The role of analogy in unraveling the fractional quantum Hall effect mystery

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The analogy provided by the integral quantum Hall effect (IQHE) that has helped in the understanding of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) was discussed. The emergence of composite fermions describes the manner in which quantum mechanical phases, in the form of quantized vortices bound to electrons, enter into the physics of the lowest Landau level quantum fluid. The FQHE of electrons is an IQHE of composite fermions. The lowest Landau level quantum fluid is a colossal atom of composite fermions, and the FQHE states are inert atoms containing filled shells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 2003
EventProceedings of the International Symposium at Quantum Hall Effect - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: Jul 2 2003Jul 5 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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