Quantum anomalous hall effect in Hg1-yMnyTe quantum wells

Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Oct 3;101(14):146802. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.146802. Epub 2008 Oct 1.


The quantum Hall effect is usually observed when a two-dimensional electron gas is subjected to an external magnetic field, so that their quantum states form Landau levels. In this work we predict that a new phenomenon, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, can be realized in Hg{1-y}Mn{y}Te quantum wells, without an external magnetic field and the associated Landau levels. This effect arises purely from the spin polarization of the Mn atoms, and the quantized Hall conductance is predicted for a range of quantum well thickness and the concentration of the Mn atoms. This effect enables dissipationless charge current in spintronics devices.