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Metallic phase of the quantum Hall effect in four-dimensional space

Jonathan Edge

(Lorentz Institute, Leiden University)

Time: Thu Jun 27 10:00:00 2013
Location: Building 1, Room 114, Auditorium

We study the phase diagram of the quantum Hall effect in four-dimensional (4D) space. Unlike in 2D, in 4D there exists a metallic as well as an insulating phase, depending on the disorder strength. The critical exponent u ≈ 1.2 of the diverging localization length at the quantum Hall insulator-to-metal transition differs from the semiclassical value u = 1 of 4D Anderson transitions in the presence of time-reversal symmetry. Our numerical analysis is based on a mapping of the 4D Hamiltonian onto a 1D dynamical system, providing a route towards the experimental realization of the 4D quantum Hall effect.

J. M. Edge, J. Tworzydło, and C. W. J. Beenakker, Metallic Phase of the Quantum Hall Effect in Four-Dimensional Space, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 135701 (2012)