Chiral Hall effect and chiral electric waves

Shi Pu, Shang Yu Wu, Di Lun Yang

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We investigate the vector and axial currents induced by external electromagnetic fields and chemical potentials in chiral systems at finite temperature. Similar to the normal Hall effect, we find that an axial Hall current is generated in the presence of the electromagnetic fields along with an axial chemical potential, which may be dubbed as the "chiral Hall effect" (CHE). The CHE is related to the interactions of chiral fermions and exists with a nonzero axial chemical potential. We argue that the CHE could lead to nontrivial charge distributions at different rapidity in asymmetric heavy ion collisions. Moreover, we study the chiral electric waves led by the fluctuations of the vector and axial chemical potentials along with the chiral electric separation effect, where a density wave propagates along the applied electric field. Combining with the normal/chiral Hall effects, the fluctuations of chemical potentials thus result in Hall density waves. The Hall density waves may survive even at zero chemical potentials and become nondissipative. We further study the transport coefficients including the Hall conductivities, damping times, wave velocities, and diffusion constants of chiral electric waves in a strongly coupled plasma via the AdS/CFT correspondence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025011
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 14
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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