Interacting electrons in magnetic fields: Tracking potentials and Jastrow-product wave functions

Gábor Fáth, Stephen B. Haley

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The Schrödinger equation for an interacting spinless electron gas in a nonuniform magnetic field admits an exact solution in Jastrow product form when the fluctuations in the magnetic field track the fluctuations in the scalar potential. For tracking realizations in a two-dimensional electron gas, the degeneracy of the lowest Landau level persists and the “tracking” solutions span the ground state subspace. In the context of the fractional quantum Hall problem, the Laughlin wave function is shown to be a tracking solution. Tracking solutions for screened Coulomb interactions are also constructed. The resulting wave functions are proposed as variational wave functions with potentially lower energy in the case of non-negligible Landau level mixing than the Laughlin function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1413
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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