Two Approaches to Fractional Statistics in the Quantum Hall Effect: Idealizations and the Curious Case of the Anyon

Foundations of Physics 45 (9):1063-1100 (2015)

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Elay Shech
Auburn University
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This paper looks at the nature of idealizations and representational structures appealed to in the context of the fractional quantum Hall effect, specifically, with respect to the emergence of anyons and fractional statistics. Drawing on an analogy with the Aharonov–Bohm effect, it is suggested that the standard approach to the effects— the topological approach to fractional statistics—relies essentially on problematic idealizations that need to be revised in order for the theory to be explanatory. An alternative geometric approach is outlined and endorsed. Roles for idealizations in science, as well as consequences for the debate revolving around so-called essential idealizations, are discussed
Keywords Idealization  Approximation  Emergence  Reduction  Aharonov–Bohm effect  Quantum Hall effect  Anyons  Fractional Statistics  Representation  Explanation
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DOI 10.1007/s10701-015-9899-0
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