Open momentum space method for the Hofstadter butterfly and the quantized Lorentz susceptibility

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We develop a generic k·p open momentum space method for calculating the Hofstadter butterfly of both continuum (moiré) models and tight-binding models, where the quasimomentum is directly substituted by the Landau level (LL) operators. By taking a LL cutoff (and a reciprocal lattice cutoff for continuum models), one obtains the Hofstadter butterfly with in-gap spectral flows. For continuum models such as the moiré model for twisted bilayer graphene, our method gives a sparse Hamiltonian, making it much more efficient than existing methods. The spectral flows in the Hofstadter gaps can be understood as edge states on a momentum space boundary, from which one can determine the two integers (tν,sν) of a gap ν satisfying the Diophantine equation. The spectral flows can also be removed to obtain a clear Hofstadter butterfly. While tν is known as the Chern number, our theory identifies sν as a dual Chern number for the momentum space, which corresponds to a quantized Lorentz susceptibility γxy=eBsν.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL161405
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 20 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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