Nanostructures in the quantum Hall regime

Eero Tölö

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The quantum Hall effect observed in a two-dimensional electron gas exposed to a perpendicular magnetic field is one of the most important modern discoveries in condensed matter physics. Advances in technology have allowed both experimental and computer-based theoretical study of miniature-size counterparts of conventional quantum Hall devices. Due to their versatile tunable electronic and magnetic properties, these systems show great promise for future technological applications. This work investigates two-dimensional semiconductor quantum dots and extended quantum rings in the quantum Hall regime. Besides being interesting on purely theoretical grounds as experimentally reachable extreme quantum-mechanical interacting many-body systems, the systems considered have major applicational interest in the realm of quantum information processing. Our emphasis lies in the strongly correlated regime where the enhanced electron-electron interactions lead to a computationally hard problem. For the systems with a few electrons, we employ the in principle exact configuration interaction method, which allows accurate study of the effects of the confinement potential and the effective form of the electron-electron interaction. Larger systems are modeled by Monte Carlo and density functional based methods. Moreover, we develop a computational method based on the reduced density-matrix functional theory to study the physics at the strongly correlated fractional quantum Hall regime with large particle numbers. The main results are related to the interplay of electron correlation and magnetism as well as the effects of tuning the electron correlation through sample engineering. The results on magnetism may find applications in future spintronics devices and spin qubits. Meanwhile, the results on electron correlation are relevant for the attempts to utilize fractional quantum Hall states in topologically protected quantum computing.
Translated title of the contributionNanostructures in the quantum Hall regime
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Nieminen, Risto, Supervising Professor
  • Harju, Ari, Thesis Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-3277-1
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-3278-8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • quantum Hall effect
  • quantum dot
  • quantum ring

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