Quantum numbers of textured hall effect quasiparticles

Chetan Nayak, Frank Wilczek

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We propose a class of variational wave functions with slow variation in spin and charge density and simple vortex structure at infinity, which properly generalize both the Laughlin quasiparticles and baby Skyrmions. We argue, on the basis of these wave functions and a spin-statistics relation in the relevant effective field theory, that the spin of the corresponding quasiparticle has a fractional part related in a universal fashion to the properties of the bulk state. We propose a direct experimental test of this claim. We show that certain spin-singlet quantum Hall states can be understood as arising from primary polarized states by Skyrmion condensation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4418-4421
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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