The origin of holomorphic states in Landau levels from non-commutative geometry and a new formula for their overlaps on the torus

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Abstract

Holomorphic functions that characterize states in a two-dimensional Landau level have been central to key developments such as the Laughlin state. Their origin has historically been attributed to a special property of “Schrödinger wavefunctions” of states in the “lowest Landau level.” It is shown here that they instead arise in any Landau level as a generic mathematical property of the Heisenberg description of the non-commutative geometry of guiding centers. When quasiperiodic boundary conditions are applied to compactify the system on a torus, a new formula for the overlap between holomorphic states, in the form of a discrete sum rather than an integral, is obtained. The new formula is unexpected from the previous “lowest-Landau level Schrödinger wavefunction” interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number081901
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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