Microscopic verification of topological electron-vortex binding in the lowest landau-level crystal state

Chia Chen Chang, Gun Sang Jeon, Jainendra K. Jain

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When two-dimensional electrons are subjected to a very strong magnetic field, they are believed to form a triangular crystal. By a direct comparison with the exact wave function, we demonstrate that this crystal is not a simple Hartree-Fock crystal of electrons but an inherently quantum mechanical crystal characterized by a nonperturbative binding of quantized vortices to electrons. It is suggested that this has qualitative consequences for experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number016809
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 14 2005


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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