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The discovery of the quantum hall effect

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Part of the Advances in Solid State Physics book series (ASSP, volume 26)

Abstract

The roots of the quantum Hall effect can be traced back about 30 years, when the idea of a two-dimensional electron gas was first introduced. Progress in the generation of high magnetic fields together with advances in semiconductor technology eventually made the discovery possible which was not predicted by theory. It is shown how the systematic investigation of the transport properties of silicon field-effect transistors at low temperatures in high magnetic fields culminated in the discovery of the quantum Hall effect.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität WürzburgWürzburgFederal Republic of Germany

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