Breakdown of the integer and fractional quantum Hall states in a quantum point contact
Author(s)Dillard, Colin R.; Lin, Xi; Kastner, Marc A.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.
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The integer and fractional quantum Hall states are known to breakdown at high dc bias, exhibiting deviation from the ideal incompressible behavior. We measure breakdown of the ν=2, 3, 4, 5 integer and the ν=4/3 and 5/3 fractional states in a quantum point contact (QPC) of lithographic width ∼600 nm. Dependence of the critical current on magnetic field, QPC gate voltage, and QPC width are presented. Of particular interest, the critical current of the 4/3 and 5/3 fractional states shows the opposite dependence on QPC width compared to the integer states. This previously unobserved result is not explained by current theories of breakdown.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Dillard, C., X. Lin, M.A. Kastner, L.N. Pfeiffer, and K.W. West. “Breakdown of the Integer and Fractional Quantum Hall States in a Quantum Point Contact.” Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 47 (January 2013): 290–296.
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