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On edge states in semi-infinite quantum Hall systems

We consider an electron in two dimensions submitted to a magnetic field and to the potential of impurities. We show that when the electron is confined to a half-space by a planar wall described by a smooth increasing potential, the total Hamiltonian necessarily has a continuous spectrum in some intervals in between the Landau levels provided that both the amplitude and spatial variation of the impurity potential are sufficiently weak. The spatial decay of the impurity potential is not needed. In particular, this proves the occurrence of edge states in semi-infinite quantum Hall systems.

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