Numerical exploration of trial wave functions for the particle-hole-symmetric Pfaffian

Ryan Mishmash, David F. Mross, Jason Alicea, Olexei Motrunich

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We numerically assess model wave functions for the recently proposed particle-hole-symmetric Pfaffian ("PHP-faffian") topological order, a phase consistent with the recently reported thermal Hall conductance [M. Banerjee et al., Nature 559, 205 (2018)] at the ever enigmatic v = 5/2 quantum Hall plateau. We find that the most natural Moore-Read-inspired trial state for the PH-Pfaffian, when projected into the lowest Landau level, exhibits a remarkable numerical similarity on accessible system sizes with the corresponding (compressible) composite Fermi liquid. Consequently, this PH-Pfaffian trial state performs reasonably well energetically in the half-filled lowest Landau level, but is likely not a good starting point for understanding the v = 5/2 ground state. Our results suggest that the PH-Pfaffian model wave function either encodes anomalously weak p-wave pairing of composite fermions or fails to represent a gapped, incompressible phase altogether.
Original languageEnglish
Article number081107
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - 10 Aug 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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