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Inhomogeneous magnetic catalysis on graphene's honeycomb lattice

By Bitan Roy and Igor F. Herbut

Abstract

We investigate the ordering instability of interacting (and for simplicity, spinless) fermions on graphene's honeycomb lattice by numerically computing the Hartree self-consistent solution for the charge-density-wave order parameter in presence of both uniform and non-uniform magnetic fields. For a uniform field the overall behavior of the order parameter is found to be in accord with the continuum theory. In the inhomogeneous case, the spatial profile of the order parameter resembles qualitatively the form of the magnetic field itself, at least when the interaction is not overly strong. We find that right at the zero-field critical point of the infinite system the local order parameter scales as the square-root of the local strength of the magnetic field, apparently independently of the assumed field's profile. The finite size effects on various parameters of interest, such as the critical interaction and the universal amplitude ratio of the interaction-induced gap to the Landau level energy at criticality are also addressed.Comment: 8 Pages, 10 figures, added comments; published versio

Topics: Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics, Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.195422
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1102.3481
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