The correlations in the ground state of interacting electrons in a two-dimensional quantum dot in a high magnetic field are known to undergo a qualitative change from liquid-like to crystal-like as the total angular momentum becomes large. We show that the composite-fermion theory provides an excellent account of the states in both regimes. The quantum mechanical formation of composite fermions with a large number of attached vortices automatically generates composite fermion crystallites in finite quantum dots.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science
- Condensed Matter Physics