Fractional quantum Hall states with negative flux: edge modes in some Abelian and non-Abelian cases

M. V. Milovanović 1, Th. Jolicoeur 2

International Journal of Modern Physics B 24 (2010) 549

We investigate the structure of gapless edge modes propagating at the boundary of some fractional quantum Hall states. We show how to deduce explicit trial wavefunctions from the knowledge of the effective theory governing the edge modes. In general quantum Hall states have many edge states. Here we discuss the case of fractions having only two such modes. The case of spin-polarized and spin-singlet states at filling fraction 2/5 is considered. We give an explicit description of the decoupled charged and neutral modes. Then we discuss the situation involving negative flux acting on the composite fermions. This happens notably for the filling factor 2/3 which supports two counterpropagating modes. Microscopic wavefunctions for spin-polarized and spin-singlet states at this filling factor are given. Finally we present an analysis of the edge structure of a non-Abelian state involving also negative flux. Counterpropagating modes involve in all cases explicit derivative operators diminishing the angular momentum of the system.

  • 1. Institute of Physics,
    Institute of Physics
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud