Valley susceptibility of an interacting two-dimensional electron system

O. Gunawan, Y. P. Shkolnikov, K. Vakili, T. Gokmen, E. P. De Poortere, M. Shayegan

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We report direct measurements of the valley susceptibility, the change of valley population in response to an applied symmetry-breaking strain, in an AlAs two-dimensional electron system. As the two-dimensional density is reduced, the valley susceptibility dramatically increases relative to its band value, reflecting the system's strong electron-electron interaction. The increase has a remarkable resemblance to the enhancement of the spin susceptibility and establishes the analogy between the spin and valley degrees of freedom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number186404
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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