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Studies of Exciton Condensation and Transport in Quantum Hall Bilayers


Finck, Aaron David Kiyoshi (2012) Studies of Exciton Condensation and Transport in Quantum Hall Bilayers. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/PQJV-SB92.


This thesis is a report of the transport properties of bilayer two-dimensional electron systems found in GaAs/AlGaAs double quantum well semiconductor heterostructures. When a strong perpendicular magnetic field is applied so that the total Landau filling factor is equal to one and if the two layers are close enough together, a novel quantum Hall (QH) state with strong interlayer correlations can form. This QH state is often described as an excitonic condensate, in which electrons in one layer pair with holes in the other. As neutral particles, excitons feel no Lorentz force and are not confined to the edges of the bilayer system like charged quasiparticles are. Instead, excitons are expected to be able to move freely through the bulk and even flow without any dissipation under proper conditions (i.e.,~excitonic superfluidity). Counterflow studies that directly probe the bulk verify this exciton transport in the electrically insulating interior. We also report on studies of the phase boundary between the correlated and uncorrelated phases at total Landau filling factor one as the effective interlayer separation is tuned. When both phases are fully spin polarized at high Zeeman energy, the phase transition is much broader than when the uncorrelated phase is incompletely polarized at low Zeeman energy. This suggests a possible change in the nature of the phase transition in the regime of complete spin polarization.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:quantum Hall effect;exciton;exciton condensation
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Eisenstein, James P.
Thesis Committee:
  • Libbrecht, Kenneth George
  • Yeh, Nai-Chang
  • Refael, Gil
  • Eisenstein, James P. (chair)
Defense Date:22 September 2011
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:09262011-144749993
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ID Code:6689
Deposited By: Aaron Finck
Deposited On:19 Oct 2011 18:58
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 23:53

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