Absorption in the fractional quantum hall regime: Trion dichroism and spin polarization

J. G. Groshaus, P. Plochocka-Polack, M. Rappaport, V. Umansky, I. Bar-Joseph, B. S. Dennis, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West, Y. Gallais, A. Pinczuk

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We present measurements of optical interband absorption in the fractional quantum Hall regime in a GaAs quantum well in the range 0<ν≤1. We investigate the mechanism of singlet trion absorption, and show that its circular dichroism can be used as a probe of the spin polarization of the ground state of the two-dimensional electron system (2DES). We find that at ν≤1/3 the 2DES is fully spin polarized. Increasing the filling factor results in a gradual depolarization, with a sharp minimum in the dichroism near ν=2/3. We find that in the range 0.5≤ν<0.85 the 2DES remains partially polarized for the broad range of magnetic fields from 2.75 to 11 T. This is consistent with the presence of a mixture of polarized and depolarized regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number156803
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 12 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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