Asymmetric nonlinear response of the quantized Hall effect

Siddiki A. , Horas J., Kupidura D., Wegscheider W., Ludwig S.

NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, vol.12, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1367-2630/12/11/113011
  • Title of Journal : NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS


An asymmetric breakdown of the integer quantized Hall effect (IQHE) is investigated. This rectification effect is observed as a function of the current value and its direction in conjunction with an asymmetric lateral confinement potential defining the Hall bar. Our electrostatic definition of the Hall bar via Schottky gates allows a systematic control of the steepness of the confinement potential at the edges of the Hall bar. A softer edge (flatter confinement potential) results in more stable Hall plateaus, i.e. a breakdown at a larger current density. For one soft and one hard edge, the breakdown current depends on its direction, resembling rectification. This nonlinear magnetotransport effect confirms the predictions of an emerging screening theory of the IQHE.