Determination of intrinsic lifetime of edge magnetoplasmons

Research paper by Ken-ichi Sasaki, Shuichi Murakami, Yasuhiro Tokura, Hideki Yamamoto

Indexed on: 18 Feb '16Published on: 18 Feb '16Published in: Physics - Mesoscopic Systems and Quantum Hall Effect


It is known that peculiar plasmons whose frequencies are purely imaginary exist in the interior of a two-dimensional electronic system described by the Drude model. We show that when an external magnetic field is applied to the system, these bulk plasmons are still non-oscillating and are isolated from the magnetoplasmons by the energy gap of the cyclotron frequency. These are mainly in a transverse magnetic mode and can combine with a transverse electronic mode locally at an edge of the system to form edge magnetoplasmons. With this observation, we reveal the intrinsic long lifetime of edge magnetoplasmons for the first time.