We have investigated quantum Hall Skyrmions at filling factor (Formula presented) carrying more than one unit of topological, and hence electric, charge. Using a combination of analytic and numerical methods we find the counterintuitive result that when the Zeeman energy is tuned to values much smaller than the interaction energy (Formula presented)], the creation energy of a charge two Skyrmion becomes less than twice the creation energy of a charge one Skyrmion, i.e., Skyrmions bind in pairs. The doubly charged Skyrmions are stable to further accretion of charge and exhibit a 10% larger spin per unit charge than charge one Skyrmions which would, in principle, signal this pairing.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics