Quantum phase transitions induced by the spin-orbit interaction in the N = 1 landau level

Toru Ito, Kentaro Nomura, Naokazu Shibata

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The effect of the spin-orbit interaction on the fractional quantum Hall states at filling factors ν = 7/3, 5/2, and 12/5 is studied by the exact diagonalization method and density-matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method. We calculate the excitation energy gap, ground-state pair-correlation functions, and the topological entanglement entropy to analyze the effect of the spin-orbit interaction. The obtained results show that, at ν = 7/3, the spin-orbit interaction destabilizes the parafermion state, leading to the phase transition to the Laughlin state. At ν = 5/2 the Pfaffian state is stabilized but the phase transition to the composite fermion liquid state finally occurs. At ν = 12/5, the parafermion ground state is destabilized and the phase transition to the Jain state occurs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034713
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar


  • Density matrix
  • Fractional quantum hall effect
  • Moore-read-Pfaffian
  • Parafermion
  • Read-Rezayi
  • Renormalization group
  • Spin-orbit interaction
  • Two dimension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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