Persistent currents in a Möbius ladder: A test of interchain coherence of interacting electrons

Frédéric Mila, Charles A Stafford

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Persistent currents in a Moebius ladder are shown to be very sensitive to the effects of intrachain interactions on the hopping of electrons between chains. Their periodicity as a function of flux is doubled for strong enough repulsive interactions because electrons cannot hop coherently between the chains and have to travel along the full edge of the Moebius ladder, thus encircling the flux twice. The interplay of topology and interactions is shown to lead to interesting finite-size effects on the odd harmonics of the persistent current.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1457-1460
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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