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Measurable signatures of bosonic fractional Chern insulator states and their fractional excitations in a quantum-gas microscope

by Botao Wang, Xiao-Yu Dong, André Eckardt

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Authors (as registered SciPost users): Xiao-Yu Dong · André Eckardt · Botao Wang
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Date accepted: 2022-02-14
Date submitted: 2022-01-07 17:56
Submitted by: Wang, Botao
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Ontological classification
Academic field: Physics
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Theory
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Computational
Approaches: Theoretical, Computational


The recent progress in engineering topological band structures in optical-lattice systems makes it promising to study fractional Chern insulator states in these systems. Here we consider a realistic finite system of a few repulsively interacting bosons on a square lattice with magnetic flux and sharp edges, as it can be realized in quantum-gas microscopes. We investigate under which conditions a fractional Chern insulator state corresponding to the Laughlin-like state at filling $\nu=1/2$ can be stabilized and its fractional excitations probed. Using numerical simulations, we find an incompressible bulk density at the expected filling for systems, whose linear extent is as small as 6-8 sites. This is a promising result, since such small systems are favorable with respect to the required adiabatic state preparation. Moreover, we also see very clear signatures of excitations with fractional charge in response both to static pinning potentials and dynamical flux insertion. Since the compressible edges, which are found to feature chiral currents, can serve as a reservoir, these observations are robust against changes in the total particle number. Our results suggest that signatures of both a fractional Chern insulator state and its fractional excitations can be found under realistic experimental conditions.

Author comments upon resubmission

Dear Editor,

Thank the referee for close reading and the final comment. It has been implemented in the resubmitted manuscript. We hope our revised paper is now ready for publication.

Botao Wang, Xiaoyu Dong, and André Eckardt

Published as SciPost Phys. 12, 095 (2022)

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