Volume 87, Number 1, July 2009
Article Number 17008
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 24 July 2009
EPL, 87 (2009) 17008
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/87/17008

Current-direction–induced rectification effect on (integer) quantized Hall plateaus

A. Siddiki

Physics Department, Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, and Center for NanoScience, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität - Theresienstrasse 37, 80333 Munich, Germany, EU and Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences - 48170-Kötekli, Mugla, Turkey

received 21 February 2009; accepted in final form 25 June 2009; published July 2009
published online 24 July 2009

Current distribution across narrow Hall bars in out of linear response regime is studied within a self-consistent Hartree-type mean-field approximation for samples which are equally and unequally depleted laterally. The existence of the current-carrying incompressible strips and their influence on magneto-transport properties are investigated. We predict that, the extent and the presence of the quantized Hall plateaus strongly depend on the current direction, in the out of linear response regime, when considering unequally depleted samples. Our magneto-transport results are in contrast to the ones of the conventional theories of the integer quantized Hall effect. We propose certain experimental conditions to test our theoretical predictions at high-mobility, narrow samples.

73.43.Cd - Theory and modeling.
73.50.Fq - High-field and nonlinear effects.
73.40.Ei - Rectification.

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