J. Phys. IV France
Volume 09, Numéro PR10, December 1999
International Workshop on Electronic Crystals
Page(s) Pr10-227 - Pr10-229
International Workshop on Electronic Crystals

J. Phys. IV France 09 (1999) Pr10-227-Pr10-229

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:19991057

Quantum fluctuations and unlocking of quantum Hall stripes

H.A. Fertig1, 2 and R. Coté3

1  Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0055, U.S.A.
2  Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, U.S.A.
3  Université de Sherbrooke, Département de Physique, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada J1K 2R1

Stripe ordering is believed to exist in quantum Hall systems in weak magnetic fields, where many Landau levels are occupied. Within mean-field theory such unidirectional CDW states are unstable to the formation of a set of parallel one-dimensional electron crystals that are locked into a two-dimensional crystal by their mutual interactions. Quantum fluctuations are shown to destabilize this state through a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. The resulting state may be interpreted as a Wigner crystal with mobile vacancies and interstitials included in the groundstate. The expected transport properties are in qualitative agreement with recent experiments.

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