Tunneling Transverse to a Magnetic Field and Its Occurrence in Correlated 2D Electron Systems

Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 2227 – Published 6 March 2000
T. Barabash-Sharpee, M. I. Dykman, and P. M. Platzman


We investigate tunneling decay in a magnetic field. Because of broken time-reversal symmetry, the standard WKB technique does not apply. The decay rate and the outcoming wave packet are found from the analysis of the set of the particle Hamiltonian trajectories and its singularities in complex space. The results are applied to tunneling from a strongly correlated 2D electron system in a magnetic field parallel to the layer. We show in a simple model that electron correlations strongly affect the tunneling rate.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.2227

  • Received 21 April 1999
  • Published in the issue dated 6 March 2000

© 2000 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

T. Barabash-Sharpee1, M. I. Dykman1, and P. M. Platzman2

  • 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
  • 2Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey 07974

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