Universality and quantized response in bosonic mesoscopic tunneling

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We show that tunneling involving bosonic wires and/or boson integer quantum Hall (bIQH) edges is characterized by features that are far more universal than those in their fermionic counterpart. Considering a pair of minimal geometries, we examine the tunneling conductance as a function of energy (e.g., chemical potential bias) at high and low energy limits, finding a low energy enhancement and a universal high versus zero energy relation that hold for all wire/bIQH edge combinations. Beyond this universality present in all the different topological (bIQH-edge) and nontopological (wire) setups, we also discover a number of features distinguishing the topological bIQH edges, which include a current imbalance to chemical potential bias ratio that is quantized despite the lack of conductance quantization in the bIQH edges themselves. The predicted phenomena require only initial states to be thermal and thus are well suited for tests with ultracold bosons forming wires and bIQH states. For the latter, we highlight a potential realization based on single component bosons in the recently observed Harper-Hofstadter band structure.


Original languageEnglish
Article number245142
JournalPhysical Review B
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2016