We study the critical spin-polarization energy (αC) above which fractional quantum Hall states in two-dimensional electron systems confined to symmetric GaAs quantum wells become fully spin polarized. We find a significant decrease of αC as we increase the well width. In systems with comparable electron layer thickness, αC for fractional states near Landau level filling ν=3/2 is about twice larger than those near ν=1/2, suggesting a broken particle-hole symmetry. Theoretical calculations, which incorporate Landau level mixing through an effective three-body interaction, and finite layer thickness capture certain qualitative features of the experimental results.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Aug 8 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics