We numerically compute the density of states (DOS) of interacting disordered zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR) having midgap states showing e/2 fractional edge charges. The computed Hartree-Fock DOS is linear at the critical disorder strength where the gap vanishes. This implies an I-V curve of I∝V2. Thus, I-V curve measurement may yield evidence of fractional charges in interacting disordered ZGNR. We show that even a weak disorder potential acts as a singular perturbation on zigzag edge electronic states, producing drastic changes in the energy spectrum. Spin-charge separation and fractional charges play a key role in the reconstruction of edge antiferromagnetism. Our results show that an interacting disordered ZGNR is a topologically ordered Mott-Anderson insulator.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)