Landau-Ginzburg theories of non-Abelian quantum Hall states from non-Abelian bosonization

Hart Goldman, Ramanjit Sohal, Eduardo Fradkin

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It is an important open problem to understand the landscape of non-Abelian fractional quantum Hall phases which can be obtained starting from physically motivated theories of Abelian composite particles. We show that progress on this problem can be made using recently proposed non-Abelian bosonization dualities in 2+1 dimensions, which morally relate U(N)k and SU(k)-N Chern-Simons-matter theories. The advantage of these dualities is that regions of the phase diagram which may be obscure on one side of the duality can be accessed by condensing local operators on the other side. Starting from parent Abelian states, we use this approach to construct Landau-Ginzburg theories of non-Abelian states through a pairing mechanism. In particular, we obtain the bosonic Read-Rezayi sequence at fillings ν=k/(kM+2) by starting from k layers of bosons at ν=1/2 with M Abelian fluxes attached. The Read-Rezayi states arise when k clusters of the dual non-Abelian bosons condense. We extend this construction by showing that Nf-component generalizations of the Halperin (2,2,1) bosonic states have dual descriptions in terms of SU(Nf+1)1 Chern-Simons-matter theories, revealing an emergent global symmetry in the process. Clustering k layers of these theories yields a non-Abelian SU(Nf)-singlet state at filling ν=kNf/(Nf+1+kMNf).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115111
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 5 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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