Friday, July 12, 2013

1307.2909 (Z. Papić et al.)

Topological Phases in the Zeroth Landau Level of Bilayer Graphene    [PDF]

Z. Papić, D. A. Abanin
We analyze the phase diagram of the zeroth Landau level of bilayer graphene, taking into account the realistic effects of screening of the Coulomb interaction and the strong mixing between two degenerate sublevels. We identify robust quantum Hall states at filling factors \nu=-1, -4/3, -5/3, -8/5, -1/2, and discuss the nature of their ground states, collective excitations, and relation to the more familiar states in GaAs using a tractable model. In particular, we present evidence that the \nu=-1/2 state, which was recently reported experimentally, is non-Abelian, and described by either the Moore-Read Pfaffian wave function or its particle-hole conjugate, while ruling out other candidates such as the 331 state.
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