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Edge-to-bulk transition of the IQHE at cleaved edge overgrown samples: a screening theory based experimental proposal

By U. Erkarslan, G. Oylumluoglu and A. Siddiki


In this work, we exploit the findings of the screening theory of the integer quantized Hall effect (QHE) based on the formation of the incompressible strips and its essential influence on the global resistances and propose certain experimental conditions to observe the bulk to edge transition of the QHE in a phenomenological model. We propose a Hall bar design on a cleaved edge overgrown wafer, which allows us to manipulate the edge potential profile from smooth to extremely sharp. For a particular sample design and by the help of a side gate perpendicular to the two dimensional electron system (2DES), it is shown that the plateau widths can be changed and even made to vanish when changing the edge potential profile. Such a control of the edge potential implies peculiar transport results when considering the screening theory, which includes direct Coulomb interaction explicitly. We think that, these experiments will shed new light on the understanding of the QHE.Comment: This paper has been withdrawn by the author due to a complete revision concerning very recent experimental and theoretical findings. The recent version can be found at arXiv:001950

Topics: Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics
Year: 2010
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