The last word in strong correlations


  • This article is dedicated to Dieter Vollhardt on the occasion of his 60th birthday.


In the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect (FQHE), in the noninteracting limit, only a fraction ν of the Lowest Landau Level (LLL) is occupied, producing a huge degeneracy. Interactions lift this degeneracy and mix in higher LL's. In the limit in which we ignore all but the LLL (i.e., let the inverse electron mass 1/m → ∞), the kinetic energy is an irrelevant constant and the ratio of potential to kinetic energy is essentially infinite, making this the most strongly correlated problem imaginable. I give a telegraphic review of the Hamiltonian Theory of the FQHE developed with Ganpathy Murthy that deals with this problem with some success. A nodding acquaintance with FQHE physics is presumed.