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Comment: 4 pages, 4 figures, accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters
Comment: Manuscript (5 pages, 3 figures) and supplementary material (8 pages, 9 figures); v2 includes additional supplementary material and references; to be published in Phys. Rev. Lett
Comment: 13 pages including supplementary information, Nature Physics in print
Comment: To be published in PRL, 10 pages including supplementary material
The chiral edge channels in the quantum Hall regime are considered ideal ballistic quantum channels, and have quantum information processing potentialities. Here, we demonstrate experimentally, at filling factor 2, the efficient tuning of the energy relaxation that limits quantum coherence and permits the return toward equilibrium. Energy relaxation along an edge channel is controllably enhanced by increasing its transmission toward a floating ohmic contact, in quantitative agreement with predictions. Moreover, by forming a closed inner edge channel loop, we freeze energy exchanges in the outer channel. This result also elucidates the inelastic mechanisms at work at filling factor 2, informing us in particular that those within the outer edge channel are negligible.
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