkably, the transverse magneto-conductance shows a temperature independent crossing point, pointing to the existence of a genuine quantum phase transition.

  13. Nature of localized states in two-dimensional electron systems in the quantum Hall regime: Acoustic studies

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    Drichko, I. L.; Smirnov, I. Yu.; Suslov, A. V.; Galperin, Y. M.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2017-01-01

    We review our work on high-frequency conductance in two-dimensional high-mobility electronic systems in wide n-AlGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells. Using simultaneous measurements of the attenuation and velocity of a surface acoustic wave we obtained both real and imaginary components of the complex high-frequency conductance. Based on the experimental results and their analysis we conclude that close to the filling factor ν = 1/5, as well as in the interval 0.18 > ν > 0.125, a Wigner crystal pinned by disorder is formed. Both the melting temperature and the correlation length of the pinning-induced domains in the Wigner crystal were found. In close vicinities of ν = 1 and 2, transitions from single-electron localization to a Wigner crystal were observed.

  14. Tuning energy relaxation along quantum Hall channels.

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    Altimiras, C; le Sueur, H; Gennser, U; Cavanna, A; Mailly, D; Pierre, F

    2010-11-26

    The chiral edge channels in the quantum Hall regime are considered ideal ballistic quantum channels, and have quantum information processing potentialities. Here, we demonstrate experimentally, at a filling factor of ν(L)=2, the efficient tuning of the energy relaxation that limits quantum coherence and permits the return toward equilibrium. Energy relaxation along an edge channel is controllably enhanced by increasing its transmission toward a floating Ohmic contact, in quantitative agreement with predictions. Moreover, by forming a closed inner edge channel loop, we freeze energy exchanges in the outer channel. This result also elucidates the inelastic mechanisms at work at ν(L)=2, informing us, in particular, that those within the outer edge channel are negligible.

  15. Gap reversal at filling factors 3+1/3 and 3+1/5: towards novel topological order in the fractional quantum Hall regime.

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    Kleinbaum, Ethan; Kumar, Ashwani; Pfeiffer, L N; West, K W; Csáthy, G A

    2015-02-20

    In the region of the second Landau level several theories predict fractional quantum Hall states with novel topological order. We report the opening of an energy gap at the filling factor ν=3+1/3, firmly establishing the ground state as a fractional quantum Hall state. This and other odd-denominator states unexpectedly break particle-hole symmetry. Specifically, we find that the relative magnitudes of the energy gaps of the ν=3+1/3 and 3+1/5 states from the upper spin branch are reversed when compared to the ν=2+1/3 and 2+1/5 counterpart states in the lower spin branch. Our findings raise the possibility that at least one of the former states is of an unusual topological order.

  16. Fractional Quantum Hall States in a Ge Quantum Well.

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    Mironov, O A; d'Ambrumenil, N; Dobbie, A; Leadley, D R; Suslov, A V; Green, E

    2016-04-29

    Measurements of the Hall and dissipative conductivity of a strained Ge quantum well on a SiGe/(001)Si substrate in the quantum Hall regime are reported. We analyze the results in terms of thermally activated quantum tunneling of carriers from one internal edge state to another across saddle points in the long-range impurity potential. This shows that the gaps for different filling fractions closely follow the dependence predicted by theory. We also find that the estimates of the separation of the edge states at the saddle are in line with the expectations of an electrostatic model in the lowest spin-polarized Landau level (LL), but not in the spin-reversed LL where the density of quasiparticle states is not high enough to accommodate the carriers required.

  17. New melting transition in Quantum Hall systems

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    Simion, George; Lin, Tsuging; Watson, John D.; Manfra, Michael J.; Csathy, Gabor; Rokhinson, Leonid; Lyanda-Geller, Yuli

    2014-03-01

    We discover a new melting transition caused by topological excitations of two dimensional electrons in the quantum Hall regime. Experimentally, strain dependence of resistivity changes sign upon crossing filling-factor-specified boundaries of reentrant integer quantum Hall effect (RIQHE) states. This observation violates the symmetry of electron bubble crystal, whose melting was thought to be responsible for insulator to metal transition in the range of RIQHE filling factors. We demonstrate theoretically that electron bubbles become elongated in the vicinity of charge defects and form textures of finite size. Textures lower the energy of excitations. In the two-electron bubble crystal these textures form hedgehogs (vortices) around defects having (lacking) one extra electron. At low density these textures form an insulating Abrikosov lattice. At densities sufficient to cause the textures to overlap, their interactions are described by the XY-model and the defect lattice melts. This explains the sharp metal-insulator transition observed in finite temperature conductivity measurements. In this regime, melting is a function of several variables and forms a continuous phase boundary in the field-temperature (B - T) plane. Research was partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Awards DE-SC0010544 (Y.L-G), DE-SC0008630 (L.P.R.), DE-SC0006671 (G.S. and M.M.).

  18. Collective edge modes in fractional quantum Hall systems

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    Nguyen, Hoang K.; Joglekar, Yogesh N.; Murthy, Ganpathy

    2004-07-01

    Over the past few years one of us (Murthy) in collaboration with Shankar has developed an extended Hamiltonian formalism capable of describing the ground-state and low-energy excitations in the fractional quantum Hall regime. The Hamiltonian, expressed in terms of composite fermion operators, incorporates all the nonperturbative features of the fractional Hall regime, so that conventional many-body approximations such as Hartree-Fock and time-dependent Hartree-Fock are applicable. We apply this formalism to develop a microscopic theory of the collective edge modes in fractional quantum Hall regime. We present the results for edge mode dispersions at principal filling factors ν=1/3 , 1/5 , and 2/5 for systems with unreconstructed edges. The primary advantage of the method is that one works in the thermodynamic limit right from the beginning, thus avoiding the finite-size effects which ultimately limit exact diagonalization studies.

  19. On-Chip Microwave Quantum Hall Circulator

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    Mahoney, A. C.; Colless, J. I.; Pauka, S. J.; Hornibrook, J. M.; Watson, J. D.; Gardner, G. C.; Manfra, M. J.; Doherty, A. C.; Reilly, D. J.

    2017-01-01

    Circulators are nonreciprocal circuit elements that are integral to technologies including radar systems, microwave communication transceivers, and the readout of quantum information devices. Their nonreciprocity arises from the interference of microwaves over the centimeter scale of the signal wavelength, in the presence of bulky magnetic media that breaks time-reversal symmetry. Here, we realize a completely passive on-chip microwave circulator with size 1 /1000 th the wavelength by exploiting the chiral, "slow-light" response of a two-dimensional electron gas in the quantum Hall regime. For an integrated GaAs device with 330 μ m diameter and about 1-GHz center frequency, a nonreciprocity of 25 dB is observed over a 50-MHz bandwidth. Furthermore, the nonreciprocity can be dynamically tuned by varying the voltage at the port, an aspect that may enable reconfigurable passive routing of microwave signals on chip.

  20. Fractional quantum Hall effect revisited

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    Jacak, J.; Łydżba, P.; Jacak, L.

    2015-10-01

    The topology-based explanation of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) is summarized. The cyclotron braid subgroups crucial for this approach are introduced in order to identify the origin of the Laughlin correlations in 2D (two-dimensional) Hall systems. Flux-tubes and vortices for composite fermions in their standard constructions are explained in terms of cyclotron braids. The derivation of the hierarchy of the FQHE is proposed by mapping onto the integer effect within the topology-based approach. The experimental observations of the FQHE supporting the cyclotron braid picture are reviewed with a special attention paid to recent experiments with a suspended graphene. The triggering role of a carrier mobility for organization of the fractional state in Hall configuration is emphasized. The prerequisites for the FQHE are indicated including topological conditions substantially increasing the previously accepted set of physical necessities. The explanation of numerical studies by exact diagonalizations of the fractional Chern insulator states is formulated in terms of the topology condition applied to the Berry field flux quantization. Some new ideas withz regard to the synthetic fractional states in the optical lattices are also formulated.

  1. Quantum Fluctuation Theorem in an Interacting Setup: Point Contacts in Fractional Quantum Hall Edge State Devices

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    Komnik, A.; Saleur, H.

    2011-09-01

    We verify the validity of the Cohen-Gallavotti fluctuation theorem for the strongly correlated problem of charge transfer through an impurity in a chiral Luttinger liquid, which is realizable experimentally as a quantum point contact in a fractional quantum Hall edge state device. This is accomplished via the development of an analytical method to calculate the full counting statistics of the problem in all the parameter regimes involving the temperature, the Hall voltage, and the gate voltage.

  2. Quantum fluctuation theorem in an interacting setup: point contacts in fractional quantum Hall edge state devices.

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    Komnik, A; Saleur, H

    2011-09-02

    We verify the validity of the Cohen-Gallavotti fluctuation theorem for the strongly correlated problem of charge transfer through an impurity in a chiral Luttinger liquid, which is realizable experimentally as a quantum point contact in a fractional quantum Hall edge state device. This is accomplished via the development of an analytical method to calculate the full counting statistics of the problem in all the parameter regimes involving the temperature, the Hall voltage, and the gate voltage.

  3. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetically doped InAs/GaSb quantum wells.

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    Wang, Qing-Ze; Liu, Xin; Zhang, Hai-Jun; Samarth, Nitin; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2014-10-03

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect has recently been observed experimentally in thin films of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)(2)Te(3) at a low temperature (∼ 30 mK). In this work, we propose realizing the quantum anomalous Hall effect in more conventional diluted magnetic semiconductors with magnetically doped InAs/GaSb type-II quantum wells. Based on a four-band model, we find an enhancement of the Curie temperature of ferromagnetism due to band edge singularities in the inverted regime of InAs/GaSb quantum wells. Below the Curie temperature, the quantum anomalous Hall effect is confirmed by the direct calculation of Hall conductance. The parameter regime for the quantum anomalous Hall phase is identified based on the eight-band Kane model. The high sample quality and strong exchange coupling make magnetically doped InAs/GaSb quantum wells good candidates for realizing the quantum anomalous Hall insulator at a high temperature.

  4. New topological excitations in quantum Hall systems

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    Lyanda-Geller, Yuli; Lin, Tsuging; Simion, George; Watson, John D.; Manfra, Michael J.; Csathy, Gabor; Rokhinson, Leonid

    2014-03-01

    We discover new topological excitations of two dimensional electrons in the quantum Hall regime. The strain dependence of resistivity observed experimentally is shown to change sign upon crossing filling-factor-specified boundaries of reentrant integer quantum Hall effect (RIQHE) states. This observation violates the known symmetry of electron bubbles thought to be responsible for the RIQHE. We demonstrate theoretically that electron bubbles become elongated in the vicinity of charge defects and form textures of finite size. Calculations confirm that textures lower the energy of excitations. In the two-electron bubble crystal these textures form two-dimensional hedgehogs around defects having one extra electron, and vortices around defects lacking one electron. Strain affects vortices and hedgehogs differently, explaining striking strain-dependent resistivity. The sharp transition from insulating RIQHE state to conducting state is caused by melting of Abrikosov crystal comprised of the defects. The proposed physical mechanism of conductivity due to topological defects is shown to lead to an unusually large magnitude of the strain effect on resistivity in the range of RIQHE filling factors, in agreement with experiment. Research was partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Awards DE-SC0010544 (Y.L-G), DE-SC0008630 (L.P.R.), DE-SC0006671 (G.S. and M.M.).

  5. Tunneling current through fractional quantum Hall interferometers

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    Smits, O.; Slingerland, J. K.; Simon, S. H.

    2014-01-01

    We calculate the tunneling current through a Fabry-Pérot interferometer in the fractional quantum Hall regime. Within linear response theory (weak tunneling but arbitrary source-drain voltage), we find a general expression for the current due to tunneling of quasiparticles in terms of Carlson's R function. Our result is valid for fractional quantum Hall states with an edge theory consisting of a charged channel and any number of neutral channels, with possibly different edge velocities and different chiralities. We analyze the case with a single neutral channel in detail, which applies for instance to the edge of the Moore-Read state. In addition, we consider an asymmetric interferometer with different edge lengths between the point contacts on opposite edges, and we study the behavior of the current as a function of varying edge length. Recent experiments attempted to measure the Aharanov-Bohm effect by changing the area inside the interferometer using a plunger gate. Theoretical analyses of these experiments have so far not taken into account the accompanying change in the edge lengths. We show that the tunneling current exhibits multiple oscillations as a function of this edge length, with frequencies proportional to the injected edge current and inversely proportional to the edge velocities. In particular, the edge velocities can be measured by looking at the Fourier spectrum of the edge current. We provide a numerical scheme to calculate and plot the R function, and include sample plots for a variety of edge states with parameter values, which are experimentally relevant.

  6. The width of the plateaus of the quantum Hall effect

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    Groshev, Atanas; Scho¨n, Gerd

    1994-02-01

    We suggest that in high quality samples in the quantum Hall regime the interaction between localized states dominates over disorder effects. It leads to the formation of a Wigner crystal, which melts at a critical value ν c≈0.2 of the filling factor of the localized states. This leads to a finite width of the plateaus of the integer quantum Hall effect Δν=2ν c. This result describes well recent experimental data on single AlGaAs/GaAs heterojunctions (electron and hole gases) and double 2DEG systems.

  7. Moiré assisted fractional quantum Hall state spectroscopy

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    Wu, Fengcheng; MacDonald, A. H.

    2016-12-01

    Intra-Landau level excitations in the fractional quantum Hall regime are not accessible via optical absorption measurements. We point out that optical probes are enabled by the periodic potentials produced by a moiré pattern. Our observation is motivated by the recent observations of fractional quantum Hall incompressible states in moiré-patterned graphene on a hexagonal boron nitride substrate, and is theoretically based on f -sum rule considerations supplemented by a perturbative analysis of the influence of the moiré potential on many-body states.

  8. The quantum Hall effect helicity

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    Shrivastava, Keshav N.

    2015-04-16

    The quantum Hall effect in semiconductor heterostructures is explained by two signs in the angular momentum j=l±s and g=(2j+1)/(2l+1) along with the Landau factor (n+1/2). These modifications in the existing theories explain all of the fractional charges. The helicity which is the sign of the product of the linear momentum with the spin p.s plays an important role for the understanding of the data at high magnetic fields. In particular it is found that particles with positive sign in the spin move in one direction and those with negative sign move in another direction which explains the up and down stream motion of the particles.

  9. Integer quantum magnon Hall plateau-plateau transition in a spin-ice model

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    Xu, Baolong; Ohtsuki, Tomi; Shindou, Ryuichi

    2016-12-01

    Low-energy magnon bands in a two-dimensional spin-ice model become integer quantum magnon Hall bands under an out-of-plane field. By calculating the localization length and the two-terminal conductance of magnon transport, we show that the magnon bands with disorders undergo a quantum phase transition from an integer quantum magnon Hall regime to a conventional magnon localized regime. Finite size scaling analysis as well as a critical conductance distribution shows that the quantum critical point belongs to the same universality class as that in the quantum Hall transition. We characterize thermal magnon Hall conductivity in a disordered quantum magnon Hall system in terms of robust chiral edge magnon transport.

  10. Metal-to-insulator switching in quantum anomalous Hall states

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    Pan, Lei; Kou, Xufeng; Wang, Jing; Fan, Yabin; Choi, Eun Sang; Shao, Qiming; Zhang, Shou Cheng; Wang, Kang Lung

    Quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) was recently achieved in magnetic topological insulator films as a form of dissipationless transport without external magnetic field. However, the universal phase diagram of QAHE and its relation with quantum Hall effect (QHE) remain to be investigated. Here, we report the experimental observation of the giant longitudinal resistance peak and zero Hall conductance plateau at the coercive field in the six quintuple-layer (Cr0.12Bi0.26Sb0.62)2 Te3 film, and demonstrate the metal-to-insulator switching between two opposite QAHE plateau states up to 0.3 K. The universal QAHE phase diagram is further confirmed through the angle-dependent measurements. Our results address that the quantum phase transitions in both QAHE and QHE regimes are in the same universality class, yet the microscopic details are different.

  11. The quantum Hall effects: Philosophical approach

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    Lederer, P.

    2015-05-01

    The Quantum Hall Effects offer a rich variety of theoretical and experimental advances. They provide interesting insights on such topics as gauge invariance, strong interactions in Condensed Matter physics, emergence of new paradigms. This paper focuses on some related philosophical questions. Various brands of positivism or agnosticism are confronted with the physics of the Quantum Hall Effects. Hacking's views on Scientific Realism, Chalmers' on Non-Figurative Realism are discussed. It is argued that the difficulties with those versions of realism may be resolved within a dialectical materialist approach. The latter is argued to provide a rational approach to the phenomena, theory and ontology of the Quantum Hall Effects.

  12. Chiral Thermoelectrics with Quantum Hall Edge States

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    Sánchez, Rafael; Sothmann, Björn; Jordan, Andrew N.

    2015-04-01

    The thermoelectric properties of a three-terminal quantum Hall conductor are investigated. We identify a contribution to the thermoelectric response that relies on the chirality of the carrier motion rather than on spatial asymmetries. The Onsager matrix becomes maximally asymmetric with configurations where either the Seebeck or the Peltier coefficients are zero while the other one remains finite. Reversing the magnetic field direction exchanges these effects, which originate from the chiral nature of the quantum Hall edge states. The possibility to generate spin-polarized currents in quantum spin Hall samples is discussed.

  13. Chiral thermoelectrics with quantum Hall edge states.

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    Sánchez, Rafael; Sothmann, Björn; Jordan, Andrew N

    2015-04-10

    The thermoelectric properties of a three-terminal quantum Hall conductor are investigated. We identify a contribution to the thermoelectric response that relies on the chirality of the carrier motion rather than on spatial asymmetries. The Onsager matrix becomes maximally asymmetric with configurations where either the Seebeck or the Peltier coefficients are zero while the other one remains finite. Reversing the magnetic field direction exchanges these effects, which originate from the chiral nature of the quantum Hall edge states. The possibility to generate spin-polarized currents in quantum spin Hall samples is discussed.

  14. Competition between Kondo Screening and Quantum Hall Edge Reconstruction

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    Heine, A. W.; Tutuc, D.; Zwicknagl, G.; Haug, R. J.

    2016-03-01

    We report on a Kondo correlated quantum dot connected to two-dimensional leads where we demonstrate the renormalization of the g factor in the pure Zeeman case. i.e., for magnetic fields parallel to the plane of the quantum dot. For the same system, we study the influence of orbital effects by investigating the quantum Hall regime; i.e., a perpendicular magnetic field is applied. In this case an unusual behavior of the suppression of the Kondo effect and of the split zero-bias anomaly is observed. The splitting decreases with magnetic field and shows discontinuous changes that are attributed to the intricate interplay between Kondo screening and the quantum Hall edge structure originating from electrostatic screening. This edge structure, made up of compressible and incompressible stripes, strongly affects the Kondo temperature of the quantum dot and thereby influences the renormalized g factor.

  15. Quantum Hall effect in momentum space

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    Ozawa, Tomoki; Price, Hannah M.; Carusotto, Iacopo

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically discuss a momentum-space analog of the quantum Hall effect, which could be observed in topologically nontrivial lattice models subject to an external harmonic trapping potential. In our proposal, the Niu-Thouless-Wu formulation of the quantum Hall effect on a torus is realized in the toroidally shaped Brillouin zone. In this analogy, the position of the trap center in real space controls the magnetic fluxes that are inserted through the holes of the torus in momentum space. We illustrate the momentum-space quantum Hall effect with the noninteracting trapped Harper-Hofstadter model, for which we numerically demonstrate how this effect manifests itself in experimental observables. Extension to the interacting trapped Harper-Hofstadter model is also briefly considered. We finally discuss possible experimental platforms where our proposal for the momentum-space quantum Hall effect could be realized.

  16. The Quantum Hall Liquid to Insulator Transitions.

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    Shahar, Dan

    Among the stable phases known to exist in a two dimensional electronic system (2DES), the metallic phase is conspicuously missing. Nonetheless, metallic behavior characterized by finite conductivity as the temperature Tto 0, can be observed at local, isolated points. These are the critical points of quantum phase transitions separating the various stable phases. Although these phase transitions occur at T = 0 and are completely governed by quantum mechanical rules, the theoretical understanding of them is mainly in a critical phenomena framework, that is largely analogous to that used to describe traditional, thermodynamic, phase transitions. The purpose of this dissertation is to report on the identification and characterization of a new family of quantum transitions, between the quantum Hall effect and an insulating phase. In these transitions, the system is driven between a quantum Hall liquid and an insulating phase by changing the externally applied magnetic field (B), or the electronic density, n. We conducted a comprehensive, systematic experiment that virtually encompasses the full range of sample quality available to date. In all, 70 samples were prepared and studied, many at very low T ( >20 mK) and high B (<15.5 T). We studied systematically the transport near the transitions both, in the Ohmic, and non-Ohmic, high current, regimes. For each transition studied a clear, temperature independent, transition B field that separates the QHE liquid state and the insulating phase can be unambiguously determined. We find that despite the large disparity in the properties of our samples, the transport behavior near the transition points is virtually indistinguishable from sample to sample. In particular, the resistivity value at the transition point is found to be universal, and close to the quantum unit of resistance, h/e^2. Also, the behavior of the systems upon approaching the transitions obeys scaling rules with the same critical exponents for all the

  17. Effect of Joule heating on current-induced asymmetries and breakdown of the quantum Hall effect in narrow Hall bars

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    Gerhardts, Rolf R.

    2017-01-01

    Recent low-temperature scanning-force-microscopy experiments on narrow Hall bars, under the conditions of the integer quantum Hall effect (IQHE) and its breakdown, have revealed an interesting position dependence of the Hall potential, which changes drastically with the applied magnetic field and the strength of the imposed current through the sample. The present paper shows, that inclusion of Joule heating into an existing self-consistent theory of screening and magneto-transport, which assumes translation invariant Hall bars with a homogeneous background charge due to doping, can explain the experimental results on the breakdown of the IQHE in the so called edge-dominated regime.

  18. Modulated phases of graphene quantum Hall polariton fluids

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    Pellegrino, Francesco M. D.; Giovannetti, Vittorio; MacDonald, Allan H.; Polini, Marco

    2016-01-01

    There is a growing experimental interest in coupling cavity photons to the cyclotron resonance excitations of electron liquids in high-mobility semiconductor quantum wells or graphene sheets. These media offer unique platforms to carry out fundamental studies of exciton-polariton condensation and cavity quantum electrodynamics in a regime, in which electron–electron interactions are expected to play a pivotal role. Here, focusing on graphene, we present a theoretical study of the impact of electron–electron interactions on a quantum Hall polariton fluid, that is a fluid of magneto-excitons resonantly coupled to cavity photons. We show that electron–electron interactions are responsible for an instability of graphene integer quantum Hall polariton fluids towards a modulated phase. We demonstrate that this phase can be detected by measuring the collective excitation spectra, which is often at a characteristic wave vector of the order of the inverse magnetic length. PMID:27841346

  19. Modulated phases of graphene quantum Hall polariton fluids

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    Pellegrino, Francesco M. D.; Giovannetti, Vittorio; MacDonald, Allan H.; Polini, Marco

    2016-11-01

    There is a growing experimental interest in coupling cavity photons to the cyclotron resonance excitations of electron liquids in high-mobility semiconductor quantum wells or graphene sheets. These media offer unique platforms to carry out fundamental studies of exciton-polariton condensation and cavity quantum electrodynamics in a regime, in which electron-electron interactions are expected to play a pivotal role. Here, focusing on graphene, we present a theoretical study of the impact of electron-electron interactions on a quantum Hall polariton fluid, that is a fluid of magneto-excitons resonantly coupled to cavity photons. We show that electron-electron interactions are responsible for an instability of graphene integer quantum Hall polariton fluids towards a modulated phase. We demonstrate that this phase can be detected by measuring the collective excitation spectra, which is often at a characteristic wave vector of the order of the inverse magnetic length.

  20. Spectral Properties of Fractional Quantum Hall Hamiltonians

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    Weerasinghe, Amila

    The fractional quantum Hall (FQH) effect plays a prominent role in the study of topological phases of matter and of strongly correlated electron systems in general. FQH systems have been demonstrated to show many interesting novel properties such as fractional charges, and are believed to harbor even more intriguing phenomena such as fractional statistics. However, there remain many interesting questions to be addressed in this regime. The work reported in this thesis aims to push the envelope of our understanding of the low-energy properties of FQH states using microscopic principles. In the first part of the thesis, we present a systematic perturbative approach to study excitations in the thin cylinder/torus limit of the quantum Hall states. The approach is applied to the Haldane-Rezayi and Gaffnian quantum Hall states, which are both expected to have gapless excitations in the usual two-dimensional thermodynamic limit. For the Haldane-Rezayi state, we confirm that gapless excitations are present also in the "one-dimensional" thermodynamic limit of an infinite thin cylinder, in agreement with earlier considerations based on the wave functions alone. In contrast, we identify the lowest excitations of the Gaffnian state in the thin cylinder limit, and conclude that they are gapped, using a combination of perturbative and numerical means. We discuss possible scenarios for the cross-over between the two-dimensional and the one-dimensional thermodynamic limit in this case. In the second part of the thesis, we study the low energy spectral properties of positive center-of-mass conserving two-body Hamiltonians as they arise in models of FQH states. Starting from the observation that positive many-body Hamiltonians must have ground state energies that increase monotonously in particle number, we explore what general additional constraints can be obtained for two-body interactions with "center-of-mass conservation" symmetry, both in the presence and absence of particle

  1. Logarithmic correlations in quantum Hall plateau transitions

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    Vasseur, Romain

    2015-07-01

    The critical behavior of quantum Hall transitions in two-dimensional disordered electronic systems can be described by a class of complicated, nonunitary conformal field theories with logarithmic correlations. The nature and the physical origin of these logarithmic correlation functions remain, however, mysterious. Using the replica trick and the underlying symmetries of these quantum critical points, we show here how to construct nonperturbatively disorder-averaged observables in terms of Green's functions that scale logarithmically at criticality. In the case of the spin quantum Hall transition, which may occur in disordered superconductors with spin-rotation symmetry and broken time reversal invariance, we argue that our results are compatible with an alternative approach based on supersymmetry. The generalization to the integer quantum Hall plateau transition is also discussed.

  2. Josephson effect without superconductivity: realization in quantum Hall bilayers.

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    Fogler, M M; Wilczek, F

    2001-02-26

    We show that a quantum Hall bilayer with the total filling nu = 1 should exhibit a dynamical regime similar to the flux flow in large Josephson junctions. This analogy may explain a conspicuous peak in the interlayer tunneling conductance [Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 5808 (2000)]. The flux flow is likely to be spatiotemporally chaotic at low-bias voltage, which will manifest itself through broadband noise. The peak position can be controlled by an in-plane magnetic field.

  3. Integer Quantum Hall Effect in Trilayer Graphene

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    Kumar, A.; Escoffier, W.; Poumirol, J. M.; Faugeras, C.; Arovas, D. P.; Fogler, M. M.; Guinea, F.; Roche, S.; Goiran, M.; Raquet, B.

    2011-09-01

    By using high-magnetic fields (up to 60 T), we observe compelling evidence of the integer quantum Hall effect in trilayer graphene. The magnetotransport fingerprints are similar to those of the graphene monolayer, except for the absence of a plateau at a filling factor of ν=2. At a very low filling factor, the Hall resistance vanishes due to the presence of mixed electron and hole carriers induced by disorder. The measured Hall resistivity plateaus are well reproduced theoretically, using a self-consistent Hartree calculations of the Landau levels and assuming an ABC stacking order of the three layers.

  4. Edge reconstructions in fractional quantum Hall systems.

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    Joglekar, Yogesh; Nguyen, Hoang; Murthy, Ganpathy

    2003-03-01

    Two dimensional electron systems exhibiting fractional quantum Hall effects are characterized by a quantized Hall conductance and a dissipationless bulk. The transport in these systems occurs only at the edges where gapless excitations are possible [1]. We present a microscopic calculation of these egde-states at filling factors ν=1/3 and ν=2/5 using the Hamiltonian theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect [2]. We find that the quantum Hall egde undergoes a reconstruction as the confining potential, produced by the background charge density, softens [3,4]. Our results have implications to the tunneling experiments into the edge of a fractional quantum Hall system [5]. 1: X. G.Wen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 2206 (1990). 2: R. Shankar and G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4437 (1997). 3: C. de C. Chamon and X. G. Wen, Phys. Rev. B 49, 8227 (1994). 4: X. Wan, K. Yang, and E. H. Razayi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 056802 (2002). 5: A.M.Chang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 143 (2000).

  5. Quantum energy teleportation in a quantum Hall system

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    Yusa, Go; Izumida, Wataru; Hotta, Masahiro

    2011-09-15

    We propose an experimental method for a quantum protocol termed quantum energy teleportation (QET), which allows energy transportation to a remote location without physical carriers. Using a quantum Hall system as a realistic model, we discuss the physical significance of QET and estimate the order of energy gain using reasonable experimental parameters.

  6. Prospect of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall effect in doped kagome lattice Mott insulators

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    Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valentí, Roser

    2016-01-01

    Electronic states with non-trivial topology host a number of novel phenomena with potential for revolutionizing information technology. The quantum anomalous Hall effect provides spin-polarized dissipation-free transport of electrons, while the quantum spin Hall effect in combination with superconductivity has been proposed as the basis for realizing decoherence-free quantum computing. We introduce a new strategy for realizing these effects, namely by hole and electron doping kagome lattice Mott insulators through, for instance, chemical substitution. As an example, we apply this new approach to the natural mineral herbertsmithite. We prove the feasibility of the proposed modifications by performing ab-initio density functional theory calculations and demonstrate the occurrence of the predicted effects using realistic models. Our results herald a new family of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall insulators at affordable energy/temperature scales based on kagome lattices of transition metal ions. PMID:27185665

  7. Prospect of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall effect in doped kagome lattice Mott insulators

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    Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valentí, Roser

    2016-05-01

    Electronic states with non-trivial topology host a number of novel phenomena with potential for revolutionizing information technology. The quantum anomalous Hall effect provides spin-polarized dissipation-free transport of electrons, while the quantum spin Hall effect in combination with superconductivity has been proposed as the basis for realizing decoherence-free quantum computing. We introduce a new strategy for realizing these effects, namely by hole and electron doping kagome lattice Mott insulators through, for instance, chemical substitution. As an example, we apply this new approach to the natural mineral herbertsmithite. We prove the feasibility of the proposed modifications by performing ab-initio density functional theory calculations and demonstrate the occurrence of the predicted effects using realistic models. Our results herald a new family of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall insulators at affordable energy/temperature scales based on kagome lattices of transition metal ions.

  8. Prospect of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall effect in doped kagome lattice Mott insulators.

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    Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O; Valentí, Roser

    2016-05-17

    Electronic states with non-trivial topology host a number of novel phenomena with potential for revolutionizing information technology. The quantum anomalous Hall effect provides spin-polarized dissipation-free transport of electrons, while the quantum spin Hall effect in combination with superconductivity has been proposed as the basis for realizing decoherence-free quantum computing. We introduce a new strategy for realizing these effects, namely by hole and electron doping kagome lattice Mott insulators through, for instance, chemical substitution. As an example, we apply this new approach to the natural mineral herbertsmithite. We prove the feasibility of the proposed modifications by performing ab-initio density functional theory calculations and demonstrate the occurrence of the predicted effects using realistic models. Our results herald a new family of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall insulators at affordable energy/temperature scales based on kagome lattices of transition metal ions.

  9. Bilayer-induced asymmetric quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene

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    Iagallo, Andrea; Tanabe, Shinichi; Roddaro, Stefano; Takamura, Makoto; Sekine, Yoshiaki; Hibino, Hiroki; Miseikis, Vaidotas; Coletti, Camilla; Piazza, Vincenzo; Beltram, Fabio; Heun, Stefan

    2015-05-01

    The transport properties of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) at quantizing magnetic fields are investigated. Devices patterned perpendicularly to SiC terraces clearly exhibit bilayer inclusions distributed along the substrate step edges. We show that the transport properties in the quantum Hall regime are heavily affected by the presence of bilayer inclusions, and observe a significant departure from the conventional quantum Hall characteristics. In particular, we observe anomalous values of the quantized resistance and a peculiar asymmetry with magnetic field which was not observed before for graphene on SiC. A quantitative model involving enhanced inter-channel scattering mediated by the presence of bilayer inclusions is presented that successfully explains the observed symmetry properties.

  10. Contactless measurement of alternating current conductance in quantum Hall structures

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    Drichko, I. L.; Diakonov, A. M.; Malysh, V. A.; Smirnov, I. Yu.; Ilyinskaya, N. D.; Usikova, A. A.; Galperin, Y. M.; Kummer, M.; Känel, H. von

    2014-10-21

    We report a procedure to determine the frequency-dependent conductance of quantum Hall structures in a broad frequency domain. The procedure is based on the combination of two known probeless methods—acoustic spectroscopy and microwave spectroscopy. By using the acoustic spectroscopy, we study the low-frequency attenuation and phase shift of a surface acoustic wave in a piezoelectric crystal in the vicinity of the electron (hole) layer. The electronic contribution is resolved using its dependence on a transverse magnetic field. At high frequencies, we study the attenuation of an electromagnetic wave in a coplanar waveguide. To quantitatively calibrate these data, we use the fact that in the quantum-Hall-effect regime the conductance at the maxima of its magnetic field dependence is determined by extended states. Therefore, it should be frequency independent in a broad frequency domain. The procedure is verified by studies of a well-characterized p-SiGe/Ge/SiGe heterostructure.

  11. Observation of the Zero Hall Plateau in a Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulator.

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    Feng, Yang; Feng, Xiao; Ou, Yunbo; Wang, Jing; Liu, Chang; Zhang, Liguo; Zhao, Dongyang; Jiang, Gaoyuan; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; He, Ke; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi-Kun; Wang, Yayu

    2015-09-18

    We report experimental investigations on the quantum phase transition between the two opposite Hall plateaus of a quantum anomalous Hall insulator. We observe a well-defined plateau with zero Hall conductivity over a range of magnetic field around coercivity when the magnetization reverses. The features of the zero Hall plateau are shown to be closely related to that of the quantum anomalous Hall effect, but its temperature evolution exhibits a significant difference from the network model for a conventional quantum Hall plateau transition. We propose that the chiral edge states residing at the magnetic domain boundaries, which are unique to a quantum anomalous Hall insulator, are responsible for the novel features of the zero Hall plateau.

  12. Metal-to-insulator switching in quantum anomalous Hall states

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    Kou, Xufeng; Pan, Lei; Wang, Jing; Fan, Yabin; Choi, Eun Sang; Lee, Wei-Li; Nie, Tianxiao; Murata, Koichi; Shao, Qiming; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Wang, Kang L.

    2015-10-01

    After decades of searching for the dissipationless transport in the absence of any external magnetic field, quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) was recently achieved in magnetic topological insulator films. However, the universal phase diagram of QAHE and its relation with quantum Hall effect (QHE) remain to be investigated. Here, we report the experimental observation of the giant longitudinal resistance peak and zero Hall conductance plateau at the coercive field in the six quintuple-layer (Cr0.12Bi0.26Sb0.62)2Te3 film, and demonstrate the metal-to-insulator switching between two opposite QAHE plateau states up to 0.3 K. Moreover, the universal QAHE phase diagram is confirmed through the angle-dependent measurements. Our results address that the quantum phase transitions in both QAHE and QHE regimes are in the same universality class, yet the microscopic details are different. In addition, the realization of the QAHE insulating state unveils new ways to explore quantum phase-related physics and applications.

  13. Metal-to-insulator switching in quantum anomalous Hall states

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    Kou, Xufeng; Pan, Lei; Wang, Jing; Fan, Yabin; Choi, Eun Sang; Lee, Wei -Li; Nie, Tianxiao; Murata, Koichi; Shao, Qiming; Zhang, Shou -Cheng; Wang, Kang L.

    2015-10-07

    After decades of searching for the dissipationless transport in the absence of any external magnetic field, quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) was recently achieved in magnetic topological insulator films. However, the universal phase diagram of QAHE and its relation with quantum Hall effect (QHE) remain to be investigated. Here, we report the experimental observation of the giant longitudinal resistance peak and zero Hall conductance plateau at the coercive field in the six quintuple-layer (Cr0.12Bi0.26Sb0.62)2Te3 film, and demonstrate the metal-to-insulator switching between two opposite QAHE plateau states up to 0.3 K. Moreover, the universal QAHE phase diagram is confirmed through the angle-dependent measurements. Our results address that the quantum phase transitions in both QAHE and QHE regimes are in the same universality class, yet the microscopic details are different. Additionally, the realization of the QAHE insulating state unveils new ways to explore quantum phase-related physics and applications.

  14. Metal-to-insulator switching in quantum anomalous Hall states

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    Kou, Xufeng; Pan, Lei; Wang, Jing; ...

    2015-10-07

    After decades of searching for the dissipationless transport in the absence of any external magnetic field, quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) was recently achieved in magnetic topological insulator films. However, the universal phase diagram of QAHE and its relation with quantum Hall effect (QHE) remain to be investigated. Here, we report the experimental observation of the giant longitudinal resistance peak and zero Hall conductance plateau at the coercive field in the six quintuple-layer (Cr0.12Bi0.26Sb0.62)2Te3 film, and demonstrate the metal-to-insulator switching between two opposite QAHE plateau states up to 0.3 K. Moreover, the universal QAHE phase diagram is confirmed through themore » angle-dependent measurements. Our results address that the quantum phase transitions in both QAHE and QHE regimes are in the same universality class, yet the microscopic details are different. Additionally, the realization of the QAHE insulating state unveils new ways to explore quantum phase-related physics and applications.« less

  15. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in real materials

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    Zhang, Jiayong; Zhao, Bao; Zhou, Tong; Yang, Zhongqin

    2016-11-01

    Under a strong magnetic field, the quantum Hall (QH) effect can be observed in two-dimensional electronic gas systems. If the quantized Hall conductivity is acquired in a system without the need of an external magnetic field, then it will give rise to a new quantum state, the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) state. The QAH state is a novel quantum state that is insulating in the bulk but exhibits unique conducting edge states topologically protected from backscattering and holds great potential for applications in low-power-consumption electronics. The realization of the QAH effect in real materials is of great significance. In this paper, we systematically review the theoretical proposals that have been brought forward to realize the QAH effect in various real material systems or structures, including magnetically doped topological insulators, graphene-based systems, silicene-based systems, two-dimensional organometallic frameworks, quantum wells, and functionalized Sb(111) monolayers, etc. Our paper can help our readers to quickly grasp the recent developments in this field. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB921803), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574051), the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai, China (Grant No. 14ZR1403400), and Fudan High-end Computing Center, China.

  16. Developments in the quantum Hall effect.

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    von Klitzing, Klaus

    2005-09-15

    The most important applications of the quantum Hall effect (QHE) are in the field of metrology. The observed quantization of the resistance is primarily used for the reproduction of the SI unit ohm, but is also important for high precision measurements of both the fine structure constant and the Planck constant. Some current QHE research areas include the analysis of new electron-electron correlation phenomena and the development of a more complete microscopic picture of this quantum effect. Recently, scanning force microscopy (SFM) of the potential distribution in QHE devices has been used to enhance the microscopic understanding of current flow in quantum Hall systems. This confirms the importance of the theoretically predicted stripes of compressible and incompressible electronic states close to the boundary of the QHE devices.

  17. Integer quantum Hall effect in graphene

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    Jellal, Ahmed

    2016-04-01

    We study the quantum Hall effect in a monolayer graphene by using an approach based on thermodynamical properties. This can be done by considering a system of Dirac particles in an electromagnetic field and taking into account of the edges effect as a pseudo-potential varying continuously along the x direction. At low temperature and in the weak electric field limit, we explicitly determine the thermodynamical potential. With this, we derive the particle numbers in terms of the quantized flux and therefore the Hall conductivity immediately follows.

  18. Induced Superconductivity in the Quantum Spin Hall Edge

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    Ren, Hechen; Hart, Sean; Wagner, Timo; Leubner, Philipp; Muehlbauer, Mathias; Bruene, Christoph; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens; Yacoby, Amir

    2014-03-01

    Two-dimensional topological insulators have a gapped bulk and helical edge states, making it a quantum spin Hall insulator. Combining such edge states with superconductivity can be an excellent platform for observing and manipulating localized Majorana fermions. In the context of condensed matter, these are emergent electronic states that obey non-Abelian statistics and hence support fault-tolerant quantum computing. To realize such theoretical constructions, an essential step is to show these edge channels are capable of carrying coherent supercurrent. In our experiment, we fabricate Josephson junctions with HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells, a two-dimensional material that becomes a quantum spin Hall insulator when the quantum well is thicker than 6.3 nm and the bulk density is depleted. In this regime, we observe supercurrents whose densities are confined to the edges of the junctions, with edge widths ranging from 180 nm to 408 nm. To verify the topological nature of these edges, we measure identical junctions with HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells thinner than 6.3 nm and observe only uniform supercurrent density across the junctions. This research is supported by Microsoft Corporation Project Q, the NSF DMR-1206016, the DOE SCGF Program, the German Research Foundation, and EU ERC-AG program.

  19. Tunnelling between the edges of two lateral quantum Hall systems

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    Kang; Stormer; Pfeiffer; Baldwin; West

    2000-01-06

    The edge of a two-dimensional electron system in a magnetic field consists of one-dimensional channels that arise from the confining electric field at the edge of the system. The crossed electric and magnetic fields cause electrons to drift parallel to the sample boundary, creating a chiral current that travels along the edge in only one direction. In an ideal two-dimensional electron system in the quantum Hall regime, all the current flows along the edge. Quantization of the Hall resistance arises from occupation of N one-dimensional edge channels, each contributing a conductance of e2/h. Here we report differential conductance measurements, in the integer quantum Hall regime, of tunnelling between the edges of a pair of two-dimensional electron systems that are separated by an atomically precise, high-quality, tunnel barrier. The resultant interaction between the edge states leads to the formation of new energy gaps and an intriguing dispersion relation for electrons travelling along the barrier: for example, we see a persistent conductance peak at zero bias voltage and an absence of tunnelling features due to electron spin. These features are unexpected and are not consistent with a model of weakly interacting edge states. Remnant disorder along the barrier and charge screening may each play a role, although detailed numerical studies will be required to elucidate these effects.

  20. Peltier Effect and Electron Temperature Distribution in Quantum Hall Systems with Potential Discontinuity

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    Nakagawa, Takahiro; Akera, Hiroshi; Suzuura, Hidekatsu

    2005-06-01

    Spatial variations of the electron temperature are calculated in the linear-response regime in a quantum Hall system with a potential discontinuity in the current direction. It is shown that the sign of the induced deviation of the electron temperature from the lattice temperature exhibits quantum oscillations.

  1. Destruction of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect by Disorder

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    Laughlin, R. B.

    1985-07-01

    It is suggested that Hall steps in the fractional quantum Hall effect are physically similar to those in the ordinary quantum Hall effect. This proposition leads to a simple scaling diagram containing a new type of fixed point, which is identified with the destruction of the fractional states by disorder. 15 refs., 3 figs.

  2. Are quantum spin Hall edge modes more resilient to disorder, sample geometry and inelastic scattering than quantum Hall edge modes?

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    Mani, Arjun; Benjamin, Colin

    2016-04-13

    On the surface of 2D topological insulators, 1D quantum spin Hall (QSH) edge modes occur with Dirac-like dispersion. Unlike quantum Hall (QH) edge modes, which occur at high magnetic fields in 2D electron gases, the occurrence of QSH edge modes is due to spin-orbit scattering in the bulk of the material. These QSH edge modes are spin-dependent, and chiral-opposite spins move in opposing directions. Electronic spin has a larger decoherence and relaxation time than charge. In view of this, it is expected that QSH edge modes will be more robust to disorder and inelastic scattering than QH edge modes, which are charge-dependent and spin-unpolarized. However, we notice no such advantage accrues in QSH edge modes when subjected to the same degree of contact disorder and/or inelastic scattering in similar setups as QH edge modes. In fact we observe that QSH edge modes are more susceptible to inelastic scattering and contact disorder than QH edge modes. Furthermore, while a single disordered contact has no effect on QH edge modes, it leads to a finite charge Hall current in the case of QSH edge modes, and thus a vanishing of the pure QSH effect. For more than a single disordered contact while QH states continue to remain immune to disorder, QSH edge modes become more susceptible--the Hall resistance for the QSH effect changes sign with increasing disorder. In the case of many disordered contacts with inelastic scattering included, while quantization of Hall edge modes holds, for QSH edge modes a finite charge Hall current still flows. For QSH edge modes in the inelastic scattering regime we distinguish between two cases: with spin-flip and without spin-flip scattering. Finally, while asymmetry in sample geometry can have a deleterious effect in the QSH case, it has no impact in the QH case.

  3. Are quantum spin Hall edge modes more resilient to disorder, sample geometry and inelastic scattering than quantum Hall edge modes?

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    Mani, Arjun; Benjamin, Colin

    2016-04-01

    On the surface of 2D topological insulators, 1D quantum spin Hall (QSH) edge modes occur with Dirac-like dispersion. Unlike quantum Hall (QH) edge modes, which occur at high magnetic fields in 2D electron gases, the occurrence of QSH edge modes is due to spin-orbit scattering in the bulk of the material. These QSH edge modes are spin-dependent, and chiral-opposite spins move in opposing directions. Electronic spin has a larger decoherence and relaxation time than charge. In view of this, it is expected that QSH edge modes will be more robust to disorder and inelastic scattering than QH edge modes, which are charge-dependent and spin-unpolarized. However, we notice no such advantage accrues in QSH edge modes when subjected to the same degree of contact disorder and/or inelastic scattering in similar setups as QH edge modes. In fact we observe that QSH edge modes are more susceptible to inelastic scattering and contact disorder than QH edge modes. Furthermore, while a single disordered contact has no effect on QH edge modes, it leads to a finite charge Hall current in the case of QSH edge modes, and thus a vanishing of the pure QSH effect. For more than a single disordered contact while QH states continue to remain immune to disorder, QSH edge modes become more susceptible—the Hall resistance for the QSH effect changes sign with increasing disorder. In the case of many disordered contacts with inelastic scattering included, while quantization of Hall edge modes holds, for QSH edge modes a finite charge Hall current still flows. For QSH edge modes in the inelastic scattering regime we distinguish between two cases: with spin-flip and without spin-flip scattering. Finally, while asymmetry in sample geometry can have a deleterious effect in the QSH case, it has no impact in the QH case.

  4. Current Distributions in Quantum Hall Effect Devices

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    Cage, M. E.

    1997-01-01

    This paper addresses the question of how current is distributed within quantum Hall effect devices. Three types of flow patterns most often mentioned in the literature are considered. They are: (1) skipping orbits along the device periphery (which arise from elastic collisions off hard-walled potentials); (2) narrow conducting channels along the device sides (which are presumed to be generated from confining potentials); and (3) currents distributed throughout the device (which are assumed to arise from a combination of confining and charge-redistribution potentials). The major conclusions are that skipping orbits do not occur in quantum Hall effect devices, and that nearly all of the externally applied current is located within the device interior rather than along the device edges. PMID:27805115

  5. Energy relaxation at quantum Hall edge

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    Levkivskyi, Ivan P.; Sukhorukov, Eugene V.

    2012-02-01

    In this work, we address the recent experiments [C. Altimiras , Nat. Phys.1745-247310.1038/nphys1429 6, 34 (2010); H. le Sueur , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.105.056803 105, 056803 (2010);C. Altimiras , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.105.226804 105, 226804 (2010)], where an electron distribution function at the quantum Hall (QH) edge at filling factor ν=2 has been measured with high precision. It has been reported that the energy of electrons injected into one of the two chiral edge channels with the help of a quantum point contact (QPC) is equally distributed between them, in agreement with earlier predictions, one being based on the Fermi gas approach [A. M. Lunde , Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.81.041311 81, 041311(R) (2010)] and the other utilizing the Luttinger-liquid theory [P. Degiovanni , Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.81.121302 81, 121302(R) (2010)]. We argue that the physics of the energy relaxation process at the QH edge may in fact be more rich, providing the possibility for discriminating between two physical pictures in experiment. Namely, using the recently proposed nonequilibrium bosonization technique [I. P. Levkivskyi , Phys. Rev. Lett., PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.103.036801 103, 036801 (2009)], we evaluate the electron distribution function and find that the initial “double-step” distribution created at a QPC evolves through several intermediate asymptotics before reaching eventual equilibrium state. At short distances, the distribution function is found to be asymmetric due to non-Gaussian current noise effects. At larger distances, where noise becomes Gaussian, the distribution function acquires symmetric Lorentzian shape. Importantly, in the regime of low QPC transparencies T, the width of the Lorentzian scales linearly with T, in contrast to the case of equilibrium Fermi distribution, the width of which scales as T. Therefore, we propose to do measurements at

  6. Topological edge states and fractional quantum Hall effect from umklapp scattering.

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    Klinovaja, Jelena; Loss, Daniel

    2013-11-08

    We study anisotropic lattice strips in the presence of a magnetic field in the quantum Hall effect regime. At specific magnetic fields, causing resonant umklapp scattering, the system is gapped in the bulk and supports chiral edge states in close analogy to topological insulators. In electron gases with stripes, these gaps result in plateaus for the Hall conductivity exactly at the known fillings n/m (both positive integers and m odd) for the integer and fractional quantum Hall effect. For double strips, we find topological phase transitions with phases that support midgap edge states with flat dispersion. The topological effects predicted here could be tested directly in optical lattices.

  7. Vibrational modes in the quantum Hall system

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    Wooten, Rachel; Yan, Bin; Daily, Kevin; Greene, Chris H.

    The hyperspherical adiabatic technique is more familiar to atomic and nuclear few-body systems, but can also be applied with high accuracy to the many-body quantum Hall problem. This technique reformulates the Schrödinger equation for N electrons into hyperspherical coordinates, which, after extracting the trivial center of mass, describes the system in terms of a single global size coordinate known as the hyperradius R, and 2 N - 3 remaining internal angular coordinates. The solutions are approximately separable in the hyperradial coordinate, and solutions in the system are found by treating the hyperradius as an adiabatic coordinate. The approximate separability of the wave functions in this coordinate suggests the presence of hyperradial vibrational modes which are not described in conventional theories. The vibrationally excited states share the internal geometry of their quantum Hall ground states, and their excitation frequencies may vary with the number of participating particles or the strength of the confinement. We plan to discuss the features of these vibrational modes and their possible detection in quantum Hall systems. NSF.

  8. Dissipation and tunneling in quantum Hall bilayers.

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    Jack, Robert L; Lee, Derek K K; Cooper, Nigel R

    2004-09-17

    We discuss the interplay between transport and intrinsic dissipation in quantum Hall bilayers, within the framework of a simple thought experiment. We compute, for the first time, quantum corrections to the semiclassical dynamics of this system. This allows us to reinterpret tunneling measurements on these systems. We find a strong peak in the zero-temperature tunneling current that arises from the decay of Josephson-like oscillations into incoherent charge fluctuations. In the presence of an in-plane field, resonances in the tunneling current develop an asymmetric line shape.

  9. Duality in the quantum Hall system

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    Lütken, C. A.; Ross, G. G.

    1992-05-01

    We suggest that a unified description of the integer and fractional phases of the quantum Hall system may be possible if the scaling diagram of transport coefficients is invariant under linear fractional (modular) transformations. In this model the hierarchy of states, as well as the observed universality of critical exponents, are consequences of a discrete SL(2,openZ) symmetry acting on the parameter space of an effective quantum-field theory. Available scaling data on the position of delocalization fixed points in the integer case and the position of mobility fixed points in the fractional case agree with the model within experimental accuracy.

  10. From quantum confinement to quantum Hall effect in graphene nanostructures

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    Guimarães, M. H. D.; Shevtsov, O.; Waintal, X.; van Wees, B. J.

    2012-02-01

    We study the evolution of the two-terminal conductance plateaus with a magnetic field for armchair graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and graphene nanoconstrictions (GNCs). For GNRs, the conductance plateaus of (2e2)/(h) at zero magnetic field evolve smoothly to the quantum Hall regime, where the plateaus in conductance at even multiples of (2e2)/(h) disappear. It is shown that the relation between the energy and magnetic field does not follow the same behavior as in “bulk” graphene, reflecting the different electronic structure of a GNR. For the nanoconstrictions we show that the conductance plateaus do not have the same sharp behavior in zero magnetic field as in a GNR, which reflects the presence of backscattering in such structures. Our results show good agreement with recent experiments on high-quality graphene nanoconstrictions. The behavior with the magnetic field for a GNC shows some resemblance to the one for a GNR but now depends also on the length of the constriction. By analyzing the evolution of the conductance plateaus in the presence of the magnetic field we can obtain the width of the structures studied and show that this is a powerful experimental technique in the study of the electronic and structural properties of narrow structures.

  11. Tunneling between the Edges of Laterally Separated Quantum Hall Systems

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    Kang, Woowon

    2001-03-01

    In the quantum Hall effect (QHE) effect regime of a two-dimensional electron system (2DES), quantization of the Hall resistance, σ_xy= Ne^2/h, arises from occupation of N one-dimensional edge channels. As a prototypical one-dimensional electronic system, the physics of edge states in the QHE regime is of considerable theoretical and experimental interest. In this talk, we present our study of tunneling between two counter-flowing edge states separated by a barrier with high integrity. By embedding a thin, precise barrier in the plane of 2DES via cleaved edge overgrowth, we have successfully fabricated an in-plane tunneling device in which two 2DES's are separated by an atomically precise barrier on the order of magnetic length[1]. The tunneling in the quantum Hall regime is characterized by a rich spectrum of tunnel gaps and conductance peaks. While the relevant energy scale in the tunneling is largely determined by the bulk 2DES, evolution of the tunneling spectra with magnetic field reveals the electronic structure arising from superposition of two edge states near the barrier. However, the observed features are not consistent with a model of weakly interacting edge states and indicates importance of electron-electron interaction. In particular, absence of features due to the electron spin and the persistence of conductance peaks at zero bias point to existence of novel electronic correlation between the two edge states[2]. [1] W. Kang, H.L. Stormer, K.B. Baldwin, L.N. Pfeiffer, and K.W. West, Nature 403, 59 (2000) [2] A. Mitra and S. Girvin, preprint.

  12. Giant anisotropic magnetoresistance in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator

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    Kandala, Abhinav; Richardella, Anthony; Kempinger, Susan; Liu, Chao-Xing; Samarth, Nitin

    2015-07-01

    When a three-dimensional ferromagnetic topological insulator thin film is magnetized out-of-plane, conduction ideally occurs through dissipationless, one-dimensional (1D) chiral states that are characterized by a quantized, zero-field Hall conductance. The recent realization of this phenomenon, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, provides a conceptually new platform for studies of 1D transport, distinct from the traditionally studied quantum Hall effects that arise from Landau level formation. An important question arises in this context: how do these 1D edge states evolve as the magnetization is changed from out-of-plane to in-plane? We examine this question by studying the field-tilt-driven crossover from predominantly edge-state transport to diffusive transport in Crx(Bi,Sb)2-xTe3 thin films. This crossover manifests itself in a giant, electrically tunable anisotropic magnetoresistance that we explain by employing a Landauer-Büttiker formalism. Our methodology provides a powerful means of quantifying dissipative effects in temperature and chemical potential regimes far from perfect quantization.

  13. Giant anisotropic magnetoresistance in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator.

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    Kandala, Abhinav; Richardella, Anthony; Kempinger, Susan; Liu, Chao-Xing; Samarth, Nitin

    2015-07-07

    When a three-dimensional ferromagnetic topological insulator thin film is magnetized out-of-plane, conduction ideally occurs through dissipationless, one-dimensional (1D) chiral states that are characterized by a quantized, zero-field Hall conductance. The recent realization of this phenomenon, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, provides a conceptually new platform for studies of 1D transport, distinct from the traditionally studied quantum Hall effects that arise from Landau level formation. An important question arises in this context: how do these 1D edge states evolve as the magnetization is changed from out-of-plane to in-plane? We examine this question by studying the field-tilt-driven crossover from predominantly edge-state transport to diffusive transport in Crx(Bi,Sb)(2-x)Te3 thin films. This crossover manifests itself in a giant, electrically tunable anisotropic magnetoresistance that we explain by employing a Landauer-Büttiker formalism. Our methodology provides a powerful means of quantifying dissipative effects in temperature and chemical potential regimes far from perfect quantization.

  14. Quantum Beats of Resonant Tunneling between Fractional Quantum Hall Edges

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    Maasilta, Ilari J.; Goldman, V. J.

    1997-03-01

    We report measurements of resonant tunneling between two fractional quantum Hall edges in a quantum antidot geometry (I. J. Maasilta and V. J. Goldman, to appear in Phys. Rev. B 55),(1997).. We observe beats in the conductance oscillations, whose evolution as a function of experimental parameters is discussed. Possible explanations in terms of different models (G. Kirczenow Phys. Rev. B 53), 15767 (1996), M. Geller et. al, preprint. are presented.

  15. Spin and Isospin: Exotic Order in Quantum Hall Ferromagnets

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    Girvin, Steven M.

    Quantum mechanics is a strange business, and the quantum physics of strongly correlated many-electron systems can be stranger still. Good examples are the various quantum Hall effects. They are among the most remarkable many-body quantum phenomena discovered in the second half of the 20th century, comparable in intellectual import to superconductivity and superfluidity. The quantum Hall effects are an extremely rich set of phenomena with deep and truly fundamental theoretical implications...

  16. Universality and phase diagram in the quantum Hall effect

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    Wong, Lauren Wai-Wing

    We have designed and conducted detailed experiments to explore the following critical, unsolved issues in regarding to the global behavior of the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in the presence of disorder and many-body interaction in the quantum Hall effect (QHE) regime: (1) nature of the quantum Hall liquid-Hall insulator (QHL-HI) phase transition induced by disorder, (2) topological phase diagram and possible existence of a thermodynamically stable "metallic phase" around filling factor nu =1/2, and (3) whether the termination of spin-resolved Landau levels in general a phase transition. First, I present our studies of the disorder-tuned QHL-HI phase transition in both the integer and fractional QHE regimes. We found that the longitudinal resistivity near the critical points shows reflection symmetry and good scaling behavior over a wide range of densities and temperature with the same critical exponent. This supports the notion that quantum phase transitions in the QHE belong to same universality class. Furthermore, the critical conductivities are universal at the transitions. Our approach to investigate the second issue is to map out the phase boundaries corresponding to different QHLs around nu =1/2. We identified a line on which the value of the Hall conductivity equals to 1/2(esp2/h) in the phase diagram; and an another line on which the value of the Hall resistivity equals to 2(h/esp2). We interpreted the later is a result predicted by the composite-fermion theory. The phase boundaries between the HI and the principal QHLs at nu =1 and 1/3 show levitation of the delocalized states of the first Landau levels for electrons and Composite fermions. Our data suggest that there is no true metallic state around nu =1/2. Finally, I present our magnetotransport studies of the spin-resolved integer QHE by changing disorder. For a given Landau level, the difference in filling factors of a pair of spin-split resistivity peaks changes rapidly from one to zero near

  17. Thermoelectric effects in quantum Hall systems beyond linear response

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    López, Rosa; Hwang, Sun-Yong; Sánchez, David

    2014-12-01

    We consider a quantum Hall system with an antidot acting as a energy dependent scatterer. In the purely charge case, we find deviations from the Wiedemann-Franz law that take place in the nonlinear regime of transport. We also discuss Peltier effects beyond linear response and describe both effects using magnetic-field asymmetric transport coefficients. For the spin case such as that arising along the helical edge states of a two-dimensional topological insulator, we investigate the generation of spin currents as a result of applied voltage and temperature differences in samples attached to ferromagnetic leads. We find that in the parallel configuration the spin current can be tuned with the leads' polarization even in the linear regime of transport. In contrast, for antiparallel magnetizations the spin currents has a strict nonlinear dependence on the the applied fields.

  18. Quantum Hall superfluids in topological insulator thin films.

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    Tilahun, Dagim; Lee, Byounghak; Hankiewicz, E M; MacDonald, A H

    2011-12-09

    Three-dimensional topological insulators have protected Dirac-cone surface states. In this Letter we argue that gapped excitonic superfluids with spontaneous coherence between top and bottom surfaces can occur in the topological insulator (TI)-thin-film quantum Hall regime. We find that the large dielectric constants of TI materials increase the layer separation range over which coherence survives and decrease the superfluid sound velocity, but have little influence on the superfluid density or on the charge gap. The coherent state at total Landau-level filling factor νT=0 is predicted to be free of edge modes, qualitatively altering its transport phenomenology compared to the widely studied case of νT=1 in GaAs double-quantum wells.

  19. Quantum pump in quantum spin Hall edge states

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    Cheng, Fang

    2016-09-01

    We present a theory for quantum pump in a quantum spin Hall bar with two quantum point contacts (QPCs). The pump currents can be generated by applying harmonically modulating gate voltages at QPCs. The phase difference between the gate voltages introduces an effective gauge field, which breaks the time-reversal symmetry and generates pump currents. The pump currents display very different pump frequency dependence for weak and strong e-e interaction. These unique properties are induced by the helical feature of the edge states, and therefore can be used to detect and control edge state transport.

  20. Quantum-Hall Activation Gaps in Graphene

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    Giesbers, A. J. M.; Zeitler, U.; Katsnelson, M. I.; Ponomarenko, L. A.; Mohiuddin, T. M.; Maan, J. C.

    2007-11-01

    We have measured the quantum-Hall activation gaps in graphene at filling factors ν=2 and ν=6 for magnetic fields up to 32 T and temperatures from 4 to 300 K. The ν=6 gap can be described by thermal excitation to broadened Landau levels with a width of 400 K. In contrast, the gap measured at ν=2 is strongly temperature and field dependent and approaches the expected value for sharp Landau levels for fields B>20T and temperatures T>100K. We explain this surprising behavior by a narrowing of the lowest Landau level.

  1. Excitons in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

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    Laughlin, R. B.

    1984-09-01

    Quasiparticles of charge 1/m in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect form excitons, which are collective excitations physically similar to the transverse magnetoplasma oscillations of a Wigner crystal. A variational exciton wavefunction which shows explicitly that the magnetic length is effectively longer for quasiparticles than for electrons is proposed. This wavefunction is used to estimate the dispersion relation of these excitons and the matrix elements to generate them optically out of the ground state. These quantities are then used to describe a type of nonlinear conductivity which may occur in these systems when they are relatively clean.

  2. In-plane magnetization-induced quantum anomalous Hall effect.

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    Liu, Xin; Hsu, Hsiu-Chuan; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2013-08-23

    The quantum Hall effect can only be induced by an out-of-plane magnetic field for two-dimensional electron gases, and similarly, the quantum anomalous Hall effect has also usually been considered for systems with only out-of-plane magnetization. In the present work, we predict that the quantum anomalous Hall effect can be induced by in-plane magnetization that is not accompanied by any out-of-plane magnetic field. Two realistic two-dimensional systems, Bi2Te3 thin film with magnetic doping and HgMnTe quantum wells with shear strains, are presented and the general condition for the in-plane magnetization-induced quantum anomalous Hall effect is discussed based on the symmetry analysis. Nonetheless, an experimental setup is proposed to confirm this effect, the observation of which will pave the way to search for the quantum anomalous Hall effect in a wider range of materials.

  3. Quantum inferring acausal structures and the Monty Hall problem

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    Kurzyk, Dariusz; Glos, Adam

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents a quantum version of the Monty Hall problem based upon the quantum inferring acausal structures, which can be identified with generalization of Bayesian networks. Considered structures are expressed in formalism of quantum information theory, where density operators are identified with quantum generalization of probability distributions. Conditional relations between quantum counterpart of random variables are described by quantum conditional operators. Presented quantum inferring structures are used to construct a model inspired by scenario of well-known Monty Hall game, where we show the differences between classical and quantum Bayesian reasoning.

  4. The Quantum Spin Hall Effect: Theory and Experiment

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    Konig, Markus; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W.; Hughes, Taylor L.; Liu, Chao-Xing; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.

    2010-03-19

    The search for topologically non-trivial states of matter has become an important goal for condensed matter physics. Recently, a new class of topological insulators has been proposed. These topological insulators have an insulating gap in the bulk, but have topologically protected edge states due to the time reversal symmetry. In two dimensions the helical edge states give rise to the quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect, in the absence of any external magnetic field. Here we review a recent theory which predicts that the QSH state can be realized in HgTe/CdTe semiconductor quantum wells. By varying the thickness of the quantum well, the band structure changes from a normal to an 'inverted' type at a critical thickness d{sub c}. We present an analytical solution of the helical edge states and explicitly demonstrate their topological stability. We also review the recent experimental observation of the QSH state in HgTe/(Hg,Cd)Te quantum wells. We review both the fabrication of the sample and the experimental setup. For thin quantum wells with well width d{sub QW} < 6.3 nm, the insulating regime shows the conventional behavior of vanishingly small conductance at low temperature. However, for thicker quantum wells (d{sub QW} > 6.3 nm), the nominally insulating regime shows a plateau of residual conductance close to 2e{sup 2}/h. The residual conductance is independent of the sample width, indicating that it is caused by edge states. Furthermore, the residual conductance is destroyed by a small external magnetic field. The quantum phase transition at the critical thickness, d{sub c} = 6.3 nm, is also independently determined from the occurrence of a magnetic field induced insulator to metal transition.

  5. Quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin-Hall phases in flattened Bi and Sb bilayers

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    Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    2015-01-01

    Discovery of two-dimensional topological insulator such as Bi bilayer initiates challenges in exploring exotic quantum states in low dimensions. We demonstrate a promising way to realize the Kane-Mele-type quantum spin Hall (QSH) phase and the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) phase in chemically-modified Bi and Sb bilayers using first-principles calculations. We show that single Bi and Sb bilayers exhibit topological phase transitions from the band-inverted QSH phase or the normal insulator phase to Kane-Mele-type QSH phase upon chemical functionalization. We also predict that the QAH effect can be induced in Bi or Sb bilayers upon nitrogen deposition as checked from calculated Berry curvature and the Chern number. We explicitly demonstrate the spin-chiral edge states to appear in nitrogenated Bi-bilayer nanoribbons. PMID:25672932

  6. Universality in the Fractional Quantum Hall effect

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Lopez, Ana

    1993-11-01

    In this lectures we review the fermion field theoretic approach to the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and use it to discuss the origin of its remarkable universality. We discuss the semiclassical expansion around the average field approximation (AFA). We reexamine the AFA and the role of fluctuations. We argue that, order-by-order in the semiclassical expansion, the response functions obey the correct symmetry properties required by Galilean and Gauge Invariance and by the incompressibility of the fluid. In particular, we find that the low-momentum limit of the semiclassical approximation to the response functions is exact and that it saturates the f-sum rule. We discuss the nature of the spectrum of collective excitations of FQHE systems in the low-momentum limit. We applied these results to the problem of the screening of external charges and fluxes by the electron fluid, and obtained asymptotic expressions of the charge and current density profiles, for different types of interactions. The universality of the FQHE is demonstrated by deriving the form of the wave function of the ground state at long distances. We show that the wave functions of the fluid ground states of Fractional Quantum Hall systems, in the thermodynamic limit, are universal at long distances and that they have a generalized Laughlin form. This universality is a consequence of the analytic properties of the equal-time density correlation functions at long distances.

  7. Universality in the Fractional Quantum Hall

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Lopez, Ana

    In this set of lectures we review the fermion field theoretic approach to the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and use it to discuss the origin of its remarkable universality. We discuss the semiclassical expansion around the average field approximation (AFA). We reexamine the AFA and the role of fluctuations. We argue that, order-by-order in the semiclassical expansion, the response functions obey the correct symmetry properties required by Galilean and Gauge Invariance and by the incompressibility of the fluid. In particular, we find that the low-momentum limit of the semiclassical approximation to the response functions is exact and that it saturates the f-sum rule. We discuss the nature of the spectrum of collective excitations of FQHE systems in the low-momentum limit. We applied these results to the problem of the screening of external charges and fluxes by the electron fluid, and obtained asymptotic expressions of the charge and current density profiles, for different types of interactions. The universality of the FQHE is demonstrated by deriving the form of the wave function of the ground state at long distances. We show that the wave functions of the fluid ground states of Fractional Quantum Hall systems, in the thermodynamic limit, are universal at long distances and that they have a generalized Laughlin form. This universality is a consequence of the analytic properties of the equaltime density correlation functions at long distances.

  8. Quantum Hall Effect and Quillen Metric

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    Klevtsov, Semyon; Ma, Xiaonan; Marinescu, George; Wiegmann, Paul

    2017-02-01

    We study the generating functional, the adiabatic curvature and the adiabatic phase for the integer quantum Hall effect (QHE) on a compact Riemann surface. For the generating functional we derive its asymptotic expansion for the large flux of the magnetic field, i.e., for the large degree k of the positive Hermitian line bundle L k . The expansion consists of the anomalous and exact terms. The anomalous terms are the leading terms of the expansion. This part is responsible for the quantization of the adiabatic transport coefficients in QHE. We then identify the non-local (anomalous) part of the expansion with the Quillen metric on the determinant line bundle, and the subleading exact part with the asymptotics of the regularized spectral determinant of the Laplacian for the line bundle L k , at large k. Finally, we show how the generating functional of the integer QHE is related to the gauge and gravitational (2+1)d Chern-Simons functionals. We observe the relation between the Bismut-Gillet-Soulé curvature formula for the Quillen metric and the adiabatic curvature for the electromagnetic and geometric adiabatic transport of the integer Quantum Hall state. We then obtain the geometric part of the adiabatic phase in QHE, given by the Chern-Simons functional.

  9. Quantum anomalous Hall state in bilayer graphene

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    Nandkishore, Rahul; Levitov, Leonid

    2010-09-01

    We present a symmetry-based analysis of competition between different gapped states that have been proposed in bilayer graphene (BLG), which are all degenerate on a mean-field level. We classify the states in terms of a hidden SU(4) symmetry, and distinguish symmetry-protected degeneracies from accidental degeneracies. One of the states, which spontaneously breaks discrete time-reversal symmetry but no continuous symmetry, is identified as a quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) state, which exhibits quantum Hall effect at zero magnetic field. We investigate the lifting of the accidental degeneracies by thermal and zero-point fluctuations, taking account of the modes softened under renormalization group (RG). Working in a “saddle point plus quadratic fluctuations” approximation, we identify two types of RG-soft modes which have competing effects. Zero-point fluctuations, dominated by “transverse” modes which are unique to BLG, favor the QAH state. Thermal fluctuations, dominated by “longitudinal” modes, favor a SU(4) symmetry-breaking multiplet of states. We discuss the phenomenology and experimental signatures of the QAH state in BLG, and also propose a way to induce the QAH state using weak external magnetic fields.

  10. Fractional quantum Hall effect in strained graphene: Stability of Laughlin states in disordered pseudomagnetic fields

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    Bagrov, Andrey A.; Principi, Alessandro; Katsnelson, Mikhail I.

    2017-03-01

    We address the question of the stability of the fractional quantum Hall effect in the presence of pseudomagnetic disorder generated by mechanical deformations of a graphene sheet. Neglecting the potential disorder and taking into account only strain-induced random pseudomagnetic fields, it is possible to write down a Laughlin-like trial ground-state wave function explicitly. Exploiting the Laughlin plasma analogy, we demonstrate that in the case of fluctuating pseudomagnetic fluxes of a relatively small amplitude, the fractional quantum Hall effect is always stable upon the deformations. By contrast, in the case of bubble-induced pseudomagnetic fields in graphene on a substrate (a small number of large fluxes) the disorder can be strong enough to cause a glass transition in the corresponding classical Coulomb plasma, resulting in the destruction of the fractional quantum Hall regime and in a quantum phase transition to a nonergodic state of the lowest Landau level.

  11. Locating an individual quantum hall island inside a quantum ring

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    Martins, F.; Hackens, B.; Sellier, H.; Huant, S.; Desplanque, L.; Wallart, X.; Bayot, V.

    2013-12-04

    Scanning gate microscopy is used to find the position of a quantum Hall island (QHI) which controls the electron transport through a mesoscopic quantum ring. Such QHIs emerging around potential inhomogeneities are tunnel-coupled with edge states. Approaching a polarized metallic tip over the QHIs gradually changes their surface and generates Coulomb blockade oscillations. This mechanism permits the identification of the center of the QHIs. Here, by sweeping the distance between the tip and the two dimensional electron gas, we clearly locate the center of an individual QHI.

  12. Hall effect of triplons in a dimerized quantum magnet

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    Romhányi, Judit; Penc, Karlo; Ganesh, R.

    2015-04-01

    SrCu2(BO3)2 is the archetypal quantum magnet with a gapped dimer-singlet ground state and triplon excitations. It serves as an excellent realization of the Shastry-Sutherland model, up to small anisotropies arising from Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions. Here we demonstrate that these anisotropies, in fact, give rise to topological character in the triplon band structure. The triplons form a new kind of Dirac cone with three bands touching at a single point, a spin-1 generalization of graphene. An applied magnetic field opens band gaps resulting in topological bands with Chern numbers +/-2. SrCu2(BO3)2 thus provides a magnetic analogue of the integer quantum Hall effect and supports topologically protected edge modes. At a threshold value of the magnetic field set by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions, the three triplon bands touch once again in a spin-1 Dirac cone, and lose their topological character. We predict a strong thermal Hall signature in the topological regime.

  13. Hall effect of triplons in a dimerized quantum magnet

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    Romhanyi, Judit; Penc, Karlo; Ganesh, Ramachandran

    2015-03-01

    SrCu2(BO3)2 is the archetypal quantum magnet with a gapped dimer-singlet ground state and triplon excitations. It serves as a realization of the Shastry Sutherland model, up to small anisotropies arising from Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interactions. We demonstrate that the DM couplings give rise to topological character in the triplon band structure. The triplons form a new kind of a Dirac cone with three bands touching at a single point, a spin-1 generalization of graphene. An applied magnetic field opens band gaps and as a result topological bands with Chern numbers +/- 2 develop. Thus SrCu2(BO3)2 is a magnetic analogue of the integer quantum Hall effect and supports topologically protected edge modes. At a critical value of the magnetic field set by the strength of DM interactions, the three triplon bands touch again in a spin-1 Dirac cone, and lose their topological character. We predict thermal Hall signature in the topological regime.

  14. Reprint of : Effect of incoherent scattering on three-terminal quantum Hall thermoelectrics

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    Sánchez, Rafael; Sothmann, Björn; Jordan, Andrew N.

    2016-08-01

    A three-terminal conductor presents peculiar thermoelectric and thermal properties in the quantum Hall regime: it can behave as a symmetric rectifier and as an ideal thermal diode. These properties rely on the coherent propagation along chiral edge channels. We investigate the effect of breaking the coherent propagation by the introduction of a probe terminal. It is shown that chiral effects not only survive the presence of incoherence but they can even improve the thermoelectric performance in the totally incoherent regime.

  15. Unconventional quantum Hall effect in Floquet topological insulators.

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    Tahir, M; Vasilopoulos, P; Schwingenschlögl, U

    2016-09-28

    We study an unconventional quantum Hall effect for the surface states of ultrathin Floquet topological insulators in a perpendicular magnetic field. The resulting band structure is modified by photon dressing and the topological property is governed by the low-energy dynamics of a single surface. An exchange of symmetric and antisymmetric surface states occurs by reversing the light's polarization. We find a novel quantum Hall state in which the zeroth Landau level undergoes a phase transition from a trivial insulator state, with Hall conductivity [Formula: see text] at zero Fermi energy, to a Hall insulator state with [Formula: see text]. These findings open new possibilities for experimentally realizing nontrivial quantum states and unusual quantum Hall plateaus at [Formula: see text].

  16. Unconventional Correlation between Quantum Hall Transport Quantization and Bulk State Filling in Gated Graphene Devices

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    Cui, Yong-Tao; Wen, Bo; Ma, Eric Y.; Diankov, Georgi; Han, Zheng; Amet, Francois; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Goldhaber-Gordon, David; Dean, Cory R.; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2016-10-01

    We report simultaneous transport and scanning microwave impedance microscopy to examine the correlation between transport quantization and filling of the bulk Landau levels in the quantum Hall regime in gated graphene devices. Surprisingly, a comparison of these measurements reveals that quantized transport typically occurs below the complete filling of bulk Landau levels, when the bulk is still conductive. This result points to a revised understanding of transport quantization when carriers are accumulated by gating. We discuss the implications on transport study of the quantum Hall effect in graphene and related topological states in other two-dimensional electron systems.

  17. Photonic versus electronic quantum anomalous Hall effect

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    Bleu, O.; Solnyshkov, D. D.; Malpuech, G.

    2017-03-01

    We derive the diagram of the topological phases accessible within a generic Hamiltonian describing quantum anomalous Hall effect for photons and electrons in honeycomb lattices in the presence of a Zeeman field and spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The two cases differ crucially by the winding number of their SOC, which is 1 for the Rashba SOC of electrons, and 2 for the photon SOC induced by the energy splitting between the TE and TM modes. As a consequence, the two models exhibit opposite Chern numbers ±2 at low field. Moreover, the photonic system shows a topological transition absent in the electronic case. If the photonic states are mixed with excitonic resonances to form interacting exciton-polaritons, the effective Zeeman field can be induced and controlled by a circularly polarized pump. This new feature allows an all-optical control of the topological phase transitions.

  18. Noncommutative Skyrmions in Quantum Hall Systems

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    Ezawa, Z. F.; Tsitsishvili, G.

    Charged excitations in quantum Hall (QH) systems are noncommutative skyrmions. QH systems represent an ideal system equipped with noncommutative geometry. When an electron is confined within the lowest Landau level, its position is described solely by the guiding center, whose X and Y coordinates do not commute with one another. Topological excitations in such a noncommutative plane are noncommutative skyrmions flipping several spins coherently. We construct a microscopic skyrmion state by applying a certain unitary transformation to an electron or hole state. A remarkable property is that a noncommutative skyrmion carries necessarily the electron number proportional to the topological charge. More remarkable is the bilayer QH system with the layer degree of freedom acting as the pseudospin, where the quasiparticle is a topological soliton to be identified with the pseudospin skyrmion. Such a skyrmion is deformed into a bimeron (a pair of merons) by the parallel magnetic field penetrated between the two layers. Each meron carries the electric charge ±e/2.

  19. Layered quantum Hall insulators with ultracold atoms

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    Zamora, A.; Szirmai, G.; Lewenstein, M.

    2011-11-15

    We consider a generalization of the two-dimensional (2D) quantum Hall insulator to a noncompact, non-Abelian gauge group, the Heisenberg-Weyl group. We show that this kind of insulator is actually a layered three-dimensional (3D) insulator with nontrivial topology. We further show that nontrivial combinations of quantized transverse conductivities can be engineered with the help of a staggered potential. We investigate the robustness and topological nature of this conductivity and connect it to the surface modes of the system. We also propose a simple experimental realization with ultracold atoms in 3D confined to a 2D square lattice with the third dimension being mapped to a gauge coordinate.

  20. Algebraic geometry realization of quantum Hall soliton

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    Abounasr, R.; Ait Ben Haddou, M.; El Rhalami, A.; Saidi, E. H.

    2005-02-01

    Using the Iqbal-Netzike-Vafa dictionary giving the correspondence between the H2 homology of del Pezzo surfaces and p-branes, we develop a way to approach the system of brane bounds in M-theory on S1. We first review the structure of 10-dimensional quantum Hall soliton (QHS) from the view of M-theory on S1. Then, we show how the D0 dissolution in D2-brane is realized in M-theory language and derive the p-brane constraint equations used to define appropriately the QHS. Finally, we build an algebraic geometry realization of the QHS in type IIA superstring and show how to get its type IIB dual. Other aspects are also discussed.

  1. Reprint of : Flux sensitivity of quantum spin Hall rings

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    Crépin, F.; Trauzettel, B.

    2016-08-01

    We analyze the periodicity of persistent currents in quantum spin Hall loops, partly covered with an s-wave superconductor, in the presence of a flux tube. Much like in normal (non-helical) metals, the periodicity of the single-particle spectrum goes from Φ0 = h / e to Φ0 / 2 as the length of the superconductor is increased past the coherence length of the superconductor. We further analyze the periodicity of the persistent current, which is a many-body effect. Interestingly, time reversal symmetry and parity conservation can significantly change the period. We find a 2Φ0-periodic persistent current in two distinct regimes, where one corresponds to a Josephson junction and the other one to an Aharonov-Bohm setup.

  2. Puddle-Induced Resistance Oscillations in the Breakdown of the Graphene Quantum Hall Effect

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    Yang, M.; Couturaud, O.; Desrat, W.; Consejo, C.; Kazazis, D.; Yakimova, R.; Syväjärvi, M.; Goiran, M.; Béard, J.; Frings, P.; Pierre, M.; Cresti, A.; Escoffier, W.; Jouault, B.

    2016-12-01

    We report on the stability of the quantum Hall plateau in wide Hall bars made from a chemically gated graphene film grown on SiC. The ν =2 quantized plateau appears from fields B ≃5 T and persists up to B ≃80 T . At high current density, in the breakdown regime, the longitudinal resistance oscillates with a 1 /B periodicity and an anomalous phase, which we relate to the presence of additional electron reservoirs. The high field experimental data suggest that these reservoirs induce a continuous increase of the carrier density up to the highest available magnetic field, thus enlarging the quantum plateaus. These in-plane inhomogeneities, in the form of high carrier density graphene pockets, modulate the quantum Hall effect breakdown and decrease the breakdown current.

  3. Puddle-Induced Resistance Oscillations in the Breakdown of the Graphene Quantum Hall Effect.

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    Yang, M; Couturaud, O; Desrat, W; Consejo, C; Kazazis, D; Yakimova, R; Syväjärvi, M; Goiran, M; Béard, J; Frings, P; Pierre, M; Cresti, A; Escoffier, W; Jouault, B

    2016-12-02

    We report on the stability of the quantum Hall plateau in wide Hall bars made from a chemically gated graphene film grown on SiC. The ν=2 quantized plateau appears from fields B≃5  T and persists up to B≃80  T. At high current density, in the breakdown regime, the longitudinal resistance oscillates with a 1/B periodicity and an anomalous phase, which we relate to the presence of additional electron reservoirs. The high field experimental data suggest that these reservoirs induce a continuous increase of the carrier density up to the highest available magnetic field, thus enlarging the quantum plateaus. These in-plane inhomogeneities, in the form of high carrier density graphene pockets, modulate the quantum Hall effect breakdown and decrease the breakdown current.

  4. Quantum Hall effect in black phosphorus two-dimensional electron system.

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    Li, Likai; Yang, Fangyuan; Ye, Guo Jun; Zhang, Zuocheng; Zhu, Zengwei; Lou, Wenkai; Zhou, Xiaoying; Li, Liang; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Chang, Kai; Wang, Yayu; Chen, Xian Hui; Zhang, Yuanbo

    2016-07-01

    The development of new, high-quality functional materials has been at the forefront of condensed-matter research. The recent advent of two-dimensional black phosphorus has greatly enriched the materials base of two-dimensional electron systems (2DESs). Here, we report the observation of the integer quantum Hall effect in a high-quality black phosphorus 2DES. The high quality is achieved by embedding the black phosphorus 2DES in a van der Waals heterostructure close to a graphite back gate; the graphite gate screens the impurity potential in the 2DES and brings the carrier Hall mobility up to 6,000 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). The exceptional mobility enabled us to observe the quantum Hall effect and to gain important information on the energetics of the spin-split Landau levels in black phosphorus. Our results set the stage for further study on quantum transport and device application in the ultrahigh mobility regime.

  5. High-Field Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in Optical Lattices

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    Palmer, R.N.; Jaksch, D.

    2006-05-12

    We consider interacting bosonic atoms in an optical lattice subject to a large simulated magnetic field. We develop a model similar to a bilayer fractional quantum Hall system valid near simple rational numbers of magnetic flux quanta per lattice cell. Then we calculate its ground state, magnetic lengths, fractional fillings, and find unexpected sign changes in the Hall current. Finally we study methods for detecting these novel features via shot noise and Hall current measurements.

  6. Geometric defects in quantum Hall states

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    Gromov, Andrey

    2016-08-01

    We describe a geometric (or gravitational) analog of the Laughlin quasiholes in fractional quantum Hall states. Analogously to the quasiholes, these defects can be constructed by an insertion of an appropriate vertex operator into the conformal block representation of a trial wave function; however, unlike the quasiholes these defects are extrinsic and do not correspond to true excitations of the quantum fluid. We construct a wave function in the presence of such defects and explain how to assign an electric charge and a spin to each defect and calculate the adiabatic, non-Abelian statistics of the defects. The defects turn out to be equivalent to the genons in that their adiabatic exchange statistics can be described in terms of representations of the mapping class group of an appropriate higher genus Riemann surface. We present a general construction that, in principle, makes it possible to calculate the statistics of Zn genons for any "parent" topological phase. We illustrate the construction on the example of the Laughlin state and perform an explicit calculation of the braiding matrices. In addition to non-Abelian statistics, geometric defects possess a universal Abelian overall phase, determined by the gravitational anomaly.

  7. Fractional quantum Hall effect in the absence of Landau levels.

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    Sheng, D N; Gu, Zheng-Cheng; Sun, Kai; Sheng, L

    2011-07-12

    It is well known that the topological phenomena with fractional excitations, the fractional quantum Hall effect, will emerge when electrons move in Landau levels. Here we show the theoretical discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect in the absence of Landau levels in an interacting fermion model. The non-interacting part of our Hamiltonian is the recently proposed topologically non-trivial flat-band model on a checkerboard lattice. In the presence of nearest-neighbouring repulsion, we find that at 1/3 filling, the Fermi-liquid state is unstable towards the fractional quantum Hall effect. At 1/5 filling, however, a next-nearest-neighbouring repulsion is needed for the occurrence of the 1/5 fractional quantum Hall effect when nearest-neighbouring repulsion is not too strong. We demonstrate the characteristic features of these novel states and determine the corresponding phase diagram.

  8. Model Fractional Quantum Hall States and Jack Polynomials

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    Bernevig, B. Andrei; Haldane, F. D. M.

    2008-06-20

    We describe an occupation-number-like picture of fractional quantum Hall states in terms of polynomial wave functions characterized by a dominant occupation-number configuration. The bosonic variants of single-component Abelian and non-Abelian fractional quantum Hall states are modeled by Jack symmetric polynomials (Jacks), characterized by dominant occupation-number configurations satisfying a generalized Pauli principle. In a series of well-known quantum Hall states, including the Laughlin, Read-Moore, and Read-Rezayi, the Jack polynomials naturally implement a ''squeezing rule'' that constrains allowed configurations to be restricted to those obtained by squeezing the dominant configuration. The Jacks presented in this Letter describe new trial uniform states, but it is yet to be determined to which actual experimental fractional quantum Hall effect states they apply.

  9. Revealing topological superconductivity in extended quantum spin Hall Josephson junctions.

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    Lee, Shu-Ping; Michaeli, Karen; Alicea, Jason; Yacoby, Amir

    2014-11-07

    Quantum spin Hall-superconductor hybrids are promising sources of topological superconductivity and Majorana modes, particularly given recent progress on HgTe and InAs/GaSb. We propose a new method of revealing topological superconductivity in extended quantum spin Hall Josephson junctions supporting "fractional Josephson currents." Specifically, we show that as one threads magnetic flux between the superconductors, the critical current traces an interference pattern featuring sharp fingerprints of topological superconductivity-even when noise spoils parity conservation.

  10. Josephson inplane and tunneling currents in bilayer quantum Hall system

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    Ezawa, Z. F.; Tsitsishvili, G.; Sawada, A.

    2013-12-04

    A Bose-Einstein condensation is formed by composite bosons in the quantum Hall state. A composite boson carries the fundamental charge (–e). We investigate Josephson tunneling of such charges in the bilayer quantum Hall system at the total filling ν = 1. We show the existence of the critical current for the tunneling current to be coherent and dissipationless in tunneling experiments with various geometries.

  11. 25 Years quantum Hall effect: how it all came about

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    Landwehr, G.

    2003-12-01

    The quantum Hall effect (QHE) was discovered by Klaus von Klitzing in the spring of 1980. However, the plateaus in the Hall resistance of silicon metal oxide semiconductor devices which can be observed in high magnetic fields at low temperatures showed up several years earlier. The world wide research, which eventually culminated in the discovery, is briefly reviewed. The QHE was not predicted by theory, there were only approximate indications of quantization of the Hall resistance in whole fractions of h/ e2. The exceptional precision of the resistance values of the Hall plateau led very soon to a new resistance standard.

  12. Fractional quantum Hall effect in HgTe quantum wells

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    Wang, Jianhui

    2016-02-01

    We study the possibility of fractional quantum Hall effects in HgTe quantum wells using exact diagonalization. Our results show that Laughlin states, the Moore-Read state, and the Read-Rezayi Z3 state can all be supported. However, near the level crossing point (of the single-particle spectrum) the gap can be destroyed by Landau level mixing, and the Moore-Read state and the Read-Rezayi state dominate over their respective competing states only for wide wells. For smaller well widths the Moore-Read state crosses over to the composite fermion Fermi sea, while the Read-Rezayi state loses its dominance over the hierarchy state.

  13. Few-body, hyperspherical treatment of the quantum Hall effect

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    Wooten, R. E.; Daily, K. M.; Greene, Chris H.

    2016-03-01

    The quantum Hall effect arises from the quantum behavior of two-dimensional, strongly-interacting electrons exposed to a strong, perpendicular magnetic field [1, 2]. Conventionally treated from a many-body perspective, we instead treat the system from the few-body perspective using collective coordinates and the hyperspherical adiabatic technique developed originally for atomic systems [3]. The grand angular momentum K from K-harmonic few-body theory, is shown to be an approximate good collective quantum number in this system, and is shown to correlate with known fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states at experimentally observed filling factors.

  14. Reprint of : Thermodynamic properties of a quantum Hall anti-dot interferometer

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    Levy Schreier, Sarah; Stern, Ady; Rosenow, Bernd; Halperin, Bertrand I.

    2016-08-01

    We study quantum Hall interferometers in which the interference loop encircles a quantum anti-dot. We base our study on thermodynamic considerations, which we believe reflect the essential aspects of interference transport phenomena. We find that similar to the more conventional Fabry-Perot quantum Hall interferometers, in which the interference loop forms a quantum dot, the anti-dot interferometer is affected by the electro-static Coulomb interaction between the edge modes defining the loop. We show that in the Aharonov-Bohm regime, in which effects of fractional statistics should be visible, is easier to access in interferometers based on anti-dots than in those based on dots. We discuss the relevance of our results to recent measurements on anti-dots interferometers.

  15. Quenching of the quantum Hall effect in graphene with scrolled edges.

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    Cresti, Alessandro; Fogler, Michael M; Guinea, Francisco; Castro Neto, A H; Roche, Stephan

    2012-04-20

    Edge nanoscrolls are shown to strongly influence transport properties of suspended graphene in the quantum Hall regime. The relatively long arclength of the scrolls in combination with their compact transverse size results in formation of many nonchiral transport channels in the scrolls. They short circuit the bulk current paths and inhibit the observation of the quantized two-terminal resistance. Unlike competing theoretical proposals, this mechanism of disrupting the Hall quantization in suspended graphene is not caused by ill-chosen placement of the contacts, singular elastic strains, or a small sample size.

  16. Quenching of the Quantum Hall Effect in Graphene with Scrolled Edges

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    Cresti, Alessandro; Fogler, Michael M.; Guinea, Francisco; Castro Neto, A. H.; Roche, Stephan

    2012-04-01

    Edge nanoscrolls are shown to strongly influence transport properties of suspended graphene in the quantum Hall regime. The relatively long arclength of the scrolls in combination with their compact transverse size results in formation of many nonchiral transport channels in the scrolls. They short circuit the bulk current paths and inhibit the observation of the quantized two-terminal resistance. Unlike competing theoretical proposals, this mechanism of disrupting the Hall quantization in suspended graphene is not caused by ill-chosen placement of the contacts, singular elastic strains, or a small sample size.

  17. Markovian quantum master equation beyond adiabatic regime.

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    Yamaguchi, Makoto; Yuge, Tatsuro; Ogawa, Tetsuo

    2017-01-01

    By introducing a temporal change time scale τ_{A}(t) for the time-dependent system Hamiltonian, a general formulation of the Markovian quantum master equation is given to go well beyond the adiabatic regime. In appropriate situations, the framework is well justified even if τ_{A}(t) is faster than the decay time scale of the bath correlation function. An application to the dissipative Landau-Zener model demonstrates this general result. The findings are applicable to a wide range of fields, providing a basis for quantum control beyond the adiabatic regime.

  18. Markovian quantum master equation beyond adiabatic regime

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    Yamaguchi, Makoto; Yuge, Tatsuro; Ogawa, Tetsuo

    2017-01-01

    By introducing a temporal change time scale τA(t ) for the time-dependent system Hamiltonian, a general formulation of the Markovian quantum master equation is given to go well beyond the adiabatic regime. In appropriate situations, the framework is well justified even if τA(t ) is faster than the decay time scale of the bath correlation function. An application to the dissipative Landau-Zener model demonstrates this general result. The findings are applicable to a wide range of fields, providing a basis for quantum control beyond the adiabatic regime.

  19. Engineering quantum spin Hall insulators by strained-layer heterostructures

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    Akiho, T.; Couëdo, F.; Irie, H.; Suzuki, K.; Onomitsu, K.; Muraki, K.

    2016-11-01

    Quantum spin Hall insulators (QSHIs), also known as two-dimensional topological insulators, have emerged as an unconventional class of quantum states with insulating bulk and conducting edges originating from nontrivial inverted band structures and have been proposed as a platform for exploring spintronics applications and exotic quasiparticles related to the spin-helical edge modes. Despite theoretical proposals for various materials, however, experimental demonstrations of QSHIs have so far been limited to two systems—HgTe/CdTe and InAs/GaSb—both of which are lattice-matched semiconductor heterostructures. Here, we report transport measurements in yet another realization of a band-inverted heterostructure as a QSHI candidate—InAs/InxGa1-xSb with lattice mismatch. We show that the compressive strain in the InxGa1-xSb layer enhances the band overlap and energy gap. Consequently, high bulk resistivity, two orders of magnitude higher than for InAs/GaSb, is obtained deep in the band-inverted regime. The strain also enhances bulk Rashba spin-orbit splitting, leading to an unusual situation where the Fermi level crosses only one spin branch for electronlike and holelike bands over a wide density range. These properties make this system a promising platform for robust QSHIs with unique spin properties and demonstrate the strain to be an important ingredient for tuning spin-orbit interaction.

  20. A realistic quantum capacitance model for quantum Hall edge state based Fabry-Pérot interferometers

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    Kilicoglu, O.; Eksi, D.; Siddiki, A.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, the classical and the quantum capacitances are calculated for a Fabry-Pérot interferometer operating in the integer quantized Hall regime. We first consider a rotationally symmetric electrostatic confinement potential and obtain the widths and the spatial distribution of the insulating (incompressible) circular strips using a charge density profile stemming from self-consistent calculations. Modelling the electrical circuit of capacitors composed of metallic gates and incompressible/compressible strips, we investigate the conditions to observe Aharonov-Bohm (quantum mechanical phase dependent) and Coulomb blockade (capacitive coupling dependent) effects reflected in conductance oscillations. In a last step, we solve the Schrödinger and the Poisson equations self-consistently in a numerical manner taking into account realistic experimental geometries. We find that, describing the conductance oscillations either by Aharanov-Bohm or Coulomb blockade strongly depends on sample properties also other than size, therefore, determining the origin of these oscillations requires further experimental and theoretical investigation.

  1. A realistic quantum capacitance model for quantum Hall edge state based Fabry-Pérot interferometers.

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    Kilicoglu, O; Eksi, D; Siddiki, A

    2017-01-25

    In this work, the classical and the quantum capacitances are calculated for a Fabry-Pérot interferometer operating in the integer quantized Hall regime. We first consider a rotationally symmetric electrostatic confinement potential and obtain the widths and the spatial distribution of the insulating (incompressible) circular strips using a charge density profile stemming from self-consistent calculations. Modelling the electrical circuit of capacitors composed of metallic gates and incompressible/compressible strips, we investigate the conditions to observe Aharonov-Bohm (quantum mechanical phase dependent) and Coulomb blockade (capacitive coupling dependent) effects reflected in conductance oscillations. In a last step, we solve the Schrödinger and the Poisson equations self-consistently in a numerical manner taking into account realistic experimental geometries. We find that, describing the conductance oscillations either by Aharanov-Bohm or Coulomb blockade strongly depends on sample properties also other than size, therefore, determining the origin of these oscillations requires further experimental and theoretical investigation.

  2. Complex scattering dynamics and the quantum Hall effects

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    Trugman, S.A.

    1994-12-16

    We review both classical and quantum potential scattering in two dimensions in a magnetic field, with applications to the quantum Hall effect. Classical scattering is complex, due to the approach of scattering states to an infinite number of dynamically bound states. Quantum scattering follows the classical behavior rather closely, exhibiting sharp resonances in place of the classical bound states. Extended scatterers provide a quantitative explanation for the breakdown of the QHE at a comparatively small Hall voltage as seen by Kawaji et al., and possibly for noise effects.

  3. Few-body treatment of the quantum Hall system

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    Wooten, Rachel; Daily, Kevin; Greene, Chris H.

    2015-05-01

    When confined to a finite, two-dimensional area and exposed to a strong magnetic field, fermions exhibit complicated, highly-correlated quantum behavior known as the quantum Hall effect. At certain electron densities and magnetic fields, the system exhibits strong quantization due entirely to Coulomb interactions. Typical theoretical studies in the field consist of many-body numerical configuration interaction calculations performed in an energy-restricted single-particle Hilbert subspace. So far, quantum Hall behavior has been observed experimentally only in condensed matter systems, but there is significant interest in reproducing and studying the effect in highly-controlled cold atom systems. In light of such potential experimental developments, we approach the theoretical study of the quantum Hall system from a few-body perspective using the hyperspherical adiabatic technique developed originally for atomic systems. We gratefully acknowledge support from NSF.

  4. Anisotropic intrinsic spin Hall effect in quantum wires.

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    Cummings, A W; Akis, R; Ferry, D K

    2011-11-23

    We use numerical simulations to investigate the spin Hall effect in quantum wires in the presence of both Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling. We find that the intrinsic spin Hall effect is highly anisotropic with respect to the orientation of the wire, and that the nature of this anisotropy depends strongly on the electron density and the relative strengths of the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings. In particular, at low densities, when only one subband of the quantum wire is occupied, the spin Hall effect is strongest for electron momentum along the [N110] axis, which is the opposite of what is expected for the purely 2D case. In addition, when more than one subband is occupied, the strength and anisotropy of the spin Hall effect can vary greatly over relatively small changes in electron density, which makes it difficult to predict which wire orientation will maximize the strength of the spin Hall effect. These results help to illuminate the role of quantum confinement in spin-orbit-coupled systems, and can serve as a guide for future experimental work on the use of quantum wires for spin-Hall-based spintronic applications.

  5. The spin Hall effect in a quantum gas.

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    Beeler, M C; Williams, R A; Jiménez-García, K; LeBlanc, L J; Perry, A R; Spielman, I B

    2013-06-13

    Electronic properties such as current flow are generally independent of the electron's spin angular momentum, an internal degree of freedom possessed by quantum particles. The spin Hall effect, first proposed 40 years ago, is an unusual class of phenomena in which flowing particles experience orthogonally directed, spin-dependent forces--analogous to the conventional Lorentz force that gives the Hall effect, but opposite in sign for two spin states. Spin Hall effects have been observed for electrons flowing in spin-orbit-coupled materials such as GaAs and InGaAs (refs 2, 3) and for laser light traversing dielectric junctions. Here we observe the spin Hall effect in a quantum-degenerate Bose gas, and use the resulting spin-dependent Lorentz forces to realize a cold-atom spin transistor. By engineering a spatially inhomogeneous spin-orbit coupling field for our quantum gas, we explicitly introduce and measure the requisite spin-dependent Lorentz forces, finding them to be in excellent agreement with our calculations. This 'atomtronic' transistor behaves as a type of velocity-insensitive adiabatic spin selector, with potential application in devices such as magnetic or inertial sensors. In addition, such techniques for creating and measuring the spin Hall effect are clear prerequisites for engineering topological insulators and detecting their associated quantized spin Hall effects in quantum gases. As implemented, our system realizes a laser-actuated analogue to the archetypal semiconductor spintronic device, the Datta-Das spin transistor.

  6. Topological insulator in junction with ferromagnets: Quantum Hall effects

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    Chudnovskiy, A. L.; Kagalovsky, V.

    2015-06-01

    The ferromagnet-topological insulator-ferromagnet (FM-TI-FM) junction exhibits thermal and electrical quantum Hall effects. The generated Hall voltage and transverse temperature gradient can be controlled by the directions of magnetizations in the FM leads, which inspires the use of FM-TI-FM junctions as electrical and as heat switches in spintronic devices. Thermal and electrical Hall coefficients are calculated as functions of the magnetization directions in ferromagnets and the spin-relaxation time in TI. Both the Hall voltage and the transverse temperature gradient decrease but are not completely suppressed even at very short spin-relaxation times. The Hall coefficients turn out to be independent of the spin-relaxation time for symmetric configuration of FM leads.

  7. Gated THz magneto-optics of the Quantum spin Hall state in InAs/GaSb double quantum wells

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    Jenkins, Gregory S.; Sushkov, Andrei B.; Carey, Remington L.; Drew, H. Dennis; Sullivan, Gerard; Du, Lingjie; Du, Rui-Rui

    2015-03-01

    Gate-modulated THz cyclotron resonance and Kerr effect are used to characterize the electronic structure and the roles of hybridization and excitonic effects in band inverted InAs/GaSb quantum wells. In contrast to previous optical studies, a gate tunes the chemical potential through the hybridization gap. Measured magnetic state transitions are used to delineate the inverted gap which is thought to determine the observed large critical field transition Bc from the non-trivial Z2 state to the trivial Z state of the system as predicted by the Benevig-Hughes-Zhang (BHZ) model, as well as transitions from the quantum spin Hall to Quantum Hall Effect regimes, as a function of gate, frequency, and magnetic field. Evidence for excitonic condensation using zero field THz Kerr rotation to detect broken time reversal ground states will be discussed. UMD supported by DOE #ER-46741-SC0005436, Rice by DOE #DE-FG02-06ER46274.

  8. Tunable transmission of quantum Hall edge channels with full degeneracy lifting in split-gated graphene devices.

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    Zimmermann, Katrin; Jordan, Anna; Gay, Frédéric; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Han, Zheng; Bouchiat, Vincent; Sellier, Hermann; Sacépé, Benjamin

    2017-04-13

    Charge carriers in the quantum Hall regime propagate via one-dimensional conducting channels that form along the edges of a two-dimensional electron gas. Controlling their transmission through a gate-tunable constriction, also called quantum point contact, is fundamental for many coherent transport experiments. However, in graphene, tailoring a constriction with electrostatic gates remains challenging due to the formation of p-n junctions below gate electrodes along which electron and hole edge channels co-propagate and mix, short circuiting the constriction. Here we show that this electron-hole mixing is drastically reduced in high-mobility graphene van der Waals heterostructures thanks to the full degeneracy lifting of the Landau levels, enabling quantum point contact operation with full channel pinch-off. We demonstrate gate-tunable selective transmission of integer and fractional quantum Hall edge channels through the quantum point contact. This gate control of edge channels opens the door to quantum Hall interferometry and electron quantum optics experiments in the integer and fractional quantum Hall regimes of graphene.

  9. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetic insulator heterostructure.

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    Xu, Gang; Wang, Jing; Felser, Claudia; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2015-03-11

    On the basis of ab initio calculations, we predict that a monolayer of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 and GdI2 heterostructure is a quantum anomalous Hall insulator with a nontrivial band gap up to 38 meV. The principle behind our prediction is that the band inversion between two topologically trivial ferromagnetic insulators can result in a nonzero Chern number, which offers a better way to realize the quantum anomalous Hall state without random magnetic doping. In addition, a simple effective model is presented to describe the basic mechanism of spin polarized band inversion in this system. Moreover, we predict that 3D quantum anomalous Hall insulator could be realized in (Bi2/3Cr1/3)2Te3 /GdI2 superlattice.

  10. Quantum Hall effect in semiconductor systems with quantum dots and antidots

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    Beltukov, Ya. M.; Greshnov, A. A.

    2015-04-15

    The integer quantum Hall effect in systems of semiconductor quantum dots and antidots is studied theoretically as a factor of temperature. It is established that the conditions for carrier localization in quantum-dot systems favor the observation of the quantum Hall effect at higher temperatures than in quantum-well systems. The obtained numerical results show that the fundamental plateau corresponding to the transition between the ground and first excited Landau levels can be retained up to a temperature of T ∼ 50 K, which is an order of magnitude higher than in the case of quantum wells. Implementation of the quantum Hall effect at such temperatures requires quantum-dot systems with controllable characteristics, including the optimal size and concentration and moderate geometrical and composition fluctuations. In addition, ordered arrangement is desirable, hence quantum antidots are preferable.

  11. Multimode optomechanical system in the quantum regime.

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    Nielsen, William Hvidtfelt Padkær; Tsaturyan, Yeghishe; Møller, Christoffer Bo; Polzik, Eugene S; Schliesser, Albert

    2017-01-03

    We realize a simple and robust optomechanical system with a multitude of long-lived (Q > 10(7)) mechanical modes in a phononic-bandgap shielded membrane resonator. An optical mode of a compact Fabry-Perot resonator detects these modes' motion with a measurement rate (96 kHz) that exceeds the mechanical decoherence rates already at moderate cryogenic temperatures (10 K). Reaching this quantum regime entails, inter alia, quantum measurement backaction exceeding thermal forces and thus strong optomechanical quantum correlations. In particular, we observe ponderomotive squeezing of the output light mediated by a multitude of mechanical resonator modes, with quantum noise suppression up to -2.4 dB (-3.6 dB if corrected for detection losses) and bandwidths ≲90 kHz. The multimode nature of the membrane and Fabry-Perot resonators will allow multimode entanglement involving electromagnetic, mechanical, and spin degrees of freedom.

  12. Multimode optomechanical system in the quantum regime

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    Hvidtfelt Padkær Nielsen, William; Tsaturyan, Yeghishe; Møller, Christoffer Bo; Polzik, Eugene S.; Schliesser, Albert

    2017-01-01

    We realize a simple and robust optomechanical system with a multitude of long-lived (Q > 107) mechanical modes in a phononic-bandgap shielded membrane resonator. An optical mode of a compact Fabry–Perot resonator detects these modes’ motion with a measurement rate (96 kHz) that exceeds the mechanical decoherence rates already at moderate cryogenic temperatures (10 K). Reaching this quantum regime entails, inter alia, quantum measurement backaction exceeding thermal forces and thus strong optomechanical quantum correlations. In particular, we observe ponderomotive squeezing of the output light mediated by a multitude of mechanical resonator modes, with quantum noise suppression up to ‑2.4 dB (‑3.6 dB if corrected for detection losses) and bandwidths ≲90 kHz. The multimode nature of the membrane and Fabry–Perot resonators will allow multimode entanglement involving electromagnetic, mechanical, and spin degrees of freedom.

  13. Tuning the spin Hall effect of Pt from the moderately dirty to the superclean regime

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    Sagasta, Edurne; Omori, Yasutomo; Isasa, Miren; Gradhand, Martin; Hueso, Luis E.; Niimi, Yasuhiro; Otani, YoshiChika; Casanova, Fèlix

    2016-08-01

    We systematically measure and analyze the spin diffusion length and the spin Hall effect in Pt with a wide range of conductivities using the spin absorption method in lateral spin valve devices. We observe a linear relation between the spin diffusion length and the conductivity, evidencing that the spin relaxation in Pt is governed by the Elliott-Yafet mechanism. We find a single intrinsic spin Hall conductivity (σSHint=1600 ±150 Ω-1c m-1) for Pt in the full range studied which is in good agreement with theory. We have obtained the crossover between the moderately dirty and the superclean scaling regimes of the spin Hall effect by tuning the conductivity. This is equivalent to that obtained for the anomalous Hall effect. Our results explain the spread of the spin Hall angle values in the literature and find a route to maximize this important parameter.

  14. Disorder effects in the quantum Hall effect of graphene p-n junctions

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    Li, Jian; Shen, Shun-Qing

    2008-11-01

    The quantum Hall effect in graphene p-n junctions is studied numerically with emphasis on the effect of disorder at the interface of two adjacent regions. Conductance plateaus are found to be attached to the intensity of the disorder and are accompanied by universal conductance fluctuations in the bipolar regime, which is in good agreement with theoretical predictions of the random matrix theory on quantum chaotic cavities. The calculated Fano factors can be used in an experimental identification of the underlying transport character.

  15. A programmable quantum current standard from the Josephson and the quantum Hall effects

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    Poirier, W. Lafont, F.; Djordjevic, S.; Schopfer, F.; Devoille, L.

    2014-01-28

    We propose a way to realize a programmable quantum current standard (PQCS) from the Josephson voltage standard and the quantum Hall resistance standard (QHR) exploiting the multiple connection technique provided by the quantum Hall effect (QHE) and the exactness of the cryogenic current comparator. The PQCS could lead to breakthroughs in electrical metrology like the realization of a programmable quantum current source, a quantum ampere-meter, and a simplified closure of the quantum metrological triangle. Moreover, very accurate universality tests of the QHE could be performed by comparing PQCS based on different QHRs.

  16. Quantum Hall Fabry-Pérot interferometer: Logic gate responses

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    Bellucci, S.; Onorato, P.

    2010-08-01

    We discuss the electron transport through a quantum Hall Fabry-Pérot interferometer (QHFPI) obtained with two quantum point contacts (QPCs) in series along a ballistic quantum wire by focusing on the effects due to quantum interference and to quantum Hall effect. We calculate the conductance-energy and conductance-magnetic field characteristics as functions of the geometrical parameters and gate voltages. QHFPI may be utilized in designing electronic logic gates: XOR and OR (NOR and XNOR) gates responses are investigated. The width of each QPC is modulated by metallic electrodes where two gate voltages, namely, Va and Vb, are applied. Those external voltages are treated as the two inputs of the gates. After fixing appropriately the working Fermi energy, the magnetic field strength, and the distance between the barriers, a low output Hall current (0) (in the logical sense) appears just if both inputs are low (0), while a high output Hall current (1) results otherwise. It clearly demonstrates the OR gate behavior. By changing the parameters, a XOR gate can be produced, where a high output current (1) appears, when just one of the two inputs is low (0), while a low output current (0) results if both inputs are low (0) or high (1).

  17. The local nature of incompressibility of quantum Hall effect.

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    Kendirlik, E M; Sirt, S; Kalkan, S B; Ofek, N; Umansky, V; Siddiki, A

    2017-01-10

    Since the experimental realization of the integer quantum Hall effect in a two-dimensional electron system, the interrelation between the conductance quantization and the topological properties of the system has been investigated. Assuming that the two-dimensional electron system is described by a Bloch Hamiltonian, system is insulating in the bulk of sample throughout the quantum Hall plateau due to a magnetic field induced energy gap. Meanwhile, the system is conducting at the edges resembling a 2+1 dimensional topological insulator without time-reversal symmetry. Here, by our magneto-transport measurements performed on GaAs/AlGaAs high purity Hall bars with two inner contacts we show that incompressible strips formed at the edges result in Hall quantization, even if the bulk is compressible. Consequently, the relationship between the quantum Hall effect and topological bulk insulator breaks for specific field intervals within the plateaus. The measurement of conducting bulk, strongly challenges all existing single-particle theories.

  18. The local nature of incompressibility of quantum Hall effect

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    Kendirlik, E. M.; Sirt, S.; Kalkan, S. B.; Ofek, N.; Umansky, V.; Siddiki, A.

    2017-01-01

    Since the experimental realization of the integer quantum Hall effect in a two-dimensional electron system, the interrelation between the conductance quantization and the topological properties of the system has been investigated. Assuming that the two-dimensional electron system is described by a Bloch Hamiltonian, system is insulating in the bulk of sample throughout the quantum Hall plateau due to a magnetic field induced energy gap. Meanwhile, the system is conducting at the edges resembling a 2+1 dimensional topological insulator without time-reversal symmetry. Here, by our magneto-transport measurements performed on GaAs/AlGaAs high purity Hall bars with two inner contacts we show that incompressible strips formed at the edges result in Hall quantization, even if the bulk is compressible. Consequently, the relationship between the quantum Hall effect and topological bulk insulator breaks for specific field intervals within the plateaus. The measurement of conducting bulk, strongly challenges all existing single-particle theories.

  19. The local nature of incompressibility of quantum Hall effect

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    Kendirlik, E. M.; Sirt, S.; Kalkan, S. B.; Ofek, N.; Umansky, V.; Siddiki, A.

    2017-01-01

    Since the experimental realization of the integer quantum Hall effect in a two-dimensional electron system, the interrelation between the conductance quantization and the topological properties of the system has been investigated. Assuming that the two-dimensional electron system is described by a Bloch Hamiltonian, system is insulating in the bulk of sample throughout the quantum Hall plateau due to a magnetic field induced energy gap. Meanwhile, the system is conducting at the edges resembling a 2+1 dimensional topological insulator without time-reversal symmetry. Here, by our magneto-transport measurements performed on GaAs/AlGaAs high purity Hall bars with two inner contacts we show that incompressible strips formed at the edges result in Hall quantization, even if the bulk is compressible. Consequently, the relationship between the quantum Hall effect and topological bulk insulator breaks for specific field intervals within the plateaus. The measurement of conducting bulk, strongly challenges all existing single-particle theories. PMID:28071652

  20. Hall effect in quantum critical charge-cluster glass.

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    Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T; Sun, Yujie; Božović, Ivan

    2016-04-19

    Upon doping, cuprates undergo a quantum phase transition from an insulator to a d-wave superconductor. The nature of this transition and of the insulating state is vividly debated. Here, we study the Hall effect in La2-xSrxCuO4(LSCO) samples doped near the quantum critical point atx∼ 0.06. Dramatic fluctuations in the Hall resistance appear belowTCG∼ 1.5 K and increase as the sample is cooled down further, signaling quantum critical behavior. We explore the doping dependence of this effect in detail, by studying a combinatorial LSCO library in which the Sr content is varied in extremely fine steps,Δx∼ 0.00008. We observe that quantum charge fluctuations wash out when superconductivity emerges but can be restored when the latter is suppressed by applying a magnetic field, showing that the two instabilities compete for the ground state.

  1. Hall effect in quantum critical charge-cluster glass

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    Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Sun, Yujie; Božović, Ivan

    2016-01-01

    Upon doping, cuprates undergo a quantum phase transition from an insulator to a d-wave superconductor. The nature of this transition and of the insulating state is vividly debated. Here, we study the Hall effect in La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) samples doped near the quantum critical point at x ∼ 0.06. Dramatic fluctuations in the Hall resistance appear below TCG ∼ 1.5 K and increase as the sample is cooled down further, signaling quantum critical behavior. We explore the doping dependence of this effect in detail, by studying a combinatorial LSCO library in which the Sr content is varied in extremely fine steps, Δx ∼ 0.00008. We observe that quantum charge fluctuations wash out when superconductivity emerges but can be restored when the latter is suppressed by applying a magnetic field, showing that the two instabilities compete for the ground state. PMID:27044081

  2. Admittance of multiterminal quantum Hall conductors at kilohertz frequencies

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    Hernández, C.; Consejo, C.; Chaubet, C.; Degiovanni, P.

    2014-03-28

    We present an experimental study of the low frequency admittance of quantum Hall conductors in the [100 Hz, 1 MHz] frequency range. We show that the frequency dependence of the admittance of the sample strongly depends on the topology of the contacts connections. Our experimental results are well explained within the Christen and Büttiker approach for finite frequency transport in quantum Hall edge channels taking into account the influence of the coaxial cables capacitance. In the Hall bar geometry, we demonstrate that there exists a configuration in which the cable capacitance does not influence the admittance measurement of the sample. In this case, we measure the electrochemical capacitance of the sample and observe its dependence on the filling factor.

  3. Few-body treatment of the quantum Hall system

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    Greene, Chris; Daily, Kevin; Wooten, Rachel

    2015-03-01

    The quantum Hall system is perhaps the simplest real physical system to exhibit complicated, highly-correlated quantum behavior. Our initial theoretical exploration of this problem approaches it from a few-body perspective using the adiabatic hyperspherical representation developed originally for atomic systems. Such a 2D system with interacting charged particles that move in an external magnetic field can be simulated for cold atoms using artificial vector gauge potentials. Supported by NSF.

  4. A two fluid description of the Quantum Hall Soliton

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    Freivogel, Ben; Susskind, Leonard; Toumbas, Nicolaos

    2015-02-03

    We show that the Quantum Hall Soliton constructed in [1] is stable under small perturbations. We find that creating quasiparticles actually lowers the energy of the system, and discuss whether this indicates an instability on the time scales relevant to the problem.

  5. Vanishing hall coefficient in the extreme quantum limit in photocarrier-doped SrTiO3.

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    Kozuka, Y; Susaki, T; Hwang, H Y

    2008-08-29

    We explore the extreme quantum limit of photogenerated electrons in quantum paraelectric SrTiO3. This regime is distinct from conventional semiconductors, due to the large electron effective mass and large dielectric constant. At low temperature, the magnetoresistance and Hall resistivity saturate at a high magnetic field, deviating from conventional behavior. As a result, the Hall coefficient vanishes on the scale of the ratio of the Landau level splitting to the thermal energy, indicating the essential role of lowest Landau level occupancy, as limited by thermal broadening.

  6. Information causality in the quantum and post-quantum regime.

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    Ringbauer, Martin; Fedrizzi, Alessandro; Berry, Dominic W; White, Andrew G

    2014-11-07

    Quantum correlations can be stronger than anything achieved by classical systems, yet they are not reaching the limit imposed by relativity. The principle of information causality offers a possible explanation for why the world is quantum and why there appear to be no even stronger correlations. Generalizing the no-signaling condition it suggests that the amount of accessible information must not be larger than the amount of transmitted information. Here we study this principle experimentally in the classical, quantum and post-quantum regimes. We simulate correlations that are stronger than allowed by quantum mechanics by exploiting the effect of polarization-dependent loss in a photonic Bell-test experiment. Our method also applies to other fundamental principles and our results highlight the special importance of anisotropic regions of the no-signalling polytope in the study of fundamental principles.

  7. Band Collapse and the Quantum Hall Effect in Graphene

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    Bernevig, B.Andrei; Hughes, Taylor L.; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Chen, Han-Dong; Wu, Congjun; /Santa Barbara, KITP

    2010-03-16

    The recent Quantum Hall experiments in graphene have confirmed the theoretically well-understood picture of the quantum Hall (QH) conductance in fermion systems with continuum Dirac spectrum. In this paper we take into account the lattice, and perform an exact diagonalization of the Landau problem on the hexagonal lattice. At very large magnetic fields the Dirac argument fails completely and the Hall conductance, given by the number of edge states present in the gaps of the spectrum, is dominated by lattice effects. As the field is lowered, the experimentally observed situation is recovered through a phenomenon which we call band collapse. As a corollary, for low magnetic field, graphene will exhibit two qualitatively different QHE's: at low filling, the QHE will be dominated by the 'relativistic' Dirac spectrum and the Hall conductance will be odd-integer; above a certain filling, the QHE will be dominated by a non-relativistic spectrum, and the Hall conductance will span all integers, even and odd.

  8. Dynamical quantum Hall effect in the parameter space.

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    Gritsev, V; Polkovnikov, A

    2012-04-24

    Geometric phases in quantum mechanics play an extraordinary role in broadening our understanding of fundamental significance of geometry in nature. One of the best known examples is the Berry phase [M.V. Berry (1984), Proc. Royal. Soc. London A, 392:45], which naturally emerges in quantum adiabatic evolution. So far the applicability and measurements of the Berry phase were mostly limited to systems of weakly interacting quasi-particles, where interference experiments are feasible. Here we show how one can go beyond this limitation and observe the Berry curvature, and hence the Berry phase, in generic systems as a nonadiabatic response of physical observables to the rate of change of an external parameter. These results can be interpreted as a dynamical quantum Hall effect in a parameter space. The conventional quantum Hall effect is a particular example of the general relation if one views the electric field as a rate of change of the vector potential. We illustrate our findings by analyzing the response of interacting spin chains to a rotating magnetic field. We observe the quantization of this response, which we term the rotational quantum Hall effect.

  9. Nonlocal Polarization Feedback in a Fractional Quantum Hall Ferromagnet

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    Hennel, Szymon; Braem, Beat A.; Baer, Stephan; Tiemann, Lars; Sohi, Pirouz; Wehrli, Dominik; Hofmann, Andrea; Reichl, Christian; Wegscheider, Werner; Rössler, Clemens; Ihn, Thomas; Ensslin, Klaus; Rudner, Mark S.; Rosenow, Bernd

    2016-04-01

    In a quantum Hall ferromagnet, the spin polarization of the two-dimensional electron system can be dynamically transferred to nuclear spins in its vicinity through the hyperfine interaction. The resulting nuclear field typically acts back locally, modifying the local electronic Zeeman energy. Here we report a nonlocal effect arising from the interplay between nuclear polarization and the spatial structure of electronic domains in a ν =2 /3 fractional quantum Hall state. In our experiments, we use a quantum point contact to locally control and probe the domain structure of different spin configurations emerging at the spin phase transition. Feedback between nuclear and electronic degrees of freedom gives rise to memristive behavior, where electronic transport through the quantum point contact depends on the history of current flow. We propose a model for this effect which suggests a novel route to studying edge states in fractional quantum Hall systems and may account for so-far unexplained oscillatory electronic-transport features observed in previous studies.

  10. Observation of the fractional quantum Hall effect in an oxide

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    Tsukazaki, A.; Akasaka, S.; Nakahara, K.; Ohno, Y.; Ohno, H.; Maryenko, D.; Ohtomo, A.; Kawasaki, M.

    2010-11-01

    The quantum Hall effect arises from the cyclotron motion of charge carriers in two-dimensional systems. However, the ground states related to the integer and fractional quantum Hall effect, respectively, are of entirely different origin. The former can be explained within a single-particle picture; the latter arises from electron correlation effects governed by Coulomb interaction. The prerequisite for the observation of these effects is extremely smooth interfaces of the thin film layers to which the charge carriers are confined. So far, experimental observations of such quantum transport phenomena have been limited to a few material systems based on silicon, III-V compounds and graphene. In ionic materials, the correlation between electrons is expected to be more pronounced than in the conventional heterostructures, owing to a large effective mass of charge carriers. Here we report the observation of the fractional quantum Hall effect in MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures grown by molecular-beam epitaxy, in which the electron mobility exceeds 180,000cm2V-1s-1. Fractional states such as ν=4/3, 5/3 and 8/3 clearly emerge, and the appearance of the ν=2/5 state is indicated. The present study represents a technological advance in oxide electronics that provides opportunities to explore strongly correlated phenomena in quantum transport of dilute carriers.

  11. Nonlocal Polarization Feedback in a Fractional Quantum Hall Ferromagnet.

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    Hennel, Szymon; Braem, Beat A; Baer, Stephan; Tiemann, Lars; Sohi, Pirouz; Wehrli, Dominik; Hofmann, Andrea; Reichl, Christian; Wegscheider, Werner; Rössler, Clemens; Ihn, Thomas; Ensslin, Klaus; Rudner, Mark S; Rosenow, Bernd

    2016-04-01

    In a quantum Hall ferromagnet, the spin polarization of the two-dimensional electron system can be dynamically transferred to nuclear spins in its vicinity through the hyperfine interaction. The resulting nuclear field typically acts back locally, modifying the local electronic Zeeman energy. Here we report a nonlocal effect arising from the interplay between nuclear polarization and the spatial structure of electronic domains in a ν=2/3 fractional quantum Hall state. In our experiments, we use a quantum point contact to locally control and probe the domain structure of different spin configurations emerging at the spin phase transition. Feedback between nuclear and electronic degrees of freedom gives rise to memristive behavior, where electronic transport through the quantum point contact depends on the history of current flow. We propose a model for this effect which suggests a novel route to studying edge states in fractional quantum Hall systems and may account for so-far unexplained oscillatory electronic-transport features observed in previous studies.

  12. Effect of quantum tunneling on spin Hall magnetoresistance.

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    Ok, Seulgi; Chen, Wei; Sigrist, Manfred; Manske, Dirk

    2017-02-22

    We present a formalism that simultaneously incorporates the effect of quantum tunneling and spin diffusion on the spin Hall magnetoresistance observed in normal metal/ferromagnetic insulator bilayers (such as Pt/Y3Fe5O12) and normal metal/ferromagnetic metal bilayers (such as Pt/Co), in which the angle of magnetization influences the magnetoresistance of the normal metal. In the normal metal side the spin diffusion is known to affect the landscape of the spin accumulation caused by spin Hall effect and subsequently the magnetoresistance, while on the ferromagnet side the quantum tunneling effect is detrimental to the interface spin current which also affects the spin accumulation. The influence of generic material properties such as spin diffusion length, layer thickness, interface coupling, and insulating gap can be quantified in a unified manner, and experiments that reveal the quantum feature of the magnetoresistance are suggested.

  13. Symmetry-induced anyon breeding in fractional quantum Hall states

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    Lu, Yuan-Ming; Fidkowski, Lukasz

    2014-03-01

    An exotic feature of the fractional quantum Hall effect is the emergence of anyons, which are quasiparticle excitations with fractional statistics. In the presence of a symmetry, such as U (1) charge conservation, it is well known that anyons can carry fractional symmetry quantum numbers. In this paper we reveal a different class of symmetry realizations, i.e., anyons can "breed" in multiples under symmetry operation. We focus on the global Ising (Z2) symmetry and show examples of these unconventional symmetry realizations in Laughlin-type fractional quantum Hall states. One remarkable consequence of such an Ising symmetry is the emergence of anyons on the Ising symmetry domain walls. We also provide a mathematical framework which generalizes this phenomenon to any Abelian topological orders.

  14. Effect of quantum tunneling on spin Hall magnetoresistance

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    Ok, Seulgi; Chen, Wei; Sigrist, Manfred; Manske, Dirk

    2017-02-01

    We present a formalism that simultaneously incorporates the effect of quantum tunneling and spin diffusion on the spin Hall magnetoresistance observed in normal metal/ferromagnetic insulator bilayers (such as Pt/Y3Fe5O12) and normal metal/ferromagnetic metal bilayers (such as Pt/Co), in which the angle of magnetization influences the magnetoresistance of the normal metal. In the normal metal side the spin diffusion is known to affect the landscape of the spin accumulation caused by spin Hall effect and subsequently the magnetoresistance, while on the ferromagnet side the quantum tunneling effect is detrimental to the interface spin current which also affects the spin accumulation. The influence of generic material properties such as spin diffusion length, layer thickness, interface coupling, and insulating gap can be quantified in a unified manner, and experiments that reveal the quantum feature of the magnetoresistance are suggested.

  15. Mini array of quantum Hall devices based on epitaxial graphene

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    Novikov, S.; Lebedeva, N.; Hämäläinen, J.; Iisakka, I.; Immonen, P.; Manninen, A. J.; Satrapinski, A.

    2016-05-01

    Series connection of four quantum Hall effect (QHE) devices based on epitaxial graphene films was studied for realization of a quantum resistance standard with an up-scaled value. The tested devices showed quantum Hall plateaux RH,2 at a filling factor v = 2 starting from a relatively low magnetic field (between 4 T and 5 T) when the temperature was 1.5 K. The precision measurements of quantized Hall resistance of four QHE devices connected by triple series connections and external bonding wires were done at B = 7 T and T = 1.5 K using a commercial precision resistance bridge with 50 μA current through the QHE device. The results showed that the deviation of the quantized Hall resistance of the series connection of four graphene-based QHE devices from the expected value of 4×RH,2 = 2 h/e2 was smaller than the relative standard uncertainty of the measurement (<1 × 10-7) limited by the used resistance bridge.

  16. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in topological insulator memory

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    Jalil, Mansoor B. A.; Tan, S. G.; Siu, Z. B.

    2015-05-07

    We theoretically investigate the quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) in a magnetically coupled three-dimensional-topological insulator (3D-TI) system. We apply the generalized spin-orbit coupling Hamiltonian to obtain the Hall conductivity σ{sup xy} of the system. The underlying topology of the QAHE phenomenon is then analyzed to show the quantization of σ{sup xy} and its relation to the Berry phase of the system. Finally, we analyze the feasibility of utilizing σ{sup xy} as a memory read-out in a 3D-TI based memory at finite temperatures, with comparison to known magnetically doped 3D-TIs.

  17. Chiral partition functions of quantum Hall droplets

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    Cappelli, Andrea Viola, Giovanni; Zemba, Guillermo R.

    2010-02-15

    Chiral partition functions of conformal field theory describe the edge excitations of isolated Hall droplets. They are characterized by an index specifying the quasiparticle sector and transform among themselves by a finite-dimensional representation of the modular group. The partition functions are derived and used to describe electron transitions leading to Coulomb blockade conductance peaks. We find the peak patterns for Abelian hierarchical states and non-Abelian Read-Rezayi states, and compare them. Experimental observation of these features can check the qualitative properties of the conformal field theory description, such as the decomposition of the Hilbert space into sectors, involving charged and neutral parts, and the fusion rules.

  18. Imperfect relativistic mirrors in the quantum regime

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    Mendonça, J. T.; Serbeto, A.; Galvão, R. M. O.

    2014-05-15

    The collective backscattering of intense laser radiation by energetic electron beams is considered in the relativistic quantum regime. Exact solutions for the radiation field are obtained, for arbitrary electron pulse shapes and laser intensities. The electron beams act as imperfect nonlinear mirrors on the incident laser radiation. This collective backscattering process can lead to the development of new sources of ultra-short pulse radiation in the gamma-ray domain. Numerical examples show that, for plausible experimental conditions, intense pulses of gamma-rays, due to the double Doppler shift of the harmonics of the incident laser radiation, can be produced using the available technology, with durations less than 1 as.

  19. Spin Superfluidity in the ν =0 Quantum Hall State of Graphene

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    Takei, So; Yacoby, Amir; Halperin, Bertrand I.; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav

    2016-05-01

    Strong electron interactions can lead to a variety of broken-symmetry phases in monolayer graphene. In the quantum Hall regime, the interaction effect are enhanced by the formation of highly degenerate Landau levels, catalyzing the emergence of such phases. Recent magnetotransport studies show evidence that the ν =0 quantum Hall state of graphene is in an insulating canted antiferromagnetic phase with the Néel vector lying within the graphene plane. Here, we show that this Néel order can be detected via two-terminal spin transport. We find that a dynamic and inhomogeneous texture of the Néel vector can mediate nearly dissipationless (superfluid) transport of spin angular momentum polarized along the z axis, which could serve as a strong support for the antiferromagnetic scenario. The injection and detection of spin current in the ν =0 region can be achieved using the two spin-polarized edge channels of the |ν |=2 quantum Hall state. Measurements of the dependence of the spin current on the length of the ν =0 region would provide direct evidence for spin superfluidity.

  20. Edge states in twisted bilayer graphene: quantum spin Hall and electron-hole bilayers

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    Sanchez-Yamagishi, Javier D.; Luo, Jason; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo

    2015-03-01

    Twisted bilayer graphene offers a unique platform for studying 1d edge states in a bilayer 2-dimensional electron gas. Despite being spaced by only 0.34 nm, a large interlayer twist decouples the layers in the bulk, while opening the door for interesting interactions at the edges. To probe this physics, we study the electronic transport through quantum Hall edge modes in twisted bilayer graphene devices. Using dual electrostatic gates, we independently control the filling factor of each layer to form different combinations of bilayer edge states while measuring their conductance. The most dramatic transport effects are observed when the layers are doped to have edge states of opposite chiralities, resulting in coexisting electron- and hole-like states. We will present evidence that, in this regime, the twisted bilayer graphene can form a quantum spin Hall state where edge states in each layer counter-propagate in opposite directions with opposite spin polarizations. This bilayer realization offers a flexible system to study quantum spin Hall edge transport as well as to build more complex 1d circuits. We will also discuss the possibility for fractional generalizations of this edge physics and our measurements of the fractional QHE in twisted bilayer graphene.

  1. Quantum Hall effect on Riemann surfaces

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    Tejero Prieto, Carlos

    2009-06-01

    We study the family of Landau Hamiltonians compatible with a magnetic field on a Riemann surface S by means of Fourier-Mukai and Nahm transforms. Starting from the geometric formulation of adiabatic charge transport on Riemann surfaces, we prove that Hall conductivity is proportional to the intersection product on the first homology group of S and therefore it is quantized. Finally, by using the theory of determinant bundles developed by Bismut, Gillet and Soul, we compute the adiabatic curvature of the spectral bundles defined by the holomorphic Landau levels. We prove that it is given by the polarization of the jacobian variety of the Riemann surface, plus a term depending on the relative analytic torsion.

  2. Quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene with permanent magnets

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    Parmentier, F. D.; Cazimajou, T.; Sekine, Y.; Hibino, H.; Irie, H.; Glattli, D. C.; Kumada, N.; Roulleau, P.

    2016-01-01

    We have observed the well-kown quantum Hall effect (QHE) in epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC) by using, for the first time, only commercial NdFeB permanent magnets at low temperature. The relatively large and homogeneous magnetic field generated by the magnets, together with the high quality of the epitaxial graphene films, enables the formation of well-developed quantum Hall states at Landau level filling factors v = ±2, commonly observed with superconducting electro-magnets. Furthermore, the chirality of the QHE edge channels can be changed by a top gate. These results demonstrate that basic QHE physics are experimentally accessible in graphene for a fraction of the price of conventional setups using superconducting magnets, which greatly increases the potential of the QHE in graphene for research and applications. PMID:27922114

  3. Quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene with permanent magnets.

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    Parmentier, F D; Cazimajou, T; Sekine, Y; Hibino, H; Irie, H; Glattli, D C; Kumada, N; Roulleau, P

    2016-12-06

    We have observed the well-kown quantum Hall effect (QHE) in epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC) by using, for the first time, only commercial NdFeB permanent magnets at low temperature. The relatively large and homogeneous magnetic field generated by the magnets, together with the high quality of the epitaxial graphene films, enables the formation of well-developed quantum Hall states at Landau level filling factors v = ±2, commonly observed with superconducting electro-magnets. Furthermore, the chirality of the QHE edge channels can be changed by a top gate. These results demonstrate that basic QHE physics are experimentally accessible in graphene for a fraction of the price of conventional setups using superconducting magnets, which greatly increases the potential of the QHE in graphene for research and applications.

  4. Gapless modes of fractional quantum Hall edges: a Hamiltonian study

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    Nguyen, Hoang; Joglekar, Yogesh; Murthy, Ganpathy

    2004-03-01

    We study the collective modes of the fractional quantum Hall edge states using the Hamiltonian formalism [1]. In this theory, the composite fermions are fully interacting; the collective modes are obtained within a conserving approximation which respects the constraints [2]. We present the gapless edge-mode dispersions at 1/3 and 2/5 filling fractions of unreconstructed and reconstructed edges. The dispersions are found to be nonlinear due to the variation of the effective magnetic field on the composite fermions. The implications of our study to the tunneling experiments into the edge of a fractional quantum Hall system [3] are discussed*. 1. R. Shankar and G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4437 (1997). 2. G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. B 64, 195310 (2001). 3. A.M.Chang et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 143 (2000). * Work supported by the NSF, Grant number DMR 031176.

  5. Disclination Unbinding Transition in Quantum Hall Liquid Crystals

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    Wexler, Carlos

    2002-03-01

    Recent experiments [1] in the transitional region between plateaus of the quantum Hall effect have revealed a plæthora of unusual behavior in the low-temperature magnetotransport: in particular large anisotropies of the longitudinal resistivities are observed at temperatures lower than ca. 150 mK for near half filling of high (N>= 2) Landau levels (LL). the long-wavelength elastic theory for the quantum Hall smectic state starting from the Hartree-Fock approximation. Dislocations and phonons lead to an effective nematic model for T>0. This model undergoes a Kosterlitz-Thouless disclination unbinding transition from a phase with algebraic orientational order into an isotropic phase. Without the use of any fitting parameter, we obtain transition temperatures which are in qualitative agreement with recent experiments which have observed large anisotropies of the longitudinal resistivities in half-filled Landau levels, lending credence to the liquid crystal interpretation [3] of experiments. [[1

  6. Quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene with permanent magnets

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    Parmentier, F. D.; Cazimajou, T.; Sekine, Y.; Hibino, H.; Irie, H.; Glattli, D. C.; Kumada, N.; Roulleau, P.

    2016-12-01

    We have observed the well-kown quantum Hall effect (QHE) in epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC) by using, for the first time, only commercial NdFeB permanent magnets at low temperature. The relatively large and homogeneous magnetic field generated by the magnets, together with the high quality of the epitaxial graphene films, enables the formation of well-developed quantum Hall states at Landau level filling factors v = ±2, commonly observed with superconducting electro-magnets. Furthermore, the chirality of the QHE edge channels can be changed by a top gate. These results demonstrate that basic QHE physics are experimentally accessible in graphene for a fraction of the price of conventional setups using superconducting magnets, which greatly increases the potential of the QHE in graphene for research and applications.

  7. Corrections to scaling near the quantum Hall transition

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    Evers, Ferdinand; Obuse, Hideaki; Bera, Soumya; Gruzberg, Ilya

    2012-02-01

    Corrections to scaling near critical points are important to understand, because they superimpose and often obscure the true asymptotics of critical scaling laws. This is true, in particular, for studies near the quantum Hall transition where recent numerical work by Slevin and Ohtsuki (Phys. Rev. B 80, 041304 (2009)) reports a very small value for the leading irrelevant scaling index |y| 0.17. We here report a numerical study of two-point conductances and two-terminal conductances at the integer quantum Hall transition within the Chalker-Coddington network. The scaling of these observables will be analyzed in the two-dimensional and the quasi-onedimensional geometries. We confirm the relation between the conductance exponents Xq and the anomalous dimensions δq known from the multifractal wavefunction analysis: Xq=2δq. For a consistent picure it is essential to carefully account for corrections to scaling due to subleading power laws and irrelevant scaling operators.

  8. Quasiparticle Aggregation in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

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    Laughlin, R. B.

    1984-10-10

    Quasiparticles in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect behave qualitatively like electrons confined to the lowest landau level, and can do everything electrons can do, including condense into second generation Fractional Quantum Hall ground states. I review in this paper the reasoning leading to variational wavefunctions for ground state and quasiparticles in the 1/3 effect. I then show how two-quasiparticle eigenstates are uniquely determined from symmetry, and how this leads in a natural way to variational wavefunctions for composite states which have the correct densities (2/5, 2/7, ...). I show in the process that the boson, anyon and fermion representations for the quasiparticles used by Haldane, Halperin, and me are all equivalent. I demonstrate a simple way to derive Halperin`s multiple-valued quasiparticle wavefunction from the correct single-valued electron wavefunction. (auth)

  9. Disorder-Induced Stabilization of the Quantum Hall Ferromagnet

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    Piot, B. A.; Desrat, W.; Maude, D. K.; Kazazis, D.; Cavanna, A.; Gennser, U.

    2016-03-01

    We report on an absolute measurement of the electronic spin polarization of the ν =1 integer quantum Hall state. The spin polarization is extracted in the vicinity of ν =1 (including at exactly ν =1 ) via resistive NMR experiments performed at different magnetic fields (electron densities) and Zeeman energy configurations. At the lowest magnetic fields, the polarization is found to be complete in a narrow region around ν =1 . Increasing the magnetic field (electron density) induces a significant depolarization of the system, which we attribute to a transition between the quantum Hall ferromagnet and the Skyrmion glass phase theoretically expected as the ratio between Coulomb interactions and disorder is increased. These observations account for the fragility of the polarization previously observed in high mobility 2D electron gas and experimentally demonstrate the existence of an optimal amount of disorder to stabilize the ferromagnetic state.

  10. Fractionally charged skyrmions in fractional quantum Hall effect.

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    Balram, Ajit C; Wurstbauer, U; Wójs, A; Pinczuk, A; Jain, J K

    2015-11-26

    The fractional quantum Hall effect has inspired searches for exotic emergent topological particles, such as fractionally charged excitations, composite fermions, abelian and nonabelian anyons and Majorana fermions. Fractionally charged skyrmions, which support both topological charge and topological vortex-like spin structure, have also been predicted to occur in the vicinity of 1/3 filling of the lowest Landau level. The fractional skyrmions, however, are anticipated to be exceedingly fragile, suppressed by very small Zeeman energies. Here we show that, slightly away from 1/3 filling, the smallest manifestations of the fractional skyrmion exist in the excitation spectrum for a broad range of Zeeman energies, and appear in resonant inelastic light scattering experiments as well-defined resonances slightly below the long wavelength spin wave mode. The spectroscopy of these exotic bound states serves as a sensitive tool for investigating the residual interaction between composite fermions, responsible for delicate new fractional quantum Hall states in this filling factor region.

  11. Vortices in superconducting films: Statistics and fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Dziarmaga, J.

    1996-03-01

    We present a derivation of the Berry phase picked up during exchange of parallel vortices. This derivation is based on the Bogolubov{endash}de Gennes formalism. The origin of the Magnus force is also critically reanalyzed. The Magnus force can be interpreted as an interaction with the effective magnetic field. The effective magnetic field may be even of the order 10{sup 6}{ital T}/A. We discuss a possibility of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) in vortex systems. As the real magnetic field is varied to drive changes in vortex density, the vortex density will prefer to stay at some quantized values. The mere existence of the FQHE does not depend on vortex quantum statistics, although the pattern of the plateaux does. We also discuss how the density of anyonic vortices can lower the effective strengh of the Magnus force, what might be observable in measurements of Hall resistivity. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  12. Fractionally charged skyrmions in fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Balram, Ajit C.; Wurstbauer, U.; Wójs, A.; Pinczuk, A.; Jain, J. K.

    2015-11-26

    The fractional quantum Hall effect has inspired searches for exotic emergent topological particles, such as fractionally charged excitations, composite fermions, abelian and nonabelian anyons and Majorana fermions. Fractionally charged skyrmions, which support both topological charge and topological vortex-like spin structure, have also been predicted to occur in the vicinity of 1/3 filling of the lowest Landau level. The fractional skyrmions, however, are anticipated to be exceedingly fragile, suppressed by very small Zeeman energies. Here we show that, slightly away from 1/3 filling, the smallest manifestations of the fractional skyrmion exist in the excitation spectrum for a broad range of Zeeman energies, and appear in resonant inelastic light scattering experiments as well-defined resonances slightly below the long wavelength spin wave mode. The spectroscopy of these exotic bound states serves as a sensitive tool for investigating the residual interaction between composite fermions, responsible for delicate new fractional quantum Hall states in this filling factor region.

  13. Higher-Dimensional Quantum Hall Effect in String Theory

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    Fabinger, Michal

    2002-08-08

    We construct a string theory realization of the 4+1d quantum Hall effect recently discovered by Zhang and Hu. The string theory picture contains coincident D4-branes forming an S{sup 4} and having D0-branes (i.e. instantons) in their world-volume. The charged particles are modeled as string ends. Their configuration space approaches in the large n limit a CP{sup 3}, which is an S{sup 2} fibration over S{sup 4}, the extra S{sup 2} being made out of the Chan-Paton degrees of freedom. An alternative matrix theory description involves the fuzzy S{sup 4}. We also find that there is a hierarchy of quantum Hall effects in odd-dimensional spacetimes, generalizing the known cases in 2 + 1d and 4 + 1d.

  14. Valley-filtered edge states and quantum valley Hall effect in gated bilayer graphene.

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    Zhang, Xu-Long; Xu, Lei; Zhang, Jun

    2017-03-06

    Electron edge states in gated bilayer graphene in the quantum valley Hall (QVH) effect regime can carry both charge and valley. We show that an interlayer potential splits the zero-energy level and opens a bulk gap, yielding counterpropagating edge modes with different valleys. A rich variety of valley current states can be obtained by tuning the applied boundary potential and lead to the QVH effect as well as unbalanced QVH effect. A method to individually manipulate the edge states by the boundary potentials is proposed.

  15. Hopping conductivity in the quantum Hall effect: revival of universal scaling.

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    Hohls, F; Zeitler, U; Haug, R J

    2002-01-21

    We have measured the temperature dependence of the conductivity sigma(xx) of a two-dimensional electron system deep into the localized regime of the quantum Hall plateau transition. Using variable-range hopping theory we extract directly the localization length xi from this experiment. We use our results to study the scaling behavior of xi as a function of the filling factor distance /deltanu/ to the critical point of the transition. We find for all samples a power-law behavior xi equivalent to /deltanu/(-gamma) in agreement with the theoretically proposed universal exponent gamma = 2.35.

  16. Quantum Hall effect in graphene decorated with disordered multilayer patches

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    Nam, Youngwoo; Sun, Jie Lindvall, Niclas; Kireev, Dmitry; Yurgens, August; Jae Yang, Seung; Rae Park, Chong; Woo Park, Yung

    2013-12-02

    Quantum Hall effect (QHE) is observed in graphene grown by chemical vapour deposition using platinum catalyst. The QHE is even seen in samples which are irregularly decorated with disordered multilayer graphene patches and have very low mobility (<500 cm{sup 2}V{sup −1}s{sup −1}). The effect does not seem to depend on electronic mobility and uniformity of the resulting material, which indicates the robustness of QHE in graphene.

  17. Scaling relations for gaps in fractional quantum Hall states

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    Murthy, Ganpathy; Park, K.; Shankar, R.; Jain, J. K.

    1998-12-01

    The microscopic Hamiltonian approach of Murthy and Shankar, which has recently been used to calculate the transport gaps of quantum Hall states with fractions ν=p/(2ps+1), also implies scaling relations between gaps within a single sequence (fixed s) as well as between gaps of corresponding states in different sequences. This work tests these relations for a system of electrons in the lowest Landau level interacting with a model potential cutoff at high momenta due to sample thickness.

  18. New resistivity for high-mobility quantum Hall conductors

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    Mceuen, P. L.; Szafer, A.; Richter, C. A.; Alphenaar, B. W.; Jain, J. K.

    1990-01-01

    Measurements showing dramatic nonlocal behavior in the four-terminal resistances of a high-mobility quantum Hall conductor are presented. These measurements illustrate that the standard definition of the resistivity tensor is inappropriate, but they are in excellent agreement with a new model of the conductor that treats the edge and bulk conducting pathways independently. This model uses a single intensive parameter, analogous to a local resistivity for the bulk channel only, to characterize the system.

  19. Non-Abelian statistics in the fractional quantum Hall states

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    Wen, X. G.

    1991-02-01

    The fractional quantum Hall states with non-Abelian statistics are studied. Those states are shown to be characterized by non-Abelian topological orders and are identified with some of the Jain states. The gapless edge states are found to be described by non-Abelian Kac-Moody algebras. It is argued that the topological orders and the associated properties are robust against any kinds of small perturbations.

  20. Quantum Hall Effect in Bernal-stacked tetralayer graphene

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    Shi, Yanmeng; Che, Shi; Espiritu, Timothy; Pi, Ziqi; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Lau, Chun Ning

    Bernal-stacked few layer graphene is of particular interest due to its unique tunable band structure. Here we study the electric transport of Bernal-stack tetralayer graphene that are encapsulated by boron nitride sheets. The device shows a clear Landau fan with multiple Landau level crossing features. We will present the dependence of its quantum Hall properties on electric and magnetic fields, and compare with theoretical calculations.

  1. Experiments on Quantum Hall Topological Phases in Ultra Low Temperatures

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    Du, Rui-Rui

    2015-02-14

    This project is to cool electrons in semiconductors to extremely low temperatures and to study new states of matter formed by low-dimensional electrons (or holes). At such low temperatures (and with an intense magnetic field), electronic behavior differs completely from ordinary ones observed at room temperatures or regular low temperature. Studies of electrons at such low temperatures would open the door for fundamental discoveries in condensed matter physics. Present studies have been focus on topological phases in the fractional quantum Hall effect in GaAs/AlGaAs semiconductor heterostructures, and the newly discovered (by this group) quantum spin Hall effect in InAs/GaSb materials. This project consists of the following components: 1) Development of efficient sample cooling techniques and electron thermometry: Our goal is to reach 1 mK electron temperature and reasonable determination of electron temperature; 2) Experiments at ultra-low temperatures: Our goal is to understand the energy scale of competing quantum phases, by measuring the temperature-dependence of transport features. Focus will be placed on such issues as the energy gap of the 5/2 state, and those of 12/5 (and possible 13/5); resistive signature of instability near 1/2 at ultra-low temperatures; 3) Measurement of the 5/2 gaps in the limit of small or large Zeeman energies: Our goal is to gain physics insight of 5/2 state at limiting experimental parameters, especially those properties concerning the spin polarization; 4) Experiments on tuning the electron-electron interaction in a screened quantum Hall system: Our goal is to gain understanding of the formation of paired fractional quantum Hall state as the interaction pseudo-potential is being modified by a nearby screening electron layer; 5) Experiments on the quantized helical edge states under a strong magnetic field and ultralow temperatures: our goal is to investigate both the bulk and edge states in a quantum spin Hall insulator under time

  2. Record surface state mobility and quantum Hall effect in topological insulator thin films via interface engineering

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    Koirala, Nikesh; Han, Myung -Geun; Brahlek, Matthew; Salehi, Maryam; Wu, Liang; Dai, Jixia; Waugh, Justin; Nummy, Thomas; Moon, Jisoo; Zhu, Yimei; Dessau, Daniel; Wu, Weida; Armitage, N. Peter; Oh, Seongshik

    2015-11-19

    Material defects remain as the main bottleneck to the progress of topological insulators (TIs). In particular, efforts to achieve thin TI samples with dominant surface transport have always led to increased defects and degraded mobilities, thus making it difficult to probe the quantum regime of the topological surface states. Here, by utilizing a novel buffer layer scheme composed of an In2Se3/(Bi0.5In0.5)2Se3 heterostructure, we introduce a quantum generation of Bi2Se3 films with an order of magnitude enhanced mobilities than before. Furthermore, this scheme has led to the first observation of the quantum Hall effect in Bi2Se3.

  3. Record surface state mobility and quantum Hall effect in topological insulator thin films via interface engineering

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    Koirala, Nikesh; Han, Myung -Geun; Brahlek, Matthew; ...

    2015-11-19

    Material defects remain as the main bottleneck to the progress of topological insulators (TIs). In particular, efforts to achieve thin TI samples with dominant surface transport have always led to increased defects and degraded mobilities, thus making it difficult to probe the quantum regime of the topological surface states. Here, by utilizing a novel buffer layer scheme composed of an In2Se3/(Bi0.5In0.5)2Se3 heterostructure, we introduce a quantum generation of Bi2Se3 films with an order of magnitude enhanced mobilities than before. Furthermore, this scheme has led to the first observation of the quantum Hall effect in Bi2Se3.

  4. Record Surface State Mobility and Quantum Hall Effect in Topological Insulator Thin Films via Interface Engineering.

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    Koirala, Nikesh; Brahlek, Matthew; Salehi, Maryam; Wu, Liang; Dai, Jixia; Waugh, Justin; Nummy, Thomas; Han, Myung-Geun; Moon, Jisoo; Zhu, Yimei; Dessau, Daniel; Wu, Weida; Armitage, N Peter; Oh, Seongshik

    2015-12-09

    Material defects remain as the main bottleneck to the progress of topological insulators (TIs). In particular, efforts to achieve thin TI samples with dominant surface transport have always led to increased defects and degraded mobilities, thus making it difficult to probe the quantum regime of the topological surface states. Here, by utilizing a novel buffer layer scheme composed of an In2Se3/(Bi0.5In0.5)2Se3 heterostructure, we introduce a quantum generation of Bi2Se3 films with an order of magnitude enhanced mobilities than before. This scheme has led to the first observation of the quantum Hall effect in Bi2Se3.

  5. The integer quantum hall effect revisited

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    Michalakis, Spyridon; Hastings, Matthew

    2009-01-01

    For T - L x L a finite subset of Z{sup 2}, let H{sub o} denote a Hamiltonian on T with periodic boundary conditions and finite range, finite strength intetactions and a unique ground state with a nonvanishing spectral gap. For S {element_of} T, let q{sub s} denote the charge at site s and assume that the total charge Q = {Sigma}{sub s {element_of} T} q{sub s} is conserved. Using the local charge operators q{sub s}, we introduce a boundary magnetic flux in the horizontal and vertical direction and allow the ground state to evolve quasiadiabatically around a square of size one magnetic flux, in flux space. At the end of the evolution we obtain a trivial Berry phase, which we compare, via a method reminiscent of Stokes Theorem. to the Berry phase obtained from an evolution around an exponentially small loop near the origin. As a result, we show, without any averaging assumption, that the Hall conductance is quantized in integer multiples of e{sup 2}/h up to exponentially small corrections of order e{sup -L/{zeta}}, where {zeta}, is a correlation length that depends only on the gap and the range and strength of the interactions.

  6. Quantum Spin-Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulators and Topological Transitions in Functionalized Sb(111) Monolayers.

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    Zhou, Tong; Zhang, Jiayong; Zhao, Bao; Zhang, Huisheng; Yang, Zhongqin

    2015-08-12

    Electronic and topological behaviors of Sb(111) monolayers decorated with H and certain magnetic atoms are investigated by using ab initio methods. The drastic exchange field induced by the magnetic atoms, together with strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) of Sb atoms, generates one new category of valley polarized topological insulators, called quantum spin-quantum anomalous Hall (QSQAH) insulators in the monolayer, with a band gap up to 53 meV. The strong SOC is closely related to Sb px and py orbitals, instead of pz orbitals in usual two-dimensional (2D) materials. Topological transitions from quantum anomalous Hall states to QSQAH states and then to time-reversal-symmetry-broken quantum spin Hall states are achieved by tuning the SOC strength. The behind mechanism is revealed. Our work is helpful for future valleytronic and spintronic applications in 2D materials.

  7. Quantum spin Hall effect in nanostructures based on cadmium fluoride

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    Bagraev, N. T.; Guimbitskaya, O. N.; Klyachkin, L. E.; Koudryavtsev, A. A.; Malyarenko, A. M.; Romanov, V. V.; Ryskin, A. I.; Shcheulin, A. S.

    2010-10-15

    Tunneling current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and temperature dependences of static magnetic susceptibility and specific heat of the CdB{sub x}F{sub 2-x}/p-CdF{sub 2}-QW/CdB{sub x}F{sub 2-x} planar sandwich structures formed on the surface of an n-CdF{sub 2} crystal have been studied in order to identify superconducting properties of the CdB{sub x}F{sub 2-x} {delta} barriers confining the p-type CdF{sub 2} ultranarrow quantum well. Comparative analysis of current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and conductance-voltage dependences (measured at the temperatures, respectively, below and above the critical temperature of superconducting transition) indicates that there is an interrelation between quantization of supercurrent and dimensional quantization of holes in the p-CdF{sub 2} ultranarrow quantum well. It is noteworthy that detection of the Josephson peak of current in each hole subband is accompanied by the appearance of the spectrum of the multiple Andreev reflection (MAR). A high degree of spin polarization of holes in the edge channels along the perimeter of the p-CdF{sub 2} ultranarrow quantum well appears as a result of MAR and makes it possible to identify the quantum spin Hall effect I-V characteristics; this effect becomes pronounced in the case of detection of nonzero conductance at the zero voltage applied to the vertical gate in the Hall geometry of the experiment. Within the energy range of superconducting gap, the I-V characteristics of the spin transistor and quantum spin Hall effect are controlled by the MAR spectrum appearing as the voltage applied to the vertical gate is varied. Beyond the range of the superconducting gap, the observed I-V characteristic of the quantum spin Hall effect is represented by a quantum conductance staircase with a height of the steps equal to e{sub 2}/h; this height is interrelated with the Aharonov-Casher oscillations of longitudinal and depends on the voltage applied to the vertical gate.

  8. Holographic duality between (2 +1 ) -dimensional quantum anomalous Hall state and (3 +1 ) -dimensional topological insulators

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    Gu, Yingfei; Lee, Ching Hua; Wen, Xueda; Cho, Gil Young; Ryu, Shinsei; Qi, Xiao-Liang

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we study (2 +1 ) -dimensional quantum anomalous Hall states, i.e., band insulators with quantized Hall conductance, using exact holographic mapping. Exact holographic mapping is an approach to holographic duality which maps the quantum anomalous Hall state to a different state living in (3 +1 ) -dimensional hyperbolic space. By studying topological response properties and the entanglement spectrum, we demonstrate that the holographic dual theory of a quantum anomalous Hall state is a (3 +1 ) -dimensional topological insulator. The dual description enables a characterization of topological properties of a system by the quantum entanglement between degrees of freedom at different length scales.

  9. Superconducting analogue of the parafermion fractional quantum Hall states

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    Vaezi, Abolhassan

    2014-03-01

    Read and Rezayi Zk parafermion wavefunctions describe ν = 2 + k /(kM + 2) fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states. These states support non-Abelian excitations from which protected quantum gates can be designed. However, there is no experimental evidence for these non-Abelian anyons to date. In this talk, we discuss the ν = 2 / k FQH-superconductor heterostructure and through analytical and numerical calculations we argue that it can yield the superconducting analogue of the Zk parafermion FQH state. The resulting topological state has a gapless chiral edge state with Zk parafermion conformal field theory description. For instance, we find that a ν = 2 / 3 FQH in proximity to a superconductor produces a Z3 parafermion superconducting state. This state can host Fibonacci anyons capable of performing universal quantum computation through braiding operations. We finally discuss our experimental proposal for realizing parafermion superconductors. Reference: arXiv:1307.8069

  10. Magnonic quantum Hall effect and Wiedemann-Franz law

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    Nakata, Kouki; Klinovaja, Jelena; Loss, Daniel

    2017-03-01

    We present a quantum Hall effect of magnons in two-dimensional clean insulating magnets at finite temperature. Through the Aharonov-Casher effect, a magnon moving in an electric field acquires a geometric phase and forms Landau levels in an electric field gradient of sawtooth form. At low temperatures, the lowest energy band being almost flat carries a Chern number associated with a Berry curvature. Appropriately defining the thermal conductance for bosons, we find that the magnon Hall conductances get quantized and show a universal thermomagnetic behavior, i.e., are independent of materials, and obey a Wiedemann-Franz law for magnon transport. We consider magnons with quadratic and linear (Dirac-like) dispersions. Finally, we show that our predictions are within experimental reach for ferromagnets and skyrmion lattices with current device and measurement techniques.

  11. Hysteretic resistance spikes in quantum hall ferromagnets without domains.

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    Freire, Henrique J P; Egues, J Carlos

    2007-07-13

    We use spin-density-functional theory to study recently reported hysteretic magnetoresistance rho(xx) spikes in Mn-based 2D electron gases [Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 266802 (2002)10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.266802]. We find hysteresis loops in our calculated Landau fan diagrams and total energies signaling quantum Hall ferromagnet phase transitions. Spin-dependent exchange-correlation effects are crucial to stabilize the relevant magnetic phases arising from distinct symmetry-broken excited- and ground-state solutions of the Kohn-Sham equations. Besides hysteretic spikes in rho(xx), we predict hysteretic dips in the Hall resistance rho(xy). Our theory, without domain walls, satisfactorily explains the recent data.

  12. Meron-Pair Excitations in Bilayer Quantum Hall System

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    Moon, Kyungsun

    Bilayer two-dimensional electron gas systems can form unusual broken symmetry states with spontaneous inter-layer phase coherence at certain filling factors. At total filling factor νT = 1, the lowest energy charged excitation of the system is theoretically suggested to be a linearly-confined meron-pair, which is topologically identical to a single skyrmion. We will review how this remarkable excitation arises and can help unravel various experimental results demonstrated in bilayer quantum Hall system. In order to detect the linearly-confined meron-pair excitation directly, we propose a gated bilayer Hall bar experiment, where the magnitude and orientation of magnetic field B‖ applied parallel to the 2D plane can be controlled. We demonstrate a strong angle-dependent transport due to the anisotropic nature of linearly-confined meron-pairs and discuss how it would be manifested in experiment.

  13. Integer quantum Hall effect of interacting electrons in graphene

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    Yan, Xin-Zhong; Ting, C. S.

    2017-02-01

    By taking into account the charge and spin orderings and the exchange interactions between all the Landau levels, we investigate the integer quantum Hall effect of electrons in graphene using the mean-field theory. We find that the fourfold degeneracy of the Landau levels cannot be completely lifted by the Coulomb interactions. In particular, at fillings ν =4 n +2 with n =0 ,1 ,... , there is no splitting between the fourfold degenerated Landau levels. We show that with doping the degenerated lowest empty level can be sequentially filled one by one; the filled level is lower than the empty ones because of the Coulomb-exchange interactions. This result explains the step Δ ν =1 in the quantized Hall conductivity. We present a highly efficient method for dealing with a huge number of the Coulomb couplings between all the Landau levels of the Dirac fermions.

  14. Edge states and integer quantum Hall effect in topological insulator thin films.

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    Zhang, Song-Bo; Lu, Hai-Zhou; Shen, Shun-Qing

    2015-08-25

    The integer quantum Hall effect is a topological state of quantum matter in two dimensions, and has recently been observed in three-dimensional topological insulator thin films. Here we study the Landau levels and edge states of surface Dirac fermions in topological insulators under strong magnetic field. We examine the formation of the quantum plateaux of the Hall conductance and find two different patterns, in one pattern the filling number covers all integers while only odd integers in the other. We focus on the quantum plateau closest to zero energy and demonstrate the breakdown of the quantum spin Hall effect resulting from structure inversion asymmetry. The phase diagrams of the quantum Hall states are presented as functions of magnetic field, gate voltage and chemical potential. This work establishes an intuitive picture of the edge states to understand the integer quantum Hall effect for Dirac electrons in topological insulator thin films.

  15. Superperiods in Interference of eÕ3 Laughlin Quasiparticles Encircling Filling 2/5 FractionalQuantum Hall Island

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    Lin, P.V.; Camino, F.; Goldman, V.J.

    2009-12-01

    We report experiments in a large, 2.5 {mu}m diameter Fabry-Perot quantum Hall interferometer with two tunneling constrictions. Interference fringes are observed as conductance oscillations as a function of applied magnetic field (the Aharonov-Bohm flux through the electron island) or a global backgate voltage (electronic charge in the island). Depletion is such that in the fractional quantum Hall regime, filling 1/3 current-carrying chiral edge channels pass through constrictions when the island filling is 2/5. The interferometer device is calibrated with fermionic electrons in the integer quantum Hall regime. In the fractional regime, we observe magnetic flux and charge periods 5h/e and 2e, respectively, corresponding to creation of ten e/5 Laughlin quasiparticles in the island. These results agree with our prior report of the superperiods in a much smaller interferometer device. The observed experimental periods are interpreted as imposed by anyonic statistical interaction of fractionally charged quasiparticles.

  16. Competing Quantum Hall Phases in the Second Landau Level in Low Density Limit

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    Pan, Wei; Serafin, A.; Xia, J. S.; Liang, Y.; Sullivan, N. S.; Baldwin, K. W.; West, K. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; Tsui, D. C.

    2015-01-01

    Up to date, studies of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) states in the second Landau level have mainly been carried out in the high electron density regime, where the electron mobility is the highest. Only recently, with the advance of high quality low density MBE growth, experiments have been pushed to the low density regime [1], where the electron-electron interactions are strong and the Landau level mixing parameter, defined by κ = e2/εIB/ℏωe, is large. Here, lB = (ℏe/B)1/2 is the magnetic length and ωc = eB/m the cyclotron frequency. All other parameters have their normal meanings. It has been shown that a large Landau level mixing effect strongly affects the electron physics in the second Landau level [2].

  17. Interactions in quantum Hall edge channels at filling fraction 2

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    Degiovanni, Pascal; Bocquillon, Erwann; Freulon, Vincent; Grenier, Charles; Berroir, Jean-Marc; Plaçais, Bernard; Cavanna, Antonella; Jin, Yong; Fève, Gwendal

    2013-03-01

    Coulomb interactions play a major role in one dimensional electronic transport. They modify the nature of the elementary excitations from Landau quasiparticles in higher dimensions to collective excitations in 1D. We report here on the direct observation of the collective neutral and charge modes of the two chiral co-propagating edge channels of opposite spins of the quantum Hall effect at filling factor ν = 2 . Generating a charge density wave at frequency f in the outer channel, we measure the current induced by inter-channel Coulomb interaction in the inner channel after a 3 microns propagation length. Varying the driving frequency from 0.7 to 11 GHz, we observe damped oscillations in the induced current that results from the phase shift between the fast charge and slow neutral eigenmodes. Measuring the dispersion relation and dissipation of the neutral mode from provides quantitative information on the scattering of quantum edge magnetoplasmons. We will then comment on the consequences of these results on quasi-particle relaxation and decoherence in the ν = 2 quantum Hall edge channel system. ANR Grant 1shot (ANR-2010-BLANC-0412)

  18. Observation of chiral surface states in the integer quantum Hall effect

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    Druist, David P.

    1998-03-01

    We demonstrate the existence of a novel, chiral 2D electron system that forms at the surface of 3D layered quantum Hall samples(D.P. Druist, P.J. Turley, K. Maranowski, E.G. Gwinn, and A.C. Gossard Phys. Rev. Lett, in press.). At low temperatures, this surface phase dominates transport, and exhibits metallic conductivity << e^2/h. We measure electrical transport in three dimensional GaAs/AlGaAs multilayer structures. When a large magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the layers, transport in the in-plane direction is well quantized (R_xy =1/integer x h/e^2, R_xx=0) at low temperatures. We also measure the vertical conductance G_zz (along the magnetic field direction, perpendicular to the layers) for a number of mesas with different sizes and shapes. Within the quantum Hall states, vertical transport is roughly activated at higher temperatures (T>200 mK). In this activated regime the vertical conductance G_zz of the different devices is proportional to device area, indicating that vertical transport is through the bulk of the mesas. At low temperatures (T<200 mK), however, G_zz is nearly temperature independent, and is proportional to mesa phperimeter. This indicates that the transport is along the surface of the mesas via a "sheath" of extended states that form from the coupled edge states in each layer. Since the edge states circulate in only one direction around the perimeter of the sample, conventional localization due to quantum interference is suppressed. This surface sheath is a novel two dimensional system that exhibits metallic (sheet) conductivity 4x10-4 e^2/h in the ν =1 quantum Hall state.

  19. Floating Extended States in a Disordered Quantum Hall System

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    Glozman, Igor

    1995-01-01

    Several recent experiments, on various GaAs systems, have shown that an insulating phase at B = 0 can undergo a phase transition to the quantum Hall liquid (QHL) phase in an applied magnetic field B. The transition was generally interpreted as being consistent with the global phase diagram (GPD) of the quantum Hall effect. While the GPD is parametrized in terms of disorder and magnetic field, another canonical theory treats the field-induced delocalization phenomenon in the context of "floating" energy levels. While the two theories are not inconsistent with each other, this thesis will present experimental evidence in direct support for the latter theory. it will be demonstrated conclusively that it is indeed the levitation (or floating) of a delocalized state (as B to 0) that underlies the delocalization transition. A complete understanding of the remarkable phenomenon clearly requires a reasonable microscopic picture. Toward this end, two recent theoretical papers have suggested that Landau level mixing is at the root of the experimentally observed levitation. In fact, it has already been shown numerically that the energy of the delocalized states can shift upward due to Landau level mixing. Experimentally, a similar determination, with respect to Landau level mixing, necessitates the examination of the density of states (DOS). In order to obtain the relevant DOS information, we have conducted a systematic study of the minimum conductivity in the vicinity of the insulator-quantum Hall liquid transition. Since, at low-temperatures, hopping between localized sates is the dominant conduction mechanism for a QHL state, the minimum in conductivity should directly reflect the minimum in the DOS. Experimental evidence will be presented, through an anomalous behavior of the conductivity minimum, that Landau level mixing is indeed important and directly associated with the floating of the delocalized states.

  20. Observation of interaction-induced modulations of a quantum Hall liquid's area

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    Sivan, I.; Choi, H. K.; Park, Jinhong; Rosenblatt, A.; Gefen, Yuval; Mahalu, D.; Umansky, V.

    2016-01-01

    Studies of electronic interferometers, based on edge-channel transport in the quantum Hall effect regime, have been stimulated by the search for evidence of abelian and non-abelian anyonic statistics of fractional charges. In particular, the electronic Fabry–Pérot interferometer has been found to be Coulomb dominated, thus masking coherent Aharonov–Bohm interference patterns: the flux trapped within the interferometer remains unchanged as the applied magnetic field is varied, barring unobservable modulations of the interference area. Here we report on conductance measurements indicative of the interferometer's area ‘breathing' with the variation of the magnetic field, associated with observable (a fraction of a flux quantum) variations of the trapped flux. This is the result of partial (controlled) screening of Coulomb interactions. Our results introduce a novel experimental tool for probing anyonic statistics. PMID:27396234

  1. Observation of interaction-induced modulations of a quantum Hall liquid's area

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    Sivan, I.; Choi, H. K.; Park, Jinhong; Rosenblatt, A.; Gefen, Yuval; Mahalu, D.; Umansky, V.

    2016-07-01

    Studies of electronic interferometers, based on edge-channel transport in the quantum Hall effect regime, have been stimulated by the search for evidence of abelian and non-abelian anyonic statistics of fractional charges. In particular, the electronic Fabry-Pérot interferometer has been found to be Coulomb dominated, thus masking coherent Aharonov-Bohm interference patterns: the flux trapped within the interferometer remains unchanged as the applied magnetic field is varied, barring unobservable modulations of the interference area. Here we report on conductance measurements indicative of the interferometer's area `breathing' with the variation of the magnetic field, associated with observable (a fraction of a flux quantum) variations of the trapped flux. This is the result of partial (controlled) screening of Coulomb interactions. Our results introduce a novel experimental tool for probing anyonic statistics.

  2. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in stable dumbbell stanene

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    Zhang, Huisheng; Zhang, Jiayong; Zhao, Bao; Zhou, Tong; Yang, Zhongqin

    2016-02-01

    Topological property of the dumbbell (DB) stanene, more stable than the stanene with a honeycomb lattice, is investigated by using ab initio methods. The magnetic DB stanene demonstrates an exotic quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect due to inversion of the Sn spin-up px,y and spin-down pz states. The QAH gap is found to be opened at Γ point rather than the usual K and K' points, beneficial to observe the effect in experiments. When a 3% tensile strain is applied, a large nontrivial gap (˜50 meV) is achieved. Our results provide another lighthouse for realizing QAH effects in two-dimensional systems.

  3. Testing the Topological Nature of the Fractional Quantum Hall Edge

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    Jolad, Shivakumar; Jain, Jainendra K.

    2009-03-20

    We carry out numerical diagonalization for much larger systems than before by restricting the fractional quantum Hall (FQH) edge excitations to a basis that is exact for a short-range interaction and very accurate for the Coulomb interaction. This enables us to perform substantial tests of the predicted universality of the edge physics. Our results suggest the possibility that the behavior of the FQH edge is intrinsically nonuniversal, even in the absence of edge reconstruction, and therefore may not bear a sharp and unique relation to the nature of the bulk FQH state.

  4. Unconventional fractional quantum Hall effect in monolayer and bilayer graphene

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    Jacak, Janusz; Jacak, Lucjan

    2016-01-01

    The commensurability condition is applied to determine the hierarchy of fractional fillings of Landau levels in monolayer and in bilayer graphene. The filling rates for fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) in graphene are found in the first three Landau levels in one-to-one agreement with the experimental data. The presence of even denominator filling fractions in the hierarchy for FQHE in bilayer graphene is explained. Experimentally observed hierarchy of FQHE in the first and second Landau levels in monolayer graphene and in the zeroth Landau level in bilayer graphene is beyond the conventional composite fermion interpretation but fits to the presented nonlocal topology commensurability condition. PMID:27877866

  5. Jack polynomial fractional quantum Hall states and their generalizations

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    Baratta, Wendy; Forrester, Peter J.

    2011-02-01

    In the study of fractional quantum Hall states, a certain clustering condition involving up to four integers has been identified. We give a simple proof that particular Jack polynomials with α=-(r-1)/(k+1), (r-1) and (k+1) relatively prime, and with partition given in terms of its frequencies by [n0k0k0k⋯0m] satisfy this clustering condition. Our proof makes essential use of the fact that these Jack polynomials are translationally invariant. We also consider nonsymmetric Jack polynomials, symmetric and nonsymmetric generalized Hermite and Laguerre polynomials, and Macdonald polynomials from the viewpoint of the clustering.

  6. Fractional quantum Hall bilayers at half filling: Tunneling-driven non-Abelian phase

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    Zhu, W.; Liu, Zhao; Haldane, F. D. M.; Sheng, D. N.

    2016-12-01

    Multicomponent quantum Hall systems with internal degrees of freedom provide a fertile ground for the emergence of exotic quantum liquids. Here, we investigate the possibility of non-Abelian topological order in the half-filled fractional quantum Hall (FQH) bilayer system driven by the tunneling effect between two layers. By means of the state-of-the-art density-matrix renormalization group, we unveil "fingerprint" evidence of the non-Abelian Moore-Read Pfaffian state emerging in the intermediate-tunneling regime, including the ground-state degeneracy on the torus geometry and the topological entanglement spectroscopy (entanglement spectrum and topological entanglement entropy) on the spherical geometry, respectively. Remarkably, the phase transition from the previously identified Abelian (331) Halperin state to the non-Abelian Moore-Read Pfaffian state is determined to be continuous, which is signaled by the continuous evolution of the universal part of the entanglement spectrum, and discontinuities in the excitation gap and the derivative of the ground-state energy. Our results not only provide a "proof-of-principle" demonstration of realizing a non-Abelian state through coupling different degrees of freedom, but also open up a possibility in FQH bilayer systems for detecting different chiral p -wave pairing states.

  7. Space charge saturated sheath regime and electron temperature saturation in Hall thrusters

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    Raitses, Y.; Staack, D.; Smirnov, A.; Fisch, N. J.

    2005-07-01

    Existing electron-wall interaction models predict that secondary electron emission in Hall thrusters is significant and that the near-wall sheaths are space charge saturated. The experimental electron-wall collision frequency is computed using plasma parameters measured in a laboratory Hall thruster. In spite of qualitative similarities between the measured and predicted dependencies of the maximum electron temperature on the discharge voltage, the deduced electron-wall collision frequency for high discharge voltages is much lower than the theoretical value obtained for space charge saturated sheath regime, but larger than the wall recombination frequency. The observed electron temperature saturation appears to be directly associated with a decrease of the Joule heating rather than with the enhancement of the electron energy loss at the walls due to a strong secondary electron emission. Another interesting experimental result is related to the near-field plasma plume, where electron energy balance appears to be independent on the magnetic field.

  8. The transport mechanism of the integer quantum Hall effect

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    Hui, Tan; LiMing, W.; Liang, Shi-Dong

    2016-11-01

    The integer quantum Hall effect (IQHE) is analysed using a mechanism of the electron transport in the form of semi-classic wave packages in this paper. Due to the confinement of the edges of a slab the Landau levels of electrons in a strong magnetic field go up at large wave-vectors to form energy bands. The slopes of the energy bands give the group velocities of electron wave packages and thus contribute to the current. Certain magnetic fields separate the electron transport in the slab into two branches with opposite and large wave vectors, which are localized at the two edges of the slab, respectively. In this case back scattering of electrons is prohibited due to the localization of these two branches. Thus the slab exhibits zero longitudinal resistance and plateaus of Hall resistance. When the Fermi level is sweeping over a Landau level at some magnetic fields, however, the electron waves locate around the central axis of the slab and overlap each other thus back scattering of electrons takes place frequently. Then longitudinal resistance appears and the Hall resistance goes up from one plateau to a new one. This transport mechanism is much clearer and more intuitive than the conventional explanations to the IQHE.

  9. Edge physics of the quantum spin Hall insulator from a quantum dot excited by optical absorption.

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    Vasseur, Romain; Moore, Joel E

    2014-04-11

    The gapless edge modes of the quantum spin Hall insulator form a helical liquid in which the direction of motion along the edge is determined by the spin orientation of the electrons. In order to probe the Luttinger liquid physics of these edge states and their interaction with a magnetic (Kondo) impurity, we consider a setup where the helical liquid is tunnel coupled to a semiconductor quantum dot that is excited by optical absorption, thereby inducing an effective quantum quench of the tunneling. At low energy, the absorption spectrum is dominated by a power-law singularity. The corresponding exponent is directly related to the interaction strength (Luttinger parameter) and can be computed exactly using boundary conformal field theory thanks to the unique nature of the quantum spin Hall edge.

  10. Matrix model for non-Abelian quantum Hall states

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    Dorey, Nick; Tong, David; Turner, Carl

    2016-08-01

    We propose a matrix quantum mechanics for a class of non-Abelian quantum Hall states. The model describes electrons which carry an internal SU(p ) spin. The ground states of the matrix model include spin-singlet generalizations of the Moore-Read and Read-Rezayi states and, in general, lie in a class previously introduced by Blok and Wen. The effective action for these states is a U(p ) Chern-Simons theory. We show how the matrix model can be derived from quantization of the vortices in this Chern-Simons theory and how the matrix model ground states can be reconstructed as correlation functions in the boundary WZW model.

  11. On transport in quantum Hall systems with constrictions

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    Lal, S.

    2007-10-01

    We study edge transport in a simple model of a constricted quantum Hall system with a lowered local filling factor. The current backscattered from the constriction is explained from a matching of the properties of the edge-current excitations in the constriction (ν2) and bulk (ν1) regions. We develop a hydrodynamic theory for bosonic edge modes inspired by this model, finding that a competition between two tunneling process, related by a quasiparticle-quasihole symmetry, determines the fate of the low-bias transmission conductance. A novel generalisation of the Kane-Fisher quantum impurity model is found, describing transitions from a weak-coupling theory at partial transmission to strong-coupling theories for perfect transmission and reflection as well as a new symmetry dictated fixed point. These results provide satisfactory explanations for recent experimental results at filling factors of 1/3 and 1.

  12. Deformed Calogero-Sutherland model and fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Atai, Farrokh; Langmann, Edwin

    2017-01-01

    The deformed Calogero-Sutherland (CS) model is a quantum integrable system with arbitrary numbers of two types of particles and reducing to the standard CS model in special cases. We show that a known collective field description of the CS model, which is based on conformal field theory (CFT), is actually a collective field description of the deformed CS model. This provides a natural application of the deformed CS model in Wen's effective field theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE), with the two kinds of particles corresponding to electrons and quasi-hole excitations. In particular, we use known mathematical results about super-Jack polynomials to obtain simple explicit formulas for the orthonormal CFT basis proposed by van Elburg and Schoutens in the context of the FQHE.

  13. 2. QUANTUM HALL EFFECT: The problem of Coulomb interactions in the theory of the quantum Hall effect

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    Baranov, M. A.; Pruisken, A. M. M.; Škoric, B.

    2001-10-01

    We summarize the main ingredients of a unifying theory for abelian quantum Hall states. This theory combines the Finkel'stein approach to localization and interaction effects with the topological concept of an instanton vacuum as well as Chern-Simons gauge theory. We elaborate on the meaning of a new symmetry (Script F invariance) for systems with an infinitely ranged interaction potential. We address the renormalization of the theory and present the main results in terms of a scaling diagram of the conductances.

  14. Thickness Dependence of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in Magnetic Topological Insulator Films.

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    Feng, Xiao; Feng, Yang; Wang, Jing; Ou, Yunbo; Hao, Zhenqi; Liu, Chang; Zhang, Zuocheng; Zhang, Liguo; Lin, Chaojing; Liao, Jian; Li, Yongqing; Wang, Li-Li; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Wang, Yayu; He, Ke; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-08-01

    The evolution of the quantum anomalous Hall effect with the thickness of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2 Te3 magnetic topological insulator films is studied, revealing how the effect is caused by the interplay of the surface states, band-bending, and ferromagnetic exchange energy. Homogeneity in ferromagnetism is found to be the key to high-temperature quantum anomalous Hall material.

  15. Chiral ladders and the edges of quantum Hall insulators

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    Hügel, Dario; Paredes, Belén

    2014-02-01

    The realization and detection of topological phases with ultracold atomic gases is at the frontier of current theoretical and experimental research. Here, we identify cold atoms in optical ladders subjected to synthetic magnetic fields as readily realizable bridges between one-dimensional spin-orbit (time-reversal) topological insulators and two-dimensional quantum Hall insulators. We reveal three instances of their promising potential: (i) they realize spin-orbit coupling, with the left-right leg degree of freedom playing the role of an effective spin, (ii) their energy bands and eigenstates exactly reproduce the topological chiral edge modes of two-dimensional Chern insulators, and (iii) they can be tailored to realize a topological phase transition from a trivial to a topological insulating phase. We propose realistic schemes to observe the chiral and topological properties of ladder systems with current optical lattice-based experiments. Our findings open a door to the exploration of the physics of the edges of quantum Hall insulators and to the realization of spin-orbit coupling and topological superfluid phases with ultracold atomic gases.

  16. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetic topological insulators

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    Wang, Jing; Lian, Biao; Zhang, Shou -Cheng

    2015-08-25

    The search for topologically non-trivial states of matter has become an important goal for condensed matter physics. Here, we give a theoretical introduction to the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect based on magnetic topological insulators in two-dimensions (2D) and three-dimensions (3D). In 2D topological insulators, magnetic order breaks the symmetry between the counter-propagating helical edge states, and as a result, the quantum spin Hall effect can evolve into the QAH effect. In 3D, magnetic order opens up a gap for the topological surface states, and chiral edge state has been predicted to exist on the magnetic domain walls. We present the phase diagram in thin films of a magnetic topological insulator and review the basic mechanism of ferromagnetic order in magnetically doped topological insulators. We also review the recent experimental observation of the QAH effect. Furthermore, we discuss more recent theoretical work on the coexistence of the helical and chiral edge states, multi-channel chiral edge states, the theory of the plateau transition, and the thickness dependence in the QAH effect.

  17. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetic topological insulators

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    Wang, Jing; Lian, Biao; Zhang, Shou -Cheng

    2015-08-25

    The search for topologically non-trivial states of matter has become an important goal for condensed matter physics. Here, we give a theoretical introduction to the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect based on magnetic topological insulators in two-dimensions (2D) and three-dimensions (3D). In 2D topological insulators, magnetic order breaks the symmetry between the counter-propagating helical edge states, and as a result, the quantum spin Hall effect can evolve into the QAH effect. In 3D, magnetic order opens up a gap for the topological surface states, and chiral edge state has been predicted to exist on the magnetic domain walls. We presentmore » the phase diagram in thin films of a magnetic topological insulator and review the basic mechanism of ferromagnetic order in magnetically doped topological insulators. We also review the recent experimental observation of the QAH effect. Furthermore, we discuss more recent theoretical work on the coexistence of the helical and chiral edge states, multi-channel chiral edge states, the theory of the plateau transition, and the thickness dependence in the QAH effect.« less

  18. Fractionally charged skyrmions in fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Balram, Ajit C.; Wurstbauer, U.; Wójs, A.; ...

    2015-11-26

    The fractional quantum Hall effect has inspired searches for exotic emergent topological particles, such as fractionally charged excitations, composite fermions, abelian and nonabelian anyons and Majorana fermions. Fractionally charged skyrmions, which support both topological charge and topological vortex-like spin structure, have also been predicted to occur in the vicinity of 1/3 filling of the lowest Landau level. The fractional skyrmions, however, are anticipated to be exceedingly fragile, suppressed by very small Zeeman energies. Here we show that, slightly away from 1/3 filling, the smallest manifestations of the fractional skyrmion exist in the excitation spectrum for a broad range of Zeemanmore » energies, and appear in resonant inelastic light scattering experiments as well-defined resonances slightly below the long wavelength spin wave mode. The spectroscopy of these exotic bound states serves as a sensitive tool for investigating the residual interaction between composite fermions, responsible for delicate new fractional quantum Hall states in this filling factor region.« less

  19. Coalescence of magnetic islands in the low-resistivity, Hall-MHD regime.

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    Knoll, D A; Chacón, L

    2006-04-07

    The coalescence of magnetic islands in the low-resistivity eta, Hall-MHD regime is studied. The interaction between the ion inertial length d(i) and the dynamically evolving current sheet scale length deltaJ is established. Initially, d(i) < deltaJ. If eta is such that deltaJ dynamically thins down to d(i) prior to the well-known sloshing phenomena, then sloshing is avoided. This results in eta independent peak reconnection rates. However, if d(i) is small enough that deltaJ cannot be thinned down to this scale prior to sloshing, then sloshing proceeds as in the resistive MHD model.

  20. Scrutinizing Hall Effect in Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si: Fermi Surface Evolution and Hidden Quantum Criticality.

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    Glushkov, V V; Lobanova, I I; Ivanov, V Yu; Voronov, V V; Dyadkin, V A; Chubova, N M; Grigoriev, S V; Demishev, S V

    2015-12-18

    Separating between the ordinary Hall effect and anomalous Hall effect in the paramagnetic phase of Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si reveals an ordinary Hall effect sign inversion associated with the hidden quantum critical (QC) point x^{*}∼0.11. The effective hole doping at intermediate Fe content leads to verifiable predictions in the field of fermiology, magnetic interactions, and QC phenomena in Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si. The change of electron and hole concentrations is considered as a "driving force" for tuning the QC regime in Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si via modifying the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction within the Heisenberg model of magnetism.

  1. Quantum Interference, Geometric-phase Effects, and Semiclassical Transport in Quantum Hall Systems at Low Magnetic Fields

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    Huang, Chun-Feng; Tsai, I.-H.

    It is well-established how the quantum interference induces strong localization leading to quantum Hall effect at high enough magnetic fields. Decreasing the magnetic fields, however, the localization strength can be reduced and the semiclassical magneto-oscillations following Shubnikov-de Haas formula appear in most quantum Hall systems. To understand the transport properties as the localization strength becomes weak, our team has investigated the magneto-resistance in some quantum Hall systems at low magnetic fields. Under the semiclassical transport, the crossing points in Hall plateaus showed Landau-band quantization and microwave-induced heating demonstrated the band-edge equivalence important to Landau-level addition transformation. We note that such equivalence is consistent with the edge universality based on the random matrices of Wigner type, and the Landau-band quantization can be explained by considering geometric phase effects. From our study, some quantum Hall features can survive as the semiclassical transport reveals the insufficient localization.

  2. Hall viscosity and momentum transport in lattice and continuum models of the integer quantum Hall effect in strong magnetic fields

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    Tuegel, Thomas I.; Hughes, Taylor L.

    2015-10-01

    The Hall viscosity describes a nondissipative response to strain in systems with broken time-reversal symmetry. We develop a method for computing the Hall viscosity of lattice systems in strong magnetic fields based on momentum transport, which we compare to the method of momentum polarization used by Tu et al. [Phys. Rev. B 88, 195412 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.195412] and Zaletel et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 236801 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.236801] for noninteracting systems. We compare the Hall viscosity of square-lattice tight-binding models in magnetic field to the continuum integer quantum Hall effect (IQHE) showing agreement when the magnetic length is much larger than the lattice constant, but deviation as the magnetic field strength increases. We also relate the Hall viscosity of relativistic electrons in magnetic field (the Dirac IQHE) to the conventional IQHE. The Hall viscosity of the lattice Dirac model in magnetic field agrees with the continuum Dirac Hall viscosity when the magnetic length is much larger than the lattice constant. We also show that the Hall viscosity of the lattice model deviates further from the continuum model if the C4 symmetry of the square lattice is broken to C2, but the deviation is again minimized as the magnetic length increases.

  3. Spacetime-noncommutativity regime of loop quantum gravity

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    Amelino-Camelia, Giovanni; Da Silva, Malú Maira; Ronco, Michele; Cesarini, Lorenzo; Lecian, Orchidea Maria

    2017-01-01

    A recent study by Bojowald and Paily [M. Bojowald and G. M. Paily, Phys. Rev. D 87, 044044 (2013)., 10.1103/PhysRevD.87.044044] provided a path toward the identification of an effective quantum-spacetime picture of loop quantum gravity, applicable in the "Minkowski regime," the regime where the large-scale (coarse-grained) spacetime metric is flat. A pivotal role in the analysis is played by loop-quantum-gravity-based modifications to the hypersurface deformation algebra, which leave a trace in the Minkowski regime. We here show that the symmetry-algebra results reported by Bojowald and Paily are consistent with a description of spacetime in the Minkowski regime given in terms of the κ -Minkowski noncommutative spacetime, whose relevance for the study of the quantum-gravity problem had already been proposed for independent reasons.

  4. 8 π -periodic dissipationless ac Josephson effect on a quantum spin Hall edge via a quantum magnetic impurity

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    Hui, Hoi-Yin; Sau, Jay D.

    2017-01-01

    Time-reversal invariance places strong constraints on the properties of the quantum spin Hall edge. One such restriction is the inevitability of dissipation in a Josephson junction between two superconductors formed on such an edge without the presence of interaction. Interactions and spin-conservation breaking are key ingredients for the realization of the dissipationless ac Josephson effect on such quantum spin Hall edges. We present a simple quantum impurity model that allows us to create a dissipationless fractional Josephson effect on a quantum spin Hall edge. We then use this model to substantiate a general argument that shows that any such nondissipative Josephson effect must necessarily be 8 π periodic.

  5. Giant gap quantum spin Hall effect and valley-polarized quantum anomalous Hall effect in cyanided bismuth bilayers

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    Ji, Wei-xiao; Zhang, Chang-wen; Ding, Meng; Zhang, Bao-min; Li, Ping; Li, Feng; Ren, Miao-juan; Wang, Pei-ji; Zhang, Run-wu; Hu, Shu-jun; Yan, Shi-shen

    2016-08-01

    Bismuth (Bi) has attracted a great deal of attention for its strongest spin-orbit coupling (SOC) strength among main group elements. Although quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) state is predicted in half-hydrogenated Bi honeycomb monolayers Bi2H, the experimental results are still missing. Halogen atoms (X = F, Cl and Br) were also frequently used as modifications, but Bi2X films show a frustrating metallic character that masks the QAH effects. Here, first-principle calculations are performed to predict the full-cyanided bismuthene (Bi2(CN)2) as 2D topological insulator supporting quantum spin Hall state with a record large gap up to 1.10 eV, and more importantly, half-cyanogen saturated bismuthene (Bi2(CN)) as a Chern insulator supporting a valley-polarized QAH state, with a Curie temperature to be 164 K, as well as a large gap reaching 0.348 eV which could be further tuned by bi-axial strain and SOC strength. Our findings provide an appropriate and flexible material family candidate for spintronic and valleytronic devices.

  6. Quantum Zeno Effect in the Strong Measurement Regime of Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics

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    2016-05-17

    New J. Phys. 18 (2016) 053031 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/18/5/053031 PAPER Quantum Zeno effect in the strongmeasurement regime of circuit quantum ...Keywords: quantumZeno effect, quantum jumps, superconducting qubit, circuit QED, random telegraph signals Abstract Weobserve the quantumZeno effect...where the act ofmeasurement slows the rate of quantum state transitions—in a superconducting qubit using linear circuit quantum electrodynamics readout

  7. Terahertz Imaging of cyclotron emission from quantum Hall conductors

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    Komiyama, Susumu

    2006-03-01

    Microscopy of extremely weak terahertz (THz) waves via photon-counting method is reported. A quantum-dot photon detector [1] is incorporated into a scanning terahertz microscope [2]. By using a quantum Hall detector [3] as well, measurements cover the intensity dynamic range more than five orders of magnitude. The minimum intensity reaches as lo as 10̂-21^ watt (one photon per one second). Applying the measurement system to the study of semiconductor quantum Hall (QH) devices, we image cyclotron radiation emitted by non-equilibrium electrons generated in QH electron systems. Owing to the unprecedented sensitivity, a variety of new features of electron kinetics are unveiled [4]. It is stressed that the present approach is in marked contrast to the THz- wave applications recently discussed extensively in a wide variety of fields including clinic, security, and environment. In the vast majority of those applications, room-temperature operation is implicit. The intensity of treated THz radiation is hence well beyond the level of 300K black body radiation (roughly 10̂-7 watts or 10̂14 photons/s per square centimeter in a 1/10 relative band width). From the scientific viewpoint, however, detecting extremely weak THz waves from an object without external illumination such as applied in the present work is of strong importance, because the microscopic kinetics of an object can be probed only in such a passive method. Besides semiconductor electric devices studied here, we will also discuss possible applications of the present method for molecular dynamics, micro thermography, and cell activities.. [1] S. Komiyama et al., Nature 403, 405 (2000). [2] K. Ikushima et al.,. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 4209 (2003). [3] Y.Kawano et al., J. Appl. Phys. 89, 4037 (2001). [4] K.Ikushima et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 146804 (2004).

  8. Edge mode velocities in the quantum Hall effect from a dc measurement

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    Zucker, Philip; Feldman, D. E.

    Because of the bulk gap, low energy physics in the quantum Hall effect is confined to the edges of the 2D electron liquid. The velocities of edge modes are key parameters of edge physics. They were determined in several quantum Hall systems from time-resolved measurements and high-frequency ac transport. We propose a way to extract edge velocities from dc transport in a point contact geometry defined by narrow gates. The width of the gates assumes two different sizes at small and large distances from the point contact. The Coulomb interaction across the gates depends on the gate width and affects the conductance of the contact. The conductance exhibits two different temperature dependencies at high and low temperatures. The transition between the two regimes is determined by the edge velocity. An interesting feature of the low-temperature I - V curve is current oscillations as a function of the voltage. The oscillations emerge due to charge reflection from the interface of the regions defined by the narrow and wide sections of the gates. This work is available at arXiv:1510.01725 This work was supported by the NSF under Grant No. DMR-1205715.

  9. Scanning gate spectroscopy of a quantum Hall island near a quantum point contact

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    Hackens, Benoit; Martins, Frederico; Faniel, Sebastien; Bayot, Vincent; Rosenow, Bernd; Desplanque, Ludovic; Wallart, Xavier; Pala, Marco; Sellier, Hermann; Huant, Serge

    2013-03-01

    We report on low temperature (100 mK) scanning gate experiments performed at high magnetic field (around 10 T) on a mesoscopic device patterned in an InGaAs/InAlAs heterostructure. Magnetotransport measurements yield signatures of ultra-small Quantum Hall Islands (QHI) formed by closed quantum Hall edge states and connected to propagating edge channels through tunnel barriers. Scanning gate microscopy and scanning gate spectroscopy are used to locate and probe a single QHI near a quantum point contact. The presence of Coulomb diamonds in the local spectroscopy confirms that Coulomb blockade governs transport across the QHI. Varying the microscope tip bias as well as current bias across the device, we uncover the QHI discrete energy spectrum arising from electronic confinement and we extract estimates of the gradient of the confining potential and of the edge state velocity.

  10. Quantum Hall states stabilized in semi-magnetic bilayers of topological insulators

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    Yoshimi, R.; Yasuda, K.; Tsukazaki, A.; Takahashi, K. S.; Nagaosa, N.; Kawasaki, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2015-01-01

    By breaking the time-reversal symmetry in three-dimensional topological insulators with the introduction of spontaneous magnetization or application of magnetic field, the surface states become gapped, leading to quantum anomalous Hall effect or quantum Hall effect, when the chemical potential locates inside the gap. Further breaking of inversion symmetry is possible by employing magnetic topological insulator heterostructures that host non-degenerate top and bottom surface states. Here we demonstrate the tailored-material approach for the realization of robust quantum Hall states in the bilayer system, in which the cooperative or cancelling combination of the anomalous and ordinary Hall responses from the respective magnetic and non-magnetic layers is exemplified. The appearance of quantum Hall states at filling factor 0 and +1 can be understood by the relationship of energy band diagrams for the two independent surface states. The designable heterostructures of magnetic topological insulator may explore a new arena for intriguing topological transport and functionality. PMID:26497065

  11. Quantum Hall states stabilized in semi-magnetic bilayers of topological insulators.

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    Yoshimi, R; Yasuda, K; Tsukazaki, A; Takahashi, K S; Nagaosa, N; Kawasaki, M; Tokura, Y

    2015-10-26

    By breaking the time-reversal symmetry in three-dimensional topological insulators with the introduction of spontaneous magnetization or application of magnetic field, the surface states become gapped, leading to quantum anomalous Hall effect or quantum Hall effect, when the chemical potential locates inside the gap. Further breaking of inversion symmetry is possible by employing magnetic topological insulator heterostructures that host non-degenerate top and bottom surface states. Here we demonstrate the tailored-material approach for the realization of robust quantum Hall states in the bilayer system, in which the cooperative or cancelling combination of the anomalous and ordinary Hall responses from the respective magnetic and non-magnetic layers is exemplified. The appearance of quantum Hall states at filling factor 0 and +1 can be understood by the relationship of energy band diagrams for the two independent surface states. The designable heterostructures of magnetic topological insulator may explore a new arena for intriguing topological transport and functionality.

  12. Manipulating edge transport in quantum anomalous Hall insulators

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    Kandala, Abhinav

    The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect provides a path to obtain dissipation-less, one-dimensional (1D) edge states at zero magnetic field. It's recent experimental realization in magnetic topological insulator thin films lies at the overlap of several areas of condensed matter physics: dilute magnetic semiconductors, low dimensional electron transport and topologically non-trivial material systems. In this talk, we demonstrate how careful compositional and electrical tuning of epitaxial films of Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 enables access to a robust zero-field quantized Hall effect, despite sample roughness and low carrier mobility. In samples that show near-dissipation-less transport, we manipulate the intermixing between edge states and dissipative channels via a tilted-field crossover from ballistic 1D edge transport to diffusive transport. This crossover manifests in a gate-tunable giant anisotropic magneto-resistance effect that we use as a quantitative probe of dissipation in our systems. Finally, we discuss experiments with mesoscopic channels of QAH insulator thin films, and discuss the effect of their modified magnetic anisotropy on edge transport. This work was carried out in collaboration with A. Richardella, C-X Liu, M. Liu, W. Wang, N. P. Ong, and N. Samarth. Funded by ARO/MURI, DARPA and ONR.

  13. Steady States of the Inhomogenous Microwave Irradiated Quantum Hall Gas

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    Auerbach, Assa; Finkler, Ilya; Halperin, Bertrand; Yacoby, Amir

    2005-03-01

    To explain the observation of Zero-Resistance states (ZRS) in Microwave irradiated Quantum Hall gases[1], it has been proposed[2] that under appropriate conditions the sample will break into domains of photogenerated fields. In the absence of disorder induced pinning, motion of domain walls results in a ZRS state. In order to treat the effects of long wavelength disorder, we construct a Lyapunov functional for systems with uniform Hall conductivity. We use it to derive stability conditions on the domain structure and to compute the conductance. We show that weak white noise disorder does not destroy the ZRS although it produces current fluctuations. In contrast, separable and correlated disorder pin the domain walls, and produce a finite conductance and a photovoltage as demonstrated by one dimensional, and simple two dimensional, potentials.1. R.G. Mani et.al. Nature, 420, 646 (2002); M.A. Zudov et.al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 046807 (2003).2. A.V. Andreev, I.L. Aleiner, and A.J. Millis, PRL 91, 056803 (2003).

  14. Scalable quantum memory in the ultrastrong coupling regime.

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    Kyaw, T H; Felicetti, S; Romero, G; Solano, E; Kwek, L-C

    2015-03-02

    Circuit quantum electrodynamics, consisting of superconducting artificial atoms coupled to on-chip resonators, represents a prime candidate to implement the scalable quantum computing architecture because of the presence of good tunability and controllability. Furthermore, recent advances have pushed the technology towards the ultrastrong coupling regime of light-matter interaction, where the qubit-resonator coupling strength reaches a considerable fraction of the resonator frequency. Here, we propose a qubit-resonator system operating in that regime, as a quantum memory device and study the storage and retrieval of quantum information in and from the Z2 parity-protected quantum memory, within experimentally feasible schemes. We are also convinced that our proposal might pave a way to realize a scalable quantum random-access memory due to its fast storage and readout performances.

  15. Scalable quantum memory in the ultrastrong coupling regime

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    Kyaw, T. H.; Felicetti, S.; Romero, G.; Solano, E.; Kwek, L.-C.

    2015-01-01

    Circuit quantum electrodynamics, consisting of superconducting artificial atoms coupled to on-chip resonators, represents a prime candidate to implement the scalable quantum computing architecture because of the presence of good tunability and controllability. Furthermore, recent advances have pushed the technology towards the ultrastrong coupling regime of light-matter interaction, where the qubit-resonator coupling strength reaches a considerable fraction of the resonator frequency. Here, we propose a qubit-resonator system operating in that regime, as a quantum memory device and study the storage and retrieval of quantum information in and from the Z2 parity-protected quantum memory, within experimentally feasible schemes. We are also convinced that our proposal might pave a way to realize a scalable quantum random-access memory due to its fast storage and readout performances. PMID:25727251

  16. Scaling in the quantum Hall regime of graphene Corbino devices

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    Peters, Eva C.; Burghard, Marko; Giesbers, A. J. M.; Kern, Klaus

    2014-05-19

    The scaling behavior of graphene devices in Corbino geometry was investigated through temperature dependent conductivity measurements under magnetic field. Evaluation of the Landau level width as a function of temperature yielded a relatively low temperature exponent of κ = 0.16 ± 0.05. Furthermore, an unusually large value close to 7.6 ± 0.9 was found for the universal scaling constant γ, while the determined inelastic scattering exponent of p = 2 is consistent with established scattering mechanisms in graphene. The deviation of the scaling parameters from values characteristic of conventional two-dimensional electron gases is attributed to an inhomogeneous charge carrier distribution in the Corbino devices. Direct evidence for the presence of the latter could be gained by spatially resolved photocurrent microscopy away from the charge neutrality point of the devices.

  17. Time-reversal-breaking induced quantum spin Hall effect

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    Luo, Wei; Shao, D. X.; Deng, Ming-Xun; Deng, W. Y.; Sheng, L.

    2017-01-01

    We show that quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect does not occur in a square lattice model due to cancellation of the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling coming from different hopping paths. However, we show that QSH effect can be induced by the presence of staggered magnetic fluxes alternating directions square by square. When the resulting Peierls phase takes a special value , the system has a composite symmetry ΘΡ− with Θ the time-reversal operator and Ρ− transforming the Peierls phase from γ to γ − , which protects the gapless edge states. Once the phase deviates from , the edge states open a gap, as the composite symmetry is broken. We further investigate the effect of a Zeeman field on the QSH state, and find that the edge states remain gapless for . This indicates that the QSH effect is immune to the magnetic perturbation. PMID:28220858

  18. Theory of activated transport in bilayer quantum Hall systems.

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    Roostaei, B; Mullen, K J; Fertig, H A; Simon, S H

    2008-07-25

    We analyze the transport properties of bilayer quantum Hall systems at total filling factor nu=1 in drag geometries as a function of interlayer bias, in the limit where the disorder is sufficiently strong to unbind meron-antimeron pairs, the charged topological defects of the system. We compute the typical energy barrier for these objects to cross incompressible regions within the disordered system using a Hartree-Fock approach, and show how this leads to multiple activation energies when the system is biased. We then demonstrate using a bosonic Chern-Simons theory that in drag geometries current in a single layer directly leads to forces on only two of the four types of merons, inducing dissipation only in the drive layer. Dissipation in the drag layer results from interactions among the merons, resulting in very different temperature dependences for the drag and drive layers, in qualitative agreement with experiment.

  19. Bosonization, coherent states and semiclassical quantum Hall skyrmions.

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    Dutta, Sreedhar B; Shankar, R

    2008-07-09

    We bosonize (2+1)-dimensional fermionic theory using coherent states. The gauge-invariant subspace of boson-Chern-Simons Hilbert space is mapped to fermionic Hilbert space. This subspace is then equipped with a coherent state basis. These coherent states are labelled by a dynamic spinor field. The label manifold could be assigned a physical meaning in terms of density and spin density. A path-integral representation of the evolution operator in terms of these physical variables is given. The corresponding classical theory when restricted to LLL is described by spin fluctuations alone and is found to be the NLSM with Hopf term. The formalism developed here is suitable to study quantum Hall skyrmions semiclassically and/or beyond the hydrodynamic limit. The effects of Landau level mixing or the presence of slowly varying external fields can also be easily incorporated.

  20. Broken-Symmetry Quantum Hall States in Twisted Bilayer Graphene

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    Kim, Youngwook; Park, Jaesung; Song, Intek; Ok, Jong Mok; Jo, Younjung; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniquchi, Takashi; Choi, Hee Cheul; Lee, Dong Su; Jung, Suyong; Kim, Jun Sung

    2016-01-01

    Twisted bilayer graphene offers a unique bilayer two-dimensional-electron system where the layer separation is only in sub-nanometer scale. Unlike Bernal-stacked bilayer, the layer degree of freedom is disentangled from spin and valley, providing eight-fold degeneracy in the low energy states. We have investigated broken-symmetry quantum Hall (QH) states and their transitions due to the interplay of the relative strength of valley, spin and layer polarizations in twisted bilayer graphene. The energy gaps of the broken-symmetry QH states show an electron-hole asymmetric behaviour, and their dependence on the induced displacement field are opposite between even and odd filling factor states. These results strongly suggest that the QH states with broken valley and spin symmetries for individual layer become hybridized via interlayer tunnelling, and the hierarchy of the QH states is sensitive to both magnetic field and displacement field due to charge imbalance between layers. PMID:27905496

  1. Pseudo Magnetic Faraday and Quantum Hall Effect In Oscillating Graphene

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    Bhagat, Anita; Mullen, Kieran

    When a graphene layer is stressed, the strain changes the phase between sites in a tight binding model of the system. This phase can be viewed as a pseudo-magnetic vector potential. The corresponding pseudo-magnetic field has been experimentally verified in static cases. We examine the case of oscillating graphene ribbons and explore two new effects. The first is to investigate an oscillating pseudo-magnetic field that produces a quantum Hall effect: we calculate the I-V characteristic of an oscillating graphene nanoribbon as a function of frequency, and amplitude in both the oscillations and the applied driving voltage. Second, the time dependent pseudo-magnetic field should produce a pseudo-Faraday effect driving electrons in different valleys in opposite directions. In both cases, we make explicit calculations for experiment. This project was supported in part by the US National Science Foundation under Grant DMR-1310407.

  2. Investigating dissipation in the quantum anomalous Hall effect

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    Fox, Eli; Bestwick, Andrew; Goldhaber-Gordon, David; Feng, Yang; Ou, Yunbo; He, Ke; Wang, Yayu; Xue, Qi-Kun; Kou, Xufeng; Pan, Lei; Wang, Kang

    In the quantum anomalous Hall effect, a magnetic exchange gap in a 3D topological insulator gives rise to dissipationless chiral edge states. Though the effect has recently been realized in a family of ferromagnetically-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 topological insulator thin films, experiments to date have found non-vanishing longitudinal resistance, contrary to initial theoretical expectations. Proposed sources of this dissipation include extra gapless or activated quasi-helical edge states, thermally activated 2D conduction, and variable-range hopping. Here, we discuss transport measurements of Corbino disk and non-local geometries to identify the mechanism of non-ideal behavior. This work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under Award No. 19-7503.

  3. Geometry of quantum Hall states: Gravitational anomaly and transport coefficients

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    Can, Tankut; Laskin, Michael; Wiegmann, Paul B.

    2015-11-15

    We show that universal transport coefficients of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) can be understood as a response to variations of spatial geometry. Some transport properties are essentially governed by the gravitational anomaly. We develop a general method to compute correlation functions of FQH states in a curved space, where local transformation properties of these states are examined through local geometric variations. We introduce the notion of a generating functional and relate it to geometric invariant functionals recently studied in geometry. We develop two complementary methods to study the geometry of the FQHE. One method is based on iterating a Ward identity, while the other is based on a field theoretical formulation of the FQHE through a path integral formalism.

  4. Unconventional spin texture in a noncentrosymmetric quantum spin Hall insulator

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    Mera Acosta, C.; Babilonia, O.; Abdalla, L.; Fazzio, A.

    2016-07-01

    We propose that the simultaneous presence of both Rashba and band inversion can lead to a Rashba-like spin splitting formed by two bands with the same in-plane helical spin texture. Because of this unconventional spin texture, the backscattering is forbidden in edge and bulk conductivity channels. We propose a noncentrosymmetric honeycomb-lattice quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator family formed by the IV, V, and VII elements with this property. The system formed by Bi, Pb, and I atoms is mechanically stable and has both a large Rashba spin splitting of 60 meV and a large nontrivial band gap of 0.14 eV. Since the edge and the bulk states are protected by the time-reversal (TR) symmetry, contrary to what happens in most doped QSH insulators, the bulk states do not contribute to the backscattering in the electronic transport, allowing the construction of a spintronic device with less energy loss.

  5. Broken-Symmetry Quantum Hall States in Twisted Bilayer Graphene

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    Kim, Youngwook; Park, Jaesung; Song, Intek; Ok, Jong Mok; Jo, Younjung; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniquchi, Takashi; Choi, Hee Cheul; Lee, Dong Su; Jung, Suyong; Kim, Jun Sung

    2016-12-01

    Twisted bilayer graphene offers a unique bilayer two-dimensional-electron system where the layer separation is only in sub-nanometer scale. Unlike Bernal-stacked bilayer, the layer degree of freedom is disentangled from spin and valley, providing eight-fold degeneracy in the low energy states. We have investigated broken-symmetry quantum Hall (QH) states and their transitions due to the interplay of the relative strength of valley, spin and layer polarizations in twisted bilayer graphene. The energy gaps of the broken-symmetry QH states show an electron-hole asymmetric behaviour, and their dependence on the induced displacement field are opposite between even and odd filling factor states. These results strongly suggest that the QH states with broken valley and spin symmetries for individual layer become hybridized via interlayer tunnelling, and the hierarchy of the QH states is sensitive to both magnetic field and displacement field due to charge imbalance between layers.

  6. Topological spin texture in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator.

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    Wu, Jiansheng; Liu, Jie; Liu, Xiong-Jun

    2014-09-26

    The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect has been recently discovered in an experiment using a thin-film topological insulator with ferromagnetic ordering and strong spin-orbit coupling. Here we investigate the spin degree of freedom of a QAH insulator and uncover the fundamental phenomenon that the edge states exhibit a topologically stable spin texture in the boundary when a chiral-like symmetry is present. This result shows that edge states are chiral in both the orbital and spin degrees of freedom, and the chiral edge spin texture corresponds to the bulk topological states of the QAH insulator. We also study the potential applications of the edge spin texture in designing topological-state-based spin devices, which might be applicable to future spintronic technologies.

  7. Time-reversal-breaking induced quantum spin Hall effect

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    Luo, Wei; Shao, D. X.; Deng, Ming-Xun; Deng, W. Y.; Sheng, L.

    2017-02-01

    We show that quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect does not occur in a square lattice model due to cancellation of the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling coming from different hopping paths. However, we show that QSH effect can be induced by the presence of staggered magnetic fluxes alternating directions square by square. When the resulting Peierls phase takes a special value , the system has a composite symmetry ΘΡ‑ with Θ the time-reversal operator and Ρ‑ transforming the Peierls phase from γ to γ ‑ , which protects the gapless edge states. Once the phase deviates from , the edge states open a gap, as the composite symmetry is broken. We further investigate the effect of a Zeeman field on the QSH state, and find that the edge states remain gapless for . This indicates that the QSH effect is immune to the magnetic perturbation.

  8. Time-reversal-breaking induced quantum spin Hall effect.

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    Luo, Wei; Shao, D X; Deng, Ming-Xun; Deng, W Y; Sheng, L

    2017-02-21

    We show that quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect does not occur in a square lattice model due to cancellation of the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling coming from different hopping paths. However, we show that QSH effect can be induced by the presence of staggered magnetic fluxes alternating directions square by square. When the resulting Peierls phase takes a special value , the system has a composite symmetry ΘΡ- with Θ the time-reversal operator and Ρ- transforming the Peierls phase from γ to γ - , which protects the gapless edge states. Once the phase deviates from , the edge states open a gap, as the composite symmetry is broken. We further investigate the effect of a Zeeman field on the QSH state, and find that the edge states remain gapless for . This indicates that the QSH effect is immune to the magnetic perturbation.

  9. On fractional quantum Hall solitons in ABJM-like theory

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    Belhaj, Adil

    2011-11-01

    Using D-brane physics, we study fractional quantum Hall solitons (FQHS) in ABJM-like theory in terms of type IIA dual geometries. In particular, we discuss a class of Chern-Simons (CS) quivers describing FQHS systems at low energy. These CS quivers come from R-R gauge fields interacting with D6-branes wrapped on 4-cycles, which reside within a blown up CP3 projective space. Based on the CS quiver method and mimicking the construction of del Pezzo surfaces in terms of CP2, we first give a model which corresponds to a single layer model of FQHS system, then we propose a multi-layer system generalizing the doubled CS field theory, which is used in the study of topological defect in graphene.

  10. Gapless Andreev bound states in the quantum spin Hall insulator HgTe

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    Bocquillon, Erwann; Deacon, Russell S.; Wiedenmann, Jonas; Leubner, Philipp; Klapwijk, Teunis M.; Brüne, Christoph; Ishibashi, Koji; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W.

    2016-08-01

    In recent years, Majorana physics has attracted considerable attention because of exotic new phenomena and its prospects for fault-tolerant topological quantum computation. To this end, one needs to engineer the interplay between superconductivity and electronic properties in a topological insulator, but experimental work remains scarce and ambiguous. Here, we report experimental evidence for topological superconductivity induced in a HgTe quantum well, a 2D topological insulator that exhibits the quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect. The a.c. Josephson effect demonstrates that the supercurrent has a 4π periodicity in the superconducting phase difference, as indicated by a doubling of the voltage step for multiple Shapiro steps. In addition, this response like that of a superconducting quantum interference device to a perpendicular magnetic field shows that the 4π-periodic supercurrent originates from states located on the edges of the junction. Both features appear strongest towards the QSH regime, and thus provide evidence for induced topological superconductivity in the QSH edge states.

  11. Edge states and integer quantum Hall effect in topological insulator thin films

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    Zhang, Song-Bo; Lu, Hai-Zhou; Shen, Shun-Qing

    The integer quantum Hall effect is a topological state of quantum matter in two dimensions, and has recently been observed in three-dimensional topological insulator thin films. In this report, I will talk about the Landau levels and edge states of surface Dirac fermions in topological insulators under a strong magnetic field. We examine the formation of the quantum plateaux of the Hall conductance and find two different patterns, in one pattern the filling number covers all integers while only odd integers in the other. We focus on the quantum plateau closest to zero energy and demonstrate the breakdown of the quantum spin Hall effect as a result of the interplay of magnetic field and structure inversion asymmetry. We also reveal that the edge states exist only for the integer Hall conductance while no edge-state solution can be found for the ''half-integer'' Hall conductance. The addition of top and bottom surface Dirac fermions always form well-defined edge states, and gives an integer quantum Hall effect. This work establishes an intuitive picture of the edge states to understand the integer quantum Hall effect for Dirac electrons in topological insulator thin films.

  12. Terahertz Quantum Plasmonics of Nanoslot Antennas in Nonlinear Regime.

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    Kim, Joon-Yeon; Kang, Bong Joo; Park, Joohyun; Bahk, Young-Mi; Kim, Won Tae; Rhie, Jiyeah; Jeon, Hyeongtag; Rotermund, Fabian; Kim, Dai-Sik

    2015-10-14

    Quantum tunneling in plasmonic nanostructures has presented an interesting aspect of incorporating quantum mechanics into classical optics. However, the study has been limited to the subnanometer gap regime. Here, we newly extend quantum plasmonics to gap widths well over 1 nm by taking advantage of the low-frequency terahertz regime. Enhanced electric fields of up to 5 V/nm induce tunneling of electrons in different arrays of ring-shaped nanoslot antennas of gap widths from 1.5 to 10 nm, which lead to a significant nonlinear transmission decrease. These observations are consistent with theoretical calculations considering terahertz-funneling-induced electron tunneling across the gap.

  13. Multicomponent Quantum Hall Ferromagnetism and Landau Level Crossing in Rhombohedral Trilayer Graphene.

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    Lee, Y; Tran, D; Myhro, K; Velasco, J; Gillgren, N; Poumirol, J M; Smirnov, D; Barlas, Y; Lau, C N

    2016-01-13

    Using transport measurements, we investigate multicomponent quantum Hall (QH) ferromagnetism in dual-gated rhombohedral trilayer graphene (r-TLG) in which the real spin, orbital pseudospin, and layer pseudospins of the lowest Landau level form spontaneous ordering. We observe intermediate QH plateaus, indicating a complete lifting of the degeneracy of the zeroth Landau level (LL) in the hole-doped regime. In charge neutral r-TLG, the orbital degeneracy is broken first, and the layer degeneracy is broken last and only in the presence of an interlayer potential U⊥. In the phase space of U⊥ and filling factor ν, we observe an intriguing "hexagon" pattern, which is accounted for by a model based on crossings between symmetry-broken LLs.

  14. Robust large-gap quantum spin Hall insulators in chemically decorated arsenene films

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    Wang, Dongchao; Chen, Li; Shi, Changmin; Wang, Xiaoli; Cui, Guangliang; Zhang, Pinhua; Chen, Yeqing

    2016-03-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, we propose one new category of two-dimensional topological insulators (2D TIs) in chemically functionalized (-CH3 and -OH) arsenene films. The results show that the surface decorated arsenene (AsCH3 and AsOH) films are intrinsic 2D TIs with sizeable bulk gap. The bulk energy gaps are 0.184 eV, and 0.304 eV in AsCH3 and AsOH films, respectively. Such large bulk gaps make them suitable to realize quantum spin Hall effect in an experimentally accessible temperature regime. Topologically helical edge states in these systems are desirable for dissipationless transport. Moreover, we find that the topological properties in these systems are robust against mechanical deformation by exerting biaxial strain. These novel 2D TIs with large bulk gaps are potential candidate in future electronic devices with ultralow dissipation.

  15. Influence of quantum Hall effect on wave refraction in ferrite-semiconductor superlattices

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    Tarkhanyan, Roland H.; Niarchos, Dimitris G.

    2008-12-01

    Peculiarities of wave refraction are investigated in periodic structures consisting of alternating layers of ferromagnetic insulator and GaAs-AlGaAs-type semiconductor bilayers. It is shown that in quantum Hall effect conditions, the refractive indices and consequently the refraction angles of the propagating waves are quantized.Two different geometries of the refracting plane are considered: (I) parallel and (II) perpendicular to the quantizing magnetic field. It is shown that in the first case, negative refraction through the lateral surface of the structure is possible. A frequency region is found where the refraction is negative for all angles of incidence and regardless of the sign of permittivity tensor components. Analytical expressions for both phase and group refractive indices are obtained.In the second case, one of the propagating waves (in the birefringent regime) is backward. Despite this, and unlike in the case of non-quantizing magnetic fields, negative refraction is impossible.

  16. Configuration interaction matrix elements for the quantum Hall effect

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    Wooten, Rachel; Macek, Joseph

    2015-03-01

    In the spherical model of the quantum Hall system, the two-body matrix elements and pseudopotentials can be found analytically in terms of a general scalar pair interaction potential by expressing the pair interaction as a weighted sum over Legendre polynomials. For non-infinite systems, only a finite set of terms in the potential expansion contribute to the interactions; the contributing terms define an effective spatial potential for the system. The connection between the effective spatial potential and the pseudopotential is one-to-one for finite systems, and any completely defined model pseudopotential can be analytically inverted to give a unique corresponding spatial potential. This technique of inverting the pseudopotential to derive effective spatial potentials may be of use for developing accurate model spatial potentials for quantum Monte Carlo simulations. We demonstrate the technique and the corresponding spatial potentials for a few example model pseudopotentials. Supported by Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. DOE, Grant DE-FG02-02ER15283 to the University of Tennessee.

  17. Critical integer quantum Hall topology in the integrable Maryland model

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    Ganeshan, Sriram; Kechedzhi, Kostyantyn

    2014-03-01

    One-dimensional tight binding models such as Aubry-Andre-Harper (AAH) model (with onsite cosine potential) and the integrable Maryland model (with onsite tangent potential) have been the subjects of extensive theoretical research in localization studies. AAH can be directly mapped onto the two-dimensional Hofstadter model that manifests the integer quantum Hall topology on a lattice. However, no such connection has been made for the Maryland model (MM). In this talk, we present a generalized model that contains AAH and MM as the limiting cases with the MM lying precisely at a topological quantum phase transition (TQPT) point. A remarkable feature of this critical point is that the 1D MM retains well-defined energy gaps whereas the equivalent 2D model becomes gapless, signifying the 2D nature of the TQPT. The criticality allows us to associate topological invariants with the Maryland model in a restricted mathematical sense at the special filling factors that are adiabatically connected to the spectral gaps in the 1D Aubry-Andre-Harper model. Our theory presented in this work establishes deep and unexpected mathematical connections between 2D topological models and a family of 1D incommensurate localization models. This work is supported by JQI-NSF-PFC, Microsoft Q and JQI-ARO-MU.

  18. Measuring Fractional Statistics with Fabry-Perot Quantum Hall Interferometers

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    Goldman, Vladimir J.

    2008-03-01

    Laughlin quasiparticles are the elementary excitations of a highly-correlated fractional quantum Hall electron fluid. They have fractional charge and obey fractional statistics. The quasiparticles can propagate quantum-coherently in chiral edge channels, and constructively or destructively interfere. Unlike electrons, the interference condition for Laughlin quasiparticles has a non-vanishing statistical contribution that can be observed experimentally. Two kinds of interferometer devices have been realized. In the primary-filling interferometer, the entire device has filling 1/3, and the e/3 edge channel quasiparticles encircle identical e/3 island quasiparticles. Here the flux period is h/e, same as for electrons, but the back-gate charge period is e/3. In the second kind of interferometer, a lower density edge channel at filling 1/3 forms around a higher density island at filling 2/5, so that e/3 edge quasiparticles encircle e/5 island quasiparticles. Here we observe superperiodic oscillations with 5h/e flux and 2e charge periods, both corresponding to excitation of ten island quasiparticles. These periods can be understood as imposed by the anyonic braiding statistics of Laughlin quasiparticles. This work was done in collaboration with Fernando E. Camino, Ping Lin and Wei Zhou.

  19. Fibonacci anyons from Abelian bilayer quantum Hall states.

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    Vaezi, Abolhassan; Barkeshli, Maissam

    2014-12-05

    The possibility of realizing non-Abelian statistics and utilizing it for topological quantum computation (TQC) has generated widespread interest. However, the non-Abelian statistics that can be realized in most accessible proposals is not powerful enough for universal TQC. In this Letter, we consider a simple bilayer fractional quantum Hall system with the 1/3 Laughlin state in each layer. We show that interlayer tunneling can drive a transition to an exotic non-Abelian state that contains the famous "Fibonacci" anyon, whose non-Abelian statistics is powerful enough for universal TQC. Our analysis rests on startling agreements from a variety of distinct methods, including thin torus limits, effective field theories, and coupled wire constructions. We provide evidence that the transition can be continuous, at which point the charge gap remains open while the neutral gap closes. This raises the question of whether these exotic phases may have already been realized at ν=2/3 in bilayers, as past experiments may not have definitively ruled them out.

  20. Theory of Transport Phenomena in Coherent Quantum Hall Bilayers

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    MacDonald, Allan H.; Chen, Hua; Sodemann, Inti

    2015-03-01

    We will describe a theory that allows to understand the anomalous transport properties of the excitonic condensate state occurring in quantum quantum Hall bilayers in terms of a picture in which the condensate phase is nearly uniform across the sample, and the strength of condensate coupling to interlayer tunneling processes is substantially reduced compared to the predictions of disorder-free microscopic mean-field theory. These ingredients provide a natural explanation for recently established I-V characteristics which feature a critical current above which the tunneling resistance abruptly increases and a non-local interaction between interlayer tunneling at the inner and outer edges of Corbino rings. We propose a microscopic picture in which disorder is the main agent responsible for the reduction of the effective interlayer tunneling strength. IS is supported by the Pappalardo Fellowship in Physics. HC and AHM are supported by DOE Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering Grant DE-FG03- 02ER45958 and Welch Foundation Grant TBF1473.

  1. Selective Equilibration of Spin-Polarized Quantum Hall Edge States in Graphene

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    Amet, F.; Williams, J. R.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Goldhaber-Gordon, D.

    2014-05-01

    We report on transport measurements of dual-gated, single-layer graphene devices in the quantum Hall regime, allowing for independent control of the filling factors in adjoining regions. Progress in device quality allows us to study scattering between edge states when the fourfold degeneracy of the Landau level is lifted by electron correlations, causing edge states to be spin and/or valley polarized. In this new regime, we observe a dramatic departure from the equilibration seen in more disordered devices: edge states with opposite spins propagate without mixing. As a result, the degree of equilibration inferred from transport can reveal the spin polarization of the ground state at each filling factor. In particular, the first Landau level is shown to be spin polarized at half filling, providing an independent confirmation of a conclusion of Young et al. [Nat. Phys. 8, 550 (2012)]. The conductance in the bipolar regime is strongly suppressed, indicating that copropagating edge states, even with the same spin, do not equilibrate along PN interfaces. We attribute this behavior to the formation of an insulating ν =0 stripe at the PN interface.

  2. Optical probes of excitonic phases in quantum Hall bilayers at νT=1*

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    Pellegrini, Vittorio

    2009-03-01

    In this talk we discuss our recent inelastic light scattering results that shed light on the interplay between incompressible and compressible quantum phases of electron bilayers at total filling factor νT = 1. In the regime of finite values of tunneling gaps, we observe a quantum phase transformation between composite fermion (CF) metal and incompressible excitonic states as the tunneling gap is reduced. We show that the transition becomes discontinuous (first-order) by impacts of different terms of the electron-electron interactions that prevail on weak residual disorder [1]. The evidence is based on precise determinations of the excitonic order parameter and of measurements of CF spin excitations by resonant inelastic light scattering close to the phase boundary [2,3]. While there is marked softening of low-lying excitations, our experiments underpin the roles of competing order parameters linked to quasi-particle correlations in removing the divergence of quantum fluctuations [4]. In the regime of vanishingly small tunneling gaps we show that the abrupt disappearing of CF spin excitations below the spin-wave indicates the emergence of the inter-layer correlated quantum Hall state in the vicinity of νT = 1 and when the temperature is lowered below a critical value [5]. Finally, the evolution of the spin-wave mode as a function of the Zeeman energy suggests the occurrence of a spin transition [5]. * Work done in collaboration with: B. Karmakar, A. Pinczuk, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West.[4pt] [1] B. Karmakar, submitted; [2] S. Luin, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 146804 (2005); [3] B. Karmakar et al. Solid State Communications 143, 499 (2007); [4] J. Schliemann, S. M. Girvin and A. H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 1849 (2001); [5] B. Karmakar et al. unpublished.

  3. Understanding the physics of a possible non-Abelian fractional quantum hall effect state.

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    Pan, Wei; Crawford, Matthew; Tallakulam, Madhu; Ross, Anthony Joseph, III

    2010-10-01

    We wish to present in this report experimental results from a one-year Senior Council Tier-1 LDRD project that focused on understanding the physics of a possible non-Abelian fractional quantum Hall effect state. We first give a general introduction to the quantum Hall effect, and then present the experimental results on the edge-state transport in a special fractional quantum Hall effect state at Landau level filling {nu} = 5/2 - a possible non-Abelian quantum Hall state. This state has been at the center of current basic research due to its potential applications in fault-resistant topological quantum computation. We will also describe the semiconductor 'Hall-bar' devices we used in this project. Electron physics in low dimensional systems has been one of the most exciting fields in condensed matter physics for many years. This is especially true of quantum Hall effect (QHE) physics, which has seen its intellectual wealth applied in and has influenced many seemingly unrelated fields, such as the black hole physics, where a fractional QHE-like phase has been identified. Two Nobel prizes have been awarded for discoveries of quantum Hall effects: in 1985 to von Klitzing for the discovery of integer QHE, and in 1998 to Tsui, Stormer, and Laughlin for the discovery of fractional QHE. Today, QH physics remains one of the most vibrant research fields, and many unexpected novel quantum states continue to be discovered and to surprise us, such as utilizing an exotic, non-Abelian FQHE state at {nu} = 5/2 for fault resistant topological computation. Below we give a briefly introduction of the quantum Hall physics.

  4. Quantum Plasma Effects in the Classical Regime

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    Brodin, G.; Marklund, M.; Manfredi, G.

    2008-05-02

    For quantum effects to be significant in plasmas it is often assumed that the temperature over density ratio must be small. In this paper we challenge this assumption by considering the contribution to the dynamics from the electron spin properties. As a starting point we consider a multicomponent plasma model, where electrons with spin-up and spin-down are regarded as different fluids. By studying the propagation of Alfven wave solitons we demonstrate that quantum effects can survive in a relatively high-temperature plasma. The consequences of our results are discussed.

  5. Helical edge states and fractional quantum Hall effect in a graphene electron-hole bilayer

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    Sanchez-Yamagishi, Javier D.; Luo, Jason Y.; Young, Andrea F.; Hunt, Benjamin M.; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Ashoori, Raymond C.; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo

    2016-10-01

    Helical 1D electronic systems are a promising route towards realizing circuits of topological quantum states that exhibit non-Abelian statistics. Here, we demonstrate a versatile platform to realize 1D systems made by combining quantum Hall (QH) edge states of opposite chiralities in a graphene electron-hole bilayer at moderate magnetic fields. Using this approach, we engineer helical 1D edge conductors where the counterpropagating modes are localized in separate electron and hole layers by a tunable electric field. These helical conductors exhibit strong non-local transport signals and suppressed backscattering due to the opposite spin polarizations of the counterpropagating modes. Unlike other approaches used for realizing helical states, the graphene electron-hole bilayer can be used to build new 1D systems incorporating fractional edge states. Indeed, we are able to tune the bilayer devices into a regime hosting fractional and integer edge states of opposite chiralities, paving the way towards 1D helical conductors with fractional quantum statistics.

  6. Statistical theory of relaxation of high-energy electrons in quantum Hall edge states

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    Lunde, Anders Mathias; Nigg, Simon E.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate theoretically the energy exchange between the electrons of two copropagating, out-of-equilibrium edge states with opposite spin polarization in the integer quantum Hall regime. A quantum dot tunnel coupled to one of the edge states locally injects electrons at high energy. Thereby a narrow peak in the energy distribution is created at high energy above the Fermi level. A second downstream quantum dot performs an energy-resolved measurement of the electronic distribution function. By varying the distance between the two dots, we are able to follow every step of the energy exchange and relaxation between the edge states, even analytically under certain conditions. In the absence of translational invariance along the edge, e.g., due to the presence of disorder, energy can be exchanged by non-momentum-conserving two-particle collisions. For weakly broken translational invariance, we show that the relaxation is described by coupled Fokker-Planck equations. From these we find that relaxation of the injected electrons can be understood statistically as a generalized drift-diffusion process in energy space for which we determine the drift velocity and the dynamical diffusion parameter. Finally, we provide a physically appealing picture in terms of individual edge-state heating as a result of the relaxation of the injected electrons.

  7. Robust fractional quantum Hall effect in the N=2 Landau level in bilayer graphene.

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    Diankov, Georgi; Liang, Chi-Te; Amet, François; Gallagher, Patrick; Lee, Menyoung; Bestwick, Andrew J; Tharratt, Kevin; Coniglio, William; Jaroszynski, Jan; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2016-12-21

    The fractional quantum Hall effect is a canonical example of electron-electron interactions producing new ground states in many-body systems. Most fractional quantum Hall studies have focussed on the lowest Landau level, whose fractional states are successfully explained by the composite fermion model. In the widely studied GaAs-based system, the composite fermion picture is thought to become unstable for the N≥2 Landau level, where competing many-body phases have been observed. Here we report magneto-resistance measurements of fractional quantum Hall states in the N=2 Landau level (filling factors 4<|ν|<8) in bilayer graphene. In contrast with recent observations of particle-hole asymmetry in the N=0/N=1 Landau levels of bilayer graphene, the fractional quantum Hall states we observe in the N=2 Landau level obey particle-hole symmetry within the fully symmetry-broken Landau level. Possible alternative ground states other than the composite fermions are discussed.

  8. Robust fractional quantum Hall effect in the N=2 Landau level in bilayer graphene

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    Diankov, Georgi; Liang, Chi-Te; Amet, François; Gallagher, Patrick; Lee, Menyoung; Bestwick, Andrew J.; Tharratt, Kevin; Coniglio, William; Jaroszynski, Jan; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2016-12-01

    The fractional quantum Hall effect is a canonical example of electron-electron interactions producing new ground states in many-body systems. Most fractional quantum Hall studies have focussed on the lowest Landau level, whose fractional states are successfully explained by the composite fermion model. In the widely studied GaAs-based system, the composite fermion picture is thought to become unstable for the N≥2 Landau level, where competing many-body phases have been observed. Here we report magneto-resistance measurements of fractional quantum Hall states in the N=2 Landau level (filling factors 4<|ν|<8) in bilayer graphene. In contrast with recent observations of particle-hole asymmetry in the N=0/N=1 Landau levels of bilayer graphene, the fractional quantum Hall states we observe in the N=2 Landau level obey particle-hole symmetry within the fully symmetry-broken Landau level. Possible alternative ground states other than the composite fermions are discussed.

  9. Real-Space Renormalization-Group Approach to the Integer Quantum Hall Effect

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    Cain, Philipp; Römer, Rudolf A.

    We review recent results based on an application of the real-space renormalization group (RG) approach to a network model for the integer quantum Hall (QH) transition. We demonstrate that this RG approach reproduces the critical distribution of the power transmission coefficients, i.e., two-terminal conductances, Pc(G), with very high accuracy. The RG flow of P(G) at energies away from the transition yields a value of the critical exponent ν that agrees with most accurate large-size lattice simulations. A description of how to obtain other relevant transport coefficients such as RL and RH is given. From the non-trivial fixed point of the RG flow we extract the critical level-spacing distribution (LSD). This distribution is close, but distinctively different from the earlier large-scale simulations. We find that the LSD obeys scaling behavior around the QH transition with ν = 2.37±0.02. Away from the transition it crosses over towards the Poisson distribution. We next investigate the plateau-to-insulator transition at strong magnetic fields. For a fully quantum coherent situation, we find a quantized Hall insulator with RH≈h/e2 up to RL 20h/e2 when interpreting the results in terms of most probable value of the distribution function P(RH). Upon further increasing RL→∞, the Hall insulator with diverging Hall resistance R H∝ R Lκ is seen. The crossover between these two regimes depends on the precise nature of the averaging procedure for the distributions P(RL) and P(RH). We also study the effect of long-ranged inhomogeneities on the critical properties of the QH transition. Inhomogeneities are modeled by a smooth random potential with a correlator which falls off with distance as a power law r-α. Similar to the classical percolation, we observe an enhancement of ν with decreasing α. These results exemplify the surprising fact that a small RG unit, containing only five nodes, accurately captures most of the correlations responsible for the localization

  10. Quantum Hall transitions: An exact theory based on conformal restriction

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    Bettelheim, E.; Gruzberg, I. A.; Ludwig, A. W. W.

    2012-10-01

    We revisit the problem of the plateau transition in the integer quantum Hall effect. Here we develop an analytical approach for this transition, and for other two-dimensional disordered systems, based on the theory of “conformal restriction.” This is a mathematical theory that was recently developed within the context of the Schramm-Loewner evolution which describes the “stochastic geometry” of fractal curves and other stochastic geometrical fractal objects in two-dimensional space. Observables elucidating the connection with the plateau transition include the so-called point-contact conductances (PCCs) between points on the boundary of the sample, described within the language of the Chalker-Coddington network model for the transition. We show that the disorder-averaged PCCs are characterized by a classical probability distribution for certain geometric objects in the plane (which we call pictures), occurring with positive statistical weights, that satisfy the crucial so-called restriction property with respect to changes in the shape of the sample with absorbing boundaries; physically, these are boundaries connected to ideal leads. At the transition point, these geometrical objects (pictures) become fractals. Upon combining this restriction property with the expected conformal invariance at the transition point, we employ the mathematical theory of “conformal restriction measures” to relate the disorder-averaged PCCs to correlation functions of (Virasoro) primary operators in a conformal field theory (of central charge c=0). We show how this can be used to calculate these functions in a number of geometries with various boundary conditions. Since our results employ only the conformal restriction property, they are equally applicable to a number of other critical disordered electronic systems in two spatial dimensions, including for example the spin quantum Hall effect, the thermal metal phase in symmetry class D, and classical diffusion in two

  11. Magnetic Topological Insulators and Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect

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    Kou, Xufeng

    The engineering of topological surface states is a key to realize applicable devices based on topological insulators (TIs). Among various proposals, introducing magnetic impurities into TIs has been proven to be an effective way to open a surface gap and integrate additional ferromagnetism with the original topological order. In this Dissertation, we study both the intrinsic electrical and magnetic properties of the magnetic TI thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. By doping transition element Cr into the host tetradymite-type V-VI semiconductors, we achieve robust ferromagnetic order with a strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. With additional top-gating capability, we realize the electric-field-controlled ferromagnetism in the magnetic TI systems, and demonstrate such magneto-electric effects can be effectively manipulated, depending on the interplays between the band topology, magnetic exchange coupling, and structural engineering. Most significantly, we report the observation of quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) in the Cr-doped (BiSb)2Te3 samples where dissipationless chiral edge conduction is realized in the macroscopic millimeter-size devices without the presence of any external magnetic field, and the stability of the quantized Hall conductance of e2/h is well-maintained as the film thickness varies across the 2D hybridization limit. With additional quantum confinement, we discover the metal-to-insulator switching between two opposite QAHE states, and reveal the universal QAHE phase diagram in the thin magnetic TI samples. In addition to the uniform magnetic TIs, we further investigate the TI/Cr-doped TI bilayer structures prepared by the modulation-doped growth method. By controlling the magnetic interaction profile, we observe the Dirac hole-mediated ferromagnetism and develop an effective way to manipulate its strength. Besides, the giant spin-orbit torque in such magnetic TI-based heterostructures enables us to demonstrate the current

  12. Photon mirror acceleration in the quantum regime

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    Mendonça, J. T.; Fedele, R.

    2014-12-15

    Reflection of an electron beam by an intense laser pulse is considered. This is the so-called photon mirror configuration for laser acceleration in vacuum, where the energy of the incident electron beam is nearly double-Doppler shifted due to reflection on the laser pulse front. A wave-electron optical description for electron reflection and resonant backscattering, due to both linear electric field force and quadratic ponderomotive force, is provided beyond the paraxial approximation. This is done by assuming that the single electron of the beam is spin-less and therefore its motion can be described by a quantum scalar field whose spatiotemporal evolution is governed by the Klein-Gordon equation (Klein-Gordon field). Our present model, not only confirms the classical results but also shows the occurrence of purely quantum effects, such as partial reflection of the incident electron beam and enhanced backscattering due to Bragg resonance.

  13. Conformal field theory approach to Abelian and non-Abelian quantum Hall quasielectrons.

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    Hansson, T H; Hermanns, M; Regnault, N; Viefers, S

    2009-04-24

    The quasiparticles in quantum Hall liquids carry fractional charge and obey fractional quantum statistics. Of particular recent interest are those with non-Abelian statistics, since their braiding properties could, in principle, be used for robust coding of quantum information. There is already a good theoretical understanding of quasiholes in both Abelian and non-Abelian quantum Hall states. Here we develop conformal field theory methods that allow for an equally precise description of quasielectrons and explicitly construct two- and four-quasielectron excitations of the non-Abelian Moore-Read state.

  14. Ultracold Molecules: Physics in the Quantum Regime

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    Doyle, John

    2014-11-17

    Our research encompasses approaches to the trapping of diatomic molecules at low temperature plus the cooling and detection of polyatomic molecules in the kelvin temperature regime. We have cooled and trapped CaF and/or CaH molecules, loaded directly from a molecular beam. As part of this work, we are continuing to develop an important trapping technique, optical loading from a buffer-gas beam. This method was invented in our lab. We are also studying cold polyatomic molecules and their interactions with cold atoms.

  15. Particle-hole symmetry and Luttinger liquids in a quantum Hall circuit

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    Roddaro, Stefano

    2006-03-01

    I shall present recent experimental results on edge-state transport through quantum point contacts in the quantum Hall (QH) regime. Finite-bias backscattering measurements between edge channels at filling factor ν=1 will be presented at different temperatures. Transport through the constriction displays a non-linear Luttinger-like behavior even in the integer QH regime in contrast with the linear tunneling predicted for integer edge states [1,2]. Both zero-bias enhancement and suppression of the inter-edge tunneling will be shown in a controllable way as a function of gate bias [2,3,4]. The observed evolution is connected to the local charge depletion in the constriction region and offers new insight into the link between QH charge-conjugation and Luttinger liquid description of edge channels [2]. I shall discuss the relevance of these experimental results in the context of the dynamics of the highly-correlated edge channels in the fractional QH regime [5]. Finally I shall demonstrate how charge-conjugation can be exploited in the design of new QH circuits where the transport properties of the hole component of a partially filled Landau level can be directly addressed. [1] X.-G. Wen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 2206 (1990); P. Fendley et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 3005 (1995). [2] S. Roddaro, V. Pellegrini, F. Beltram, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 156804 (2005). [3] S. Roddaro, V. Pellegrini, F. Beltram, G. Biasiol, L. Sorba., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 046801 (2004). [4] S. Roddaro, V. Pellegrini, F. Beltram, G. Biasiol, L. Sorba, R. Raimondi, G. Vignale, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 046805 (2003). [5] A. M. Chang, Rev. Mod. Phys. 75, 1449 (2003).

  16. Coulomb drag and tunneling studies in quantum Hall bilayers

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    Nandi, Debaleena

    The bilayer quantum Hall state at total filling factor νT=1, where the total electron density matches the degeneracy of the lowest Landau level, is a prominent example of Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons. A macroscopically ordered state is realized where an electron in one layer is tightly bound to a "hole" in the other layer. If exciton transport were the only bulk transportmechanism, a current driven in one layer would spontaneously generate a current of equal magnitude and opposite sign in the other layer. The Corbino Coulomb drag measurements presented in this thesis demonstrate precisely this phenomenon. Excitonic superfluidity has been long sought in the νT=1 state. The tunneling between the two electron gas layers exihibit a dc Josephson-like effect. A simple model of an over-damped voltage biased Josephson junction is in reasonable agreement with the observed tunneling I -- V. At small tunneling biases, it exhibits a tunneling "supercurrent". The dissipation is carefully studied in this tunneling "supercurrent" and found to remain small but finite.

  17. Quantum spin Hall phase in 2D trigonal lattice

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    Wang, Z. F.; Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Liu, Feng

    2016-01-01

    The quantum spin Hall (QSH) phase is an exotic phenomena in condensed-matter physics. Here we show that a minimal basis of three orbitals (s, px, py) is required to produce a QSH phase via nearest-neighbour hopping in a two-dimensional trigonal lattice. Tight-binding model analyses and calculations show that the QSH phase arises from a spin–orbit coupling (SOC)-induced s–p band inversion or p–p bandgap opening at Brillouin zone centre (Γ point), whose topological phase diagram is mapped out in the parameter space of orbital energy and SOC. Remarkably, based on first-principles calculations, this exact model of QSH phase is shown to be realizable in an experimental system of Au/GaAs(111) surface with an SOC gap of ∼73 meV, facilitating the possible room-temperature measurement. Our results will extend the search for substrate supported QSH materials to new lattice and orbital types. PMID:27599580

  18. Forward scattering approximation and bosonization in integer quantum Hall systems

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    Rosenau da Costa, M. Westfahl, H.; Caldeira, A.O.

    2008-03-15

    In this work, we present a model and a method to study integer quantum Hall (IQH) systems. Making use of the Landau levels structure we divide these two-dimensional systems into a set of interacting one-dimensional gases, one for each guiding center. We show that the so-called strong field approximation, used by Kallin and Halperin and by MacDonald, is equivalent, in first order, to a forward scattering approximation and analyze the IQH systems within this approximation. Using an appropriate variation of the Landau level bosonization method we obtain the dispersion relations for the collective excitations and the single-particle spectral functions. For the bulk states, these results evidence a behavior typical of non-normal strongly correlated systems, including the spin-charge splitting of the single-particle spectral function. We discuss the origin of this behavior in the light of the Tomonaga-Luttinger model and the bosonization of two-dimensional electron gases.

  19. Collective modes at the fractional quantum Hall edge

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    Joglekar, Yogesh; Murthy, Ganpathy

    2002-03-01

    The fractional quantum Hall edge has been a continuing source of new ideas [1] and experimental results [2] for some time. Most theoretical approaches start with an effective bosonic theory [1] in which all fermions have been integrated out (an exception is the approach based on Chern-Simons theory [3]). Our approach is based on the lowest Landau level Hamiltonian theory of the FQHE [4]. In this theory, composite fermions are fully interacting, and We obtain the collective modes using a conserving approximation which respects the constraints. We present the edge-mode dispersions for various simple fractions. 1. X.-G.Wen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 2206 (1990); A.Lopez and E.Fradkin, Phys. Rev. B 59, 15323 (1999); U. Zulicke and A.H.MacDonald, Phys. Rev. B 60, 2837 (1999); D.-H.Lee and X.-G.Wen, cond-mat/9809160. 2. A.M.Chang et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 143 (2000). 3. L.S.Levitov, A.V.Shytov, and B.I.Halperin, Phys. Rev. B 64, 075322 (2001). 4. R. Shankar and G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4437 (1997).

  20. Proximity enhanced quantum spin Hall state in graphene

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    Kou, Liangzhi; Hu, Feiming; Yan, Binghai; ...

    2015-02-23

    Graphene is the first model system of two-dimensional topological insulator (TI), also known as quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator. The QSH effect in graphene, however, has eluded direct experimental detection because of its extremely small energy gap due to the weak spin–orbit coupling. Here we predict by ab initio calculations a giant (three orders of magnitude) proximity induced enhancement of the TI energy gap in the graphene layer that is sandwiched between thin slabs of Sb2Te3 (or MoTe2). This gap (1.5 meV) is accessible by existing experimental techniques, and it can be further enhanced by tuning the interlayer distance viamore » compression. We reveal by a tight-binding study that the QSH state in graphene is driven by the Kane–Mele interaction in competition with Kekulé deformation and symmetry breaking. As a result, the present work identifies a new family of graphene-based TIs with an observable and controllable bulk energy gap in the graphene layer, thus opening a new avenue for direct verification and exploration of the long-sought QSH effect in graphene.« less

  1. Proximity enhanced quantum spin Hall state in graphene

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    Kou, Liangzhi; Hu, Feiming; Yan, Binghai; Wehling, Tim; Felser, Claudia; Frauenheim, Thomas; Chen, Changfeng

    2015-02-23

    Graphene is the first model system of two-dimensional topological insulator (TI), also known as quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator. The QSH effect in graphene, however, has eluded direct experimental detection because of its extremely small energy gap due to the weak spin–orbit coupling. Here we predict by ab initio calculations a giant (three orders of magnitude) proximity induced enhancement of the TI energy gap in the graphene layer that is sandwiched between thin slabs of Sb2Te3 (or MoTe2). This gap (1.5 meV) is accessible by existing experimental techniques, and it can be further enhanced by tuning the interlayer distance via compression. We reveal by a tight-binding study that the QSH state in graphene is driven by the Kane–Mele interaction in competition with Kekulé deformation and symmetry breaking. As a result, the present work identifies a new family of graphene-based TIs with an observable and controllable bulk energy gap in the graphene layer, thus opening a new avenue for direct verification and exploration of the long-sought QSH effect in graphene.

  2. Emergence and mechanism in the fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Bain, Jonathan

    2016-11-01

    For some authors, an adequate notion of emergence must include an account of a mechanism by means of which emergent behavior is realized. This appeal to mechanism is problematic in the case of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE). There is a consensus among physicists that the FQHE exhibits emergent phenomena, but there are at least four alternative explanations of the latter that, arguably, appeal to ontologically distinct mechanisms, both at the microphysics level and at the level of general organizing principles. In light of this underdetermination of mechanism, one is faced with the following options: (I) deny that emergence is present in the FQHE; (II) argue for the priority of one mechanistic explanation over the others; or (III) temper the desire for a mechanism-centric account of emergence. I will argue that there are good reasons to reject (I) and (II) and accept (III). In particular, I will suggest that a law-centric account of emergence does just fine in explaining the emergent phenomena associated with the FQHE.

  3. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in ferromagnetic transition metal halides

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    Huang, Chengxi; Zhou, Jian; Wu, Haiping; Deng, Kaiming; Jena, Puru; Kan, Erjun

    2017-01-01

    The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect is a novel topological spintronic phenomenon arising from inherent magnetization and spin-orbit coupling. Various theoretical and experimental efforts have been devoted in search of intrinsic QAH insulators. However, up to now, it has only been observed in Cr or V doped (Bi,Sb ) 2T e3 film in experiments with very low working temperature. Based on the successful synthesis of transition metal halides, we use first-principles calculations to predict that the Ru I3 monolayer is an intrinsic ferromagnetic QAH insulator with a topologically nontrivial global band gap of 11 meV. This topologically nontrivial band gap at the Fermi level is due to its crystal symmetry, thus the QAH effect is robust. Its Curie temperature, estimated to be ˜360 K using Monte Carlo simulation, is above room temperature and higher than most two-dimensional ferromagnetic thin films. The inclusion of Hubbard U in the Ru-d electrons does not affect this result. We also discuss the manipulation of its exchange energy and nontrivial band gap by applying in-plane strain. Our work adds an experimentally feasible member to the QAH insulator family, which is expected to have broad applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics.

  4. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in stanene on a nonmagnetic substrate

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    Zhang, Huisheng; Zhou, Tong; Zhang, Jiayong; Zhao, Bao; Yao, Yugui; Yang, Zhongqin

    2016-12-01

    Since the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect was realized in magnetic topological insulators, research on the effect has become a hot topic. The very harsh realizing requirements of the effect in experiments, however, hinder its practical applications. Based on ab initio methods, we find that nonmagnetic Pb I2 films are ideal substrates for the two-dimensional honeycomb stanene. The QAH effect with a pretty large band gap (up to 90 meV) can be achieved in the functionalized stanene /Pb I2 heterostructure. Despite van der Waals interactions in the heterostructure, band inversions are found to be happening between Sn (s and px ,y ) and Pb (px ,y) orbitals, playing a key role in determining the nontrivial topology and the large band gap of the system. Having no magnetic atoms is imperative to triggering the QAH effect. A very stable rudimentary device having QAH effects is proposed based on the Sn /Pb I2 heterostructure. Our results demonstrate that QAH effects can be easily realized in the Sn /Pb I2 heterostructures in experiments.

  5. Giant quantum Hall plateaus generated by charge transfer in epitaxial graphene

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    Alexander-Webber, J. A.; Huang, J.; Maude, D. K.; Janssen, T. J. B. M.; Tzalenchuk, A.; Antonov, V.; Yager, T.; Lara-Avila, S.; Kubatkin, S.; Yakimova, R.; Nicholas, R. J.

    2016-01-01

    Epitaxial graphene has proven itself to be the best candidate for quantum electrical resistance standards due to its wide quantum Hall plateaus with exceptionally high breakdown currents. However one key underlying mechanism, a magnetic field dependent charge transfer process, is yet to be fully understood. Here we report measurements of the quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene showing the widest quantum Hall plateau observed to date extending over 50 T, attributed to an almost linear increase in carrier density with magnetic field. This behaviour is strong evidence for field dependent charge transfer from charge reservoirs with exceptionally high densities of states in close proximity to the graphene. Using a realistic framework of broadened Landau levels we model the densities of donor states and predict the field dependence of charge transfer in excellent agreement with experimental results, thus providing a guide towards engineering epitaxial graphene for applications such as quantum metrology. PMID:27456765

  6. Nambu-Goldstone modes and the Josephson supercurrent in the bilayer quantum Hall system

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    Hama, Yusuke; Tsitsishvili, George; Ezawa, Zyun F.

    2013-05-01

    An interlayer phase coherence develops spontaneously in the bilayer quantum Hall system at the filling factor ν = 1. On the other hand, the spin and pseudospin degrees of freedom are entangled coherently in the canted antiferromagnetic phase of the bilayer quantum Hall system at the filling factor ν = 2. There emerges a complex Nambu-Goldstone mode with a linear dispersion in the zero tunneling-interaction limit for both cases. Then its phase field provokes a Josephson supercurrent in each layer, which is dissipationless as in a superconductor. We study what kind of phase coherence the Nambu-Goldstone mode develops in association with the Josephson supercurrent and its effect on the Hall resistance in the bilayer quantum Hall system at ν = 1, 2, by employing the Grassmannian formalism.

  7. Notion of time and the semiclassical regime of quantum gravity

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    Castagnino, M.A.; Mazzitelli, F.D. Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab 1, 1428 Buenos Aires )

    1990-07-15

    Using the notion of {ital probabilistic} {ital time} introduced in a previous work, we analyze the perturbed minisuperspace models of quantum gravity. For Robertson-Walker minisuperspace we show that it is possible to derive the so-called self-consistent cosmology in the semiclassical regime. The generalization to models with several semiclassical variables is also discussed.

  8. Interference of e/3 quasiparticles encircling 2/5 fractional quantum Hall island

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    Lin, Ping V.; Camino, F. E.; Goldman, V. J.

    2010-03-01

    We report experiments in a large, 2.5 micron Fabry-Perot interferometer fabricated from a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. Device is defined by etch trenches; front gates deposited in the trenches allow to tune the device. Tunneling in the two constrictions closes an Aharonov-Bohm path around the 2D electron island. Quantized plateaus in RXX and RXY allow to find out both: the bulk and the constriction filling. Etch trench depletion is such that in the fractional quantum Hall regime we obtain the situation when 1/3 chiral edge channels pass through the constrictions and encircle an island of the 2/5 FQH fluid. In this regime the magnetic field oscillation period is 5.4±0.3 of the integer filling 1 period. In this large device magnetic field period well approximates the flux period. We thus conclude that the flux period is 5h/e, and the corresponding back-gate period is 2e. These results agree with our previous reports of these superperiods in smaller size devices [1]. The experimental superperiods are interpreted as imposed by the anyonic statistics of the fractionally charged e/3 and e/5 quasiparticles. [1] F. E. Camino et al., PRB 72, 075342 (2005); W. Zhou et al., PRB 73, 245322 (2006).

  9. Non-abelian fractional quantum hall effect for fault-resistant topological quantum computation.

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    Pan, Wei; Thalakulam, Madhu; Shi, Xiaoyan; Crawford, Matthew; Nielsen, Erik; Cederberg, Jeffrey George

    2013-10-01

    Topological quantum computation (TQC) has emerged as one of the most promising approaches to quantum computation. Under this approach, the topological properties of a non-Abelian quantum system, which are insensitive to local perturbations, are utilized to process and transport quantum information. The encoded information can be protected and rendered immune from nearly all environmental decoherence processes without additional error-correction. It is believed that the low energy excitations of the so-called =5/2 fractional quantum Hall (FQH) state may obey non-Abelian statistics. Our goal is to explore this novel FQH state and to understand and create a scientific foundation of this quantum matter state for the emerging TQC technology. We present in this report the results from a coherent study that focused on obtaining a knowledge base of the physics that underpins TQC. We first present the results of bulk transport properties, including the nature of disorder on the 5/2 state and spin transitions in the second Landau level. We then describe the development and application of edge tunneling techniques to quantify and understand the quasiparticle physics of the 5/2 state.

  10. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetically modulated topological insulator/normal insulator heterostructures

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    Men'shov, V. N.; Tugushev, V. V.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2016-10-01

    We theoretically study how magnetic modulation can be used to manipulate the transport properties of heterostructures formed by a thin film of a three-dimensional topological insulator sandwiched between slabs of a normal insulator. Employing the k • p scheme, in the framework of a continual approach, we argue that electron states of the system are spin-polarized when ultrathin magnetic insertions are incorporated into the film. We demonstrate that (i) the spin-polarization magnitude depends strongly on the magnetic insertion position in the film and (ii) there is the optimal insertion position to realize quantum anomalous Hall effect, which is a function of the material parameters, the film thickness and the topological insulator/normal insulator interface potential. For the heterostructure with a pair of symmetrically placed magnetic insertions, we calculate a phase diagram that shows a series of transitions between distinct quantum regimes of transverse conductivity. We provide consistent interpretation of recent experimental findings in the context of our results.

  11. Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in Suspended Graphene: Transport Coefficients and Electron Interaction Strength

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    Abanin, D. A.; Skachko, I.; Du, X.; Andrei, E. Y.; Levitov, L. S.

    2010-03-01

    Fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE), observed recently in suspended graphene (SG) [1], was found to persist up to temperatures much higher than in previously studied systems, such as GaAs. This suggests strong electron interactions in SG. Can the interaction strength be inferred from the measurements? The best results on FQHE were obtained on micron-size SG flakes, where only two-terminal measurements could be performed. This talk will address the problem of determining transport coefficients from the two-terminal conductance in the FQHE regime. A general approach, which relies on the conformal invariance of two-dimensional magnetotransport, is used to extract σxx and σxy. From the temperature dependence of σxx we estimate the energy gap of quasiparticle excitations in the ν= 1/3 state. The gap value, which is found to be well above that measured in GaAs systems [2], is compared to theoretical predictions. Our approach provides a new tool for the studies of quantum transport in suspended graphene and other nanoscale systems. [1] X. Du et al, Nature 462, 192 (2009); K. Bolotin et al, ibid., 196 (2009). [2] G. S. Boebinger et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 1606 (1985).

  12. Quantum Hall effect in HgTe quantum wells at nitrogen temperatures

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    Kozlov, D. A. Kvon, Z. D.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Dvoretskii, S. A.; Weishäupl, S.; Krupko, Y.; Portal, J.-C.

    2014-09-29

    We report on the observation of quantized Hall plateaus in a system of two-dimensional Dirac fermions, implemented in a 6.6 nm HgTe quantum well at magnetic fields up to 34 T at nitrogen temperatures. The activation energies determined from the temperature dependence of the longitudinal resistivity are found to be almost equal for the filling factors ν of 1 and 2. This indicates that the large values of the g-factor (about 30–40) remain unchanged at very strong magnetic fields.

  13. Charge-density-wave stripe state in fractional quantum spin Hall effects

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    Li, Wei; Chen, Yan

    2016-02-01

    By means of finite-size exact diagonalization, we theoretically study the effect of an inter-spin interaction in a fractional quantum spin Hall system, and demonstrate that the charge-density-wave stripe state can be realized in a fractional quantum spin Hall system by tuning the strength of an inter-spin interaction, which clarifies the nature of the puzzling mysterious phase emerging in previous studies. The experimental realization of such exotic quantum state as well as its evolution in optical lattices are also discussed. These results may provide insights into the future studies of fractional topological insulators.

  14. Observation of a fractional quantum hall state at nu = 1/4 in a wide GaAs quantum well.

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    Luhman, D R; Pan, W; Tsui, D C; Pfeiffer, L N; Baldwin, K W; West, K W

    2008-12-31

    We report the observation of an even-denominator fractional quantum Hall state at nu = 1/4 in a high quality, wide GaAs quantum well. The sample has a quantum well width of 50 nm and an electron density of n(e) = 2.55 x 10(11) cm(-2). We have performed transport measurements at T - 35 mK in magnetic fields up to 45 T. When the sample is perpendicular to the applied magnetic field, the diagonal resistance displays a kink at nu = 1/4. Upon tilting the sample to an angle of theta = 20.3 degrees a clear fractional quantum Hall state emerges at nu = 1/4 with a plateau in the Hall resistance and a strong minimum in the diagonal resistance.

  15. Universal transport signatures of topological superconductivity in quantum spin Hall architectures

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    Lee, Shu-Ping; Aasen, David; Karzig, Torsten; Alicea, Jason

    2015-03-01

    Interfacing s-wave superconductors with quantum spin Hall systems provides a promising route to ``engineered'' topological superconductivity. Given exciting recent progress on the fabrication side, identifying experiments that definitively expose the topological superconducting phase (and clearly distinguish it from a trivial state) raises an increasingly important problem. With this goal in mind we use renormalization group methods to extract universal transport characteristics of superconductor/quantum spin Hall heterostructures where the native edge states serve as a lead. Interestingly, arbitrarily weak interactions induce qualitative changes in the behavior relative to the free-fermion limit, leading to a sharp dichotomy in conductance for the trivial (narrow superconductor) and topological (wide superconductor) cases. Furthermore, we find that strong interactions can in principle induce power-law-localized ``parafermion'' excitations at a superconductor/quantum spin Hall junction. NSF Grant DMR-1341822. (2) Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, an NSF physics frontier center with support from the Moore Foundation.

  16. Probing Symmetry and Disorder Effects in the Fractional Quantum Hall States of the Second Landau Level

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    Kleinbaum, Ethan I.

    Electrons confined to two dimensions, cooled to cryogenic temperatures, and placed in a strong perpendicular magnetic field exhibit a set of ground states referred to as the fractional quantum Hall states (FQHS). The FQHSs forming in the region called the second Landau level are some of the most exciting states as several theories predict that they are very different from the well understood FQHS in the lowest Landau level. Nonetheless, the nature of these FQHSs continue to evade understanding. In this thesis, a unique ultra-low temperature setup is used to examine the FQHSs of the second Landau level in regimes which have not been studied previously. Additionally, a new instrument was developed for future studies of these exciting FQHSs. In Chapter 2, I describe measurements in a high quality sample in the region of the second Landau level referred to as the upper spin branch at a factor of two lower temperatures than previous measurements in this region. In this region we find a new FQHS at the filling factor nu = 3+1/3. A quantitative study of this new and other FQHS in the upper spin branch reveals a surprising relationship: the relative magnitudes of the energy gaps of the nu = 3+1/3 and 3+1/5 states are reversed when compared to the counterpart states in the lower spin branch at nu = 2+1/3 and 2+1/5. We demonstrate that this reversal is only found to occur in the upper spin branch and cannot be understood within the existing theories. Our results suggest the possibility of new types of FQHSs in this region. In Chapter 3, I examine the even denominator FQHSs at nu = 5/2 and nu = 7/2 in a series of samples with intentionally added alloy disorder. The energy gap of both of these states is suppressed with increased alloy content. Unexpectedly, in contrast to samples with no added disorder, in samples with intentionally added alloy disorder we find that the measured energy gap of the nu = 5/2 FQHS displays a strong correlation with the mobility. Of further

  17. Single electron probes of fractional quantum hall states

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    Venkatachalam, Vivek

    When electrons are confined to a two dimensional layer with a perpendicular applied magnetic field, such that the ratio of electrons to flux quanta (nu) is a small integer or simple rational value, these electrons condense into remarkable new phases of matter that are strikingly different from the metallic electron gas that exists in the absence of a magnetic field. These phases, called integer or fractional quantum Hall (IQH or FQH) states, appear to be conventional insulators in their bulk, but behave as a dissipationless metal along their edge. Furthermore, electrical measurements of such a system are largely insensitive to the detailed geometry of how the system is contacted or even how large the system is... only the order in which contacts are made appears to matter. This insensitivity to local geometry has since appeared in a number of other two and three dimensional systems, earning them the classification of "topological insulators" and prompting an enormous experimental and theoretical effort to understand their properties and perhaps manipulate these properties to create robust quantum information processors. The focus of this thesis will be two experiments designed to elucidate remarkable properties of the metallic edge and insulating bulk of certain FQH systems. To study such systems, we can use mesoscopic devices known as single electron transistors (SETs). These devices operate by watching single electrons hop into and out of a confining box and into a nearby wire (for measurement). If it is initially unfavorable for an electron to leave the box, it can be made favorable by bringing another charge nearby, modifying the energy of the confined electron and pushing it out of the box and into the nearby wire. In this way, the SET can measure nearby charges. Alternatively, we can heat up the nearby wire to make it easier for electrons to enter and leave the box. In this way, the SET is a sensitive thermometer. First, by operating the SET as an

  18. Nanomagnet coupled to quantum spin Hall edge: An adiabatic quantum motor

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    Arrachea, Liliana; von Oppen, Felix

    2015-11-01

    The precessing magnetization of a magnetic islands coupled to a quantum spin Hall edge pumps charge along the edge. Conversely, a bias voltage applied to the edge makes the magnetization precess. We point out that this device realizes an adiabatic quantum motor and discuss the efficiency of its operation based on a scattering matrix approach akin to Landauer-Büttiker theory. Scattering theory provides a microscopic derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for the magnetization dynamics of the device, including spin-transfer torque, Gilbert damping, and Langevin torque. We find that the device can be viewed as a Thouless motor, attaining unit efficiency when the chemical potential of the edge states falls into the magnetization-induced gap. For more general parameters, we characterize the device by means of a figure of merit analogous to the ZT value in thermoelectrics.

  19. Reprint of : Nanomagnet coupled to quantum spin Hall edge: An adiabatic quantum motor

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    Arrachea, Liliana; von Oppen, Felix

    2016-08-01

    The precessing magnetization of a magnetic islands coupled to a quantum spin Hall edge pumps charge along the edge. Conversely, a bias voltage applied to the edge makes the magnetization precess. We point out that this device realizes an adiabatic quantum motor and discuss the efficiency of its operation based on a scattering matrix approach akin to Landauer-Büttiker theory. Scattering theory provides a microscopic derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for the magnetization dynamics of the device, including spin-transfer torque, Gilbert damping, and Langevin torque. We find that the device can be viewed as a Thouless motor, attaining unit efficiency when the chemical potential of the edge states falls into the magnetization-induced gap. For more general parameters, we characterize the device by means of a figure of merit analogous to the ZT value in thermoelectrics.

  20. Critical integer quantum Hall topology and the integrable Maryland model as a topological quantum critical point

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    Ganeshan, Sriram; Kechedzhi, K.; Das Sarma, S.

    2014-07-01

    One-dimensional tight binding models such as the Aubry-André-Harper (AAH) model (with an on-site cosine potential) and the integrable Maryland model (with an on-site tangent potential) have been the subject of extensive theoretical research in localization studies. AAH can be directly mapped onto the two-dimensional (2D) Hofstadter model which manifests the integer quantum Hall topology on a lattice. However, such a connection needs to be made for the Maryland model (MM). Here we describe a generalized model that contains AAH and MM as the limiting cases with the MM lying precisely at a topological quantum phase transition (TQPT) point. A remarkable feature of this critical point is that the one-dimensional MM retains well defined energy gaps whereas the equivalent 2D model becomes gapless, signifying the 2D nature of the TQPT.

  1. Observation of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulator to Anderson Insulator Quantum Phase Transition and its Scaling Behavior

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Li, Jian; Jain, J. K.; Liu, Chaoxing; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.; Chan, Moses H. W.

    2016-09-01

    Fundamental insight into the nature of the quantum phase transition from a superconductor to an insulator in two dimensions, or from one plateau to the next or to an insulator in the quantum Hall effect, has been revealed through the study of its scaling behavior. Here, we report on the experimental observation of a quantum phase transition from a quantum-anomalous-Hall insulator to an Anderson insulator in a magnetic topological insulator by tuning the chemical potential. Our experiment demonstrates the existence of scaling behavior from which we extract the critical exponent for this quantum phase transition. We expect that our work will motivate much further investigation of many properties of quantum phase transition in this new context.

  2. Fermi surface of underdoped cuprate revealed by quantum oscillations and Hall effect

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    Proust, Cyril

    2008-03-01

    Despite twenty years of research, the phase diagram of high temperature superconductors remains enigmatic. A central issue is the origin of the differences in the physical properties of these copper oxides doped to opposite sides of the superconducting region. In the overdoped regime, the material behaves as a reasonably conventional metal, with a large Fermi surface [1]. The underdoped regime, however, is highly anomalous and appears to have no coherent Fermi surface, but only disconnected `Fermi arcs' [2]. We have reported the observation of quantum oscillations in the electrical resistance of the oxygen-ordered copper oxides YBa2Cu3O6.5 [3] and YBa2Cu4O8 [4], establishing the existence of a coherent closed Fermi surface at low temperature in the underdoped side of the phase diagram of cuprates, once superconductivity is suppressed by a large magnetic field. The low oscillation frequency reveals a Fermi surface made of small pockets, in contrast to the large cylinder characteristic of the overdoped regime. Moreover, the negative sign of the Hall effect at low temperature reveals that these pockets are electron-like rather than hole-like. We propose that the Fermi surface of these Y-based cuprates consists of both electron and hole pockets, probably arising from a reconstruction of the FS [5]. Work in collaboration with N Doiron-Leyraud, D. LeBoeuf and L. Taillefer from the University of Sherbrooke, J. Levallois and B. Vignolle from the LNCMP, A. Bangura and N. Hussey from the University of Bristol and R. Liang, D. Bonn, W. Hardy from the University of British Columbia. [1] N Hussey et al, Nature 425, 814 (2003) [2] M. Norman et al, Nature 392, 157 (1998) [3] N. Doiron-Leyraud et al, Nature 447, 565 (2007) [4] A. Bangura et al, submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett (arXiv: 0707.4461) [5] D. LeBoeuf et al, Nature 450, 533 (2007)

  3. Quantum Hall effect in a quantum point contact at Landau filling fraction ν=52

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    Miller, Jeffrey; Radu, Iuliana; Zumbühl, Dominik; Levenson-Falk, Eli; Kastner, Marc; Marcus, Charles; Pfeiffer, Loren; West, Ken

    2007-03-01

    We study the transport properties of quantum point contacts (QPC) fabricated on a GaAs/AlGaAs two dimensional electron gas that exhibits excellent bulk fractional quantum Hall effect, including a strong plateau in the Hall resistance at Landau level filling fraction ν= 52. We find that the ν=52 plateau is identifiable in point contacts with lithographic separations as small as 0.8 microns, but is not present in a 0.5 micron QPC. We study the temperature and dc-current-bias dependence of the ν=52 plateau---as well as neighboring fractional and integer plateaus---in the QPC. We also discuss our method to study the QPC at one filling fraction while the bulk remains at a higher filling fraction. Research supported in part by Microsoft Corporation, Project Q, and HCRP at Harvard University, and ARO (W911NF-05-1-0062), the NSEC program of the NSF (PHY-0117795) and NSF (DMR-0353209) at MIT.

  4. Fano-Andreev effect in Quantum Dots in Kondo regime

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    Orellana, Pedro; Calle, Ana Maria; Pacheco, Monica; Apel, Victor

    In the present work, we investigate the transport through a T-shaped double quantum dot system coupled to two normal leads and to a superconducting lead. We study the role of the superconducting lead in the quantum interferometric features of the double quantum dot and by means of a slave boson mean field approximation at low temperature regime. We inquire into the influence of intradot interactions in the electronic properties of the system as well. Our results show that Fano resonances due to Andreev bound states are exhibited in the transmission from normal to normal lead as a consequence of quantum interference and proximity effect. This Fano effect produced by Andreev bound states in a side quantum dot was called Fano-Andreev effect, which remains valid even if the electron-electron interaction are taken into account, that is, the Fano-Andreev effect is robust against e-e interactions even in Kondo regime. We acknowledge the financial support from FONDECYT program Grants No. 3140053 and 11400571.

  5. Nonlinear response of the quantum Hall system to a strong electromagnetic radiation

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    Avetissian, H. K.; Mkrtchian, G. F.

    2016-12-01

    We study nonlinear response of a quantum Hall system in semiconductor-hetero-structures via third harmonic generation process and nonlinear Faraday effect. We demonstrate that Faraday rotation angle and third harmonic radiation intensity have a characteristic Hall plateaus feature. These nonlinear effects remain robust against the significant broadening of Landau levels. We predict realization of an experiment through the observation of the third harmonic signal and Faraday rotation angle, which are within the experimental feasibility.

  6. Evolution of Plasmonic Metamolecule Modes in the Quantum Tunneling Regime.

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    Scholl, Jonathan A; Garcia-Etxarri, Aitzol; Aguirregabiria, Garikoitz; Esteban, Ruben; Narayan, Tarun C; Koh, Ai Leen; Aizpurua, Javier; Dionne, Jennifer A

    2016-01-26

    Plasmonic multinanoparticle systems exhibit collective electric and magnetic resonances that are fundamental for the development of state-of-the-art optical nanoantennas, metamaterials, and surface-enhanced spectroscopy substrates. While electric dipolar modes have been investigated in both the classical and quantum realm, little attention has been given to magnetic and other "dark" modes at the smallest dimensions. Here, we study the collective electric, magnetic, and dark modes of colloidally synthesized silver nanosphere trimers with varying interparticle separation using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). This technique enables direct visualization and spatially selective excitation of individual trimers, as well as manipulation of the interparticle distance into the subnanometer regime with the electron beam. Our experiments reveal that bonding electric and magnetic modes are significantly impacted by quantum effects, exhibiting a relative blueshift and reduced EELS amplitude compared to classical predictions. In contrast, the trimer's electric dark mode is not affected by quantum tunneling for even Ångström-scale interparticle separations. We employ a quantum-corrected model to simulate the effect of electron tunneling in the trimer which shows excellent agreement with experimental results. This understanding of classical and quantum-influenced hybridized modes may impact the development of future quantum plasmonic materials and devices, including Fano-like molecular sensors and quantum metamaterials.

  7. Exotic emergent phenomena in the fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Coimbatore Balram, Ajit

    When two-dimensional electron systems are subjected to a perpendicular magnetic field, they exhibit the marvelous phenomenon known as the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE). This arises as a result of the formation of composite fermions (CFs), which are bound states of electrons and an even number of vortices. The FQHE of electrons is understood as arising from the integer QHE (IQHE) of CFs. Alongside superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensation and spin-liquids, the CF quantum fluid provides a model system for understanding strongly correlated systems and their collective behavior. Although it has been more than three decades since the experimental discovery of FQHE, the field continues to produce profound insights and pose interesting problems some of which have been addressed in this thesis. A major unanswered question in the field of FQHE is the mechanism of FQHE for the 1/3 state in the second Landau level (7/3 state). Numerical studies of this state have brought out the following puzzle: exact diagonalization studies suggest that the ground state and excitations of 1/3 state in the second Landau level are different from its counterpart in the lowest Landau level (LLL), while entanglement spectra of the two states point to the fact that they fall in the same universality class. Using methods from CF theory we show that the excitations of the 7/3 FQHE lie in the same universality class as those of the 1/3 state but are strongly modified due to screening by CF excitons, thereby settling the above discrepancy. Armed with the exciton calculation, we illustrate that by imposing certain exclusion rules for CF excitons one can build the full spectrum of FQHE in the lowest Landau level. Equipped with the techniques to calculate the spectra of FQHE systems, we carry out an extensive study of FQHE of multi-component CFs (systems possessing degrees of freedom for eg: valley and spin degeneracy), which is applicable to FQHE in systems such as graphene, AlAs and Ga

  8. Disorder-assisted quantum transport in suboptimal decoherence regimes.

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    Novo, Leonardo; Mohseni, Masoud; Omar, Yasser

    2016-01-04

    We investigate quantum transport in binary tree structures and in hypercubes for the disordered Frenkel-exciton Hamiltonian under pure dephasing noise. We compute the energy transport efficiency as a function of disorder and dephasing rates. We demonstrate that dephasing improves transport efficiency not only in the disordered case, but also in the ordered one. The maximal transport efficiency is obtained when the dephasing timescale matches the hopping timescale, which represent new examples of the Goldilocks principle at the quantum scale. Remarkably, we find that in weak dephasing regimes, away from optimal levels of environmental fluctuations, the average effect of increasing disorder is to improve the transport efficiency until an optimal value for disorder is reached. Our results suggest that rational design of the site energies statistical distributions could lead to better performances in transport systems at nanoscale when their natural environments are far from the optimal dephasing regime.

  9. Disorder-assisted quantum transport in suboptimal decoherence regimes

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    Novo, Leonardo; Mohseni, Masoud; Omar, Yasser

    2016-01-01

    We investigate quantum transport in binary tree structures and in hypercubes for the disordered Frenkel-exciton Hamiltonian under pure dephasing noise. We compute the energy transport efficiency as a function of disorder and dephasing rates. We demonstrate that dephasing improves transport efficiency not only in the disordered case, but also in the ordered one. The maximal transport efficiency is obtained when the dephasing timescale matches the hopping timescale, which represent new examples of the Goldilocks principle at the quantum scale. Remarkably, we find that in weak dephasing regimes, away from optimal levels of environmental fluctuations, the average effect of increasing disorder is to improve the transport efficiency until an optimal value for disorder is reached. Our results suggest that rational design of the site energies statistical distributions could lead to better performances in transport systems at nanoscale when their natural environments are far from the optimal dephasing regime. PMID:26726133

  10. Quasiparticle Tunneling in the Fractional Quantum Hall effect at filling fraction ν=5/2

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    Radu, Iuliana P.

    2009-03-01

    In a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG), in the fractional quantum Hall regime, the quasiparticles are predicted to have fractional charge and statistics, as well as modified Coulomb interactions. The state at filling fraction ν=5/2 is predicted by some theories to have non-abelian statistics, a property that might be exploited for topological quantum computing. However, alternative models with abelian properties have been proposed as well. Weak quasiparticle tunneling between counter-propagating edges is one of the methods that can be used to learn about the properties of the state and potentially distinguish between models describing it. We employ an electrostatically defined quantum point contact (QPC) fabricated on a high mobility GaAs/AlGaAs 2DEG to create a constriction where quasiparticles can tunnel between counter-propagating edges. We study the temperature and dc bias dependence of the tunneling conductance, while preserving the same filling fraction in the constriction and the bulk of the sample. The data show scaling of the bias-dependent tunneling over a range of temperatures, in agreement with the theory of weak quasiparticle tunneling, and we extract values for the effective charge and interaction parameter of the quasiparticles. The ranges of values obtained are consistent with those predicted by certain models describing the 5/2 state, indicating as more probable a non-abelian state. This work was done in collaboration with J. B. Miller, C. M. Marcus, M. A. Kastner, L. N. Pfeiffer and K. W. West. This work was supported in part by the Army Research Office (W911NF-05-1-0062), the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center program of NSF (PHY-0117795), NSF (DMR-0701386), the Center for Materials Science and Engineering program of NSF (DMR-0213282) at MIT, the Microsoft Corporation Project Q, and the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard University.

  11. Signature candidate of quantum chaos far from the semiclassical regime

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    Li, Shang-Bin Xu, Zhengyuan

    2014-03-15

    We numerically investigated the entanglement product in the simplest coupled kicked top model with the spin j = 1. Different from the dynamical pattern of entanglement in the semiclassical regime, two similar initial states may have discordant entanglement oscillations. A candidate of the quantum signature of this classical chaotic system was proposed. The potential antimonotonic relation between the rank correlation coefficient qualifying the concordant of two entanglement evolutions and the stationary entanglement was preliminarily revealed.

  12. Strong electronic interaction and multiple quantum Hall ferromagnetic phases in trilayer graphene

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    Datta, Biswajit; Dey, Santanu; Samanta, Abhisek; Agarwal, Hitesh; Borah, Abhinandan; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Sensarma, Rajdeep; Deshmukh, Mandar M.

    2017-02-01

    Quantum Hall effect provides a simple way to study the competition between single particle physics and electronic interaction. However, electronic interaction becomes important only in very clean graphene samples and so far the trilayer graphene experiments are understood within non-interacting electron picture. Here, we report evidence of strong electronic interactions and quantum Hall ferromagnetism seen in Bernal-stacked trilayer graphene. Due to high mobility ~500,000 cm2 V-1 s-1 in our device compared to previous studies, we find all symmetry broken states and that Landau-level gaps are enhanced by interactions; an aspect explained by our self-consistent Hartree-Fock calculations. Moreover, we observe hysteresis as a function of filling factor and spikes in the longitudinal resistance which, together, signal the formation of quantum Hall ferromagnetic states at low magnetic field.

  13. Fragility of Nonlocal Edge-Mode Transport in the Quantum Spin Hall State

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    Mani, Arjun; Benjamin, Colin

    2016-07-01

    Nonlocal currents and voltages are better at withstanding the deleterious effects of dephasing than local currents and voltages in nanoscale systems. This hypothesis is known to be true in quantum Hall setups. We test this hypothesis in a four-terminal quantum spin Hall setup wherein we compare the local resistance measurement with the nonlocal one. In addition to inelastic-scattering-induced dephasing, we also test the resilience of the resistance measurements in the aforesaid setups to disorder and spin-flip scattering. We find the axiom that nonlocal resistance is less affected by the detrimental effects of disorder and dephasing to be untrue, in general, for the quantum spin Hall case. This has important consequences since it is widely communicated that nonlocal transport through edge channels in topological insulators have potential applications in low-power information processing.

  14. Split-quaternionic Hopf map, quantum Hall effect, and twistor theory

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    Hasebe, Kazuki

    2010-02-15

    Introducing a noncompact version of the Hopf map, we demonstrate remarkable close relations between quantum Hall effect and twistor theory. We first construct quantum Hall effect on a hyperboloid based on the noncompact 2nd Hopf map of split-quaternions. We analyze a hyperbolic one-particle mechanics, and explore many-body problem, where a many-body ground state wave function and membrane-like excitations are derived explicitly. In the lowest Landau level, the symmetry is enhanced from SO(3,2) to the SU(2,2) conformal symmetry. We point out that the quantum Hall effect naturally realizes the philosophy of twistor theory. In particular, emergence mechanism of fuzzy space-time is discussed somehow in detail.

  15. Strong electronic interaction and multiple quantum Hall ferromagnetic phases in trilayer graphene.

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    Datta, Biswajit; Dey, Santanu; Samanta, Abhisek; Agarwal, Hitesh; Borah, Abhinandan; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Sensarma, Rajdeep; Deshmukh, Mandar M

    2017-02-20

    Quantum Hall effect provides a simple way to study the competition between single particle physics and electronic interaction. However, electronic interaction becomes important only in very clean graphene samples and so far the trilayer graphene experiments are understood within non-interacting electron picture. Here, we report evidence of strong electronic interactions and quantum Hall ferromagnetism seen in Bernal-stacked trilayer graphene. Due to high mobility ∼500,000 cm(2 )V(-1 )s(-1) in our device compared to previous studies, we find all symmetry broken states and that Landau-level gaps are enhanced by interactions; an aspect explained by our self-consistent Hartree-Fock calculations. Moreover, we observe hysteresis as a function of filling factor and spikes in the longitudinal resistance which, together, signal the formation of quantum Hall ferromagnetic states at low magnetic field.

  16. Strong electronic interaction and multiple quantum Hall ferromagnetic phases in trilayer graphene

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    Datta, Biswajit; Dey, Santanu; Samanta, Abhisek; Agarwal, Hitesh; Borah, Abhinandan; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Sensarma, Rajdeep; Deshmukh, Mandar M.

    2017-01-01

    Quantum Hall effect provides a simple way to study the competition between single particle physics and electronic interaction. However, electronic interaction becomes important only in very clean graphene samples and so far the trilayer graphene experiments are understood within non-interacting electron picture. Here, we report evidence of strong electronic interactions and quantum Hall ferromagnetism seen in Bernal-stacked trilayer graphene. Due to high mobility ∼500,000 cm2 V−1 s−1 in our device compared to previous studies, we find all symmetry broken states and that Landau-level gaps are enhanced by interactions; an aspect explained by our self-consistent Hartree–Fock calculations. Moreover, we observe hysteresis as a function of filling factor and spikes in the longitudinal resistance which, together, signal the formation of quantum Hall ferromagnetic states at low magnetic field. PMID:28216666

  17. Parity effect of bipolar quantum Hall edge transport around graphene antidots

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    Matsuo, Sadashige; Nakaharai, Shu; Komatsu, Katsuyoshi; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito; Moriyama, Takahiro; Ono, Teruo; Kobayashi, Kensuke

    2015-01-01

    Parity effect, which means that even-odd property of an integer physical parameter results in an essential difference, ubiquitously appears and enables us to grasp its physical essence as the microscopic mechanism is less significant in coarse graining. Here we report a new parity effect of quantum Hall edge transport in graphene antidot devices with pn junctions (PNJs). We found and experimentally verified that the bipolar quantum Hall edge transport is drastically affected by the parity of the number of PNJs. This parity effect is universal in bipolar quantum Hall edge transport of not only graphene but also massless Dirac electron systems. These results offer a promising way to design electron interferometers in graphene. PMID:26122468

  18. Topological characterization of fractional quantum Hall ground states from microscopic Hamiltonians.

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    Zaletel, Michael P; Mong, Roger S K; Pollmann, Frank

    2013-06-07

    We show how to numerically calculate several quantities that characterize topological order starting from a microscopic fractional quantum Hall Hamiltonian. To find the set of degenerate ground states, we employ the infinite density matrix renormalization group method based on the matrix-product state representation of fractional quantum Hall states on an infinite cylinder. To study localized quasiparticles of a chosen topological charge, we use pairs of degenerate ground states as boundary conditions for the infinite density matrix renormalization group. We then show that the wave function obtained on the infinite cylinder geometry can be adapted to a torus of arbitrary modular parameter, which allows us to explicitly calculate the non-Abelian Berry connection associated with the modular T transformation. As a result, the quantum dimensions, topological spins, quasiparticle charges, chiral central charge, and Hall viscosity of the phase can be obtained using data contained entirely in the entanglement spectrum of an infinite cylinder.

  19. Quantum anomalous Hall effect and tunable topological states in 3d transition metals doped silicene.

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    Zhang, Xiao-Long; Liu, Lan-Feng; Liu, Wu-Ming

    2013-10-09

    Silicene is an intriguing 2D topological material which is closely analogous to graphene but with stronger spin orbit coupling effect and natural compatibility with current silicon-based electronics industry. Here we demonstrate that silicene decorated with certain 3d transition metals (Vanadium) can sustain a stable quantum anomalous Hall effect using both analytical model and first-principles Wannier interpolation. We also predict the quantum valley Hall effect and electrically tunable topological states could be realized in certain transition metal doped silicene where the energy band inversion occurs. Our findings provide new scheme for the realization of quantum anomalous Hall effect and platform for electrically controllable topological states which are highly desirable for future nanoelectronics and spintronics application.

  20. Energy Gaps and Layer Polarization of Integer and Fractional Quantum Hall States in Bilayer Graphene

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    Shi, Yanmeng; Lee, Yongjin; Che, Shi; Pi, Ziqi; Espiritu, Timothy; Stepanov, Petr; Smirnov, Dmitry; Lau, Chun Ning; Zhang, Fan

    2016-02-01

    Owing to the spin, valley, and orbital symmetries, the lowest Landau level in bilayer graphene exhibits multicomponent quantum Hall ferromagnetism. Using transport spectroscopy, we investigate the energy gaps of integer and fractional quantum Hall (QH) states in bilayer graphene with controlled layer polarization. The state at filling factor ν =1 has two distinct phases: a layer polarized state that has a larger energy gap and is stabilized by high electric field, and a hitherto unobserved interlayer coherent state with a smaller gap that is stabilized by large magnetic field. In contrast, the ν =2 /3 quantum Hall state and a feature at ν =1 /2 are only resolved at finite electric field and large magnetic field. These results underscore the importance of controlling layer polarization in understanding the competing symmetries in the unusual QH system of BLG.

  1. Space-charge-limited flow in quantum regime

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    Ang, Lay Kee

    2005-10-01

    Space-charge-limited (SCL) flow has been an area of active research in the development of non-neutral plasma physics, high current diodes, high power microwave sources, vacuum microelectronics and sheath physics. According to the classical Child-Langmuir (CL) law for the planar diodes, the current density scales as 3/2's power of gap voltage and to the inverse squared power of gap spacing. In the past decade, there have been renewed interests in extending the classical CL law to multi-dimensional models both numerically and analytically. The study of SCL flow in quantum regime has also attracted considerable interests in the past 3 years [1-3]. With the recent advances in nanotechnology, electron beam with very high current density may be transported in a nano-scale gap with a relatively low gap voltage. In this new operating regime, where the electron wavelength is comparable or larger than the gap spacing, the quantum effects become important. In this talk, the quantum theory of CL law will be introduced to reveal that the classical CL law is enhanced by a large factor due to electron tunneling and exchange-correlation effects, and there is a new quantum scaling for the current density, which is proportional to the 1/2's power of gap voltage, and to the inverse fourth-power of gap spacing [1-2]. Quasi-2D and 3D models with finite emission area will be shown [3]. We will also show that the classical properties of the SCL flow such as bipolar flow, beam-loaded capacitance, transit time and noise will require a complete revision in the quantum regime. The implications of the emission law of Fowler-Nordheim in the presence of intense space charge over the nanometer scale will be discussed.[1] L. K. Ang, T. J. T. Kwan, and Y. Y. Lau, ``New Scaling of Child-Langmuir Law in the Quantum Regime,'' Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 208303 (2003). [2] L. K. Ang, Y. Y. Lau, and T. J. T. Kwan, ``Simple Derivation of Quantum Scaling in Child-Langmuir law,'' IEEE Trans Plasma Sci. 32, 410

  2. Nuclear-Spin Measurements of Quantum Hall Systems

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    Hirayama, Yoshiro

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is widely used in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. However, conventional NMR techniques based on induction-detection have drawbacks of low-sensitivity and the need of a relatively large sample. It is not suitable to investigate single or double layers (or their nanostructure), which is essential in studying quantum Hall (QH) effects. In this presentation, I discussed a resistively-detected technique to overcome the low-sensitivity limitation of conventional NMR and its application to QH systems. Resistively-detected nuclear-spin-based measurements rely on enhanced interactions between electron and nuclear spins at the degenerate point of different electron-spin states. For example, at the ν = 2/3 degenerate point in a AlGaAs/GaAs system,1-3 nuclear-spin polarization far beyond the thermal equilibrium is generated using current flow (dynamic nuclear-spin polarization). Moreover, nuclear-spin polarization can be detected as enhanced resistance, which is proportional to the magnetization, Mz, of nuclear spins.2 It should be stressed that the special states of ν = 2/3 are needed for dynamic nuclear-spin polarization and Mz detection, but we can apply NMR spectrum and nuclear-spin relaxation (T1 time) measurements for any state we want to estimate. These nuclear-spin-based measurements were successfully applied to characterize QH systems, especially their electron-spin features, using single and double layer systems where characteristics are controlled electrically by the gate biases. For a single layer, we could clarify skyrmion,2 spin-polarization of composite fermion,4 and enhanced spin-orbit interactions in a strongly asymmetric confinement.5 Exciting phases, like a canted antiferromagnetic phase, were studied in a double layer QH system with a total filling factor of 2 (Refs. 6, 7). The low-frequency mode was sensitively detected by monitoring T1, reflecting correlated electron spin features.7 The clear

  3. Properties of minimum spanning trees and fractional quantum Hall states

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    Jackson, Thomas Sundal

    This dissertation consists of work done on two disjoint problems. In the first two chapters I discuss fractal properties of average-case solutions to the random minimal spanning tree (MST) problem: given a graph with costs on the edges, the MST is the spanning tree minimizing the sum of the total cost of the chosen edges. In the random version the costs are quenched random variables. I solve the random MST problem on the Bethe lattice with appropriate boundary conditions and use the results to infer fractal dimensions in the mean-field approximation. I find that connected components of the MST in a window have dimension D=6, which establishes the upper critical dimension dc=6. This contradicts a value dc=8 proposed previously in the literature; I correct the argument that led to this value. I then develop an exact low-density expansion for the random MST on a finite graph and use it to develop an expansion for the MST on critical percolation clusters. I prove this perturbation expansion is renormalizable around dc=6. Using a renormalization-group approach, I calculate the fractal dimension Dp of paths on the latter MST to first order in epsilon=6-d for d≤6, with the result Dp˜2-epsilon/7. In the final chapter, I investigate the correspondence between wavefunctions in the fractional quantum Hall effect obtained as blocks of a conformal field theory (CFT) versus those defined as zero-energy eigenstates of projection Hamiltonians, specifically one which forbids three particles to come together in one of two linearly-independent states of relative angular momentum six and all states of lesser relative angular momentum. I construct zero-energy states from amplitudes of superconformal currents using a result due to Simon. The counting of edge excitations of these states agrees with the character formula for the superconformal Kac vacuum module at generic central charge c, which implies this Hamiltonian is gapless for all c. I attempt to obtain a rational theory by

  4. Comparison of nuclear electric resonance and nuclear magnetic resonance in integer and fractional quantum Hall states

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    Tomimatsu, Toru Shirai, Shota; Hashimoto, Katsushi Sato, Ken; Hirayama, Yoshiro

    2015-08-15

    Electric-field-induced nuclear resonance (NER: nuclear electric resonance) involving quantum Hall states (QHSs) was studied at various filling factors by exploiting changes in nuclear spins polarized at quantum Hall breakdown. Distinct from the magnetic dipole interaction in nuclear magnetic resonance, the interaction of the electric-field gradient with the electric quadrupole moment plays the dominant role in the NER mechanism. The magnitude of the NER signal strongly depends on whether electronic states are localized or extended. This indicates that NER is sensitive to the screening capability of the electric field associated with QHSs.

  5. Gate-controlled conductance enhancement from quantum Hall channels along graphene p–n junctions

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    Tóvári, Endre; Makk, Péter; Liu, Ming-Hao; Rickhaus, Peter; Kovács-Krausz, Zoltán; Richter, Klaus; Schönenberger, Christian

    2016-01-01

    The formation of quantum Hall channels inside the bulk of graphene is studied using various contact and gate geometries. p–n junctions are created along the longitudinal direction of samples, and enhanced conductance is observed in the case of bipolar doping due to the new conducting channels formed in the bulk, whose position, propagating direction and, in one geometry, coupling to electrodes are determined by the gate-controlled filling factor across the device. This effect could be exploited to probe the behavior and interaction of quantum Hall channels protected against uncontrolled scattering at the edges. PMID:27878177

  6. Simulating and detecting the quantum spin Hall effect in the kagome optical lattice

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    Liu Guocai; Jiang Shaojian; Sun Fadi; Liu, W. M.; Zhu Shiliang

    2010-11-15

    We propose a model which includes a nearest-neighbor intrinsic spin-orbit coupling and a trimerized Hamiltonian in the kagome lattice and promises to host the transition from the quantum spin Hall insulator to the normal insulator. In addition, we design an experimental scheme to simulate and detect this transition in the ultracold atom system. The lattice intrinsic spin-orbit coupling is generated via the laser-induced-gauge-field method. Furthermore, we establish the connection between the spin Chern number and the spin-atomic density which enables us to detect the quantum spin Hall insulator directly by the standard density-profile technique used in atomic systems.

  7. Dirac fermion heating, current scaling, and direct insulator-quantum Hall transition in multilayer epitaxial graphene.

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    Liu, Fan-Hung; Hsu, Chang-Shun; Chuang, Chiashain; Woo, Tak-Pong; Huang, Lung-I; Lo, Shun-Tsung; Fukuyama, Yasuhiro; Yang, Yanfei; Elmquist, Randolph E; Liang, Chi-Te

    2013-08-22

    We have performed magnetotransport measurements on multilayer epitaxial graphene. By increasing the driving current I through our graphene devices while keeping the bath temperature fixed, we are able to study Dirac fermion heating and current scaling in such devices. Using zero-field resistivity as a self thermometer, we are able to determine the effective Dirac fermion temperature (TDF) at various driving currents. At zero field, it is found that TDF ∝ I≈1/2. Such results are consistent with electron heating in conventional two-dimensional systems in the plateau-plateau transition regime. With increasing magnetic field B, we observe an I-independent point in the measured longitudinal resistivity ρxx which is equivalent to the direct insulator-quantum Hall (I-QH) transition characterized by a temperature-independent point in ρxx. Together with recent experimental evidence for direct I-QH transition, our new data suggest that such a transition is a universal effect in graphene, albeit further studies are required to obtain a thorough understanding of such an effect.

  8. Tunneling spectroscopy of 5/2 fractional quantum Hall excitations in etch defined quantum point contacts

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    Thalakulam, Madhu; Pan, Wei; Baldwin, K. W.; West, K. W.; Pfeiffer, L.

    2012-02-01

    Ever since its discovery the fractional quantum Hall (FQH) state at the even denominator filling fraction v=5/2 has generated immense interests among researchers. 5/2 FQH excitations are believed to obey non-Abelian statistics and posses topological properties making them an ideal candidate for the proposed fault tolerant topological quantum computation. Theoretical proposals to characterize the topological properties of the5/2 state are usually based on confined geometries. In this work we report the characterization of the 5/2 state using quasiparticle tunneling experiments in quantum point contacts (QPC). We have successfully fabricated QPCs on high mobility GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures using conventional photolithography followed by etching and evaporation of Cr/Au depletion gates. Our samples show very stable FQH plateaus at v = 7/3, 5/2 and 8/3 filling fractions. Tunneling experiments are performed in the QPCs at various temperatures and also at various pinch-off voltages to characterize the effective charge and Coulomb interaction parameters of the quasiparticles. (Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000).

  9. Realizing Tao-Thouless-like state in fractional quantum spin Hall effect

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    Liu, Chen-Rong; Guo, Yao-Wu; Li, Zhuo-Jun; Li, Wei; Chen, Yan

    2016-01-01

    The quest for exotic quantum states of matter has become one of the most challenging tasks in modern condensed matter communications. Interplay between topology and strong electron-electron interactions leads to lots of fascinating effects since the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect. Here, we theoretically study the Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling effect on a fractional quantum spin Hall system by means of finite size exact diagonalization. Numerical evidences from the ground degeneracies, states evolutions, entanglement spectra, and static structure factor calculations demonstrate that non-trivial fractional topological Tao-Thouless-like quantum state can be realized in the fractional quantum spin Hall effect in a thin torus geometric structure by tuning the strength of spin-orbit coupling. Furthermore, the experimental realization of the Tao-Thouless-like state as well as its evolution in optical lattices are also proposed. The importance of this prediction provides significant insight into the realization of exotic topological quantum states in optical lattice, and also opens a route for exploring the exotic quantum states in condensed matters in future. PMID:27649678

  10. Realizing Tao-Thouless-like state in fractional quantum spin Hall effect

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    Liu, Chen-Rong; Guo, Yao-Wu; Li, Zhuo-Jun; Li, Wei; Chen, Yan

    2016-09-01

    The quest for exotic quantum states of matter has become one of the most challenging tasks in modern condensed matter communications. Interplay between topology and strong electron-electron interactions leads to lots of fascinating effects since the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect. Here, we theoretically study the Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling effect on a fractional quantum spin Hall system by means of finite size exact diagonalization. Numerical evidences from the ground degeneracies, states evolutions, entanglement spectra, and static structure factor calculations demonstrate that non-trivial fractional topological Tao-Thouless-like quantum state can be realized in the fractional quantum spin Hall effect in a thin torus geometric structure by tuning the strength of spin-orbit coupling. Furthermore, the experimental realization of the Tao-Thouless-like state as well as its evolution in optical lattices are also proposed. The importance of this prediction provides significant insight into the realization of exotic topological quantum states in optical lattice, and also opens a route for exploring the exotic quantum states in condensed matters in future.

  11. Realizing Tao-Thouless-like state in fractional quantum spin Hall effect.

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    Liu, Chen-Rong; Guo, Yao-Wu; Li, Zhuo-Jun; Li, Wei; Chen, Yan

    2016-09-21

    The quest for exotic quantum states of matter has become one of the most challenging tasks in modern condensed matter communications. Interplay between topology and strong electron-electron interactions leads to lots of fascinating effects since the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect. Here, we theoretically study the Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling effect on a fractional quantum spin Hall system by means of finite size exact diagonalization. Numerical evidences from the ground degeneracies, states evolutions, entanglement spectra, and static structure factor calculations demonstrate that non-trivial fractional topological Tao-Thouless-like quantum state can be realized in the fractional quantum spin Hall effect in a thin torus geometric structure by tuning the strength of spin-orbit coupling. Furthermore, the experimental realization of the Tao-Thouless-like state as well as its evolution in optical lattices are also proposed. The importance of this prediction provides significant insight into the realization of exotic topological quantum states in optical lattice, and also opens a route for exploring the exotic quantum states in condensed matters in future.

  12. Integer quantum Hall effect in a triangular-lattice: Disorder effect and scaling behavior of the insulator-plateau transition

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    Yu, H. L.; Jiang, C.; Zhai, Z. Y.

    2017-01-01

    We investigate numerically the integer quantum Hall effect in a three-band triangular-lattice model. The three bands own the Chern number C=2,-1,-1, respectively. The lowest topological flat band carrying Chern number C=2, which leads to the Hall plateau σH = 2 (e2 / h) . This Hall plateau is sensitive to the disorder scattering and is rapidly destroyed by the weak disorder. Further increasing the strength of disorder, the gap of density of states always disappears before the vanishing of the corresponding Hall plateau. The scaling behavior of quantum phase transition between an insulator and a quantum Hall plateau is studied. We find that the insulator-plateau transition becomes sharper with increasing the size of system. Due to the different of edge states, the critical energy Ec1 gradually shifts to the center of Hall plateau while Ec2 is unaffected with increasing the disorder strength.

  13. Interaction-Driven Spontaneous Quantum Hall Effect on a Kagome Lattice.

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    Zhu, W; Gong, Shou-Shu; Zeng, Tian-Sheng; Fu, Liang; Sheng, D N

    2016-08-26

    Topological states of matter have been widely studied as being driven by an external magnetic field, intrinsic spin-orbital coupling, or magnetic doping. Here, we unveil an interaction-driven spontaneous quantum Hall effect (a Chern insulator) emerging in an extended fermion-Hubbard model on a kagome lattice, based on a state-of-the-art density-matrix renormalization group on cylinder geometry and an exact diagonalization in torus geometry. We first demonstrate that the proposed model exhibits an incompressible liquid phase with doublet degenerate ground states as time-reversal partners. The explicit spontaneous time-reversal symmetry breaking is determined by emergent uniform circulating loop currents between nearest neighbors. Importantly, the fingerprint topological nature of the ground state is characterized by quantized Hall conductance. Thus, we identify the liquid phase as a quantum Hall phase, which provides a "proof-of-principle" demonstration of the interaction-driven topological phase in a topologically trivial noninteracting band.

  14. Framing anomaly in the effective theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect.

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    Gromov, Andrey; Cho, Gil Young; You, Yizhi; Abanov, Alexander G; Fradkin, Eduardo

    2015-01-09

    We consider the geometric part of the effective action for the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE). It is shown that accounting for the framing anomaly of the quantum Chern-Simons theory is essential to obtain the correct gravitational linear response functions. In the lowest order in gradients, the linear response generating functional includes Chern-Simons, Wen-Zee, and gravitational Chern-Simons terms. The latter term has a contribution from the framing anomaly which fixes the value of thermal Hall conductivity and contributes to the Hall viscosity of the FQH states on a sphere. We also discuss the effects of the framing anomaly on linear responses for non-Abelian FQH states.

  15. Second Landau level fractional quantum Hall effects in the Corbino geometry

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    Schmidt, B. A.; Bennaceur, K.; Bilodeau, S.; Gervais, G.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2015-09-01

    For certain measurements, the Corbino geometry has a distinct advantage over the Hall and van der Pauw geometries, in that it provides a direct probe of the bulk 2DEG without complications due to edge effects. This may be important in enabling detection of the non-Abelian entropy of the 5/2 fractional quantum Hall state via bulk thermodynamic measurements. We report the successful fabrication and measurement of a Corbino-geometry sample in an ultra-high mobility GaAs heterostructure, with a focus on transport in the second and higher Landau levels. In particular, we report activation energy gaps of fractional quantum Hall states, with all edge effects ruled out, and extrapolate σ0 from the Arrhenius fits. Our results show that activated transport in the second Landau level remains poorly understood. The development of this Corbino device opens the possibility to study the bulk of the 5/2 state using techniques not possible in other geometries.

  16. Composite-Particles (Boson, Fermion) Theory of Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

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    Fujita, Shigeji; Suzuki, Akira; Ho, Hung-Cheuk

    2017-02-01

    A theory is developed for fractional quantum Hall effect in terms of composite (c)-bosons (fermions) without useing Laughlin's results about the fractional charge. Here the c-particle (fermion, boson) is defined as a bound composite fermion (boson) containing a conduction electron and an even (odd) number of fluxons (elementary magnetic fluxes). The Bose-condensed c-bosons, each containing an electron and an odd number m of fluxons at the filling factor ν=1/ m is shown to generate the Hall conductivity plateau value m e 2/ h, where the density of c-particles, n_{φ }^{(m)}, either bosonic or fermionic, with m fluxons is given by n_{φ }^{(m)}=ne/m, n e = electron density. The only assumption is that any c-fermion carries a charge magnitude equal to the electron charge e. The quantum Hall state is shown to be more stable at ν=1/3 than at ν=1.

  17. Interaction-Driven Spontaneous Quantum Hall Effect on a Kagome Lattice

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    Zhu, W.; Gong, Shou-Shu; Zeng, Tian-Sheng; Fu, Liang; Sheng, D. N.

    2016-08-01

    Topological states of matter have been widely studied as being driven by an external magnetic field, intrinsic spin-orbital coupling, or magnetic doping. Here, we unveil an interaction-driven spontaneous quantum Hall effect (a Chern insulator) emerging in an extended fermion-Hubbard model on a kagome lattice, based on a state-of-the-art density-matrix renormalization group on cylinder geometry and an exact diagonalization in torus geometry. We first demonstrate that the proposed model exhibits an incompressible liquid phase with doublet degenerate ground states as time-reversal partners. The explicit spontaneous time-reversal symmetry breaking is determined by emergent uniform circulating loop currents between nearest neighbors. Importantly, the fingerprint topological nature of the ground state is characterized by quantized Hall conductance. Thus, we identify the liquid phase as a quantum Hall phase, which provides a "proof-of-principle" demonstration of the interaction-driven topological phase in a topologically trivial noninteracting band.

  18. Operation of graphene quantum Hall resistance standard in a cryogen-free table-top system

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    Janssen, T. J. B. M.; Rozhko, S.; Antonov, I.; Tzalenchuk, A.; Williams, J. M.; Melhem, Z.; He, H.; Lara-Avila, S.; Kubatkin, S.; Yakimova, R.

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate quantum Hall resistance measurements with metrological accuracy in a small cryogen-free system operating at a temperature of around 3.8 K and magnetic fields below 5 T. Operating this system requires little experimental knowledge or laboratory infrastructure, thereby greatly advancing the proliferation of primary quantum standards for precision electrical metrology. This significant advance in technology has come about as a result of the unique properties of epitaxial graphene on SiC.

  19. Spin-orbit coupling effect on quantum hall ferromagnets with vanishing zeeman energy

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    Fal'ko; Iordanskii

    2000-01-03

    We present the phase diagram of a ferromagnetic nu = 2N+1 quantum Hall liquid in a narrow quantum well with vanishing single-particle Zeeman splitting, varepsilon(Z), and a pronounced spin-orbit coupling. Upon decreasing varepsilon(Z) the spin-polarization field of a liquid takes, first, the easy-axis configuration, followed by the formation of a helical state which affects the transport and NMR properties of a liquid and the form of topological defects in it.

  20. Transconductance fluctuations as a probe for interaction-induced quantum Hall states in graphene.

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    Lee, Dong Su; Skákalová, Viera; Weitz, R Thomas; von Klitzing, Klaus; Smet, Jurgen H

    2012-08-03

    Transport measurements normally provide a macroscopic, averaged view of the sample so that disorder prevents the observation of fragile interaction-induced states. Here, we demonstrate that transconductance fluctuations in a graphene field effect transistor reflect charge localization phenomena on the nanometer scale due to the formation of a dot network which forms near incompressible quantum states. These fluctuations give access to fragile broken symmetry and fractional quantum Hall states even though these states remain hidden in conventional magnetotransport quantities.

  1. Quantum Theory as a Critical Regime of Language Dynamics

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    Grinbaum, Alexei

    2015-10-01

    Some mathematical theories in physics justify their explanatory superiority over earlier formalisms by the clarity of their postulates. In particular, axiomatic reconstructions drive home the importance of the composition rule and the continuity assumption as two pillars of quantum theory. Our approach sits on these pillars and combines new mathematics with a testable prediction. If the observer is defined by a limit on string complexity, information dynamics leads to an emergent continuous model in the critical regime. Restricting it to a family of binary codes describing `bipartite systems,' we find strong evidence of an upper bound on bipartite correlations equal to 2.82537. This is measurably different from the Tsirelson bound. The Hilbert space formalism emerges from this mathematical investigation as an effective description of a fundamental discrete theory in the critical regime.

  2. Prediction of near-room-temperature quantum anomalous Hall effect on honeycomb materials.

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    Wu, Shu-Chun; Shan, Guangcun; Yan, Binghai

    2014-12-19

    Recently, the long-sough quantum anomalous Hall effect was realized in a magnetic topological insulator. However, the requirement of an extremely low temperature (approximately 30 mK) hinders realistic applications. Based on ab initio band structure calculations, we propose a quantum anomalous Hall platform with a large energy gap of 0.34 and 0.06 eV on honeycomb lattices comprised of Sn and Ge, respectively. The ferromagnetic (FM) order forms in one sublattice of the honeycomb structure by controlling the surface functionalization rather than dilute magnetic doping, which is expected to be visualized by spin polarized STM in experiment. Strong coupling between the inherent quantum spin Hall state and ferromagnetism results in considerable exchange splitting and, consequently, an FM insulator with a large energy gap. The estimated mean-field Curie temperature is 243 and 509 K for Sn and Ge lattices, respectively. The large energy gap and high Curie temperature indicate the feasibility of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in the near-room-temperature and even room-temperature regions.

  3. A novel method of including Landau level mixing in numerical studies of the quantum Hall effect

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    Wooten, Rachel; Quinn, John; Macek, Joseph

    2013-12-04

    Landau level mixing should influence the quantum Hall effect for all except the strongest applied magnetic fields. We propose a simple method for examining the effects of Landau level mixing by incorporating multiple Landau levels into the Haldane pseudopotentials through exact numerical diagonalization. Some of the resulting pseudopotentials for the lowest and first excited Landau levels will be presented.

  4. Explanation of ν=−12 fractional quantum Hall state in bilayer graphene

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    Jacak, L.

    2016-01-01

    The commensurability condition is applied to determine the hierarchy of fractional filling of Landau levels for fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) in monolayer and bilayer graphene. Good agreement with experimental data is achieved. The presence of even-denominator filling fractions in the hierarchy of the FQHE in bilayer graphene is explained, including the state at ν=−12. PMID:27118883

  5. Including Landau level mixing in numerical studies of the quantum Hall effect

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    Wooten, R. E.; Macek, J. H.; Quinn, J. J.

    2013-10-01

    Landau level mixing should influence the quantum Hall effect for all but the strongest applied magnetic fields. However, the effects of Landau level mixing have proven difficult to model theoretically. We propose a simple method for examining the effects of Landau level mixing on electron pairs for intermediate magnetic fields by incorporating multiple Landau levels into the pseudopotentials on the Haldane sphere.

  6. A novel method of including Landau level mixing in numerical studies of the quantum Hall effect

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    Wooten, Rachel; Quinn, John; Macek, Joseph

    2013-12-01

    Landau level mixing should influence the quantum Hall effect for all except the strongest applied magnetic fields. We propose a simple method for examining the effects of Landau level mixing by incorporating multiple Landau levels into the Haldane pseudopotentials through exact numerical diagonalization. Some of the resulting pseudopotentials for the lowest and first excited Landau levels will be presented.

  7. Superconducting quantum spin-Hall systems with giant orbital g-factors

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    Hankiewicz, Ewelina; Reinthaler, Rolf; Tkachov, Grigory

    Topological aspects of superconductivity in quantum spin-Hall systems (QSHSs) such as thin layers of three-dimensional topological insulators (3D Tis) or two-dimensional Tis are in the focus of current research. Here, we describe a novel superconducting quantum spin-Hall effect (quantum spin Hall system in the proximity to the s-wave superconductor and in the orbital in-plane magnetic field), which is protected against elastic backscattering by combined time-reversal and particle-hole symmetry. This effect is characterized by spin-polarized edge states, which can be manipulated in weak magnetic fields due to a giant effective orbital g-factor, allowing the generation of spin currents. The phenomenon provides a novel solution to the outstanding challenge of detecting the spin-polarization of the edge states. Here we propose the detection of the edge polarization in the three-terminal junction using unusual transport properties of superconducting quantum Hall-effect: a non-monotonic excess current and a zero-bias conductance splitting. We thank for the financial support the German Science Foundation (DFG), Grants No HA 5893/4-1 within SPP 1666, HA5893/5-2 within FOR1162 and TK60/1-1 (G.T.), as well the ENB graduate school ``Topological insulators''.

  8. Non-commutative geometry in higher dimensional quantum hall effect as A-class topological insulator

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    Hasebe, K.

    2014-09-01

    We clarify relations between the higher dimensional quantum Hall effect and A-class topological insulator. In particular, we elucidate physical implications of the higher dimensional non-commutative geometry in the context of A-class topological insulator. This presentation is based on arXiv:1403.5066.

  9. Anomalous Sequence of Quantum Hall Liquids Revealing a Tunable Lifshitz Transition in Bilayer Graphene

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    Varlet, Anastasia; Bischoff, Dominik; Simonet, Pauline; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Ihn, Thomas; Ensslin, Klaus; Mucha-Kruczyński, Marcin; Fal'ko, Vladimir I.

    2014-09-01

    Bilayer graphene is a unique system where both the Fermi energy and the low-energy electron dispersion can be tuned. This is brought about by an interplay between trigonal warping and the band gap opened by a transverse electric field. Here, we drive the Lifshitz transition in bilayer graphene to experimentally controllable carrier densities by applying a large transverse electric field to a h-BN-encapsulated bilayer graphene structure. We perform magnetotransport measurements and investigate the different degeneracies in the Landau level spectrum. At low magnetic fields, the observation of filling factors -3 and -6 quantum Hall states reflects the existence of three maxima at the top of the valence-band dispersion. At high magnetic fields, all integer quantum Hall states are observed, indicating that deeper in the valence band the constant energy contours are singly connected. The fact that we observe ferromagnetic quantum Hall states at odd-integer filling factors testifies to the high quality of our sample. This enables us to identify several phase transitions between correlated quantum Hall states at intermediate magnetic fields, in agreement with the calculated evolution of the Landau level spectrum. The observed evolution of the degeneracies, therefore, reveals the presence of a Lifshitz transition in our system.

  10. Robust fractional quantum Hall effect in the N=2 Landau level in bilayer graphene

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    Diankov, Georgi; Liang, Chi-Te; Amet, François; Gallagher, Patrick; Lee, Menyoung; Bestwick, Andrew J.; Tharratt, Kevin; Coniglio, William; Jaroszynski, Jan; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2016-01-01

    The fractional quantum Hall effect is a canonical example of electron–electron interactions producing new ground states in many-body systems. Most fractional quantum Hall studies have focussed on the lowest Landau level, whose fractional states are successfully explained by the composite fermion model. In the widely studied GaAs-based system, the composite fermion picture is thought to become unstable for the N≥2 Landau level, where competing many-body phases have been observed. Here we report magneto-resistance measurements of fractional quantum Hall states in the N=2 Landau level (filling factors 4<|ν|<8) in bilayer graphene. In contrast with recent observations of particle–hole asymmetry in the N=0/N=1 Landau levels of bilayer graphene, the fractional quantum Hall states we observe in the N=2 Landau level obey particle–hole symmetry within the fully symmetry-broken Landau level. Possible alternative ground states other than the composite fermions are discussed. PMID:28000663

  11. Quantum tunneling at zero temperature in the strong friction regime.

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    Bolivar, A O

    2005-01-21

    In the large damping limit we derive a Fokker-Planck equation in configuration space (the so-called Smoluchowski equation) describing a Brownian particle immersed into a thermal environment and subjected to a nonlinear external force. We quantize this stochastic system and survey the problem of escape over a double-well potential barrier. Our finding is that the quantum Kramers rate does not depend on the friction coefficient at low temperatures; i.e., we predict a superfluidity phenomenon in overdamped open systems. Moreover, at zero temperature we show that the quantum escape rate does not vanish in the strong friction regime. This result, therefore, is in contrast with the work by Ankerhold et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 086802 (2001)

  12. Geometrically disordered network models, quenched quantum gravity, and critical behavior at quantum Hall plateau transitions

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    Gruzberg, I. A.; Klümper, A.; Nuding, W.; Sedrakyan, A.

    2017-03-01

    Recent results for the critical exponent of the localization length at the integer quantum Hall transition differ considerably between experimental (νexp≈2.38 ) and numerical (νCC≈2.6 ) values obtained in simulations of the Chalker-Coddington (CC) network model. The difference is at least partially due to effects of the electron-electron interaction present in experiments. Here, we propose a mechanism that changes the value of ν even within the single-particle picture. We revisit the arguments leading to the CC model and consider more general networks with structural disorder. Numerical simulations of the new model lead to the value ν ≈2.37 . We argue that in a continuum limit the structurally disordered model maps to free Dirac fermions coupled to various random potentials (similar to the CC model) but also to quenched two-dimensional quantum gravity. This explains the possible reason for the considerable difference between critical exponents for the CC model and the structurally disordered model. We extend our results to network models in other symmetry classes.

  13. Insulator-quantum Hall transition and Dirac fermion heating in low-carrier-density monolayer epitaxial graphene

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    Huang, Lung-I.; Yang, Yanfei; Elmquist, Randolph; Newell, David; Liang, Chi-Te

    2014-03-01

    We present magneto-transport measurements on ungated, low-carrier-density epitaxial graphene Hall devices at low temperatures T. At T = 4.25 K the carrier density and mobility of one device are 1.38x1011 cm-2 and 6500 cm2V-1s-1, respectively. At low magnetic fields B, this device shows insulating behavior in the sense that the measured resistivity ρxx increases with decreasing T. A highly developed quantum Hall (QH) resistivity plateau ρxy ~h/2e2 corresponding to a Landau-level filling factor ν = 2 in monolayer graphene can be observed at magnetic fields B >= 1.5 T. Between the low-field insulator regime and the ν = 2 QH state we observe a T-independent point in ρxx which corresponds to the insulator-quantum Hall (I-QH) transition. This transition, like those in semiconductor-based two-dimensional (2D) systems, can be also observed by increasing the driving current I at fixed ambient temperature. However, the measured ρxx at the I-QH transition is close to h/4e2 , rather than h/2e2 as expected by conventional I-QH theory. Furthermore, ρxx is substantially higher than ρxy at the crossing point. By using the zero-field resistivity and weak localization effect as two independent thermometers to determine effective Dirac fermion temperature (TDF) at various I, we find that TDF ~ I 0 . 5, consistent with those obtained in various 2D systems. NIST and National Taiwan University.

  14. Transport studies of reentrant integer quantum Hall states forming in the two-dimensional electron gas

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    Deng, Nianpei

    The two dimensional electron gas subjected to a magnetic field has been a model system in contemporary condensed matter physics which generated many beautiful experiments as well as novel fundamental concepts. These novel concepts are of broad interests and have benefited other fields of research. For example, the observations of conventional odd-denominator fractional quantum Hall states have enriched many-body physics with important concepts such as fractional statistics and composite fermions. The subsequent discovery of the enigmatic even-denominator nu=5/2 fractional quantum Hall state has led to more interesting concepts such as non-Abelian statistics and pairing of composite fermions which can be intimately connected to the electron pairing in superconductivity. Moreover, the observations of stripe phases and reentrant integer quantum Hall states have stimulated research on exotic electron solids which have more intricate structures than the Wigner Crystal. In contrast to fractional quantum Hall states and stripes phases, the reentrant integer quantum Hall states are very little studied and their ground states are the least understood. There is a lack of basic information such as exact filling factors, temperature dependence and energy scales for the reentrant integer quantum Hall states. A critical experimental condition in acquiring this information is a stable ultra-low temperature environment. In the first part of this dissertation, I will discuss our unique setup of 3He immersion cell in a state-of-art dilution refrigerator which achieves the required stability of ultra-low temperature. With this experimental setup, we are able to observe for the first time very sharp magnetotransport features of reentrant integer quantum Hall states across many Landau levels for the first time. I will firstly present our results in the second Landau level. The temperature dependence measurements reveal a surprisingly sharp peak signature that is unique to the reentrant

  15. Intrinsic quantum spin Hall and anomalous Hall effects in h-Sb/Bi epitaxial growth on a ferromagnetic MnO2 thin film.

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    Zhou, Jian; Sun, Qiang; Wang, Qian; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Jena, Puru

    2016-06-07

    Exploring a two-dimensional intrinsic quantum spin Hall state with a large band gap as well as an anomalous Hall state in realizable materials is one of the most fundamental and important goals for future applications in spintronics, valleytronics, and quantum computing. Here, by combining first-principles calculations with a tight-binding model, we predict that Sb or Bi can epitaxially grow on a stable and ferromagnetic MnO2 thin film substrate, forming a flat honeycomb sheet. The flatness of Sb or Bi provides an opportunity for the existence of Dirac points in the Brillouin zone, with its position effectively tuned by surface hydrogenation. The Dirac points in spin up and spin down channels split due to the proximity effects induced by MnO2. In the presence of both intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit coupling, we find two band gaps exhibiting a large band gap quantum spin Hall state and a nearly quantized anomalous Hall state which can be tuned by adjusting the Fermi level. Our findings provide an efficient way to realize both quantized intrinsic spin Hall conductivity and anomalous Hall conductivity in a single material.

  16. Shot-Noise Evidence of Fractional Quasiparticle Creation in a Local Fractional Quantum Hall State

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    Hashisaka, Masayuki; Ota, Tomoaki; Muraki, Koji; Fujisawa, Toshimasa

    2015-02-01

    We experimentally identify fractional quasiparticle creation in a tunneling process through a local fractional quantum Hall (FQH) state. The local FQH state is prepared in a low-density region near a quantum point contact in an integer quantum Hall (IQH) system. Shot-noise measurements reveal a clear transition from elementary-charge tunneling at low bias to fractional-charge tunneling at high bias. The fractional shot noise is proportional to T1(1 -T1) over a wide range of T1 , where T1 is the transmission probability of the IQH edge channel. This binomial distribution indicates that fractional quasiparticles emerge from the IQH state to be transmitted through the local FQH state. The study of this tunneling process enables us to elucidate the dynamics of Laughlin quasiparticles in FQH systems.

  17. Exact parent Hamiltonian for the quantum Hall states in a lattice.

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    Kapit, Eliot; Mueller, Erich

    2010-11-19

    We study lattice models of charged particles in uniform magnetic fields. We show how longer range hopping can be engineered to produce a massively degenerate manifold of single-particle ground states with wave functions identical to those making up the lowest Landau level of continuum electrons in a magnetic field. We find that in the presence of local interactions, and at the appropriate filling factors, Laughlin's fractional quantum Hall wave function is an exact many-body ground state of our lattice model. The hopping matrix elements in our model fall off as a Gaussian, and when the flux per plaquette is small compared to the fundamental flux quantum one only needs to include nearest and next-nearest neighbor hoppings. We suggest how to realize this model using atoms in optical lattices, and describe observable consequences of the resulting fractional quantum Hall physics.

  18. Observation of a nematic quantum Hall liquid on the surface of bismuth

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    Feldman, Benjamin E.; Randeria, Mallika T.; Gyenis, András; Wu, Fengcheng; Ji, Huiwen; Cava, R. J.; MacDonald, Allan H.; Yazdani, Ali

    2016-10-01

    Nematic quantum fluids with wave functions that break the underlying crystalline symmetry can form in interacting electronic systems. We examined the quantum Hall states that arise in high magnetic fields from anisotropic hole pockets on the Bi(111) surface. Spectroscopy performed with a scanning tunneling microscope showed that a combination of single-particle effects and many-body Coulomb interactions lift the six-fold Landau level (LL) degeneracy to form three valley-polarized quantum Hall states. We imaged the resulting anisotropic LL wave functions and found that they have a different orientation for each broken-symmetry state. The wave functions correspond to those expected from pairs of hole valleys and provide a direct spatial signature of a nematic electronic phase.

  19. Graphene-based quantum Hall resistance standards grown by chemical vapor deposition on silicon carbide

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    Ribeiro-Palau, Rebeca; Lafont, Fabien; Kazazis, Dimitris; Michon, Adrien; Couturaud, Olivier; Consejo, Christophe; Jouault, Benoit; Poirier, Wilfrid; Schopfer, Felicien

    2015-03-01

    Replace GaAs-based quantum Hall resistance standards (GaAs-QHRS) by a more convenient one, based on graphene (Gr-QHRS), is an ongoing goal in metrology. The new Gr-QHRS are expected to work in less demanding experimental conditions than GaAs ones. It will open the way to a broad dissemination of quantum standards, potentially towards industrial end-users, and it will support the implementation of a new International System of Units based on fixed fundamental constants. Here, we present accurate quantum Hall resistance measurements in large graphene Hall bars, grown by the hybrid scalable technique of propane/hydrogen chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on silicon carbide (SiC). This new Gr-QHRS shows a relative accuracy of 1 ×10-9 of the Hall resistance under the lowest magnetic field ever achieved in graphene. These experimental conditions surpass those of the most wildely used GaAs-QHRS. These results confirm the promises of graphene for resistance metrology applications and emphasizes the quality of the graphene produced by the CVD on SiC for applications as demanding as the resistance metrology.

  20. Analogue of the quantum Hall effect for neutral particles with magnetic dipole moment

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    Ribeiro, L. R.; Passos, E.; Furtado, C.; Sergeenkov, S.

    2017-03-01

    In this paper we investigate a possibility for the existence of an analog of the Quantum Hall Effect for neutral particles with a permanent magnetic moment μ in the presence of crossed inhomogeneous magnetic and electric fields. We predict the appearance of Hall conductivity σH = (e2 / h) ν (μ) with the Landau filling factor ν (μ) ∝μ2. The estimates of the model parameters suggest quite an optimistic possibility to experimentally verify this prediction in optically trapped clouds of atomic BEC.

  1. Device-width dependence of plateau width in quantum Hall states

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    Kawaji, S.; Hirakawa, K.; Nagata, M.

    1993-02-01

    Hall bar type devices having a total length of 2900 μm, a source and drain electrode width of 400 μm and different widths w ranging from 10 to 120 μm in its central 600 μm long part are fabricated from a GaAs/AlGaAs wafer with electron mobility of 21 m 2V -1s -1. The current at which the quantum Hall plateau for i=2 at B=9.7T at T=1.2K disappears is proportional to w. The average critical current density is Jcr=(1.6±0.2) A m -1

  2. Circularly polarized near-field optical mapping of spin-resolved quantum Hall chiral edge states.

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    Mamyouda, Syuhei; Ito, Hironori; Shibata, Yusuke; Kashiwaya, Satoshi; Yamaguchi, Masumi; Akazaki, Tatsushi; Tamura, Hiroyuki; Ootuka, Youiti; Nomura, Shintaro

    2015-04-08

    We have successfully developed a circularly polarized near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) that enables us to irradiate circularly polarized light with spatial resolution below the diffraction limit. As a demonstration, we perform real-space mapping of the quantum Hall chiral edge states near the edge of a Hall-bar structure by injecting spin polarized electrons optically at low temperature. The obtained real-space mappings show that spin-polarized electrons are injected optically to the two-dimensional electron layer. Our general method to locally inject spins using a circularly polarized NSOM should be broadly applicable to characterize a variety of nanomaterials and nanostructures.

  3. Parity Anomaly and Spin Transmutation in Quantum Spin Hall Josephson Junctions

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    Peng, Yang; Vinkler-Aviv, Yuval; Brouwer, Piet W.; Glazman, Leonid I.; von Oppen, Felix

    2016-12-01

    We study the Josephson effect in a quantum spin Hall system coupled to a localized magnetic impurity. As a consequence of the fermion parity anomaly, the spin of the combined system of impurity and spin-Hall edge alternates between half-integer and integer values when the superconducting phase difference across the junction advances by 2 π . This leads to characteristic differences in the splittings of the spin multiplets by exchange coupling and single-ion anisotropy at phase differences, for which time-reversal symmetry is preserved. We discuss the resulting 8 π -periodic (or Z4) fractional Josephson effect in the context of recent experiments.

  4. Intrinsic Gap of the 5/2 Fractional Quantum Hall State and Tilted Field Experiments

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    Gervais, Guillaume

    2009-03-01

    Nearly twenty years since the first discovery of a an even denominator fractional quantum Hall state (FQHE), a complete understanding of the the 5/2-state continues to be among the most important questions in semiconductor physics. It is widely believed that this unique state of matter is theoretically best described by the Moore-Read Pfaffian wavefunction,resulting from a BCS-like pairing of composite fermions [1]. In recent years this wavefunction has received special interest owing to its non-abelian quantum statistics which underlies a new paradigm for topological (fault tolerant) quantum computation. However, in spite of several important theoretical advancements, an unequivocal experimental verification of the Moore-Read description is still missing. We present results from a study of the 5/2 state in a sample with the lowest electron density reported to date (by nearly a factor of two) [2]. This allows for the observation of the 5/2 in a regime where the cyclotron energy is smaller than the Coulomb interaction energy. We discuss our results in the context of previous work, and we examine the role of disorder on the activation energy gap. Measurements of the energy gap for the 5/2 and the 7/3 FQH states in a tilted field geometry also reveals an unexpected and contrasting dichotomy between the two. Whereas the 7/3 FQH gap is observed to be enhanced by an applied parallel magnetic field, the 5/2 gap is strongly suppressed, in spite of the two gaps being energetically comparable at zero parallel fields in our sample. This calls into question the prevailing theoretical belief that they should behave similarly if both are spin-polarized, and raises doubt as to whether or not the 5/2 state is indeed described by a spin-polarized Pfaffian Moore-Read wavefunction. [4pt] [1] G. Moore and N. Read, Nucl. Phys. B 360, 362 (1991).[0pt] [2] C.R. Dean, B.A. Piot, P. Hayden, S. Das Sarma, G. Gervais, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 146803 (2008).[0pt] [3] C

  5. SU(4) skyrmions and activation energy anomaly in bilayer quantum Hall systems

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    Ezawa, Z. F.; Tsitsishvili, G.

    2004-09-01

    The bilayer quantum Hall (QH) system has four energy levels in the lowest Landau level, corresponding to the layer and spin degrees of freedom. We investigate the system in the regime where all four levels are nearly degenerate and equally active. The underlying group structure is SU(4) . At ν=1 the QH state is a charge-transferable state between the two layers and the SU(4) isospin coherence develops spontaneously. Quasiparticles are isospin textures to be identified with SU(4) skyrmions. The skyrmion energy consists of the Coulomb energy, the Zeeman energy and the pseudo-Zeeman energy. The Coulomb energy consists of the self-energy, the capacitance energy and the exchange energy. At the balanced point only pseudospins are excited unless the tunneling gap is too large. Then, the SU(4) skyrmion evolves continuously from the pseudospin-skyrmion limit into the spin-skyrmion limit as the system is transformed from the balanced point to the monolayer point by controlling the bias voltage. Our theoretical result explains quite well the experimental data due to Murphy [S. Q. Murphy, J. P. Eisenstein, G. S. Boebinger, L. N. Pfeiffer, and K. W. West, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 728 (1994)] and Sawada [A. Sawada, D. Terasawa, N. Kumada, M. Morino, K. Tagashira, Z. F. Ezawa, K. Muraki, T. Saku, and Y. Hirayama, Physica E 18, 118 (2003); D. Terasawa, M. Morino, K. Nakada, S. Kozumi, A. Sawada, Z. F. Ezawa, N. Kumada, K. Muraki, T. Saku, and Y. Hirayama, Physica E 22, 52 (2004)] on the activation energy anomaly induced by applying parallel magnetic field.

  6. Geometric Effect on Quantum Anomalous Hall State in Magnetic Topological Insulator

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    Xing, Yanxia

    An intriguing observation on the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in a magnetic topological insulator (MTI) is the dissipative edge states. With the aid of non-equilibrium Green's functions,the QAH effect in an MTI with a three dimensional effective tight-binding model is studied.We predict that due to geometric structure in the third dimension z,the unideal contact between terminal leads and central scattering region induces the backscattering in the central Hall bar,as the function of split gates. Such backscattering leads to a nonzero longitudinal resistance and quantized Hall resistance, which would explain the dissipative edge states in experiments.A further numerical simulation prove above prediction as well.These results are rewarding on future experimental observations and transport calculations based on first principe.

  7. Fractional quantum Hall effect at Landau level filling ν = 4/11

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    Pan, W.; Baldwin, K. W.; West, K. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; Tsui, D. C.

    2015-01-09

    In this study, we report low temperature electronic transport results on the fractional quantum Hall effect of composite fermions at Landau level filling ν = 4/11 in a very high mobility and low density sample. Measurements were carried out at temperatures down to 15mK, where an activated magnetoresistance Rxx and a quantized Hall resistance Rxy, within 1% of the expected value of h/(4/11)e2, were observed. The temperature dependence of the Rxx minimum at 4/11 yields an activation energy gap of ~ 7 mK. Developing Hall plateaus were also observed at the neighboring states at ν = 3/8 and 5/13.

  8. Devil's Staircase Phase Diagram of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in the Thin-Torus Limit.

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    Rotondo, Pietro; Molinari, Luca Guido; Ratti, Piergiorgio; Gherardi, Marco

    2016-06-24

    After more than three decades, the fractional quantum Hall effect still poses challenges to contemporary physics. Recent experiments point toward a fractal scenario for the Hall resistivity as a function of the magnetic field. Here, we consider the so-called thin-torus limit of the Hamiltonian describing interacting electrons in a strong magnetic field, restricted to the lowest Landau level, and we show that it can be mapped onto a one-dimensional lattice gas with repulsive interactions, with the magnetic field playing the role of the chemical potential. The statistical mechanics of such models leads us to interpret the sequence of Hall plateaux as a fractal phase diagram whose landscape shows a qualitative agreement with experiments.

  9. Devil's Staircase Phase Diagram of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in the Thin-Torus Limit

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    Rotondo, Pietro; Molinari, Luca Guido; Ratti, Piergiorgio; Gherardi, Marco

    2016-06-01

    After more than three decades, the fractional quantum Hall effect still poses challenges to contemporary physics. Recent experiments point toward a fractal scenario for the Hall resistivity as a function of the magnetic field. Here, we consider the so-called thin-torus limit of the Hamiltonian describing interacting electrons in a strong magnetic field, restricted to the lowest Landau level, and we show that it can be mapped onto a one-dimensional lattice gas with repulsive interactions, with the magnetic field playing the role of the chemical potential. The statistical mechanics of such models leads us to interpret the sequence of Hall plateaux as a fractal phase diagram whose landscape shows a qualitative agreement with experiments.

  10. Fractional quantum Hall effect at Landau level filling ν = 4/11

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    Pan, W.; Baldwin, K. W.; West, K. W.; ...

    2015-01-09

    In this study, we report low temperature electronic transport results on the fractional quantum Hall effect of composite fermions at Landau level filling ν = 4/11 in a very high mobility and low density sample. Measurements were carried out at temperatures down to 15mK, where an activated magnetoresistance Rxx and a quantized Hall resistance Rxy, within 1% of the expected value of h/(4/11)e2, were observed. The temperature dependence of the Rxx minimum at 4/11 yields an activation energy gap of ~ 7 mK. Developing Hall plateaus were also observed at the neighboring states at ν = 3/8 and 5/13.

  11. A unified theory of quantum Hall effect and high temperature superconductivity

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    Fujita, Shigeji; Suzuki, Akira

    2014-03-01

    The quantum Hall effect (QHE) and high temperature superconductivity (HTSC) have remarkable common features. They occur only in two-dimensional (2D) solids. The critical temperature Tc of some HTSC exceeds 160K while the room temperature QHE is observed in graphene. The cause of both QHE and HTSC is the phonon exchange attraction. We develop a theoretical model for the QHE in terms of the composite bosons (fermions), each containing an electron and an odd (even) number of fluxons (magnetic flux quanta). The composite particles (boson, fermion) are bound by the phonon exchange attraction. If the Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) of the composite (c)- bosons occurs, then the system exhibits zero resistivity and the associated Hall conductivity plateau. The Hall conductivity is calculated rigorously without averaging. The mystery of the fractional charge carried by the c-bosons is resolved in our model.

  12. Effects of Landau level mixing on the fractional quantum Hall effect in monolayer graphene.

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    Peterson, Michael R; Nayak, Chetan

    2014-08-22

    We report results of exact diagonalization studies of the spin- and valley-polarized fractional quantum Hall effect in the N = 0 and N = 1 Landau levels in graphene. We use an effective model that incorporates Landau level mixing to lowest order in the parameter κ = ((e(2)/εℓ)/(ħv(F)/ℓ)) = (e(2)/εv(F)ħ), which is magnetic field independent and can only be varied through the choice of substrate. We find Landau level mixing effects are negligible in the N = 0 Landau level for κ ≲ 2. In fact, the lowest Landau level projected Coulomb Hamiltonian is a better approximation to the real Hamiltonian for graphene than it is for semiconductor based quantum wells. Consequently, the principal fractional quantum Hall states are expected in the N = 0 Landau level over this range of κ. In the N = 1 Landau level, fractional quantum Hall states are expected for a smaller range of κ and Landau level mixing strongly breaks particle-hole symmetry, producing qualitatively different results compared to the N = 0 Landau level. At half filling of the N = 1 Landau level, we predict the anti-Pfaffian state will occur for κ ∼ 0.25-0.75.

  13. Observation of the quantum Hall effect in δ-doped SrTiO3.

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    Matsubara, Y; Takahashi, K S; Bahramy, M S; Kozuka, Y; Maryenko, D; Falson, J; Tsukazaki, A; Tokura, Y; Kawasaki, M

    2016-05-27

    The quantum Hall effect is a macroscopic quantum phenomenon in a two-dimensional electron system. The two-dimensional electron system in SrTiO3 has sparked a great deal of interest, mainly because of the strong electron correlation effects expected from the 3d orbitals. Here we report the observation of the quantum Hall effect in a dilute La-doped SrTiO3-two-dimensional electron system, fabricated by metal organic molecular-beam epitaxy. The quantized Hall plateaus are found to be solely stemming from the low Landau levels with even integer-filling factors, ν=4 and 6 without any contribution from odd ν's. For ν=4, the corresponding plateau disappears on decreasing the carrier density. Such peculiar behaviours are proposed to be due to the crossing between the Landau levels originating from the two subbands composed of d orbitals with different effective masses. Our findings pave a way to explore unprecedented quantum phenomena in d-electron systems.

  14. Observation of the quantum Hall effect in δ-doped SrTiO3

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    Matsubara, Y.; Takahashi, K. S.; Bahramy, M. S.; Kozuka, Y.; Maryenko, D.; Falson, J.; Tsukazaki, A.; Tokura, Y.; Kawasaki, M.

    2016-01-01

    The quantum Hall effect is a macroscopic quantum phenomenon in a two-dimensional electron system. The two-dimensional electron system in SrTiO3 has sparked a great deal of interest, mainly because of the strong electron correlation effects expected from the 3d orbitals. Here we report the observation of the quantum Hall effect in a dilute La-doped SrTiO3-two-dimensional electron system, fabricated by metal organic molecular-beam epitaxy. The quantized Hall plateaus are found to be solely stemming from the low Landau levels with even integer-filling factors, ν=4 and 6 without any contribution from odd ν's. For ν=4, the corresponding plateau disappears on decreasing the carrier density. Such peculiar behaviours are proposed to be due to the crossing between the Landau levels originating from the two subbands composed of d orbitals with different effective masses. Our findings pave a way to explore unprecedented quantum phenomena in d-electron systems. PMID:27228903

  15. Space Charge Saturated Sheath Regime and Electron Temperature Saturation in Hall Thrusters

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    Y. Raitses; D. Staack; A. Smirnov; N.J. Fisch

    2005-03-16

    Secondary electron emission in Hall thrusters is predicted to lead to space charge saturated wall sheaths resulting in enhanced power losses in the thruster channel. Analysis of experimentally obtained electron-wall collision frequency suggests that the electron temperature saturation, which occurs at high discharge voltages, appears to be caused by a decrease of the Joule heating rather than by the enhancement of the electron energy loss at the walls due to a strong secondary electron emission.

  16. Fractional quantum Hall states at zero magnetic field.

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    Neupert, Titus; Santos, Luiz; Chamon, Claudio; Mudry, Christopher

    2011-06-10

    We present a simple prescription to flatten isolated Bloch bands with a nonzero Chern number. We first show that approximate flattening of bands with a nonzero Chern number is possible by tuning ratios of nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor hoppings in the Haldane model and, similarly, in the chiral-π-flux square lattice model. Then we show that perfect flattening can be attained with further range hoppings that decrease exponentially with distance. Finally, we add interactions to the model and present exact diagonalization results for a small system at 1/3 filling that support (i) the existence of a spectral gap, (ii) that the ground state is a topological state, and (iii) that the Hall conductance is quantized.

  17. Normal, superconducting and topological regimes of hybrid double quantum dots.

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    Sherman, D; Yodh, J S; Albrecht, S M; Nygård, J; Krogstrup, P; Marcus, C M

    2017-03-01

    Epitaxial semiconductor-superconductor hybrid materials are an excellent basis for studying mesoscopic and topological superconductivity, as the semiconductor inherits a hard superconducting gap while retaining tunable carrier density. Here, we investigate double-quantum-dot structures made from InAs nanowires with a patterned epitaxial Al two-facet shell that proximitizes two gate-defined segments along the nanowire. We follow the evolution of mesoscopic superconductivity and charging energy in this system as a function of magnetic field and voltage-tuned barriers. Interdot coupling is varied from strong to weak using side gates, and the ground state is varied between normal, superconducting and topological regimes by applying a magnetic field. We identify the topological transition by tracking the spacing between successive co-tunnelling peaks as a function of axial magnetic field and show that the individual dots host weakly hybridized Majorana modes.

  18. Broken symmetry, excitons, gapless modes, and topological excitations in trilayer quantum Hall systems

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    Ye, Jinwu

    2005-03-01

    We study the interlayer coherent incompressible phase in trilayer quantum Hall systems (TLQH) at total filling factor νT=1 from three approaches: Mutual composite fermion (MCF), composite boson (CB), and wave function approach. Just like in bilayer quantum Hall system, CB approach is superior than MCF approach in studying TLQH with broken symmetry. The Hall and Hall drag resistivities are found to be quantized at h/e2 . Two neutral gapless modes with linear dispersion relations are identified and the ratio of the two velocities is close to 3 . The excitation spectra are classified into two classes, charge neutral bosonic two-body bound states and charge ±1 fermionic three-body bound states. In general, there are two two-body Kosterlize-Thouless (KT) transition temperatures and one three-body KT transition. The charge ±1 three-body fermionic bound states may be the main dissipation source of transport measurements. The broken symmetry in terms of SU (3) algebra is studied. The structure of excitons and their flowing patterns are given. The coupling between the two Goldstone modes will lead to the broadening in the zero-bias peak in the interlayer correlated tunnelings of the TLQH. Several interesting features unique to TLQH are outlined. Limitations of the CB approach are also pointed out.

  19. Domain wall in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator as a magnetoelectric piston

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    Upadhyaya, Pramey; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically study the magnetoelectric coupling in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator state induced by interfacing a dynamic magnetization texture to a topological insulator. In particular, we propose that the quantum anomalous Hall insulator with a magnetic configuration of a domain wall, when contacted by electrical reservoirs, acts as a magnetoelectric piston. A moving domain wall pumps charge current between electrical leads in a closed circuit, while applying an electrical bias induces reciprocal domain-wall motion. This pistonlike action is enabled by a finite reflection of charge carriers via chiral modes imprinted by the domain wall. Moreover, we find that, when compared with the recently discovered spin-orbit torque-induced domain-wall motion in heavy metals, the reflection coefficient plays the role of an effective spin-Hall angle governing the efficiency of the proposed electrical control of domain walls. Quantitatively, this effective spin-Hall angle is found to approach a universal value of 2, providing an efficient scheme to reconfigure the domain-wall chiral interconnects for possible memory and logic applications.

  20. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in time-reversal-symmetry breaking topological insulators

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Li, Mingda

    2016-03-01

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE), the last member of Hall family, was predicted to exhibit quantized Hall conductivity {σyx}=\\frac{{{e}2}}{h} without any external magnetic field. The QAHE shares a similar physical phenomenon with the integer quantum Hall effect (QHE), whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic topological inverted band structure and ferromagnetism. Since the QAHE does not require external energy input in the form of magnetic field, it is believed that this effect has unique potential for applications in future electronic devices with low-power consumption. More recently, the QAHE has been experimentally observed in thin films of the time-reversal symmetry breaking ferromagnetic (FM) topological insulators (TI), Cr- and V- doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3. In this topical review, we review the history of TI based QAHE, the route to the experimental observation of the QAHE in the above two systems, the current status of the research of the QAHE, and finally the prospects for future studies.

  1. High-precision realization of robust quantum anomalous Hall state in a hard ferromagnetic topological insulator.

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Kim, Duk Y; Zhang, Haijun; Assaf, Badih A; Heiman, Don; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Liu, Chaoxing; Chan, Moses H W; Moodera, Jagadeesh S

    2015-05-01

    The discovery of the quantum Hall (QH) effect led to the realization of a topological electronic state with dissipationless currents circulating in one direction along the edge of a two-dimensional electron layer under a strong magnetic field. The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect shares a similar physical phenomenon to that of the QH effect, whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling and ferromagnetism. Here, we report the experimental observation of the QAH state in V-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films with the zero-field longitudinal resistance down to 0.00013 ± 0.00007h/e(2) (~3.35 ± 1.76 Ω), Hall conductance reaching 0.9998 ± 0.0006e(2)/h and the Hall angle becoming as high as 89.993° ± 0.004° at T = 25 mK. A further advantage of this system comes from the fact that it is a hard ferromagnet with a large coercive field (Hc > 1.0 T) and a relative high Curie temperature. This realization of a robust QAH state in hard ferromagnetic topological insulators (FMTIs) is a major step towards dissipationless electronic applications in the absence of external fields.

  2. Quantum anomalous Hall effect in time-reversal-symmetry breaking topological insulators.

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Li, Mingda

    2016-03-31

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE), the last member of Hall family, was predicted to exhibit quantized Hall conductivity σ(yx) = e2/h without any external magnetic field. The QAHE shares a similar physical phenomenon with the integer quantum Hall effect (QHE), whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic topological inverted band structure and ferromagnetism. Since the QAHE does not require external energy input in the form of magnetic field, it is believed that this effect has unique potential for applications in future electronic devices with low-power consumption. More recently, the QAHE has been experimentally observed in thin films of the time-reversal symmetry breaking ferromagnetic (FM) topological insulators (TI), Cr- and V- doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3. In this topical review, we review the history of TI based QAHE, the route to the experimental observation of the QAHE in the above two systems, the current status of the research of the QAHE, and finally the prospects for future studies.

  3. Non-Abelian quantum Hall states and their quasiparticles: From the pattern of zeros to vertex algebra

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    Lu Yuanming; Wang Ziqiang; Wen Xiaogang; Wang Zhenghan

    2010-03-15

    In the pattern-of-zeros approach to quantum Hall states, a set of data (n;m;S{sub a}|a=1,...,n;n,m,S{sub a} is n element of N) (called the pattern of zeros) is introduced to characterize a quantum Hall wave function. In this paper we find sufficient conditions on the pattern of zeros so that the data correspond to a valid wave function. Some times, a set of data (n;m;S{sub a}) corresponds to a unique quantum Hall state, while other times, a set of data corresponds to several different quantum Hall states. So in the latter cases, the pattern of zeros alone does not completely characterize the quantum Hall states. In this paper, we find that the following expanded set of data (n;m;S{sub a};c|a=1,...,n;n,m,S{sub a} is an element of N;c is an element of R) provides a more complete characterization of quantum Hall states. Each expanded set of data completely characterizes a unique quantum Hall state, at least for the examples discussed in this paper. The result is obtained by combining the pattern of zeros and Z{sub n} simple-current vertex algebra which describes a large class of Abelian and non-Abelian quantum Hall states PHI{sub Z{sub n}{sup sc}}. The more complete characterization in terms of (n;m;S{sub a};c) allows us to obtain more topological properties of those states, which include the central charge c of edge states, the scaling dimensions and the statistics of quasiparticle excitations.

  4. Fractional quantum Hall states of dipolar fermions in a strained optical lattice

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    Fujita, Hiroyuki; Nakagawa, Yuya O.; Ashida, Yuto; Furukawa, Shunsuke

    2016-10-01

    We study strongly correlated ground states of dipolar fermions in a honeycomb optical lattice with spatial variations in hopping amplitudes. Similar to strained graphene, such nonuniform hopping amplitudes produce valley-dependent pseudomagnetic fields for fermions near the two Dirac points, resulting in the formation of Landau levels. The dipole moments aligned perpendicular to the honeycomb plane yield a long-range repulsive interaction. By exact diagonalization in the zeroth-Landau-level basis, we show that this repulsive interaction stabilizes a variety of valley-polarized fractional quantum Hall states such as Laughlin and composite-fermion states. The present system thus offers an intriguing platform for emulating fractional quantum Hall physics in a static optical lattice. We calculate the energy gaps above these incompressible states and discuss the temperature scales required for their experimental realization.

  5. The Weakly Coupled Pfaffian as a Type I Quantum Hall Liquid

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    Parameswaran, S. A.; Kivelson, S. A.; Sondhi, S. L.; Spivak, B. Z.

    2011-03-01

    The Pfaffian phase of electrons in the proximity of a half-filled Landau level is understood to be a p + ip superconductor of composite fermions. We consider the properties of this paired quantum Hall phase when the pairing scale is small, i.e. in the weak-coupling, BCS, limit, where the coherence length is much larger than the charge screening length. We find that, as in a Type I superconductor, the vortices attract so that, upon varying the magnetic field from its magic value at ν = 5 / 2 , the system exhibits Coulomb frustrated phase separation. We propose that the weakly and strongly coupled Pfaffian states exemplify a general dichotomy between Type I and Type II quantum Hall fluids. This work was supported in part by NSF grants DMR-1006608 and PHY-1005429 (SAP, SLS), DMR-0758356 (SAK) and DMR-0704151 (BZS).

  6. Emergent Conformal Symmetry and Geometric Transport Properties of Quantum Hall States on Singular Surfaces.

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    Can, T; Chiu, Y H; Laskin, M; Wiegmann, P

    2016-12-23

    We study quantum Hall states on surfaces with conical singularities. We show that the electronic fluid at the cone tip possesses an intrinsic angular momentum, which is due solely to the gravitational anomaly. We also show that quantum Hall states behave as conformal primaries near singular points, with a conformal dimension equal to the angular momentum. Finally, we argue that the gravitational anomaly and conformal dimension determine the fine structure of the electronic density at the conical point. The singularities emerge as quasiparticles with spin and exchange statistics arising from adiabatically braiding conical singularities. Thus, the gravitational anomaly, which appears as a finite size correction on smooth surfaces, dominates geometric transport on singular surfaces.

  7. Few-body collective excitations beyond Kohn's theorem in quantum Hall systems

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    Wooten, R. E.; Yan, B.; Greene, Chris H.

    2017-01-01

    A relative coordinate breathing mode in the quantum Hall system is predicted to exist with different behavior under either Coulomb or dipole-dipole interactions. While Kohn's theorem [W. Kohn, Phys. Rev. 123, 1242 (1961), 10.1103/PhysRev.123.1242] predicts that any relative coordinate interaction will fail to alter the center-of-mass energy spectrum, it can affect excitations in the relative coordinates. One such collective excitation, which we call the hyperradial breathing mode, emerges naturally from a few-body, hyperspherical representation of the problem and depends on the interparticle interactions, the ground state wave function, and the number of particles participating in the excitation. Possible observations of this excitation will be discussed in the context of both conventional quantum Hall experiments and cold, rotating atomic simulations.

  8. Interface engineering of quantum Hall effects in digital transition metal oxide heterostructures.

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    Xiao, Di; Zhu, Wenguang; Ran, Ying; Nagaosa, Naoto; Okamoto, Satoshi

    2011-12-20

    Topological insulators are characterized by a non-trivial band topology driven by the spin-orbit coupling. To fully explore the fundamental science and application of topological insulators, material realization is indispensable. Here we predict, based on tight-binding modelling and first-principles calculations, that bilayers of perovskite-type transition-metal oxides grown along the [111] crystallographic axis are potential candidates for two-dimensional topological insulators. The topological band structure of these materials can be fine-tuned by changing dopant ions, substrates and external gate voltages. We predict that LaAuO(3) bilayers have a topologically non-trivial energy gap of about 0.15 eV, which is sufficiently large to realize the quantum spin Hall effect at room temperature. Intriguing phenomena, such as fractional quantum Hall effect, associated with the nearly flat topologically non-trivial bands found in e(g) systems are also discussed.

  9. Hamiltonian theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect: Conserving approximation for incompressible fractions

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    Murthy, Ganpathy

    2001-11-01

    A microscopic Hamiltonian theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect developed by Shankar and the present author based on the fermionic Chern-Simons approach has recently been quite successful in calculating gaps and finite-tempertature properties in fractional quantum Hall states. Initially proposed as a small-q theory, it was subsequently extended by Shankar to form an algebraically consistent theory for all q in the lowest Landau level. Such a theory is amenable to a conserving approximation in which the constraints have vanishing correlators and decouple from physical response functions. Properties of the incompressible fractions are explored in this conserving approximation, including the magnetoexciton dispersions and the evolution of the small-q structure factor as ν-->12. Finally, a formalism capable of dealing with a nonuniform ground-state charge density is developed and used to show how the correct fractional value of the quasiparticle charge emerges from the theory.

  10. Interface engineering of quantum Hall effects in digital transition metal oxide heterostructures

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    Xiao, Di; Zhu, Wenguang; Ran, Ying; Nagaosa, Naoto; Okamoto, Satoshi

    2011-01-01

    Topological insulators (TIs) are characterized by a non-trivial band topology driven by the spin-orbit coupling. To fully explore the fundamental science and application of TIs, material realization is indispensable. Here we predict, based on tight-binding modeling and first-principles calculations, that bilayers of perovskite-type transition-metal oxides grown along the [111] crystallographic axis are potential candidates for two-dimensional TIs. The topological band structure of these materials can be fine-tuned by changing dopant ions, substrates and external gate voltages. We predict that LaAuO$_3$ bilayers have a topologically non-trivial energy gap of about 0.15~eV, which is sufficiently large to realize the quantum spin Hall effect at room temperature. Intriguing phenomena, such as fractional quantum Hall effect, associated with the nearly flat topologically non-trivial bands found in $e_g$ systems are also discussed.

  11. Edge-channel interferometer at the graphene quantum Hall pn junction

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    Morikawa, Sei; Moriya, Rai; Masubuchi, Satoru Machida, Tomoki; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi

    2015-05-04

    We demonstrate a quantum Hall edge-channel interferometer in a high-quality graphene pn junction under a high magnetic field. The co-propagating p and n quantum Hall edge channels traveling along the pn interface functions as a built-in Aharonov-Bohm-type interferometer, the interferences in which are sensitive to both the external magnetic field and the carrier concentration. The trajectories of peak and dip in the observed resistance oscillation are well reproduced by our numerical calculation that assumes magnetic flux quantization in the area enclosed by the co-propagating edge channels. Coherent nature of the co-propagating edge channels is confirmed by the checkerboard-like pattern in the dc-bias and magnetic-field dependences of the resistance oscillations.

  12. Creating fractional quantum Hall states with atomic clusters using light-assisted insertion of angular momentum

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    Zhang, Junyi; Beugnon, Jérôme; Nascimbene, Sylvain

    2016-10-01

    We describe a protocol to prepare clusters of ultracold bosonic atoms in strongly interacting states reminiscent of fractional quantum Hall states. Our scheme consists in injecting a controlled amount of angular momentum to an atomic gas using Raman transitions carrying orbital angular momentum. By injecting one unit of angular momentum per atom, one realizes a single-vortex state, which is well described by mean-field theory for large enough particle numbers. We also present schemes to realize fractional quantum Hall states, namely, the bosonic Laughlin and Moore-Read states. We investigate the requirements for adiabatic nucleation of such topological states, in particular comparing linear Landau-Zener ramps and arbitrary ramps obtained from optimized control methods. We also show that this protocol requires excellent control over the isotropic character of the trapping potential.

  13. Braiding and Berry's phases in non-Abelian quantum hall states

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    Zikos, Georgios

    If one could be built, a quantum computer would be capable of storing and manipulating quantum states with sufficient accuracy to carry out computations that no classical computer can do (most notably factoring integers in polynomial time). The greatest obstacle to building such a device is the problem of error and decoherence. Classical computers can exploit the physical robustness of ordered states to protect classical information (as in, for example, the magnetically ordered state of a hard drive). Remarkably, a type of quantum order known as topological order can, in principle, play the same role for quantum information. The best studied topologically ordered states are quantum Hall states. These states arise when a two-dimensional electron gas is placed in a strong magnetic field and cooled to low temperatures. Under the right conditions, the electrons condense into an incompressible quantum liquid whose excitations are particle-like objects with fractional charge (quasiparticles). Certain quantum Hall states are thought to be non Abelian. This means that when a finite number of quasiparticles are present and fixed in space there is a low energy Hilbert space with finite dimension, rather than a unique state. Unitary operations can then be carried out on this Hilbert space by adiabatically dragging quasiparticles around one another so that their world-lines sweep out braids in 2+1 dimensional space time. A quantum computer which stores quantum information in this Hilbert space and computes by braiding is known as a topological quantum computer. In this thesis I review our work on determining precisely how one would carry out a computation on a topological quantum computer. I focus on the so-called Fibonacci anyons---quasiparticles which may exist in the experimentally observed quantum Hall state at Landau level filling fraction nu = 12/5. I give explicit prescriptions for encoding qubits (quantum bits) using Fibonacci anyons, and show how one would carry out a

  14. Interplay between snake and quantum edge states in a graphene Hall bar with a pn-junction

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    Milovanović, S. P. Peeters, F. M.; Ramezani Masir, M.

    2014-09-22

    The magneto- and Hall resistance of a locally gated cross shaped graphene Hall bar is calculated. The edge of the top gate is placed diagonally across the center of the Hall cross. Four-probe resistance is calculated using the Landauer-Büttiker formalism, while the transmission coefficients are obtained using the non-equilibrium Green's function approach. The interplay between transport due to edge channels and snake states is investigated. When two edge channels are occupied, we predict oscillations in the Hall and the bend resistance as function of the magnetic field, which are a consequence of quantum interference between the occupied snake states.

  15. Modified Jeans instability of magnetized viscous spin 1/2 quantum plasma with resistive effects and Hall current

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    Sharma, Prerana; Chhajlani, R. K.

    2014-07-01

    The effect of Hall current on Jeans self-gravitational instability is examined for finitely conducting dense quantum viscous plasma in the presence of spin generated magnetization. The basic equations of the problem are constructed using quantum magneto hydrodynamic (QMHD) model. The Hall and resistivity terms are incorporated in the idealized Ohm's law and spin induced magnetization and viscosity terms are incorporated to the momentum equations. The general dispersion relation is found to be modified due to the presence of Hall current, electrical resistivity and viscosity parameter along with the spin induced magnetization. The dispersion relation is further reduced for both transverse and longitudinal mode of propagations. In the transverse mode of propagation the Jeans condition of instability is modified due to Alfven velocity, magnetization parameter and quantum corrections, and the growth rate of instability is found to be modified due to the electrical resistivity, viscosity, magnetization parameter and quantum corrections but remains unaffected by the presence of Hall current. In longitudinal direction of propagation the gravitational mode is affected due to the viscosity and quantum parameter while the Jeans condition of instability depends only upon the quantum correction. The Alfven mode in longitudinal direction gets modified due to the electrical resistivity, Hall current, viscosity and magnetization parameter however, it is found to be independent of quantum corrections. The numerical observations are also presented to show the effect of electrical resistivity, magnetization and quantum corrections on the growth rate of instability.

  16. Spin-excitations of the quantum Hall ferromagnet of composite fermions

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    Doretto, R. L.; Goerbig, M. O.; Lederer, P.; Caldeira, A. O.; Smith, C. Morais

    2005-07-01

    The spin excitations of a fractional quantum Hall system are evaluated within a bosonization approach. In a first step, we generalize Murthy and Shankar’s Hamiltonian theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect to the case of composite fermions with an extra discrete degree of freedom. Here, we mainly investigate the spin degrees of freedom, but the proposed formalism may be useful also in the study of bilayer quantum-Hall systems, where the layer index may formally be treated as an isospin. In a second step, we apply a bosonization scheme, recently developed for the study of the two-dimensional electron gas, to the interacting composite-fermion Hamiltonian. The dispersion of the bosons, which represent quasiparticle-quasihole excitations, is analytically evaluated for fractional quantum Hall systems at ν=1/3 and ν=1/5 . The finite width of the two-dimensional electron gas is also taken into account explicitly. Furthermore, we consider the interacting bosonic model and calculate the lowest-energy state for two bosons. In addition to a continuum describing scattering states, we find a bound-state of two bosons. This state is interpreted as a pair excitation, which consists of a skyrmion of composite fermions and an antiskyrmion of composite fermions. The dispersion relation of the two-boson state is evaluated for ν=1/3 and ν=1/5 . Finally, we show that our theory provides the microscopic basis for a phenomenological nonlinear σ model for studying the skyrmion of composite fermions.

  17. Optically Imaged Striped Domains of Nonequilibrium Electronic and Nuclear Spins in a Fractional Quantum Hall Liquid.

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    Moore, John N; Hayakawa, Junichiro; Mano, Takaaki; Noda, Takeshi; Yusa, Go

    2017-02-17

    Using photoluminescence microscopy enhanced by magnetic resonance, we visualize in real space both electron and nuclear polarization occurring in nonequilibrium fraction quantum Hall (FQH) liquids. We observe stripelike domain regions comprising FQH excited states which discretely form when the FQH liquid is excited by a source-drain current. These regions are deformable and give rise to bidirectionally polarized nuclear spins as spin-resolved electrons flow across their boundaries.

  18. Optically Imaged Striped Domains of Nonequilibrium Electronic and Nuclear Spins in a Fractional Quantum Hall Liquid

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    Moore, John N.; Hayakawa, Junichiro; Mano, Takaaki; Noda, Takeshi; Yusa, Go

    2017-02-01

    Using photoluminescence microscopy enhanced by magnetic resonance, we visualize in real space both electron and nuclear polarization occurring in nonequilibrium fraction quantum Hall (FQH) liquids. We observe stripelike domain regions comprising FQH excited states which discretely form when the FQH liquid is excited by a source-drain current. These regions are deformable and give rise to bidirectionally polarized nuclear spins as spin-resolved electrons flow across their boundaries.

  19. A spin-filter made of quantum anomalous Hall insulator nanowires

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    Wu, Jiansheng

    2014-07-28

    Topological end states (TES) in quantum anomalous Hall insulator nanowires can induce tunneling within the gap. Such TES are spin polarized, thus the induced current is spin polarized as well, which can be used to construct a spin-filter applied in spintronics. An interferometry device is designed to control the polarized current as well. The advantage and finite size effect on this system are discussed.

  20. Effective-field-theory model for the fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Zhang, S. C.; Hansson, T. H.; Kivelson, S.

    1989-01-01

    Starting directly from the microscopic Hamiltonian, a field-theory model is derived for the fractional quantum Hall effect. By considering an approximate coarse-grained version of the same model, a Landau-Ginzburg theory similar to that of Girvin (1986) is constructed. The partition function of the model exhibits cusps as a function of density. It is shown that the collective density fluctuations are massive.

  1. Spin Polarization of the ν=1 Quantum Hall State Via Optical Spectroscopy

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    Goldberg, B. B.

    1996-03-01

    excitations where exchange energy dominates Zeeman energy in the integer quantum Hall regime at ν=1.

  2. Observation of even denominator fractional quantum Hall effect in suspended bilayer graphene.

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    Ki, Dong-Keun; Fal'ko, Vladimir I; Abanin, Dmitry A; Morpurgo, Alberto F

    2014-01-01

    We investigate low-temperature magneto-transport in recently developed, high-quality multiterminal suspended bilayer graphene devices, enabling the independent measurement of the longitudinal and transverse resistance. We observe clear signatures of the fractional quantum Hall effect with different states that are either fully developed, and exhibit a clear plateau in the transverse resistance with a concomitant dip in longitudinal resistance or incipient, and exhibit only a longitudinal resistance minimum. All observed states scale as a function of filling factor ν, as expected. An unprecedented even-denominator fractional state is observed at ν = -1/2 on the hole side, exhibiting a clear plateau in Rxy quantized at the expected value of 2h/e(2) with a precision of ∼0.5%. Many of our observations, together with a recent electronic compressibility measurement performed in graphene bilayers on hexagonal boron-nitride (hBN) substrates, are consistent with a recent theory that accounts for the effect of the degeneracy between the N = 0 and N = 1 Landau levels in the fractional quantum Hall effect and predicts the occurrence of a Moore-Read type ν = -1/2 state. Owing to the experimental flexibility of bilayer graphene, which has a gate-dependent band structure, can be easily accessed by scanning probes, and can be contacted with materials such as superconductors, our findings offer new possibilities to explore the microscopic nature of even-denominator fractional quantum Hall effect.

  3. SO(8) fermion dynamical symmetry and strongly correlated quantum Hall states in monolayer graphene

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    Wu, Lian-Ao; Murphy, Matthew; Guidry, Mike

    2017-03-01

    A formalism is presented for treating strongly correlated graphene quantum Hall states in terms of an SO(8) fermion dynamical symmetry that includes pairing as well as particle-hole generators. The graphene SO(8) algebra is isomorphic to an SO(8) algebra that has found broad application in nuclear physics, albeit with physically very different generators, and exhibits a strong formal similarity to SU(4) symmetries that have been proposed to describe high-temperature superconductors. The well-known SU(4) symmetry of quantum Hall ferromagnetism for single-layer graphene is recovered as one subgroup of SO(8), but the dynamical symmetry structure associated with the full set of SO(8) subgroup chains extends quantum Hall ferromagnetism and allows analytical many-body solutions for a rich set of collective states exhibiting spontaneously broken symmetry that may be important for the low-energy physics of graphene in strong magnetic fields. The SO(8) symmetry permits a natural definition of generalized coherent states that correspond to symmetry-constrained Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov solutions, or equivalently a microscopically derived Ginzburg-Landau formalism, exhibiting the interplay between competing spontaneously broken symmetries in determining the ground state.

  4. The origin of the 4/11 fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Chang, Chia-Chen; Jain, Jainendra K.

    2004-03-01

    Recently, fully polarized fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) has been observed by Pan et al.^1 at filling factors which do not belong to the sequences n/(2pn± 1), and thus cannot be understood as integral quantum Hall effect of composite fermions. This raises the question of how the weak residual interactions between composite fermions produce a fractional quantum Hall effect of composite fermions. Previous calculations by Mandal and Jain^2 on finite size systems showed that the ground state at 4/11, which maps into filling factor 4/3 of composite fermions, is sometimes incompressible and sometimes compressible (depending on the number of particles used in the study), and therefore failed to provide conclusive evidence for incompressibility. We show that the physics of 4/11 is closely related to the physics of 4/3, which points to how incompressibility may occur here in the thermodynamic limit. FQHE of composite fermions at other fractions will also be considered. W. Pan, H. L. Stormer, D. C. Tsui, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. Baldwin, and K. W. West Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 016801 (2003). S. S. Mandal and J. K. Jain, Phys. Rev. B 66, 155302 (2002).

  5. Interaction effects in superconductor/quantum spin Hall devices: Universal transport signatures and fractional Coulomb blockade

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    Aasen, David; Lee, Shu-Ping; Karzig, Torsten; Alicea, Jason

    2016-10-01

    Interfacing s -wave superconductors and quantum spin Hall edges produces time-reversal-invariant topological superconductivity of a type that can not arise in strictly one-dimensional systems. With the aim of establishing sharp fingerprints of this phase, we use renormalization-group methods to extract universal transport characteristics of superconductor/quantum spin Hall heterostructures where the native edge states serve as leads. We determine scaling forms for the conductance through a grounded superconductor and show that the results depend sensitively on the interaction strength in the leads, the size of the superconducting region, and the presence or absence of time-reversal-breaking perturbations. We also study transport across a floating superconducting island isolated by magnetic barriers. Here, we predict e -periodic Coulomb-blockade peaks, as recently observed in nanowire devices [S. M. Albrecht et al., Nature (London) 531, 206 (2016), 10.1038/nature17162], with the added feature that the island can support fractional charge tunable via the relative orientation of the barrier magnetizations. As an interesting corollary, when the magnetic barriers arise from strong interactions at the edge that spontaneously break time-reversal symmetry, the Coulomb-blockade periodicity changes from e to e /2 . These findings suggest several future experiments that probe unique characteristics of topological superconductivity at the quantum spin Hall edge.

  6. DC resistance comparison between a current comparator bridge and the quantum Hall system at Inmetro

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    da Silva, M. C.; Carvalho, H. R.; Vasconcellos, R. T. B.

    2016-07-01

    This paper presents a comparison results between the Quantum Hall System (QHS) under development at the Quantum Electrical Metrology Laboratory (Lameq) and the current comparator calibration system, traceable to the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM), at the Electrical Standardization Metrology Laboratory (Lampe), both part of the Electrical Metrology Division, at Inmetro. Comparisons were performed with 1 Ω, 10 Ω, 100 Ω, 1 kΩ and 10 kΩ resistors. The results obtained over two years of work are presented here, showing that the comparison contributed to improve the calibration systems of both Lampe and Lameq.

  7. Pseudospin canting transition and stripes in bilayer quantum Hall ferromagnets: a self-charging capacitor.

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    Radzihovsky, L

    2001-12-03

    We predict that in nu(T) = 1 bilayer quantum Hall (QH) pseudoferromagnets, an in-plane magnetic field can induce a reentrant pseudospin "canting" transition between interlayer charge balanced (planar) to imbalanced (canted) QH states. At T = 0 ( T>0) this quantum (classical) transition is in a new, anisotropic, compressible (2+1)D (2D) Ising universality class. The striking experimental signatures are the universal nonlinear charge-voltage and in-plane field relations, and the divergence of the differential bilayer capacitance at the transition, resulting in a bilayer capacitor that spontaneously charges itself, even in the absence of an applied interlayer voltage.

  8. Terahertz Dynamics of a Topologically Protected State: Quantum Hall Effect Plateaus near the Cyclotron Resonance of a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas.

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    Stier, A V; Ellis, C T; Kwon, J; Xing, H; Zhang, H; Eason, D; Strasser, G; Morimoto, T; Aoki, H; Zeng, H; McCombe, B D; Cerne, J

    2015-12-11

    We measure the Hall conductivity of a two-dimensional electron gas formed at a GaAs/AlGaAs heterojunction in the terahertz regime close to the cyclotron resonance frequency using highly sensitive Faraday rotation measurements. The sample is electrically gated, allowing the electron density to be changed continuously by more than a factor of 3. We observe clear plateaulike and steplike features in the Faraday rotation angle vs electron density and magnetic field (Landau-level filling factor) even at fields or frequencies very close to cyclotron resonance absorption. These features are the high frequency manifestation of quantum Hall plateaus-a signature of topologically protected edge states. We observe both odd and even filling factor plateaus and explore the temperature dependence of these plateaus. Although dynamical scaling theory begins to break down in the frequency region of our measurements, we find good agreement with theory.

  9. Quantum transport in graphene Hall bars: Effects of vacancy disorder

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    Petrović, M. D.; Peeters, F. M.

    2016-12-01

    Using the tight-binding model, we investigate the influence of vacancy disorder on electrical transport in graphene Hall bars in the presence of quantizing magnetic fields. Disorder, induced by a random distribution of monovacancies, breaks the graphene sublattice symmetry and creates states localized on the vacancies. These states are observable in the bend resistance, as well as in the total DOS. Their energy is proportional to the square root of the magnetic field, while their localization length is proportional to the cyclotron radius. At the energies of these localized states, the electron current flows around the monovacancies and, as we show, it can follow unexpected paths depending on the particular arrangement of vacancies. We study how these localized states change with the vacancy concentration, and what are the effects of including the next-nearest-neighbor hopping term. Our results are also compared with the situation when double vacancies are present in the system. Double vacancies also induce localized states, but their energy and magnetic field dependencies are different. Their localization energy scales linearly with the magnetic field, and their localization length appears not to depend on the field strength.

  10. The quantum anomalous Hall effect on a star lattice with spin-orbit coupling and an exchange field.

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    Chen, Mengsu; Wan, Shaolong

    2012-08-15

    We study a star lattice with Rashba spin-orbit coupling and an exchange field and find that there is a quantum anomalous Hall effect in this system, and that there are five energy gaps at Dirac points and quadratic band crossing points. We calculate the Berry curvature distribution and obtain the Hall conductivity (Chern number ν) quantized as integers, and find that ν =- 1,2,1,1,2 when the Fermi level lies in these five gaps. Our model can be viewed as a general quantum anomalous Hall system and, in limit cases, can give what the honeycomb lattice and kagome lattice give. We also find that there is a nearly flat band with ν = 1 which may provide an opportunity for realizing the fractional quantum anomalous Hall effect. Finally, the chiral edge states on a zigzag star lattice are given numerically, to confirm the topological property of this system.

  11. Simulation of chaos-assisted tunneling in a semiclassical regime on existing quantum computers

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    Chepelianskii, A.D.; Shepelyansky, D.L.

    2002-11-01

    We present a quantum algorithm that allows one to simulate chaos-assisted tunneling in deep semiclassical regime on existing quantum computers. This opens additional possibilities for investigation of macroscopic quantum tunneling and realization of semiclassical Schroedinger cat oscillations [E. Schroedinger, Naturwissenschaften 32, 807 (1935)]. Our numerical studies determine the decoherence rate induced by noisy gates for these oscillations and propose a suitable parameter regime for their experimental implementation.

  12. Electrostatic control of quantum Hall ferromagnetic transition: A step toward reconfigurable network of helical channels

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    Kazakov, Aleksandr; Simion, George; Lyanda-Geller, Yuli; Kolkovsky, Valery; Adamus, Zbigniew; Karczewski, Grzegorz; Wojtowicz, Tomasz; Rokhinson, Leonid P.

    2016-08-01

    Ferromagnetic transitions between quantum Hall states with different polarization at a fixed filling factor can be studied by varying the ratio of cyclotron and Zeeman energies in tilted magnetic field experiments. However, an ability to locally control such transitions at a fixed magnetic field would open a range of attractive applications, e.g., formation of a reconfigurable network of one-dimensional helical domain walls in a two-dimensional plane. Coupled to a superconductor, such domain walls can support non-Abelian excitations. In this paper we report development of heterostructures where quantum Hall ferromagnetic (QHFm) transition can be controlled locally by electrostatic gating. A high mobility two-dimensional electron gas is formed in CdTe quantum wells with engineered placement of paramagnetic Mn impurities. A gate-induced electrostatic field shifts the electron wave function in the growth direction and changes an overlap between electrons in the quantum well and d -shell electrons on Mn, thus controlling the s -d exchange interaction and the field of the QHFm transition. The demonstrated shift of the QHFm transition at a filling factor ν =2 is large enough to allow full control of spin polarization at a fixed magnetic field.

  13. Magnetic flux superperiods in fractional quantum Hall interferometers

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    Camino, F. E.; Lin, P. V.; Goldman, V. J.

    2010-03-01

    Superperiodic Aharonov-Bohm oscillations in conductance of e/3 quasiparticles have been reported in three Fabry-Perot interferometer devices. Superperiods are observed in the FQH regime, when filling 1/3 edge channel encircles an island of 2/5 FQH fluid. Etch trenches define the devices, which consist of a 2D electron island connected to the 2DES bulk via two wide constrictions. An oscillatory signal in the conductance is observed when tunneling occurs in the constrictions. The width of the 1/3 edge channel weakly depends on the size of the device, on the other hand, the enclosed 2/5 island area varies by a factor of 4. We compare the magnetic field periods in the different size devices and review the evidence that the flux period is 5h/e. [1] The FQH edge channel structure essentially depends on the 2D electron density profile. We discuss the self- consistent density profile in the device defined by the etch trenches. We also discuss electron depletion due to electric field of front gates, which is not screened efficiently by 2D electrons and thus leads to a smaller gradient of the confining potential than the mesa etch. [1] F. E. Camino et al., PRB 72, 075342 (2005); W. Zhou et al., PRB 73, 245322 (2006); P. V. Lin et al., PRB (in press, 2009).

  14. Fractional quantum Hall effect and insulating phase of Dirac electrons in graphene.

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    Du, Xu; Skachko, Ivan; Duerr, Fabian; Luican, Adina; Andrei, Eva Y

    2009-11-12

    In graphene, which is an atomic layer of crystalline carbon, two of the distinguishing properties of the material are the charge carriers' two-dimensional and relativistic character. The first experimental evidence of the two-dimensional nature of graphene came from the observation of a sequence of plateaus in measurements of its transport properties in the presence of an applied magnetic field. These are signatures of the so-called integer quantum Hall effect. However, as a consequence of the relativistic character of the charge carriers, the integer quantum Hall effect observed in graphene is qualitatively different from its semiconductor analogue. As a third distinguishing feature of graphene, it has been conjectured that interactions and correlations should be important in this material, but surprisingly, evidence of collective behaviour in graphene is lacking. In particular, the quintessential collective quantum behaviour in two dimensions, the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE), has so far resisted observation in graphene despite intense efforts and theoretical predictions of its existence. Here we report the observation of the FQHE in graphene. Our observations are made possible by using suspended graphene devices probed by two-terminal charge transport measurements. This allows us to isolate the sample from substrate-induced perturbations that usually obscure the effects of interactions in this system and to avoid effects of finite geometry. At low carrier density, we find a field-induced transition to an insulator that competes with the FQHE, allowing its observation only in the highest quality samples. We believe that these results will open the door to the physics of FQHE and other collective behaviour in graphene.

  15. Exact diagonalization study of ν = 1 / 3 + 1 / 3 bilayer quantum Hall in search of Fibonnacci anyons

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    Kim, Eun-Ah; Vaezi, Abolhassan; Lee, Kyungmin

    2015-03-01

    Non-abelian states with Fibonnacci anyons that can support universal topological quantum computation have been elusive. Recently it has been proposed that a remarkably simple setting of Abelian quantum Hall bilayer could support an exotic state with Fibonnacci anyons (Vaezi and Barkeshli, arXiv:1403.3383). Here we explore ν = 1 / 3 + 1 / 3 bilayer quantum Hall system considering different possibilities for interaction between bilayers using exact diagonalization. We find a sizable region in phase space potentially exhibiting topological degeneracy expected of Fibonnacci anyon states. This work has been supported by NSF CAREER with Grant Number DMR-0955822.

  16. Integer, fractional, and anomalous quantum Hall effects explained with Eyring's rate process theory and free volume concept.

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    Hao, Tian

    2017-02-22

    The Hall effects, especially the integer, fractional and anomalous quantum Hall effects, have been addressed using Eyring's rate process theory and free volume concept. The basic assumptions are that the conduction process is a common rate controlled "reaction" process that can be described with Eyring's absolute rate process theory; the mobility of electrons should be dependent on the free volume available for conduction electrons. The obtained Hall conductivity is clearly quantized as with prefactors related to both the magnetic flux quantum number and the magnetic quantum number via the azimuthal quantum number, with and without an externally applied magnetic field. This article focuses on two dimensional (2D) systems, but the approaches developed in this article can be extended to 3D systems.

  17. Quantum spin Hall effect in rutile-based oxide multilayers

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    Lado, Jose L.; Guterding, Daniel; Barone, Paolo; Valentí, Roser; Pardo, Victor

    2016-12-01

    Dirac points in two-dimensional electronic structures are a source for topological electronic states due to the ±π Berry phase that they sustain. Here we show that two rutile multilayers [namely (WO2)2/(ZrO2)n and (PtO2)2/(ZrO2)n ], where an active bilayer is sandwiched by a thick enough (n =6 is sufficient) band insulating substrate, show semimetallic Dirac dispersions with a total of four Dirac cones along the Γ -M direction. These become gapped upon the introduction of spin-orbit coupling, giving rise to an insulating ground state comprising four edge states. We discuss the origin of the lack of topological protection in terms of the valley spin-Chern numbers and the multiplicity of Dirac points. We show with a model Hamiltonian that mirror-symmetry breaking would be capable of creating a quantum phase transition to a strong topological insulator, with a single Kramers pair per edge.

  18. Position-Momentum Duality and Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in Chern Insulators

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    Claassen, Martin; Lee, Ching-Hua; Thomale, Ronny; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Devereaux, Thomas P

    2015-06-11

    We develop a first quantization description of fractional Chern insulators that is the dual of the conventional fractional quantum Hall (FQH) problem, with the roles of position and momentum interchanged. In this picture, FQH states are described by anisotropic FQH liquids forming in momentum-space Landau levels in a fluctuating magnetic field. The fundamental quantum geometry of the problem emerges from the interplay of single-body and interaction metrics, both of which act as momentum-space duals of the geometrical picture of the anisotropic FQH effect. We then present a novel broad class of ideal Chern insulator lattice models that act as duals of the isotropic FQH effect. The interacting problem is well-captured by Haldane pseudopotentials and affords a detailed microscopic understanding of the interplay of interactions and non-trivial quantum geometry.

  19. Microwave spectroscopic observation of a Wigner solid within the ν =1 /2 fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Hatke, A. T.; Liu, Yang; Engel, L. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Baldwin, K. W.; Shayegan, M.

    2017-01-01

    We have studied the microwave spectra of a wide quantum well for Landau level fillings, ν , just below 1/2, under conditions where the ν =1 /2 fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) is present. One resonance in the spectra exhibits intensity variations with ν in striking agreement with that expected for a pinning mode of a Wigner solid of quasiholes of this FQHE state. This resonance is also quite sensitive to asymmetrization of the growth-direction charge distribution in the quantum well by gate bias. Another resonance in the spectra is associated with a different bilayer Wigner solid that also exists at much lower ν than the 1/2 FQHE, and that appears to coexist with the 1/2 quasihole solid.

  20. Theory of Multifarious Quantum Phases and Large Anomalous Hall Effect in Pyrochlore Iridate Thin Films.

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    Hwang, Kyusung; Kim, Yong Baek

    2016-07-15

    We theoretically investigate emergent quantum phases in the thin film geometries of the pyrochore iridates, where a number of exotic quantum ground states are proposed to occur in bulk materials as a result of the interplay between electron correlation and strong spin-orbit coupling. The fate of these bulk phases as well as novel quantum states that may arise only in the thin film platforms, are studied via a theoretical model that allows layer-dependent magnetic structures. It is found that the magnetic order develop in inhomogeneous fashions in the thin film geometries. This leads to a variety of magnetic metal phases with modulated magnetic ordering patterns across different layers. Both the bulk and boundary electronic states in these phases conspire to promote unusual electronic properties. In particular, such phases are akin to the Weyl semimetal phase in the bulk system and they would exhibit an unusually large anomalous Hall effect.

  1. Theory of Multifarious Quantum Phases and Large Anomalous Hall Effect in Pyrochlore Iridate Thin Films

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    Hwang, Kyusung; Kim, Yong Baek

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically investigate emergent quantum phases in the thin film geometries of the pyrochore iridates, where a number of exotic quantum ground states are proposed to occur in bulk materials as a result of the interplay between electron correlation and strong spin-orbit coupling. The fate of these bulk phases as well as novel quantum states that may arise only in the thin film platforms, are studied via a theoretical model that allows layer-dependent magnetic structures. It is found that the magnetic order develop in inhomogeneous fashions in the thin film geometries. This leads to a variety of magnetic metal phases with modulated magnetic ordering patterns across different layers. Both the bulk and boundary electronic states in these phases conspire to promote unusual electronic properties. In particular, such phases are akin to the Weyl semimetal phase in the bulk system and they would exhibit an unusually large anomalous Hall effect.

  2. Position-Momentum Duality and Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in Chern Insulators

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    Claassen, Martin; Lee, Ching-Hua; Thomale, Ronny; ...

    2015-06-11

    We develop a first quantization description of fractional Chern insulators that is the dual of the conventional fractional quantum Hall (FQH) problem, with the roles of position and momentum interchanged. In this picture, FQH states are described by anisotropic FQH liquids forming in momentum-space Landau levels in a fluctuating magnetic field. The fundamental quantum geometry of the problem emerges from the interplay of single-body and interaction metrics, both of which act as momentum-space duals of the geometrical picture of the anisotropic FQH effect. We then present a novel broad class of ideal Chern insulator lattice models that act as dualsmore » of the isotropic FQH effect. The interacting problem is well-captured by Haldane pseudopotentials and affords a detailed microscopic understanding of the interplay of interactions and non-trivial quantum geometry.« less

  3. Theory of Multifarious Quantum Phases and Large Anomalous Hall Effect in Pyrochlore Iridate Thin Films

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    Hwang, Kyusung; Kim, Yong Baek

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically investigate emergent quantum phases in the thin film geometries of the pyrochore iridates, where a number of exotic quantum ground states are proposed to occur in bulk materials as a result of the interplay between electron correlation and strong spin-orbit coupling. The fate of these bulk phases as well as novel quantum states that may arise only in the thin film platforms, are studied via a theoretical model that allows layer-dependent magnetic structures. It is found that the magnetic order develop in inhomogeneous fashions in the thin film geometries. This leads to a variety of magnetic metal phases with modulated magnetic ordering patterns across different layers. Both the bulk and boundary electronic states in these phases conspire to promote unusual electronic properties. In particular, such phases are akin to the Weyl semimetal phase in the bulk system and they would exhibit an unusually large anomalous Hall effect. PMID:27418293

  4. Quantum correlations by four-wave mixing in an atomic vapor in a nonamplifying regime: Quantum beam splitter for photons

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    Glorieux, Quentin; Guidoni, Luca; Guibal, Samuel; Likforman, Jean-Pierre; Coudreau, Thomas

    2011-11-15

    We study the generation of intensity quantum correlations using four-wave mixing in a rubidium vapor. The absence of cavities in these experiments allows to deal with several spatial modes simultaneously. In the standard amplifying configuration, we measure relative intensity squeezing up to 9.2 dB below the standard quantum limit. We also theoretically identify and experimentally demonstrate an original regime where, despite no overall amplification, quantum correlations are generated. In this regime, a four-wave mixing setup can play the role of a photonic beam splitter with nonclassical properties, that is, a device that splits a coherent state input into two quantum-correlated beams.

  5. Topological phase transition and quantum spin Hall edge states of antimony few layers

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    Kim, Sung Hwan; Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Park, Joonbum; Kim, Jun Sung; Jhi, Seung-Hoon; Yeom, Han Woong

    2016-01-01

    While two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TI’s) initiated the field of topological materials, only very few materials were discovered to date and the direct access to their quantum spin Hall edge states has been challenging due to material issues. Here, we introduce a new 2D TI material, Sb few layer films. Electronic structures of ultrathin Sb islands grown on Bi2Te2Se are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. The maps of local density of states clearly identify robust edge electronic states over the thickness of three bilayers in clear contrast to thinner islands. This indicates that topological edge states emerge through a 2D topological phase transition predicted between three and four bilayer films in recent theory. The non-trivial phase transition and edge states are confirmed for epitaxial films by extensive density-functional-theory calculations. This work provides an important material platform to exploit microscopic aspects of the quantum spin Hall phase and its quantum phase transition. PMID:27624972

  6. High-Temperature Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in n -p Codoped Topological Insulators

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    Qi, Shifei; Qiao, Zhenhua; Deng, Xinzhou; Cubuk, Ekin D.; Chen, Hua; Zhu, Wenguang; Kaxiras, Efthimios; Zhang, S. B.; Xu, Xiaohong; Zhang, Zhenyu

    2016-07-01

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) is a fundamental quantum transport phenomenon that manifests as a quantized transverse conductance in response to a longitudinally applied electric field in the absence of an external magnetic field, and it promises to have immense application potential in future dissipationless quantum electronics. Here, we present a novel kinetic pathway to realize the QAHE at high temperatures by n -p codoping of three-dimensional topological insulators. We provide a proof-of-principle numerical demonstration of this approach using vanadium-iodine (V-I) codoped Sb2 Te3 and demonstrate that, strikingly, even at low concentrations of ˜2 % V and ˜1 % I, the system exhibits a quantized Hall conductance, the telltale hallmark of QAHE, at temperatures of at least ˜50 K , which is 3 orders of magnitude higher than the typical temperatures at which it has been realized to date. The underlying physical factor enabling this dramatic improvement is tied to the largely preserved intrinsic band gap of the host system upon compensated n -p codoping. The proposed approach is conceptually general and may shed new light in experimental realization of high-temperature QAHE.

  7. Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in Low-buckled Honeycomb Lattice with In-plane Magnetization

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    Ren, Yafei; Pan, Hui; Yang, Fei; Li, Xin; Qiao, Zhenhua; Zhenhua Qiao's Group Team; Hui Pan's Group Team

    With out-of-plane magnetization, the quantum anomalous Hall effect has been extensively studied in quantum wells and two-dimensional atomic crystal layers. Here, we investigate the possibility of realizing quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) in honeycomb lattices with in-plane magnetization. We show that the QAHE can only occur in low-buckled honeycomb lattice where both intrinsic and intrinsic Rashba spin-orbit coupling appear spontaneously. The extrinsic Rashba spin-orbit coupling is detrimental to this phase. In contrast to the out-of-plane magnetization induced QAHE, the QAHE from in-plane magnetization is achieved in the vicinity of the time reversal symmetric momenta at M points rather than Dirac points. In monolayer case, the QAHE can be characterized by Chern number  = +/- 1 whereas additional phases with Chern number  = +/- 2 appear in chiral stacked bilayer system. The Chern number strongly depends on the orientation of the magnetization. The bilayer system also provides additional tunability via out-of-plane electric field, which can reduce the critical magnetization strength required to induce QAHE. It can also lead to topological phase transitions from  = +/- 2 to +/- 1 and finally to 0 Equal contribution from Yafei Ren and Hui Pan.

  8. Non-Abelian S U (N -1 ) -singlet fractional quantum Hall states from coupled wires

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    Fuji, Y.; Lecheminant, P.

    2017-03-01

    The construction of fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states from the two-dimensional array of quantum wires provides a useful way to control strong interactions in microscopic models and has been successfully applied to the Laughlin, Moore-Read, and Read-Rezayi states. We extend this construction to the Abelian and non-Abelian S U (N -1 ) -singlet FQH states at filling fraction ν =k (N -1 )/[N +k (N -1 )m ] labeled by integers k and m , which are potentially realized in multicomponent quantum Hall systems or S U (N ) spin systems. Utilizing the bosonization approach and conformal field theory (CFT), we show that their bulk quasiparticles and gapless edge excitations are both described by an (N -1 ) -component free-boson CFT and the S U (N) k/[U(1 ) ] N -1 CFT known as the Gepner parafermion. Their generalization to different filling fractions is also proposed. In addition, we argue possible applications of these results to two kinds of lattice systems: bosons interacting via occupation-dependent correlated hoppings and an S U (N ) Heisenberg model.

  9. Higher dimensional quantum Hall effect as A-class topological insulator

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    Hasebe, Kazuki

    2014-09-01

    We perform a detail study of higher dimensional quantum Hall effects and A-class topological insulators with emphasis on their relations to non-commutative geometry. There are two different formulations of non-commutative geometry for higher dimensional fuzzy spheres: the ordinary commutator formulation and quantum Nambu bracket formulation. Corresponding to these formulations, we introduce two kinds of monopole gauge fields: non-abelian gauge field and antisymmetric tensor gauge field, which respectively realize the non-commutative geometry of fuzzy sphere in the lowest Landau level. We establish connection between the two types of monopole gauge fields through Chern-Simons term, and derive explicit form of tensor monopole gauge fields with higher string-like singularity. The connection between two types of monopole is applied to generalize the concept of flux attachment in quantum Hall effect to A-class topological insulator. We propose tensor type Chern-Simons theory as the effective field theory for membranes in A-class topological insulators. Membranes turn out to be fractionally charged objects and the phase entanglement mediated by tensor gauge field transforms the membrane statistics to be anyonic. The index theorem supports the dimensional hierarchy of A-class topological insulator. Analogies to D-brane physics of string theory are discussed too.

  10. Epitaxial growth of large-gap quantum spin Hall insulator on semiconductor surface

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    Zhou, Miao; Ming, Wenmei; Liu, Zheng; Wang, Zhengfei; Li, Ping; Liu, Feng

    2014-01-01

    Formation of topological quantum phase on a conventional semiconductor surface is of both scientific and technological interest. Here, we demonstrate epitaxial growth of 2D topological insulator, i.e., quantum spin Hall state, on Si(111) surface with a large energy gap, based on first-principles calculations. We show that the Si(111) surface functionalized with one-third monolayer of halogen atoms [Si(111)-3×3-X (X = Cl, Br, I)] exhibiting a trigonal superstructure provides an ideal template for epitaxial growth of heavy metals, such as Bi, which self-assemble into a hexagonal lattice with high kinetic and thermodynamic stability. Most remarkably, the Bi overlayer is atomically bonded to but electronically decoupled from the underlying Si substrate, exhibiting isolated quantum spin Hall state with an energy gap as large as ∼0.8 eV. This surprising phenomenon originates from an intriguing substrate-orbital-filtering effect, which critically selects the orbital composition around the Fermi level, leading to different topological phases. In particular, the substrate-orbital-filtering effect converts the otherwise topologically trivial freestanding Bi lattice into a nontrivial phase; and the reverse is true for Au lattice. The underlying physical mechanism is generally applicable, opening a new and exciting avenue for exploration of large-gap topological surface/interface states. PMID:25246584

  11. Topological phase transition and quantum spin Hall edge states of antimony few layers.

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    Kim, Sung Hwan; Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Park, Joonbum; Kim, Jun Sung; Jhi, Seung-Hoon; Yeom, Han Woong

    2016-09-14

    While two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TI's) initiated the field of topological materials, only very few materials were discovered to date and the direct access to their quantum spin Hall edge states has been challenging due to material issues. Here, we introduce a new 2D TI material, Sb few layer films. Electronic structures of ultrathin Sb islands grown on Bi2Te2Se are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. The maps of local density of states clearly identify robust edge electronic states over the thickness of three bilayers in clear contrast to thinner islands. This indicates that topological edge states emerge through a 2D topological phase transition predicted between three and four bilayer films in recent theory. The non-trivial phase transition and edge states are confirmed for epitaxial films by extensive density-functional-theory calculations. This work provides an important material platform to exploit microscopic aspects of the quantum spin Hall phase and its quantum phase transition.

  12. High-Temperature Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in n-p Codoped Topological Insulators.

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    Qi, Shifei; Qiao, Zhenhua; Deng, Xinzhou; Cubuk, Ekin D; Chen, Hua; Zhu, Wenguang; Kaxiras, Efthimios; Zhang, S B; Xu, Xiaohong; Zhang, Zhenyu

    2016-07-29

    The quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) is a fundamental quantum transport phenomenon that manifests as a quantized transverse conductance in response to a longitudinally applied electric field in the absence of an external magnetic field, and it promises to have immense application potential in future dissipationless quantum electronics. Here, we present a novel kinetic pathway to realize the QAHE at high temperatures by n-p codoping of three-dimensional topological insulators. We provide a proof-of-principle numerical demonstration of this approach using vanadium-iodine (V-I) codoped Sb_{2}Te_{3} and demonstrate that, strikingly, even at low concentrations of ∼2%  V and ∼1% I, the system exhibits a quantized Hall conductance, the telltale hallmark of QAHE, at temperatures of at least ∼50  K, which is 3 orders of magnitude higher than the typical temperatures at which it has been realized to date. The underlying physical factor enabling this dramatic improvement is tied to the largely preserved intrinsic band gap of the host system upon compensated n-p codoping. The proposed approach is conceptually general and may shed new light in experimental realization of high-temperature QAHE.

  13. Correlated Electrons in Two Dimensions: The Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and More

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    Eisenstein, James

    2014-03-01

    A collection of electrons confined to move on a plane surface is surely one of the simplest many-body systems imaginable. But in spite of this apparent simplicity, a strong magnetic field applied perpendicular to the plane opens a door to a complex and beautiful world filled with many-body exotica. The magnetic field quenches the kinetic energy, leaving Coulomb interactions in control of the physics. The result has been a revolution in many-body physics comparable to that created by the discovery of superconductivity. Incompressible liquid ground states with fractionally charged quasiparticle excitations exhibit the quantized Hall effect at numerous discrete partial fillings of the lowest and first excited Landau level. The first examples of topological condensed matter, these many-body bulk insulators possess complex families of both conducting and neutral edge states at their boundaries. Highly correlated compressible phases of composite fermions also exist and may be viewed as progenitors of the various families of incompressible states. Multi-component two-dimensional systems with active discrete internal degrees of freedom (spin, layer, valley, etc.) display a wide array of broken symmetry states including ferromagnetism and exciton condensation. Now thirty years old, the field generically dubbed ``the fractional quantum Hall effect,'' remains extraordinarily vibrant. Once confined largely to GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures, the fractional quantum Hall effect and its many relatives and offspring are now pursued in graphene, various oxide interfaces, and other materials. Some of the most fundamental aspects, including the exotic non-abelian quasiparticle statistics expected of some of the more subtle phases, have hardly been touched experimentally even as their potential for applications to quantum computation is alluring. In this talk, I will try to give a flavor of this enormous field, emphasizing current topics and possible future directions.

  14. Topological electromagnetic responses of bosonic quantum Hall, topological insulator, and chiral semimetal phases in all dimensions

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    Lapa, Matthew F.; Jian, Chao-Ming; Ye, Peng; Hughes, Taylor L.

    2017-01-01

    We calculate the topological part of the electromagnetic response of bosonic integer quantum Hall (BIQH) phases in odd (space-time) dimensions, and bosonic topological insulator (BTI) and bosonic chiral semimetal (BCSM) phases in even dimensions. To do this, we use the nonlinear sigma model (NLSM) description of bosonic symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases, and the method of gauged Wess-Zumino (WZ) actions. We find the surprising result that for BIQH states in dimension 2 m -1 (m =1 ,2 ,⋯ ), the bulk response to an electromagnetic field Aμ is characterized by a Chern-Simons term for Aμ with a level quantized in integer multiples of m ! (factorial). We also show that BTI states (which have an extra Z2 symmetry) can exhibit a Z2-breaking quantum Hall effect on their boundaries, with this boundary quantum Hall effect described by a Chern-Simons term at level m/! 2 . We show that the factor of m ! can be understood by requiring gauge invariance of the exponential of the Chern-Simons term on a general Euclidean manifold, and we also use this argument to characterize the electromagnetic and gravitational responses of fermionic SPT phases with U(1 ) symmetry in all odd dimensions. We then use our gauged boundary actions for the BIQH and BTI states to (i) construct a bosonic analog of a chiral semimetal (BCSM) in even dimensions, (ii) show that the boundary of the BTI state exhibits a bosonic analog of the parity anomaly of Dirac fermions in odd dimensions, and (iii) study anomaly inflow at domain walls on the boundary of BTI states. In a series of Appendixes we derive important formulas and additional results. In particular, in Appendix A we use the connection between equivariant cohomology and gauged WZ actions to give a mathematical interpretation of the actions for the BIQH and BTI boundaries constructed in this paper.

  15. Bilayer quantum hall systems at filling factor nu = 2: An exact diagonalization study

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    Schliemann; MacDonald

    2000-05-08

    We present an exact diagonalization study of bilayer quantum Hall systems at filling factor nu = 2 in the spherical geometry. We find the high-Zeeman-coupling phase boundary of the broken symmetry canted antiferromagnet is given exactly by previous Hartree-Fock mean-field theories, but that the state's stability at weak Zeeman coupling has been qualitatively overestimated. In the absence of interlayer tunneling, degeneracies occur between total spin multiplets due to the Hamiltonian's invariance under independent spin rotations in top and bottom two-dimensional electron layers.

  16. Hydrodynamic study of edge spin-vortex excitations of fractional quantum Hall fluid

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    Rabiu, M.; Mensah, S. Y.; Seini, I. Y.; Abukari, S. S.

    2016-07-01

    We undertake a theoretical study of edge spin-vortex excitations in fractional quantum Hall fluid. This is done in view of quantised Euler hydrodynamics theory. The dispersions of true excitations for fractions within 0 ≤ ν ≤ 1 are simulated which exhibit universal similarities and differences in behaviour. The differences arise from different edge smoothness and spin (pseudo-spin) polarisations, in addition to spin-charge competition. In particular, tuning the spin-charge factor causes coherent spin flipping associated with partial and total polarisations of edge spin-vortices. This observation is tipped as an ideal mechanism for realisation of functional spintronic devices.

  17. A Chern-Simons effective field theory for the Pfaffian quantum Hall state

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Nayak, Chetan; Tsvelik, Alexei; Wilczek, Frank

    1998-04-01

    We present a low-energy effective field theory describing the universality class of the Pfaffian quantum Hall state. To arrive at this theory, we observe that the edge theory of the Pfaffian state of bosons at v = 1 is an SU(2) 2 Kac-Moody algebra. It follows that the corresponding bulk effective field theory is an SU(2) Chem-Simons theory with coupling constant k = 2. The effective field theories for other Pfaffian states, such as the fermionic one at v = 1/2 are obtained by a flux-attachment procedure. We discuss the non-Abelian statistics of quasiparticles in the context of this effective field theory.

  18. Electron spin polarization by isospin ordering in correlated two-layer quantum Hall systems.

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    Tiemann, L; Wegscheider, W; Hauser, M

    2015-05-01

    Enhancement of the electron spin polarization in a correlated two-layer, two-dimensional electron system at a total Landau level filling factor of 1 is reported. Using resistively detected nuclear magnetic resonance, we demonstrate that the electron spin polarization of two closely spaced two-dimensional electron systems becomes maximized when interlayer Coulomb correlations establish spontaneous isospin ferromagnetic order. This correlation-driven polarization dominates over the spin polarizations of competing single-layer fractional quantum Hall states under electron density imbalances.

  19. Numerical study of Fibonacci anyons in superconductor/quantum Hall structures

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    Stoudenmire, Edwin Miles; Clarke, David; Mong, Roger; Alicea, Jason

    2014-03-01

    We apply the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) to ladders of coupled Z3 parafermions (a type of abelian anyon) following the proposal of Mong, Clarke, et al. who showed that such parafermions can in principle be engineered in superconductor/quantum Hall heterostructures and then coupled to form a gapped 2d phase supporting non-abelian Fibonacci anyons. Because DMRG works well for gapped phases and can handle arbitrarily strong interactions, it complements Mong et al.'s analytical approach based on weakly coupled critical chains. We establish the basic phase diagram and verify key properties of the 2d Fibonacci phase.

  20. Quantum spin Hall effect in a transition metal oxide Na2IrO3

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    Shitade, Atsuo

    2010-05-26

    We study theoretically the electronic states in a 5d transition metal oxide Na{sub 2}I{sub r}O{sub 3}, in which both the spin-orbit interaction and the electron correlation play crucial roles. Tight-binding model analysis together with the fisrt-principles band structure calculation predicts that this material is a layered quantum spin Hall system. Due to the electron correlation, an antiferromagnetic order first develops at the edge, and later inside the bulk at low temperatures.

  1. Hidden-symmetry-protected quantum pseudo-spin Hall effect in optical lattices

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    Hou, Jing-Min; Chen, Wei

    2016-06-01

    We propose a scheme to realize a Z2 topological insulator in a square optical lattice. Different from the conventional topological insulator protected by the time-reversal symmetry, here the optical lattice possesses a hidden symmetry, which is responsible for the present Z2 topological order. With a properly defined pseudospin, such a topological insulator is characterized by the helical edge states that exhibits pseudo-spin-momentum locking, so it can be considered as a quantum pseudo-spin Hall insulator. The Z2 topological invariant is derived and its experimental detection is discussed as well.

  2. Adsorbate-induced quantum Hall system probed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy combined with transport measurements

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    Masutomi, Ryuichi Okamoto, Tohru

    2015-06-22

    An adsorbate-induced quantum Hall system at the cleaved InSb surfaces is investigated in magnetic fields up to 14 T using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy combined with transport measurements. We show that an enhanced Zeeman splitting in the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations is explained by an exchange enhancement of spin splitting and potential disorder, both of which are obtained from the spatially averaged density of states (DOS). Moreover, the Altshuler–Aronov correlation gap is observed in the spatially averaged DOS at 0 T.

  3. Spontaneous quantum Hall effect in an atomic spinor Bose-Fer mi mixture

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    Xu, Zhi-Fang; Li, Xiaopeng; Zoller, Peter; Liu, W. Vincent

    2015-03-01

    We study a mixture of spin-1 bosonic and spin-1/2 fermionic cold atoms, e.g., Rb-87 and Li-6,confined in a triangular optical lattice. With fermions at 3/4 filling, Fermi surface nesting leads to spontaneous formation of various spin textures of bosons in the ground state, such as collinear, coplanar and even non-coplanar spin orders. The phase diagram is mapped out with varying boson tunneling and Bose-Fermi interactions. Most significantly, in one non-coplanar state the mixture is found to exhibit spontaneous quantum Hall effect in fermions and crystalline superfluidity in bosons, both driven by interaction.

  4. The enigma of the ν =2 +3 /8 fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Hutasoit, Jimmy A.; Balram, Ajit C.; Mukherjee, Sutirtha; Wu, Ying-Hai; Mandal, Sudhansu S.; Wójs, A.; Cheianov, Vadim; Jain, J. K.

    2017-03-01

    The fractional quantum Hall effect at ν =2 +3 /8 , which has been definitively observed, is one of the last fractions for which no viable explanation has so far been demonstrated. Our detailed study suggests that it belongs to a new class of exotic states described by the Bonderson-Slingerland wave function. Its excitations are non-Abelian anyons similar to those of the well studied Pfaffian state at 5/2, but its wave function has a more complex structure. Using the effective edge theory, we make predictions for various measurable quantities that should enable a confirmation of the underlying topological order of this state.

  5. Phase diagram of fractional quantum Hall effect of composite fermions in multicomponent systems

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    Balram, Ajit C.; Tőke, Csaba; Wójs, A.; Jain, J. K.

    2015-01-01

    While the integer quantum Hall effect of composite fermions manifests as the prominent fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) of electrons, the FQHE of composite fermions produces further, more delicate states, arising from a weak residual interaction between composite fermions. We study the spin phase diagram of these states, motivated by the recent experimental observation by Liu and co-workers [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 246803 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.246803 and private communication] of several spin-polarization transitions at 4/5, 5/7, 6/5, 9/7, 7/9, 8/11, and 10/13 in GaAs systems. We show that the FQHE of composite fermions is much more prevalent in multicomponent systems, and consider the feasibility of such states for systems with N components for an SU(N ) symmetric interaction. Our results apply to GaAs quantum wells, wherein electrons have two components, to AlAs quantum wells and graphene, wherein electrons have four components (two spins and two valleys), and to an H-terminated Si(111) surface, which can have six components. The aim of this paper is to provide a fairly comprehensive list of possible incompressible fractional quantum Hall states of composite fermions, their SU(N ) spin content, their energies, and their phase diagram as a function of the generalized "Zeeman" energy. We obtain results at three levels of approximation: from ground-state wave functions of the composite fermion theory, from composite fermion diagonalization, and, whenever possible, from exact diagonalization. Effects of finite quantum well thickness and Landau-level mixing are neglected in this study. We compare our theoretical results with the experiments of Liu and co-workers [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 246803 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.246803 and private communication] as well as of Yeh et al., [Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 592 (1999), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.592] for a two-component system.

  6. Quantized photonic spin Hall effect in graphene

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    Cai, Liang; Liu, Mengxia; Chen, Shizhen; Liu, Yachao; Shu, Weixing; Luo, Hailu; Wen, Shuangchun

    2017-01-01

    We examine the photonic spin Hall effect (SHE) in a graphene-substrate system with the presence of an external magnetic field. In the quantum Hall regime, we demonstrate that the in-plane and transverse spin-dependent splittings in the photonic SHE exhibit different quantized behaviors. The quantized SHE can be described as a consequence of a quantized geometric phase (Berry phase), which corresponds to the quantized spin-orbit interaction. Furthermore, an experimental scheme based on quantum weak value amplification is proposed to detect the quantized SHE in the terahertz frequency regime. By incorporating the quantum weak measurement techniques, the quantized photonic SHE holds great promise for detecting quantized Hall conductivity and the Berry phase. These results may bridge the gap between the electronic SHE and photonic SHE in graphene.

  7. Competing ν = 5/2 fractional quantum Hall states in confined geometry.

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    Fu, Hailong; Wang, Pengjie; Shan, Pujia; Xiong, Lin; Pfeiffer, Loren N; West, Ken; Kastner, Marc A; Lin, Xi

    2016-11-01

    Some theories predict that the filling factor 5/2 fractional quantum Hall state can exhibit non-Abelian statistics, which makes it a candidate for fault-tolerant topological quantum computation. Although the non-Abelian Pfaffian state and its particle-hole conjugate, the anti-Pfaffian state, are the most plausible wave functions for the 5/2 state, there are a number of alternatives with either Abelian or non-Abelian statistics. Recent experiments suggest that the tunneling exponents are more consistent with an Abelian state rather than a non-Abelian state. Here, we present edge-current-tunneling experiments in geometrically confined quantum point contacts, which indicate that Abelian and non-Abelian states compete at filling factor 5/2. Our results are consistent with a transition from an Abelian state to a non-Abelian state in a single quantum point contact when the confinement is tuned. Our observation suggests that there is an intrinsic non-Abelian 5/2 ground state but that the appropriate confinement is necessary to maintain it. This observation is important not only for understanding the physics of the 5/2 state but also for the design of future topological quantum computation devices.

  8. Competing ν = 5/2 fractional quantum Hall states in confined geometry

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    Fu, Hailong; Shan, Pujia; Xiong, Lin; Pfeiffer, Loren N.; West, Ken; Kastner, Marc A.; Lin, Xi

    2016-01-01

    Some theories predict that the filling factor 5/2 fractional quantum Hall state can exhibit non-Abelian statistics, which makes it a candidate for fault-tolerant topological quantum computation. Although the non-Abelian Pfaffian state and its particle-hole conjugate, the anti-Pfaffian state, are the most plausible wave functions for the 5/2 state, there are a number of alternatives with either Abelian or non-Abelian statistics. Recent experiments suggest that the tunneling exponents are more consistent with an Abelian state rather than a non-Abelian state. Here, we present edge-current–tunneling experiments in geometrically confined quantum point contacts, which indicate that Abelian and non-Abelian states compete at filling factor 5/2. Our results are consistent with a transition from an Abelian state to a non-Abelian state in a single quantum point contact when the confinement is tuned. Our observation suggests that there is an intrinsic non-Abelian 5/2 ground state but that the appropriate confinement is necessary to maintain it. This observation is important not only for understanding the physics of the 5/2 state but also for the design of future topological quantum computation devices. PMID:27791162

  9. Skein theory and topological quantum registers: Braiding matrices and topological entanglement entropy of non-Abelian quantum Hall states

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    Hikami, Kazuhiro

    2008-07-15

    We study topological properties of quasi-particle states in the non-Abelian quantum Hall states. We apply a skein-theoretic method to the Read-Rezayi state whose effective theory is the SU(2){sub K} Chern-Simons theory. As a generalization of the Pfaffian (K = 2) and the Fibonacci (K = 3) anyon states, we compute the braiding matrices of quasi-particle states with arbitrary spins. Furthermore we propose a method to compute the entanglement entropy skein-theoretically. We find that the entanglement entropy has a nontrivial contribution called the topological entanglement entropy which depends on the quantum dimension of non-Abelian quasi-particle intertwining two subsystems.

  10. Terahertz quantum Hall effect for spin-split heavy-hole gases in strained Ge quantum wells

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    Failla, M.; Keller, J.; Scalari, G.; Maissen, C.; Faist, J.; Reichl, C.; Wegscheider, W.; Newell, O. J.; Leadley, D. R.; Myronov, M.; Lloyd-Hughes, J.

    2016-11-01

    Spin-split heavy-hole gases in strained germanium quantum wells were characterized by polarisation-resolved terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. Effective masses, carrier densities, g-factors, transport lifetimes, mobilities and Rashba spin-splitting energies were evaluated, giving quantitative insights into the influence of strain. The Rashba coefficient was found to lower for samples with higher biaxial compressive strain, while heavy-hole mobilities were enhanced to over 1.5× {10}6 cm2 V-1 s-1 at 3 K. This high mobility enabled the observation of the optical quantum Hall effect at terahertz frequencies for spin-split two-dimensional heavy-holes, evidenced as plateaux in the transverse magnetoconductivity at even and odd filling factors.

  11. Tunable electron interactions and robust non-Abelian quantum Hall states in graphene and other Dirac materials

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    Abanin, Dmitry

    2013-03-01

    Discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect inspired a concept of quasiparticles with non-Abelian exchange statistics. However, a major limitation for experimental studies of non-Abelian quasiparticles in traditional GaAs-based 2d systems is their lack of tunability: the effective electron interactions in such systems are fixed at values which make non-Abelian states either absent of very fragile. Therefore it is desirable to find alternative, tunable 2d systems that host robust non-Abelian quantum Hall states. In this talk, we will discuss the phase diagram of fractional quantum Hall states in recently discovered 2d Dirac materials (graphene, bilayer graphene, topological insulators). We will show that the effective interactions in these materials can be naturally tuned in a broad range, in contrast to GaAs. This tunability is achieved by external fields that control the mass gap of Dirac fermions. Alternatively, the effective interactions can be controlled by engineering the dielectric environment of the 2d Dirac electron gas. We will demonstrate that the tunability of interactions in Dirac materials allows one to stabilize non-Abelian states, as well as to drive phase transitions between various correlated phases (quantum Hall states, Fermi-liquid-like states, and states with broken translational symmetry) in a controlled manner. Connecting to experiments, we will argue that a very promising candidate material for tuning interactions and stabilizing non-Abelian states is bilayer graphene, where the gap can be naturally controlled by perpendicular electric field. Our study provides a realistic route towards engineering robust fractional and non-Abelian quantum Hall states in graphene and other Dirac materials. This work was supported by DOE Grant DE-SC0002140Discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect inspired a concept of quasiparticles with non-Abelian exchange statistics. However, a major limitation for experimental studies of non

  12. Heterostructure symmetry and the orientation of the quantum Hall nematic phases

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    Pollanen, J.; Cooper, K. B.; Brandsen, S.; Eisenstein, J. P.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2015-09-01

    Clean two-dimensional electron systems in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures exhibit anisotropic collective phases, the quantum Hall nematics, at high Landau-level occupancy and low temperatures. An as yet unknown native symmetry-breaking potential consistently orients these phases relative to the crystalline axes of the host material. Here we report an extensive set of measurements examining the role of the structural symmetries of the heterostructure in determining the orientation of the nematics. In single quantum well samples we find that neither the local symmetry of the confinement potential nor the distance between the electron system and the sample surface dictates the orientation of the nematic. In remarkable contrast, for two-dimensional electrons confined at a single heterointerface between GaAs and AlGaAs, the nematic orientation depends on the depth of the two-dimensional electron system beneath the sample surface.

  13. Hyperspherical theory of the quantum Hall effect: The role of exceptional degeneracy

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    Daily, K. M.; Wooten, R. E.; Greene, Chris H.

    2015-09-01

    By separating the Schrödinger equation for N noninteracting spin-polarized fermions in two-dimensional hyperspherical coordinates, we demonstrate that fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states emerge naturally from degeneracy patterns of the antisymmetric free-particle eigenfunctions. In the presence of Coulomb interactions, the FQH states split off from a degenerate manifold and become observable as distinct quantized energy eigenstates with an energy gap. This alternative classification scheme is based on an approximate separability of the interacting N -fermion Schrödinger equation in the hyperradial coordinate, which sheds light on the emergence of Laughlin states as well as other FQH states. An approximate good collective quantum number, the grand angular momentum K from K -harmonic few-body theory, is shown to correlate with known FQH states at many filling factors observed experimentally.

  14. Zero-field Dissipationless Chiral Edge Current in Quantum Anomalous Hall State

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Kim, Duk Y.; Wei, Peng; Jain, J. K.; Liu, Chaoxing; Chan, Moses H. W.; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.

    The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) state is predicted to possess, at zero magnetic field, chiral edge channels that conduct spin polarized current without dissipation, and thus holds great promise for future high-performance information processing. In this talk, we will discuss our transport experiments that probe the QAH state with gate bias and temperature dependences, by local and nonlocal magnetoresistance measurements. This allows us to unambiguously distinguish the dissipationless edge transport from transport via other dissipative channels in the QAH system. Our experiments confirm a fundamental feature of the QAH state, namely the dissipationless transport by edge channels in zero applied fields, which will be crucial for future chiral interconnected electric and spintronic applications. This research is supported by the NSF Grants (DMR-1420620, Penn State MRSEC; in MIT by DMR-1207469 and the STC Center for Integrated Quantum Materials under NSF Grant DMR-1231319) and by ONR Grant N00014-13-1-0301.

  15. Quantum spin Hall insulator phase in monolayer WTe2 by uniaxial strain

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    Xiang, Hui; Xu, Bo; Liu, Jinqiu; Xia, Yidong; Lu, Haiming; Yin, Jiang; Liu, Zhiguo

    2016-09-01

    Monolayer WTe2, which is predicted to be large-gap quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulators with distorted 1T (1T') structure, attracts rapidly growing interests. However, the intrinsic semimetallic nature of the monolayer 1T'-WTe2 limits their direct applications based on QSH effect. By first-principles density functional theoretical calculations, we demonstrate a phase transition from semimetal to QSH insulator under the uniaxial strains along a and b axis in monolayer 1T'-WTe2. The electronic phase transition results from the geometric structure deformation upon the uniaxial strains. This suggests monolayer 1T'-WTe2 as a promising material for application in strain-tunable topological quantum electronics.

  16. Nb/InAs nanowire proximity junctions from Josephson to quantum dot regimes

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    Gharavi, Kaveh; Holloway, Gregory W.; LaPierre, Ray R.; Baugh, Jonathan

    2017-02-01

    The superconducting proximity effect is probed experimentally in Josephson junctions fabricated with InAs nanowires contacted by Nb leads. Contact transparencies t∼ 0.7 are observed. The electronic phase coherence length at low temperatures exceeds the channel length. However, the elastic scattering length is a few times shorter than the channel length. Electrical measurements reveal two regimes of quantum transport: (i) the Josephson regime, characterised by a dissipationless current up to ∼100 nA, and (ii) the quantum dot (QD) regime, characterised by the formation of Andreev bound states (ABS) associated with spontaneous QDs inside the nanowire channel. In regime (i), the behaviour of the critical current I c versus an axial magnetic field {B}| | shows an unexpected modulation and persistence to fields > 2 T. In the QD regime, the ABS are modelled as the current-biased solutions of an Anderson-type model. The applicability of devices in both transport regimes to Majorana fermion experiments is discussed.

  17. Spacetime symmetries, Newton-Cartan geometry and the quantum Hall effect

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    Son, Dam

    2015-03-01

    Spacetime symmetries place powerful constraints on the physics of quantum Hall states from spacetime symmetries. These symmetries can be seen by putting the quantum Hall system on a curved manifold. By doing so, one discovers that the action is invariant with respect to time-preserving diffeomorphisms. The diffeomorphism invariance remains nontrivial on the lowest Landau level when inter Landau level mixing is negligible. In the talk we will extract physical consequences of the diffeomorphism invariance for physical observables in flat space. In particular, we relate the leading dependence of the Hall conductivity on wavenumber to the shift. We show how the spectral densities of the components of the stress tensor satisfy several sum rules, one of which involves the static projected structure factor and another involves the shift. From the sum rules one can deduce an inequality between the leading k4 coefficient of the static structure factor and the shift. The inequality is saturated for a large class of trial wavefunctions. The sum rules suggest that if the magneto-roton continues to exist as a sharp resonance at small wavenumber, it should be a ``chiral massive graviton,'' i.e., a particle with spin 2 of one circular polarization. This is demonstrated explicitly in a toy model, where which the sum rules are saturated by one single gapped mode. We argue that the circular polarization of the magneto-roton can be in principle observed by polarized Raman scatterings. The most convenient formalism to write down effective actions satisfying local diffeomorphism invariance turns out to be the Newton-Cartan formalism, introduced by Elie Cartan in 1922-1923 in his attempt to rewrite Newton's gravity in a coordinate-invariant way. We describe the structure of the Newton-Cartan space, including the construction of the connection. Supported by DOE Grant DE-FG02-13ER4195, ARO-MURI Grant 63834-PH-MUR, NSF Grant DMR-0820054, and a Simons Investigator grant from the Simons

  18. Quantum Hall resistance standard in graphene devices under relaxed experimental conditions

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    Schopfer, F.; Ribeiro-Palau, R.; Lafont, F.; Brun-Picard, J.; Kazazis, D.; Michon, A.; Cheynis, F.; Couturaud, O.; Consejo, C.; Jouault, B.; Poirier, W.

    Large-area and high-quality graphene devices synthesized by CVD on SiC are used to develop reliable electrical resistance standards, based on the quantum Hall effect (QHE), with state-of-the-art accuracy of 1x10-9 and under an extended range of experimental conditions of magnetic field (down to 3.5 T), temperature (up to 10 K) or current (up to 0.5 mA). These conditions are much relaxed as compared to what is required by GaAs/AlGaAs standards and will enable to broaden the use of the primary quantum electrical standards to the benefit of Science and Industry for electrical measurements. Furthermore, by comparison of these graphene devices with GaAs/AlGaAs standards, we demonstrate the universality of the QHE within an ultimate uncertainty of 8.2x10-11. This suggests the exact relation of the quantized Hall resistance with the Planck constant and the electron charge, which is crucial for the new SI to be based on fixing such fundamental constants. These results show that graphene realizes its promises and demonstrates its superiority over other materials for a demanding application. Nature Nanotech. 10, 965-971, 2015, Nature Commun. 6, 6806, 2015

  19. Manipulation of a Nuclear Spin by a Magnetic Domain Wall in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet

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    Korkusinski, M.; Hawrylak, P.; Liu, H. W.; Hirayama, Y.

    2017-01-01

    The manipulation of a nuclear spin by an electron spin requires the energy to flip the electron spin to be vanishingly small. This can be realized in a many electron system with degenerate ground states of opposite spin polarization in different Landau levels. We present here a microscopic theory of a domain wall between spin unpolarized and spin polarized quantum Hall ferromagnet states at filling factor two with the Zeeman energy comparable to the cyclotron energy. We determine the energies and many-body wave functions of the electronic quantum Hall droplet with up to N = 80 electrons as a function of the total spin, angular momentum, cyclotron and Zeeman energies from the spin singlet ν = 2 phase, through an intermediate polarization state exhibiting a domain wall to the fully spin-polarized phase involving the lowest and the second Landau levels. We demonstrate that the energy needed to flip one electron spin in a domain wall becomes comparable to the energy needed to flip the nuclear spin. The orthogonality of orbital electronic states is overcome by the many-electron character of the domain - the movement of the domain wall relative to the position of the nuclear spin enables the manipulation of the nuclear spin by electrical means. PMID:28262758

  20. Manipulation of a Nuclear Spin by a Magnetic Domain Wall in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet

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    Korkusinski, M.; Hawrylak, P.; Liu, H. W.; Hirayama, Y.

    2017-03-01

    The manipulation of a nuclear spin by an electron spin requires the energy to flip the electron spin to be vanishingly small. This can be realized in a many electron system with degenerate ground states of opposite spin polarization in different Landau levels. We present here a microscopic theory of a domain wall between spin unpolarized and spin polarized quantum Hall ferromagnet states at filling factor two with the Zeeman energy comparable to the cyclotron energy. We determine the energies and many-body wave functions of the electronic quantum Hall droplet with up to N = 80 electrons as a function of the total spin, angular momentum, cyclotron and Zeeman energies from the spin singlet ν = 2 phase, through an intermediate polarization state exhibiting a domain wall to the fully spin-polarized phase involving the lowest and the second Landau levels. We demonstrate that the energy needed to flip one electron spin in a domain wall becomes comparable to the energy needed to flip the nuclear spin. The orthogonality of orbital electronic states is overcome by the many-electron character of the domain - the movement of the domain wall relative to the position of the nuclear spin enables the manipulation of the nuclear spin by electrical means.