Theory of the quantum Hall smectic phase. II. Microscopic theory

Daniel G. Barci, Eduardo Fradkin

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We present a microscopic derivation of the hydrodynamic theory of the quantum Hall smectic or stripe phase of a two-dimensional electron gas in a large magnetic field. The effective action of the low-energy state is derived here from a microscopic picture by integrating out high-energy excitations with a scale of the order of the cyclotron energy. The remaining low-energy theory can be expressed in terms of two canonically conjugate sets of degrees of freedom: the displacement field that describes the fluctuations of the shapes of the stripes and the local charge fluctuations on each stripe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number245320
Pages (from-to)2453201-24532019
Number of pages22078819
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 15 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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