Competing Abelian and non-Abelian topological orders in ν=1/3+1/3 quantum Hall bilayers

Scott Geraedts, Michael P. Zaletel, Zlatko Papić, Roger S.K. Mong

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Bilayer quantum Hall systems, realized either in two separated wells or in the lowest two subbands of a wide quantum well, provide an experimentally realizable way to tune between competing quantum orders at the same filling fraction. Using newly developed density matrix renormalization group techniques combined with exact diagonalization, we return to the problem of quantum Hall bilayers at filling ν=1/3+1/3. We first consider the Coulomb interaction at bilayer separation d, bilayer tunneling energy ΔSAS, and individual layer width w, where we find a phase diagram which includes three competing Abelian phases: a bilayer Laughlin phase (two nearly decoupled ν=1/3 layers), a bilayer spin-singlet phase, and a bilayer symmetric phase. We also study the order of the transitions between these phases. A variety of non-Abelian phases has also been proposed for these systems. While absent in the simplest phase diagram, by slightly modifying the interlayer repulsion we find a robust non-Abelian phase which we identify as the "interlayer-Pfaffian" phase. In addition to non-Abelian statistics similar to the Moore-Read state, it exhibits a novel form of bilayer-spin charge separation. Our results suggest that ν=1/3+1/3 systems merit further experimental study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205139
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 27 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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