Hysteresis, spin transitions, and magnetic ordering in the fractional quantum Hall effect

  • Cho H
  • Kang W
  • Campman K
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Abstract

We have studied the development of metastable properties associated with a nearly spin-degenerate two-dimensional electron system. Application of large hydrostatic pressure significantly reduces the g-factor experienced by electrons in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure, and various fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) states are found to undergo transition to a spin-unpolarized ground state. In case of even numerator FQHE states, the spin transitions are accompanied by hysteresis and nonlinearity in the magnetotransport. These results strongly support a recent theory of quantum Hall magnetism in which competition between spin-polarized and spin-unpolarized ground states leads to an ordered phase that exhibits ferromagnetic correlation.

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Authors

  • H. Cho

  • W. Kang

  • K. L. Campman

  • A. C. Gossard

  • M. Bichler

  • W. Wegscheider

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