Helical nuclear spin order in a strip of stripes in the quantum Hall regime

  • Tobias Meng
  • Peter Stano
  • Jelena Klinovaja
  • Daniel Loss
Regular Article

Abstract

We investigate nuclear spin effects in a two-dimensional electron gas in the quantum Hall regime modeled by a weakly coupled array of interacting quantum wires. We show that the presence of hyperfine interaction between electron and nuclear spins in such wires can induce a phase transition, ordering electrons and nuclear spins into a helix in each wire. Electron-electron interaction effects, pronounced within the one-dimensional stripes, boost the transition temperature up to tens to hundreds of millikelvins in GaAs. We predict specific experimental signatures of the existence of nuclear spin order, for instance for the resistivity of the system at transitions between different quantum Hall plateaus.

Keywords

Solid State and Materials 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Meng
    • 1
  • Peter Stano
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jelena Klinovaja
    • 4
  • Daniel Loss
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN, WakoSaitamaJapan
  3. 3.Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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