Chiral currents in one-dimensional fractional quantum Hall states

Eyal Cornfeld, Eran Sela

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We study bosonic and fermionic quantum two-leg ladders with orbital magnetic flux. In such systems, the ratio ν of particle density to magnetic flux shapes the phase space, as in quantum Hall effects. In fermionic (bosonic) ladders, when ν equals one over an odd (even) integer, Laughlin fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states are stabilized for sufficiently long-ranged repulsive interactions. As a signature of these fractional states, we find a unique dependence of the chiral currents on particle density and on magnetic flux. This dependence is characterized by the fractional filling factor ν, and forms a stringent test for the realization of FQH states in ladders, using either numerical simulations or future ultracold-atom experiments. The two-leg model is equivalent to a single spinful chain with spin-orbit interactions and a Zeeman magnetic field, and results can thus be directly borrowed from one model to the other.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115446
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 29 Sep 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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