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Survival of sharp n=0 Landau levels in massive tilted Dirac fermions: Role of the generalized chiral operator
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Hatsugai Yasuhiro
Kawarabayashi Tohru
Aoki Hideo
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An anomalously sharp (δ-function-like) n=0 Landau level in the presence of disorder is usually considered to be a manifestation of the massless Dirac fermions in magnetic fields. This property persists even when the Dirac cone is tilted, which has been shown by Kawarabayashi et al. [Phys. Rev. B 83, 153414 (2011)] to be a consequence of a “generalized chiral symmetry.” Here we pose the question of whether this property will be washed out when the tilted Dirac fermion becomes massive. Surprisingly, the levels continue to be δ-function-like, although the mass term that splits n=0 Landau levels may seem to degrade the anomalous sharpness. This has been shown both numerically for a tight-binding model and analytically in terms of the Aharonov-Casher argument extended to the massive tilted Dirac fermions. A key observation is that, while the generalized chiral symmetry is broken by the mass term, the n=0 Landau level continues to accommodate eigenstates of the generalized chiral operator, resulting in the robustness against chiral-symmetric disorders. Mathematically, the conventional and generalized chiral operators are related to each other via a nonunitary transformation, with which the split, nonzero-energy n=0 wave functions of the massive system are just gauge-transformed zero-mode wave functions of the massless system. The message is that the chiral symmetry, rather than a simpler notion of the sublattice symmetry, is essential for the robustness of the n=0 Landau level.
Physical review B
91
8
2015-02
1098-0121
AA11187113
10.1103/PhysRevB.91.085112
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