Mapping the braiding properties of the Moore-Read state

Emil Prodan, F. D.M. Haldane

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In this paper we explore the braiding properties of the Moore-Read fractional Hall sequence, which amounts to computing the adiabatic evolution of the Hall liquid when the anyons are moved along various trajectories. In this work, the anyons are pinned to precise spatial configurations by using specific external potentials. Such external potentials break the translational symmetry and it appears that one will be forced to simulate the braidings on the entire many-body Hilbert space, an absolutely prohibitive scenario. We demonstrate how to overcome this difficulty and obtain the exact braidings for fairly large Hall systems. For this, we show that the incompressible state of a general (k,m) fractional Hall sequence can be viewed as the unique zero mode of a specific Hamiltonian H (k,m), whose form is explicitly derived by using k -particle creation operators. The compressible Hall states corresponding to n×k anyons fixed at w1,..., wnk are shown to be the zero modes of a pinning Hamiltonian H w1,..., wnk (k,m), which is also explicitly derived. The zero modes of H w1,..., wnk (k,m) are shown to be contained in the space of the zero modes of H (k,m). Therefore, the computation of the braidings can be done entirely within this space, which we map out for a number of Hall systems. Using this efficient computational method, we study various properties of the Moore-Read states. In particular, we present direct confirmation of their topological and non-Abelian properties that were previously predicted using the underlying conformal field theory structure of the Moore-Read state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115121
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 23 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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