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Strange metals from quantum geometric fluctuations of interfaces
Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA.
Number of Authors: 3
2016 (English)In: Physical Review B, ISSN 2469-9950, Vol. 93, no 19, 195122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our current understanding of strongly correlated electron systems is based on a homogeneous framework. Here we take a step going beyond this paradigm by incorporating inhomogeneity from the beginning. Specifying to systems near the Mottmetal-insulator transition, we propose a real-space picture of itinerant electrons functioning in the fluctuating geometries bounded by interfaces between metallic and insulating regions. In 2+1 dimensions, the interfaces are closed bosonic strings, and we have a system of strings coupled to itinerant electrons. When the interface tension vanishes, the geometric fluctuations become critical, which gives rise to non-Fermi-liquid behavior for the itinerant electrons. In particular, the poles of the fermion Green's function can be converted to zeros, indicating the absence of propagating quasiparticles. Furthermore, the quantum geometric fluctuations mediate Cooper pairing among the itinerant electrons, indicating the intrinsic instability of electronic systems near the Mott transition.

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2016. Vol. 93, no 19, 195122
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131530DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.195122ISI: 000375994400003OAI: diva2:945878
Available from: 2016-07-04 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved

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