Fractional quantum anomalous Hall states in twisted bilayer MoTe2 and WSe2

Aidan P. Reddy, Faisal Alsallom, Yang Zhang, Trithep Devakul, Liang Fu

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We demonstrate via exact diagonalization that AA-stacked transition metal dichalcogenide homobilayers host fractional quantum anomalous Hall (FQAH) states with fractionally quantized Hall conductance at fractional fillings n=13,23 and zero magnetic field. While both states are most robust at angles close to 2-degree, the n=13 state gives way to a charge density wave with increasing twist angle whereas the n=23 state survives across a much broader range of twist angles. We show that the competition between FQAH states and charge density wave or metallic phases is primarily controlled by the wave functions and dispersion of the underlying Chern band, respectively. Additionally, Ising ferromagnetism is found across a broad range of fillings where the system is insulating or metallic alike. The spin gap is enhanced at filling fractions where integer and fractional quantum anomalous Hall states are formed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 15 2023
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-09-11
Acknowledgements: We thank X. Xu for collaboration on a closely related experiment on , B. Foutty and B. Feldman for collaboration on a closely related experiment on , V. Crépel for previous collaboration on related theoretical works , as well as D. Luo and P. Ledwith for helpful discussions. This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) under Award No. FA9550-22-1-0432 and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Y.Z. acknowledges support from the start-up fund at the University of Tennessee. F.A acknowledges support from the KAUST Gifted Students Program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at MIT.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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