Disclination unbinding transition in quantum Hall liquid crystals
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We derive the long-wavelength elastic theory for the quantum Hall smectic state starting from the Hartree-Fock approximation. Dislocations in this state lead to an effective nematic model for T>0, which undergoes a disclination unbinding transition from a phase with algebraic orientational order into an isotropic phase. We obtain transition temperatures that are in qualitative agreement with recent experiments that have observed large anisotropies of the longitudinal resistivities in half-filled Landau levels, lending credence to the liquid crystal interpretation of experiments.
Phys. Rev. B 64, 115312 (2001)