Composite fermion theory of rapidly rotating two-dimensional bosons

N. Regnault, C. C. Chang, Th Jolicoeur, J. K. Jain

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Ultracold neutral bosons in a rapidly rotating atomic trap have been predicted to exhibit fractional quantum Hall-like states. We describe how the composite fermion theory, used in the description of the fractional quantum Hall effect for electrons, can be applied to interacting bosons. Numerical evidence supporting the formation of composite fermions, each being the bound state of a boson and one flux quantum, is shown for filling fractions of the type ν = p/(p + 1), both by spectral analysis and by direct comparison with trial wavefunctions. The rapidly rotating system of two-dimensional bosons thus constitutes an interesting example of 'statistical transmutation', with bosons behaving like composite fermions. We also describe the difference between the electronic and the bosonic cases when p approaches infinity. Residual interactions between composite fermions are attractive in this limit, resulting in a paired composite fermion state described by the Moore-Read wavefunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S89-S99
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 2 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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