Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect inHg1−yMnyTeQuantum Wells

Chao-Xing Liu, Xiao-Liang Qi, Xi Dai, Zhong Fang, Shou-Cheng Zhang
2008 Physical Review Letters  
The quantum Hall effect is usually observed when the two-dimensional electron gas is subjected to an external magnetic field, so that their quantum states form Landau levels. In this work we predict that a new phenomenon, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, can be realized in Hg$_{1-y}$Mn$_{y}$Te quantum wells, without the external magnetic field and the associated Landau levels. This effect arises purely from the spin polarization of the $Mn$ atoms, and the quantized Hall conductance is
more » ... ductance is predicted for a range of quantum well thickness and the concentration of the $Mn$ atoms. This effect enables dissipationless charge current in spintronics devices.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.101.146802 pmid:18851555 fatcat:qsfh4jbquvdkfbgieqe5votmzy