When electrons confined in two dimensions are exposed to a strong magnetic field, they fall into the lowest quantum of their kinetic energy, and the physics is governed by the interaction alone. With the kinetic energy thus quenched, one might expect electrons immediately to form a lattice, known as the Wigner crystal. The phase transition from this exotic quantum liquid into the electron solid anticipated at yet higher magnetic fields became a subject of intense investigation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|State||Published - Mar 14 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)