We report on a study of the charged-Skyrmion or spin-texture excitations which occur in quantum Hall ferromagnets near odd Landau-level filling factors. Particle-hole symmetry is used to relate the spin-quantum numbers of charged particle and hole excitations and neutral particle-hole pair excitations. Hartree-Fock theory is used to provide quantitative estimates of the energies of these excitations and their dependence on Zeeman coupling strength, Landau-level quantum numbers, and the thicknesses of the two-dimensional electron layers. For the case of ν near three we suggest the possibility of first-order phase transitions with increasing Zeeman coupling strength from a many-Skyrmion state to one with many maximally spin-polarized quasiparticles.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics