Coherence and disorder in bilayer quantum hall systems

H. A. Fertig, Ganpathy Murthy

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The quantum Hall bilayer at total filling factor v=1 displays a number of properties akin to superfluidity, most clearly apparent in its very low dissipation in tunneling and counterflow transport. Theoretical descriptions in terms of quantum Hall ferromagnetism or thin-film superfluidity can be developed to explain these phenomena. In either case, merons can be identified as important low energy excitations. We demonstrate that a model in which puddles of merons induced by disorder, separated by narrow regions of interlayer coherencea coherence networkcan naturally explain many of the imperfect superfluid finite temperature properties that are observed in these systems. The periodic realization of this model shows that there can be low energy excitations beyond the superfluid mode. These are associated with transitions between states of different meron number in the puddles, where we argue that merons should be unbound at any temperature, and which can have important implications for the effect of quantum fluctuations on the system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number349362
JournalAdvances in Condensed Matter Physics
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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