State counting for excited bands of the fractional quantum Hall effect: Exclusion rules for bound excitons

Ajit C. Balram, Arkadiusz Wójs, Jainendra K. Jain

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Exact diagonalization studies have revealed that the energy spectrum of interacting electrons in the lowest Landau level splits, nonperturbatively, into bands, which is responsible for the fascinating phenomenology of this system. The theory of nearly free composite fermions has been shown to be valid for the lowest band, and thus to capture the low-temperature physics, but it overpredicts the number of states for the excited bands. We explain the state counting of higher bands in terms of composite fermions with an infinitely strong short-range interaction between an excited composite-fermion particle and the hole it leaves behind. This interaction, the form of which we derive from the microscopic composite-fermion theory, eliminates configurations containing certain tightly bound composite-fermion excitons. With this modification, the composite-fermion theory reproduces, for all well defined excited bands seen in exact diagonalization studies, an exact counting for ν>1/3, and an almost exact counting for ν≤1/3. The resulting insight clarifies that the corrections to the nearly free composite-fermion theory are not thermodynamically significant at sufficiently low temperatures, thus providing a microscopic explanation for why it has proved successful for the analysis of the various properties of the composite-fermion Fermi sea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205312
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - Nov 27 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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