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Phys Rev Lett. 2016 Jan 15;116(2):026803. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.026803. Epub 2016 Jan 15.

SU(3) Quantum Hall Ferromagnetism in SnTe.

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1
Condensed Matter Theory Center and Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA.
2
Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas 75080, USA.
3
Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA.

Abstract

The (111) surface of SnTe hosts one isotropic Γ[over ¯]-centered and three degenerate anisotropic M[over ¯]-centered Dirac surface states. We predict that a nematic phase with spontaneously broken C_{3} symmetry will occur in the presence of a perpendicular magnetic field when the N=0 M[over ¯] Landau levels are 1/3 or 2/3 filled. The nematic state phase boundary is controlled by a competition between intravalley Coulomb interactions that favor a valley-polarized state and weaker intervalley scattering processes that increase in relative strength with magnetic field. An in-plane Zeeman field alters the phase diagram by lifting the threefold M[over ¯] Landau-level degeneracy, yielding a ground state energy with 2π/3 periodicity as a function of Zeeman-field orientation angle.

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