Pairing in half-filled Landau level

Zhiqiang Wang, Ipsita Mandal, Suk Bum Chung, Sudip Chakravarty

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Pairing of composite fermions in half-filled Landau level state is reexamined by solving the BCS gap equation with full frequency dependent current-current interactions. Our results show that there can be a continuous transition from the Halperin-Lee-Read state to a chiral odd angular momentum Cooper pair state for short-range contact interaction. This is at odds with the previously established conclusion of first order pairing transition, in which the low frequency effective interaction was assumed for the entire frequency range. We find that even if the low frequency effective interaction is repulsive, it is compensated by the high frequency regime, which is attractive. We construct the phase diagrams and show that ℓ. =. 1 angular momentum channel is quite different from higher angular momenta ℓ. ≥. 3. Remarkably, the full frequency dependent analysis applied to the bilayer Hall system with a total filling fraction ν=1/2+1/2 is quantitatively changed from the previously established results but not qualitatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-738
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Physics
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Chern-Simons theory
  • Chiral state
  • Composite fermion
  • Gauge interaction
  • Quantum Hall effect
  • Superconductivity


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