## Abstract

The so-called "non-Fermi liquid" behavior is very common in strongly correlated systems. However, its operational definition in terms of "what it is not" is a major obstacle for the theoretical understanding of this fascinating correlated state. Recently there has been much interest in entanglement entropy as a theoretical tool to study non-Fermi liquids. So far explicit calculations have been limited to models without direct experimental realizations. Here we focus on a two-dimensional electron fluid under magnetic field and filling fraction ν=1/2, which is believed to be a non-Fermi liquid state. Using a composite fermion wave function which captures the ν=1/2 state very accurately, we compute the second Rényi entropy using the variational Monte Carlo technique. We find the entanglement entropy scales as LlogL with the length of the boundary L as it does for free fermions, but has a prefactor twice that of free fermions.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 206402 |

Journal | Physical Review Letters |

Volume | 114 |

Issue number | 20 |

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State | Published - 22 May 2015 |