## Abstract

The relation between extended and localized states in a magnetic field is investigated. A general form for the magnetic Bloch states in an arbitrary rational field (with p/q flux quanta through a unit cell, p and q relatively prime integers) is written, and their basic properties are studied. It is shown that the completeness properties of lattices of orbitals relative to a set of N magnetic subbands are connected with the value of the total quantum Hall conductance N (in units of e2/h) carried by these subbands. In particular, lattices of orbitals can reproduce continuously all the magnetic Bloch states of N subbands if and only if N=0, a case which may occur only for N multiples of q. This is also the only case where localized magnetic Wannier functions for the subbands can be constructed. In the light of these results a discussion is given of the almost-free-electron limit and the tight-binding approach of Harpers equation.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 3612-3621 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | Physical Review B |

Volume | 32 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1985 |

Externally published | Yes |