We investigate Laughlin's fractional quantum Hall effect wave function in the cylinder geometry of Laughlin's integer quantum Hall effect argument, at filling factor 1/3. We show that the plasma analogy leads to a periodic density, and that the wave function admits a representation as a "quantum polymer", reminiscent of the quantum dimer model by Rokhsar and Kivelson. We explain how the representation can be exploited to compute the normalization and one-particle density in the limit of infinitely many particles.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics