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Chern number in condensed matter physics

In mathematics, the Chern number is defined in terms of the Chern class of a manifold. What is the exact definition of Chern number in condensed matter physics, i.e. quantum hall system?
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Simple model of edge states for a two-dimensional topological insulator

Quantum spin Hall states or, topological insulators are novel states of matter that have insulating bulk and gapless edge states. Are there any simple models that show these features? See e.g. the ...
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Isn't it incorrect for the minimal gauge coupling and related calculations in Prof. Ezawa's book on quantum Hall effect?

He is CORRECT. I use $\mathbf{B}=\left(0,0,B_{\perp}\right)$ and he use $\mathbf{B}=\left(0,0,-B_{\perp}\right)$. $B_{\perp}>0$. Nov.28.2012 Basically I got mad with conventions. 1.Here is the ...
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What is the operator for the edge current of a fracional quantum Hall state?

The edge of a fractional quantum Hall state is a chiral conformal field theory. In the Laughlin case it corresponds to the chiral boson, $$ S = \frac{1}{4\pi} \int dt dx ...
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Aharonov-Bohm Effect and Integer Quantum Hall Effect

What is the relationship between Aharonov-Bohm effect and Integer Quantum Hall effect?
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What is nonlocal resistance?

We are first taught to calculate local resistance, where current and voltage are on the same part of the material. But many experiments measure nonlocal resistance, where current and voltage are ...
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Edge channels in Quantum Hall effect

Why is the value of Hall conductance directly proportional to the number of edge channels in the sample?
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Curvature and edge state

If the boundary of quantum hall fluid has non-constant curvature, how will it affect the edge state which is usually described in chiral Luttinger fluid?
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Are the electrons in a quantum hall edge state entangled?

I am reading the paper on Quantum Energy Teleportation by Yusa, Izumida and Hotta(This article), and it seems that they are assuming that the quantum hall edge state is a quantum correlated state, ...
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Is Fractional quantum Hall effect proof that leptons are composite particles?

The fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) is a physical phenomenon in which the Hall conductance of 2D electrons shows precisely quantised plateaus at fractional values. Should this be considered ...
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Is quantum Hall current density local? (${\bf j}({\bf r}) = \sigma_H {\bf \hat n \times E}({\bf r}) $)

The good old Ohm's law $${\bf j}({\bf r}) = \sigma_O {\bf E}({\bf r})$$ if translated into words would be "the local current density is proportional to a local electric field." In a quantum Hall ...
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What is the mass of the emergent magnetic monopoles in spin ice and how is the mass of an emergent particle determined?

In solid state physics emergent particles are very common. How one determines if they are gap-less excitations? Do the defects in spin ice called magnetic monopoles have mass? What is the mass of ...
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Laplacian of a delta function as an interaction potential for Laughlin state

I am reading Xiao-Gang Wen's paper "Pattern-of-zeros approach to Fractional quantum Hall states and a classification of symmetric polynomial of infinite variables", on page 8, he gives three ...
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Hall conductivity and edge response

The hall conductivity $\sigma_{xy}$ seems to reflect to some extent the response of a system in direction $\hat{y}$ to certain perturbation (electric field for example) restricted in $\hat{x}$ ...
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The bijective correspondence between a symmetric polynomial and edge excitation of the fractional quantum hall droplet

I am recently reading Xiao-Gang Wen's paper (http://dao.mit.edu/~wen/pub/edgere.pdf) on edge excitation for fractional quantum hall effect. On page 25, he claimed that it is easy to show that there ...
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Analytic form of the normalization constant for Laughlin wavefunction

Is there any analytic form of the normalization constant for Laughlin wavefunction $$\prod_{i < j} (z_i-z_j)^{1/\nu} e^{-\sum_i |z_i|^2/4}$$ where $\nu$ is the filling factor?
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Pair correlation function for a inhomogeneous Laughlin droplet

Pair correlation function for the usual Laughlin droplet is defined as $g(\vec{r})$: $$\rho_0 g(\vec{r})=\frac{1}{N}\langle\sum_i^N \sum_{j \neq i}^N \delta(\vec{r}-\vec{r_i}+\vec{r_j})\rangle$$, ...
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Edge theory of FQHE - Unable to produce Green's function from anticommutation relations and equation of motion?

I'm studying the edge theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) and I've stumbled on a peculiar contradiction concerning the bosonization procedure which I am unable to resolve. Help! In ...
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How do you obtain the commutation relations at non-equal times (for the edge of a fractional quantum Hall state)?

The edge of a fractional quantum Hall state is an example of a chiral Luttinger liquid. Take, for the sake of simplicity, the edge of the Laughlin state. The Hamiltonian is: $$H = ...
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“Classical” limit of Quantum Hall Effect

Imagine a partially filled $\nu=1$ state of the integer quantum Hall effect (IQHE). One way to think about it is to imagine a gas of electrons where each particle is locked to the lowest quantum state ...
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What is the energy functional for $\nu=5/2$ Moore-Read state?

I am trying to do some Monte Carlo simulations for Pfaffian state from Fractional Quantum Hall effect. I am wondering what is the energy functional for $\nu=5/2$ Moore-Read state?
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Quantum Hall effect for dummies

In the past few days I've become increasingly intrigued by the QHE, mainly thanks to very interesting questions and answers that have appeared here. Unfortunately, I am as of yet very confused by all ...
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Resistance of a two-dimensional sample

In this review of the QHE, Steve Girvin makes the following statement (bottom of pg. 6, beginning of Sec. 1.1.1): As one learns in the study of scaling in the localization transition, resistivity ...
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Simple models that exhibit topological phase transitions

There are a number of physical systems with phases described by topologically protected invariants (fractional quantum Hall, topological insulators) but what are the simplest mathematical models that ...