We review recent heat capacity and magnetotransport experiments on GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures containing multilayer two-dimensional electron systems (2DESs) in the quantum Hall regime. Emphasis in this article is on the study of the heat capacity near Landau level filling factor v = 1. We also present a detailed survey of the development of the quantum Hall effect in tilted-magnetic fields for v ≲ 2. Among the novel phenomena we address is the strong coupling between the nuclear spins and the electrons associated with the spin phase transitions of the 2DES at v = 4/3 and near v = 1.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy
- Heat capacity
- Phase transitions
- Quantum Hall effect
- Spin dynamics
- Two-dimensional electron systems