Transference of Fermi Contour Anisotropy to Composite Fermions

Insun Jo, K. A. Villegas Rosales, M. A. Mueed, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West, K. W. Baldwin, R. Winkler, Medini Padmanabhan, M. Shayegan
2017 Physical Review Letters  
There has been a surge of recent interest in the role of anisotropy in interaction-induced phenomena in two-dimensional (2D) charged carrier systems. A fundamental question is how an anisotropy in the energy-band structure of the carriers at zero magnetic field affects the properties of the interacting particles at high fields, in particular of the composite fermions (CFs) and the fractional quantum Hall states (FQHSs). We demonstrate here tunable anisotropy for holes and hole-flux CFs confined
more » ... to GaAs quantum wells, via applying in situ in-plane strain and measuring their Fermi wavevector anisotropy through commensurability oscillations. For strains on the order of 10^-4 we observe significant deformations of the shapes of the Fermi contours for both holes and CFs. The measured Fermi contour anisotropy for CFs at high magnetic field (α_CF) is less than the anisotropy of their low-field hole (fermion) counterparts (α_F), and closely follows the relation: α_CF = √(α_F). The energy gap measured for the ν = 2/3 FQHS, on the other hand, is nearly unaffected by the Fermi contour anisotropy up to α_F∼ 3.3, the highest anisotropy achieved in our experiments.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.119.016402 pmid:28731746 fatcat:7gju3edl3vhihc4w2xr5iuzzw4