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  1. Heat transport study of field-tuned quantum criticality in CeIrIn5

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    Shakeripour, H.; Tanatar, M. A.; Petrovic, C.; Taillefer, Louis

    2016-02-01

    The in-plane electrical resistivity, ρ , and thermal conductivity, κ , of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5 were measured down to 40 mK in magnetic fields up to 11 T applied along the c axis. For all fields above Hc 2=4 T of filamentary superconductivity, we find that the ratio of heat and charge conductivities in the T →0 limit obeys the Wiedemann-Franz law, κ /T =L0/ρ , where L0=2.45 ×10-8 WΩ K-2 is the Sommerfeld value of the Lorenz number. The temperature-dependent parts of both the electrical and thermal resistivity, w ≡T /L0κ , follow the functional dependence expected for the Fermi liquid theory of metals with ρ -ρ0=A T2 , w -w0=B T2 , with ρ0=w0 and B ≈2 A . The coefficient B does not show a significant field dependence even upon approaching Hc 2=0.4 T of the bulk superconducting state. The weak response to the magnetic field is in stark contrast with the behavior found in the closely related CeCoIn5, in which the field-tuned quantum critical point coincides with Hc 2. The value of the electron-electron mass enhancement, as judged by the A and B coefficients, is about one order of magnitude reduced in CeIrIn5 as compared to CeCoIn5 (in spite of the fact that the zero field γ0 in CeIrIn5 is twice as large as γ0 in CeCoIn5), which suggests that the material is significantly farther away from the magnetic quantum critical point at bulk Hc 2 and at all of the studied fields. A suppressed Kadowaki-Woods ratio in CeIrIn5 compared to CeCoIn5 suggests a notably more localized nature of f electrons in the compound.

  2. Wiedemann-Franz law and nonvanishing temperature scale across the field-tuned quantum critical point of YbRh2Si2

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    Reid, J.-Ph.; Tanatar, Makariy; Daou, R.; Hu, Rongwei; Petrovic, C.; Taillefer, Louis

    2014-01-23

    The in-plane thermal conductivity kappa and electrical resistivity rho of the heavy-fermion metal YbRh2Si2 were measured down to 50 mK for magnetic fields H parallel and perpendicular to the tetragonal c axis, through the field-tuned quantum critical point H-c, at which antiferromagnetic order ends. The thermal and electrical resistivities, w L0T/kappa and rho, show a linear temperature dependence below 1 K, typical of the non-Fermi-liquid behavior found near antiferromagnetic quantum critical points, but this dependence does not persist down to T = 0. Below a characteristic temperature T-star similar or equal to 0.35 K, which depends weakly on H, w(T) and rho(T) both deviate downward and converge as T -> 0. We propose that T-star marks the onset of short-range magnetic correlations, persisting beyond H-c. By comparing samples of different purity, we conclude that the Wiedemann-Franz law holds in YbRh2Si2, even at H-c, implying that no fundamental breakdown of quasiparticle behavior occurs in this material. The overall phenomenology of heat and charge transport in YbRh2Si2 is similar to that observed in the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn5, near its own field-tuned quantum critical point.

  3. Yb-based heavy fermion compounds and field tuned quantum chemistry

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    Mun, Eundeok

    2010-01-01

    The motivation of this dissertation was to advance the study of Yb-based heavy fermion (HF) compounds especially ones related to quantum phase transitions. One of the topics of this work was the investigation of the interaction between the Kondo and crystalline electric field (CEF) energy scales in Yb-based HF systems by means of thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements. In these systems, the Kondo interaction and CEF excitations generally give rise to large anomalies such as maxima in ρ(T) and as minima in S(T). The TEP data were use to determine the evolution of Kondo and CEF energy scales upon varying transition metals for YbT2Zn20 (T = Fe, Ru, Os, Ir, Rh, and Co) compounds and applying magnetic fields for YbAgGe and YbPtBi. For YbT2Zn20 and YbPtBi, the Kondo and CEF energy scales could not be well separated in S(T), presumably because of small CEF level splittings. A similar effect was observed for the magnetic contribution to the resistivity. For YbAgGe, S(T) has been successfully applied to determine the Kondo and CEF energy scales due to the clear separation between the ground state and thermally excited CEF states. The Kondo temperature, TK, inferred from the local maximum in S(T), remains finite as magnetic field increases up to 140 kOe. In this dissertation we have examined the heavy quasi-particle behavior, found near the field tuned AFM quantum critical point (QCP), with YbAgGe and YbPtBi. Although the observed nFL behaviors in the vicinity of the QCP are different between YbAgGe and YbPtBi, the constructed H-T phase diagram including the two crossovers are similar. For both YbAgGe and YbPtBi, the details of the quantum criticality turn out to be complicated. We expect that YbPtBi will provide an additional example of field tuned quantum criticality, but clearly there are further experimental investigations left and more ideas needed to understand the basic physics of field-induced quantum

  4. Magnetic Field Tuning and Quantum Interference in a Cooper Pair Splitter

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    Fülöp, G.; Domínguez, F.; d'Hollosy, S.; Baumgartner, A.; Makk, P.; Madsen, M. H.; Guzenko, V. A.; Nygârd, J.; Schönenberger, C.; Levy Yeyati, A.; Csonka, S.

    2015-11-01

    Cooper pair splitting (CPS) is a process in which the electrons of the naturally occurring spin-singlet pairs in a superconductor are spatially separated using two quantum dots. Here, we investigate the evolution of the conductance correlations in an InAs CPS device in the presence of an external magnetic field. In our experiments the gate dependence of the signal that depends on both quantum dots continuously evolves from a slightly asymmetric Lorentzian to a strongly asymmetric Fano-type resonance with increasing field. These experiments can be understood in a simple three-site model, which shows that the nonlocal CPS leads to symmetric line shapes, while the local transport processes can exhibit an asymmetric shape due to quantum interference. These findings demonstrate that the electrons from a Cooper pair splitter can propagate coherently after their emission from the superconductor and how a magnetic field can be used to optimize the performance of a CPS device. In addition, the model calculations suggest that the estimate of the CPS efficiency in the experiments is a lower bound for the actual efficiency.

  5. Quantum criticality.

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    Coleman, Piers; Schofield, Andrew J

    2005-01-20

    As we mark the centenary of Albert Einstein's seminal contribution to both quantum mechanics and special relativity, we approach another anniversary--that of Einstein's foundation of the quantum theory of solids. But 100 years on, the same experimental measurement that puzzled Einstein and his contemporaries is forcing us to question our understanding of how quantum matter transforms at ultra-low temperatures. PMID:15662409

  6. Driven Markovian Quantum Criticality.

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    Marino, Jamir; Diehl, Sebastian

    2016-02-19

    We identify a new universality class in one-dimensional driven open quantum systems with a dark state. Salient features are the persistence of both the microscopic nonequilibrium conditions as well as the quantum coherence of dynamics close to criticality. This provides a nonequilibrium analogue of quantum criticality, and is sharply distinct from more generic driven systems, where both effective thermalization as well as asymptotic decoherence ensue, paralleling classical dynamical criticality. We quantify universality by computing the full set of independent critical exponents within a functional renormalization group approach. PMID:26943517

  7. Quantum Critical Elasticity

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    Zacharias, Mario; Paul, Indranil; Garst, Markus

    2015-07-01

    We discuss elastic instabilities of the atomic crystal lattice at zero temperature. Because of long-range shear forces of the solid, at such transitions the phonon velocities vanish, if at all, only along certain crystallographic directions, and, consequently, the critical phonon fluctuations are suppressed to a lower dimensional manifold and governed by a Gaussian fixed point. In the case of symmetry-breaking elastic transitions, a characteristic critical phonon thermodynamics arises that is found, e.g., to violate Debye's T3 law for the specific heat. We point out that quantum critical elasticity is triggered whenever a critical soft mode couples linearly to the strain tensor. In particular, this is relevant for the electronic Ising-nematic quantum phase transition in a tetragonal crystal as discussed in the context of certain cuprates, ruthenates, and iron-based superconductors.

  8. Quantum Critical Elasticity.

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    Zacharias, Mario; Paul, Indranil; Garst, Markus

    2015-07-10

    We discuss elastic instabilities of the atomic crystal lattice at zero temperature. Because of long-range shear forces of the solid, at such transitions the phonon velocities vanish, if at all, only along certain crystallographic directions, and, consequently, the critical phonon fluctuations are suppressed to a lower dimensional manifold and governed by a Gaussian fixed point. In the case of symmetry-breaking elastic transitions, a characteristic critical phonon thermodynamics arises that is found, e.g., to violate Debye's T(3) law for the specific heat. We point out that quantum critical elasticity is triggered whenever a critical soft mode couples linearly to the strain tensor. In particular, this is relevant for the electronic Ising-nematic quantum phase transition in a tetragonal crystal as discussed in the context of certain cuprates, ruthenates, and iron-based superconductors. PMID:26207483

  9. The Interplay of Quantum Criticality and Frustration in Columbite

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    Kaul, Ribhu; Lee, Sungbin; Balents, Leon

    2009-03-01

    CoNb2O6 is a remarkable material. It can be modeled as a lattice of Ising chains coupled to each other in a frustrated anisotropic triangular lattice in the basal plane perpendicular to the chain direction. Applying a strong transverse field tunes the chains through a quantum phase transition into a paramagnetic phase. The interplay between two of the most interesting features of correlated quantum physics, quantum criticality and geometric frustration, produces a rich phase diagram which reflects the fundamental underlying quantum many-body physics. Using a variety of analytic and numerical techniques, we map out the phase diagram of this material in both transverse and longitudinal fields and provide a comparison with experiment.

  10. Quantum criticality and black holes.

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    Sachdev, Subir; Müller, Markus

    2009-04-22

    Many condensed matter experiments explore the finite temperature dynamics of systems near quantum critical points. Often, there are no well-defined quasiparticle excitations, and so quantum kinetic equations do not describe the transport properties completely. The theory shows that the transport coefficients are not proportional to a mean free scattering time (as is the case in the Boltzmann theory of quasiparticles), but are completely determined by the absolute temperature and by equilibrium thermodynamic observables. Recently, explicit solutions of this quantum critical dynamics have become possible via the anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory duality discovered in string theory. This shows that the quantum critical theory provides a holographic description of the quantum theory of black holes in a negatively curved anti-de Sitter space, and relates its transport coefficients to properties of the Hawking radiation from the black hole. We review how insights from this connection have led to new results for experimental systems: (i) the vicinity of the superfluid-insulator transition in the presence of an applied magnetic field, and its possible application to measurements of the Nernst effect in the cuprates, (ii) the magnetohydrodynamics of the plasma of Dirac electrons in graphene and the prediction of a hydrodynamic cyclotron resonance. PMID:21825396

  11. Quantum-to-classical crossover near quantum critical point

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    Vasin, M.; Ryzhov, V.; Vinokur, V. M.

    2015-12-21

    A quantum phase transition (QPT) is an inherently dynamic phenomenon. However, while non-dissipative quantum dynamics is described in detail, the question, that is not thoroughly understood is how the omnipresent dissipative processes enter the critical dynamics near a quantum critical point (QCP). Here we report a general approach enabling inclusion of both adiabatic and dissipative processes into the critical dynamics on the same footing. We reveal three distinct critical modes, the adiabatic quantum mode (AQM), the dissipative classical mode [classical critical dynamics mode (CCDM)], and the dissipative quantum critical mode (DQCM). We find that as a result of the transitionmore » from the regime dominated by thermal fluctuations to that governed by the quantum ones, the system acquires effective dimension d+zΛ(T), where z is the dynamical exponent, and temperature-depending parameter Λ(T)ε[0, 1] decreases with the temperature such that Λ(T=0) = 1 and Λ(T →∞) = 0. Lastly, our findings lead to a unified picture of quantum critical phenomena including both dissipation- and dissipationless quantum dynamic effects and offer a quantitative description of the quantum-to-classical crossover.« less

  12. Quantum-to-classical crossover near quantum critical point

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    Vasin, M.; Ryzhov, V.; Vinokur, V. M.

    2015-12-01

    A quantum phase transition (QPT) is an inherently dynamic phenomenon. However, while non-dissipative quantum dynamics is described in detail, the question, that is not thoroughly understood is how the omnipresent dissipative processes enter the critical dynamics near a quantum critical point (QCP). Here we report a general approach enabling inclusion of both adiabatic and dissipative processes into the critical dynamics on the same footing. We reveal three distinct critical modes, the adiabatic quantum mode (AQM), the dissipative classical mode [classical critical dynamics mode (CCDM)], and the dissipative quantum critical mode (DQCM). We find that as a result of the transition from the regime dominated by thermal fluctuations to that governed by the quantum ones, the system acquires effective dimension d + zΛ(T), where z is the dynamical exponent, and temperature-depending parameter Λ(T) ∈ [0, 1] decreases with the temperature such that Λ(T = 0) = 1 and Λ(T → ∞) = 0. Our findings lead to a unified picture of quantum critical phenomena including both dissipation- and dissipationless quantum dynamic effects and offer a quantitative description of the quantum-to-classical crossover.

  13. Quantum-to-classical crossover near quantum critical point

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    Vasin, M.; Ryzhov, V.; Vinokur, V. M.

    2015-01-01

    A quantum phase transition (QPT) is an inherently dynamic phenomenon. However, while non-dissipative quantum dynamics is described in detail, the question, that is not thoroughly understood is how the omnipresent dissipative processes enter the critical dynamics near a quantum critical point (QCP). Here we report a general approach enabling inclusion of both adiabatic and dissipative processes into the critical dynamics on the same footing. We reveal three distinct critical modes, the adiabatic quantum mode (AQM), the dissipative classical mode [classical critical dynamics mode (CCDM)], and the dissipative quantum critical mode (DQCM). We find that as a result of the transition from the regime dominated by thermal fluctuations to that governed by the quantum ones, the system acquires effective dimension d + zΛ(T), where z is the dynamical exponent, and temperature-depending parameter Λ(T) ∈ [0, 1] decreases with the temperature such that Λ(T = 0) = 1 and Λ(T → ∞) = 0. Our findings lead to a unified picture of quantum critical phenomena including both dissipation- and dissipationless quantum dynamic effects and offer a quantitative description of the quantum-to-classical crossover. PMID:26688102

  14. Quantum-to-classical crossover near quantum critical point

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    Vasin, M.; Ryzhov, V.; Vinokur, V. M.

    2015-12-21

    A quantum phase transition (QPT) is an inherently dynamic phenomenon. However, while non-dissipative quantum dynamics is described in detail, the question, that is not thoroughly understood is how the omnipresent dissipative processes enter the critical dynamics near a quantum critical point (QCP). Here we report a general approach enabling inclusion of both adiabatic and dissipative processes into the critical dynamics on the same footing. We reveal three distinct critical modes, the adiabatic quantum mode (AQM), the dissipative classical mode [classical critical dynamics mode (CCDM)], and the dissipative quantum critical mode (DQCM). We find that as a result of the transition from the regime dominated by thermal fluctuations to that governed by the quantum ones, the system acquires effective dimension d+zΛ(T), where z is the dynamical exponent, and temperature-depending parameter Λ(T)ε[0, 1] decreases with the temperature such that Λ(T=0) = 1 and Λ(T →∞) = 0. Lastly, our findings lead to a unified picture of quantum critical phenomena including both dissipation- and dissipationless quantum dynamic effects and offer a quantitative description of the quantum-to-classical crossover.

  15. Universal quantum correlation close to quantum critical phenomena.

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    Qin, Meng; Ren, Zhong-Zhou; Zhang, Xin

    2016-01-01

    We study the ground state quantum correlation of Ising model in a transverse field (ITF) by implementing the quantum renormalization group (QRG) theory. It is shown that various quantum correlation measures and the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality will highlight the critical point related with quantum phase transitions, and demonstrate nonanalytic phenomena and scaling behavior when the size of the systems becomes large. Our results also indicate a universal behavior of the critical exponent of ITF under QRG theory that the critical exponent of different measures is identical, even when the quantities vary from entanglement measures to quantum correlation measures. This means that the two kinds of quantum correlation criterion including the entanglement-separability paradigm and the information-theoretic paradigm have some connections between them. These remarkable behaviors may have important implications on condensed matter physics because the critical exponent directly associates with the correlation length exponent. PMID:27189504

  16. Universal quantum correlation close to quantum critical phenomena

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    Qin, Meng; Ren, Zhong-Zhou; Zhang, Xin

    2016-01-01

    We study the ground state quantum correlation of Ising model in a transverse field (ITF) by implementing the quantum renormalization group (QRG) theory. It is shown that various quantum correlation measures and the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality will highlight the critical point related with quantum phase transitions, and demonstrate nonanalytic phenomena and scaling behavior when the size of the systems becomes large. Our results also indicate a universal behavior of the critical exponent of ITF under QRG theory that the critical exponent of different measures is identical, even when the quantities vary from entanglement measures to quantum correlation measures. This means that the two kinds of quantum correlation criterion including the entanglement-separability paradigm and the information-theoretic paradigm have some connections between them. These remarkable behaviors may have important implications on condensed matter physics because the critical exponent directly associates with the correlation length exponent. PMID:27189504

  17. Universal quantum correlation close to quantum critical phenomena

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    Qin, Meng; Ren, Zhong-Zhou; Zhang, Xin

    2016-05-01

    We study the ground state quantum correlation of Ising model in a transverse field (ITF) by implementing the quantum renormalization group (QRG) theory. It is shown that various quantum correlation measures and the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality will highlight the critical point related with quantum phase transitions, and demonstrate nonanalytic phenomena and scaling behavior when the size of the systems becomes large. Our results also indicate a universal behavior of the critical exponent of ITF under QRG theory that the critical exponent of different measures is identical, even when the quantities vary from entanglement measures to quantum correlation measures. This means that the two kinds of quantum correlation criterion including the entanglement-separability paradigm and the information-theoretic paradigm have some connections between them. These remarkable behaviors may have important implications on condensed matter physics because the critical exponent directly associates with the correlation length exponent.

  18. Incoherent transport in clean quantum critical metals

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    Davison, Richard A.; Goutéraux, Blaise; Hartnoll, Sean A.

    2015-10-01

    In a clean quantum critical metal, and in the absence of umklapp, most d.c. conductivities are formally infinite due to momentum conservation. However, there is a particular combination of the charge and heat currents which has a finite, universal conductivity. In this paper, we describe the physics of this conductivity σ Q in quantum critical metals obtained by charge doping a strongly interacting conformal field theory. We show that it satisfies an Einstein relation and controls the diffusivity of a conserved charge in the metal. We compute σ Q in a class of theories with holographic gravitational duals. Finally, we show how the temperature scaling of σ Q depends on certain critical exponents characterizing the quantum critical metal. The holographic results are found to be reproduced by the scaling analysis, with the charge density operator becoming marginal in the emergent low energy quantum critical theory.

  19. Controlling superconductivity by tunable quantum critical points.

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    Seo, S; Park, E; Bauer, E D; Ronning, F; Kim, J N; Shim, J-H; Thompson, J D; Park, Tuson

    2015-01-01

    The heavy fermion compound CeRhIn5 is a rare example where a quantum critical point, hidden by a dome of superconductivity, has been explicitly revealed and found to have a local nature. The lack of additional examples of local types of quantum critical points associated with superconductivity, however, has made it difficult to unravel the role of quantum fluctuations in forming Cooper pairs. Here, we show the precise control of superconductivity by tunable quantum critical points in CeRhIn5. Slight tin-substitution for indium in CeRhIn5 shifts its antiferromagnetic quantum critical point from 2.3 GPa to 1.3 GPa and induces a residual impurity scattering 300 times larger than that of pure CeRhIn5, which should be sufficient to preclude superconductivity. Nevertheless, superconductivity occurs at the quantum critical point of the tin-doped metal. These results underline that fluctuations from the antiferromagnetic quantum criticality promote unconventional superconductivity in CeRhIn5. PMID:25737108

  20. Quantum Criticality and Black Holes

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    Sachdev, Subir [Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

    2009-09-01

    I will describe the behavior of a variety of condensed matter systems in the vicinity of zero temperature quantum phase transitions. There is a remarkable analogy between the hydrodynamics of such systems and the quantum theory of black holes. I will show how insights from this analogy have shed light on recent experiments on the cuprate high temperature superconductors. Studies of new materials and trapped ultracold atoms are yielding new quantum phases, with novel forms of quantum entanglement. Some materials are of technological importance: e.g. high temperature superconductors. Exact solutions via black hole mapping have yielded first exact results for transport coefficients in interacting many-body systems, and were valuable in determining general structure of hydrodynamics. Theory of VBS order and Nernst effect in cuprates. Tabletop 'laboratories for the entire universe': quantum mechanics of black holes, quark-gluon plasma, neutrons stars, and big-bang physics.

  1. Quantum Criticality and Black Holes

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    Sachdev, Subir

    2007-08-22

    I will describe the behavior of a variety of condensed matter systems in the vicinity of zero temperature quantum phase transitions. There is a remarkable analogy between the hydrodynamics of such systems and the quantum theory of black holes. I will show how insights from this analogy have shed light on recent experiments on the cuprate high temperature superconductors. Studies of new materials and trapped ultracold atoms are yielding new quantum phases, with novel forms of quantum entanglement. Some materials are of technological importance: e.g. high temperature superconductors. Exact solutions via black hole mapping have yielded first exact results for transport coefficients in interacting many-body systems, and were valuable in determining general structure of hydrodynamics. Theory of VBS order and Nernst effect in cuprates. Tabletop 'laboratories for the entire universe': quantum mechanics of black holes, quark-gluon plasma, neutrons stars, and big-bang physics.

  2. Non-Fermi liquid behavior in quantum critical iron-pnictide metal Ba(Fe,Ni,Co)2As2

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    Nakajima, Yasuyuki; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Hughes, Alex; Eckberg, Christopher; Wang, Renxiong; Metz, Tristin; Saha, Shanta; Paglione, Johnpierre

    The breakdown of Landau's Fermi liquid theory has been believed to be induced by quantum fluctuations in the vicinity of a quantum critical point (QCP), occasionally accompanied by exotic superconductivity in the strongly correlated electron systems, such as cuprate and iron pnictide superconductors. However, the superconducting dome of such materials with high Tc precludes us from investigating the interplay between quantum fluctuations and the exotic superconductivity. We report non-Fermi liquid behavior associated with quantum fluctuations in the transport and thermodynamic properties of the non-superconducting iron pnictide Ba(Fe,Co,Ni)2As2, which allows us to elucidate the behavior on cooling down to near absolute zero without distractions from the superconductivity. We will discuss the evolution of non-Fermi liquid behavior with magnetic field, highlighting the presence of field tuned QCP.

  3. Quantum critical behavior in heavy electron materials

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    Yang, Yi-feng; Pines, David

    2014-01-01

    Quantum critical behavior in heavy electron materials is typically brought about by changes in pressure or magnetic field. In this paper, we develop a simple unified model for the combined influence of pressure and magnetic field on the effectiveness of the hybridization that plays a central role in the two-fluid description of heavy electron emergence. We show that it leads to quantum critical and delocalization lines that accord well with those measured for CeCoIn5, yields a quantitative explanation of the field and pressure-induced changes in antiferromagnetic ordering and quantum critical behavior measured for YbRh2Si2, and provides a valuable framework for describing the role of magnetic fields in bringing about quantum critical behavior in other heavy electron materials. PMID:24912172

  4. Nonequilibrium critical scaling in quantum thermodynamics

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    Bayat, Abolfazl; Apollaro, Tony J. G.; Paganelli, Simone; De Chiara, Gabriele; Johannesson, Henrik; Bose, Sougato; Sodano, Pasquale

    2016-05-01

    The emerging field of quantum thermodynamics is contributing important results and insights into archetypal many-body problems, including quantum phase transitions. Still, the question whether out-of-equilibrium quantities, such as fluctuations of work, exhibit critical scaling after a sudden quench in a closed system has remained elusive. Here, we take a novel approach to the problem by studying a quench across an impurity quantum critical point. By performing density matrix renormalization group computations on the two-impurity Kondo model, we are able to establish that the irreversible work produced in a quench exhibits finite-size scaling at quantum criticality. This scaling faithfully predicts the equilibrium critical exponents for the crossover length and the order parameter of the model, and, moreover, implies an exponent for the rescaled irreversible work. By connecting the irreversible work to the two-impurity spin correlation function, our findings can be tested experimentally.

  5. Detecting quantum critical points using bipartite fluctuations.

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    Rachel, Stephan; Laflorencie, Nicolas; Song, H Francis; Le Hur, Karyn

    2012-03-16

    We show that the concept of bipartite fluctuations F provides a very efficient tool to detect quantum phase transitions in strongly correlated systems. Using state-of-the-art numerical techniques complemented with analytical arguments, we investigate paradigmatic examples for both quantum spins and bosons. As compared to the von Neumann entanglement entropy, we observe that F allows us to find quantum critical points with much better accuracy in one dimension. We further demonstrate that F can be successfully applied to the detection of quantum criticality in higher dimensions with no prior knowledge of the universality class of the transition. Promising approaches to experimentally access fluctuations are discussed for quantum antiferromagnets and cold gases. PMID:22540493

  6. Robustness of quantum critical pairing against disorder

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    Kang, Jian; Fernandes, Rafael M.

    2016-06-01

    The remarkable robustness of high-temperature superconductors against disorder remains a controversial obstacle towards the elucidation of their pairing state. Indeed, experiments report a weak suppression rate of the transition temperature Tc with disorder, significantly smaller than the universal value predicted by extensions of the conventional theory of dirty superconductors. However, in many high-Tc compounds, superconductivity appears near a putative magnetic quantum critical point, suggesting that quantum fluctuations, which suppress coherent electronic spectral weight, may also promote unconventional pairing. Here we investigate theoretically the impact of disorder on such a quantum critical pairing state, considering the coupling of impurities both to the low-energy electronic states and to the pairing interaction itself. We find a significant reduction in the suppression rate of Tc with disorder near the magnetic quantum critical point, shedding new light on the nature of unconventional superconductivity in correlated materials.

  7. Spotlighting quantum critical points via quantum correlations at finite temperatures

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    Werlang, T.; Ribeiro, G. A. P.; Rigolin, Gustavo

    2011-06-15

    We extend the program initiated by T. Werlang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 095702 (2010)] in several directions. Firstly, we investigate how useful quantum correlations, such as entanglement and quantum discord, are in the detection of critical points of quantum phase transitions when the system is at finite temperatures. For that purpose we study several thermalized spin models in the thermodynamic limit, namely, the XXZ model, the XY model, and the Ising model, all of which with an external magnetic field. We compare the ability of quantum discord, entanglement, and some thermodynamic quantities to spotlight the quantum critical points for several different temperatures. Secondly, for some models we go beyond nearest neighbors and also study the behavior of entanglement and quantum discord for second nearest neighbors around the critical point at finite temperature. Finally, we furnish a more quantitative description of how good all these quantities are in spotlighting critical points of quantum phase transitions at finite T, bridging the gap between experimental data and those theoretical descriptions solely based on the unattainable absolute zero assumption.

  8. Quantum speed limit and a signal of quantum criticality

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    Wei, Yong-Bo; Zou, Jian; Wang, Zhao-Ming; Shao, Bin

    2016-01-01

    We study the quantum speed limit time (QSLT) of a coupled system consisting of a central spin and its surrounding environment, and the environment is described by a general XY spin-chain model. For initial pure state, we find that the local anomalous enhancement of the QSLT occurs near the critical point. In addition, we investigate the QSLT for arbitrary time-evolution state in the whole dynamics process and find that the QSLT will decay monotonously and rapidly at a large size of environment near the quantum critical point. These anomalous behaviors in the critical vicinity of XY spin-chain environment can be used to indicate the quantum phase transition point. Especially for the XX spin-chain environment, we find that the QSLT displays a sudden transition from discontinuous segmented values to a steady value at the critical point. In this case, the non-Makovianity and the Loschmidt echo are incapable of signaling the critical value of the transverse field, while the QSLT can still witness the quantum phase transition. So, the QSLT provides a further insight and sharper identification of quantum criticality. PMID:26782296

  9. Quantum speed limit and a signal of quantum criticality

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    Wei, Yong-Bo; Zou, Jian; Wang, Zhao-Ming; Shao, Bin

    2016-01-01

    We study the quantum speed limit time (QSLT) of a coupled system consisting of a central spin and its surrounding environment, and the environment is described by a general XY spin-chain model. For initial pure state, we find that the local anomalous enhancement of the QSLT occurs near the critical point. In addition, we investigate the QSLT for arbitrary time-evolution state in the whole dynamics process and find that the QSLT will decay monotonously and rapidly at a large size of environment near the quantum critical point. These anomalous behaviors in the critical vicinity of XY spin-chain environment can be used to indicate the quantum phase transition point. Especially for the XX spin-chain environment, we find that the QSLT displays a sudden transition from discontinuous segmented values to a steady value at the critical point. In this case, the non-Makovianity and the Loschmidt echo are incapable of signaling the critical value of the transverse field, while the QSLT can still witness the quantum phase transition. So, the QSLT provides a further insight and sharper identification of quantum criticality.

  10. Quantum speed limit and a signal of quantum criticality.

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    Wei, Yong-Bo; Zou, Jian; Wang, Zhao-Ming; Shao, Bin

    2016-01-01

    We study the quantum speed limit time (QSLT) of a coupled system consisting of a central spin and its surrounding environment, and the environment is described by a general XY spin-chain model. For initial pure state, we find that the local anomalous enhancement of the QSLT occurs near the critical point. In addition, we investigate the QSLT for arbitrary time-evolution state in the whole dynamics process and find that the QSLT will decay monotonously and rapidly at a large size of environment near the quantum critical point. These anomalous behaviors in the critical vicinity of XY spin-chain environment can be used to indicate the quantum phase transition point. Especially for the XX spin-chain environment, we find that the QSLT displays a sudden transition from discontinuous segmented values to a steady value at the critical point. In this case, the non-Makovianity and the Loschmidt echo are incapable of signaling the critical value of the transverse field, while the QSLT can still witness the quantum phase transition. So, the QSLT provides a further insight and sharper identification of quantum criticality. PMID:26782296

  11. Quantum criticality with two length scales

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    Shao, Hui; Guo, Wenan; Sandvik, Anders W.

    2016-04-01

    The theory of deconfined quantum critical (DQC) points describes phase transitions at absolute temperature T = 0 outside the standard paradigm, predicting continuous transformations between certain ordered states where conventional theory would require discontinuities. Numerous computer simulations have offered no proof of such transitions, instead finding deviations from expected scaling relations that neither were predicted by the DQC theory nor conform to standard scenarios. Here we show that this enigma can be resolved by introducing a critical scaling form with two divergent length scales. Simulations of a quantum magnet with antiferromagnetic and dimerized ground states confirm the form, proving a continuous transition with deconfined excitations and also explaining anomalous scaling at T > 0. Our findings revise prevailing paradigms for quantum criticality, with potential implications for many strongly correlated materials.

  12. Anomalous quantum criticality in an itinerant ferromagnet.

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    Huang, C L; Fuchs, D; Wissinger, M; Schneider, R; Ling, M C; Scheurer, M S; Schmalian, J; Löhneysen, H V

    2015-01-01

    The dynamics of continuous phase transitions is governed by the dynamic scaling exponent relating the correlation length and correlation time. For transitions at finite temperature, thermodynamic critical properties are independent of the dynamic scaling exponent. In contrast, at quantum phase transitions where the transition temperature becomes zero, static and dynamic properties are inherently entangled by virtue of the uncertainty principle. Consequently, thermodynamic scaling equations explicitly contain the dynamic exponent. Here we report on thermodynamic measurements (as a function of temperature and magnetic field) for the itinerant ferromagnet Sr1-xCaxRuO3 where the transition temperature becomes zero for x=0.7. We find dynamic scaling of the magnetization and specific heat with highly unusual quantum critical dynamics. We observe a small dynamic scaling exponent of 1.76 strongly deviating from current models of ferromagnetic quantum criticality and likely being governed by strong disorder in conjunction with strong electron-electron coupling. PMID:26348932

  13. Deconfined quantum criticality beyond designer Hamiltonians

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    Lang, Thomas C.; Kaul, Ribhu K.

    The SU(6) symmetric generalization of the Hubbard model on the square lattice provides the simplest microscopic realization of the quantum phase transition from a Néel to a valence bond solid (VBS) ordered phase. By constructing dimensionless quantities such as ratios of the magnetic structure factor and valence bond correlations we are able to unambiguously determine the existence of weak, but robust antiferromagnetic order in the weak coupling regime and a plaquette VBS in the strong coupling limit. Furthermore these ratios provide a tool to accurately determine the (critical) point from both sides of the phase transition separating the two limits. Preliminary results suggest a direct continuous transition for which we extract estimates for the critical exponents and compare the scaling function with the SU(6) designer spin-models to investigate whether this quantum phase transition is compatible with the scenario of deconfined quantum criticality.

  14. Quantum criticality with two length scales.

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    Shao, Hui; Guo, Wenan; Sandvik, Anders W

    2016-04-01

    The theory of deconfined quantum critical (DQC) points describes phase transitions at absolute temperature T = 0 outside the standard paradigm, predicting continuous transformations between certain ordered states where conventional theory would require discontinuities. Numerous computer simulations have offered no proof of such transitions, instead finding deviations from expected scaling relations that neither were predicted by the DQC theory nor conform to standard scenarios. Here we show that this enigma can be resolved by introducing a critical scaling form with two divergent length scales. Simulations of a quantum magnet with antiferromagnetic and dimerized ground states confirm the form, proving a continuous transition with deconfined excitations and also explaining anomalous scaling at T > 0. Our findings revise prevailing paradigms for quantum criticality, with potential implications for many strongly correlated materials. PMID:26989196

  15. Quantum criticality in dimerized spin ladders

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    Chitov, Gennady Y.; Ramakko, Brandon W.; Azzouz, Mohamed

    2008-06-01

    We analyze the possibility of quantum criticality (gaplessness) in dimerized antiferromagnetic two- and three-leg spin- (1)/(2) ladders. Contrary to earlier studies of these models, we examine different dimerization patterns in the ladder. We find that ladders with the columnar dimerization order have lower zero-temperature energies, and they are always gapped. For the staggered dimerization order, we find the quantum critical lines, in agreement with earlier analyses. The bond mean-field theory we apply demonstrates its quantitative accuracy and agrees with available numerical results. We conclude that unless some mechanism for locking dimerization into the energetically less favorable staggered configuration is provided, the dimerized ladders do not order into the phase where the quantum criticality occurs.

  16. Quantum criticality in disordered bosonic optical lattices

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    Cai Xiaoming; Chen Shu; Wang Yupeng

    2011-04-15

    Using the exact Bose-Fermi mapping, we study universal properties of ground-state density distributions and finite-temperature quantum critical behavior of one-dimensional hard-core bosons in trapped incommensurate optical lattices. Through the analysis of universal scaling relations in the quantum critical regime, we demonstrate that the superfluid-to-Bose-glass transition and the general phase diagram of disordered hard-core bosons can be uniquely determined from finite-temperature density distributions of the trapped disordered system.

  17. Magnetic field tuned superconductor-to-insulator transition at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Mehta, M. M.; Dikin, D. A.; Bark, C. W.; Ryu, S.; Folkman, C. M.; Eom, C. B.; Chandrasekhar, V.

    2014-09-01

    We present a study of the magnetic field tuned superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) in the electron gas that forms at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. We find that the magnetic field induces a transition into a weakly insulating state, as is observed for the electrostatically tuned SIT at this interface. Finite size scaling of the magnetoresistance yields the critical exponent product zν ≃7/3, indicating that the transition is governed by quantum percolation effects. While such critical exponents have been reported previously for high resistance films, they have not been reported for a low resistance system like ours, with a maximum sheet resistance of ≈1.5 kΩ, much less than the quantum of resistance RQ≡h/4e2=6.45 kΩ.

  18. Quantum criticality at the origin of life

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    Vattay, Gábor; Salahub, Dennis; Csabai, István; Nassimi, Ali; Kaufmann, Stuart A.

    2015-07-01

    Why life persists at the edge of chaos is a question at the very heart of evolution. Here we show that molecules taking part in biochemical processes from small molecules to proteins are critical quantum mechanically. Electronic Hamiltonians of biomolecules are tuned exactly to the critical point of the metal-insulator transition separating the Anderson localized insulator phase from the conducting disordered metal phase. Using tools from Random Matrix Theory we confirm that the energy level statistics of these biomolecules show the universal transitional distribution of the metal-insulator critical point and the wave functions are multifractals in accordance with the theory of Anderson transitions. The findings point to the existence of a universal mechanism of charge transport in living matter. The revealed bio-conductor material is neither a metal nor an insulator but a new quantum critical material which can exist only in highly evolved systems and has unique material properties.

  19. Quantum criticality in a uniaxial organic ferroelectric

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    Rowley, S. E.; Hadjimichael, M.; Ali, M. N.; Durmaz, Y. C.; Lashley, J. C.; Cava, R. J.; Scott, J. F.

    2015-10-01

    Tris-sarcosine calcium chloride (TSCC) is a highly uniaxial ferroelectric with a Curie temperature of approximately 130 K. By suppressing ferroelectricity with bromine substitution on the chlorine sites, pure single crystals were tuned through a ferroelectric quantum phase transition. The resulting quantum critical regime was investigated in detail and was found to persist up to temperatures of at least 30-40 K. The nature of long-range dipole interactions in uniaxial materials, which lead to non-analytical terms in the free-energy expansion in the polarization, predict a dielectric susceptibility varying as 1/T 3close to the quantum critical point. Rather than this, we find that the dielectric susceptibility varies as 1/T 2 as expected and observed in better known multi-axial systems. We explain this result by identifying the ultra-weak nature of the dipole moments in the TSCC family of crystals. Interestingly, we observe a shallow minimum in the inverse dielectric function at low temperatures close to the quantum critical point in paraelectric samples that may be attributed to the coupling of quantum polarization and strain fields. Finally, we present results of the heat capacity and electro-caloric effect and explain how the time dependence of the polarization in ferroelectrics and paraelectrics should be considered when making quantitative estimates of temperature changes induced by applied electric fields.

  20. Quantum Criticality in an Organic Magnet

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    Stone, Matthew B; Broholm, C. L.; Reich, D. H.; Tchemyshyov, O.; Vorderwisch, P.; Harrison, N.

    2006-01-01

    Exchange interactions between S=1/2 sites in piperazinium hexachlorodicuprate produce a frustrated bilayer magnet with a singlet ground state. We have determined the field-temperature phase diagram by high field magnetization and neutron scattering experiments. There are two quantum critical points: H{sub c1}=7.5 T separates a quantum paramagnet phase from a three dimensional, antiferromagnetically ordered state while H{sub c2}=37 T marks the onset of a fully polarized state. The ordered phase, which we describe as a magnon Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), is embedded in a quantum critical regime with short range correlations. A low temperature anomaly in the BEC phase boundary indicates that additional low energy features of the material become important near H{sub c1}.

  1. Sensitive chemical compass assisted by quantum criticality

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    Cai, C. Y.; Ai, Qing; Quan, H. T.; Sun, C. P.

    2012-02-01

    A radical-pair-based chemical reaction might be used by birds for navigation via the geomagnetic direction. The inherent physical mechanism is that the quantum coherent transition from a singlet state to triplet states of the radical pair could respond to a weak magnetic field and be sensitive to the direction of such a field; this then results in different photopigments to be sensed by the avian eyes. Here, we propose a quantum bionic setup, inspired by the avian compass, as an ultrasensitive probe of a weak magnetic field based on the quantum phase transition of the environments of the two electrons in the radical pair. We prove that the yield of the chemical products via recombination from the singlet state is determined by the Loschmidt echo of the environments with interacting nuclear spins. Thus quantum criticality of environments could enhance the sensitivity of detection of weak magnetic fields.

  2. Quantum Critical Quasiparticle Scattering within the Superconducting State of CeCoIn5

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    Paglione, Johnpierre; Tanatar, M. A.; Reid, J.-Ph.; Shakeripour, H.; Petrovic, C.; Taillefer, Louis

    2016-07-01

    The thermal conductivity κ of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn5 was measured in the normal and superconducting states as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H , for a current and field parallel to the [100] direction. Inside the superconducting state, when the field is lower than the upper critical field Hc 2, κ /T is found to increase as T →0 , just as in a metal and in contrast to the behavior of all known superconductors. This is due to unpaired electrons on part of the Fermi surface, which dominate the transport above a certain field. The evolution of κ /T with field reveals that the electron-electron scattering (or transport mass m⋆) of those unpaired electrons diverges as H →Hc 2 from below, in the same way that it does in the normal state as H →Hc 2 from above. This shows that the unpaired electrons sense the proximity of the field-tuned quantum critical point of CeCoIn5 at H⋆=Hc 2 even from inside the superconducting state. The fact that the quantum critical scattering of the unpaired electrons is much weaker than the average scattering of all electrons in the normal state reveals a k -space correlation between the strength of pairing and the strength of scattering, pointing to a common mechanism, presumably antiferromagnetic fluctuations.

  3. Quantum Critical Quasiparticle Scattering within the Superconducting State of CeCoIn_{5}.

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    Paglione, Johnpierre; Tanatar, M A; Reid, J-Ph; Shakeripour, H; Petrovic, C; Taillefer, Louis

    2016-07-01

    The thermal conductivity κ of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn_{5} was measured in the normal and superconducting states as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H, for a current and field parallel to the [100] direction. Inside the superconducting state, when the field is lower than the upper critical field H_{c2}, κ/T is found to increase as T→0, just as in a metal and in contrast to the behavior of all known superconductors. This is due to unpaired electrons on part of the Fermi surface, which dominate the transport above a certain field. The evolution of κ/T with field reveals that the electron-electron scattering (or transport mass m^{⋆}) of those unpaired electrons diverges as H→H_{c2} from below, in the same way that it does in the normal state as H→H_{c2} from above. This shows that the unpaired electrons sense the proximity of the field-tuned quantum critical point of CeCoIn_{5} at H^{⋆}=H_{c2} even from inside the superconducting state. The fact that the quantum critical scattering of the unpaired electrons is much weaker than the average scattering of all electrons in the normal state reveals a k-space correlation between the strength of pairing and the strength of scattering, pointing to a common mechanism, presumably antiferromagnetic fluctuations. PMID:27419578

  4. A holographic model for quantum critical responses

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    Myers, Robert C.; Sierens, Todd; Witczak-Krempa, William

    2016-05-01

    We analyze the dynamical response functions of strongly interacting quantum critical states described by conformal field theories (CFTs). We construct a self-consistent holographic model that incorporates the relevant scalar operator driving the quantum critical phase transition. Focusing on the finite temperature dynamical conductivity σ( ω, T ), we study its dependence on our model parameters, notably the scaling dimension of the relevant operator. It is found that the conductivity is well-approximated by a simple ansatz proposed in [1] for a wide range of parameters. We further dissect the conductivity at large frequencies ω ≫ T using the operator product expansion, and show how it reveals the spectrum of our model CFT. Our results provide a physically-constrained framework to study the analytic continuation of quantum Monte Carlo data, as we illustrate using the O(2) Wilson-Fisher CFT. Finally, we comment on the variation of the conductivity as we tune away from the quantum critical point, setting the stage for a comprehensive analysis of the phase diagram near the transition.

  5. Quantum critical state in a magnetic quasicrystal.

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    Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Matsukawa, Shuya; Sato, Noriaki K; Hattori, Taisuke; Ishida, Kenji; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Ishimasa, Tsutomu

    2012-12-01

    Quasicrystals are metallic alloys that possess long-range, aperiodic structures with diffraction symmetries forbidden to conventional crystals. Since the discovery of quasicrystals by Schechtman et al. in 1984, there has been considerable progress in resolving their geometric structure. For example, it is well known that the golden ratio of mathematics and art occurs over and over again in their crystal structure. However, the characteristic properties of the electronic states--whether they are extended as in periodic crystals or localized as in amorphous materials--are still unresolved. Here we report the first observation of quantum (T = 0) critical phenomena of the Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal--the magnetic susceptibility and the electronic specific heat coefficient arising from strongly correlated 4f electrons of the Yb atoms diverge as T→0. Furthermore, we observe that this quantum critical phenomenon is robust against hydrostatic pressure. By contrast, there is no such divergence in a crystalline approximant, a phase whose composition is close to that of the quasicrystal and whose unit cell has atomic decorations (that is, icosahedral clusters of atoms) that look like the quasicrystal. These results clearly indicate that the quantum criticality is associated with the unique electronic state of the quasicrystal, that is, a spatially confined critical state. Finally we discuss the possibility that there is a general law underlying the conventional crystals and the quasicrystals. PMID:23042414

  6. Signature of quantum criticality in photoemission spectroscopy.

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    Klein, M; Nuber, A; Reinert, F; Kroha, J; Stockert, O; van Löhneysen, H

    2008-12-31

    A quantum phase transition in a heavy-fermion compound may destroy the Fermi-liquid ground state. However, the conditions for this breakdown have remained obscure. We report the first direct investigation of heavy quasiparticle formation and breakdown in the canonical system CeCu(6-x)Au(x) by ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy at elevated temperatures without the complications of lattice coherence. Surprisingly, the single-ion Kondo energy scale T(K) exhibits an abrupt step near the quantum critical Au concentration of x(c) = 0.1. We show theoretically that this step is expected from a highly nonlinear renormalization of the local spin coupling at each Ce site, induced by spin fluctuations on neighboring sites. It provides a general high-temperature indicator for heavy-fermion quasiparticle breakdown at a quantum phase transition. PMID:19437657

  7. NpCoGe, near quantum criticality?

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    Colineau, E.; Eloirdi, R.; Griveau, J.-C.; Gaczynski, P.; Shick, A. B.

    2013-05-01

    The magnetic and electronic properties of NpCoGe are reported. NpCoGe orders antiferromagnetically at T N ≈ 13 K with an average ordered magnetic moment < µ N p > = 0.80 µ B . The comparison with NpRhGe and uranium analogues suggests the leading role of f-d hybridization, the rather delocalized character of 5f electrons in NpCoGe and its possible proximity to a magnetic quantum critical point.

  8. Dynamic trapping near a quantum critical point

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    Kolodrubetz, Michael; Katz, Emanuel; Polkovnikov, Anatoli

    2015-02-01

    The study of dynamics in closed quantum systems has been revitalized by the emergence of experimental systems that are well-isolated from their environment. In this paper, we consider the closed-system dynamics of an archetypal model: spins driven across a second-order quantum critical point, which are traditionally described by the Kibble-Zurek mechanism. Imbuing the driving field with Newtonian dynamics, we find that the full closed system exhibits a robust new phenomenon—dynamic critical trapping—in which the system is self-trapped near the critical point due to efficient absorption of field kinetic energy by heating the quantum spins. We quantify limits in which this phenomenon can be observed and generalize these results by developing a Kibble-Zurek scaling theory that incorporates the dynamic field. Our findings can potentially be interesting in the context of early universe physics, where the role of the driving field is played by the inflaton or a modulus field.

  9. Generalized mutual information of quantum critical chains

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    Alcaraz, F. C.; Rajabpour, M. A.

    2015-04-01

    We study the generalized mutual information I˜n of the ground state of different critical quantum chains. The generalized mutual information definition that we use is based on the well established concept of the Rényi divergence. We calculate this quantity numerically for several distinct quantum chains having either discrete Z (Q ) symmetries (Q -state Potts model with Q =2 ,3 ,4 and Z (Q ) parafermionic models with Q =5 ,6 ,7 ,8 and also Ashkin-Teller model with different anisotropies) or the U (1 ) continuous symmetries (Klein-Gordon field theory, X X Z and spin-1 Fateev-Zamolodchikov quantum chains with different anisotropies). For the spin chains these calculations were done by expressing the ground-state wave functions in two special bases. Our results indicate some general behavior for particular ranges of values of the parameter n that defines I˜n. For a system, with total size L and subsystem sizes ℓ and L -ℓ , the I˜n has a logarithmic leading behavior given by c/˜n4 log[L/π sin(π/ℓ L ) ] where the coefficient c˜n is linearly dependent on the central charge c of the underlying conformal field theory describing the system's critical properties.

  10. Composite fermions and the field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition

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    Raghu, Srinivas; Mulligan, Michael

    In several two-dimensional films that exhibit a magnetic field-tuned superconductor to insulator transition (SIT), stable metallic phases have been observed. Building on the `dirty boson' description of the SIT, we suggest that the metallic region is analogous to the composite Fermi liquid observed about half-filled Landau levels of the two-dimensional electron gas. The composite fermions here are mobile vortices attached to one flux quantum of an emergent gauge field. The composite vortex liquid is a 2D non-Fermi liquid metal, which we argue is stable to weak quenched disorder. We describe several experimental consequences of the emergent composite vortex liquid.

  11. Composite fermions and the field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition

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    Mulligan, Michael; Raghu, S.

    2016-05-01

    In several two-dimensional films that exhibit a magnetic field-tuned superconductor to insulator transition (SIT), stable metallic phases have been observed. Building on the `dirty boson' description of the SIT, we suggest that the metallic region is analogous to the composite Fermi liquid observed about half-filled Landau levels of the two-dimensional electron gas. The composite fermions here are mobile vortices attached to one flux quantum of an emergent gauge field. The composite vortex liquid is a 2D non-Fermi liquid metal, which we argue is stable to weak quenched disorder. We describe several experimental consequences of the emergent composite vortex liquid.

  12. Quantum Criticality in YFe2Al10

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    Gannon, William; Wu, Liusuo; Zaliznyak, Igor; Qiu, Yiming; Rodriguez-Rivera, Jose; Aronson, Meigan

    Quantum criticality has been studied in many systems, but there are few systems where observed scaling can be unified with a critical free energy F, or where the critical exponents form the basis for QC universality classes. We have identified a new layered material YFe2Al10 that shows remarkably strong QC behavior, where the scaling properties of the magnetic susceptibility and specific heat are consistent with the same F. Recent neutron scattering results paint a remarkable picture of the QC fluctuations in YFe2Al10. In contrast to classical transitions, where fluctuations are relatively long ranged and inelastic scattering is observed at a magnetic zone center, in YFe2Al10 the scattering is independent of wave vector in the critical plane, indicating that the fluctuations are spatially localized, while out of plane scattering indicates that the interplaner interactions are restricted to nearest neighbors. The dynamical susceptibility χ'' ~=E-2 , and is wholly temperature independent, indicating that E/T scaling is present, the signature of QC fluctuations. These results hint that the the criticality in YFe2Al10 is local, which until now has only been found in a few f-electron based compounds.

  13. Fermion-induced quantum critical points: beyond Landau criterion

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    Yao, Hong; Li, Zi-Xiang; Jiang, Yi-Fan; Jian, Shao-Kai

    According to Landau criterion, phase transitions must be first-order when cubic terms of order parameters in the Landau-Ginzburg free energy are allowed by symmetry. Here, from both renormalization group analysis and sign-problem-free quantum Monte Carlo simulations, we show that second-order quantum phase transitions can occur at such putatively-first-order quantum phase transitions in strongly-interacting Dirac semimetals in two spatial dimensions. Such type of Landau-criterion-violating quantum critical points are induced by massless fermionic modes at the quantum phase transitions. We call them ``fermion-induced quantum critical points''. From Majorana-quantum-Monte-Carlo simulations and renormalization analysis, we find that the critical exponentials at the kekule valence-bond-solid transition of the Dirac fermions on the honeycomb lattice are highly-nonclassical. We also discuss experimental signatures of the kekule quantum critical point which may be realized in graphene-like systems.

  14. Interlay of Quantum Criticality and Geometric Frustration in Columbite

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    Kaul, Ribhu

    2011-10-01

    CoNb2O6 is a remarkable magnetic material. The interplay between two of the most exciting features of correlated quantum physics, quantum criticality and geometric frustration, results in a rich phase diagram which reflects the fundamental underlying quantum many-body physics in this complex oxide material. Many aspects of the theoretically calculated phase diagram and expectations for quantum criticality have already been observed in beautiful neutron scattering experiments on this material.[4pt] Ref: Interplay of Quantum Criticality and Geometric Frustration in Columbite, SungBin Lee, Ribhu K. Kaul, Leon Balents, Nature Physics 6, 702-706 (2010)

  15. Observation of a gapless linear dispersion at quantum criticality in the Ising chain ferromagnet CoNb2O6 in transverse field

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    Cabrera, Ivelisse; Thompson, Jordan D.; Coldea, Radu; Prabhakaran, Dharmalingam; Bewley, Robert I.; Guidi, Tatiana

    2014-03-01

    The Ising chain in transverse field is one of the canonical paradigms for a continuous field-driven quantum phase transition between spontaneous magnetic order and a quantum paramagnet. The mechanism driving this phase transition has long been predicted to involve the closing of the spin gap, or minimum excitation energy, at the quantum critical point, where a characteristic linear dispersion is expected at low energies. We report single-crystal neutron diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering measurements that unveil how the magnetic order and excitations evolve in the very close proximity of the quantum critical point in the quasi-1D Ising chain ferromagnet CoNb2O6. Near criticality, we observe an essentially gapless spectrum with an almost perfectly-linear dispersion along the chain direction. Below the critical field, the frustrated interchain couplings stabilize 3D incommensurate spin-density-wave order, as observed through diffraction measurements. To our knowledge, this is the first time that essentially-gapless, linearly dispersive excitations have been observed in the very close proximity of a transverse field-tuned quantum critical point. This research was partly supported by EPSRC (UK).

  16. Quantum Criticality and Unconventional Order in Magnetic and Dielectric Material

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    Rowley, S. E.; Smith, R.; Sutherland, M. L.; Alireza, P.; Saxena, S. S.; Lonzarich, G. G.

    2012-12-01

    We present an overview of unconventional phenomena arising close to ferromagnetic and ferroelectric quantum phase transitions. The applicability and potential breakdown of traditional field theories of quantum criticality and the emergence of a multiplicity of critical fields in particular will be discussed.

  17. Magnetic field tuning of antiferromagnetic Yb3Pt4

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    Wu, L. S.; Janssen, Y.; Marques, C.; Bennett, M. C.; Kim, M. S.; Park, K.; Chi, Songxue; Lynn, J. W.; Lorusso, G.; Biasiol, G.; Aronson, M. C.

    2011-10-01

    We present measurements of the specific heat, magnetization, magnetocaloric effect, and magnetic neutron diffraction carried out on single crystals of antiferromagnetic Yb3Pt4, where highly localized Yb moments order at TN=2.4 K in zero field. The antiferromagnetic order was suppressed to TN→0 by applying a field of 1.85 T in the ab plane. Magnetocaloric effect measurements show that the antiferromagnetic phase transition is always continuous for TN>0, although a pronounced step in the magnetization is observed at the critical field in both neutron diffraction and magnetization measurements. These steps sharpen with decreasing temperature, but the related divergences in the magnetic susceptibility are cut off at the lowest temperatures, where the phase line itself becomes vertical in the field-temperature plane. As TN→0, the antiferromagnetic transition is increasingly influenced by a quantum critical end point, where TN ultimately vanishes in a first-order phase transition.

  18. Quantum mechanical cluster calculations of critical scintillationprocesses

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    Derenzo, Stephen E.; Klintenberg, Mattias K.; Weber, Marvin J.

    2000-02-22

    This paper describes the use of commercial quantum chemistrycodes to simu-late several critical scintillation processes. The crystalis modeled as a cluster of typically 50 atoms embedded in an array oftypically 5,000 point charges designed to reproduce the electrostaticfield of the infinite crystal. The Schrodinger equation is solved for theground, ionized, and excited states of the system to determine the energyand electron wavefunction. Computational methods for the followingcritical processes are described: (1) the formation and diffusion ofrelaxed holes, (2) the formation of excitons, (3) the trapping ofelectrons and holes by activator atoms, (4) the excitation of activatoratoms, and (5) thermal quenching. Examples include hole diffusion in CsI,the exciton in CsI, the excited state of CsI:Tl, the energy barrier forthe diffusion of relaxed holes in CaF2 and PbF2, and prompt hole trappingby activator atoms in CaF2:Eu and CdS:Te leading to an ultra-fast (<50ps) scintillation risetime.

  19. Characteristic signatures of quantum criticality driven by geometrical frustration.

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    Tokiwa, Yoshifumi; Stingl, Christian; Kim, Moo-Sung; Takabatake, Toshiro; Gegenwart, Philipp

    2015-04-01

    Geometrical frustration describes situations where interactions are incompatible with the lattice geometry and stabilizes exotic phases such as spin liquids. Whether geometrical frustration of magnetic interactions in metals can induce unconventional quantum critical points is an active area of research. We focus on the hexagonal heavy fermion metal CeRhSn, where the Kondo ions are located on distorted kagome planes stacked along the c axis. Low-temperature specific heat, thermal expansion, and magnetic Grüneisen parameter measurements prove a zero-field quantum critical point. The linear thermal expansion, which measures the initial uniaxial pressure derivative of the entropy, displays a striking anisotropy. Critical and noncritical behaviors along and perpendicular to the kagome planes, respectively, prove that quantum criticality is driven be geometrical frustration. We also discovered a spin flop-type metamagnetic crossover. This excludes an itinerant scenario and suggests that quantum criticality is related to local moments in a spin liquid-like state. PMID:26601165

  20. Characteristic signatures of quantum criticality driven by geometrical frustration

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    Tokiwa, Yoshifumi; Stingl, Christian; Kim, Moo-Sung; Takabatake, Toshiro; Gegenwart, Philipp

    2015-01-01

    Geometrical frustration describes situations where interactions are incompatible with the lattice geometry and stabilizes exotic phases such as spin liquids. Whether geometrical frustration of magnetic interactions in metals can induce unconventional quantum critical points is an active area of research. We focus on the hexagonal heavy fermion metal CeRhSn, where the Kondo ions are located on distorted kagome planes stacked along the c axis. Low-temperature specific heat, thermal expansion, and magnetic Grüneisen parameter measurements prove a zero-field quantum critical point. The linear thermal expansion, which measures the initial uniaxial pressure derivative of the entropy, displays a striking anisotropy. Critical and noncritical behaviors along and perpendicular to the kagome planes, respectively, prove that quantum criticality is driven be geometrical frustration. We also discovered a spin flop–type metamagnetic crossover. This excludes an itinerant scenario and suggests that quantum criticality is related to local moments in a spin liquid–like state. PMID:26601165

  1. AC evidence of a field tuned 2D superconductor-metal transition in a low-disorder InOx film

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    Liu, Wei; Pan, Lidong; Wen, Jiajia; Kim, Minsoo; Ganapathy, Sambandamurthy; Armitage, Peter

    2013-03-01

    Employing microwave spectroscopy, we investigated the field tuned quantum phase transition between the superconducting and the resistive states in a low-disorder amorphous InOx film in the frequency range of 0.05 to 16 GHz. Our AC measurements are explicitly sensitive to the critical slowing down of the characteristic frequency scales approaching a transition. The relevant frequency scale of superconducting fluctuations approaches zero at a field Bsm far below the field Bcross where different isotherms of resistance as a function of magnetic field cross each other. The phase stiffness at the lowest frequency vanishes from the superconducting side at B ~Bsm , while the high frequency limit extrapolates to zero near Bcross. Our data are consistent with a scenario where Bsm is the true quantum critical point for a transition from a superconductor to an anomalous metal, while Bcross only signifies a crossover to a regime where superconducting correlations make a vanishing contribution to both AC and DC transport measurements in the low-disorder limit.

  2. Quantum critical scaling behavior of deconfined spinons

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    Nogueira, Flavio; Kragset, Steinar; Sudbo, Asle

    2008-03-01

    The quantum scaling behavior of deconfined spinons for a class of field theoretic models of quantum antiferromagnets is considered. The competition between the hedgehogs and the Berry phases is discussed from a renormalization group perspective. An important result following from our analysis is the computation of the anomalous dimension for the decay of spin correlations. Our results confirm the expectation that the transition from a N'eel to a valence-bond solid state belongs to a completely new universality class.

  3. Bures metric over thermal state manifolds and quantum criticality

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    Zanardi, Paolo; Campos Venuti, Lorenzo; Giorda, Paolo

    2007-12-15

    We analyze the Bures metric over the manifold of thermal density matrices for systems featuring a zero temperature quantum phase transition. We show that the quantum critical region can be characterized in terms of the temperature scaling behavior of the metric tensor itself. Furthermore, the analysis of the metric tensor when both temperature and an external field are varied, allows one to complement the understanding of the phase diagram including crossover regions which are not characterized by any singular behavior. These results provide a further extension of the scope of the metric approach to quantum criticality.

  4. Universal Entanglement Entropy in 2D Conformal Quantum Critical Points

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    Hsu, Benjamin; Mulligan, Michael; Fradkin, Eduardo; Kim, Eun-Ah

    2008-12-05

    We study the scaling behavior of the entanglement entropy of two dimensional conformal quantum critical systems, i.e. systems with scale invariant wave functions. They include two-dimensional generalized quantum dimer models on bipartite lattices and quantum loop models, as well as the quantum Lifshitz model and related gauge theories. We show that, under quite general conditions, the entanglement entropy of a large and simply connected sub-system of an infinite system with a smooth boundary has a universal finite contribution, as well as scale-invariant terms for special geometries. The universal finite contribution to the entanglement entropy is computable in terms of the properties of the conformal structure of the wave function of these quantum critical systems. The calculation of the universal term reduces to a problem in boundary conformal field theory.

  5. Transport signatures of quantum critically in Cr at high pressure.

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    Jaramillo, R.; Feng, Y.; Wang, J.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2010-08-03

    The elemental antiferromagnet Cr at high pressure presents a new type of naked quantum critical point that is free of disorder and symmetry-breaking fields. Here we measure magnetotransport in fine detail around the critical pressure, P{sub c} {approx} 10 GPa, in a diamond anvil cell and reveal the role of quantum critical fluctuations at the phase transition. As the magnetism disappears and T {yields} 0, the magntotransport scaling converges to a non-mean-field form that illustrates the reconstruction of the magnetic Fermi surface, and is distinct from the critical scaling measured in chemically disordered Cr:V under pressure. The breakdown of itinerant antiferromagnetism only comes clearly into view in the clean limit, establishing disorder as a relevant variable at a quantum phase transition.

  6. Formation probabilities in quantum critical chains and Casimir effect

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    Rajabpour, M. A.

    2015-12-01

    We find a connection between logarithmic formation probabilities of two disjoint intervals of quantum critical spin chains and the Casimir energy of two aligned needles in two-dimensional classical critical systems. Using this connection we provide a formula for the logarithmic formation probability of two disjoint intervals in generic (1 + 1)-dimensional critical systems. The quantity is depenedent on the full structure of the underlying conformal field theory and so useful to find the universality class of the critical system. The connection that we find also provides a very efficient numerical method to calculate the Casimir energy between needles using quantum critical chains. The agreement between numerical results performed on the critical transverse-field Ising model and the XX chain with our exact results is very good. We also comment on the mutual Rényi information of two disjoint intervals.

  7. Magnetic field tuned reentrant superconductivity in out-of-equilibrium aluminum nanowires

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    Bretz-Sullivan, Terence M.; Goldman, A. M.

    2016-05-01

    Perpendicular-to-the-plane magnetic field tuned reentrant superconductivity in out-of-equilibrium, quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) planar nanowires is a novel, counterintuitive phenomenon. It was not until recently that a microscopic mechanism explaining the phenomenon as arising from the coexistence of superconductivity with phase-slip driven dissipation was developed. Here we present results on reentrance phenomena in quasi-1D aluminum nanowires with in-plane magnetic fields, transverse and longitudinal to the nanowire axis. The response to in-plane transverse magnetic fields in this geometry is qualitatively different from that previously reported for perpendicular-to-the-plane field experiments and for in-plane longitudinal field studies. The different feature in the data is an abrupt return to the superconducting state with increasing field at values of field corresponding to a single flux quantum for a short wire and a fractional flux quantum for a long wire. Since these findings are dramatically different from those involving perpendicular-to-the-plane magnetic fields, a different mechanism, as yet unidentified, may be at work.

  8. Hall effect in quantum critical charge-cluster glass

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    Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Sun, Yujie

    2016-04-01

    Upon doping, cuprates undergo a quantum phase transition from an insulator to a d-wave superconductor. The nature of this transition and of the insulating state is vividly debated. Here, we study the Hall effect in La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) samples doped near the quantum critical point at x ˜ 0.06. Dramatic fluctuations in the Hall resistance appear below TCG ˜ 1.5 K and increase as the sample is cooled down further, signaling quantum critical behavior. We explore the doping dependence of this effect in detail, by studying a combinatorial LSCO library in which the Sr content is varied in extremely fine steps, Δx ˜ 0.00008. We observe that quantum charge fluctuations wash out when superconductivity emerges but can be restored when the latter is suppressed by applying a magnetic field, showing that the two instabilities compete for the ground state.

  9. Hall effect in quantum critical charge-cluster glass.

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    Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T; Sun, Yujie; Božović, Ivan

    2016-04-19

    Upon doping, cuprates undergo a quantum phase transition from an insulator to a d-wave superconductor. The nature of this transition and of the insulating state is vividly debated. Here, we study the Hall effect in La2-xSrxCuO4(LSCO) samples doped near the quantum critical point atx∼ 0.06. Dramatic fluctuations in the Hall resistance appear belowTCG∼ 1.5 K and increase as the sample is cooled down further, signaling quantum critical behavior. We explore the doping dependence of this effect in detail, by studying a combinatorial LSCO library in which the Sr content is varied in extremely fine steps,Δx∼ 0.00008. We observe that quantum charge fluctuations wash out when superconductivity emerges but can be restored when the latter is suppressed by applying a magnetic field, showing that the two instabilities compete for the ground state. PMID:27044081

  10. Gravity from entanglement close to a quantum critical point

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    Faulkner, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Entanglement entropy (EE) in quantum many-body systems reveal interesting non-local aspects of the state or phase of the system. For example, topological order in gapped phases may be characterized in this way. We present calculations of entanglement close to a quantum critical point with relativistic invariance that reveal the existence of an emergent gravitational theory in one higher dimension. The gravitational theory encodes the entanglement of the quantum system in an efficient way. In this way calculations of EE, a usually notoriously difficult quantity to calculate, are reduced to a simple computation in classical gravity. The answer we find is in the spirit of the AdS/CFT duality but goes beyond it since our results apply to any relativistic quantum critical point and not just the known theories with classical gravity duals.

  11. Quantum criticality: beyond the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson paradigm

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    Sachdev, Subir

    2004-03-01

    I will describe a variety of quantum critical points in metal and insulators which do not fall into the conventional Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson framework of fluctuating order parameters. In some cases, one of the phases adjoining the critical point is characterized by topological order and emergent gauge excitations, such as the fractionalized Fermi liquid (T. Senthil, S. Sachdev, and M. Vojta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90), 216403 (2003).; the quantum critical point is characterized by non-Fermi liquid behavior in its thermodynamic and transport properties. In other cases(T. Senthil, A. Vishwanath, L. Balents, S. Sachdev, and M.P.A. Fisher, cond-mat/0311326.), both phases adjoining the critical point are characterized only by conventional order parameters and do not possess any fractionalized excitations: nevertheless, the critical theory is expressed in terms of fractionalized degrees of freedom and contains emergent gauge modes. The quantum `disordering' transition of the S=1/2 antiferromagnet with Neel order on the square lattice falls into the latter class (in this case the `disordered' phase has conventional valence bond order). I will comment on the broader implications of our results for the experimental study of quantum criticality in metals, insulators and superconductors.

  12. Nambu-Goldstone effective theory of information at quantum criticality

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    Dvali, Gia; Franca, Andre; Gomez, Cesar; Wintergerst, Nico

    2015-12-01

    We establish a fundamental connection between quantum criticality of a many-body system, such as Bose-Einstein condensates, and its capacity of information-storage and processing. For deriving the effective theory of modes in the vicinity of the quantum critical point, we develop a new method by mapping a Bose-Einstein condensate of N -particles onto a sigma model with a continuous global (pseudo)symmetry that mixes bosons of different momenta. The Bogolyubov modes of the condensate are mapped onto the Goldstone modes of the sigma model, which become gapless at the critical point. These gapless Goldstone modes are the quantum carriers of information and entropy. Analyzing their effective theory, we observe information-processing properties strikingly similar to the ones predicted by the black hole portrait. The energy cost per qubit of information-storage vanishes in the large-N limit and the total information-storage capacity increases with N either exponentially or as a power law. The longevity of information-storage also increases with N , whereas the scrambling time in the over-critical regime is controlled by the Lyapunov exponent and scales logarithmically with N . This connection reveals that the origin of black hole information storage lies in the quantum criticality of the graviton Bose-gas, and that much simpler systems that can be manufactured in table-top experiments can exhibit very similar information-processing dynamics.

  13. Quantum Criticality in the Biased Dicke Model.

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    Zhu, Hanjie; Zhang, Guofeng; Fan, Heng

    2016-01-01

    The biased Dicke model describes a system of biased two-level atoms coupled to a bosonic field, and is expected to produce new phenomena that are not present in the original Dicke model. In this paper, we study the critical properties of the biased Dicke model in the classical oscillator limits. For the finite-biased case in this limit, We present analytical results demonstrating that the excitation energy does not vanish for arbitrary coupling. This indicates that the second order phase transition is avoided in the biased Dicke model, which contrasts to the original Dicke model. We also analyze the squeezing and the entanglement in the ground state, and find that a finite bias will strongly modify their behaviors in the vicinity of the critical coupling point. PMID:26786239

  14. Quantum Criticality in the Biased Dicke Model

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    Zhu, Hanjie; Zhang, Guofeng; Fan, Heng

    2016-01-01

    The biased Dicke model describes a system of biased two-level atoms coupled to a bosonic field, and is expected to produce new phenomena that are not present in the original Dicke model. In this paper, we study the critical properties of the biased Dicke model in the classical oscillator limits. For the finite-biased case in this limit, We present analytical results demonstrating that the excitation energy does not vanish for arbitrary coupling. This indicates that the second order phase transition is avoided in the biased Dicke model, which contrasts to the original Dicke model. We also analyze the squeezing and the entanglement in the ground state, and find that a finite bias will strongly modify their behaviors in the vicinity of the critical coupling point. PMID:26786239

  15. Intact quasiparticles at an unconventional quantum critical point

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    Sutherland, M. L.; O'Farrell, E. C. T.; Toews, W. H.; Dunn, J.; Kuga, K.; Nakatsuji, S.; Machida, Y.; Izawa, K.; Hill, R. W.

    2015-07-01

    We report measurements of in-plane electrical and thermal transport properties in the limit T →0 near the unconventional quantum critical point in the heavy-fermion metal β -YbAlB4 . The high Kondo temperature TK≃200 K in this material allows us to probe transport extremely close to the critical point, at unusually small values of T /TK<5 ×10-4 . Here we find that the Wiedemann-Franz law is obeyed at the lowest temperatures, implying that the Landau quasiparticles remain intact in the critical region. At finite temperatures we observe a non-Fermi-liquid T -linear dependence of inelastic-scattering processes to energies lower than those previously accessed. These processes have a weaker temperature dependence than in comparable heavy fermion quantum critical systems, revealing a temperature scale of T ˜0.3 K which signals a sudden change in the character of the inelastic scattering.

  16. Magnetic and superconducting quantum critical behavior of itinerant electronic systems

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    Sknepnek, Rastko

    Quantum phase transitions occur at zero temperature as a function of some non-thermal parameter, e.g., pressure or chemical composition. In addition to being of fundamental interest, quantum phase transitions are important because they are believed to underlie a number of interesting low temperature phenomena. Quantum phase transitions differ from the classical phase transitions in many important aspects, two of them being (i) the mode-coupling effects and (ii) the behavior in the presence of disorder. We devote two projects of this dissertation to each of the two. First, we investigate the quantum phase transition of itinerant electrons from a paramagnet to a state which displays long-period helical structures due to a Dzyaloshinskii instability of the ferromagnetic state. In particular, we study how the self generated effective long-range interaction recently identified in itinerant quantum ferromagnets is cut-off by the helical ordering. Second, we discuss a quantum phase transition between a disordered metal and an exotic (non-s-wave) superconductor. Like in the case of ferromagnetic quantum phase transition mode coupling effects lead to an effective long-range interaction between the anomalous density fluctuations. We find that the asymptotic critical region is characterized by run-away flow to large disorder. However, for weak coupling, this region is very narrow, and it is preempted by a wide crossover regime with mean-field critical behavior. Then, we present results of large-scale Monte Carlo simulations for a 3d Ising model with short range interactions and planar defects. We show that the phase transition in this system is smeared, i.e., there is no single critical temperature, but different parts of the system order at different temperatures. Our Monte-Carlo results are in good agreement with a recent theory. Finally, we present large-scale Monte-Carlo simulations of a 2d bilayer quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet with random dimer dilution. In contrast

  17. The search for quantum critical scaling in a classical system

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    Lamsal, Jagat; Gaddy, John; Petrovic, Marcus; Montfrooij, Wouter; Vojta, Thomas

    2009-04-01

    Order-disorder phase transitions in magnetic metals that occur at zero temperature have been studied in great detail. Theorists have advanced scenarios for these quantum critical systems in which the unusual response can be seen to evolve from a competition between ordering and disordering tendencies, driven by quantum fluctuations. Unfortunately, there is a potential disconnect between the real systems that are being studied experimentally, and the idealized systems that theoretical scenarios are based upon. Here we discuss how disorder introduces a change in morphology from a three-dimensional system to a collection of magnetic clusters, and we present neutron scattering data on a classical system, Li[Mn1.96Li0.04]O4, that show how magnetic clusters by themselves can lead to scaling laws that mimic those observed in quantum critical systems.

  18. Dirty Weyl semimetals: Stability, phase transition, and quantum criticality

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    Bera, Soumya; Sau, Jay D.; Roy, Bitan

    2016-05-01

    We study the stability of three-dimensional incompressible Weyl semimetals in the presence of random quenched charge impurities. Combining numerical analysis and scaling theory, we show that, in the presence of sufficiently weak randomness, (i) the Weyl semimetal remains stable, while (ii) the double-Weyl semimetal gives rise to compressible diffusive metal where the mean density of states at zero energy is finite. At stronger disorder, the Weyl semimetal undergoes a quantum phase transition and enter into a metallic phase. The mean density of states at zero energy serves as the order parameter and displays single-parameter scaling across such a disorder driven quantum phase transition. We numerically determine various exponents at the critical point, which appear to be insensitive to the number of Weyl pairs. We also extract the extent of the quantum critical regime in disordered Weyl semimetals and the phase diagram of dirty double-Weyl semimetals at finite energies.

  19. Quantum critical transport in the unitary Fermi gas

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    Enss, Tilman

    2012-07-01

    The thermodynamic and transport properties of the unitary Fermi gas at finite temperature T are governed by a quantum critical point at T=0 and zero density. We compute the universal shear viscosity to entropy ratio η/s in the high-temperature quantum critical regime T≫|μ| and find that this strongly coupled quantum fluid comes close to perfect fluidity η/s=ℏ/(4πkB). Using a controlled large-N expansion, we show that already at the first nontrivial order the equation of state and the Tan contact density C agree well with the most recent experimental measurements and theoretical Luttinger-Ward and bold diagrammatic Monte Carlo calculations.

  20. Quantum clock: A critical discussion on spacetime

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    Burderi, Luciano; Di Salvo, Tiziana; Iaria, Rosario

    2016-03-01

    We critically discuss the measure of very short time intervals. By means of a Gedankenexperiment, we describe an ideal clock based on the occurrence of completely random events. Many previous thought experiments have suggested fundamental Planck-scale limits on measurements of distance and time. Here we present a new type of thought experiment, based on a different type of clock, that provide further support for the existence of such limits. We show that the minimum time interval Δ t that this clock can measure scales as the inverse of its size Δ r . This implies an uncertainty relation between space and time: Δ r Δ t >G ℏ/c4, where G , ℏ, and c are the gravitational constant, the reduced Planck constant, and the speed of light, respectively. We outline and briefly discuss the implications of this uncertainty conjecture.

  1. Quantum Critical Spin-2 Chain with Emergent SU(3) Symmetry

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    Chen, Pochung; Xue, Zhi-Long; McCulloch, I. P.; Chung, Ming-Chiang; Huang, Chao-Chun; Yip, S.-K.

    2015-04-01

    We study the quantum critical phase of an SU(2) symmetric spin-2 chain obtained from spin-2 bosons in a one-dimensional lattice. We obtain the scaling of the finite-size energies and entanglement entropy by exact diagonalization and density-matrix renormalization group methods. From the numerical results of the energy spectra, central charge, and scaling dimension we identify the conformal field theory describing the whole critical phase to be the SU (3 )1 Wess-Zumino-Witten model. We find that, while the Hamiltonian is only SU(2) invariant, in this critical phase there is an emergent SU(3) symmetry in the thermodynamic limit.

  2. Superconducting quantum criticality in three-dimensional Luttinger semimetals

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    Boettcher, Igor; Herbut, Igor F.

    2016-05-01

    We study a simple model of three-dimensional fermions close to a quadratic band touching point, built from the celebrated Luttinger single-particle Hamiltonian and an attractive contact interaction between the particles. Such a system displays a quantum critical point between the semimetallic and an s -wave superconducting phase at which the low-energy "Luttinger fermions" are inextricably coupled to the order parameter fluctuations. The quantum critical point is perturbatively accessible near four spatial dimensions, where it features nontrivial scaling with dynamical exponent 1 criticality, such as oscillatory corrections to scaling and its enhanced symmetry, are discussed.

  3. Mott Quantum Criticality in the Anisotropic 2D Hubbard Model

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    Lenz, Benjamin; Manmana, Salvatore R.; Pruschke, Thomas; Assaad, Fakher F.; Raczkowski, Marcin

    2016-02-01

    We present evidence for Mott quantum criticality in an anisotropic two-dimensional system of coupled Hubbard chains at half-filling. In this scenario emerging from variational cluster approximation and cluster dynamical mean-field theory, the interchain hopping t⊥ acts as a control parameter driving the second-order critical end point Tc of the metal-insulator transition down to zero at t⊥c/t ≃0.2 . Below t⊥c, the volume of the hole and electron Fermi pockets of a compensated metal vanishes continuously at the Mott transition. Above t⊥c, the volume reduction of the pockets is cut off by a first-order transition. We discuss the relevance of our findings to a putative quantum critical point in layered organic conductors, whose location remains elusive so far.

  4. Mott Quantum Criticality in the Anisotropic 2D Hubbard Model.

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    Lenz, Benjamin; Manmana, Salvatore R; Pruschke, Thomas; Assaad, Fakher F; Raczkowski, Marcin

    2016-02-26

    We present evidence for Mott quantum criticality in an anisotropic two-dimensional system of coupled Hubbard chains at half-filling. In this scenario emerging from variational cluster approximation and cluster dynamical mean-field theory, the interchain hopping t_{⊥} acts as a control parameter driving the second-order critical end point T_{c} of the metal-insulator transition down to zero at t_{⊥}^{c}/t≃0.2. Below t_{⊥}^{c}, the volume of the hole and electron Fermi pockets of a compensated metal vanishes continuously at the Mott transition. Above t_{⊥}^{c}, the volume reduction of the pockets is cut off by a first-order transition. We discuss the relevance of our findings to a putative quantum critical point in layered organic conductors, whose location remains elusive so far. PMID:26967431

  5. Interplay of quantum criticality and geometric frustration in columbite

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    Lee, Sungbin; Kaul, Ribhu K.; Balents, Leon

    2010-09-01

    CoNb2O6 is a material with remarkable properties that are determined by an exciting interplay of quantum mechanics and geometric frustration. On the one hand, weakly coupled ferromagnetic Ising chains of Co2+ ions can be tuned by an applied magnetic field through a quantum critical point to be paramagnetic; on the other hand, the Ising chains must contend with residual interactions on a frustrated triangular lattice in their choice of how to order. Motivated by the material, we theoretically study the phase diagram of quantum ferromagnetic Ising chains coupled antiferromagnetically on a triangular lattice in the plane perpendicular to the chain direction. We combine exact solutions of the quantum criticality in the isolated chains with perturbative approximations for the frustrated interchain couplings. When the triangular lattice has an isosceles distortion, which occurs in the real material, the phase diagram at absolute zero temperature is rich with five different states of matter: ferrimagnetic, Néel, antiferromagnetic, paramagnetic and incommensurate phases, separated by quantum phase transitions. Implications of our results on experiments in CoNb2O6 are discussed.

  6. Quantum critical fluctuations in layered YFe2Al10

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    Wu, L. S.; Kim, M. S.; Park, K.; Tsvelik, A. M.; Aronson, M. C.

    2014-01-01

    The absence of thermal fluctuations at T = 0 makes it possible to observe the inherently quantum mechanical nature of systems where the competition among correlations leads to different types of collective ground states. Our high precision measurements of the magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, and electrical resistivity in the layered compound YFe2Al10 demonstrate robust field-temperature scaling, evidence that this system is naturally poised without tuning on the verge of ferromagnetic order that occurs exactly at T = 0, where magnetic fields drive the system away from this quantum critical point and restore normal metallic behavior. PMID:25225377

  7. Stochastic Approximation of Dynamical Exponent at Quantum Critical Point

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    Suwa, Hidemaro; Yasuda, Shinya; Todo, Synge

    We have developed a unified finite-size scaling method for quantum phase transitions that requires no prior knowledge of the dynamical exponent z. During a quantum Monte Carlo simulation, the temperature is automatically tuned by the Robbins-Monro stochastic approximation method, being proportional to the lowest gap of the finite-size system. The dynamical exponent is estimated in a straightforward way from the system-size dependence of the temperature. As a demonstration of our novel method, the two-dimensional S = 1 / 2 quantum XY model, or equivalently the hard-core boson system, in uniform and staggered magnetic fields is investigated in the combination of the world-line quantum Monte Carlo worm algorithm. In the absence of a uniform magnetic field, we obtain the fully consistent result with the Lorentz invariance at the quantum critical point, z = 1 . Under a finite uniform magnetic field, on the other hand, the dynamical exponent becomes two, and the mean-field universality with effective dimension (2+2) governs the quantum phase transition. We will discuss also the system with random magnetic fields, or the dirty boson system, bearing a non-trivial dynamical exponent.Reference: S. Yasuda, H. Suwa, and S. Todo Phys. Rev. B 92, 104411 (2015); arXiv:1506.04837

  8. Stochastic approximation of dynamical exponent at quantum critical point

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    Yasuda, Shinya; Suwa, Hidemaro; Todo, Synge

    2015-09-01

    We have developed a unified finite-size scaling method for quantum phase transitions that requires no prior knowledge of the dynamical exponent z . During a quantum Monte Carlo simulation, the temperature is automatically tuned by the Robbins-Monro stochastic approximation method, being proportional to the lowest gap of the finite-size system. The dynamical exponent is estimated in a straightforward way from the system-size dependence of the temperature. As a demonstration of our novel method, the two-dimensional S =1 /2 quantum X Y model in uniform and staggered magnetic fields is investigated in the combination of the world-line quantum Monte Carlo worm algorithm. In the absence of a uniform magnetic field, we obtain the fully consistent result with the Lorentz invariance at the quantum critical point, z =1 , i.e., the three-dimensional classical X Y universality class. Under a finite uniform magnetic field, on the other hand, the dynamical exponent becomes two, and the mean-field universality with effective dimension (2 +2 ) governs the quantum phase transition.

  9. Experimental consequences of quantum critical points at high temperatures

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    Freitas, D. C.; Rodière, P.; Núñez, M.; Garbarino, G.; Sulpice, A.; Marcus, J.; Gay, F.; Continentino, M. A.; Núñez-Regueiro, M.

    2015-11-01

    We study the C r1 -xR ex phase diagram finding that its phase transition temperature towards an antiferromagnetic order TN follows a quantum [(xc-x ) /xc ] ψ law, with ψ =1 /2 , from the quantum critical point (QCP) at xc=0.25 up to TN≈600 K . We compare this system to others in order to understand why this elemental material is affected by the QCP up to such unusually high temperatures. We determine a general criterion for the crossover, as a function of an external parameter such as concentration, from the region controlled solely by thermal fluctuations to that where quantum effects become observable. The properties of materials with low coherence lengths will thus be altered far away from the QCP.

  10. Finite-temperature scaling of quantum coherence near criticality in a spin chain

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    Cheng, Weiwen; Zhang, Zhijun; Gong, Longyan; Zhao, Shengmei

    2016-06-01

    We explore quantum coherence, inherited from Wigner-Yanase skew information, to analyze quantum criticality in the anisotropic XY chain model at finite temperature. Based on the exact solutions of the Hamiltonian, the quantum coherence contained in a nearest-neighbor spin pairs reduced density matrix ρ is obtained. The first-order derivative of the quantum coherence is non-analytic around the critical point at sufficient low temperature. The finite-temperature scaling behavior and the universality are verified numerically. In particular, the quantum coherence can also detect the factorization transition in such a model at sufficient low temperature. We also show that quantum coherence contained in distant spin pairs can characterize quantum criticality and factorization phenomena at finite temperature. Our results imply that quantum coherence can serve as an efficient indicator of quantum criticality in such a model and shed considerable light on the relationships between quantum phase transitions and quantum information theory at finite temperature.

  11. Thermal conductivity at a disordered quantum critical point

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    Hartnoll, Sean A.; Ramirez, David M.; Santos, Jorge E.

    2016-04-01

    Strongly disordered and strongly interacting quantum critical points are difficult to access with conventional field theoretic methods. They are, however, both experimentally important and theoretically interesting. In particular, they are expected to realize universal incoherent transport. Such disordered quantum critical theories have recently been constructed holographically by deforming a CFT by marginally relevant disorder. In this paper we find additional disordered fixed points via relevant disordered deformations of a holographic CFT. Using recently developed methods in holographic transport, we characterize the thermal conductivity in both sets of theories in 1+1 dimensions. The thermal conductivity is found to tend to a constant at low temperatures in one class of fixed points, and to scale as T 0.3 in the other. Furthermore, in all cases the thermal conductivity exhibits discrete scale invariance, with logarithmic in temperature oscillations superimposed on the low temperature scaling behavior. At no point do we use the replica trick.

  12. Quantum Critical Behavior in a Concentrated Ternary Solid Solution

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    Sales, Brian C.; Jin, Ke; Bei, Hongbin; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Samolyuk, German D.; May, Andrew F.; McGuire, Michael A.

    2016-05-01

    The face centered cubic (fcc) alloy NiCoCrx with x ≈ 1 is found to be close to the Cr concentration where the ferromagnetic transition temperature, Tc, goes to 0. Near this composition these alloys exhibit a resistivity linear in temperature to 2 K, a linear magnetoresistance, an excess –TlnT (or power law) contribution to the low temperature heat capacity, and excess low temperature entropy. All of the low temperature electrical, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of the alloys with compositions near x ≈ 1 are not typical of a Fermi liquid and suggest strong magnetic fluctuations associated with a quantum critical region. The limit of extreme chemical disorder in this simple fcc material thus provides a novel and unique platform to study quantum critical behavior in a highly tunable system.

  13. Quantum Critical Behavior in a Concentrated Ternary Solid Solution

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    Sales, Brian C.; Jin, Ke; Bei, Hongbin; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Samolyuk, German D.; May, Andrew F.; McGuire, Michael A.

    2016-01-01

    The face centered cubic (fcc) alloy NiCoCrx with x ≈ 1 is found to be close to the Cr concentration where the ferromagnetic transition temperature, Tc, goes to 0. Near this composition these alloys exhibit a resistivity linear in temperature to 2 K, a linear magnetoresistance, an excess –TlnT (or power law) contribution to the low temperature heat capacity, and excess low temperature entropy. All of the low temperature electrical, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of the alloys with compositions near x ≈ 1 are not typical of a Fermi liquid and suggest strong magnetic fluctuations associated with a quantum critical region. The limit of extreme chemical disorder in this simple fcc material thus provides a novel and unique platform to study quantum critical behavior in a highly tunable system. PMID:27188715

  14. Quantum Critical Behavior in a Concentrated Ternary Solid Solution.

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    Sales, Brian C; Jin, Ke; Bei, Hongbin; Stocks, G Malcolm; Samolyuk, German D; May, Andrew F; McGuire, Michael A

    2016-01-01

    The face centered cubic (fcc) alloy NiCoCrx with x ≈ 1 is found to be close to the Cr concentration where the ferromagnetic transition temperature, Tc, goes to 0. Near this composition these alloys exhibit a resistivity linear in temperature to 2 K, a linear magnetoresistance, an excess -TlnT (or power law) contribution to the low temperature heat capacity, and excess low temperature entropy. All of the low temperature electrical, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of the alloys with compositions near x ≈ 1 are not typical of a Fermi liquid and suggest strong magnetic fluctuations associated with a quantum critical region. The limit of extreme chemical disorder in this simple fcc material thus provides a novel and unique platform to study quantum critical behavior in a highly tunable system. PMID:27188715

  15. Bulk Entanglement Spectrum Reveals Quantum Criticality within a Topological State

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    Hsieh, Timothy; Fu, Liang

    2014-03-01

    A quantum phase transition is usually achieved by tuning physical parameters in a Hamiltonian at zero temperature. Here, we demonstrate that the ground state of a topological phase itself encodes critical properties of its transition to a trivial phase. To extract this information, we introduce a partition of the system into two subsystems both of which extend throughout the bulk in all directions. The resulting bulk entanglement spectrum has a low-lying part that resembles the excitation spectrum of a bulk Hamiltonian, which allows us to access a topological phase transition from a single wavefunction by tuning either the geometry of the partition or the entanglement temperature. As an example, this remarkable correspondence between topological phase transition and entanglement criticality is rigorously established for integer quantum Hall states. TH is supported by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship No. 0645960. LF is partly supported by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under award DE-SC0010526.

  16. Subvacuum effects in quantum critical theories from a holographic approach

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    Yeh, Chen-Pin; Lee, Da-Shin

    2016-06-01

    The subvacuum phenomena, induced by the squeezed vacuum of the strongly coupled quantum critical fields with a dynamical scaling z , are explored by a probe particle. The holographic description corresponds to a string moving in (4 +1 )-dimensional Lifshitz geometry with gravitational wave perturbations. The dynamics of the particle can be realized from the motion of the endpoint of the string at the boundary. We then examine the particle's velocity dispersion, influenced by the squeezed vacuum states of strongly coupled quantum critical fields. With appropriate choices of squeezing parameters, the velocity dispersion is found to be smaller than the value caused by the normal vacuum fluctuations of the fields. This leads to the subvacuum effect. We find that the large coupling constant of the quantum fields tends to counteract the effect in the reduction of velocity dispersion, though this phenomenon is in principle observable. The effect of the squeezed vacuum on the decoherence dynamics of a quantum particle is also investigated. Coherence loss can be shown to be less severe in certain squeezed vacuums than in normal vacuum. This recovery of coherence is understood as recoherence, another manifestation of the subvacuum phenomena. We make some estimates of the degree of recoherence and find that, contrary to the velocity dispersion case, the recoherence effect is enhanced by the large coupling constant. Finally we compare the findings in our earlier works when the particle is influenced by a weakly coupled relativistic field with the dynamical scaling z =1 .

  17. Hall effect in quantum critical charge-cluster glass

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    Bozovic, Ivan; Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Sun, Yujie

    2016-04-04

    Upon doping, cuprates undergo a quantum phase transition from an insulator to a d-wave superconductor. The nature of this transition and of the insulating state is vividly debated. Here, we study the Hall effect in La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) samples doped near the quantum critical point at x ≈ 0.06. Dramatic fluctuations in the Hall resistance appear below TCG ≈ 1.5 K and increase as the sample is cooled down further, signaling quantum critical behavior. We explore the doping dependence of this effect in detail, by studying a combinatorial LSCO library in which the Sr content is varied in extremely fine steps,more » Δx ≈ 0.00008. Furthermore, we observe that quantum charge fluctuations wash out when superconductivity emerges but can be restored when the latter is suppressed by applying a magnetic field, showing that the two instabilities compete for the ground state.« less

  18. Instability of the Quantum-Critical Point of Itinerant Ferromagnets

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    Chubukov, Andrey V.; Pépin, Catherine; Rech, Jerome

    2004-04-01

    We study the stability of the quantum-critical point for itinerant ferromagnets commonly described by the Hertz-Millis-Moriya (HMM) theory. We argue that in D≤3 long-range spatial correlations associated with the Landau damping of the order parameter field generate a universal negative, nonanalytic |q|(D+1)/2 contribution to the static magnetic susceptibility χs(q,0), which makes HMM theory unstable. We argue that the actual transition is either towards incommensurate ordering, or first order. We also show that singular corrections are specific to the spin problem, while charge susceptibility remains analytic at criticality.

  19. Finite temperature quantum critical transport near the Mott transition

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    Terletska, Hanna; Dobrosavljevic, Vladimir

    2010-03-01

    We use Dynamical Mean-Field Theory to study incoherent transport above the critical end-point temperature Tc of the single band Hubbard model at half-filling. By employing an eigenvalue analysis for the free energy functional, we are able to precisely identify the crossover temperature T*(U) separating the Fermi liquid and the Mott insulating regimes. Our calculations demonstrate that a broad parameter range exist around the crossover line, where the family of resistivity curves displays simple scaling behavior. This is interpreted as a manifestation of quantum criticality controlled by the T=0 Mott transition, which is ``interrupted'' by the emergence of the coexistence dome at T < Tc . We argue that in situations where the critical temperature Tc is significantly reduced, so that the coexistence region is reduced or even absent (as in two-band, particle-hole asymmetric models, where this is found even in the clean d->∞ limit [1, 2]), similar critical scaling properties should persist down to much lower temperatures, resembling quantum critical transport similar to that found in a number of experiments [2]. [1] A. Amaricci, G. Sordi, and M. J. Rosenberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 146403 (2008) [2] A. Camjayi, K. Haule, V. Dobrosavljevic, and G. Kotliar, Nature Physics, 4, 932 (2008)

  20. Critical fluctuations near excitation threshold of a quantum parametric oscillator

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    Dykman, M. I.; Nakamura, Y.; Lin, Z. R.

    A weakly damped parametrically driven oscillator has several vibrational states already for weak driving. These are stable and unstable states with twice the modulation period and also the steady state. At the critical point all states merge. We show that this leads to anomalously strong quantum fluctuations. These fluctuations are similar whether the friction, in the classical picture, is linear or nonlinear. The critical region is ~[ ℏ (2 n + 1) ] 1 / 3 along the field frequency axis and ~[ ℏ (2 n + 1) ] 2 / 3 along the field amplitude axis, where n is the Planck number. The correlation time scales as [ ℏ (2 n + 1) ] - 2 / 3. The number of photons for n = 0 scales as ℏ - 2 / 3. It is determined by the oscillator nonlinearity and decay rate. Above the threshold, quantum fluctuations induce transitions between the period-two states over the quasienergy barrier. We find the effective quantum activation energies for such transitions and their scaling with the difference of the driving amplitude from its critical value. We also present the results of relevant experimental observations obtained with a circuit QED system.

  1. Quantum Criticality in Quasi-Two-Dimensional Itinerant Antiferromagnets.

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    Varma, C M

    2015-10-30

    Quasi-two-dimensional itinerant fermions in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) quantum-critical region of their phase diagram, such as in the Fe-based superconductors or in some of the heavy-fermion compounds, exhibit a resistivity varying linearly with temperature and a contribution to specific heat or thermopower proportional to TlnT. It is shown, here, that a generic model of itinerant anti-ferromagnet can be canonically transformed so that its critical fluctuations around the AFM-vector Q can be obtained from the fluctuations in the long wavelength limit of a dissipative quantum XY model. The fluctuations of the dissipative quantum XY model in 2D have been evaluated recently, and in a large regime of parameters, they are determined, not by renormalized spin fluctuations, but by topological excitations. In this regime, the fluctuations are separable in their spatial and temporal dependence and have a spatial correlation length which is proportional to the logarithm of the temporal correlation length, i.e., for some purposes, the effective dynamic exponent z=∞. The time dependence gives ω/T scaling at criticality. The observed resistivity and entropy then follow. Several predictions to test the theory are also given. PMID:26565482

  2. Entanglement entropy of 2D conformal quantum critical points: hearing the shape of a quantum drum.

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Moore, Joel E

    2006-08-01

    The entanglement entropy of a pure quantum state of a bipartite system A union or logical sumB is defined as the von Neumann entropy of the reduced density matrix obtained by tracing over one of the two parts. In one dimension, the entanglement of critical ground states diverges logarithmically in the subsystem size, with a universal coefficient that for conformally invariant critical points is related to the central charge of the conformal field theory. We find that the entanglement entropy of a standard class of z=2 conformal quantum critical points in two spatial dimensions, in addition to a nonuniversal "area law" contribution linear in the size of the AB boundary, generically has a universal logarithmically divergent correction, which is completely determined by the geometry of the partition and by the central charge of the field theory that describes the critical wave function. PMID:17026083

  3. Persistent Currents and Quantum Critical Phenomena in Mesoscopic Physics

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    Zelyak, Oleksandr

    In this thesis, we study persistent currents and quantum critical phenomena in the systems of mesoscopic physics. As an introduction in Chapter 1 we familiarize the reader with the area of mesoscopic physics. We explain how mesoscopic systems are different from quantum systems of single atoms and molecules and bulk systems with an Avogadro number of elements. We also describe some important mesoscopic phenomena. One of the mathematical tools that we extensively use in our studies is Random Matrix Theorty. This theory is not a part of standard physics courses and for educational purposes we provide the basics of Random Matrix Theory in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3 we study the persistent current of noninteracting electrons in quantum billiards. We consider simply connected chaotic Robnik-Berry quantum billiard and its annular analog. The electrons move in the presence of a point-like magnetic flux at the center of the billiard. For the simply connected billiard, we find a large diamagnetic contribution to the persistent current at small flux, which is independent of the flux and is proportional to the number of electrons (or equivalently the density since we keep the area fixed). The size of this diamagnetic contribution is much larger than the previously studied mesoscopic fluctuations in the persistent current in the simply connected billiard. This behavior of persistent current can ultimately be traced to the response of the angular-momentum l = 0 levels (neglected in semiclassical expansions) on the unit disk to a point-like flux at its center. We observe the same behavior for the annular billiard when the inner radius is much smaller than the outer one. We also find that the usual fluctuating persistent current and Anderson-like localization due to boundary scattering are seen when the annulus tends to a one-dimensional ring. We explore the conditions for the observability of this phenomenon. In Chapter 4 we study quantum critical phenomena in a system of two

  4. A nonmagnetic impurity in a 2D quantum critical antiferromagnet

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    Troyer, Matthias

    2003-03-01

    We compute the properties of a mobile hole and a static impurity injected into a two-dimensional antiferromagnet or superconductor in the vicinity of a magnetic quantum critical point. A static S=1/2 impurity doped into a quantum-disordered spin gap system induces a local moment with spin S=1/2 and a corresponding Curie-like impurity susceptibility, while the same impurity in a Néel ordered state only gives a finite impurity susceptibility. For the quantum critical system however an interesting field-theoretical prediction has been made that there the impurity spin susceptibility still has a Curie-like divergence, but with a universal effective spin that is neither an integer nor a half-odd integer [1]. In large-scale quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations using the loop algorithm we calculate the impurity susceptibility and find that, unfortunately, this effect is not observable since the renormalization of the effective spin away from S=1/2 is minimal. Other predictions of the field theory, such as a new critical exponent η' describing the time-dependent impurity spin correlations can however be confirmed [2]. Next we compute the spectral function of a hole injected into a 2D antiferromagnet or superconductor in the vicinity of a magnetic quantum critical point [3]. We show that, near van Hove singularities, the problem maps onto that of a static vacancy. This allows the calculation of the spectral function in a QMC simulation without encountering the negative sign problem. We find a vanishing quasiparticle residue at the critical point, a new exponent η_h0.080.04 describing the frequency dependence of the spectral function G_h(ω)(ɛ_0-ω)-1+ηh and discuss possible relevance to photoemission spectra of cuprate superconductors near the antinodal points. ^1 S. Sachdev, C. Buragohain and M. Vojta, Science 286, 2479 (1999). ^2 M. Troyer, in Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl. 145 (2002); M. Körner and M. Troyer, ibid. ^3 S. Sachdev, M. Troyer, and M. Vojta, Phys. Rev

  5. Bounds on corner entanglement in quantum critical states

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    Bueno, Pablo; Witczak-Krempa, William

    2016-01-01

    The entanglement entropy in many gapless quantum systems receives a contribution from the corners in the entangling surface in 2+1d, which is characterized by a universal function a (θ ) depending on the opening angle θ , and contains pertinent low energy information. For conformal field theories (CFTs), the leading expansion coefficient in the smooth limit θ →π yields the stress tensor two-point function coefficient CT. Little is known about a (θ ) beyond that limit. Here, we show that the next term in the smooth limit expansion contains information beyond the two- and three-point correlators of the stress tensor. We conjecture that it encodes four-point data, making it much richer. Further, we establish strong constraints on this and higher-order smooth-limit coefficients. We also show that a (θ ) is lower-bounded by a nontrivial function multiplied by the central charge CT, e.g., a (π /2 ) ≥(π2ln2 ) CT/6 . This bound for 90-degree corners is nearly saturated by all known results, including recent numerics for the interacting Wilson-Fisher quantum critical points (QCPs). A bound is also given for the Rényi entropies. We illustrate our findings using O(N ) QCPs, free boson and Dirac fermion CFTs, strongly coupled holographic ones, and other models. Exact results are also given for Lifshitz quantum critical points, and for conical singularities in 3+1d.

  6. Single-copy entanglement in critical quantum spin chains

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    Eisert, J.; Cramer, M.

    2005-10-01

    We consider the single-copy entanglement as a quantity to assess quantum correlations in the ground state in quantum many-body systems. We show for a large class of models that already on the level of single specimens of spin chains, criticality is accompanied with the possibility of distilling a maximally entangled state of arbitrary dimension from a sufficiently large block deterministically, with local operations and classical communication. These analytical results—which refine previous results on the divergence of block entropy as the rate at which maximally entangled pairs can be distilled from many identically prepared chains—are made quantitative for general isotropic translationally invariant spin chains that can be mapped onto a quasifree fermionic system, and for the anisotropic XY model. For the XX model, we provide the asymptotic scaling of ˜(1/6)log2(L) , and contrast it with the block entropy.

  7. Quantum critical behavior in a concentrated ternary solid solution

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    Sales, Brian C.; Bei, Hongbin; Stocks, George Malcolm; Samolyuk, German D.; McGuire, Michael A.; Jin, Ke; May, Andrew F.

    2016-05-18

    The face centered cubic (fcc) alloy NiCoCrx with x ≈ 1 is found to be close to the Cr concentration where the ferromagnetic transition temperature, Tc, goes to 0. Near this composition these alloys exhibit a resistivity linear in temperature to 2 K, a linear magnetoresistance, an excess –TlnT (or power law) contribution to the low temperature heat capacity, and excess low temperature entropy. All of the low temperature electrical, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of the alloys with compositions near x ≈ 1 are not typical of a Fermi liquid and suggest strong magnetic fluctuations associated with a quantum criticalmore » region. Lastly, the limit of extreme chemical disorder in this simple fcc material thus provides a novel and unique platform to study quantum critical behavior in a highly tunable system.« less

  8. Critical frequency control in harmonic quantum Brownian motion

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    Giraldi, Filippo; Petruccione, Francesco

    2013-01-01

    The dissipative effects of a quantum harmonic oscillator, initially set in a coherent state and linearly coupled to a continuous distribution of frequency modes, are analyzed over long time scales in relation to the behavior of the spectral density near an arbitrary band gap, arbitrarily shaped at the higher frequencies. The reservoir is initially set either in the vacuum state or in continuous distributions of coherent states. These distributions are arbitrarily shaped at high frequencies and structured in sub- or super-ohmic configurations near an arbitrary band gap frequency. Similarly to certain decoherence processes of a qubit, critical conditions emerge, such that arbitrarily slow inverse power law relaxations of the expectation values of the observables, are obtained by approaching the boundary between the sub- and the super-ohmic regimes. Also, in such critical conditions, a trapping of the number of excitations appears in the super-ohmic regime. The technique of critical frequency control, emerging in the scenario of the environment-induced decoherence of a qubit via the reservoir engineering approach, is extended to the harmonic quantum Brownian motion.

  9. Novel Quantum Criticality in Two Dimensional Topological Phase transitions

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    Cho, Gil Young; Moon, Eun-Gook

    2016-01-01

    Topological quantum phase transitions intrinsically intertwine self-similarity and topology of many-electron wave-functions, and divining them is one of the most significant ways to advance understanding in condensed matter physics. Our focus is to investigate an unconventional class of the transitions between insulators and Dirac semimetals whose description is beyond conventional pseudo relativistic Dirac Hamiltonian. At the transition without the long-range Coulomb interaction, the electronic energy dispersion along one direction behaves like a relativistic particle, linear in momentum, but along the other direction it behaves like a non-relativistic particle, quadratic in momentum. Various physical systems ranging from TiO2-VO2 heterostructure to organic material α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3 under pressure have been proposed to have such anisotropic dispersion relation. Here, we discover a novel quantum criticality at the phase transition by incorporating the long range Coulomb interaction. Unique interplay between the Coulomb interaction and electronic critical modes enforces not only the anisotropic renormalization of the Coulomb interaction but also marginally modified electronic excitation. In connection with experiments, we investigate several striking effects in physical observables of our novel criticality.

  10. Mott Quantum Criticality in the Anisotropic 2D Hubbard Model

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    Lenz, Benjamin; Manmana, Salvatore R.; Pruschke, Thomas; Assaad, Fakher F.; Raczkowski, Marcin

    We present evidence for Mott quantum criticality in an anisotropic two-dimensional system of coupled Hubbard chains at half-filling. In this scenario emerging from variational cluster approximation and cluster dynamical mean-field theory, the interchain hopping t⊥ acts as control parameter driving the second-order critical endpoint Tc of the metal-insulator transition down to zero at t⊥c / t ~= 0 . 2 . Below t⊥c the volume of hole and electron Fermi pockets of a compensated metal vanishes continuously at the Mott transition. Above t⊥c the volume reduction of the pockets is cut off by a first-order transition. We discuss the relevance of our findings to a putative quantum critical point in layered organic conductors whose location remains elusive so far. We acknowledge support by DFG research units FOR1807 and FOR1346, ERC Starting Grant No. 306897 and NSF Grant No. PHY11-25915, and computer support by the GWDG and Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

  11. Diffusive quantum criticality in three-dimensional disordered Dirac semimetals

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    Roy, Bitan; Das Sarma, S.

    2014-12-01

    Three-dimensional Dirac semimetals are stable against weak potential disorder, but not against strong disorder. In the language of renormalization group, such stability stems from the irrelevance of weak disorder in the vicinity of the noninteracting Gaussian fixed point. However, beyond a threshold, potential disorder can take Dirac semimetals into a compressible diffusive metallic phase through a quantum phase transition (QPT), where density of states at zero energy, quasiparticle lifetime, and metallic conductivity at T =0 are finite. Universal behavior of such unconventional QPT is described within the framework of an ɛ (=d -2 ) expansion near the lower critical dimension. Various exponents near this quantum critical point are obtained after performing a two-loop perturbative expansion in the vanishing replica limit and we demonstrate that the theory is renormalizable at least to two-loop order. We argue that such QPT is always continuous in nature and shares the same university class with a similar transition driven by odd-parity disorder. The critical exponents are independent of flavor number of Dirac fermions and thus our study can be germane to disordered Cd3As2 and Na3Bi . Scaling behaviors of various measurable quantities such as specific heat and density of states across such QPT are proposed.

  12. Novel Quantum Criticality in Two Dimensional Topological Phase transitions

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    Cho, Gil Young; Moon, Eun-Gook

    2016-01-01

    Topological quantum phase transitions intrinsically intertwine self-similarity and topology of many-electron wave-functions, and divining them is one of the most significant ways to advance understanding in condensed matter physics. Our focus is to investigate an unconventional class of the transitions between insulators and Dirac semimetals whose description is beyond conventional pseudo relativistic Dirac Hamiltonian. At the transition without the long-range Coulomb interaction, the electronic energy dispersion along one direction behaves like a relativistic particle, linear in momentum, but along the other direction it behaves like a non-relativistic particle, quadratic in momentum. Various physical systems ranging from TiO2-VO2 heterostructure to organic material α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3 under pressure have been proposed to have such anisotropic dispersion relation. Here, we discover a novel quantum criticality at the phase transition by incorporating the long range Coulomb interaction. Unique interplay between the Coulomb interaction and electronic critical modes enforces not only the anisotropic renormalization of the Coulomb interaction but also marginally modified electronic excitation. In connection with experiments, we investigate several striking effects in physical observables of our novel criticality. PMID:26791803

  13. Universal quantum criticality in Hubbard models with massless Dirac dispersion

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    Otsuka, Yuichi; Yunoki, Seiji; Sorella, Sandro

    We investigate the metal-insulator transition of two-dimensional interacting electrons with massless Dirac-like dispersion, describe by the Hubbard models on two geometrically different lattices: honeycomb and π-flux square lattices. By performing large-scale quantum Monte Carlo simulations followed by careful finite-size scaling analyses, we find that the transition from semi-metallic to antiferromagnetic insulating phases is continuous and evaluate the critical exponents with a high degree of accuracy for the corresponding universality class, which is described in the continuous limit by the Gross-Neveu model. We furthermore discuss the fate of the quasiparticle weight and the Fermi velocity across this transition.

  14. Quantum-criticality-induced strong Kerr nonlinearities in optomechanical systems

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    Lü, Xin-You; Zhang, Wei-Min; Ashhab, Sahel; Wu, Ying; Nori, Franco

    2013-01-01

    We investigate a hybrid electro-optomechanical system that allows us to realize controllable strong Kerr nonlinearities even in the weak-coupling regime. We show that when the controllable electromechanical subsystem is close to its quantum critical point, strong photon-photon interactions can be generated by adjusting the intensity (or frequency) of the microwave driving field. Nonlinear optical phenomena, such as the appearance of the photon blockade and the generation of nonclassical states (e.g., Schrödinger cat states), are demonstrated in the weak-coupling regime, making the observation of strong Kerr nonlinearities feasible with currently available optomechanical technology. PMID:24126279

  15. Effects of dissipation on a quantum critical point with disorder.

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    Hoyos, José A; Kotabage, Chetan; Vojta, Thomas

    2007-12-01

    We study the effects of dissipation on a disordered quantum phase transition with O(N) order-parameter symmetry by applying a strong-disorder renormalization group to the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson field theory of the problem. We find that Ohmic dissipation results in a nonperturbative infinite-randomness critical point with unconventional activated dynamical scaling while super-Ohmic damping leads to conventional behavior. We discuss applications to the superconductor-metal transition in nanowires and to the Hertz theory of the itinerant antiferromagnetic transition. PMID:18233349

  16. Causality and quantum criticality in long-range lattice models

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    Maghrebi, Mohammad F.; Gong, Zhe-Xuan; Foss-Feig, Michael; Gorshkov, Alexey V.

    2016-03-01

    Long-range quantum lattice systems often exhibit drastically different behavior than their short-range counterparts. In particular, because they do not satisfy the conditions for the Lieb-Robinson theorem, they need not have an emergent relativistic structure in the form of a light cone. Adopting a field-theoretic approach, we study the one-dimensional transverse-field Ising model with long-range interactions, and a fermionic model with long-range hopping and pairing terms, explore their critical and near-critical behavior, and characterize their response to local perturbations. We deduce the dynamic critical exponent, up to the two-loop order within the renormalization group theory, which we then use to characterize the emergent causal behavior. We show that beyond a critical value of the power-law exponent of the long-range couplings, the dynamics effectively becomes relativistic. Various other critical exponents describing correlations in the ground state, as well as deviations from a linear causal cone, are deduced for a wide range of the power-law exponent.

  17. Superconductivity and Ferromagnetic Quantum Criticality in Uranium Compounds

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    Aoki, Dai; Flouquet, Jacques

    2014-06-01

    We review our recent studies on ferromagnetic superconductors, UGe2, URhGe, and UCoGe, together with the ferromagnetic quantum criticality and paramagnetic singularity on the Ising 5f-itinerant system UCoAl. Thanks to the variety of ordered moment in ferromagnetic superconductors from 1.5 μB to 0.05 μB, interesting systematic changes or similarities are clarified. All ferromagnetic superconductors show large upper critical field Hc2, and the field-reentrant (-reinforced) phenomena are observed in the field-temperature phase diagram, when the pressure or field direction is tuned for particular conditions. These phenomena are well explained by the ferromagnetic longitudinal fluctuations, which are induced by the magnetic field in transverse configurations. The large Hc2 might be also associated with possible additional effects of Fermi surface instabilities, such as Lifshitz-type singularities.

  18. Quantum-Critical Dynamics of the Skyrmion Lattice.

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    Green, Andrew G.

    2002-03-01

    Slightly away from exact filling of the lowest Landau level, the quantum Hall ferromagnet contains a finite density of magnetic vortices or Skyrmions[1,2]. These Skyrmions are expected to form a square lattice[3], the low energy excitations of which (translation/phonon modes and rotation/breathing modes) lead to dramatically enhanced nuclear relaxation[4,5]. Upon changing the filling fraction, the rotational modes undergo a quantum phase transition where zero-point fluctuations destroy the orientational order of the Skyrmions[4,6]. I will discuss the effect of this quantum critical point upon nuclear spin relaxation[7]. [1]S. L. Sondhi et al., Phys. Rev. B47, 16419 (1993). [2]S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995), A. Schmeller et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 4290 (1995). [3]L. Brey et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 2562 (1995). [4]R. Côté et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4825 (1997). [5]R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995). [6]Yu V. Nazarov and A. V. Khaetskii, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 576 (1998). [7]A. G. Green, Phys. Rev. B61, R16 299 (2000).

  19. Chemically-mediated quantum criticality in NbFe2

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    Alam, Aftab; Johnson, Duane

    2011-11-09

    Laves-phase Nb{sub 1+c}Fe{sub 2-c} is a rare itinerant intermetallic compound exhibiting magnetic quantum criticality at c{sub cr} {approx} 1.5% Nb excess; its origin, and how alloying mediates it, remains an enigma. For NbFe{sub 2}, we show that an unconventional band critical point above the Fermi level E{sub F} explains most observations and that chemical alloying mediates access to this unconventional band critical point by an increase in E{sub F} with decreasing electrons (increasing %Nb), counter to rigid-band concepts. We calculate that E{sub F} enters the unconventional band critical point region for c{sub cr} > 1.5% Nb and by 1.74% Nb there is no Nb site-occupation preference between symmetry-distinct Fe sites, i.e., no electron-hopping disorder, making resistivity near constant as observed. At larger Nb (Fe) excess, the ferromagnetic Stoner criterion is satisfied.

  20. Holographic view on quantum correlations and mutual information between disjoint blocks of a quantum critical system

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    Molina-Vilaplana, Javier; Sodano, Pasquale

    2011-10-01

    In ( d + 1) dimensional Multiscale Entanglement Renormalization Ansatz (MERA) networks, tensors are connected so as to reproduce the discrete, ( d + 2) holographic geometry of Anti de Sitter space (AdS d+2) with the original system lying at the boundary. We analyze the MERA renormalization flow that arises when computing the quantum correlations between two disjoint blocks of a quantum critical system, to show that the structure of the causal cones characteristic of MERA, requires a transition between two different regimes attainable by changing the ratio between the size and the separation of the two disjoint blocks. We argue that this transition in the MERA causal developments of the blocks may be easily accounted by an AdS d+2 black hole geometry when the mutual information is computed using the Ryu-Takayanagi formula. As an explicit example, we use a BTZ AdS3 black hole to compute the MI and the quantum correlations between two disjoint intervals of a one dimensional boundary critical system. Our results for this low dimensional system not only show the existence of a phase transition emerging when the conformal four point ratio reaches a critical value but also provide an intuitive entropic argument accounting for the source of this instability. We discuss the robustness of this transition when finite temperature and finite size effects are taken into account.

  1. Fluctuation-induced heat release from temperature-quenched nuclear spins near a quantum critical point.

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    Kim, Y H; Kaur, N; Atkins, B M; Dalal, N S; Takano, Y

    2009-12-11

    At a quantum critical point (QCP)--a zero-temperature singularity in which a line of continuous phase transition terminates--quantum fluctuations diverge in space and time, leading to exotic phenomena that can be observed at nonzero temperatures. Using a quantum antiferromagnet, we present calorimetric evidence that nuclear spins frozen in a high-temperature nonequilibrium state by temperature quenching are annealed by quantum fluctuations near the QCP. This phenomenon, with readily detectable heat release from the nuclear spins as they are annealed, serves as an excellent marker of a quantum critical region around the QCP and provides a probe of the dynamics of the divergent quantum fluctuations. PMID:20366226

  2. Wide quantum critical region of valence fluctuations: Origin of robust quantum criticality in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51 under pressure

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2015-03-01

    The mechanism of the emergence of robust quantum criticality in the heavy- electron quasicrystal YR15Al34Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the quasicrystal and its crystalline approximant, which contain concentric shell structures with Yb and Al-Au clusters, we show that a set of quantum critical points of the first-order valence transition of Yb appears as spots in the ground-state phase diagram. Their critical regions overlap each other, giving rise to a wide quantum critical region. This well explains the robust criticality observed in YR15Al34Au51 under pressure, and predicts the emergence of the common criticality in the crystalline approximant under pressure. The wider critical region in the quasicrystal than that in the crystalline approximant in the T-P phase diagram and the field-induced valence-crossover "region" in the T-H phase diagram are predicted to appear.

  3. Distributed Hybridization Model for Quantum Critical Behavior in Magnetic Quasicrystals

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    Otsuki, Junya; Kusunose, Hiroaki

    2016-07-01

    A quantum critical behavior of the magnetic susceptibility was observed in a quasicrystal containing ytterbium. At the same time, a mixed-valence feature of Yb ions was reported, which appears to be incompatible with the magnetic instability. We derive the magnetic susceptibility by expressing the quasiperiodicity as the distributed hybridization strength between Yb 4f and conduction electrons. Assuming a wide distribution of the hybridization strength, the most f electrons behave as renormalized paramagnetic states in the Kondo or mixed-valence regime, but a small number of f moments remain unscreened. As a result, the bulk magnetic susceptibility exhibits a nontrivial power-law-like behavior, while the average f-electron occupation is that of mixed-valence systems. This model thus resolves two contradictory properties of Yb quasicrystals.

  4. Excitation spectra of disordered dimer magnets near quantum criticality.

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    Vojta, Matthias

    2013-08-30

    For coupled-dimer magnets with quenched disorder, we introduce a generalization of the bond-operator method, appropriate to describe both singlet and magnetically ordered phases. This allows for a numerical calculation of the magnetic excitations at all energies across the phase diagram, including the strongly inhomogeneous Griffiths regime near quantum criticality. We apply the method to the bilayer Heisenberg model with bond randomness and characterize both the broadening of excitations and the transfer of spectral weight induced by disorder. Inside the antiferromagnetic phase this model features the remarkable combination of sharp magnetic Bragg peaks and broad magnons, the latter arising from the tendency to localization of low-energy excitations. PMID:24033066

  5. Electronic Griffiths Phases and Quantum Criticality at Disordered Mott Transitions

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    Dobrosavljevic, Vladimir

    2012-02-01

    The effects of disorder are investigated in strongly correlated electronic systems near the Mott metal-insulator transition. Correlation effects are foundootnotetextE. C. Andrade, E. Miranda, and V. Dobrosavljevic, Phys. Rev. Lett., 102, 206403 (2009). to lead to strong disorder screening, a mechanism restricted to low-lying electronic states, very similar to what is observed in underdoped cuprates. These results suggest, however, that this effect is not specific to disordered d-wave superconductors, but is a generic feature of all disordered Mott systems. In addition, the resulting spatial inhomogeneity rapidly increasesootnotetextE. C. Andrade, E. Miranda, and V. Dobrosavljevic, Phys. Rev. Lett., 104 (23), 236401 (2010). as the Mott insulator is approached at fixed disorder strength. This behavior, which can be described as an Electronic Griffiths Phase, displays all the features expected for disorder-dominated Infinite-Randomness Fixed Point scenario of quantum criticality.

  6. Luttinger Liquid, Singular Interaction and Quantum Criticality in Cuprate Materials

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    di Castro, C.; Caprara, S.

    2014-10-01

    With particular reference to the role of the renormalization group (RG) approach and Ward identities (WI's), we start by recalling some old features of the one-dimensional Luttinger liquid as the prototype of non-Fermi-liquid behavior. Its dimensional crossover to the Landau normal Fermi liquid implies that a non-Fermi liquid, as, e.g., the normal phase of the cuprate high temperature superconductors, can be maintained in d > 1 only in the presence of a sufficiently singular effective interaction among the charge carriers. This is the case when, nearby an instability, the interaction is mediated by critical fluctuations. We are then led to introduce the specific case of superconductivity in cuprates as an example of avoided quantum criticality. We will disentangle the fluctuations which act as mediators of singular electron-electron interaction, enlightening the possible order competing with superconductivity and a mechanism for the non-Fermi-liquid behavior of the metallic phase. This paper is not meant to be a comprehensive review. Many important contributions will not be considered. We will also avoid using extensive technicalities and making full calculations for which we refer to the original papers and to the many good available reviews. We will here only follow one line of reasoning which guided our research activity in this field.

  7. Thermal Ising transitions in the vicinity of two-dimensional quantum critical points

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    Hesselmann, S.; Wessel, S.

    2016-04-01

    The scaling of the transition temperature into an ordered phase close to a quantum critical point as well as the order parameter fluctuations inside the quantum critical region provide valuable information about universal properties of the underlying quantum critical point. Here, we employ quantum Monte Carlo simulations to examine these relations in detail for two-dimensional quantum systems that exhibit a finite-temperature Ising-transition line in the vicinity of a quantum critical point that belongs to the universality class of either (i) the three-dimensional Ising model for the case of the quantum Ising model in a transverse magnetic field on the square lattice or (ii) the chiral Ising transition for the case of a half-filled system of spinless fermions on the honeycomb lattice with nearest-neighbor repulsion. While the first case allows large-scale simulations to assess the scaling predictions to a high precision in terms of the known values for the critical exponents at the quantum critical point, for the later case, we extract values of the critical exponents ν and η , related to the order parameter fluctuations, which we discuss in relation to other recent estimates from ground-state quantum Monte Carlo calculations as well as analytical approaches.

  8. Deconfined Quantum Criticality, Scaling Violations, and Classical Loop Models

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    Nahum, Adam; Chalker, J. T.; Serna, P.; Ortuño, M.; Somoza, A. M.

    2015-10-01

    Numerical studies of the transition between Néel and valence bond solid phases in two-dimensional quantum antiferromagnets give strong evidence for the remarkable scenario of deconfined criticality, but display strong violations of finite-size scaling that are not yet understood. We show how to realize the universal physics of the Néel-valence-bond-solid (VBS) transition in a three-dimensional classical loop model (this model includes the subtle interference effect that suppresses hedgehog defects in the Néel order parameter). We use the loop model for simulations of unprecedentedly large systems (up to linear size L =512 ). Our results are compatible with a continuous transition at which both Néel and VBS order parameters are critical, and we do not see conventional signs of first-order behavior. However, we show that the scaling violations are stronger than previously realized and are incompatible with conventional finite-size scaling, even if allowance is made for a weakly or marginally irrelevant scaling variable. In particular, different approaches to determining the anomalous dimensions ηVBS and ηN é el yield very different results. The assumption of conventional finite-size scaling leads to estimates that drift to negative values at large sizes, in violation of the unitarity bounds. In contrast, the decay with distance of critical correlators on scales much smaller than system size is consistent with large positive anomalous dimensions. Barring an unexpected reversal in behavior at still larger sizes, this implies that the transition, if continuous, must show unconventional finite-size scaling, for example, from an additional dangerously irrelevant scaling variable. Another possibility is an anomalously weak first-order transition. By analyzing the renormalization group flows for the noncompact CP n -1 field theory (the n -component Abelian Higgs model) between two and four dimensions, we give the simplest scenario by which an anomalously weak first

  9. Nonlinear I-V Curve at a Quantum Impurity Quantum Critical Point

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    Baranger, Harold; Chung, Chung-Hou; Lin, Chao-Yun; Zhang, Gu; Ke, Chung-Ting; Finkelstein, Gleb

    The nonlinear I-V curve at an interacting quantum critical point (QCP) is typically out of reach theoretically. Here, however, we provide a striking example of an analytical calculation of the full nonlinear I-V curve at the QCP. The system that we consider is a quantum dot coupled to resistive leads - a spinless resonant level interacting with an ohmic EM environment in which a QCP similar to the two-channel Kondo QCP occurs. Recent experiments studied this criticality via transport measurements: the transmission approaches unity at low temperature and applied bias when tuned exactly to the QCP (on resonance and symmetric tunnel barriers) and approaches zero in all other cases. To obtain the current at finite temperature and arbitrary bias, we write the problem as a one-dimensional field theory and transform from electrons in the left/right leads to right-going and left-going channels between which there is weak two-body backscattering. Drawing on dynamical Coulomb blockade theory, we thus obtain an analytical expression for the full I-V curve. The agreement with the experimental result is remarkable.

  10. Avoided ferromagnetic quantum critical point in CeRuPO

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    Lengyel, E.; Macovei, M. E.; Jesche, A.; Krellner, C.; Geibel, C.; Nicklas, M.

    2015-01-01

    CeRuPO is a rare example of a ferromagnetic (FM) Kondo-lattice system. External pressure suppresses the ordering temperature to zero at about pc≈3 GPa. Our ac-susceptibility and electrical-resistivity investigations evidence that the type of magnetic ordering changes from FM to antiferromagnetic (AFM) at about p*≈0.87 GPa . Studies in applied magnetic fields suggest that ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic correlations compete for the ground state at p >p* , but finally the AFM correlations win. The change in the magnetic ground-state properties is closely related to the pressure evolution of the crystalline-electric-field level scheme and the magnetic Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction. The Néel temperature disappears abruptly in a first-order-like fashion at pc, hinting at the absence of a quantum critical point. This is consistent with the low-temperature transport properties exhibiting Landau-Fermi-liquid behavior in the whole investigated pressure range up to 7.5 GPa.

  11. Fermionic quantum critical point of spinless fermions on a honeycomb lattice

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    Wang, Lei; Corboz, Philippe; Troyer, Matthias

    2014-10-01

    Spinless fermions on a honeycomb lattice provide a minimal realization of lattice Dirac fermions. Repulsive interactions between nearest neighbors drive a quantum phase transition from a Dirac semimetal to a charge-density-wave state through a fermionic quantum critical point, where the coupling of the Ising order parameter to the Dirac fermions at low energy drastically affects the quantum critical behavior. Encouraged by a recent discovery (Huffman and Chandrasekharan 2014 Phys. Rev. B 89 111101) of the absence of the fermion sign problem in this model, we study the fermionic quantum critical point using the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo method with a worm-sampling technique. We estimate the transition point V/t=1.356(1) with the critical exponents ν =0.80(3) and η =0.302(7). Compatible results for the transition point are also obtained with infinite projected entangled-pair states.

  12. Magnetic transitions and quantum criticality in the three-dimensional Hubbard model

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    Schäfer, Thomas; Katanin, Andrey; Held, Karsten; Toschi, Alessandro

    We analyze the (quantum) critical properties of the simplest model for electronic correlations, the Hubbard model, in three spatial dimensions by means of the dynamical mean field theory (DMFT, including all local correlations) and the dynamical vertex approximation (D ΓA, including non-local correlations on all length scales). Both in the half-filled/unfrustrated and in the hole-doped system the transition temperature is significantly lowered by including non-local fluctuations.In the latter case, however, the magnetic order becomes incommensurate, eventually leading to a complete suppression of the order and giving rise to a magnetic quantum critical point (QCP) at zero temperature. We analyze the (quantum) critical properties of this QCP (e.g. critical exponents) and relate our findings to the standard theory of quantum criticality in metals, the Hertz-Millis-Moriya theory. Solids4Fun, Austrian Science Fund (FWF, Project ID 1243).

  13. Evolution of critical scaling behavior near a ferromagnetic quantum phase transition.

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    Butch, N P; Maple, M B

    2009-08-14

    Magnetic critical scaling in URu(2-x)Re(x)Si(2) single crystals continuously evolves as the ferromagnetic critical temperature is tuned towards zero via chemical substitution. As the quantum phase transition is approached, the critical exponents gamma and (delta-1) decrease to zero in tandem with the critical temperature and ordered moment, while the exponent beta remains constant. This novel trend distinguishes URu(2-x)Re(x)Si(2) from stoichiometric quantum critical ferromagnets and appears to reflect an underlying competition between Kondo and ferromagnetic interactions. PMID:19792669

  14. Finite-temperature Dynamics and Quantum Criticality in a Model for Insulating Magnets

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    Wu, Jianda; Yang, Wang; Wu, Congjun; Si, Qimiao

    Theoretical understanding of the finite-temperature dynamics in quantum critical systems is a challenging problem, due to the mixing of thermal and quantum fluctuations. Recently, neutron scattering experiments in the three-dimensional quantum dimmer material TlCuCl3 under pressure tuning have mapped out the magnetic dynamics at finite temperatures in the quantum critical regime, thereby providing the opportunity for systematic understandings. In this work, we calculate the spin spectral function of an O (n) symmetric field theory using a field-theory procedure to two loops. We calculate the temperature dependence of the energy and damping rate of the spin excitations in the quantum critical regime, demonstrate a good agreement with the experimental results, and determine the parameter regime of the field theory that is appropriate for TlCuCl3. From our calculations we can also suggest further experimental means to test the applicability of the underlying field theory in this and related systems.

  15. Heavy-fermion quantum criticality and destruction of the Kondo effect in a nickel oxypnictide

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    Luo, Yongkang; Pourovskii, Leonid; Rowley, S. E.; Li, Yuke; Feng, Chunmu; Georges, Antoine; Dai, Jianhui; Cao, Guanghan; Xu, Zhu'An; Si, Qimiao; Ong, N. P.

    2014-08-01

    A quantum critical point arises at a continuous transformation between distinct phases of matter at zero temperature. Studies in antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion materials have revealed that quantum criticality has several classes, with an unconventional type that involves a critical destruction of the Kondo entanglement. To understand such varieties, it is important to extend the materials basis beyond the usual setting of intermetallic compounds. Here we show that a nickel oxypnictide, CeNiAsO, exhibits a heavy-fermion antiferromagnetic quantum critical point as a function of either pressure or P/As substitution. At the quantum critical point, non-Fermi-liquid behaviour appears, which is accompanied by a divergent effective carrier mass. Across the quantum critical point, the low-temperature Hall coefficient undergoes a rapid sign change, suggesting a sudden jump of the Fermi surface and a destruction of the Kondo effect. Our results imply that the enormous materials basis for the oxypnictides, which has been so crucial in the search for high-temperature superconductivity, will also play a vital role in the effort to establish the universality classes of quantum criticality in strongly correlated electron systems.

  16. Multiple Metamagnetic Quantum Criticality in Sr3 Ru2 O7

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    Tokiwa, Y.; Mchalwat, M.; Perry, R. S.; Gegenwart, P.

    2016-06-01

    Bilayer strontium ruthenate Sr3 Ru2 O7 displays pronounced non-Fermi liquid behavior at magnetic fields around 8 T, applied perpendicular to the ruthenate planes, which previously has been associated with an itinerant metamagnetic quantum critical end point (QCEP). We focus on the magnetic Grüneisen parameter ΓH, which is the most direct probe to characterize field-induced quantum criticality. We confirm quantum critical scaling due to a putative two-dimensional QCEP near 7.845(5) T, which is masked by two ordered phases A and B , identified previously by neutron scattering. In addition, we find evidence for a QCEP at 7.53(2) T and determine the quantum critical regimes of both instabilities and the effect of their superposition.

  17. Multiple Metamagnetic Quantum Criticality in Sr_{3}Ru_{2}O_{7}.

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    Tokiwa, Y; Mchalwat, M; Perry, R S; Gegenwart, P

    2016-06-01

    Bilayer strontium ruthenate Sr_{3}Ru_{2}O_{7} displays pronounced non-Fermi liquid behavior at magnetic fields around 8 T, applied perpendicular to the ruthenate planes, which previously has been associated with an itinerant metamagnetic quantum critical end point (QCEP). We focus on the magnetic Grüneisen parameter Γ_{H}, which is the most direct probe to characterize field-induced quantum criticality. We confirm quantum critical scaling due to a putative two-dimensional QCEP near 7.845(5) T, which is masked by two ordered phases A and B, identified previously by neutron scattering. In addition, we find evidence for a QCEP at 7.53(2) T and determine the quantum critical regimes of both instabilities and the effect of their superposition. PMID:27314732

  18. Quantum Critical Electron Systems: The Uncharted Sign Worlds

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    Zaanen, J.

    2008-02-01

    Phases of classical matter, such as solids and liquids, are ruled by emergence principles that are well understood. Although the same principles govern forms of quantum matter that have no secrets for physicists, such as the superfluids, having to deal with fermions and the associated Fermi sign problem shatters this analogy. This Perspective addresses the Fermion sign problem and describes experiments on metals undergoing quantum phase transitions exhibiting scale-invariant electronic behavior, a description of which is at odds with established quantum theory.

  19. Dynamic sensitivity of photon-dressed atomic ensemble with quantum criticality

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    Huang Jinfeng; Kuang Leman; Li Yong; Liao Jieqiao; Sun, C. P.

    2009-12-15

    We study the dynamic sensitivity of an atomic ensemble dressed by a single-mode cavity field (called a photon-dressed atomic ensemble), which is described by the Dicke model near the quantum critical point. It is shown that when an extra atom in a pure initial state passes through the cavity, the photon-dressed atomic ensemble will experience a quantum phase transition showing an explicit sudden change in its dynamics characterized by the Loschmidt echo of this quantum critical system. With such dynamic sensitivity, the Dicke model can resemble the cloud chamber for detecting a flying particle by the enhanced trajectory due to the classical phase transition.

  20. Generalized Lifshitz-Kosevich scaling at quantum criticality from the holographic correspondence

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    Hartnoll, Sean A.; Hofman, Diego M.

    2010-04-15

    We characterize quantum oscillations in the magnetic susceptibility of a quantum critical non-Fermi liquid. The computation is performed in a strongly interacting regime using the nonperturbative holographic correspondence. The temperature dependence of the amplitude of the oscillations is shown to depend on a critical exponent nu. For general nu the temperature scaling is distinct from the textbook Lifshitz-Kosevich formula. At the ''marginal'' value nu=(1/2), the Lifshitz-Kosevich formula is recovered despite strong interactions. As a by-product of our analysis we present a formalism for computing the amplitude of quantum oscillations for general fermionic theories very efficiently.

  1. Exploring the quantum critical behaviour in a driven Tavis-Cummings circuit.

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    Feng, M; Zhong, Y P; Liu, T; Yan, L L; Yang, W L; Twamley, J; Wang, H

    2015-01-01

    Quantum phase transitions play an important role in many-body systems and have been a research focus in conventional condensed-matter physics over the past few decades. Artificial atoms, such as superconducting qubits that can be individually manipulated, provide a new paradigm of realising and exploring quantum phase transitions by engineering an on-chip quantum simulator. Here we demonstrate experimentally the quantum critical behaviour in a highly controllable superconducting circuit, consisting of four qubits coupled to a common resonator mode. By off-resonantly driving the system to renormalize the critical spin-field coupling strength, we have observed a four-qubit nonequilibrium quantum phase transition in a dynamical manner; that is, we sweep the critical coupling strength over time and monitor the four-qubit scaled moments for a signature of a structural change of the system's eigenstates. Our observation of the nonequilibrium quantum phase transition, which is in good agreement with the driven Tavis-Cummings theory under decoherence, offers new experimental approaches towards exploring quantum phase transition-related science, such as scaling behaviours, parity breaking and long-range quantum correlations. PMID:25971985

  2. Exploring the quantum critical behaviour in a driven Tavis–Cummings circuit

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    Feng, M.; Zhong, Y.P.; Liu, T.; Yan, L.L.; Yang, W.L.; Twamley, J.; Wang, H.

    2015-01-01

    Quantum phase transitions play an important role in many-body systems and have been a research focus in conventional condensed-matter physics over the past few decades. Artificial atoms, such as superconducting qubits that can be individually manipulated, provide a new paradigm of realising and exploring quantum phase transitions by engineering an on-chip quantum simulator. Here we demonstrate experimentally the quantum critical behaviour in a highly controllable superconducting circuit, consisting of four qubits coupled to a common resonator mode. By off-resonantly driving the system to renormalize the critical spin-field coupling strength, we have observed a four-qubit nonequilibrium quantum phase transition in a dynamical manner; that is, we sweep the critical coupling strength over time and monitor the four-qubit scaled moments for a signature of a structural change of the system's eigenstates. Our observation of the nonequilibrium quantum phase transition, which is in good agreement with the driven Tavis–Cummings theory under decoherence, offers new experimental approaches towards exploring quantum phase transition-related science, such as scaling behaviours, parity breaking and long-range quantum correlations. PMID:25971985

  3. Odd Viscosity in the Quantum Critical Region of a Holographic Weyl Semimetal.

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    Landsteiner, Karl; Liu, Yan; Sun, Ya-Wen

    2016-08-19

    We study odd viscosity in a holographic model of a Weyl semimetal. The model is characterized by a quantum phase transition from a topological semimetal to a trivial semimetal state. Since the model is axisymmetric in three spatial dimensions there are two independent odd viscosities. Both odd viscosity coefficients are nonvanishing in the quantum critical region and nonzero only due to the mixed axial gravitational anomaly. It is therefore a novel example in which the mixed axial gravitational anomaly gives rise to a transport coefficient at first order in derivatives at finite temperature. In the quantum critical region, the physics of viscosities as well as conductivities is governed by the quantum critical point. PMID:27588846

  4. Scaling near the Quantum-Critical Point in the SO(5) Theory of the High-T{sub c} Superconductivity

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    Kopec, T. K.; Zaleski, T. A.

    2001-08-27

    We study the quantum-critical point scenario within the unified theory of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism based on the SO(5) symmetry. Closed-form expression for the quantum-critical scaling function for the dynamic spin susceptibility is obtained from the lattice SO(5) quantum nonlinear {sigma} -model in three dimensions, revealing that in the quantum-critical region the frequency scale for spin excitations is simply set by the absolute temperature. Implications for the non-Fermi liquid behavior of the normal-state resistivity due to spin fluctuations in the quantum-critical region are also presented.

  5. Interplay of Quantum Criticality and Geometric Frustration in Columbite

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    Lee, Sungbin; Kaul, Ribhu; Balents, Leon

    2010-03-01

    Motivated by CoNb2O6 (belonging to the columbite family of minerals), we theoretically study the physics of quantum ferromagnetic Ising chains coupled anti-ferromagnetically on a triangular lattice in the plane perpendicular to the chain direction. We combine exact solutions of the chain physics with perturbative approximations for the transverse couplings. When the triangular lattice has an isosceles distortion (which occurs in the real material), the T=0 phase diagram is rich with five different states of matter: ferrimagnetic, N'eel, anti-ferromagnetic, paramagnetic and incommensurate phases, separated by quantum phase transitions.

  6. Pressure and field tuning in the heavy fermion ferromagnet CeAgSb2

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    Logg, Peter; Feng, Zhuo; Ebihara, Takao; Goh, Swee K.; Alireza, Patricia; Grosche, F. Malte

    2012-12-01

    The intermetallic compound CeAgSb2 is an unusual example of a ferromagnetically ordered heavy fermion system. Ferromagnetism sets in below the Curie temperature Tc=9.6 K at ambient pressure. We have investigated the magnetisation of CeAgSb2 under applied hydrostatic pressure of up to 45 kbar. Tc is suppressed rapidly, and at pressures > 35 kbar it is replaced by an unidentified ordered phase, possibly antiferromagnetism. The ordered magnetic moment in CeAgSb2 is aligned along the c-axis. We investigate the effect of transverse field tuning on Tc, and show that magnetic order at low temperature is suppressed by in-plane fields exceeding about 3 T.

  7. Multiplicative logarithmic corrections to quantum criticality in three-dimensional dimerized antiferromagnets

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    Qin, Yanqi; Normand, Bruce; Sandvik, Anders; Meng, Zi Yang

    We investigate the quantum phase transition in an S=1/2 dimerized Heisenberg antiferromagnet in three spatial dimensions. By means of quantum Monte Carlo simulations and finite-size scaling analyses, we get high-precision results for the quantum critical properties at the transition from the magnetically disordered dimer-singlet phase to the ordered Neel phase. This transition breaks O(N) symmetry with N=3 in D=3+1 dimensions. This is the upper critical dimension, where multiplicative logarithmic corrections to the leading mean-field critical properties are expected; we extract these corrections, establishing their precise forms for both the zero-temperature staggered magnetization, ms, and the Neel temperature, TN. We present a scaling ansatz for TN, including logarithmic corrections, which agrees with our data and indicates exact linearity with ms, implying a complete decoupling of quantum and thermal fluctuation effects close to the quantum critical point. These logarithmic scaling forms have not previously identified or verified by unbiased numerical methods and we discuss their relevance to experimental studies of dimerized quantum antiferromagnets such as TlCuCl3. Ref.: arXiv:1506.06073

  8. Quantum Critical Origin of the Superconducting Dome in SrTiO_{3}.

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    Edge, Jonathan M; Kedem, Yaron; Aschauer, Ulrich; Spaldin, Nicola A; Balatsky, Alexander V

    2015-12-11

    We expand the well-known notion that quantum criticality can induce superconductivity by proposing a concrete mechanism for superconductivity due to quantum ferroelectric fluctuations. To this end, we investigate the origin of superconductivity in doped SrTiO_{3} using a combination of density functional and strong coupling theories within the framework of quantum criticality. Our density functional calculations of the ferroelectric soft mode frequency as a function of doping reveal a crossover related to quantum paraelectricity at a doping level coincident with the experimentally observed top of the superconducting dome. Thus, we suggest a model in which the soft mode fluctuations provide the pairing interaction for superconductivity carriers. Within our model, the low doping limit of the superconducting dome is explained by the emergence of the Fermi surface, and the high doping limit by departure from the quantum critical regime. We predict that the highest critical temperature will increase and shift to lower carrier doping with increasing ^{18}O isotope substitution, a scenario that is experimentally verifiable. Our model is applicable to other quantum paraelectrics, such as KTaO_{3}. PMID:26705650

  9. Athermal domain-wall creep near a ferroelectric quantum critical point

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    Kagawa, Fumitaka; Minami, Nao; Horiuchi, Sachio; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls are typically stationary because of the presence of a pinning potential. Nevertheless, thermally activated, irreversible creep motion can occur under a moderate electric field, thereby underlying rewritable and non-volatile memory applications. Conversely, as the temperature decreases, the occurrence of creep motion becomes less likely and eventually impossible under realistic electric-field magnitudes. Here we show that such frozen ferroelectric domain walls recover their mobility under the influence of quantum fluctuations. Nonlinear permittivity and polarization-retention measurements of an organic charge-transfer complex reveal that ferroelectric domain-wall creep occurs via an athermal process when the system is tuned close to a pressure-driven ferroelectric quantum critical point. Despite the heavy masses of material building blocks such as molecules, the estimated effective mass of the domain wall is comparable to the proton mass, indicating the realization of a ferroelectric domain wall with a quantum-particle nature near the quantum critical point. PMID:26880041

  10. Athermal domain-wall creep near a ferroelectric quantum critical point.

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    Kagawa, Fumitaka; Minami, Nao; Horiuchi, Sachio; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls are typically stationary because of the presence of a pinning potential. Nevertheless, thermally activated, irreversible creep motion can occur under a moderate electric field, thereby underlying rewritable and non-volatile memory applications. Conversely, as the temperature decreases, the occurrence of creep motion becomes less likely and eventually impossible under realistic electric-field magnitudes. Here we show that such frozen ferroelectric domain walls recover their mobility under the influence of quantum fluctuations. Nonlinear permittivity and polarization-retention measurements of an organic charge-transfer complex reveal that ferroelectric domain-wall creep occurs via an athermal process when the system is tuned close to a pressure-driven ferroelectric quantum critical point. Despite the heavy masses of material building blocks such as molecules, the estimated effective mass of the domain wall is comparable to the proton mass, indicating the realization of a ferroelectric domain wall with a quantum-particle nature near the quantum critical point. PMID:26880041

  11. Athermal domain-wall creep near a ferroelectric quantum critical point

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    Kagawa, Fumitaka; Minami, Nao; Horiuchi, Sachio; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2016-02-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls are typically stationary because of the presence of a pinning potential. Nevertheless, thermally activated, irreversible creep motion can occur under a moderate electric field, thereby underlying rewritable and non-volatile memory applications. Conversely, as the temperature decreases, the occurrence of creep motion becomes less likely and eventually impossible under realistic electric-field magnitudes. Here we show that such frozen ferroelectric domain walls recover their mobility under the influence of quantum fluctuations. Nonlinear permittivity and polarization-retention measurements of an organic charge-transfer complex reveal that ferroelectric domain-wall creep occurs via an athermal process when the system is tuned close to a pressure-driven ferroelectric quantum critical point. Despite the heavy masses of material building blocks such as molecules, the estimated effective mass of the domain wall is comparable to the proton mass, indicating the realization of a ferroelectric domain wall with a quantum-particle nature near the quantum critical point.

  12. Nodal Fermi surface pocket approaching an optimal quantum critical point in YBCO

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    Sebastian, Suchitra; Tan, Beng; Lonzarich, Gilbert; Ramshaw, Brad; Harrison, Neil; Balakirev, Fedor; Mielke, Chuck; Sabok, S.; Dabrowski, B.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, Doug; Hardy, Walter

    2014-03-01

    I present new quantum oscillation measurements over the entire underdoped regime in YBa2Cu3O6+x and YBa2Cu4O8 using ultra-high magnetic fields to destroy superconductivity and access the normal ground state. A robust small nodal Fermi surface created by charge order is found to extend over the entire underdoped range, exhibiting quantum critical signatures approaching optimal doping.

  13. Non-linear quantum critical dynamics and fluctuation-dissipation ratios far from equilibrium

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    Zamani, Farzaneh; Ribeiro, Pedro; Kirchner, Stefan

    2016-02-01

    Non-thermal correlations of strongly correlated electron systems and the far-from-equilibrium properties of phases of condensed matter have become a topical research area. Here, an overview of the non-linear dynamics found near continuous zero-temperature phase transitions within the context of effective temperatures is presented. In particular, we focus on models of critical Kondo destruction. Such a quantum critical state, where Kondo screening is destroyed in a critical fashion, is realized in a number of rare earth intermetallics. This raises the possibility of experimentally testing for the existence of fluctuation-dissipation relations far from equilibrium in terms of effective temperatures. Finally, we present an analysis of a non-interacting, critical reference system, the pseudogap resonant level model, in terms of effective temperatures and contrast these results with those obtained near interacting quantum critical points.

  14. Ising nematic quantum critical point in a metal: a Monte Carlo study

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    Lederer, Samuel

    The Ising nematic quantum critical point (QCP) associated with the zero temperature transition from a symmetric to a nematic metal is an exemplar of metallic quantum criticality. We have carried out a minus sign-free quantum Monte Carlo study of this QCP for a two dimensional lattice model with sizes up to 24 × 24 sites. The system remains non-superconducting down to the lowest accessible temperatures. The results exhibit critical scaling behavior over the accessible ranges of temperature, (imaginary) time, and distance. This scaling behavior has remarkable similarities with recently measured properties of the Fe-based superconductors proximate to their putative nematic QCP. With Yoni Schattner, Steven A. Kivelson, and Erez Berg.

  15. Nematic quantum criticality in three-dimensional Fermi system with quadratic band touching

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    Janssen, Lukas; Herbut, Igor F.

    2015-07-01

    We construct and discuss the field theory for tensorial nematic order parameter coupled to gapless four-component fermions at the quadratic band touching point in three (spatial) dimensions. Within a properly formulated epsilon-expansion this theory is found to have a quantum critical point, which describes the (presumably continuous) transition from the semimetal into a (nematic) Mott insulator. The latter phase breaks the rotational, but not the time-reversal, symmetry and may be relevant to materials such as gray tin or mercury telluride at low temperatures. The critical point represents a simple quantum analog of the familiar classical isotropic-to-nematic transition in liquid crystals. The properties and the consequences of this quantum critical point are discussed. Its existence supports the scenario of the "fixed-point collision," according to which three-dimensional Fermi systems with quadratic band touching and long-range Coulomb interactions are unstable towards the gapped nematic ground state at low temperatures.

  16. Quantum-coherence driven self-organized criticality and non-equilibrium light localization

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    Jha, Pankaj; Tsakmakidis, Kosmas; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

    In its 28 years since its introduction in 1987, self-organized criticality (SOC) has had a major impact across a broad range of seemingly dissimilar fields of science. However, until now, it has primarily been applied to classical systems, and it remains a fundamental open question whether the theory also finds a place in complex systems driven by quantum coherence (QC). Here, on the basis of a many-body quantum-field theory and corroborating Maxwell-Bloch-Langevin computations, we report on the first example of fractal SOC driven, in the nano-world, by quantum coherence. We show that a quantum-coherently controlled active nano-plasmonic heterostructure allows, in the regime where the light speed is very close to zero, for the phase-synchronization in space of a continuous ensemble of nano-optical oscillators, giving rise to a fundamentally new kind of non-equilibrium light localization. We observe all hallmarks of SOC in this quantum many-body photonic nano-system of interacting heavy bosons, and we identify two critical points, one signifying the onset of spontaneous spatial self-organization, followed in time by another one that signifies the onset of activity. Our analysis reveals a quantum-coherence driven self-organized double-critical property in photonics and a new type of robust light localization, far out of thermodynamic and optical equilibria, with a broad range of potential applications in nano-optics and condensed-matter photonics.

  17. Quantum Critical Behavior of the Bose-Fermi Kondo Model with Ising Anisotropy

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    Park, Tae-Ho

    2005-03-01

    The existence of a continous quantum phase transition of the Bose-Fermi Kondo Model (BFKM) with a self-consistently determined bosonic bath has been demonstrated within the Extended Dynamical Mean Field Approach to the anisotropic Kondo lattice model and φ/T-scaling near the quantum critical point(QCP)was found[1,2]. We study the quantum critical properties of the anisotropic BFKM with specified bath spectral function, where the spectrum of the bosonic bath vanishes in a power-law fashion with exponent γ for small frequencies. Motivated by very recent results that the quantum to classical mapping for a related class of models fails[3,4]. We determine the critical local susceptibility using both the classical and quantum Monte Carlo approaches of Ref.5. Our results cover several values of γ below and above the upper critical dimension of the classical model for temperatures down to 1% of the bare Kondo scale. [1]D. Grempel and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 026402 (2003). [2]J.Zhu, D. Grempel, and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 156404 (2003). [3]L. Zhu, S. Kirchner, Q. Si nad A. Georges, Phys. Rev. Lett. in press (cond-mat/0406293). [4]M. Vojta, N. Tong, and R. Bulla, cond-mat/0410132. [5]D. Grempel and M. Rozenberg, Phys. Rev. B 60, 4702 (1999).

  18. Unconventional critical activated scaling of two-dimensional quantum spin glasses

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    Matoz-Fernandez, D. A.; Romá, F.

    2016-07-01

    We study the critical behavior of two-dimensional short-range quantum spin glasses by numerical simulations. Using a parallel tempering algorithm, we calculate the Binder cumulant for the Ising spin glass in a transverse magnetic field with two different short-range bond distributions, the bimodal and the Gaussian ones. Through an exhaustive finite-size analysis, we show that the cumulant probably follows an unconventional activated scaling, which we interpret as new evidence supporting the hypothesis that the quantum critical behavior is governed by an infinite randomness fixed point.

  19. Emergent Lorentz symmetry with vanishing velocity in a critical two-subband quantum wire.

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    Sitte, M.; Rosch, A.; Meyer, J. S.; Matveev, K. A.; Garst, M.; Materials Science Division; Univ. zu Koln; Ohio State Univ.

    2009-01-01

    We consider a quantum wire with two subbands of spin-polarized electrons in the presence of strong interactions. We focus on the quantum phase transition when the second subband starts to get filled as a function of gate voltage. Performing a one-loop renormalization group analysis of the effective Hamiltonian, we identify the critical fixed-point theory as a conformal field theory having an enhanced SU(2) symmetry and central charge 3/2. While the fixed point is Lorentz invariant, the effective 'speed of light' nevertheless vanishes at low energies due to marginally irrelevant operators leading to a diverging critical specific heat coefficient.

  20. Emergent Lorentz symmetry with vanishing velocity in a critical two-subband quantum wire.

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    Sitte, M; Rosch, A; Meyer, J S; Matveev, K A; Garst, M

    2009-05-01

    We consider a quantum wire with two subbands of spin-polarized electrons in the presence of strong interactions. We focus on the quantum phase transition when the second subband starts to get filled as a function of gate voltage. Performing a one-loop renormalization group analysis of the effective Hamiltonian, we identify the critical fixed-point theory as a conformal field theory having an enhanced SU(2) symmetry and central charge 3/2. While the fixed point is Lorentz invariant, the effective "speed of light" nevertheless vanishes at low energies due to marginally irrelevant operators leading to a diverging critical specific heat coefficient. PMID:19518804

  1. Metamagnetic quantum criticality in Sr3Ru2O7 studied by thermal expansion.

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    Gegenwart, P; Weickert, F; Garst, M; Perry, R S; Maeno, Y

    2006-04-01

    We report low-temperature thermal expansion measurements on the bilayer ruthenate Sr3Ru2O7 as a function of magnetic field applied perpendicular to the ruthenium-oxide planes. The field dependence of the c-axis expansion coefficient indicates the accumulation of entropy close to 8 T, related to an underlying quantum critical point. The latter is masked by two first-order metamagnetic transitions which bound a regime of enhanced entropy. Outside this region the singular thermal expansion behavior is compatible with the predictions of the itinerant theory for a two-dimensional metamagnetic quantum critical end point. PMID:16712009

  2. Bound on quantum computation time: Quantum error correction in a critical environment

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    Novais, E.; Mucciolo, Eduardo R.; Baranger, Harold U.

    2010-08-15

    We obtain an upper bound on the time available for quantum computation for a given quantum computer and decohering environment with quantum error correction implemented. First, we derive an explicit quantum evolution operator for the logical qubits and show that it has the same form as that for the physical qubits but with a reduced coupling strength to the environment. Using this evolution operator, we find the trace distance between the real and ideal states of the logical qubits in two cases. For a super-Ohmic bath, the trace distance saturates, while for Ohmic or sub-Ohmic baths, there is a finite time before the trace distance exceeds a value set by the user.

  3. Metal-insulator quantum critical point beneath the high Tc superconducting dome

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    Sebastian, Suchitra E.; Harrison, N.; Altarawneh, M. M.; Mielke, C. H.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Lonzarich, G. G.; Hardy, W. N.

    2010-01-01

    An enduring question in correlated systems concerns whether superconductivity is favored at a quantum critical point (QCP) characterized by a divergent quasiparticle effective mass. Despite such a scenario being widely postulated in high Tc cuprates and invoked to explain non-Fermi liquid transport signatures, experimental evidence is lacking for a critical divergence under the superconducting dome. We use ultrastrong magnetic fields to measure quantum oscillations in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x, revealing a dramatic doping-dependent upturn in quasiparticle effective mass at a critical metal-insulator transition beneath the superconducting dome. Given the location of this QCP under a plateau in Tc in addition to a postulated QCP at optimal doping, we discuss the intriguing possibility of two intersecting superconducting subdomes, each centered at a critical Fermi surface instability. PMID:20304800

  4. Universal Scaling in the Fan of an Unconventional Quantum Critical Point

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    Melko, Roger G; Kaul, Ribhu

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of extensive finite-temperature Quantum Monte Carlo simulati ons on a SU(2) symmetric, $S=1/2$ quantum antiferromagnet with a frustrating four-s pin interaction -- the so-called 'JQ' model~[Sandvik, Phys. Rev. Lett. {\\bf 98}, 22 7202 (2007)]. Our simulations, which are unbiased, free of the sign-problem and car ried out on lattice sizes containing in excess of $1.6\\times 10^4$ spins, indicate that N\\'eel order is destroyed through a continuous quantum transition at a critica l value of the frustrating interaction. At larger values of this coupling the param agnetic state obtained has valence-bond solid order. The scaling behavior in the 'q uantum critical fan' above the putative critical point confirms a $z=1$ quantum pha se transition that is not in the conventional $O(3)$ universality class. Our result s are consistent with the predictions of the 'deconfined quantum criticality' scena rio.

  5. Quantum criticality, kink confinement, and emergent symmetries in coupled Ising chains and ladders

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    Tennant, Alan

    2011-03-01

    In this talk I cover the physics in three of the central quantum phase transitions in 1D. First, the transverse Ising model which is realized in CoNb2O6. While this is perhaps the simplest textbook case of a quantum phase transition, a remarkable emergence of E8 symmetry arises close to the quantum critical point. This manifests itself in an octave of bound states. We observe these experimentally and in particular the interval of the first two resonances on this octave which are found to match the golden ratio 1.618... - just as predicted for the emergence of this extraordinary symmetry. I then plan to show with the example of the Heisenberg chain how we can probe the quantum critical volume experimentally and show the characteristic scaling behaviour in space and time. The third example is of a spin ladder CaCu2O3 which is near the long sought after Wess-Zumino-Novikov-Witten quantum critical point.

  6. Quantum criticality on ferromagnetic systems: it is not where you think it is!

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    Taufour, Valentin; Kaluarachchi, Udhara; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Kim, Stella K.; Lin, Xiao; Mun, Eun Deok; Kim, Hyunsoo; Furukawa, Yuji; Wang, Cai Zhuang; Ho, Kai Ming; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.; Guguchia, Zurab; Khasanov, Rustem; Bonfa, Pietro; de Renzi, Roberto

    When a ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition is tuned to 0 K by application of pressure in clean systems, the transition becomes of the first order at a tricritical point before disappearing. Instead of having a quantum critical point, i.e. a second order transition at 0 K, there is a quantum phase transition of the first order. The quantum phase transition can be from a ferromagnetic to a paramagnetic phase, or to a spatially modulated phase. We illustrate this case on a new material: LaCrGe3. We will present the temperature-pressure-magnetic field phase diagram of LaCrGe3 and show that quantum criticality is avoided by the appearance of a modulated phase. We will also explain how quantum criticality can be re-introduced. Work at Ames Laboratory was supported by US DOE under the Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358. Magnetization measurements under pressure were supported by Ames Laboratory's laboratory-directed research and development (LDRD) funding.

  7. Atomic spin-chain realization of a model for quantum criticality

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    Toskovic, R.; van den Berg, R.; Spinelli, A.; Eliens, I. S.; van den Toorn, B.; Bryant, B.; Caux, J.-S.; Otte, A. F.

    2016-07-01

    The ability to manipulate single atoms has opened up the door to constructing interesting and useful quantum structures from the ground up. On the one hand, nanoscale arrangements of magnetic atoms are at the heart of future quantum computing and spintronic devices; on the other hand, they can be used as fundamental building blocks for the realization of textbook many-body quantum models, illustrating key concepts such as quantum phase transitions, topological order or frustration as a function of system size. Here, we use low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy to construct arrays of magnetic atoms on a surface, designed to behave like spin-1/2 XXZ Heisenberg chains in a transverse field, for which a quantum phase transition from an antiferromagnetic to a paramagnetic phase is predicted in the thermodynamic limit. Site-resolved measurements on these finite-size realizations reveal a number of sudden ground state changes when the field approaches the critical value, each corresponding to a new domain wall entering the chains. We observe that these state crossings become closer for longer chains, suggesting the onset of critical behaviour. Our results present opportunities for further studies on quantum behaviour of many-body systems, as a function of their size and structural complexity.

  8. Finite-size scaling for quantum criticality using the finite-element method.

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    Antillon, Edwin; Wehefritz-Kaufmann, Birgit; Kais, Sabre

    2012-03-01

    Finite size scaling for the Schrödinger equation is a systematic approach to calculate the quantum critical parameters for a given Hamiltonian. This approach has been shown to give very accurate results for critical parameters by using a systematic expansion with global basis-type functions. Recently, the finite-element method was shown to be a powerful numerical method for ab initio electronic-structure calculations with a variable real-space resolution. In this work, we demonstrate how to obtain quantum critical parameters by combining the finite-element method (FEM) with finite size scaling (FSS) using different ab initio approximations and exact formulations. The critical parameters could be atomic nuclear charges, internuclear distances, electron density, disorder, lattice structure, and external fields for stability of atomic, molecular systems and quantum phase transitions of extended systems. To illustrate the effectiveness of this approach we provide detailed calculations of applying FEM to approximate solutions for the two-electron atom with varying nuclear charge; these include Hartree-Fock, local density approximation, and an "exact" formulation using FEM. We then use the FSS approach to determine its critical nuclear charge for stability; here, the size of the system is related to the number of elements used in the calculations. Results prove to be in good agreement with previous Slater-basis set calculations and demonstrate that it is possible to combine finite size scaling with the finite-element method by using ab initio calculations to obtain quantum critical parameters. The combined approach provides a promising first-principles approach to describe quantum phase transitions for materials and extended systems. PMID:22587208

  9. Finite-size scaling for quantum criticality using the finite-element method

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    Antillon, Edwin; Wehefritz-Kaufmann, Birgit; Kais, Sabre

    2012-03-01

    Finite size scaling for the Schrödinger equation is a systematic approach to calculate the quantum critical parameters for a given Hamiltonian. This approach has been shown to give very accurate results for critical parameters by using a systematic expansion with global basis-type functions. Recently, the finite-element method was shown to be a powerful numerical method for ab initio electronic-structure calculations with a variable real-space resolution. In this work, we demonstrate how to obtain quantum critical parameters by combining the finite-element method (FEM) with finite size scaling (FSS) using different ab initio approximations and exact formulations. The critical parameters could be atomic nuclear charges, internuclear distances, electron density, disorder, lattice structure, and external fields for stability of atomic, molecular systems and quantum phase transitions of extended systems. To illustrate the effectiveness of this approach we provide detailed calculations of applying FEM to approximate solutions for the two-electron atom with varying nuclear charge; these include Hartree-Fock, local density approximation, and an “exact” formulation using FEM. We then use the FSS approach to determine its critical nuclear charge for stability; here, the size of the system is related to the number of elements used in the calculations. Results prove to be in good agreement with previous Slater-basis set calculations and demonstrate that it is possible to combine finite size scaling with the finite-element method by using ab initio calculations to obtain quantum critical parameters. The combined approach provides a promising first-principles approach to describe quantum phase transitions for materials and extended systems.

  10. Quantum critical response function in quasi-two-dimensional itinerant antiferromagnets

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    Varma, C. M.; Zhu, Lijun; Schröder, Almut

    2015-10-01

    We reexamine the experimental results for the magnetic response function χ''(q ,E ,T ) for q around the antiferromagnetic vectors Q , in the quantum-critical region, obtained by inelastic neutron scattering, on an Fe-based superconductor and on a heavy-fermion compound. The motivation is to compare the results with a recent theory, which shows that the fluctuations in a generic antiferromagnetic model for itinerant fermions map to those in the universality class of the dissipative quantum-XY model. The quantum-critical fluctuations in this model, in a range of parameters, are given by the correlations of spatial and temporal topological defects. The theory predicts a χ''(q ,E ,T ) (i) which is a separable function of (q -Q ) and of (E ,T ) , (ii) at criticality, the energy-dependent part is ∝tanh(E /2 T ) below a cutoff energy, (iii) the correlation time departs from its infinite value at criticality on the disordered side by an essential singularity, and (iv) the correlation length depends logarithmically on the correlation time, so that the dynamical critical exponent z is ∞ . The limited existing experimental results are found to be consistent with the first two unusual predictions from which the linear dependence of the resistivity on T and the T lnT dependence of the entropy also follow. More experiments are suggested, especially to test the theory of variations on the correlation time and length on the departure from criticality.

  11. Doping-Induced Quantum Critical Point in an Itinerant Antiferromagnet TiAu

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    Santiago, Jessica; Svanidze, Eteri; Besara, Tiglet; Siegrist, Theo; Morosan, Emilia

    The recently discovered itinerant magnet TiAu is the first antiferromagnet composed of non-magnetic constituents. The spin density wave ground state develops below TN ~36 K, about an order of magnitude smaller than in Cr. Achieving a quantum critical point in this material would provide a better understanding of weak itinerant antiferromagnets, while giving long sought-after insights into the effects of spin fluctuations in itinerant electron systems. While the application of pressure increases the ordering temperature TN, partial substitution of Ti provides an alternative avenue towards achieving a quantum critical point. The non-Fermi liquid behavior accompanies the quantum phase transition, as evidenced by the divergent specific heat coefficient and linear temperature dependence of the resistivity. The transition is accompanied by enhanced electron-electron correlations as well as strong spin-fluctuations, providing an experimental avenue for the verification of the self-consistent theory of spin fluctuations.

  12. Quantum critical dynamics of a magnetic impurity in a semiconducting host

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    Dasari, Nagamalleswararao; Acharya, Swagata; Taraphder, A.; Moreno, Juana; Jarrell, Mark; Vidhyadhiraja, N. S.; N. S. Vidhyadhiraja Collaboration, Prof.; Mark Jarrell Collaboration, Prof.; A. Taraphder Collaboration, Prof.

    We have investigated the finite temperature dynamics of the singlet to doublet continuous quantum phase transition in the gapped Anderson impurity model using hybridization expansion continuous time quantum Monte Carlo. Using the self-energy and the longitudinal static susceptibility, we obtain a phase diagram in the temperature-gap plane. The separatrix between the low-temperature local moment phase and the high temperature generalized Fermi liquid phase is shown to be the lower bound of the critical scaling region of the zero gap interacting quantum critical point. We have computed the nuclear magnetic spin-lattice relaxation rate, the Knight shift, and the Korringa ratio, which show strong deviations for any non-zero gap from the corresponding quantities in the gapless Kondo screened impurity case. This work is supported by NSF DMR-1237565 and NSF EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement EPS-1003897 with additional support from the Louisiana Board of Regents, and by CSIR and DST, India.

  13. FFLO strange metal and quantum criticality in two dimensions: Theory and application to organic superconductors

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    Piazza, Francesco; Zwerger, Wilhelm; Strack, Philipp

    2016-02-01

    Increasing the spin imbalance in superconductors can spatially modulate the gap by forming Cooper pairs with finite momentum. For large imbalances compared to the Fermi energy, the inhomogeneous FFLO superconductor ultimately becomes a normal metal. There is mounting experimental evidence for this scenario in two-dimensional (2D) organic superconductors in large in-plane magnetic fields; this is complemented by ongoing efforts to realize this scenario in coupled tubes of atomic Fermi gases with spin imbalance. Yet, a theory for the phase transition from a metal to an FFLO superconductor has not been developed so far and the universality class has remained unknown. Here we propose and analyze a spin imbalance driven quantum critical point between a 2D metal and an FFLO phase in anisotropic electron systems. We derive the effective action for electrons and bosonic FFLO pairs at this quantum phase transition. Using this action, we predict non-Fermi-liquid behavior and the absence of quasiparticles at a discrete set of hot spots on the Fermi surfaces. This results in strange power laws in thermodynamics and response functions, which are testable with existing experimental setups on 2D organic superconductors and may also serve as signatures of the elusive FFLO phase itself. The proposed universality class is distinct from previously known quantum critical metals and, because its critical fluctuations appear already in the pairing channel, a promising candidate for naked metallic quantum criticality over extended temperature ranges.

  14. Quantum Criticality of Topological Phase Transitions in 3D Interacting Electronic Systems

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    Moon, Eun Gook; Yang, Bohm-Jung; Isobe, Hiroki; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the quantum criticality of topological phase transitions in three dimensional (3D) interacting electronic systems lacking either the time-reversal symmetry or the inversion symmetry. The minimal model, Weyl fermions with anisotropic dispersion relation, is suggested as the quantum critical theory based on the zerochirality condition. The interplay between the fermions and the long range Coulomb interaction is investigated by the standard renormalization group (RG) approach. We find that the quantum fluctuations of the anisotropic Weyl fermions induce the anisotropic partial screening of the Coulomb interaction, which eventually makes the Coulomb interaction irrelevant. It is in sharp contrast to the quantum criticality of conventional semi-metallic phases such as graphene where physical quantities receive logarithmic corrections from the marginal Coulomb interaction. Thus, the critical point is described by the non-interacting fermion theory allowing the complete theoretical understanding of the problem. The renormalized Coulomb potential shows the anisotropic power law. Its physical consequence is further illustrated by the screening problem of a charged impurity due to anisotropic Weyl fermions.

  15. Thermodynamics in the vicinity of a relativistic quantum critical point in 2+1 dimensions.

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    Rançon, A; Kodio, O; Dupuis, N; Lecheminant, P

    2013-07-01

    We study the thermodynamics of the relativistic quantum O(N) model in two space dimensions. In the vicinity of the zero-temperature quantum critical point (QCP), the pressure can be written in the scaling form P(T)=P(0)+N(T(3)/c(2))F(N)(Δ/T), where c is the velocity of the excitations at the QCP and |Δ| a characteristic zero-temperature energy scale. Using both a large-N approach to leading order and the nonperturbative renormalization group, we compute the universal scaling function F(N). For small values of N (Nquantum critical regime (|x|quantum disordered (x>/~1) regimes, but fails to describe the nonmonotonic behavior of F(N) in the quantum critical regime. We discuss the renormalization-group flows in the various regimes near the QCP and make the connection with the quantum nonlinear sigma model in the renormalized classical regime. We compute the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition temperature in the quantum O(2) model and find that in the vicinity of the QCP the universal ratio T(BKT)/ρ(s)(0) is very close to π/2, implying that the stiffness ρ(s)(T(BKT)(-)) at the transition is only slightly reduced with respect to the zero-temperature stiffness ρ(s)(0). Finally, we briefly discuss the experimental determination of the universal function F(2) from the pressure of a Bose gas in an optical lattice near the superfluid-Mott-insulator transition. PMID:23944420

  16. Vertex functions at finite momentum: Application to antiferromagnetic quantum criticality

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    Wölfle, Peter; Abrahams, Elihu

    2016-02-01

    We analyze the three-point vertex function that describes the coupling of fermionic particle-hole pairs in a metal to spin or charge fluctuations at nonzero momentum. We consider Ward identities, which connect two-particle vertex functions to the self-energy, in the framework of a Hubbard model. These are derived using conservation laws following from local symmetries. The generators considered are the spin density and particle density. It is shown that at certain antiferromagnetic critical points, where the quasiparticle effective mass is diverging, the vertex function describing the coupling of particle-hole pairs to the spin density Fourier component at the antiferromagnetic wave vector is also divergent. Then we give an explicit calculation of the irreducible vertex function for the case of three-dimensional antiferromagnetic fluctuations, and show that it is proportional to the diverging quasiparticle effective mass.

  17. Quantum-critical conductivity scaling for a metal-insulator transition

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    Lee; Carini; Baxter; Henderson; Gruner

    2000-01-28

    Temperature (T)- and frequency (omega)-dependent conductivity measurements are reported here in amorphous niobium-silicon alloys with compositions (x) near the zero-temperature metal-insulator transition. There is a one-to-one correspondence between the frequency- and temperature-dependent conductivity on both sides of the critical concentration, thus establishing the quantum-critical nature of the transition. The analysis of the conductivity leads to a universal scaling function and establishes the critical exponents. This scaling can be described by an x-, T-, and omega-dependent characteristic length, the form of which is derived by experiment. PMID:10649993

  18. Influence of super-ohmic dissipation on a disordered quantum critical point.

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    Vojta, Thomas; Hoyos, José A; Mohan, Priyanka; Narayanan, Rajesh

    2011-03-01

    We investigate the combined influence of quenched randomness and dissipation on a quantum critical point with O(N) order-parameter symmetry. Utilizing a strong-disorder renormalization group, we determine the critical behavior in one space dimension exactly. For super-ohmic dissipation, we find a Kosterlitz-Thouless type transition with conventional (power-law) dynamical scaling. The dynamical critical exponent depends on the spectral density of the dissipative baths. We also discuss the Griffiths singularities, and we determine observables. PMID:21339559

  19. Thermodynamic signature of quantum criticality: universally diverging Grüneisen ratio

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    Zhu, Lijun

    2005-03-01

    At a generic quantum critical point where pressure acts as (or couples to) the zero-temperature control parameter, the Grüneisen ratio γ (the ratio of thermal expansion to specific heat) is divergent[1]. This property provides a novel probe to quantum criticality from thermodynamics. When scaling applies, γ˜1/T^x at the critical pressure p=pc, where the exponent x measures the scaling dimension of the most singular operator coupled to pressure; in the alternative limit T ->0 and p !=pc, γ= Gr/(p-pc), where Gr is a universal combination of critical exponents. The predicted divergence has been observed near the quantum critical points of several heavy fermion metals[2]. Analyses based on specific models relevant to these experiments are also presented. [1] L. Zhu, M. Garst, A. Rosch, and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 066404 (2003). [2] R. Küchler et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 066405 (2003); ibid. 93, 096402 (2004).

  20. Magnetocaloric effect and magnetic cooling near a field-induced quantum-critical point

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    Wolf, Bernd; Tsui, Yeekin; Jaiswal-Nagar, Deepshikha; Tutsch, Ulrich; Honecker, Andreas; Remović-Langer, Katarina; Hofmann, Georg; Prokofiev, Andrey; Assmus, Wolf; Donath, Guido; Lang, Michael

    2011-01-01

    The presence of a quantum-critical point (QCP) can significantly affect the thermodynamic properties of a material at finite temperatures T. This is reflected, e.g., in the entropy landscape S(T,r) in the vicinity of a QCP, yielding particularly strong variations for varying the tuning parameter r such as pressure or magnetic field B. Here we report on the determination of the critical enhancement of ∂S/∂B near a B-induced QCP via absolute measurements of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE), (∂T/∂B)S and demonstrate that the accumulation of entropy around the QCP can be used for efficient low-temperature magnetic cooling. Our proof of principle is based on measurements and theoretical calculations of the MCE and the cooling performance for a Cu2+-containing coordination polymer, which is a very good realization of a spin-½ antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain—one of the simplest quantum-critical systems.

  1. Weak phase stiffness and nature of the quantum critical point in underdoped cuprates

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    Yildirim, Yucel; Ku, Wei

    2015-11-02

    We demonstrate that the zero-temperature superconducting phase diagram of underdoped cuprates can be quantitatively understood in the strong binding limit, using only the experimental spectral function of the “normal” pseudogap phase without any free parameter. In the prototypical (La1–xSrx)2CuO4, a kinetics-driven d-wave superconductivity is obtained above the critical doping δc ~ 5.2%, below which complete loss of superfluidity results from local quantum fluctuation involving local p-wave pairs. Near the critical doping, an enormous mass enhancement of the local pairs is found responsible for the observed rapid decrease of phase stiffness. Lastly, a striking mass divergence is predicted at δc that dictates the occurrence of the observed quantum critical point and the abrupt suppression of the Nernst effects in the nearby region.

  2. Weak phase stiffness and nature of the quantum critical point in underdoped cuprates

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    Yildirim, Yucel; Ku, Wei

    2015-11-02

    We demonstrate that the zero-temperature superconducting phase diagram of underdoped cuprates can be quantitatively understood in the strong binding limit, using only the experimental spectral function of the “normal” pseudogap phase without any free parameter. In the prototypical (La1–xSrx)2CuO4, a kinetics-driven d-wave superconductivity is obtained above the critical doping δc ~ 5.2%, below which complete loss of superfluidity results from local quantum fluctuation involving local p-wave pairs. Near the critical doping, an enormous mass enhancement of the local pairs is found responsible for the observed rapid decrease of phase stiffness. Lastly, a striking mass divergence is predicted at δc thatmore » dictates the occurrence of the observed quantum critical point and the abrupt suppression of the Nernst effects in the nearby region.« less

  3. Correlation and nonlocality measures as indicators of quantum phase transitions in several critical systems

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    Altintas, Ferdi Eryigit, Resul

    2012-12-15

    We have investigated the quantum phase transitions in the ground states of several critical systems, including transverse field Ising and XY models as well as XY with multiple spin interactions, XXZ and the collective system Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick models, by using different quantumness measures, such as entanglement of formation, quantum discord, as well as its classical counterpart, measurement-induced disturbance and the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt-Bell function. Measurement-induced disturbance is found to detect the first and second order phase transitions present in these critical systems, while, surprisingly, it is found to fail to signal the infinite-order phase transition present in the XXZ model. Remarkably, the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt-Bell function is found to detect all the phase transitions, even when quantum and classical correlations are zero for the relevant ground state. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ability of correlation measures to detect quantum phase transitions has been studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Measurement induced disturbance fails to detect the infinite order phase transition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CHSH-Bell function detects all phase transitions even when the bipartite density matrix is uncorrelated.

  4. Theory of the nematic quantum critical point in a nodal superconductor

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    Kim, Eun-Ah

    2008-03-01

    In the last several years, experimental evidence has accumulated in a variety of highly correlated electronic systems of new quantum phases which (for purely electronic reasons) spontaneously break the rotational (point group) symmetry of the underlying crystal. Such electron ``nematic'' phases have been seen in quantum Hall systems[1], in the metamagnetic metal Sr3Ru2O7[2], and more recently in magnetic neutron scattering studies of the high temperature superconductor, YBCO[3]. In the case of a high Tc superconductor, the quantum dynamics of nematic order parameter naturally couples strongly to quasiparticle (qp) excitations. In this talk, I will discuss our recent results on the effects of the coupling between quantum critical nematic fluctuations and the nodal qp's of a d-wave superconductor in the vicinity of a putative quantum critical point inside the superconducting phase. We solve a model system with N flavors of quasiparticles in the large N limit[4]. To leading order in 1/N, quantum fluctuations enhance the dispersion anisotropy of the nodal excitations, and cause strong scattering which critically broadens the quasiparticle peaks in the spectral function, except in the vicinity of ``the tips of the banana,'' where the qp's remain sharp. We will discuss the possible implications of our results to ARPES and STM experiments. [1] M.P. Lilly, K.B. Cooper, J.P. Eisenstein, L.N. Pfeiffer, and K.W. West, PRL 83, 824 (1999). [2] R. A. Borzi and S. A. Grigera and J. Farrell and R. S. Perry and S. J. S. Lister and S. L. Lee and D. A. Tennant and Y. Maeno and A. P. Mackenzie, Science 315, 214 (2007). [3] V. Hinkov, D. Haug, B. Fauqu'e, P. Bourges, Y. Sidis, A. Ivanov, C. Bernhard, C. T. Lin, B. Keimer, unpublished. [4] E.-A. Kim, M. Lawler, P. Oreto, E. Fradkin, S. Kivelson, cond-mat/0705.4099.

  5. Quantum size effect on the paramagnetic critical field in free-standing superconducting nanofilms.

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    Wójcik, P; Zegrodnik, M

    2014-11-12

    The quantum size effect on the in-plane paramagnetic critical field in Pb(1 1 1) free-standing nanofilms is investigated with the use of the spin-generalized Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations. It is shown that the critical field oscillates as a function of the nanofilm thickness with the period ∼ 2 ML (even-odd oscillations), modulated by the beating effect. The calculated values of the critical field for different nanofilm thicknesses are analyzed in the context of the Clogston-Chandrasekhar limit. It is found that the critical field for superconducting nanofilms differs from this limit. This phenomena is explained in terms of quantization of the electron energy caused by the confinement of electron motion in a direction perpendicular to the film. The thermal effect and thickness-dependence of electron-phonon coupling on the value of the critical magnetic field are also studied. PMID:25318561

  6. Quantum Criticality, Magnetic Frustration, and Unconventional Superconductivity in Heavy Fermion Metals

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    Pixley, Jedediah H.

    Rare earth and actinide metal compounds have emerged as quintessential systems to experimentally and theoretically explore zero temperature quantum phase transitions. These so called heavy fermion metals provide a platform to systematically study physics on the edge of our understanding, where conventional approaches fail to describe the experimental observations. In this thesis, we are concerned with the theoretical description of the different types of quantum phases and phase transitions that are possible within heavy fermion metals. We first focus on understanding the unconventional quantum critical scaling properties observed in heavy fermion metals. Guided by the extended dynamical mean field theory (EDMFT) of the Kondo lattice, we study the physics of Kondo destruction in simplified quantum impurity models. Using the continuous time quantum Monte Carlo (CT-QMC), we show Kondo destroyed quantum critical points (QCPs) give rise to local correlation functions that obey frequency and magnetic field over temperature scaling, and have a linear in temperature relaxation rate. Our results are consistent with the experiments on the quantum critical heavy fermion metals YbRh2Si2, CeCu6- xAux, and beta-YbAlB4. Motivated by experiments on CeRhIn5 and related heavy fermion systems, we then focus on the superconducting properties of the Kondo destroyed QCPs. We introduce and solve an effective model that has both Kondo destruction and pairing correlations, using a combination of CTQMC and the numerical renormalization group (NRG) methods. We then solve the cluster EDMFT equations across the QCP for two and three dimensional magnetic fluctuations, using the CT-QMC as the cluster solver. In the two dimensional case, we find that the Kondo screening is driven critical at the antiferromagnetic QCP. In each case studied, we find that the pairing susceptibility is strongly enhanced in the vicinity of the QCP. Our results point to the exciting possibility of an unconventional

  7. Electrical transport near quantum criticality in low-dimensional organic superconductors

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    Shahbazi, M.; Bourbonnais, C.

    2015-11-01

    We propose a theory of longitudinal resistivity in the normal phase of quasi-one-dimensional organic superconductors near their quantum critical point where antiferromagnetism borders with superconductivity under pressure. The linearized semiclassical Boltzmann equation is solved numerically, fed in by the half-filling electronic umklapp scattering vertex as derived from one-loop renormalization-group calculations for the quasi-one-dimensional electron-gas model. The momentum and temperature dependence of umklapp scattering has an important impact on spin fluctuations and on the behavior of longitudinal resistivity in the the normal phase. Resistivity is found to be linear in temperature around the quantum critical point at which spin-density-wave order joins superconductivity along the antinesting axis, to gradually evolve towards the Fermi-liquid behavior in the limit of weak superconductivity. A critical analysis of the predictions is made from a comparison with experiments performed on the (TMTSF) 2PF6 member of the Bechgaard salt series under pressure. Fair agreement between theory and experiment is then found in the low-temperature range linked to quantum criticality while deviations from predictions become apparent at high temperature.

  8. Quantum criticality and confinement effects in an Ising chain in transverse field

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    Coldea, Radu

    2011-03-01

    The Ising chain in transverse field is one of the key paradigms for the theory of continuous zero-temperature quantum phase transitions. We have recently realized this system experimentally by applying strong magnetic fields to the quasi- 1D, low-exchange Ising ferromagnet CoNb2O6 to drive it to its quantum critical point where the spontaneous long-range magnetic order is suppressed by magnetic field. Using high-resolution single-crystal neutron scattering we have probed how the spin dynamics evolves with the applied field and have observed a dramatic change in the character of spin excitations at the quantum critical point, from pairs of domain-wall (kink) quasiparticles in the magnetically-ordered phase, to sharp spin- flip quasiparticles in the paramagnetic phase. The weak, but finite couplings between the chains significantly enrich the physics by stabilizing a complex structure of two-kink bound states due to mean-field confinement effects. In zero field the rich spectrum of bound states can be quantitatitively understood following McCoy and Wu's analytic theory of weak confinement. Just below the critical field the energies of the two lowest bound states approach the ``golden ratio'' as predicted by Zamolodchikov's E8 scaling limit solution of the off-critical Ising model in a weak longitudinal field.

  9. Quantum critical behavior in three-dimensional one-band Hubbard model at half-filling

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    Karchev, Naoum

    2013-06-15

    A one-band Hubbard model with hopping parameter t and Coulomb repulsion U is considered at half-filling. By means of the Schwinger bosons and slave fermions representation of the electron operators and integrating out the spin–singlet Fermi fields an effective Heisenberg model with antiferromagnetic exchange constant is obtained for vectors which identifies the local orientation of the spin of the itinerant electrons. The amplitude of the spin vectors is an effective spin of the itinerant electrons accounting for the fact that some sites, in the ground state, are doubly occupied or empty. Accounting adequately for the magnon–magnon interaction the Néel temperature is calculated. When the ratio t/U is small enough (t/U ≤0.09) the effective model describes a system of localized electrons. Increasing the ratio increases the density of doubly occupied states which in turn decreases the effective spin and Néel temperature. The phase diagram in the plane of temperature (T{sub N})/U and parameter t/U is presented. The quantum critical point (T{sub N}=0) is reached at t/U =0.9. The magnons in the paramagnetic phase are studied and the contribution of the magnons’ fluctuations to the heat capacity is calculated. At the Néel temperature the heat capacity has a peak which is suppressed when the system approaches a quantum critical point. It is important to stress that, at half-filling, the ground state, determined by fermions, is antiferromagnetic. The magnon fluctuations drive the system to quantum criticality and when the effective spin is critically small these fluctuations suppress the magnetic order. -- Highlights: •Technique of calculation is introduced which permits us to study the magnons’ fluctuations. •Quantum critical point is obtained in the one-band 3D Hubbard model at half-filling. •The present analytical results supplement the numerical ones (see Fig. 7)

  10. Heat capacity and magnetization of CoNb2O6 near quantum critical point

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    Liang, Tian; Koohpayeh, Seyed; Krizan, Jason; Dutton, Sian; McQueen, Tyrel; Cava, Robert; Phuan Ong, N.

    2012-02-01

    CoNb2O6 is a quasi-1D quantum magnet in which magnetic Co^2+ ions are ferromagnetically arranged into nearly isolated chains along the c axis with the magnetic moment confined in the ac-plane. By applying transverse magnetic field along b-axis, quantum phase transition from magnetically ordered phase to paramagnetic phase occurs. Evidence for emergent E8 symmetry was recently obtained by neutron scattering near the quantum critical point (QCP) in an applied transverse magnetic field of 5.5 T We will report on experiments to investigate the behavior of the heat capacity and torque magnetization in the vicinity of the QCP and discuss their implications.

  11. Quantum critical Mott transitions in a bilayer Kondo insulator-metal model system

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    Sen, Sudeshna; Vidhyadhiraja, N. S.

    2016-04-01

    A bilayer system comprising a Kondo insulator coupled to a simple metal (KI-M) is considered. Employing the framework of dynamical mean-field theory, the model system is shown to exhibit a surface of quantum critical points (QCPs) that separates a Kondo screened, Fermi liquid phase from a local moment, Mott insulating phase. The quantum critical nature of these Mott transitions is characterized by the vanishing of (a) the coherence scale on the Fermi liquid side, and (b) the Mott gap on the MI side. In contrast to the usual "large-to-small" Fermi surface (FS) QCPs in heavy-fermion systems, the bilayer KI-M system exhibits a complete FS destruction.

  12. Scaling behavior of quantum critical relaxation dynamics of a system in a heat bath

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    Yin, Shuai; Lo, Chung-Yu; Chen, Pochung

    2016-05-01

    We study the scaling behavior of the relaxation dynamics to thermal equilibrium when a quantum system is near the quantum critical point. In particular, we investigate systems whose relaxation dynamics is described by a Lindblad master equation. We find that the universal scaling behavior not only appears in the equilibrium stage at the long-time limit but also manifests in the nonequilibrium relaxation process. While the critical behavior is dictated by the low-lying energy levels of the Hamiltonian, the dissipative part in the Lindblad equation also plays important roles in two aspects: First, the dissipative part makes the high-energy levels decay fast, after which the universal behavior controlled by the low-lying modes emerges. Second, the dissipation rate gives rise to a time scale that affects the scaling behavior. We confirm our theory by solving the Lindblad equation for the one-dimensional transverse-field Ising model.

  13. Avoided quantum criticality in disordered three-dimensional Dirac semi-metals

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    Pixley, Jedediah; Huse, David

    We study the effects of short-range random potential disorder on three-dimensional Dirac semi-metals. We focus on the proposed quantum critical point (QCP) separating a semi-metal and diffusive metal phase driven by disorder. We will briefly review the existing evidence of such a QCP. We will then explore the non-perturbative effects of rare regions using Lanczos and the kernel polynomial method, from which we establish the existence of two distinct types of excitations in the weak disorder regime. The first are perturbatively renormalized dispersive Dirac states and the second are weakly dispersive quasi-localized ``rare'' eigenstates. We establish that these rare eigenstates contribute an exponentially small but non-zero density of states at zero energy, thus converting the semi-metal to diffusive metal transition into an avoided quantum critical point.

  14. Magnetic excitations in Kondo liquid: superconductivity and hidden magnetic quantum critical fluctuations

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    Yang, Yifeng; Urbano, Ricardo; Nicholas, Curro; Pines, David

    2009-01-01

    We report Knight shift experiments on the superconducting heavy electron material CeCoIn{sub 5} that allow one to track with some precision the behavior of the heavy electron Kondo liquid in the superconducting state with results in agreement with BCS theory. An analysis of the {sup 115}In nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spin-lattice relaxation rate T{sub 1}{sup -1} measurements under pressure reveals the presence of 2d magnetic quantum critical fluctuations in the heavy electron component that are a promising candidate for the pairing mechanism in this material. Our results are consistent with an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point (QCP) located at slightly negative pressure in CeCoIn{sub 5} and provide additional evidence for significant similarities between the heavy electron materials and the high T{sub c} cuprates.

  15. Unconventional sign-changing superconductivity near quantum criticality in YFe2Ge2

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    Subedi, Alaska

    2014-01-01

    I present the results of first principles calculations of the electronic structure and magnetic interactions for the recently discovered superconductor YFe2Ge2 and use them to identify the possible nature of superconductivity and quantum criticality in this compound. I find that the Fe 3d derived states near the Fermi level show a rich structure with the presence of both linearly dispersive and heavy bands. The Fermi surface exhibits nesting between hole and electron sheets that manifests as a peak in the susceptibility at (1/2,1/2). The antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations associated with this peak may be responsible for mediating the superconductivity in this compound resulting in a s± state similar to that of the previously discovered iron-based superconductors. I also find that various magnetic orderings are almost degenerate in energy, which indicates that the proximity to quantum criticality is due to competing magnetic interactions.

  16. Quantum criticality in CePt1-xNixSi2

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    Baumbach, R. E.; Lu, X.; Ronning, F.; Thompson, J. D.; Bauer, E. D.

    2012-12-01

    We report measurements of the specific heat, electrical resistivity, and magnetic susceptibility for CePt1-xNixSi2 from which we develop a T - x phase diagram that includes a quantum critical point near xcr ≈ 0.125 and accompanying non-Fermi-liquid behavior in a "v"-shaped region. This phase diagram is strikingly similar to that of CePtSi2 under applied pressure P, suggesting that CePt1-xNixSi2 provides a model system in which a T - P - x phase diagram can be smoothly generated, thereby allowing a systematic study of the influence of disorder on quantum criticality.

  17. Singularity of the London Penetration Depth at Quantum Critical Points in Superconductors

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    Chowdhury, Debanjan; Swingle, Brian; Berg, Erez; Sachdev, Subir

    2013-10-01

    We present a general theory of the singularity in the London penetration depth at symmetry-breaking and topological quantum critical points within a superconducting phase. While the critical exponents and ratios of amplitudes on the two sides of the transition are universal, an overall sign depends upon the interplay between the critical theory and the underlying Fermi surface. We determine these features for critical points to spin density wave and nematic ordering, and for a topological transition between a superconductor with Z2 fractionalization and a conventional superconductor. We note implications for recent measurements of the London penetration depth in BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 [K. Hashimoto , Science 336, 1554 (2012)SCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.1219821].

  18. Field-induced quantum criticality in low-dimensional Heisenberg spin systems

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    Azzouz, Mohamed

    2006-11-01

    We study the quantum critical behavior in the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain and two-leg Heisenberg ladder resulting from the application of an external magnetic field. In each of these systems a finite-temperature crossover line between two different ferromagnetic phases ends with a quantum critical point at zero temperature. Using the bond-mean-field theory, we calculate the field dependence of the magnetization and the mean-field spin bond parameters in both systems. For the Heisenberg chain, we recover the existing exact results and show in addition that the saturation of the zero-temperature magnetization at the field hc=2J is accompanied by a quantum phase transition, where the bond parameter vanishes. Here J is the exchange coupling constant along the chain. For the two-leg ladder, we also recover the known results, like the two magnetization plateaus, and show that at the upper critical field, which corresponds to the appearance of the saturation magnetization plateau, the chain and rung spin bond parameters vanish. The identification of the order parameters that govern the field-induced quantum criticality in the systems we study here constitutes an original contribution. Because no long-range order, which breaks symmetry, characterizes the bond order, the latter could be a proposal for the so-called hidden order. We calculate analytically the bond parameters in both systems as functions of the field in the low- and high-field limits at zero temperature. At nonzero temperatures, the calculation of the magnetization and bond parameters is carried out by solving the mean-field equations numerically.

  19. Unusual superconducting isotope effect in the presence of a quantum criticality

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    Kedem, Yaron; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    2016-05-01

    The isotope effect in superconductivity (SC) is used to make a concrete connection to a quantum critical point (QCP) that is tunable by isotopic mass substitution. We find a distinct contribution to the isotope exponent in SC and derive an explicit relation to the critical exponent of a QCP. The relation between the two exponents is general and can be used as an experimental signature for the connection between SC and a QCP. We demonstrate it in a scenario where the SC pairing is due to modes related to a structural instability. Within this model the isotope exponent is derived in terms of microscopic parameters.

  20. Rare-Region-Induced Avoided Quantum Criticality in Disordered Three-Dimensional Dirac and Weyl Semimetals

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    Pixley, J. H.; Huse, David A.; Das Sarma, S.

    2016-04-01

    We numerically study the effect of short-ranged potential disorder on massless noninteracting three-dimensional Dirac and Weyl fermions, with a focus on the question of the proposed (and extensively theoretically studied) quantum critical point separating semimetal and diffusive-metal phases. We determine the properties of the eigenstates of the disordered Dirac Hamiltonian (H ) and exactly calculate the density of states (DOS) near zero energy, using a combination of Lanczos on H2 and the kernel polynomial method on H . We establish the existence of two distinct types of low-energy eigenstates contributing to the disordered density of states in the weak-disorder semimetal regime. These are (i) typical eigenstates that are well described by linearly dispersing perturbatively dressed Dirac states and (ii) nonperturbative rare eigenstates that are weakly dispersive and quasilocalized in the real-space regions with the largest (and rarest) local random potential. Using twisted boundary conditions, we are able to systematically find and study these two (essentially independent) types of eigenstates. We find that the Dirac states contribute low-energy peaks in the finite-size DOS that arise from the clean eigenstates which shift and broaden in the presence of disorder. On the other hand, we establish that the rare quasilocalized eigenstates contribute a nonzero background DOS which is only weakly energy dependent near zero energy and is exponentially small at weak disorder. We also find that the expected semimetal to diffusive-metal quantum critical point is converted to an avoided quantum criticality that is "rounded out" by nonperturbative effects, with no signs of any singular behavior in the DOS at the energy of the clean Dirac point. However, the crossover effects of the avoided (or hidden) criticality manifest themselves in a so-called quantum critical fan region away from the Dirac energy. We discuss the implications of our results for disordered Dirac and Weyl

  1. Critical fluctuations and the rates of interstate switching near the excitation threshold of a quantum parametric oscillator.

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    Lin, Z R; Nakamura, Y; Dykman, M I

    2015-08-01

    We study the dynamics of a nonlinear oscillator near the critical point where period-two vibrations are first excited with the increasing amplitude of parametric driving. Above the threshold, quantum fluctuations induce transitions between the period-two states over the quasienergy barrier. We find the effective quantum activation energies for such transitions and their scaling with the difference of the driving amplitude from its critical value. We also find the scaling of the fluctuation correlation time with the quantum noise parameters in the critical region near the threshold. The results are extended to oscillators with nonlinear friction. PMID:26382342

  2. Universal behavior of the Shannon and Rényi mutual information of quantum critical chains

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    Alcaraz, F. C.; Rajabpour, M. A.

    2014-08-01

    We study the Shannon and Rényi mutual information (MI) in the ground state (GS) of different critical quantum spin chains. Despite the apparent basis dependence of these quantities we show the existence of some particular basis (we will call them conformal basis) whose finite-size scaling function is related to the central charge c of the underlying conformal field theory of the model. In particular, we verified that for large index n, the MI of a subsystem of size ℓ in a periodic chain with L sites behaves as c/4 n/n -1 ln[L/πsin(π/ℓL)], when the ground-state wave function is expressed in these special conformal basis. This is in agreement with recent predictions. For generic local basis, we will show that, although in some cases bnln[L/π sin(π/ℓL)] is a good fit to our numerical data, in general, there is no direct relation between bn and the central charge of the system. We will support our findings with detailed numerical calculations for the transverse field Ising model, Q =3,4 quantum Potts chain, quantum Ashkin-Teller chain, and the XXZ quantum chain. We will also present some additional results of the Shannon mutual information (n =1), for the parafermionic ZQ quantum chains with Q =5,6,7, and 8.

  3. Field-induced magnetization jumps and quantum criticality in the 2D J-Q model

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    Iaizzi, Adam; Sandvik, Anders

    The J-Q model is a `designer hamiltonian' formed by adding a four spin `Q' term to the standard antiferromagnetic S = 1 / 2 Heisenberg model. The Q term drives a quantum phase transition to a valence-bond solid (VBS) state: a non-magnetic state with a pattern of local singlets which breaks lattice symmetries. The elementary excitations of the VBS are triplons, i.e. gapped S=1 quasiparticles. There is considerable interest in the quantum phase transition between the Néel and VBS states as an example of deconfined quantum criticality. Near the phase boundary, triplons deconfine into pairs of bosonic spin-1/2 excitations known as spinons. Using exact diagonalization and the stochastic series expansion quantum monte carlo method, we study the 2D J-Q model in the presence of an external magnetic field. We use the field to force a nonzero density of magnetic excitations at T=0 and look for signatures of Bose-Einstein condensation of spinons. At higher magnetic fields, there is a jump in the induced magnetization caused by the onset of an effective attractive interaction between magnons on a ferromagnetic background. We characterize the first order quantum phase transition and determine the minimum value of the coupling ratio q ≡ Q / J required to produce this jump. Funded by NSF DMR-1410126.

  4. Quantum criticality and inhomogeneous magnetic order in Fe-doped α -YbAlB4

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    MacLaughlin, D. E.; Kuga, K.; Shu, Lei; Bernal, O. O.; Ho, P.-C.; Nakatsuji, S.; Huang, K.; Ding, Z. F.; Tan, C.; Zhang, Jian

    2016-06-01

    The intermediate-valent polymorphs α - and β -YbAlB4 exhibit quantum criticality and other novel properties not usually associated with intermediate valence. Iron doping induces quantum criticality in α -YbAlB4 and magnetic order in both compounds. We report results of muon spin relaxation (μ SR ) experiments in α -YbAl1 -xFexB4 , x =0.014 and 0.25. For x =0.014 we find no evidence for magnetic order down to 25 mK. The dynamic muon spin relaxation rate λd exhibits a power-law temperature dependence λd∝T-a , a =0.40 (4 ) , in the temperature range 100 mK-2 K, in disagreement with predictions by theories of antiferromagnetic (AFM) or valence quantum critical behavior. For x =0.25 , where AFM order develops in the temperature range 7.5-10 K, we find coexistence of meso- or macroscopically segregated paramagnetic and AFM phases, with considerable disorder in the latter down to 2 K.

  5. Quantum Criticality in an Ising Chain: Experimental Evidence for Emergent E8 Symmetry

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    Coldea, R.; Tennant, D. A.; Wheeler, E. M.; Wawrzynska, E.; Prabhakaran, D.; Telling, M.; Habicht, K.; Smeibidl, P.; Kiefer, K.

    2010-01-01

    Quantum phase transitions take place between distinct phases of matter at zero temperature. Near the transition point, exotic quantum symmetries can emerge that govern the excitation spectrum of the system. A symmetry described by the E8 Lie group with a spectrum of eight particles was long predicted to appear near the critical point of an Ising chain. We realize this system experimentally by using strong transverse magnetic fields to tune the quasi-one-dimensional Ising ferromagnet CoNb2O6 (cobalt niobate) through its critical point. Spin excitations are observed to change character from pairs of kinks in the ordered phase to spin-flips in the paramagnetic phase. Just below the critical field, the spin dynamics shows a fine structure with two sharp modes at low energies, in a ratio that approaches the golden mean predicted for the first two meson particles of the E8 spectrum. Our results demonstrate the power of symmetry to describe complex quantum behaviors.

  6. Quantum criticality in an Ising chain: experimental evidence for emergent E8 symmetry.

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    Coldea, R; Tennant, D A; Wheeler, E M; Wawrzynska, E; Prabhakaran, D; Telling, M; Habicht, K; Smeibidl, P; Kiefer, K

    2010-01-01

    Quantum phase transitions take place between distinct phases of matter at zero temperature. Near the transition point, exotic quantum symmetries can emerge that govern the excitation spectrum of the system. A symmetry described by the E8 Lie group with a spectrum of eight particles was long predicted to appear near the critical point of an Ising chain. We realize this system experimentally by using strong transverse magnetic fields to tune the quasi-one-dimensional Ising ferromagnet CoNb2O6 (cobalt niobate) through its critical point. Spin excitations are observed to change character from pairs of kinks in the ordered phase to spin-flips in the paramagnetic phase. Just below the critical field, the spin dynamics shows a fine structure with two sharp modes at low energies, in a ratio that approaches the golden mean predicted for the first two meson particles of the E8 spectrum. Our results demonstrate the power of symmetry to describe complex quantum behaviors. PMID:20056884

  7. Field-induced magnetic instability and quantum criticality in the antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2

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    Liu, Yi; Xie, Donghua; Wang, Xiaoying; Zhu, Kangwei; Yang, Ruilong

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic quantum criticality in strongly correlated electron systems has been considered to be closely related with the occurrence of unconventional superconductivity. Control parameters such as magnetic field, pressure or chemical doping are frequently used to externally tune the quantum phase transition for a deeper understanding. Here we report the research of a field-induced quantum phase transition using conventional bulk physical property measurements in the archetypal antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2, which becomes superconductive under a pressure of about 10 GPa with Tc ~ 0.64 K. We offer strong evidence that short-range dynamic correlations start appearing above a magnetic field of about 5 T. Our demonstrations of the magnetic instability and the field-induced quantum phase transition are crucial for the quantum criticality, which may open a new route in experimental investigations of the quantum phase transition in heavy-fermion systems. PMID:26758347

  8. Field-induced magnetic instability and quantum criticality in the antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2.

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    Liu, Yi; Xie, Donghua; Wang, Xiaoying; Zhu, Kangwei; Yang, Ruilong

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic quantum criticality in strongly correlated electron systems has been considered to be closely related with the occurrence of unconventional superconductivity. Control parameters such as magnetic field, pressure or chemical doping are frequently used to externally tune the quantum phase transition for a deeper understanding. Here we report the research of a field-induced quantum phase transition using conventional bulk physical property measurements in the archetypal antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2, which becomes superconductive under a pressure of about 10 GPa with Tc ~ 0.64 K. We offer strong evidence that short-range dynamic correlations start appearing above a magnetic field of about 5 T. Our demonstrations of the magnetic instability and the field-induced quantum phase transition are crucial for the quantum criticality, which may open a new route in experimental investigations of the quantum phase transition in heavy-fermion systems. PMID:26758347

  9. Field-induced magnetic instability and quantum criticality in the antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2

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    Liu, Yi; Xie, Donghua; Wang, Xiaoying; Zhu, Kangwei; Yang, Ruilong

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic quantum criticality in strongly correlated electron systems has been considered to be closely related with the occurrence of unconventional superconductivity. Control parameters such as magnetic field, pressure or chemical doping are frequently used to externally tune the quantum phase transition for a deeper understanding. Here we report the research of a field-induced quantum phase transition using conventional bulk physical property measurements in the archetypal antiferromagnet CeCu2Ge2, which becomes superconductive under a pressure of about 10 GPa with Tc ~ 0.64 K. We offer strong evidence that short-range dynamic correlations start appearing above a magnetic field of about 5 T. Our demonstrations of the magnetic instability and the field-induced quantum phase transition are crucial for the quantum criticality, which may open a new route in experimental investigations of the quantum phase transition in heavy-fermion systems.

  10. Evolution of Quantum Fluctuations Near the Quantum Critical Point of the Transverse Field Ising Chain System CoNb2O6

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    Kinross, A. W.; Fu, M.; Munsie, T. J.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Luke, G. M.; Sachdev, Subir; Imai, T.

    2014-07-01

    The transverse field Ising chain model is ideally suited for testing the fundamental ideas of quantum phase transitions because its well-known T=0 ground state can be extrapolated to finite temperatures. Nonetheless, the lack of appropriate model materials hindered the past effort to test the theoretical predictions. Here, we map the evolution of quantum fluctuations in the transverse field Ising chain based on nuclear magnetic resonance measurements of CoNb2O6, and we demonstrate the finite-temperature effects on quantum criticality for the first time. From the temperature dependence of the Nb93 longitudinal relaxation rate 1/T1, we identify the renormalized classical, quantum critical, and quantum disordered scaling regimes in the temperature (T) vs transverse magnetic field (h ⊥) phase diagram. Precisely at the critical field h⊥c=5.25±0.15 T, we observe a power-law behavior, 1/T1˜T-3/4, as predicted by quantum critical scaling. Our parameter-free comparison between the data and theory reveals that quantum fluctuations persist up to as high as T ˜0.4J, where the intrachain exchange interaction J is the only energy scale of the problem.

  11. Bi-layer ^3He: a simple two dimensional heavy fermion system with quantum criticality

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    Saunders, John

    2008-03-01

    Two dimensional helium films provide simple model systems for the investigation of quantum phase transitions in two dimensions. Monolayer ^3He absorbed on graphite, with various pre-platings, behaves as a two dimensional Mott-Hubbard system, complete with a density driven ``metal-insulator'' transition [1, 2] into what appears to be a gapless spin-liquid. In two dimensions the corrections to the temperature dependence of the fluid heat capacity, beyond the term linear in T, are anomalous and attributed to quasi-1D scattering [3]. On the other hand, bi-layer ^3He films adsorbed on the surface of graphite show evidence of two-band heavy-fermion behavior and quantum criticality [4, 5]. The relevant control parameter is the total density of the ^3He film. The ^3He bilayer system can be driven toward a quantum critical point (QCP) at which the effective mass appears to diverge, the effective inter-band hybridization vanishes, and a local moment state appears. A theoretical model in terms of a ``Kondo breakdown selective Mott transition'' has recently been suggested [6]. * In collaboration with: A Casey, M Neumann, J Nyeki, B Cowan. [1] Evidence for a Mott-Hubbard Transition in a Two-Dimensional ^3He Fluid Monolayer, A. Casey, H. Patel, J. Ny'eki, B. P. Cowan, and J. Saunders Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 115301 (2003) [2] D Tsuji et al. J. Low Temp. Phys. 134, 31 (2004) [3] A V Chubukov et al. Phys. Rev. B71, 205112 (2005) [4] Bilayer ^3He; a simple two dimensional heavy fermion system with quantum criticality, Michael Neumann, Jan Nyeki, Brian Cowan, John Saunders. Science 317, 1356 (2007) [5] Heavy fermions in the original Fermi liquid. Christopher A Hooley and Andrew P Mackenzie. Science 317, 1332 (2007) [6] C Pepin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 206401 (2007) and A Benlagra and C Pepin, arXiv: 0709.0354

  12. Unconventional Superconductivity in the Vicinity of the Local Quantum Critical Point

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    Si, Qimiao; Pixley, Jedediah; Deng, Lili; Ingersent, Kevin

    2015-03-01

    Unconventional superconductivity and its relationship with quantum criticality remains a central question in strongly correlated electron systems. In the case of heavy fermion metals, the existence of antiferromagnetic quantum critical points (QCPs) is well established. Theoretical work has identified the existence of a local QCP where the Kondo effect is driven critical concomitant with the vanishing of the magnetic order parameter. Experiments on the heavy fermion compound CeRhIn5 and other materials have provided strong evidence that such a QCP drives unconventional superconductivity. With this in mind we solve the periodic Anderson model using a cluster extended dynamical mean field theory. We show that the Kondo energy scale is continuously suppressed at the antiferromagnetic QCP, and we determine the scaling form of the order parameter susceptibility and find remarkable agreement with well-established experiments in the related heavy fermion system CeCu6-xAux. Most importantly, we find that the singlet pairing susceptibility is strongly enhanced at the QCP, which points towards a new pairing mechanism associated with both magnetic and local critical fluctuations.

  13. Low Temperature Properties and Quantum Criticality of CrAs1-x Px single crystal

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    Luo, Jianlin; Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Team

    We report a systematically study of resistivity and specific heat on phosphorus doped CrAs1-xPx single crystals with x =0 to 0.2. With the increasing of phosphorus doping concentration x, the magnetic and structural transition temperature TN is suppressed. Non-fermi liquid behavior and quantum criticality phenomenon are observed from low temperature resistivity around critical doping with xc ~0.05 where the long-range antiferromagnetic ordering is completely suppressed. The low temperature specific heat of CrAs1-xPx is contributed by the thermal excitation of phonons and electrons. The electronic specific heat coefficient γ, which reflects the effective mass of quasi-particles, shows maximum around xc ~0.05, also indicating the existence of quantum critical phenomenon around the critical doping. The value of Kadowaki-Woods ratio of CrAs1-xPx shows no significant different from that of CrAs. Work is done in collaboration with Fukun Lin, Wei Wu, Ping Zheng, Guozhi Fan, Jinguang Cheng.

  14. Casimir effect mechanism of pairing between fermions in the vicinity of a magnetic quantum critical point

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    Kharkov, Yaroslav; Oleg P Sushkov Team

    We consider two spin 1 / 2 fermions in a two-dimensional magnetic system that is close to the O (3) magnetic quantum critical point (QCP) which separates magnetically ordered and disordered phases. Focusing on the disordered phase in the vicinity of the QCP, we demonstrate that the criticality results in a strong long range attraction between the fermions, with potential V (r) ~ - 1 /rα , α ~ 0 . 75 , where r is separation between the fermions. The mechanism of the enhanced attraction is similar to Casimir effect and corresponds to multi-magnon exchange processes between the fermions. While we consider a model system, the problem is originally motivated by recent experimental establishment of magnetic QCP in hole doped cuprates under the superconducting dome at doping of about 10%. We suggest the mechanism of magnetic critical enhancement of pairing in cuprates.

  15. Magnetic-field control of quantum critical points of valence transition.

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Tsuruta, Atsushi; Miyake, Kazumasa; Flouquet, Jacques

    2008-06-13

    We study the mechanism of how critical end points of first-order valence transitions are controlled by a magnetic field. We show that the critical temperature is suppressed to be a quantum critical point (QCP) by a magnetic field, and unexpectedly, the QCP exhibits nonmonotonic field dependence in the ground-state phase diagram, giving rise to the emergence of metamagnetism even in the intermediate valence-crossover regime. The driving force of the field-induced QCP is clarified to be cooperative phenomena of the Zeeman and Kondo effects, which create a distinct energy scale from the Kondo temperature. This mechanism explains the peculiar magnetic response in CeIrIn(5) and the metamagnetic transition in YbXCu(4) for X=In as well as the sharp contrast between X=Ag and Cd. PMID:18643524

  16. Spirals near ferromagnetic quantum criticality: theory and application to PrPtAl

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    Kruger, Frank; Green, Andrew

    2014-03-01

    Fluctuations around quantum critical points are known to be responsible for many unexpected phenomena, e.g. the discontinuous phase transitions seen in itinerant ferromagnets at low temperatures. Such fluctuation-induced first-order behavior is a consequence of the interplay between magnetic order parameter and soft electronic particle-hole fluctuations. In this talk I will present a fermionic version of the quantum order-by-disorder mechanism and demonstrate that the ferromagnetic quantum critical point is unstable towards the formation of incommensurate spiral order. The key idea is that certain deformations of the Fermi surface associated with the onset of competing order enlarge the phase space available for low-energy particle-hole fluctuations and self-consistently lower the free energy. I will then apply the theory to PrPtAl where spiral order on the border of ferromagnetism is observed in neutron and x-ray scattering experiments. In this system, the coupling of the itinerant electrons to the local Pr(3+) moments leads to magnetic anisotropies which have characteristic experimental consequences.

  17. Anomalous Curie response of an impurity in a quantum critical spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Höglund, Kaj; Sandvik, Anders

    2007-03-01

    There is a disagreement concerning the low-temperature (T) magnetic susceptibility χ^zimp˜C/T of a spin-S impurity in a nearly quantum critical antiferromagnetic host. Field-theoretical work [1] predicted an anomalous Curie constant S^2/30 quantum Monte Carlo simulations in order to resolve the controversy. Our main result is for a vacancy in a quantum critical spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a bilayer lattice. In our susceptibility data for the S=1/2 impurity we observe a Curie constant C=0.262(2). Although the value falls outside the predicted range, it should correspond to an anomalous impurity response, as proposed in Ref. [1]. [1] S. Sachdev, C. Buragohain, and M. Vojta, Science 286, 2479 (1999); M. Vojta, C. Buragohain, and S. Sachdev, Phys. Rev. B 61, 15152 (2000). [2] O. P. Sushkov, Phys. Rev. B 62, 12135 (2000). [3] M. Troyer, Prog. Theor. Phys. Supp. 145, 326 (2002).

  18. Zeeman-Field-Tuned Topological Phase Transitions in a Two-Dimensional Class-DIII Superconductor

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    Deng, W. Y.; Geng, H.; Luo, W.; Sheng, L.; Xing, D. Y.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the topological phase transitions in a two-dimensional time-reversal invariant topological superconductor in the presence of a Zeeman field. Based on the spin Chern number theory, we find that the system exhibits a number of topologically distinct phases with changing the out-of-plane component of the Zeeman field, including a quantum spin Hall-like phase, quantum anomalous Hall-like phases with total Chern number C = −2, −1, 1 and 2, and a topologically trivial superconductor phase. The BdG band gap closes at each boundary of the phase transitions. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the zero bias conductance provides clear transport signatures of the different topological phases, which are robust against symmetry-breaking perturbations. PMID:27148675

  19. Zeeman-Field-Tuned Topological Phase Transitions in a Two-Dimensional Class-DIII Superconductor.

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    Deng, W Y; Geng, H; Luo, W; Sheng, L; Xing, D Y

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the topological phase transitions in a two-dimensional time-reversal invariant topological superconductor in the presence of a Zeeman field. Based on the spin Chern number theory, we find that the system exhibits a number of topologically distinct phases with changing the out-of-plane component of the Zeeman field, including a quantum spin Hall-like phase, quantum anomalous Hall-like phases with total Chern number C = -2, -1, 1 and 2, and a topologically trivial superconductor phase. The BdG band gap closes at each boundary of the phase transitions. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the zero bias conductance provides clear transport signatures of the different topological phases, which are robust against symmetry-breaking perturbations. PMID:27148675

  20. Pressure-Driven Quantum Criticality and T/H Scaling in the Icosahedral Au-Al-Yb Approximant

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    Matsukawa, Shuya; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Imura, Keiichiro; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2016-06-01

    We report on ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under pressure of the Au-Al-Yb alloy, a crystalline approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal that shows unconventional quantum criticality. In describing the susceptibility as χ(T)-1 - χ(0)-1 ∝ Tγ, we find that χ(0)-1 decreases with increasing pressure and vanishes to zero at the critical pressure P{c} ≃ 2 GPa, with γ ( ≃ 0.5) unchanged. We suggest that this quantum criticality emerges owing to critical valence fluctuations. Above Pc, the approximant undergoes a magnetic transition at T ≃ 100 mK. These results are contrasted with the fact that, in the quasicrystal, the quantum criticality is robust against the application of pressure. The applicability of the so-called T/H scaling to the approximant is also discussed.

  1. Dipolar Antiferromagnetism and Quantum Criticality in LiErF4

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    Kraemer, Conradin; Nikseresht, Neda; Piatek, Julian; Tsyrulin, Nikolay; Piazza, Bastien; Kiefer, Klaus; Klemke, Bastian; Rosenbaum, Thomas; Aeppli, Professor Gabriel; Gannarelli, Che; Prokes, Karel; Straessle, Thierry; Keller, Lukas; Zaharko, Oksana; Kraemer, Karl; Ronnow, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    Magnetism has been predicted to occur in systems in which dipolar interactions dominate exchange. We present neutron scattering, specific heat, and magnetic susceptibility data for LiErF{sub 4}, establishing it as a model dipolar-coupled antiferromagnet with planar spin-anisotropy and a quantum phase transition in applied field H{sub c{parallel}} = 4.0 {+-} 0.1 kilo-oersteds. We discovered non-mean-field critical scaling for the classical phase transition at the antiferromagnetic transition temperature that is consistent with the two-dimensional XY/h{sub 4} universality class; in accord with this, the quantum phase transition at H{sub c} exhibits three-dimensional classical behavior. The effective dimensional reduction may be a consequence of the intrinsic frustrated nature of the dipolar interaction, which strengthens the role of fluctuations.

  2. High-temperature signatures of quantum criticality in heavy-fermion systems.

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    Kroha, J; Klein, M; Nuber, A; Reinert, F; Stockert, O; v Löhneysen, H

    2010-04-28

    We propose a new criterion for distinguishing the Hertz-Millis (HM) and the local quantum critical (LQC) mechanism in heavy-fermion systems with a magnetic quantum phase transition (QPT). The criterion is based on our finding that the complete spin screening of Kondo ions can be suppressed by the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) coupling to the surrounding magnetic ions even without magnetic ordering and that, consequently, the signature of this suppression can be observed in spectroscopic measurements above the magnetic ordering temperature. We apply the criterion to high-resolution photoemission measurements on CeCu(6 - x)Au(x) and conclude that the QPT in this system is dominated by the LQC scenario. PMID:21386409

  3. Phase reconstruction near to the two-dimensional ferromagnetic quantum critical point

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    Pedder, Chris; Karahasanovic, Una; Kruger, Frank; Green, Andrew

    2012-02-01

    We study the formation of new phases in two dimensions near to the putative quantum critical point of the itinerant ferromagnet to paramagnet phase transition. In addition to the first order and helimagnetic behaviour found in non-analytic extensions to Hertz-Millis theory [1] and in the quantum order-by-disorder approach [2], we find a small region of spin nematic order. Our approach also admits a concurrent formation of superconducting order. We further study the effect of small deformations from quadratic electron dispersion -- as previously found in three dimensions, these enlarge the region of spin nematic order at the expense of spiral order.[4pt] [1] D. Belitz, T.R. Kirkpatrick and T. Vojta, Rev. Mod. Phys. 77, 579 (2005),. V. Efremov, J.J. Betouras, A.V. Chubukov Phys. Rev. B 77, 220401(R), (2008)[0pt] [2] G. J. Conduit Phys. Rev. A 82, 043604 (2010)

  4. Origin of Quantum Criticality in Yb-Al-Au Approximant Crystal and Quasicrystal

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-06-01

    To get insight into the mechanism of emergence of unconventional quantum criticality observed in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51, the approximant crystal Yb14Al35Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the approximant crystal, the heavy quasiparticle band is shown to emerge near the Fermi level because of strong correlation of 4f electrons at Yb. We find that charge-transfer mode between 4f electron at Yb on the 3rd shell and 3p electron at Al on the 4th shell in Tsai-type cluster is considerably enhanced with almost flat momentum dependence. The mode-coupling theory shows that magnetic as well as valence susceptibility exhibits χ ˜ T-0.5 for zero-field limit and is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature to magnetic field T/B over four decades even in the approximant crystal when some condition is satisfied by varying parameters, e.g., by applying pressure. The key origin is clarified to be due to strong locality of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation and small Brillouin zone reflecting the large unit cell, giving rise to the extremely-small characteristic energy scale. This also gives a natural explanation for the quantum criticality in the quasicrystal corresponding to the infinite limit of the unit-cell size.

  5. Quantum critical point and spin fluctuations in lower-mantle ferropericlase

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    Lyubutin, Igor S.; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Mironovich, A. A.; Gavriliuk, Alexander G.; Naumov, Pavel G.; Lin, Jung-Fu; Ovchinnikov, Sergey G.; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Chow, Paul; Xiao, Yuming; Hemley, Russell J.

    2013-01-01

    Ferropericlase [(Mg,Fe)O] is one of the most abundant minerals of the earth’s lower mantle. The high-spin (HS) to low-spin (LS) transition in the Fe2+ ions may dramatically alter the physical and chemical properties of (Mg,Fe)O in the deep mantle. To understand the effects of compression on the ground electronic state of iron, electronic and magnetic states of Fe2+ in (Mg0.75Fe0.25)O have been investigated using transmission and synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy at high pressures and low temperatures (down to 5 K). Our results show that the ground electronic state of Fe2+ at the critical pressure Pc of the spin transition close to T = 0 is governed by a quantum critical point (T = 0, P = Pc) at which the energy required for the fluctuation between HS and LS states is zero. Analysis of the data gives Pc = 55 GPa. Thermal excitation within the HS or LS states (T > 0 K) is expected to strongly influence the magnetic as well as physical properties of ferropericlase. Multielectron theoretical calculations show that the existence of the quantum critical point at temperatures approaching zero affects not only physical properties of ferropericlase at low temperatures but also its properties at P-T of the earth’s lower mantle. PMID:23589892

  6. CRITIC2: A program for real-space analysis of quantum chemical interactions in solids

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    Otero-de-la-Roza, A.; Johnson, Erin R.; Luaña, Víctor

    2014-03-01

    We present CRITIC2, a program for the analysis of quantum-mechanical atomic and molecular interactions in periodic solids. This code, a greatly improved version of the previous CRITIC program (Otero-de-la Roza et al., 2009), can: (i) find critical points of the electron density and related scalar fields such as the electron localization function (ELF), Laplacian, … (ii) integrate atomic properties in the framework of Bader’s Atoms-in-Molecules theory (QTAIM), (iii) visualize non-covalent interactions in crystals using the non-covalent interactions (NCI) index, (iv) generate relevant graphical representations including lines, planes, gradient paths, contour plots, atomic basins, … and (v) perform transformations between file formats describing scalar fields and crystal structures. CRITIC2 can interface with the output produced by a variety of electronic structure programs including WIEN2k, elk, PI, abinit, Quantum ESPRESSO, VASP, Gaussian, and, in general, any other code capable of writing the scalar field under study to a three-dimensional grid. CRITIC2 is parallelized, completely documented (including illustrative test cases) and publicly available under the GNU General Public License. Catalogue identifier: AECB_v2_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AECB_v2_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: yes No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 11686949 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 337020731 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Fortran 77 and 90. Computer: Workstations. Operating system: Unix, GNU/Linux. Has the code been vectorized or parallelized?: Shared-memory parallelization can be used for most tasks. Classification: 7.3. Catalogue identifier of previous version: AECB_v1_0 Journal reference of previous version: Comput. Phys. Comm. 180 (2009) 157 Nature of problem: Analysis of quantum

  7. Evolution of hyperfine parameters across a quantum critical point in CeRhIn5

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    Lin, C. H.; Shirer, K. R.; Crocker, J.; Dioguardi, A. P.; Lawson, M. M.; Bush, B. T.; Klavins, P.; Curro, N. J.

    2015-10-01

    We report nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data for both the In(1) and In(2) sites in the heavy-fermion material CeRhIn5 under hydrostatic pressure. The Knight shift data reveal a suppression of the hyperfine coupling to the In(1) site as a function of pressure, and the electric field gradient να α at the In(2) site exhibits a change of slope d να α/d P at Pc 1=1.75 GPa. These changes to the coupling constants reflect alterations to the electronic structure at the quantum critical point.

  8. Quantum criticality of the two-channel pseudogap Anderson model: universal scaling in linear and non-linear conductance.

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    Wu, Tsan-Pei; Wang, Xiao-Qun; Guo, Guang-Yu; Anders, Frithjof; Chung, Chung-Hou

    2016-05-01

    The quantum criticality of the two-lead two-channel pseudogap Anderson impurity model is studied. Based on the non-crossing approximation (NCA) and numerical renormalization group (NRG) approaches, we calculate both the linear and nonlinear conductance of the model at finite temperatures with a voltage bias and a power-law vanishing conduction electron density of states, [Formula: see text] (0  <  r  <  1) near the Fermi energy [Formula: see text]. At a fixed lead-impurity hybridization, a quantum phase transition from the two-channel Kondo (2CK) to the local moment (LM) phase is observed with increasing r from r  =  0 to [Formula: see text]. Surprisingly, in the 2CK phase, different power-law scalings from the well-known [Formula: see text] or [Formula: see text] form is found. Moreover, novel power-law scalings in conductances at the 2CK-LM quantum critical point are identified. Clear distinctions are found on the critical exponents between linear and non-linear conductance at criticality. The implications of these two distinct quantum critical properties for the non-equilibrium quantum criticality in general are discussed. PMID:27045815

  9. Quantum criticality of the two-channel pseudogap Anderson model: universal scaling in linear and non-linear conductance

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    Wu, Tsan-Pei; Wang, Xiao-Qun; Guo, Guang-Yu; Anders, Frithjof; Chung, Chung-Hou

    2016-05-01

    The quantum criticality of the two-lead two-channel pseudogap Anderson impurity model is studied. Based on the non-crossing approximation (NCA) and numerical renormalization group (NRG) approaches, we calculate both the linear and nonlinear conductance of the model at finite temperatures with a voltage bias and a power-law vanishing conduction electron density of states, {ρ\\text{c}}(ω )\\propto |ω -{μ\\text{F}}{{|}r} (0  <  r  <  1) near the Fermi energy {μ\\text{F}} . At a fixed lead-impurity hybridization, a quantum phase transition from the two-channel Kondo (2CK) to the local moment (LM) phase is observed with increasing r from r  =  0 to r={{r}\\text{c}}<1 . Surprisingly, in the 2CK phase, different power-law scalings from the well-known \\sqrt{T} or \\sqrt{V} form is found. Moreover, novel power-law scalings in conductances at the 2CK-LM quantum critical point are identified. Clear distinctions are found on the critical exponents between linear and non-linear conductance at criticality. The implications of these two distinct quantum critical properties for the non-equilibrium quantum criticality in general are discussed.

  10. SU(3) quantum critical model emerging from a spin-1 topological phase

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    Rao, Wen-Jia; Zhu, Guo-Yi; Zhang, Guang-Ming

    2016-04-01

    Different from the spin-1 Haldane gapped phase, we propose an SO(3) spin-1 matrix product state (MPS), whose parent Hamiltonian includes three-site spin interactions. From the entanglement spectrum of a single block with l sites, an enlarged SU(3) symmetry is identified in the edge states, which are conjugate to each other for the l =even block but identical for the l =odd block. By blocking this state, the blocked MPS explicitly displays the SU(3) symmetry with two distinct structures. Under a symmetric bulk bipartition with a sufficient large block length l =even , the entanglement Hamiltonian (EH) of the reduced system characterizes a spontaneous dimerized phase with twofold degeneracy. However, for the block length l =odd , the corresponding EH represents an SU(3) quantum critical point with delocalized edge quasiparticles, and the critical field theory is described by the SU(3) level-1 Wess-Zumino-Witten conformal field theory.

  11. Mapping the current-current correlation function near a quantum critical point

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    Prodan, Emil; Bellissard, Jean

    2016-05-01

    The current-current correlation function is a useful concept in the theory of electron transport in homogeneous solids. The finite-temperature conductivity tensor as well as Anderson's localization length can be computed entirely from this correlation function. Based on the critical behavior of these two physical quantities near the plateau-insulator or plateau-plateau transitions in the integer quantum Hall effect, we derive an asymptotic formula for the current-current correlation function, which enables us to make several theoretical predictions about its generic behavior. For the disordered Hofstadter model, we employ numerical simulations to map the current-current correlation function, obtain its asymptotic form near a critical point and confirm the theoretical predictions.

  12. Universal conductivity in a two-dimensional superfluid-to-insulator quantum critical system.

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    Chen, Kun; Liu, Longxiang; Deng, Youjin; Pollet, Lode; Prokof'ev, Nikolay

    2014-01-24

    We compute the universal conductivity of the (2+1)-dimensional XY universality class, which is realized for a superfluid-to-Mott insulator quantum phase transition at constant density. Based on large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of the classical (2+1)-dimensional J-current model and the two-dimensional Bose-Hubbard model, we can precisely determine the conductivity on the quantum critical plateau, σ(∞) = 0.359(4)σQ with σQ the conductivity quantum. The universal conductivity curve is the standard example with the lowest number of components where the bottoms-up AdS/CFT correspondence from string theory can be tested and made to use [R. C. Myers, S. Sachdev, and A. Singh, Phys. Rev. D 83, 066017 (2011)]. For the first time, the shape of the σ(iω(n)) - σ(∞) function in the Matsubara representation is accurate enough for a conclusive comparison and establishes the particlelike nature of charge transport. We find that the holographic gauge-gravity duality theory for transport properties can be made compatible with the data if temperature of the horizon of the black brane is different from the temperature of the conformal field theory. The requirements for measuring the universal conductivity in a cold gas experiment are also determined by our calculation. PMID:24484123

  13. Quantum entanglement and criticality of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model in an external field

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    Liu, Guang-Hua; Li, Ruo-Yan; Tian, Guang-Shan

    2012-06-01

    By Lanczos exact diagonalization and the infinite time-evolving block decimation (iTEBD) technique, the two-site entanglement as well as the bipartite entanglement, the ground state energy, the nearest-neighbor correlations, and the magnetization in the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg (AFH) model under an external field are investigated. With increasing external field, the small size system shows some distinct upward magnetization stairsteps, accompanied synchronously with some downward two-site entanglement stairsteps. In the thermodynamic limit, the two-site entanglement, as well as the bipartite entanglement, the ground state energy, the nearest-neighbor correlations, and the magnetization are calculated, and the critical magnetic field hc = 2.0 is determined exactly. Our numerical results show that the quantum entanglement is sensitive to the subtle changing of the ground state, and can be used to describe the magnetization and quantum phase transition. Based on the discontinuous behavior of the first-order derivative of the entanglement entropy and fidelity per site, we think that the quantum phase transition in this model should belong to the second-order category. Furthermore, in the magnon existence region (h < 2.0), a logarithmically divergent behavior of block entanglement which can be described by a free bosonic field theory is observed, and the central charge c is determined to be 1.

  14. Evidence for magnetic clusters in Ni1-xVx close to the quantum critical concentration

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    Wang, R.; Ubaid-Kassis, S.; Schroeder, A.; Baker, P. J.; Pratt, F. L.; Blundell, S. J.; Lancaster, T.; Franke, I.; Möller, J. S.; Vojta, T.

    2015-03-01

    The d-metal alloy Ni1-xVx undergoes a quantum phase transition from a ferromagnetic ground state to a paramagnetic ground state as the vanadium concentration x is increased. We present magnetization, ac-susceptibility and muon-spin relaxation data at several vanadium concentrations near the critical concentration xc ~ 11.6 % at which the onset of ferromagnetic order is suppressed to zero temperature. Below xc, the muon data reveal a broad magnetic field distribution indicative of a long-range ordered ferromagnetic state with spatial disorder. We show evidence of magnetic clusters in the ferromagnetic phase and close to the phase boundary in this disordered itinerant system as an important generic ingredient of a disordered quantum phase transition. In contrast, the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility above xc is best described in terms of a magnetic quantum Griffiths phase with a power-law distribution of fluctuation rates of dynamic magnetic clusters. At the lowest temperatures, the onset of a short-range ordered cluster-glass phase is recognized by an increase in the muon depolarization in transverse fields and maxima in ac-susceptibility.

  15. Transport in inhomogeneous quantum critical fluids and in the Dirac fluid in graphene

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    Lucas, Andrew; Crossno, Jesse; Fong, Kin Chung; Kim, Philip; Sachdev, Subir

    2016-02-01

    We develop a general hydrodynamic framework for computing direct current, thermal, and electric transport in a strongly interacting finite-temperature quantum system near a Lorentz-invariant quantum critical point. Our framework is nonperturbative in the strength of long-wavelength fluctuations in the background-charge density of the electronic fluid and requires the rate of electron-electron scattering to be faster than the rate of electron-impurity scattering. We use this formalism to compute transport coefficients in the Dirac fluid in clean samples of graphene near the charge neutrality point, and find results insensitive to long-range Coulomb interactions. Numerical results are compared to recent experimental data on thermal and electrical conductivity in the Dirac fluid in graphene and a substantially improved quantitative agreement over existing hydrodynamic theories is found. We comment on the interplay between the Dirac fluid and acoustic and optical phonons, and qualitatively explain the experimentally observed effects. Our work paves the way for quantitative contact between experimentally realized condensed matter systems and the wide body of high-energy inspired theories on transport in interacting many-body quantum systems.

  16. Heavy fermions, quantum criticality, and unconventional superconductivity in filled skutterudites and related materials

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    Andraka, Bohdan

    2015-05-14

    The main goal of this program was to explore the possibility of novel states and behaviors in Pr-based system exhibiting quantum critical behavior, PrOs₄Sb₁₂. Upon small changes of external parameter, such as magnetic field, physical properties of PrOs₄Sb₁₂ are drastically altered from those corresponding to a superconductor, to heavy fermion, to field-induced ordered phase with primary quadrupolar order parameter. All these states are highly unconventional and not understood in terms of current theories thus offer an opportunity to expand our knowledge and understanding of condensed matter. At the same time, these novel states and behaviors are subjects to intense international controversies. In particular, two superconducting phases with different transition temperatures were observed in some samples and not observed in others leading to speculations that sample defects might be partially responsible for these exotic behaviors. This work clearly established that crystal disorder is important consideration, but contrary to current consensus this disorder suppresses exotic behavior. Superconducting properties imply unconventional inhomogeneous state that emerges from unconventional homogeneous normal state. Comprehensive structural investigations demonstrated that upper superconducting transition is intrinsic, bulk, and unconventional. The high quality of in-house synthesized single crystals was indirectly confirmed by de Haas-van Alphen quantum oscillation measurements. These measurements, for the first time ever reported, spanned several different phases, offering unprecedented possibility of studying quantum oscillations across phase boundaries.

  17. Exotic quantum critical point on the surface of three-dimensional topological insulator

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    Bi, Zhen; You, Yi-Zhuang; Xu, Cenke

    2016-07-01

    In the last few years a lot of exotic and anomalous topological phases were constructed by proliferating the vortexlike topological defects on the surface of the 3 d topological insulator (TI) [Fidkowski et al., Phys. Rev. X 3, 041016 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevX.3.041016; Chen et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, 165132 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.165132; Bonderson et al., J. Stat. Mech. (2013) P09016, 10.1088/1742-5468/2013/09/P09016; Wang et al., Phys. Rev. B 88, 115137 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.115137; Metlitski et al., Phys. Rev. B 92, 125111 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.125111]. In this work, rather than considering topological phases at the boundary, we will study quantum critical points driven by vortexlike topological defects. In general, we will discuss a (2 +1 )d quantum phase transition described by the following field theory: L =ψ ¯γμ(∂μ-i aμ) ψ +| (∂μ-i k aμ) ϕ| 2+r|ϕ | 2+g |ϕ| 4 , with tuning parameter r , arbitrary integer k , Dirac fermion ψ , and complex scalar bosonic field ϕ , which both couple to the same (2 +1 )d dynamical noncompact U(1) gauge field aμ. The physical meaning of these quantities/fields will be explained in the text. Making use of the new duality formalism developed in [Metlitski et al., Phys. Rev. B 93, 245151 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.245151; Wang et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 041031 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevX.5.041031; Wang et al., Phys. Rev. B 93, 085110 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.085110; D. T. Son, Phys. Rev. X 5, 031027 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevX.5.031027], we demonstrate that this quantum critical point has a quasi-self-dual nature. And at this quantum critical point, various universal quantities such as the electrical conductivity and scaling dimension of gauge-invariant operators, can be calculated systematically through a 1 /k2 expansion, based on the observation that the limit k →+∞ corresponds to an ordinary 3 d X Y transition.

  18. Transport signatures of Majorana quantum criticality realized by dissipative resonant tunneling

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    Zheng, Huaixiu; Florens, Serge; Baranger, Harold U.

    2014-06-01

    We consider theoretically the transport properties of a spinless resonant electronic level coupled to strongly dissipative leads, in the regime of circuit impedance near the resistance quantum. Using the Luttinger liquid analogy, one obtains an effective Hamiltonian expressed in terms of interacting Majorana fermions, in which all environmental degrees of freedom (leads and electromagnetic modes) are encapsulated in a single fermionic bath. General transport equations for this system are then derived in terms of the Majorana T-matrix. A perturbative treatment of the Majorana interaction term yields the appearance of a marginal, linear dependence of the conductance on temperature when the system is tuned to its quantum critical point, in agreement with recent experimental observations. We investigate in detail the different crossovers involved in the problem, and analyze the role of the interaction terms in the transport scaling functions. In particular, we show that single barrier scaling applies when the system is slightly tuned away from its Majorana critical point, strengthening the general picture of dynamical Coulomb blockade.

  19. Spin-dependent masses and field-induced quantum critical points

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    McCollam, A.; Daou, R.; Julian, S. R.; Bergemann, C.; Flouquet, J.; Aoki, D.

    2005-04-01

    We discuss spin-dependent mass enhancements associated with field-induced quantum critical points in heavy-fermion systems. We have recently observed this phenomenon on a branch of the Fermi surface of CeRu2Si2 above its metamagnetic transition, complementing earlier work. In CeCoIn5, at high fields above a field-induced quantum critical point, we see a strong spin-dependence of the effective mass on the thermodynamically dominant sheets of the Fermi surface. These observations reinforce the suggestion that ‘missing mass’ in some cerium-based heavy-fermion systems will be found on heavy spin-polarised branches of the Fermi surface. In all cases where this phenomenon is observed the linear coefficient of specific heat is field dependent; however, CeCoIn5 seems to be the first such heavy-fermion system in which the f-electrons are definitely contributing to the Fermi volume, which puts it beyond the existing theory intended for metamagnetic systems.

  20. Metallic transport near a quantum critical point in organic superconductors from a renormalized Boltzmann theory

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    Shahbazi, Maryam; Bourbonnais, Claude

    2015-03-01

    The electrical and thermal transport properties of the normal state of quasi-1D superconductors like Bechgaard salts are investigated by combining the linearised Boltzmann equation and the renormalisation group (RG) method. The collision integral operator is calculated using the Umklapp scattering amplitudes obtained by the RG method yielding the electrical resistivity(ρ) and Seebeck coefficient(S). The power law dependence, ρ (T) ~Tα , for resistivity is obtained by changing the antinesting parameter t⊥' simulating the pressure distance from the quantum critical point (QCP) between spin-density-wave (SDW) and d-wave SC (SCd) in the phase diagram. The resistivity evolves from a linear component (α ~= 1) at the QCP towards a Fermi liquid component (α ~= 2) with increasing t⊥', which confirms an extended region of quantum criticality as a result of interference between SCd and SDW causing an anomalous growth of Umklapp scattering. Its anisotropy is also tied to the k⊥-dependence of hot/cold scattering regions along the Fermi surface. Similar calculations for the Seebeck coefficient show deviations from the usual linear temperature dependence and also a change of sign near a SDW instability.

  1. Evolution of Quantum Critical Behavior In A Concentrated Ternary Solid Solution: NiCoCrx

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    Sales, Brian; Jin, Ke; Bei, Hongbin; Stocks, Malcolm; Samolyuk, German; May, Andrew; McGuire, Michael

    The face centered cubic (fcc) alloy NiCoCrx with x near 1 is found to be close to the Cr concentration where the ferromagnetic transition temperature, Tc goes to 0. Near this composition these alloys exhibit a resistivity linear in temperature to 2 K, a perfectly linear magnetoresistance, and an excess -TlnT contribution to the low temperature heat capacity. As the Cr concentration is decreased from 1, the Curie temperature and the saturation magnetization, M0, both increase exponentially with x. For x = 0.5, Tc ~ 217 K, but M0 is only 0.26 Bohr magnetons/atom, indicating highly itinerant ferromagnets for 0.5 quantum critical region. This new class of concentrated solid solution fcc alloys are ideal model systems to study the effects of chemical disorder on emergent properties near a quantum critical point. Research supported by the DOE Office of Science, Materials Science and Engineering Division, and the Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution EFRC.

  2. Robustness of quantum critical pairing against disorder in iron-based superconductors

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    Kang, Jian; Fernandes, Rafael

    Several experiments in iron pnictides and cuprates reveal a superconducting (SC) state remarkably robust against non-magnetic disorder -- at least when compared to the simple extension of the Abrikosov-Gor'kov formalism to dirty unconventional superconductors. Motivated by the fact that most of these SC states appear in proximity to a magnetic instability, here we study the impact of non-magnetic disorder on the SC state promoted by quantum critical magnetic fluctuations. We go beyond the weak coupling approach by applying a variational formalism of the Eliashberg equations of the spin-fermion model, taking into account the effects of disorder on both fermionic and bosonic degrees of freedom. We find that the reduced fermionic coherent spectral weight near the magnetic quantum critical point strongly decreases the suppression rate of Tc by weak disorder, as compared to the Abrikosov-Gor'kov universal value. Furthermore, because the bosons promoting the Cooper pairs emerge as collective modes of the fermions, they are also impacted by disorder, giving rise to an additional reduction of the suppression rate of Tc by weak disorder. Our results qualitatively agree with experiments, shedding new light on why unconventional superconductors are robust against disorder. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under Award Number DE-SC0012336.

  3. Realizing All s o (N )1 Quantum Criticalities in Symmetry Protected Cluster Models

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    Lahtinen, Ville; Ardonne, Eddy

    2015-12-01

    We show that all s o (N )1 universality class quantum criticalities emerge when one-dimensional generalized cluster models are perturbed with Ising or Zeeman terms. Each critical point is described by a low-energy theory of N linearly dispersing fermions, whose spectrum we show to precisely match the prediction by s o (N )1 conformal field theory. Furthermore, by an explicit construction we show that all the cluster models are dual to nonlocally coupled transverse field Ising chains, with the universality of the s o (N )1 criticality manifesting itself as N of these chains becoming critical. This duality also reveals that the symmetry protection of cluster models arises from the underlying Ising symmetries and it enables the identification of local representations for the primary fields of the s o (N )1 conformal field theories. For the simplest and experimentally most realistic case that corresponds to the original one-dimensional cluster model with local three-spin interactions, our results show that the s u (2 )2≃s o (3 )1 Wess-Zumino-Witten model can emerge in a local, translationally invariant, and Jordan-Wigner solvable spin-1 /2 model.

  4. Tuning the Magnetic Quantum Criticality of Artificial Kondo Superlattices CeRhIn_{5}/YbRhIn_{5}.

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    Ishii, T; Toda, R; Hanaoka, Y; Tokiwa, Y; Shimozawa, M; Kasahara, Y; Endo, R; Terashima, T; Nevidomskyy, A H; Shibauchi, T; Matsuda, Y

    2016-05-20

    The effects of reduced dimensions and the interfaces on antiferromagnetic quantum criticality are studied in epitaxial Kondo superlattices, with alternating n layers of heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn_{5} and seven layers of normal metal YbRhIn_{5}. As n is reduced, the Kondo coherence temperature is suppressed due to the reduction of effective Kondo screening. The Néel temperature is gradually suppressed as n decreases and the quasiparticle mass is strongly enhanced, implying dimensional control toward a quantum critical point. Magnetotransport measurements reveal that a quantum critical point is reached for the n=3 superlattice by applying small magnetic fields. Remarkably, the anisotropy of the quantum critical field is opposite to the expectations from the magnetic susceptibility in bulk CeRhIn_{5}, suggesting that the Rashba spin-orbit interaction arising from the inversion symmetry breaking at the interface plays a key role for tuning the quantum criticality in the two-dimensional Kondo lattice. PMID:27258878

  5. Tuning the Magnetic Quantum Criticality of Artificial Kondo Superlattices CeRhIn5 /YbRhIn5

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    Ishii, T.; Toda, R.; Hanaoka, Y.; Tokiwa, Y.; Shimozawa, M.; Kasahara, Y.; Endo, R.; Terashima, T.; Nevidomskyy, A. H.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Y.

    2016-05-01

    The effects of reduced dimensions and the interfaces on antiferromagnetic quantum criticality are studied in epitaxial Kondo superlattices, with alternating n layers of heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn5 and seven layers of normal metal YbRhIn5 . As n is reduced, the Kondo coherence temperature is suppressed due to the reduction of effective Kondo screening. The Néel temperature is gradually suppressed as n decreases and the quasiparticle mass is strongly enhanced, implying dimensional control toward a quantum critical point. Magnetotransport measurements reveal that a quantum critical point is reached for the n =3 superlattice by applying small magnetic fields. Remarkably, the anisotropy of the quantum critical field is opposite to the expectations from the magnetic susceptibility in bulk CeRhIn5 , suggesting that the Rashba spin-orbit interaction arising from the inversion symmetry breaking at the interface plays a key role for tuning the quantum criticality in the two-dimensional Kondo lattice.

  6. Ferromagnetic Quantum Critical Point Avoided by the Appearance of Another Magnetic Phase in LaCrGe_{3} under Pressure.

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    Taufour, Valentin; Kaluarachchi, Udhara S; Khasanov, Rustem; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Guguchia, Zurab; Biswas, Pabitra Kumar; Bonfà, Pietro; De Renzi, Roberto; Lin, Xiao; Kim, Stella K; Mun, Eun Deok; Kim, Hyunsoo; Furukawa, Yuji; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Bud'ko, Sergey L; Canfield, Paul C

    2016-07-15

    The temperature-pressure phase diagram of the ferromagnet LaCrGe_{3} is determined for the first time from a combination of magnetization, muon-spin-rotation, and electrical resistivity measurements. The ferromagnetic phase is suppressed near 2.1 GPa, but quantum criticality is avoided by the appearance of a magnetic phase, likely modulated, AFM_{Q}. Our density functional theory total energy calculations suggest a near degeneracy of antiferromagnetic states with small magnetic wave vectors Q allowing for the potential of an ordering wave vector evolving from Q=0 to finite Q, as expected from the most recent theories on ferromagnetic quantum criticality. Our findings show that LaCrGe_{3} is a very simple example to study this scenario of avoided ferromagnetic quantum criticality and will inspire further study on this material and other itinerant ferromagnets. PMID:27472137

  7. Investigation of quantum criticality in the new heavy fermion compound Ce2PdAl7Ge4

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    Bauer, Eric; Wakeham, N. A.; Kim, D.; Ghimire, N. J.; Ronning, F.; Movshovich, R.; Thompson, J. D.

    Ce-based intermetallic compounds exhibit a variety of interesting ground states including magnetic order, heavy fermion behavior, unconventional superconductivity, and non-Fermi liquid behavior. When magnetic order is suppressed to T = 0 K, or quantum critical point, by chemical substitution, pressure, or magnetic field, a dome of unconventional superconductivity is often found. Close to the quantum critical point, non-Fermi liquid temperature dependencies of the thermodynamic and transport properties are observed. Recently, a new family of tetragonal Ce2MAl7Ge4 (M =Co, Ni, Pd, Ir) compounds was discovered. While the Ce2MAl7Ge4 (M =Co, Ir, Ni) materials order magnetically between Tm = 0.8 - 1.6 K, Ce2PdAl7Ge4 exhibits non-Fermi liquid behavior at low temperature. Here, we discuss the quantum criticality in Ce2PdAl7Ge4.

  8. Ferromagnetic quantum critical point avoided by the appearance of another magnetic phase in LaCrGe3 under pressure

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    Taufour, Valentin; Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Khasanov, Rustem; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Guguchia, Zurab; Biswas, Pabitra Kumar; Bonfa, Pietro; De Renzi, Roberto; Lin, Xiao; Kim, Stella K.; et al

    2016-07-13

    Here, the temperature-pressure phase diagram of the ferromagnet LaCrGe3 is determined for the first time from a combination of magnetization, muon-spin-rotation, and electrical resistivity measurements. The ferromagnetic phase is suppressed near 2.1 GPa, but quantum criticality is avoided by the appearance of a magnetic phase, likely modulated, AFMQ. Our density functional theory total energy calculations suggest a near degeneracy of antiferromagnetic states with small magnetic wave vectors Q allowing for the potential of an ordering wave vector evolving from Q=0 to finite Q, as expected from the most recent theories on ferromagnetic quantum criticality. Our findings show that LaCrGe3 ismore » a very simple example to study this scenario of avoided ferromagnetic quantum criticality and will inspire further study on this material and other itinerant ferromagnets.« less

  9. Ferromagnetic Quantum Critical Point Avoided by the Appearance of Another Magnetic Phase in LaCrGe3 under Pressure

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    Taufour, Valentin; Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Khasanov, Rustem; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Guguchia, Zurab; Biswas, Pabitra Kumar; Bonfà, Pietro; De Renzi, Roberto; Lin, Xiao; Kim, Stella K.; Mun, Eun Deok; Kim, Hyunsoo; Furukawa, Yuji; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2016-07-01

    The temperature-pressure phase diagram of the ferromagnet LaCrGe3 is determined for the first time from a combination of magnetization, muon-spin-rotation, and electrical resistivity measurements. The ferromagnetic phase is suppressed near 2.1 GPa, but quantum criticality is avoided by the appearance of a magnetic phase, likely modulated, AFMQ . Our density functional theory total energy calculations suggest a near degeneracy of antiferromagnetic states with small magnetic wave vectors Q allowing for the potential of an ordering wave vector evolving from Q =0 to finite Q , as expected from the most recent theories on ferromagnetic quantum criticality. Our findings show that LaCrGe3 is a very simple example to study this scenario of avoided ferromagnetic quantum criticality and will inspire further study on this material and other itinerant ferromagnets.

  10. Entropy excess in strongly correlated Fermi systems near a quantum critical point

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    Clark, J.W.; Zverev, M.V.; Khodel, V.A.

    2012-12-15

    A system of interacting, identical fermions described by standard Landau Fermi-liquid (FL) theory can experience a rearrangement of its Fermi surface if the correlations grow sufficiently strong, as occurs at a quantum critical point where the effective mass diverges. As yet, this phenomenon defies full understanding, but salient aspects of the non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior observed beyond the quantum critical point are still accessible within the general framework of the Landau quasiparticle picture. Self-consistent solutions of the coupled Landau equations for the quasiparticle momentum distribution n(p) and quasiparticle energy spectrum {epsilon}(p) are shown to exist in two distinct classes, depending on coupling strength and on whether the quasiparticle interaction is regular or singular at zero momentum transfer. One class of solutions maintains the idempotency condition n{sup 2}(p)=n(p) of standard FL theory at zero temperature T while adding pockets to the Fermi surface. The other solutions are characterized by a swelling of the Fermi surface and a flattening of the spectrum {epsilon}(p) over a range of momenta in which the quasiparticle occupancies lie between 0 and 1 even at T=0. The latter, non-idempotent solution is revealed by analysis of a Poincare mapping associated with the fundamental Landau equation connecting n(p) and {epsilon}(p) and validated by solution of a variational condition that yields the symmetry-preserving ground state. Significantly, this extraordinary solution carries the burden of a large temperature-dependent excess entropy down to very low temperatures, threatening violation of the Nernst Theorem. It is argued that certain low-temperature phase transitions, notably those involving Cooper-pair formation, offer effective mechanisms for shedding the entropy excess. Available measurements in heavy-fermion compounds provide concrete support for such a scenario. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Extension of Landau

  11. Quantum Paraelectric States in SrTiO3 and KTaO3: Barrett Model, Vendik Model, and Quantum Criticality

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    Fujishita, Hideshi; Kitazawa, Shou; Saito, Masahiro; Ishisaka, Ryosuke; Okamoto, Hiroyuki; Yamaguchi, Toshihisa

    2016-07-01

    The dielectric constants of the quantum paraelectrics SrTiO3 and KTaO3 are measured between 4 and 325 K. Their temperature dependences are analyzed on the basis of the Barrett and Vendik models. The former model deals with a ferroelectric optical mode coupled with other optical modes, whereas the latter deals with the mode coupled with acoustic modes. In addition, the latter contains a measure of the density of defects and inhomogeneity. The dielectric constants at low temperatures can be accurately described using Vendik's formula; however, they cannot be accurately described using Barrett's formula, even after the introduction of a measure of the density of defects and inhomogeneity. A critical quantum paraelectric region has been introduced recently between a classical region and a quantum paraelectric one. We point out that the critical region is where a low-temperature approximation is well realized for the model with the coupling between the ferroelectric and acoustic modes.

  12. Quantum criticality in the Itinerant Ferromagnets Zr1-xNbxZn2

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    Sokolov, D.; Fisk, Z.

    2005-03-01

    We report the results of magnetization measurements performed on the family itinerant ferromagnets Zr1-xNbxZn2, (0 <=x <=0.14). Nb doping reduces the moment M0 and also the Curie temperature Tc, which simultaneously disappear at the critical Nb concentration xc=0.084. We find that Tc (x- xc)^3/4, as predicted for a 3d ferromagnet, while M0 Tc (x), as expected for a Stoner ferromagnet. For all Nb concentrations and for temperatures which approach 100 K, the extrapolated zero field susceptibility χ can be expressed with a modified Curie Weiss expression χ=C/(T^γ+θ). θ is finite in the paramagnetic state (x>xC), but vanishes as the system becomes critical at x=xC, evidenced by the T=0 divergence of χ in this system. We find that γ is near one in paramagnetic regimes for xTc), and for xxc. However, γ is substantially enhanced in the vicinity of the quantum critical point (0.08

  13. Emergent Lorentz symmetry near fermionic quantum critical points in two and three dimensions

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    Roy, Bitan; Juričić, Vladimir; Herbut, Igor F.

    2016-04-01

    We study the renormalization group flow of the velocities in the field theory describing the coupling of the massless quasi-relativistic fermions to the bosons through the Yukawa coupling, as well as with both bosons and fermions coupled to a fluctuating U(1) gauge field in two and three spatial dimensions. Different versions of this theory describe quantum critical behavior of interacting Dirac fermions in various condensed-matter systems. We perform an analysis using one-loop ɛ-expansion about three spatial dimensions, which is the upper critical dimension in the problem. In two dimensions, we find that velocities of both charged fermions and bosons ultimately flow to the velocity of light, independently of the initial conditions, the number of fermionic and bosonic flavors, and the value of the couplings at the critical point. In three dimensions, due to the analyticity of the gauge field propagator, both the U(1) charge and the velocity of light flow, which leads to a richer behavior than in two dimensions. We show that all three velocities ultimately flow to a common terminal velocity, which is non-universal and different from the original velocity of light. Therefore, emergence of the Lorentz symmetry in the ultimate infrared regime seems to be a rather universal feature of this class of theories in both two and three dimensions.

  14. Strain-Driven Approach to Quantum Criticality in A Fe2 As2 with A =K , Rb, and Cs

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    Eilers, Felix; Grube, Kai; Zocco, Diego A.; Wolf, Thomas; Merz, Michael; Schweiss, Peter; Heid, Rolf; Eder, Robert; Yu, Rong; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Si, Qimiao; Shibauchi, Takasada; Löhneysen, Hilbert v.

    2016-06-01

    The iron-based superconductors A Fe2 As2 with A =K , Rb, Cs exhibit large Sommerfeld coefficients approaching those of heavy-fermion systems. We have investigated the magnetostriction and thermal expansion of this series to shed light on this unusual behavior. Quantum oscillations of the magnetostriction allow identifying the band-specific quasiparticle masses which by far exceed the band-structure derived masses. The divergence of the Grüneisen ratio derived from thermal expansion indicates that with increasing volume along the series a quantum critical point is approached. The critical fluctuations responsible for the enhancement of the quasiparticle masses appear to weaken the superconducting state.

  15. Strain-Driven Approach to Quantum Criticality in AFe_{2}As_{2} with A=K, Rb, and Cs.

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    Eilers, Felix; Grube, Kai; Zocco, Diego A; Wolf, Thomas; Merz, Michael; Schweiss, Peter; Heid, Rolf; Eder, Robert; Yu, Rong; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Si, Qimiao; Shibauchi, Takasada; Löhneysen, Hilbert V

    2016-06-10

    The iron-based superconductors AFe_{2}As_{2} with A=K, Rb, Cs exhibit large Sommerfeld coefficients approaching those of heavy-fermion systems. We have investigated the magnetostriction and thermal expansion of this series to shed light on this unusual behavior. Quantum oscillations of the magnetostriction allow identifying the band-specific quasiparticle masses which by far exceed the band-structure derived masses. The divergence of the Grüneisen ratio derived from thermal expansion indicates that with increasing volume along the series a quantum critical point is approached. The critical fluctuations responsible for the enhancement of the quasiparticle masses appear to weaken the superconducting state. PMID:27341252

  16. Matrix product state approach to the finite-size scaling properties of the one-dimensional critical quantum Ising model

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    Park, Sung-Been; Cha, Min-Chul

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the finite-size scaling properties of the quantum phase transition in the one-dimensional quantum Ising model with periodic boundary conditions by representing the ground state in matrix product state forms. The infinite time-evolving block decimation technique is used to optimize the states. A trace over a product of the matrices multiplied as many times as the number of sites yields the finite-size effects. For sufficiently large Schmidt ranks, the finite-size scaling behavior determines the critical point and the critical exponents whose values are consistent with the analytical results.

  17. Interference of quantum critical excitations and soft diffusive modes in a disordered antiferromagnetic metal

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    Weiß, Philipp S.; Narozhny, Boris N.; Schmalian, Jörg; Wölfle, Peter

    2016-01-01

    We study the temperature-dependent quantum correction to conductivity due to the interplay of spin density fluctuations and weak disorder for a two-dimensional metal near an antiferromagnetic (AFM) quantum critical point. AFM spin density fluctuations carry large momenta around the ordering vector Q and, at lowest order of the spin-fermion coupling, only scatter electrons between "hot spots" of the Fermi surface which are connected by Q . Earlier, it was seen that the quantum interference between AFM spin density fluctuations and soft diffusive modes of the disordered metal is suppressed, a consequence of the large-momentum scattering. The suppression of this interference results in a nonsingular temperature dependence of the corresponding interaction correction to conductivity. However, at higher order of the spin-fermion coupling, electrons on the entire Fermi surface can be scattered successively by two spin density fluctuations and, in total, suffer a small momentum transfer. This higher-order process can be described by composite modes which carry small momenta. We show that the interference between formally subleading composite modes and diffusive modes generates singular interaction corrections which ultimately dominate over the nonsingular first-order correction at low temperatures. We derive an effective low-energy theory from the spin-fermion model which includes the above-mentioned higher-order process implicitly and show that for weak spin-fermion coupling the small-momentum transfer is mediated by a composite propagator. Employing the conventional diagrammatic approach to impurity scattering, we find the correction δ σ ∝+ln2T for temperatures above an exponentially small crossover scale.

  18. Empirical signatures of quantum phase transitions and universal properties of critical point descriptions and dynamical symmetries

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    Casten, R. F.; Bonatsos, Dennis; McCutchan, E. A.

    2009-01-28

    Recently, a new signature for quantum phase transitional regions has been discussed. This signature, based on degeneracies of yrast and intrinsic excitations, can distinguish first and second order phase transitions, and is valid not only at or near the analytic critical points described by X(5) and E(5), but along the phase transitional line connecting them as well. In addition, a study of a number of recent analytic solutions to the Bohr Hamiltonian and of the dynamical symmetries of the IBA Hamiltonian has revealed a set of extremely simple and general analytic formulas that describe the energies of 0{sup +} states. For the case of flat-bottomed geometrical potentials, the formula depends solely on the number of relevant dimensions. For the IBA (large boson number limit) a single formula describes all three dynamical symmetries.

  19. Shock waves, rarefaction waves, and nonequilibrium steady states in quantum critical systems

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    Lucas, Andrew; Schalm, Koenraad; Doyon, Benjamin; Bhaseen, M. J.

    2016-07-01

    We reexamine the emergence of a universal nonequilibrium steady state following a local quench between quantum critical heat baths in spatial dimensions greater than one. We show that energy transport proceeds by the formation of an instantaneous shock wave and a broadening rarefaction wave on either side of the interface, and not by two shock waves as previously proposed. For small temperature differences the universal steady state energy currents of the two-shock and rarefaction-shock solutions coincide. Over a broad range of parameters, the difference in the energy flow across the interface between these two solutions is at the level of 2%. The properties of the energy flow remain fully universal and independent of the microscopic theory. We briefly discuss the width of the shock wave in a viscous fluid, the effects of momentum relaxation, and the generalization to charged fluids.

  20. Transport anomalies and quantum criticality in electron-doped cuprate superconductors

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    Zhang, Xu; Yu, Heshan; He, Ge; Hu, Wei; Yuan, Jie; Zhu, Beiyi; Jin, Kui

    2016-06-01

    Superconductivity research is like running a marathon. Three decades after the discovery of high-Tc cuprates, there have been mass data generated from transport measurements, which bring fruitful information. In this review, we give a brief summary of the intriguing phenomena reported in electron-doped cuprates from the aspect of electrical transport as well as the complementary thermal transport. We attempt to sort out common features of the electron-doped family, e.g. the strange metal, negative magnetoresistance, multiple sign reversals of Hall in mixed state, abnormal Nernst signal, complex quantum criticality. Most of them have been challenging the existing theories, nevertheless, a unified diagram certainly helps to approach the nature of electron-doped cuprates.

  1. Fate of the Wiedemann-Franz Law near Quantum Critical Points of Electron Systems in Solids

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    Khodel, V. A.; Clark, J. W.; Shaginyan, V. R.; Zverev, M. V.

    2015-12-01

    We introduce and analyze two different scenarios for violation of the Wiedemann-Franz law in strongly correlated electron systems of solids, close to a topological quantum critical point (TQCP) where the density of states N(0) diverges. The first, applicable to the Fermi-liquid (FL) side of the TQCP, involves a transverse zero-sound collective mode that opens a new channel for the thermal conductivity, thereby enhancing the Lorenz number L(0) relative to the value L0 =π2 k B 2/3 e 2 dictated by conventional FL theory. The second mechanism for violation of the WF law, relevant to the non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) side of the TQCP, involves the formation of a flat band and leads instead to a reduction of the Lorenz number.

  2. Quantum criticality of a Bose gas in an optical lattice near the Mott transition

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    Rançon, A.; Dupuis, N.

    2012-01-01

    We derive the equation of state of bosons in an optical lattice in the framework of the Bose-Hubbard model. Near the density-driven Mott transition, the expression of the pressure P(μ,T) versus chemical potential and temperature is similar to that of a dilute Bose gas but with renormalized mass m* and scattering length a*. Here m* is the mass of the elementary excitations at the quantum critical point governing the transition from the superfluid phase to the Mott-insulating phase, while a* is related to their effective interaction at low energy. We use a nonperturbative renormalization-group approach to compute these parameters as a function of the ratio t/U between hopping amplitude and on-site repulsion.

  3. Transport in inhomogeneous quantum critical fluids and in the Dirac fluid in graphene

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    Lucas, Andrew; Crossno, Jesse; Kim, Philip; Sachdev, Subir; Fong, Kin Chung

    We present a hydrodynamic theory of transport in quantum critical fluids, disordered on long wavelengths due to fluctuations in the chemical potential. We argue that this approach is also well-suited to the Dirac fluid in graphene near the charge-neutrality point. Numerical simulations of this theory are compared to recent experiments on thermal and electric transport in clean samples of charge-neutral graphene. We obtain substantially improved quantitative agreement with data over existing hydrodynamic models. This provides evidence that the Dirac fluid behaves as a strongly interacting electronic fluid with transport governed by essentially classical collective phenomena. This work makes quantitative contact between AdS/CMT-inspired models of transport and an experimentally realized condensed matter system for the first time.

  4. Anomalous Curie Response of Impurities in Quantum-Critical Spin-1/2 Heisenberg Antiferromagnets

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    Höglund, Kaj H.; Sandvik, Anders W.

    2007-07-01

    We consider a magnetic impurity in two different S=1/2 Heisenberg bilayer antiferromagnets at their respective critical interlayer couplings separating Néel and disordered ground states. We calculate the impurity susceptibility using a quantum Monte Carlo method. With intralayer couplings in only one of the layers (Kondo lattice), we observe an anomalous Curie constant C*, as predicted on the basis of field-theoretical work [S. Sachdev , Science 286, 2479 (1999)SCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.286.5449.2479]. The value C*=0.262±0.002 is larger than the normal Curie constant C=S(S+1)/3. Our low-temperature results for a symmetric bilayer are consistent with a universal C*.

  5. Quantum oscillations of the critical current and high-field superconducting proximity in ballistic graphene

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    Ben Shalom, M.; Zhu, M. J.; Fal’Ko, V. I.; Mishchenko, A.; Kretinin, A. V.; Novoselov, K. S.; Woods, C. R.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Geim, A. K.; Prance, J. R.

    2016-04-01

    Graphene-based Josephson junctions provide a novel platform for studying the proximity effect due to graphene’s unique electronic spectrum and the possibility to tune junction properties by gate voltage. Here we describe graphene junctions with a mean free path of several micrometres, low contact resistance and large supercurrents. Such devices exhibit pronounced Fabry-Pérot oscillations not only in the normal-state resistance but also in the critical current. The proximity effect is mostly suppressed in magnetic fields below 10 mT, showing the conventional Fraunhofer pattern. Unexpectedly, some proximity survives even in fields higher than 1 T. Superconducting states randomly appear and disappear as a function of field and carrier concentration, and each of them exhibits a supercurrent carrying capacity close to the universal quantum limit. We attribute the high-field Josephson effect to mesoscopic Andreev states that persist near graphene edges. Our work reveals new proximity regimes that can be controlled by quantum confinement and cyclotron motion.

  6. Entropy excess in strongly correlated Fermi systems near a quantum critical point

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    Clark, J. W.; Zverev, M. V.; Khodel, V. A.

    2012-12-01

    A system of interacting, identical fermions described by standard Landau Fermi-liquid (FL) theory can experience a rearrangement of its Fermi surface if the correlations grow sufficiently strong, as occurs at a quantum critical point where the effective mass diverges. As yet, this phenomenon defies full understanding, but salient aspects of the non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior observed beyond the quantum critical point are still accessible within the general framework of the Landau quasiparticle picture. Self-consistent solutions of the coupled Landau equations for the quasiparticle momentum distribution n(p) and quasiparticle energy spectrum ɛ(p) are shown to exist in two distinct classes, depending on coupling strength and on whether the quasiparticle interaction is regular or singular at zero momentum transfer. One class of solutions maintains the idempotency condition n2(p)=n(p) of standard FL theory at zero temperature T while adding pockets to the Fermi surface. The other solutions are characterized by a swelling of the Fermi surface and a flattening of the spectrum ɛ(p) over a range of momenta in which the quasiparticle occupancies lie between 0 and 1 even at T=0. The latter, non-idempotent solution is revealed by analysis of a Poincaré mapping associated with the fundamental Landau equation connecting n(p) and ɛ(p) and validated by solution of a variational condition that yields the symmetry-preserving ground state. Significantly, this extraordinary solution carries the burden of a large temperature-dependent excess entropy down to very low temperatures, threatening violation of the Nernst Theorem. It is argued that certain low-temperature phase transitions, notably those involving Cooper-pair formation, offer effective mechanisms for shedding the entropy excess. Available measurements in heavy-fermion compounds provide concrete support for such a scenario.

  7. Quantum Criticality and Superconductivity in β-YbAlB4

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    Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2009-03-01

    Heavy fermion systems have provided a number of prototypical compounds to study unconventional superconductivity and non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) states. A long standing issue in the research of heavy fermion superconductivity in 4f intermetallics is the dramatically different behavior between the electron like Ce (4f^1) and hole like Yb (4f^13) compounds. While superconductivity has been found in a number of Ce based heavy fermion compounds, no superconductivity has been reported for the corresponding Yb systems. In this talk, I present our recent finding of the superconductivity in the new heavy fermion system β-YbAlB4 [1-3]. The superconducting transition temperature is 80 mK, and above it, the system exhibits pronounced NFL behavior in the transport and thermodynamic properties [2,3]. Furthermore, the magnetic field dependence of the NFL behavior indicates that the system is a rare example of a pure metal that displays quantum criticality at ambient pressure and under zero magnetic field. Using our latest results, we discuss the detailed properties of superconductivity and quantum criticality. This is the work performed in collaboration with K. Kuga, Y. Matsumoto, T. Tomita, Y. Machida, T. Tayama, T. Sakakibara, Y. Karaki, H. Ishimoto, S. Yonezawa, Y. Maeno, E. Pearson, G. G. Lonzarich, L.Balicas, H. Lee, and Z. Fisk. [4pt] [1] Robin T. Macaluso, Satoru Nakatsuji, Kentaro Kuga, Evan Lyle Thomas, Yo Machida, Yoshiteru Maeno, Zachary Fisk, and Julia Y. Chan, Chem. Mater. 19 1918 (2007). [0pt] [2] S. Nakatsuji, K.Kuga, Y. Machida, T. Tayama, T. Sakakibara, Y. Karaki, H. Ishimoto, S. Yonezawa, Y. Maeno, E. Pearson, G. G. Lonzarich, L.Balicas, H. Lee, and Z. Fisk, Nature Phys 4, 603-607 (2008). [0pt] [3] K. Kuga, Y. Karaki, Y. Matsumoto, Y. Machida, and S. Nakatsuji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 137004 (2008).

  8. Quantum valley Hall effect in proximity-induced superconducting graphene: An experimental window for deconfined quantum criticality

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    Ghaemi, Pouyan; Ryu, Shinsei; Lee, Dung-Hai

    2010-02-01

    We show that when superconductivity is induced in graphene through proximity effect, a superconducting vortex is dressed with an interesting pattern of textured order parameters. Furthermore, passing a supercurrent in a superconducting graphene sample induces accumulation of valley pseudospin quantum number at edges: the “quantum valley Hall effect” will be observable in superconducting graphene. These effects reveal a quantum duality between different order parameters that is at heart of the Wess-Zumino-Witten term.

  9. Unusual corrections to scaling and convergence of universal Renyi properties at quantum critical points

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    Sahoo, Sharmistha; Stoudenmire, E. Miles; Stéphan, Jean-Marie; Devakul, Trithep; Singh, Rajiv R. P.; Melko, Roger G.

    2016-02-01

    At a quantum critical point, bipartite entanglement entropies have universal quantities which are subleading to the ubiquitous area law. For Renyi entropies, these terms are known to be similar to the von Neumann entropy, while being much more amenable to numerical and even experimental measurement. We show here that when calculating universal properties of Renyi entropies, it is important to account for unusual corrections to scaling that arise from relevant local operators present at the conical singularity in the multisheeted Riemann surface. These corrections grow in importance with increasing Renyi index. We present studies of Renyi correlation functions in the 1 +1 transverse-field Ising model (TFIM) using conformal field theory, mapping to free fermions, and series expansions, and the logarithmic entropy singularity at a corner in 2 +1 for both free bosonic field theory and the TFIM, using numerical linked cluster expansions. In all numerical studies, accurate results are only obtained when unusual corrections to scaling are taken into account. In the worst case, an analysis ignoring these corrections can get qualitatively incorrect answers, such as predicting a decrease in critical exponents with the Renyi index, when they are actually increasing. We discuss a two-step extrapolation procedure that can be used to account for the unusual corrections to scaling.

  10. Non-Fermi-liquid behavior of large-NB quantum critical metals

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    Fitzpatrick, A. Liam; Kachru, Shamit; Kaplan, Jared; Raghu, S.

    2014-04-01

    The problem of continuous quantum phase transitions in metals involves critical bosons coupled to a Fermi surface. We solve the theory in the limit of a large number, NB, of bosonic flavors, where the bosons transform in the adjoint representation (a matrix representation), while the fermions are in the fundamental representation (a vector representation) of a global SU (NB) flavor symmetry group. The leading large NB solution corresponds to a non-Fermi liquid coupled to Wilson-Fisher bosons. In a certain energy range, the fermion velocity vanishes—resulting in the destruction of the Fermi surface. Subleading 1/NB corrections correspond to a qualitatively different form of Landau damping of the bosonic critical fluctuations. We discuss the model in d =3-ɛ but because of the additional control afforded by large NB, our results are valid down to d =2. In the limit ɛ ≪1, the large NB solution is consistent with the renormalization group analysis of Fitzpatrick et al. [Phys. Rev. B 88, 125116 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.125116].

  11. Applications of Canonical transformations and nontrivial vacuum solutions to flavor mixing and critical phenomena in quantum field theory

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    Mishchenko, Yuriy

    2004-12-01

    MISHCHENKO, YURIY. Applications of Canonical Transformations and Nontrivial Vacuum Solutions to flavor mixing and critical phenomena in Quantum Field Theory. (Under the direction of Chueng-Ryong Ji.) In this dissertation we consider two recent applications of Bogoliubov Transformation to the phenomenology of quantum mixing and the theory of critical phenomena. In recent years quantum mixing got in the focus of the searches for New Physics due to its unparalleled sensitivity to SM parameters and indications of neutrino mixing. It was recently suggested that Bogoliubov Transformation may be important in proper definition of the flavor states that otherwise results in problems in perturbative treatment. As first part of this dissertation we investigate this conjecture and develop a complete formulation of such a mixing field theory involving introduction of general formalism, analysis of space-time conversion and phenomenological implications. As second part of this dissertati

  12. Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2–δAs2

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    Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F.; Wakeham, N.; Lu, Xin; Park, Tuson; Xu, Z. -A.; Thompson, J. D.

    2015-10-19

    The easily tuned balance among competing interactions in Kondo-lattice metals allows access to a zero-temperature, continuous transition between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, a quantum-critical point (QCP). Indeed, these highly correlated electron materials are prototypes for discovering and exploring quantum-critical states. Theoretical models proposed to account for the strange thermodynamic and electrical transport properties that emerge around the QCP of a Kondo lattice assume the presence of an indefinitely large number of itinerant charge carriers. Here, we report a systematic transport and thermodynamic investigation of the Kondo-lattice system CeNi2–δAs2 (δ ≈ 0.28) as its antiferromagnetic order is tuned by pressuremore » and magnetic field to zero-temperature boundaries. These experiments show that the very small but finite carrier density of ~0.032 e–/formular unit in CeNi2–δAs2 leads to unexpected transport signatures of quantum criticality and the delayed development of a fully coherent Kondo-lattice state with decreasing temperature. Here, the small carrier density and associated semimetallicity of this Kondo-lattice material favor an unconventional, local-moment type of quantum criticality and raises the specter of the Nozières exhaustion idea that an insufficient number of conduction-electron spins to separately screen local moments requires collective Kondo screening.« less

  13. Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2−δAs2

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    Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F.; Wakeham, N.; Lu, Xin; Park, Tuson; Xu, Z.-A.; Thompson, J. D.

    2015-01-01

    The easily tuned balance among competing interactions in Kondo-lattice metals allows access to a zero-temperature, continuous transition between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, a quantum-critical point (QCP). Indeed, these highly correlated electron materials are prototypes for discovering and exploring quantum-critical states. Theoretical models proposed to account for the strange thermodynamic and electrical transport properties that emerge around the QCP of a Kondo lattice assume the presence of an indefinitely large number of itinerant charge carriers. Here, we report a systematic transport and thermodynamic investigation of the Kondo-lattice system CeNi2−δAs2 (δ ≈ 0.28) as its antiferromagnetic order is tuned by pressure and magnetic field to zero-temperature boundaries. These experiments show that the very small but finite carrier density of ∼0.032 e−/formular unit in CeNi2−δAs2 leads to unexpected transport signatures of quantum criticality and the delayed development of a fully coherent Kondo-lattice state with decreasing temperature. The small carrier density and associated semimetallicity of this Kondo-lattice material favor an unconventional, local-moment type of quantum criticality and raises the specter of the Nozières exhaustion idea that an insufficient number of conduction-electron spins to separately screen local moments requires collective Kondo screening. PMID:26483465

  14. Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2-δAs2.

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    Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F; Wakeham, N; Lu, Xin; Park, Tuson; Xu, Z-A; Thompson, J D

    2015-11-01

    The easily tuned balance among competing interactions in Kondo-lattice metals allows access to a zero-temperature, continuous transition between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, a quantum-critical point (QCP). Indeed, these highly correlated electron materials are prototypes for discovering and exploring quantum-critical states. Theoretical models proposed to account for the strange thermodynamic and electrical transport properties that emerge around the QCP of a Kondo lattice assume the presence of an indefinitely large number of itinerant charge carriers. Here, we report a systematic transport and thermodynamic investigation of the Kondo-lattice system CeNi2-δAs2 (δ ≈ 0.28) as its antiferromagnetic order is tuned by pressure and magnetic field to zero-temperature boundaries. These experiments show that the very small but finite carrier density of ~0.032 E-/formular unit in CeNi2-δAs2 leads to unexpected transport signatures of quantum criticality and the delayed development of a fully coherent Kondo-lattice state with decreasing temperature. The small carrier density and associated semimetallicity of this Kondo-lattice material favor an unconventional, local-moment type of quantum criticality and raises the specter of the Nozières exhaustion idea that an insufficient number of conduction-electron spins to separately screen local moments requires collective Kondo screening. PMID:26483465

  15. The Effect of the Berry Phase on the Quantum Critical Properties of the Bose-Fermi Kondo model

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    Kirchner, Stefan; Si, Qimiao

    2006-03-01

    The theory of the quantum critical point of a T=0 transition is traditionally formulated in terms of a quantum-to-classical mapping, leading to a theory of its classical counterpart in elevated dimensions. Recently, it has been shown that this mapping breaks down in an SU(N)xSU(N/2) Bose-Fermi Kondo model (BFKM) [1], a BFKM with Ising anisotropy [2] and the spin-boson model [3]. Here we report the Quantum Monte Carlo results for the scaling properties of the quantum critical point of the BFKM with Ising anisotropy. In addition, using the Lagrangian formulation of the BFKM, we study the critical properties in the presence and absence of the spin Berry phase term. The results of the two cases are compared with the numerical results.[1] L. Zhu, S. Kirchner, Q. Si, and A. Georges, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93,267201 (2004). [2] M. Glossop and K. Ingersent, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 067202 (2005). [3] M. Vojta, N-H Tong, and R. Bulla, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 070604 (2005).

  16. Nematic quantum critical point without magnetism in FeSe1-xSx superconductors.

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    Hosoi, Suguru; Matsuura, Kohei; Ishida, Kousuke; Wang, Hao; Mizukami, Yuta; Watashige, Tatsuya; Kasahara, Shigeru; Matsuda, Yuji; Shibauchi, Takasada

    2016-07-19

    In most unconventional superconductors, the importance of antiferromagnetic fluctuations is widely acknowledged. In addition, cuprate and iron-pnictide high-temperature superconductors often exhibit unidirectional (nematic) electronic correlations, including stripe and orbital orders, whose fluctuations may also play a key role for electron pairing. In these materials, however, such nematic correlations are intertwined with antiferromagnetic or charge orders, preventing the identification of the essential role of nematic fluctuations. This calls for new materials having only nematicity without competing or coexisting orders. Here we report systematic elastoresistance measurements in FeSe1-xSx superconductors, which, unlike other iron-based families, exhibit an electronic nematic order without accompanying antiferromagnetic order. We find that the nematic transition temperature decreases with sulfur content x; whereas, the nematic fluctuations are strongly enhanced. Near [Formula: see text], the nematic susceptibility diverges toward absolute zero, revealing a nematic quantum critical point. The obtained phase diagram for the nematic and superconducting states highlights FeSe1-xSx as a unique nonmagnetic system suitable for studying the impact of nematicity on superconductivity. PMID:27382157

  17. Spatiotemporal evolution of topological order upon quantum quench across the critical point

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    Lee, Minchul; Han, Seungju; Choi, Mahn-Soo

    2016-06-01

    We consider a topological superconducting wire and use the string order parameter to investigate the spatiotemporal evolution of the topological order upon a quantum quench across the critical point. We also analyze the propagation of the initially localized Majorana bound states after the quench, in order to examine the connection between the topological order and the unpaired Majorana states, which has been well established at equilibrium but remains illusive in dynamical situations. It is found that after the quench the string order parameters decay over a finite time and that the decaying behavior is universal, independent of the wire length and the final value of the chemical potential (the quenching parameter). It is also found that the topological order is revived repeatedly although the amplitude gradually decreases. Further, the topological order can propagate into the region which was initially in the nontopological state. It is observed that all these behaviors are in parallel and consistent with the propagation and dispersion of the Majorana wave functions. Finally, we propose local probing methods which can measure the nonlocal topological order.

  18. Quantum criticality and fractional charge excitations in itinerant ice-rule systems

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    Udagawa, Masafumi; Ishizuka, Hiroaki; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2013-03-01

    ``Ice rule'' is a configurational constraint on Ising-type variables defined on tetrahedron-based lattices, such as a pyrochlore lattice, so that two out of the four sites on a tetrahedron are in the opposite state to the other two. This concept plays an important role in many systems, such as water ice Ih, magnetite Fe3O4, and spin ice materials Ho(Dy)2Ti2O7. Under the ice-rule constraint, the ground state is disordered and retains macroscopic degeneracy. Nevertheless, the ice-rule configuration is not completely random but has a peculiar spatial structure with quasi-long-range correlation. It is interesting to ask how itinerant electrons change their properties by coupling to this anomalous spatial structure. To answer this problem, we adopt an extended Falicov-Kimball model as a minimal model, in which itinerant electrons interact with localized charge degrees of freedom under the ice rule. We exactly solve this model on a loop-less variant of the tetrahedron-based lattices, a tetrahedron Husimi cactus and clarify the ground-state phase diagram. The exact solution reveals a quantum critical point separating two insulating phases, where a novel non-Fermi-liquid behavior emerges. We also discuss the nature of fractional excitations breaking the ice-rule manifold.

  19. Second wind of the Dulong-Petit law at a quantum critical point

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    Khodel, V. A.; Clark, J. W.; Shaginyan, V. R.; Zverev, M. V.

    2010-10-01

    Renewed interest in 3He physics has been stimulated by experimental observation of non-Fermi-liquid behavior of dense 3He films at low temperatures. Abnormal behavior of the specific heat C( T) of two-dimensional liquid 3He is demonstrated in the occurrence of a T-independent term in C( T). To uncover the origin of this phenomenon, we have considered the group velocity of transverse zero sound propagating in a strongly correlated Fermi liquid. For the first time, it is shown that if two-dimensional liquid 3He is located in the vicinity of the quantum critical point associated with a divergent quasiparticle effective mass, the group velocity depends strongly on temperature and vanishes as T is lowered toward zero. The predicted vigorous dependence of the group velocity can be detected in experimental measurements on liquid 3He films. We have demonstrated that the contribution to the specific heat coming from the boson part of the free energy due to the transverse zero-sound mode follows the Dulong-Petit Law. In the case of two-dimensional liquid 3He, the specific heat becomes independent of temperature at some characteristic temperature of a few millikelvins.

  20. Quench dynamics near a quantum critical point: Application to the sine-Gordon model

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    de Grandi, C.; Gritsev, V.; Polkovnikov, A.

    2010-06-01

    We discuss the quench dynamics near a quantum critical point focusing on the sine-Gordon model as a primary example. We suggest a unified approach to sudden and slow quenches, where the tuning parameter λ(t) changes in time as λ(t)˜υtr , based on the adiabatic expansion of the excitation probability in powers of υ . We show that the universal scaling of the excitation probability can be understood through the singularity of the generalized adiabatic susceptibility χ2r+2(λ) , which for sudden quenches (r=0) reduces to the fidelity susceptibility. In turn this class of susceptibilities is expressed through the moments of the connected correlation function of the quench operator. We analyze the excitations created after a sudden quench of the cosine potential using a combined approach of form-factors expansion and conformal perturbation theory for the low-energy and high-energy sector, respectively. We find the general scaling laws for the probability of exciting the system, the density of excited quasiparticles, the entropy and the heat generated after the quench. In the two limits where the sine-Gordon model maps to hard-core bosons and free massive fermions we provide the exact solutions for the quench dynamics and discuss the finite temperature generalizations.

  1. Is U3Ni3Sn4 best described as near a quantum critical point?

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    Booth, C.H.; Shlyk, L.; Nenkov, K.; Huber, J.G.; De Long, L.E.

    2003-04-08

    Although most known non-Fermi liquid (NFL) materials are structurally or chemically disordered, the role of this disorder remains unclear. In particular, very few systems have been discovered that may be stoichiometric and well ordered. To test whether U{sub 3}Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} belongs in this latter class, we present measurements of the x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) of polycrystalline and single-crystal U{sub 3}Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} samples that are consistent with no measurable local atomic disorder. We also present temperature-dependent specific heat data in applied magnetic fields as high as 8 T that show features that are inconsistent with the antiferromagnetic Griffiths' phase model, but do support the conclusion that a Fermi liquid/NFL crossover temperature increases with applied field. These results are inconsistent with theoretical explanations that require strong disorder effects, but do support the view that U{sub 3}Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} is a stoichoiometric, ordered material that exhibits NFL behavior, and is best described as being near an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point.

  2. Signature of a continuous quantum phase transition in non-equilibrium energy absorption: Footprints of criticality on higher excited states

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    Bhattacharyya, Sirshendu; Dasgupta, Subinay; Das, Arnab

    2015-01-01

    Understanding phase transitions in quantum matters constitutes a significant part of present day condensed matter physics. Quantum phase transitions concern ground state properties of many-body systems, and hence their signatures are expected to be pronounced in low-energy states. Here we report signature of a quantum critical point manifested in strongly out-of-equilibrium states with finite energy density with respect to the ground state and extensive (subsystem) entanglement entropy, generated by an external pulse. These non-equilibrium states are evidently completely disordered (e.g., paramagnetic in case of a magnetic ordering transition). The pulse is applied by switching a coupling of the Hamiltonian from an initial value (λI) to a final value (λF) for sufficiently long time and back again. The signature appears as non-analyticities (kinks) in the energy absorbed by the system from the pulse as a function of λF at critical-points (i.e., at values of λF corresponding to static critical-points of the system). As one excites higher and higher eigenstates of the final Hamiltonian H(λF) by increasing the pulse height , the non-analyticity grows stronger monotonically with it. This implies adding contributions from higher eigenstates help magnifying the non-analyticity, indicating strong imprint of the critical-point on them. Our findings are grounded on exact analytical results derived for Ising and XY chains in transverse field. PMID:26568306

  3. Signatures of a quantum Griffiths phase in a d-metal alloy close to its ferromagnetic quantum critical point.

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    Schroeder, Almut; Ubaid-Kassis, Sara; Vojta, Thomas

    2011-03-01

    We report magnetization measurements close to the ferromagnetic quantum phase transition of the d-metal alloy Ni(1 - x)V(x) at a vanadium concentration of x(c)≈11.4%. In the diluted regime (x > x(c)), the temperature (T) and magnetic field (H) dependences of the magnetization are characterized by nonuniversal power laws and display H/T scaling in a wide temperature and field range. The exponents vary strongly with x and follow the predictions of a quantum Griffiths phase. We also discuss the deviations and limits of the quantum Griffiths phase as well as the phase boundaries due to bulk and cluster physics. PMID:21339558

  4. Anomalous behaviour of critical fields near a superconducting quantum critical point in BaFe2(As1-xPx)2

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    Putzke, C.; Carrington, A.; Walmsley, P.; Malone, L.; Fletcher, J. D.; See, P.; Vignolles, D.; Proust, C.; Badoux, S.; Kasahara, S.; Mazukami, Y.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Y.

    2014-03-01

    BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 presents one of the cleanest and clearest systems in which to study the influence of quantum critical fluctuations on high temperature superconductivity. In this material a sharp maximum in the magnetic penetration depth has been found at the quantum critical point (QCP x = 0 . 3) where Tc is maximal1. Specific heat and de Haas-van Alphen effect measurements2 show that this peak is driven by a corresponding increase in the quasiparticle effective mass. Based on these previous results a simple one-band theory would suggest that at the QCP we should expect a large increase in Hc 2 and a corresponding dip in Hc 1 . Actual measurements of these critical fields, which we present here, shows quite different behavior which we suggest is caused by an anomalous enhancement in the vortex core energy close to the QCP. 1 K.Hashimoto et.al., Science 336, 1554 (2012) 2 P.Walmsley, C.Putzke et.al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 257002 (2013) This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EuroMagNET II, and KAKENHI from JSPS.

  5. Finite-temperature scaling at the quantum critical point of the Ising chain in a transverse field

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    Haelg, Manuel; Huvonen, Dan; Guidi, Tatiana; Quintero-Castro, Diana Lucia; Boehm, Martin; Regnault, Louis-Pierre; Zheludev, Andrey

    2015-03-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering is used to study the finite-temperature scaling behavior of spin correlations at the quantum critical point in an experimental realization of the one-dimensional Ising model in a transverse field. The target compound is the well-characterized, anisotropic and bond-alternating Heisenberg spin-1 chain material NTENP. The validity and the limitations of the dynamic structure factor scaling are tested, discussed and compared to theoretical predictions. For this purpose neutron data have been collected on the three-axes spectrometers IN14 at ILL and FLEXX at HZB as well as on the time of flight multi-chopper spectrometer LET at ISIS. In addition to the general statement about quantum criticality and universality, present study also reveals new insight into the properties of the spin chain compound NTENP in particular.

  6. Testing for Quantum Criticality in the (Nd,La)NiO3 phase space by Inelastic Tunneling Electron Spectroscopy (IETS)

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    Klevitch, Andrew; Disa, Ankit; Walker, Fred; Adam, Gina; Allen, James; Ahn, Charles; Hauser, Adam

    Continuous (2nd order) T =0K Mott transitions are highly sought after because they are predicted to produce interesting quantum critical phenomena at higher temperatures such as quantum spin liquid states and marginal Fermi behavior. The rare earth nickelate system has generated significant interest for understanding charge and spin ordering phenomena in correlated materials and for potential application in novel switching devices. We will present Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy (IETS) measurements from a series of films across the (Nd,La)NiO3 compositional system, yielding the single particle density of states at and across the quantum phase transition. Previous work has shown that pure NdNiO3 thin films have a characteristic bandgap, and pure LaNiO3 films have a characteristic pseudo-gap, satisfying a major requirement for a quantum critical transition point. Accordingly, our films undergo a metal-to-insulator transition upon cooling for high Nd content, while remaining metallic at all temperatures for high La content.

  7. Thermal Conductivity through the Quantum Critical Point in YbRh2Si2 at Very Low Temperature

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    Taupin, M.; Knebel, G.; Matsuda, T. D.; Lapertot, G.; Machida, Y.; Izawa, K.; Brison, J.-P.; Flouquet, J.

    2015-07-01

    The thermal conductivity of YbRh2Si2 has been measured down to very low temperatures under field in the basal plane. An additional channel for heat transport appears below 30 mK, both in the antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic states, respectively, below and above the critical field suppressing the magnetic order. This excludes antiferromagnetic magnons as the origin of this additional contribution to thermal conductivity. Moreover, this low temperature contribution prevails a definite conclusion on the validity or violation of the Wiedemann-Franz law at the field-induced quantum critical point.

  8. Erratum: Diffusive quantum criticality in three-dimensional disordered Dirac semimetals [Phys. Rev. B 90, 241112(R) (2014)

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    Roy, Bitan; Das Sarma, S.

    2016-03-01

    We correct erroneous conclusions from our previous article [Phys. Rev. B 90, 241112(R) (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.241112] regarding the values of various critical exponents, calculated to two-loop order. Furthermore, from a three-loop renormalization group flow equation, we argue, that ɛ -expansion near two spatial dimensions, with ɛ =d -2 , may not be reliable to address the critical properties of the disorder-driven Dirac semimetal-metal quantum phase transition in d =3 .

  9. Microscopic analysis of the superconducting quantum critical point: Finite-temperature crossovers in transport near a pair-breaking quantum phase transition

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    Shah, Nayana; Lopatin, Andrei

    2007-09-01

    A microscopic analysis of the superconducting quantum critical point realized via a pair-breaking quantum phase transition is presented. Finite-temperature crossovers are derived for the electrical conductivity, which is a key probe of superconducting fluctuations. By using the diagrammatic formalism for disordered systems, we are able to incorporate the interplay between fluctuating Cooper pairs and electrons, that is outside the scope of a time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau or effective bosonic action formalism. It is essential to go beyond the standard approximation in order to capture the zero-temperature correction which results purely from the (dynamic) quantum fluctuations and dictates the behavior of the conductivity in an entire low-temperature quantum regime. All dynamic contributions are of the same order and conspire to add up to a negative total, thereby inhibiting the conductivity as a result of superconducting fluctuations. On the contrary, the classical and the intermediate regimes are dominated by the positive bosonic channel. Our theory is applicable in one, two, and three dimensions and is relevant for experiments on superconducting nanowires, doubly connected cylinders, thin films, and bulk in the presence of magnetic impurities, magnetic field, or other pair breakers. A window of nonmonotonic behavior is predicted to exist as either the temperature or the pair-breaking parameter is swept.

  10. Terahertz excitations near the quantum critical point in the 1D Ising chain quantum magnet CoNb2O6

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    Morris, Christopher M.; Valdés Aguilar, R.; Koopayeh, S.; McQueen, T. M.; Armitage, N. P.

    2013-03-01

    The one-dimensional magnet CoNb2O6 was recently demonstrated to be an excellent realization of a one-dimensional quantum Ising spin chain. It has been shown to undergo a quantum phase transition in a magnetic field oriented transverse to its ferromagnetically aligned spin chains. Low energy spin-flip excitations in the chains were recently observed via inelastic neutron scattering.[2] The energy spectrum of these excitations was shown to have a interesting energy scaling governed by symmetries of the E8 exceptional Lie group. Here, time-domain terahertz spectroscopy (TDTS) is used to investigate these optically active spin flip excitations in CoNb2O6 in an external magnetic field. For static magnetic fields oriented transverse to the spin chains, the terahertz excitations show evidence of the phase transitions that occur near the quantum critical magnetic field. Additional spin flip excitations are also observed for longitudinally oriented magnetic fields. Work supported by The Institute of Quantum Matter under DOE grant DE-FG02-08ER46544 and by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

  11. Ground-state information geometry and quantum criticality in an inhomogeneous spin model

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    Ma, Yu-Quan

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the ground-state Riemannian metric and the cyclic quantum distance of an inhomogeneous quantum spin-1/2 chain in a transverse field. This model can be diagonalized by using a general canonical transformation to the fermionic Hamiltonian mapped from the spin system. The ground-state Riemannian metric is derived exactly on a parameter manifold ring S1, which is introduced by performing a gauge transformation to the spin Hamiltonian through a twist operator. The cyclic ground-state quantum distance and the second derivative of the ground-state energy are studied in different exchange coupling parameter regions. Particularly, we show that, in the case of exchange coupling parameter Ja = Jb, the quantum ferromagnetic phase can be characterized by an invariant quantum distance and this distance will decay to zero rapidly in the paramagnetic phase. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11404023 and 11347131).

  12. Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics Talk: Ferromagnetic quantum criticality in YbNi4 P2

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    Steppke, Alexander

    In a number of strongly correlated electron systems quantum phase transitions can be observed by the suppression of antiferromagnetic order. In contrast the prototypical continuous quantum phase transition of a metallic ferromagnet is often preempted by a first-order transition or a superconducting state. We show that the Kondo lattice system YbNi4P2 exhibits a ferromagnetically ordered phase with a very low Curie temperature of 0.15K. The compound can be tuned to a ferromagnetic quantum critical point by substitution of phosphorus by arsenic. With thermodynamic studies of specific heat, ac susceptibility and thermal expansion we show strong evidence for the ferromagnetic order and the quantum criticality in the YbNi4(P 1-x As x)2 doping series and the existence of a ferromagnetic quantum critical point at zero applied field for small substitutions.

  13. Line of critical points in 2+1 dimensions: quantum critical loop gases and non-Abelian gauge theory.

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    Freedman, Michael; Nayak, Chetan; Shtengel, Kirill

    2005-04-15

    In this Letter, we (1) construct a one-parameter family of lattice models of interacting spins; (2) obtain their exact ground states; (3) derive a statistical-mechanical analogy which relates their ground states to O(n) loop gases; (4) show that the models are critical for dcritical line. PMID:15904103

  14. Quantum correlation dynamics subjected to critical spin environment with short-range anisotropic interaction.

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    Guo, J L; Zhang, X Z

    2016-01-01

    Short-range interaction among the spins can not only results in the rich phase diagram but also brings about fascinating phenomenon both in the contexts of quantum computing and information. In this paper, we investigate the quantum correlation of the system coupled to a surrounding environment with short-range anisotropic interaction. It is shown that the decay of quantum correlation of the central spins measured by pairwise entanglement and quantum discord can serve as a signature of quantum phase transition. In addition, we study the decoherence factor of the system when the environment is in the vicinity of the phase transition point. In the strong coupling regime, the decay of the decoherence factor exhibits Gaussian envelop in the time domain. However, in weak coupling limit, the quantum correlation of the system is robust against the disturbance of the magnetic field through optimal control of the anisotropic short-range interaction strength. Based on this, the effects of the short-range anisotropic interaction on the sudden transition from classical to quantum decoherence are also presented. PMID:27596050

  15. Quantum correlation dynamics subjected to critical spin environment with short-range anisotropic interaction

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    Guo, J. L.; Zhang, X. Z.

    2016-01-01

    Short-range interaction among the spins can not only results in the rich phase diagram but also brings about fascinating phenomenon both in the contexts of quantum computing and information. In this paper, we investigate the quantum correlation of the system coupled to a surrounding environment with short-range anisotropic interaction. It is shown that the decay of quantum correlation of the central spins measured by pairwise entanglement and quantum discord can serve as a signature of quantum phase transition. In addition, we study the decoherence factor of the system when the environment is in the vicinity of the phase transition point. In the strong coupling regime, the decay of the decoherence factor exhibits Gaussian envelop in the time domain. However, in weak coupling limit, the quantum correlation of the system is robust against the disturbance of the magnetic field through optimal control of the anisotropic short-range interaction strength. Based on this, the effects of the short-range anisotropic interaction on the sudden transition from classical to quantum decoherence are also presented. PMID:27596050

  16. Phase diagram of quantum critical system via local convertibility of ground state

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    Liu, Si-Yuan; Quan, Quan; Chen, Jin-Jun; Zhang, Yu-Ran; Yang, Wen-Li; Fan, Heng

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the relationship between two kinds of ground-state local convertibility and quantum phase transitions in XY model. The local operations and classical communications (LOCC) convertibility is examined by the majorization relations and the entanglement-assisted local operations and classical communications (ELOCC) via Rényi entropy interception. In the phase diagram of XY model, LOCC convertibility and ELOCC convertibility of ground-states are presented and compared. It is shown that different phases in the phase diagram of XY model can have different LOCC or ELOCC convertibility, which can be used to detect the quantum phase transition. This study will enlighten extensive studies of quantum phase transitions from the perspective of local convertibility, e.g., finite-temperature phase transitions and other quantum many-body models. PMID:27381284

  17. Phase diagram of quantum critical system via local convertibility of ground state

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    Liu, Si-Yuan; Quan, Quan; Chen, Jin-Jun; Zhang, Yu-Ran; Yang, Wen-Li; Fan, Heng

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the relationship between two kinds of ground-state local convertibility and quantum phase transitions in XY model. The local operations and classical communications (LOCC) convertibility is examined by the majorization relations and the entanglement-assisted local operations and classical communications (ELOCC) via Rényi entropy interception. In the phase diagram of XY model, LOCC convertibility and ELOCC convertibility of ground-states are presented and compared. It is shown that different phases in the phase diagram of XY model can have different LOCC or ELOCC convertibility, which can be used to detect the quantum phase transition. This study will enlighten extensive studies of quantum phase transitions from the perspective of local convertibility, e.g., finite-temperature phase transitions and other quantum many-body models.

  18. Phase diagram of quantum critical system via local convertibility of ground state.

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    Liu, Si-Yuan; Quan, Quan; Chen, Jin-Jun; Zhang, Yu-Ran; Yang, Wen-Li; Fan, Heng

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the relationship between two kinds of ground-state local convertibility and quantum phase transitions in XY model. The local operations and classical communications (LOCC) convertibility is examined by the majorization relations and the entanglement-assisted local operations and classical communications (ELOCC) via Rényi entropy interception. In the phase diagram of XY model, LOCC convertibility and ELOCC convertibility of ground-states are presented and compared. It is shown that different phases in the phase diagram of XY model can have different LOCC or ELOCC convertibility, which can be used to detect the quantum phase transition. This study will enlighten extensive studies of quantum phase transitions from the perspective of local convertibility, e.g., finite-temperature phase transitions and other quantum many-body models. PMID:27381284

  19. Uniaxial ferroelectric quantum criticality in multiferroic hexaferrites BaFe12O19 and SrFe12O19.

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    Rowley, S E; Chai, Yi-Sheng; Shen, Shi-Peng; Sun, Young; Jones, A T; Watts, B E; Scott, J F

    2016-01-01

    BaFe12O19 is a popular M-type hexaferrite with a Néel temperature of 720 K and is of enormous commercial value ($3 billion/year). It is an incipient ferroelectric with an expected ferroelectric phase transition extrapolated to lie at 6 K but suppressed due to quantum fluctuations. The theory of quantum criticality for such uniaxial ferroelectrics predicts that the temperature dependence of the electric susceptibility χ diverges as 1/T(3), in contrast to the 1/T(2) dependence found in pseudo-cubic materials such as SrTiO3 or KTaO3. In this paper we present evidence of the susceptibility varying as 1/T(3), i.e. with a critical exponent γ = 3. In general γ = (d + z - 2)/z, where the dynamical exponent for a ferroelectric z = 1 and the dimension is increased by 1 from deff = 3 + z to deff = 4 + z due to the effect of long-range dipole interactions in uniaxial as opposed to multiaxial ferroelectrics. The electric susceptibility of the incipient ferroelectric SrFe12O19, which is slightly further from the quantum phase transition is also found to vary as 1/T(3). PMID:27185343

  20. Uniaxial ferroelectric quantum criticality in multiferroic hexaferrites BaFe12O19 and SrFe12O19

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    Rowley, S. E.; Chai, Yi-Sheng; Shen, Shi-Peng; Sun, Young; Jones, A. T.; Watts, B. E.; Scott, J. F.

    2016-05-01

    BaFe12O19 is a popular M-type hexaferrite with a Néel temperature of 720 K and is of enormous commercial value ($3 billion/year). It is an incipient ferroelectric with an expected ferroelectric phase transition extrapolated to lie at 6 K but suppressed due to quantum fluctuations. The theory of quantum criticality for such uniaxial ferroelectrics predicts that the temperature dependence of the electric susceptibility χ diverges as 1/T3, in contrast to the 1/T2 dependence found in pseudo-cubic materials such as SrTiO3 or KTaO3. In this paper we present evidence of the susceptibility varying as 1/T3, i.e. with a critical exponent γ = 3. In general γ = (d + z – 2)/z, where the dynamical exponent for a ferroelectric z = 1 and the dimension is increased by 1 from deff = 3 + z to deff = 4 + z due to the effect of long-range dipole interactions in uniaxial as opposed to multiaxial ferroelectrics. The electric susceptibility of the incipient ferroelectric SrFe12O19, which is slightly further from the quantum phase transition is also found to vary as 1/T3.

  1. Uniaxial ferroelectric quantum criticality in multiferroic hexaferrites BaFe12O19 and SrFe12O19

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    Rowley, S. E.; Chai, Yi-Sheng; Shen, Shi-Peng; Sun, Young; Jones, A. T.; Watts, B. E.; Scott, J. F.

    2016-01-01

    BaFe12O19 is a popular M-type hexaferrite with a Néel temperature of 720 K and is of enormous commercial value ($3 billion/year). It is an incipient ferroelectric with an expected ferroelectric phase transition extrapolated to lie at 6 K but suppressed due to quantum fluctuations. The theory of quantum criticality for such uniaxial ferroelectrics predicts that the temperature dependence of the electric susceptibility χ diverges as 1/T3, in contrast to the 1/T2 dependence found in pseudo-cubic materials such as SrTiO3 or KTaO3. In this paper we present evidence of the susceptibility varying as 1/T3, i.e. with a critical exponent γ = 3. In general γ = (d + z – 2)/z, where the dynamical exponent for a ferroelectric z = 1 and the dimension is increased by 1 from deff = 3 + z to deff = 4 + z due to the effect of long-range dipole interactions in uniaxial as opposed to multiaxial ferroelectrics. The electric susceptibility of the incipient ferroelectric SrFe12O19, which is slightly further from the quantum phase transition is also found to vary as 1/T3. PMID:27185343

  2. Magnetic-field induced quantum critical points of valence transition in Ce- and Yb-based heavy fermions

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Tsuruta, Atsushi; Miyake, Kazumasa; Flouquet, Jacques

    2009-03-01

    Valence instability and its critical fluctuations have attracted much attention recently in the heavy-electron systems. Valence fluctuations are essentially charge fluctuations, and it is highly non-trivial how the quantum critical point (QCP) as well as the critical end point is controlled by the magnetic field. To clarify this fundamental issue, we have studied the mechanism of how the critical points of the first-order valence transitions are controlled by the magnetic field [1]. We show that the critical temperature is suppressed to be the QCP by the magnetic field and unexpectedly the QCP exhibits nonmonotonic field dependence in the ground-state phase diagram, giving rise to emergence of metamagnetism even in the intermediate valence-crossover regime. The driving force of the field-induced QCP is clarified to be a cooperative phenomenon of Zeeman effect and Kondo effect, which creates a distinct energy scale from the Kondo temperature. This mechanism explains a peculiar magnetic response in CeIrIn5 and metamagnetic transition in YbXCu4 for X=In as well as a sharp contrast between X=Ag and Cd. We present the novel phenomena under the magnetic field to discuss significance of the proximity of the critical points of the first-order valence transition. [1] S. Watanabe et al. PRL100, (2008) 236401.

  3. Logarithmic terms in entanglement entropies of 2D quantum critical points and Shannon entropies of spin chains.

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    Zaletel, Michael P; Bardarson, Jens H; Moore, Joel E

    2011-07-01

    Universal logarithmic terms in the entanglement entropy appear at quantum critical points (QCPs) in one dimension (1D) and have been predicted in 2D at QCPs described by 2D conformal field theories. The entanglement entropy in a strip geometry at such QCPs can be obtained via the "Shannon entropy" of a 1D spin chain with open boundary conditions. The Shannon entropy of the XXZ chain is found to have a logarithmic term that implies, for the QCP of the square-lattice quantum dimer model, a logarithm with universal coefficient ±0.25. However, the logarithm in the Shannon entropy of the transverse-field Ising model, which corresponds to entanglement in the 2D Ising conformal QCP, is found to have a singular dependence on the replica or Rényi index resulting from flows to different boundary conditions at the entanglement cut. PMID:21797582

  4. Logarithmic Terms in Entanglement Entropies of 2D Quantum Critical Points and Shannon Entropies of Spin Chains

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    Zaletel, Michael P.; Bardarson, Jens H.; Moore, Joel E.

    2011-07-01

    Universal logarithmic terms in the entanglement entropy appear at quantum critical points (QCPs) in one dimension (1D) and have been predicted in 2D at QCPs described by 2D conformal field theories. The entanglement entropy in a strip geometry at such QCPs can be obtained via the “Shannon entropy” of a 1D spin chain with open boundary conditions. The Shannon entropy of the XXZ chain is found to have a logarithmic term that implies, for the QCP of the square-lattice quantum dimer model, a logarithm with universal coefficient ±0.25. However, the logarithm in the Shannon entropy of the transverse-field Ising model, which corresponds to entanglement in the 2D Ising conformal QCP, is found to have a singular dependence on the replica or Rényi index resulting from flows to different boundary conditions at the entanglement cut.

  5. Supersolid phase accompanied by a quantum critical point in the intermediate coupling regime of the Holstein model.

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    Murakami, Yuta; Werner, Philipp; Tsuji, Naoto; Aoki, Hideo

    2014-12-31

    We reveal that electron-phonon systems described by the Holstein model on a bipartite lattice exhibit, away from half filling, a supersolid (SS) phase characterized by coexisting charge order (CO) and superconductivity (SC), and an accompanying quantum critical point (QCP). The SS phase, demonstrated by the dynamical mean-field theory with a quantum Monte Carlo impurity solver, emerges in the intermediate-coupling regime, where the peak of the Tc dome is located and the metal-insulator crossover occurs. On the other hand, in the weak- and strong-coupling regimes the CO-SC boundary is of first order with no intervening SS phases. The QCP is associated with the continuous transition from SS to SC and characterized by a reentrant behavior of the SS around it. We further show that the SS-SC transition is hallmarked by diverging charge fluctuations and a kink (peak) in the superfluid density. PMID:25615362

  6. Supersolid Phase Accompanied by a Quantum Critical Point in the Intermediate Coupling Regime of the Holstein Model

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    Murakami, Yuta; Werner, Philipp; Tsuji, Naoto; Aoki, Hideo

    2014-12-01

    We reveal that electron-phonon systems described by the Holstein model on a bipartite lattice exhibit, away from half filling, a supersolid (SS) phase characterized by coexisting charge order (CO) and superconductivity (SC), and an accompanying quantum critical point (QCP). The SS phase, demonstrated by the dynamical mean-field theory with a quantum Monte Carlo impurity solver, emerges in the intermediate-coupling regime, where the peak of the Tc dome is located and the metal-insulator crossover occurs. On the other hand, in the weak- and strong-coupling regimes the CO-SC boundary is of first order with no intervening SS phases. The QCP is associated with the continuous transition from SS to SC and characterized by a reentrant behavior of the SS around it. We further show that the SS-SC transition is hallmarked by diverging charge fluctuations and a kink (peak) in the superfluid density.

  7. Interplay between quantum fluctuations and reentrant superconductivity with a highly enhanced upper critical field in URhGe

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    Tokunaga, Y.; Aoki, D.; Mayaffre, H.; Krämer, S.; Julien, M.-H.; Berthier, C.; Horvatić, M.; Sakai, H.; Hattori, T.; Kambe, S.; Araki, S.

    2016-05-01

    The ferromagnetic superconductor URhGe has been known to exhibit an extremely large enhancement of the upper critical field when the field is confined and rotated in the (a b ) crystal plane. Our high-field 59Co NMR measurements on 10% Co-doped URhGe up to 30 T prove that this unconventional behavior of the superconductivity (SC) is associated with a strong anisotropy of field-dependent quantum fluctuations near a tricritical point. These fluctuations are rapidly suppressed by the field component along the c axis, while being unaffected by any field component along the a axis. The observed close interplay between the SC and quantum fluctuations strongly supports a pairing mechanism mediated by these fluctuations in URhGe.

  8. Quantum critical behavior and trap-size scaling of trapped bosons in a one-dimensional optical lattice

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    Campostrini, Massimo; Vicari, Ettore

    2010-06-15

    We study the quantum (zero-temperature) critical behaviors of confined particle systems described by the one-dimensional (1D) Bose-Hubbard model in the presence of a confining potential, at the Mott insulator to superfluid transitions, and within the gapless superfluid phase. Specifically, we consider the hard-core limit of the model, which allows us to study the effects of the confining potential by exact and very accurate numerical results. We analyze the quantum critical behaviors in the large trap-size limit within the framework of the trap-size scaling (TSS) theory, which introduces a new trap exponent {theta} to describe the dependence on the trap size. This study is relevant for experiments of confined quasi-1D cold atom systems in optical lattices. At the low-density Mott transition, TSS can be shown analytically within the spinless fermion representation of the hard-core limit. The trap-size dependence turns out to be more subtle in the other critical regions, when the corresponding homogeneous system has a nonzero filling f, showing an infinite number of level crossings of the lowest states when increasing the trap size. At the n=1 Mott transition, this gives rise to a modulated TSS: The TSS is still controlled by the trap-size exponent {theta}, but it gets modulated by periodic functions of the trap size. Modulations of the asymptotic power-law behavior is also found in the gapless superfluid region, with additional multiscaling behaviors.

  9. Quantum oscillations in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi

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    Mun, E.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Lee, Y.; Martin, C.; Tanatar, M. A.; Prozorov, R.; Canfield, P. C.

    2015-08-01

    We present quantum oscillations observed in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi in magnetic fields far beyond its field-tuned, quantum critical point. Quantum oscillations are observed in magnetic fields as low as 60 kOe at 60 mK and up to temperatures as high as 3 K, which confirms the very high quality of the samples as well as the small effective mass of the conduction carriers far from the quantum critical point. Although the electronic specific heat coefficient of YbPtBi reaches ~7.4 J/molK2 in zero field, which is one of the highest effective mass values among heavy-fermion systems, we suppress it quicklymore » by an applied magnetic field. The quantum oscillations were used to extract the quasiparticle effective masses of the order of the bare electron mass, which is consistent with the behavior observed in specific heat measurements. Furthermore, such small effective masses at high fields can be understood by considering the suppression of Kondo screening.« less

  10. Quantum oscillations in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi

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    Mun, E.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Lee, Y.; Martin, C.; Tanatar, M. A.; Prozorov, R.; Canfield, P. C.

    2015-08-01

    We present quantum oscillations observed in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi in magnetic fields far beyond its field-tuned, quantum critical point. Quantum oscillations are observed in magnetic fields as low as 60 kOe at 60 mK and up to temperatures as high as 3 K, which confirms the very high quality of the samples as well as the small effective mass of the conduction carriers far from the quantum critical point. Although the electronic specific heat coefficient of YbPtBi reaches ~7.4 J/molK2 in zero field, which is one of the highest effective mass values among heavy-fermion systems, we suppress it quickly by an applied magnetic field. The quantum oscillations were used to extract the quasiparticle effective masses of the order of the bare electron mass, which is consistent with the behavior observed in specific heat measurements. Furthermore, such small effective masses at high fields can be understood by considering the suppression of Kondo screening.

  11. Pairing interaction near a nematic quantum critical point of a three-band CuO2 model

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    Maier, Thomas A.; Scalapino, Douglas J.

    2014-11-21

    In this paper, we calculate the pairing interaction and the k dependence of the gap function associated with the nematic charge fluctuations of a CuO2 model.We find that the nematic pairing interaction is attractive for small momentum transfer and that it gives rise to d-wave pairing. Finally, as the doping p approaches a quantum critical point, the strength of this pairing increases and higher d-wave harmonics contribute to the k dependence of the superconducting gap function, reflecting the longer range nature of the nematic fluctuations.

  12. Pairing interaction near a nematic quantum critical point of a three-band CuO2 model

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    Maier, Thomas A.; Scalapino, Douglas J.

    2014-11-21

    In this paper, we calculate the pairing interaction and the k dependence of the gap function associated with the nematic charge fluctuations of a CuO2 model.We find that the nematic pairing interaction is attractive for small momentum transfer and that it gives rise to d-wave pairing. Finally, as the doping p approaches a quantum critical point, the strength of this pairing increases and higher d-wave harmonics contribute to the k dependence of the superconducting gap function, reflecting the longer range nature of the nematic fluctuations.

  13. Scrutinizing Hall Effect in Mn1 -xFex Si : Fermi Surface Evolution and Hidden Quantum Criticality

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    Glushkov, V. V.; Lobanova, I. I.; Ivanov, V. Yu.; Voronov, V. V.; Dyadkin, V. A.; Chubova, N. M.; Grigoriev, S. V.; Demishev, S. V.

    2015-12-01

    Separating between the ordinary Hall effect and anomalous Hall effect in the paramagnetic phase of Mn1 -xFex Si reveals an ordinary Hall effect sign inversion associated with the hidden quantum critical (QC) point x*˜0.11 . The effective hole doping at intermediate Fe content leads to verifiable predictions in the field of fermiology, magnetic interactions, and QC phenomena in Mn1 -xFex Si . The change of electron and hole concentrations is considered as a "driving force" for tuning the QC regime in Mn1 -xFex Si via modifying the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction within the Heisenberg model of magnetism.

  14. Quantum critical dynamics of a qubit coupled to an isotropic Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick bath

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    Quan, H. T.; Wang, Z. D.; Sun, C. P.

    2007-07-15

    We explore a dynamic signature of quantum phase transition (QPT) in an isotropic Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick (LMG) model by studying the time evolution of a central qubit coupled to it. We evaluate exactly the time-dependent purity, which can be used to measure quantum coherence, of the central qubit. It is found that distinctly different behaviors of the purity as a function of the parameter reveal clearly the QPT point in the system. It is also clarified that the present model is equivalent to an anti-Jaynes-Cummings model under certain conditions.

  15. Classical-to-quantum crossover in the critical behavior of the transverse-field Sherrington-Kirkpatrick spin glass model

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    Mukherjee, Sudip; Rajak, Atanu; Chakrabarti, Bikas K.

    2015-10-01

    We study the critical behavior of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model in transverse field (at finite temperature) using Monte Carlo simulation and exact diagonalization (at zero temperature). We determine the phase diagram of the model by estimating the Binder cumulant. We also determine the correlation length exponent from the collapse of the scaled data. Our numerical studies here indicate that critical Binder cumulant (indicating the universality class of the transition behavior) and the correlation length exponent cross over from their "classical" to "quantum" values at a finite temperature (unlike the cases of pure systems, where such crossovers occur at zero temperature). We propose a qualitative argument supporting such an observation, employing a simple tunneling picture.

  16. Quantum-critical fluctuations in 2D metals: strange metals and superconductivity in antiferromagnets and in cuprates.

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    Varma, Chandra M

    2016-08-01

    The anomalous transport and thermodynamic properties in the quantum-critical region, in the cuprates, and in the quasi-two dimensional Fe-based superconductors and heavy-fermion compounds, have the same temperature dependences. This can occur only if, despite their vast microscopic differences, a common statistical mechanical model describes their phase transitions. The antiferromagnetic (AFM)-ic models for the latter two, just as the loop-current model for the cuprates, map to the dissipative XY model. The solution of this model in (2+1)D reveals that the critical fluctuations are determined by topological excitations, vortices and a variety of instantons, and not by renormalized spin-wave theories of the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson type, adapted by Moriya, Hertz and others for quantum-criticality. The absorptive part of the fluctuations is a separable function of momentum [Formula: see text], measured from the ordering vector, and of the frequency ω and the temperature T which scale as [Formula: see text] at criticality. Direct measurements of the fluctuations by neutron scattering in the quasi-two-dimensional heavy fermion and Fe-based compounds, near their antiferromagnetic quantum critical point, are consistent with this form. Such fluctuations, together with the vertex coupling them to fermions, lead to a marginal fermi-liquid, with the imaginary part of the self-energy [Formula: see text] for all momenta, a resistivity [Formula: see text], a [Formula: see text] contribution to the specific heat, and other singular fermi-liquid properties common to these diverse compounds, as well as to d-wave superconductivity. This is explicitly verified, in the cuprates, by analysis of the pairing and the normal self-energy directly extracted from the recent high resolution angle resolved photoemission measurements. This reveals, in agreement with the theory, that the frequency dependence of the attractive irreducible particle-particle vertex in the d-wave channel is the same

  17. Quantum-critical fluctuations in 2D metals: strange metals and superconductivity in antiferromagnets and in cuprates

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    Varma, Chandra M.

    2016-08-01

    The anomalous transport and thermodynamic properties in the quantum-critical region, in the cuprates, and in the quasi-two dimensional Fe-based superconductors and heavy-fermion compounds, have the same temperature dependences. This can occur only if, despite their vast microscopic differences, a common statistical mechanical model describes their phase transitions. The antiferromagnetic (AFM)-ic models for the latter two, just as the loop-current model for the cuprates, map to the dissipative XY model. The solution of this model in (2+1)D reveals that the critical fluctuations are determined by topological excitations, vortices and a variety of instantons, and not by renormalized spin-wave theories of the Landau–Ginzburg–Wilson type, adapted by Moriya, Hertz and others for quantum-criticality. The absorptive part of the fluctuations is a separable function of momentum \\mathbf{q} , measured from the ordering vector, and of the frequency ω and the temperature T which scale as \\tanh (ω /2T) at criticality. Direct measurements of the fluctuations by neutron scattering in the quasi-two-dimensional heavy fermion and Fe-based compounds, near their antiferromagnetic quantum critical point, are consistent with this form. Such fluctuations, together with the vertex coupling them to fermions, lead to a marginal fermi-liquid, with the imaginary part of the self-energy \\propto \\text{max}(ω,T) for all momenta, a resistivity \\propto T , a T\\ln T contribution to the specific heat, and other singular fermi-liquid properties common to these diverse compounds, as well as to d-wave superconductivity. This is explicitly verified, in the cuprates, by analysis of the pairing and the normal self-energy directly extracted from the recent high resolution angle resolved photoemission measurements. This reveals, in agreement with the theory, that the frequency dependence of the attractive irreducible particle–particle vertex in the d-wave channel is the same as the irreducible

  18. Magnetic-field-tuned Aharonov-Bohm oscillations and evidence for non-Abelian anyons at ν = 5/2.

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    Willett, R L; Nayak, C; Shtengel, K; Pfeiffer, L N; West, K W

    2013-11-01

    We show that the resistance of the ν = 5/2 quantum Hall state, confined to an interferometer, oscillates with the magnetic field consistent with an Ising-type non-Abelian state. In three quantum Hall interferometers of different sizes, resistance oscillations at ν = 7/3 and integer filling factors have the magnetic field period expected if the number of quasiparticles contained within the interferometer changes so as to keep the area and the total charge within the interferometer constant. Under these conditions, an Abelian state such as the (3, 3, 1) state would show oscillations with the same period as at an integer quantum Hall state. However, in an Ising-type non-Abelian state there would be a rapid oscillation associated with the "even-odd effect" and a slower one associated with the accumulated Abelian phase due to both the Aharonov-Bohm effect and the Abelian part of the quasiparticle braiding statistics. Our measurements at ν = 5/2 are consistent with the latter. PMID:24237543

  19. Evidence of magnetic clusters in the disordered ferromagnet Ni-V close to the quantum critical concentration

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    Wang, Ruizhe; Ubaid-Kassis, S.; Schroeder, A.; Baker, P. J.; Pratt, F. L.; Blundell, S. J.; Lancaster, T.; Franke, I.; Moeller, J. S.; Vojta, T.

    2015-03-01

    We report the results of muon spin relaxation (μSR) experiments in zero field (ZF) and transverse field (TF) as well as magnetization (M) data of Ni1-xVx close to the critical vanadium concentration xc ~ 11 . 6 % where the onset of the ferromagnetic (FM) order is suppressed. This material features a prototypical disordered quantum phase transition (QPT) as seen in the temperature (T) and magnetic field (H) dependence of M (H , T) . In the paramagnetic phase (PM) above xc, M (H , T) is well described by non-universal power laws characterized by an exponent α (x -xc) , establishing a quantum Griffiths phase. Here, we focus on the FM side of the QPT below xc. After subtracting the spontaneous magnetization M0, we find that M (H , T) -M0 also follows a power law in H at low T with an analogous non-universal exponent α (xc - x) . This is the first evidence of a quantum Griffiths phase within the FM phase in this disordered alloy. μSR in ZF recognized a broad field distribution below xc as evidence of magnetic spatial inhomogeneities in the FM phase. Different muon depolarization rates in TF and ZF reveal magnetic clusters already in the PM regime. These observed clusters are important generic ingredients of a disordered QPT. Current: Durham University, U.K.

  20. Neutron, Electron and X-ray Scattering Investigation of Cr1-xVx Near Quantum Criticality

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    Sokolov, D A; Aronson, Meigan C.; Wu, Lijun; Zhu, Yimei; Nelson, C.; Mansfield, J. F.; Sun, K.; Erwin, R.; Lynn, J. W.; Lumsden, Mark D; Nagler, Stephen E

    2014-01-01

    The weakness of electron-electron correlations in the itinerant antiferromagnet Cr doped with V has long been considered the reason that neither new collective electronic states or even non Fermi liquid behaviour are observed when antiferromagnetism in Cr1 xVx is suppressed to zero temperature. We present the results of neutron and electron diffraction measurements of several lightly doped single crystals of Cr1 xVx in which the archtypal spin density wave instability is progressively suppressed as the V content increases, freeing the nesting-prone Fermi surface for a new striped charge instability that occurs at xc=0.037. This novel nesting driven instability relieves the entropy accumulation associated with the suppression of the spin density wave and avoids the formation of a quantum critical point by stabilising a new type of charge order at temperatures in excess of 400 K. Restructuring of the Fermi surface near quantum critical points is a feature found in materials as diverse as heavy fermions, high temperature copper oxide superconductors and now even elemental metals such as Cr.

  1. Spin-flip scattering of critical quasiparticles and the phase diagram of YbRh2Si2

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    Wölfle, Peter; Abrahams, Elihu

    2015-10-01

    Several observed transport and thermodynamic properties of the heavy-fermion compound YbRh2Si2 in the quantum critical regime are unusual and suggest that the fermionic quasiparticles are critical, characterized by a scale-dependent diverging effective mass. A theory based on the concept of critical quasiparticles scattering off antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations in a strong-coupling regime has been shown to successfully explain the unusual existing data and to predict a number of so far unobserved properties. In this paper, we point out a new feature of a magnetic field-tuned quantum critical point of a heavy-fermion metal: anomalies in the transport and thermodynamic properties caused by the freezing out of spin-flip scattering of critical quasiparticles and the scattering off collective spin excitations. We show a steplike behavior as a function of magnetic field of, e.g., the Hall coefficient and magnetoresistivity results, which accounts quantitatively for the observed behavior of these quantities. That behavior has been described as a crossover line T*(H ) in the T -H phase diagram of YbRh2Si2 . Whereas some authors have interpreted this observation as signaling the breakdown of Kondo screening and an associated abrupt change of the Fermi surface, our results suggest that the T* line may be quantitatively understood within the picture of robust critical quasiparticles.

  2. Quantum criticality at the Anderson transition: A typical medium theory perspective

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    Mahmoudian, Samiyeh; Tang, Shao; Dobrosavljević, Vladimir

    2015-10-01

    We present a complete analytical and numerical solution of the typical medium theory (TMT) for the Anderson metal-insulator transition. This approach self-consistently calculates the typical amplitude of the electronic wave functions, thus representing the conceptually simplest order-parameter theory for the Anderson transition. We identify all possible universality classes for the critical behavior, which can be found within such a mean-field approach. This provides insights into how interaction-induced renormalizations of the disorder potential may produce qualitative modifications of the critical behavior. We also formulate a simplified description of the leading critical behavior, thus obtaining an effective Landau theory for Anderson localization.

  3. Simultaneously optimizing fluorescent and paramagnetic properties of bifunctional NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals by crystal field tuning

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    Wu, Xiaofeng; Hu, Shigang; Tan, Congbing; Liu, Yunxin

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Crystal field tuning is a powerful approach for simultaneously enhancing the optical and magnetic properties of lanthanide-doped NaGdF{sub 4} bi-functional nanocrystals. - Abstract: Here, we show the simultaneous enhancement of fluorescent and paramagnetic properties in bifunctional NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals by crystal field tuning. The energy level splitting calculation indicates, that lanthanide ionic pairs La{sup 3+}/Lu{sup 3+} introduced into the NaGdF{sub 4} host can modify the crystal field around emitters (e.g., Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}) and sensitizers (e.g., Yb{sup 3+}) that result in the broadening of crystal field splitting of energy levels and the abundant multi-site distribution of upconversion luminescence. The optimization of the paramagnetic properties in NaGdF{sub 4} doped with emitters and sensitizers is ascribed to the lowering of anti-ferromagnetic coupling.

  4. Ferromagnetic resonance in a single crystal of iron borate and magnetic field tuning of hybrid oscillations in a composite structure with a dielectric: Experiment and theory

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    Popov, M. A.; Zavislyak, I. V.; Chumak, H. L.; Strugatsky, M. B.; Yagupov, S. V.; Srinivasan, G.

    2015-07-07

    The high-frequency properties of a composite resonator comprised single crystal iron borate (FeBO{sub 3}), a canted antiferromagnet with a weak ferromagnetic moment, and a polycrystalline dielectric were investigated at 9–10 GHz. Ferromagnetic resonance in this frequency range was observed in FeBO{sub 3} for bias magnetic fields of ∼250 Oe. In the composite resonator, the magnetic mode in iron borate and dielectric mode are found to hybridize strongly. It is shown that the hybrid mode can be tuned with a static magnetic field. Our studies indicate that coupling between the magnetic mode and the dielectric resonance can be altered from maximum hybridization to a minimum by adjusting the position of resonator inside the waveguide. Magnetic field tuning of the resonance frequency by a maximum of 145 MHz and a change in the transmitted microwave power by as much as 16 dB have been observed for a bias field of 250 Oe. A model is discussed for the magnetic field tuning of the composite resonator and theoretical estimates are in reasonable agreement with the data. The composite resonator with a weak ferromagnet and a dielectric is of interest for application in frequency agile devices with electronically tunable electrodynamic characteristics for the mm and sub-mm wave bands.

  5. Critical parameters of a noise model that affect fault tolerant quantum computation on a single qubit

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    Iyer, Pavithran; da Silva, Marcus P.; Poulin, David

    In this work, we aim to determine the parameters of a single qubit channel that can tightly bound the logical error rate of the Steane code. We do not assume any a priori structure for the quantum channel, except that it is a CPTP map and we use a concatenated Steane code to encode a single qubit. Unlike the standard Monte Carlo technique that requires many iterations to estimate the logical error rate with sufficient accuracy, we use techniques to compute the complete effect of a physical CPTP map, at the logical level. Using this, we have studied the predictive power of several physical noise metrics on the logical error rate, and show, through numerical simulations with random quantum channels, that, on their own, none of the natural physical metrics lead to accurate predictions about the logical error rate. We then show how machine learning techniques help us to explore which features of a random quantum channel are important in predicting its logical error rate.

  6. Zero-point term and quantum effects in the Johnson noise of resistors: a critical appraisal

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    Kish, Laszlo B.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.; Granqvist, Claes G.

    2016-05-01

    There is a longstanding debate about the zero-point term in the Johnson noise voltage of a resistor. This term originates from a quantum-theoretical treatment of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem (FDT). Is the zero-point term really there, or is it only an experimental artifact, due to the uncertainty principle, for phase-sensitive amplifiers? Could it be removed by renormalization of theories? We discuss some historical measurement schemes that do not lead to the effect predicted by the FDT, and we analyse new features that emerge when the consequences of the zero-point term are measured via the mean energy and force in a capacitor shunting the resistor. If these measurements verify the existence of a zero-point term in the noise, then two types of perpetual motion machines can be constructed. Further investigation with the same approach shows that, in the quantum limit, the Johnson–Nyquist formula is also invalid under general conditions even though it is valid for a resistor-antenna system. Therefore we conclude that in a satisfactory quantum theory of the Johnson noise, the FDT must, as a minimum, include also the measurement system used to evaluate the observed quantities. Issues concerning the zero-point term may also have implications for phenomena in advanced nanotechnology.

  7. Field-controlled spin-density-wave order and quantum critically in Sr3 Ru2 O7

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    Hayden, Stephen

    The quasi-2D metamagnetic perovskite metal Sr3Ru2O7 has been an enigma for the last decade. The application of a large magnetic field of 8T parallel to the c-axis creates a new phase at low temperatures. This phase shows ``electronic nematic'' properties in that strong anisotropy its resistivity can be created by tilting the field away from the c-axis. In addition, measurement of transport and thermodynamic properties suggest that the phase is at the centre of a quantum critical region. Here we use neutron scattering to show that the magnetic field actually induces spin-density-wave magnetic order in the proximity of a metamagnetic critical endpoint. In fact, Sr3Ru2O7 can be tuned through two magnetically-ordered SDW states which exist over relatively small ranges in field (< 0.4 T). Their origin is probably due to the electronic fine structure near the Fermi energy. The magnetic field direction is shown to control the SDW domain populations which naturally explains the strong resistivity anisotropy or ''electronic nematic'' behaviour observed in this material. We find that Sr3Ru2O7 is also unique in that its the quantum critical region is controlled by overdamped incommensurate low-energy spin fluctuations with a diverging relaxation time. The low-energy electronic properties reflect the presence of these fluctuations and, in particular, the field-dependent low-temperature specific heat is proportional to the spin relaxation rate. [Based on C. Lester, S. Ramos, R. S. Perry at el. Natural Materials 14, 373 (2015).

  8. Ambient pressure structural quantum critical point in the phase diagram of (Ca(x)Sr(1-x))(3)Rh(4)Sn(13).

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    Goh, S K; Tompsett, D A; Saines, P J; Chang, H C; Matsumoto, T; Imai, M; Yoshimura, K; Grosche, F M

    2015-03-01

    The quasiskutterudite superconductor Sr_{3}Rh_{4}Sn_{13} features a pronounced anomaly in electrical resistivity at T^{*}∼138  K. We show that the anomaly is caused by a second-order structural transition, which can be tuned to 0 K by applying physical pressure and chemical pressure via the substitution of Ca for Sr. A broad superconducting dome is centered around the structural quantum critical point. Detailed analysis of the tuning parameter dependence of T^{*} as well as insights from lattice dynamics calculations strongly support the existence of a structural quantum critical point at ambient pressure when the fraction of Ca is 0.9 (i.e., x_{c}=0.9). This establishes the (Ca_{x}Sr_{1-x})_{3}Rh_{4}Sn_{13} series as an important system for exploring the physics of structural quantum criticality without the need of applying high pressures. PMID:25793843

  9. Criticality and long-range correlations in time series in classical and quantum systems.

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    Landa, E; Morales, Irving O; Fossion, R; Stránský, P; Velázquez, V; Vieyra, J C López; Frank, A

    2011-07-01

    We present arguments which indicate that a transitional state in between two different regimes implies the occurrence of 1/f time series and that this property is generic in both classical and quantum systems. Our study focuses on two particular examples: the one-dimensional module-1 logistic map and nuclear excitation spectra obtained with a schematic shell-model Hamiltonian. We suggest that a transitional point is characterized by the long-range correlations implied by 1/f time series. We apply a Fourier spectral analysis and the detrended fluctuation analysis method to study the fluctuations to each system. PMID:21867290

  10. Criticality and long-range correlations in time series in classical and quantum systems

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    Landa, E.; Morales, Irving O.; Fossion, R.; Stránský, P.; Velázquez, V.; López Vieyra, J. C.; Frank, A.

    2011-07-01

    We present arguments which indicate that a transitional state in between two different regimes implies the occurrence of 1/f time series and that this property is generic in both classical and quantum systems. Our study focuses on two particular examples: the one-dimensional module-1 logistic map and nuclear excitation spectra obtained with a schematic shell-model Hamiltonian. We suggest that a transitional point is characterized by the long-range correlations implied by 1/f time series. We apply a Fourier spectral analysis and the detrended fluctuation analysis method to study the fluctuations to each system.

  11. Magnetocaloric effects, quantum critical points, and the Berezinsky-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in two-dimensional coupled spin-dimer systems

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    Straßel, Dominik; Kopietz, Peter; Eggert, Sebastian

    2015-04-01

    Spin-dimer systems are a versatile playground for the detailed study of quantum phase transitions. Using the magnetic field as the tuning parameter, it is possible to observe a crossover from the characteristic scaling near critical points to the behavior of a finite-temperature phase transition. In this work we study two-dimensional coupled spin-dimer systems by comparing numerical quantum Monte Carlo simulations with analytical calculations of the susceptibility, the magnetocaloric effect, and the helicity modulus. The magnetocaloric behavior of the magnetization with temperature can be used to determine the critical fields with high accuracy, but the critical scaling does not show the expected logarithmic corrections. The zeros of the cooling rate are an excellent indicator of the competition between quantum criticality and vortex physics, but they are not directly associated with the quantum phase transition or the finite-temperature Berezinsky-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. The results give a unified picture of the full quantum and finite-temperature phase diagram.

  12. Critical comparison of electrode models in density functional theory based quantum transport calculations

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    Jacob, D.; Palacios, J. J.

    2011-01-01

    We study the performance of two different electrode models in quantum transport calculations based on density functional theory: parametrized Bethe lattices and quasi-one-dimensional wires or nanowires. A detailed account of implementation details in both the cases is given. From the systematic study of nanocontacts made of representative metallic elements, we can conclude that the parametrized electrode models represent an excellent compromise between computational cost and electronic structure definition as long as the aim is to compare with experiments where the precise atomic structure of the electrodes is not relevant or defined with precision. The results obtained using parametrized Bethe lattices are essentially similar to the ones obtained with quasi-one-dimensional electrodes for large enough cross-sections of these, adding a natural smearing to the transmission curves that mimics the true nature of polycrystalline electrodes. The latter are more demanding from the computational point of view, but present the advantage of expanding the range of applicability of transport calculations to situations where the electrodes have a well-defined atomic structure, as is the case for carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoribbons, or semiconducting nanowires. All the analysis is done with the help of codes developed by the authors which can be found in the quantum transport toolbox ALACANT and are publicly available.

  13. Stability of a spin-triplet nematic state near to a quantum critical point

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    Hannappel, G.; Pedder, C. J.; Krüger, F.; Green, A. G.

    2016-06-01

    We analyze a model of itinerant electrons interacting through a quadrupole density-density repulsion in three dimensions. At the mean-field level, the interaction drives a continuous Pomeranchuk instability towards d -wave, spin-triplet nematic order, which simultaneously breaks the SU(2) spin-rotation and spatial-rotation symmetries. This order is characterized by spin-antisymmetric, elliptical deformations of the Fermi surfaces of up and down spins. We show that the effects of quantum fluctuations are similar to those in metallic ferromagnets, rendering the nematic transition first order at low temperatures. Using the fermionic quantum order-by-disorder approach to self-consistently calculate fluctuations around possible modulated states, we show that the first-order transition is preempted by the formation of a helical spin-triplet d -density wave. Such a state is closely related to d -wave bond density wave order in square-lattice systems. Moreover, we show that it may coexist with a modulated, p -wave superconducting state.

  14. Finite-Temperature Spin Dynamics in a Perturbed Quantum Critical Ising Chain with an E8 Symmetry

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    Wu, Jianda; Kormos, Márton; Si, Qimiao

    2014-12-01

    A spectrum exhibiting E8 symmetry is expected to arise when a small longitudinal field is introduced in the transverse-field Ising chain at its quantum critical point. Evidence for this spectrum has recently come from neutron scattering measurements in cobalt niobate, a quasi-one-dimensional Ising ferromagnet. Unlike its zero-temperature counterpart, the finite-temperature dynamics of the model has not yet been determined. We study the dynamical spin structure factor of the model at low frequencies and nonzero temperatures, using the form factor method. Its frequency dependence is singular, but differs from the diffusion form. The temperature dependence of the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation rate has an activated form, whose prefactor we also determine. We propose NMR experiments as a means to further test the applicability of the E8 description for CoNb2O6 .

  15. Crystal growth by Bridgman and Czochralski method of the ferromagnetic quantum critical material YbNi4P2

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    Kliemt, K.; Krellner, C.

    2016-09-01

    The tetragonal YbNi4P2 is one of the rare examples of compounds that allow the investigation of a ferromagnetic quantum critical point. We report in detail on two different methods which have been used to grow YbNi4P2 single crystals from a self-flux. The first, a modified Bridgman method, using a closed crucible system yields needle-shaped single crystals oriented along the [001]-direction. The second method, the Czochralski growth from a levitating melt, yields large single crystals which can be cut in any desired orientation. With this crucible-free method, samples without flux inclusions and a resistivity ratio at 1.8 K of RR1.8K = 17 have been grown.

  16. Scrutinizing Hall Effect in Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si: Fermi Surface Evolution and Hidden Quantum Criticality.

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    Glushkov, V V; Lobanova, I I; Ivanov, V Yu; Voronov, V V; Dyadkin, V A; Chubova, N M; Grigoriev, S V; Demishev, S V

    2015-12-18

    Separating between the ordinary Hall effect and anomalous Hall effect in the paramagnetic phase of Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si reveals an ordinary Hall effect sign inversion associated with the hidden quantum critical (QC) point x^{*}∼0.11. The effective hole doping at intermediate Fe content leads to verifiable predictions in the field of fermiology, magnetic interactions, and QC phenomena in Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si. The change of electron and hole concentrations is considered as a "driving force" for tuning the QC regime in Mn_{1-x}Fe_{x}Si via modifying the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction within the Heisenberg model of magnetism. PMID:26722936

  17. Spin-orbital liquid and quantum critical point in Y1 -xLaxTiO3

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    Zhao, Z. Y.; Khosravani, O.; Lee, M.; Balicas, L.; Sun, X. F.; Cheng, J. G.; Brooks, J.; Zhou, H. D.; Choi, E. S.

    2015-04-01

    The specific heat, the susceptibility under pressure, and the dielectric constant were measured for single crystals Y1 -xLaxTiO3 . The observed T2-dependent specific heat at low temperatures for 0.17 ≤x ≤0.3 samples shows a spin-orbital liquid state between the ferromagnetic/orbital ordering (x <0.17 ) and antiferromagnetic/possible orbital liquid phase (x >0.3 ) . The nonmonotonous pressure dependence of TC and the glassy behavior of the dielectric loss for the x =0.23 sample suggest that it is approaching a possible quantum critical point. All these properties result from the coupling between the strong spin and orbital fluctuations while approaching the phase boundary.

  18. Heat capacity peak at the quantum critical point of the transverse Ising magnet CoNb2O6

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    Liang, Tian; Koohpayeh, S. M.; Krizan, J. W.; McQueen, T. M.; Cava, R. J.; Ong, N. P.

    2015-01-01

    The transverse Ising magnet Hamiltonian describing the Ising chain in a transverse magnetic field is the archetypal example of a system that undergoes a transition at a quantum critical point (QCP). The columbite CoNb2O6 is the closest realization of the transverse Ising magnet found to date. At low temperatures, neutron diffraction has observed a set of discrete collective spin modes near the QCP. Here, we ask if there are low-lying spin excitations distinct from these relatively high-energy modes. Using the heat capacity, we show that a significant band of gapless spin excitations exists. At the QCP, their spin entropy rises to a prominent peak that accounts for 30% of the total spin degrees of freedom. In a narrow field interval below the QCP, the gapless excitations display a fermion-like, temperature-linear heat capacity below 1 K. These novel gapless modes are the main spin excitations participating in, and affected by, the quantum transition. PMID:26146018

  19. Superconductivity in quasi-2d organic doped Mott insulators: a superconducting dome without an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point

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    Tremblay, A.-M. S.; Hébert, Charles-David; Sémon, Patrick

    Layered organic superconductors of the BEDT family are model systems for understanding the interplay of the Mott transition with superconductivity, magnetic order and frustration. Recent experimental studies on a hole-doped compound reveal an enhancement of superconductivity and a rapid crossover between two different conducting phases above the superconducting dome. Using plaquette cellular dynamical mean field theory with state of the art continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo calculations, we study this problem with the two-dimensional Hubbard model on the anisotropic triangular lattice. Phase diagrams are in broad agreement with experiment. As in the case of the cuprates, we find, at finite doping in the unstable normal state, a first-order transition between a pseudogap and a correlated metal. We make several experimental predictions. This work also clearly shows that the superconducting dome in organic superconductors is tied to the Mott transition and its continuation as a transition separating pseudogap phase from correlated metal in doped compounds, as in the cuprates. Contrary to heavy fermions for example, the maximum Tc is definitely not attached to an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point. That can also be verified experimentally. Supported by NSERC, CIFAR and the Tier I Canada Research Chair Program.

  20. Heat capacity peak at the quantum critical point of the transverse Ising magnet CoNb2O6

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    Liang, Tian; Koohpayeh, S. M.; Krizan, J. W.; McQueen, T. M.; Cava, R. J.; Ong, N. P.

    2015-07-01

    The transverse Ising magnet Hamiltonian describing the Ising chain in a transverse magnetic field is the archetypal example of a system that undergoes a transition at a quantum critical point (QCP). The columbite CoNb2O6 is the closest realization of the transverse Ising magnet found to date. At low temperatures, neutron diffraction has observed a set of discrete collective spin modes near the QCP. Here, we ask if there are low-lying spin excitations distinct from these relatively high-energy modes. Using the heat capacity, we show that a significant band of gapless spin excitations exists. At the QCP, their spin entropy rises to a prominent peak that accounts for 30% of the total spin degrees of freedom. In a narrow field interval below the QCP, the gapless excitations display a fermion-like, temperature-linear heat capacity below 1 K. These novel gapless modes are the main spin excitations participating in, and affected by, the quantum transition.

  1. Heat capacity peak at the quantum critical point of the transverse Ising magnet CoNb2O6.

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    Liang, Tian; Koohpayeh, S M; Krizan, J W; McQueen, T M; Cava, R J; Ong, N P

    2015-01-01

    The transverse Ising magnet Hamiltonian describing the Ising chain in a transverse magnetic field is the archetypal example of a system that undergoes a transition at a quantum critical point (QCP). The columbite CoNb2O6 is the closest realization of the transverse Ising magnet found to date. At low temperatures, neutron diffraction has observed a set of discrete collective spin modes near the QCP. Here, we ask if there are low-lying spin excitations distinct from these relatively high-energy modes. Using the heat capacity, we show that a significant band of gapless spin excitations exists. At the QCP, their spin entropy rises to a prominent peak that accounts for 30% of the total spin degrees of freedom. In a narrow field interval below the QCP, the gapless excitations display a fermion-like, temperature-linear heat capacity below 1 K. These novel gapless modes are the main spin excitations participating in, and affected by, the quantum transition. PMID:26146018

  2. TOPICAL REVIEW: Quantum spin nanotubes—frustration, competing orders and criticalities

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    Sakai, Tôru; Sato, Masahiro; Okamoto, Kiyomi; Okunishi, Kouichi; Itoi, Chigak

    2010-10-01

    Recent developments of theoretical studies on spin nanotubes are reviewed, especially focusing on the S = 1/2 three-leg spin tube. In contrast to the three-leg spin ladder, the tube has a spin gap in the case of the regular-triangle unit cell when the rung interaction is sufficiently large. The effective theory based on the Hubbard Hamiltonian indicates a quantum phase transition to a gapless spin liquid due to the lattice distortion to an isosceles triangle. This is also supported by the numerical diagonalization and the density matrix renormalization group analyses. Furthermore, combining analytical and numerical approaches, we reveal several novel magnetic-field-induced phenomena: Néel, dimer, chiral and/or inhomogeneous orders, a new mechanism for the magnetization plateau formation, and others. The recently synthesized spin tube materials are also briefly introduced.

  3. Critical Examination of Incoherent Operations and a Physically Consistent Resource Theory of Quantum Coherence.

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    Chitambar, Eric; Gour, Gilad

    2016-07-15

    Considerable work has recently been directed toward developing resource theories of quantum coherence. In this Letter, we establish a criterion of physical consistency for any resource theory. This criterion requires that all free operations in a given resource theory be implementable by a unitary evolution and projective measurement that are both free operations in an extended resource theory. We show that all currently proposed basis-dependent theories of coherence fail to satisfy this criterion. We further characterize the physically consistent resource theory of coherence and find its operational power to be quite limited. After relaxing the condition of physical consistency, we introduce the class of dephasing-covariant incoherent operations as a natural generalization of the physically consistent operations. Necessary and sufficient conditions are derived for the convertibility of qubit states using dephasing-covariant operations, and we show that these conditions also hold for other well-known classes of incoherent operations. PMID:27472102

  4. Critical Examination of Incoherent Operations and a Physically Consistent Resource Theory of Quantum Coherence

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    Chitambar, Eric; Gour, Gilad

    2016-07-01

    Considerable work has recently been directed toward developing resource theories of quantum coherence. In this Letter, we establish a criterion of physical consistency for any resource theory. This criterion requires that all free operations in a given resource theory be implementable by a unitary evolution and projective measurement that are both free operations in an extended resource theory. We show that all currently proposed basis-dependent theories of coherence fail to satisfy this criterion. We further characterize the physically consistent resource theory of coherence and find its operational power to be quite limited. After relaxing the condition of physical consistency, we introduce the class of dephasing-covariant incoherent operations as a natural generalization of the physically consistent operations. Necessary and sufficient conditions are derived for the convertibility of qubit states using dephasing-covariant operations, and we show that these conditions also hold for other well-known classes of incoherent operations.

  5. Critical issues in the formation of quantum computer test structures by ion implantation

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    Schenkel, T.; Lo, C. C.; Weis, C. D.; Schuh, A.; Persaud, A.; Bokor, J.

    2009-04-06

    The formation of quantum computer test structures in silicon by ion implantation enables the characterization of spin readout mechanisms with ensembles of dopant atoms and the development of single atom devices. We briefly review recent results in the characterization of spin dependent transport and single ion doping and then discuss the diffusion and segregation behaviour of phosphorus, antimony and bismuth ions from low fluence, low energy implantations as characterized through depth profiling by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Both phosphorus and bismuth are found to segregate to the SiO2/Si interface during activation anneals, while antimony diffusion is found to be minimal. An effect of the ion charge state on the range of antimony ions, 121Sb25+, in SiO2/Si is also discussed.

  6. About the physical meaning of the critical temperature for catastrophic optical damage in high power quantum well laser diodes

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    Souto, J.; Pura, J. L.; Jiménez, J.

    2016-02-01

    It is usually assumed that the catastrophic optical damage of high power laser diodes is launched when a critical local temperature (T c) is reached; temperatures ranging from 120 °C to 200 °C were experimentally reported. However, the physical meaning of T c in the degradation process is still unclear. In this work we show that, in the presence of a local heat source in the active region, the temperature of the laser structure, calculated using finite element methods, is widely inhomogeneously distributed among the different layers forming the device. This is due to the impact that the low dimensionality and the thermal boundary resistances have on the thermal transport across the laser structure. When these key factors are explicitly considered, the quantum well (QW) temperature can be several hundred degrees higher than the temperature of the guides and cladding layers. Due to the size of the experimental probes, the measured critical temperature is a weighted average over the QW, guides, and claddings. We show the existence of a large difference between the calculated average temperature, equivalent to the experimentally measured temperature, and the peak temperature localized in the QW. A parallel study on double heterostructure lasers is also included for comparison.

  7. RSOS quantum chains associated with off-critical minimal models and {\\boldsymbol{{Z}}}_{{{\\tssabi n}}} parafermions

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    Bianchini, Davide; Ercolessi, Elisa; Pearce, Paul A.; Ravanini, Francesco

    2015-03-01

    We consider the φ1,3 off-critical perturbation {M}(m,m\\prime;t) of the general non-unitary minimal models where 2 ⩽ m ⩽ m‧ and m, m‧ are coprime and t measures the departure from criticality corresponding to the φ1,3 integrable perturbation. We view these models as the continuum scaling limit in the ferromagnetic Regime III of the Forrester-Baxter Restricted Solid-On-Solid (RSOS) models on the square lattice. We also consider the RSOS models in the antiferromagnetic Regime II related in the continuum scaling limit to {Z}n parfermions with n = m‧ - 2. Using an elliptic Yang-Baxter algebra of planar tiles encoding the allowed face configurations, we obtain the Hamiltonians of the associated quantum chains defined as the logarithmic derivative of the transfer matrices with periodic boundary conditions. The transfer matrices and Hamiltonians act on a vector space of paths on the Am‧-1 Dynkin diagram whose dimension is counted by generalized Fibonacci numbers.

  8. Quantum Critical Behavior and Superconductivity in new multi-site Cerium Heavy Fermion Compound Ce3PtIn11

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    Custers, J.; Diviši, M.; Kratochvílová, M.

    2016-02-01

    We discuss the results of thermodynamic and transport measurements at ambient and under hydrostatic pressure of the recently discovered heavy fermion superconductor Ce3PtIn11. At p = 0 superconductivity emerges in the complex antiferromagnetic state below Tc = 0.32 K. Both phenomena coexist in a wide range of the p — T phase diagram. The critical pressure where TN → 0 and Tc is maximum equals pc = 1.3 GPa. Here, the resistivity follows ρ(T) α Tn with n = 0.90±0.05 suggesting a local moment-type of quantum critical point. The presence of a maximum structure in the susceptibility and the unusual pressure dependence of Tc hint to an understanding of properties of Ce3PtIn11 in the view of distinct different Kondo screened sublattices. Therefore, we analyze the magnetic entropy Smag within the spin-1/2 Kondo model while accounting for the fact that Ce3PtIn11 unit cell possesses two inequivalent Ce-sites, Ce1 and Ce2. We employ an extreme case scenario of non-interacting sublattices where the Ce1-sublattice is paramagnetic and only Ce2-sublattice orders magnetically and discussed its consequences.

  9. Strong enhancement of s -wave superconductivity near a quantum critical point of Ca3Ir4Sn13

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    Biswas, P. K.; Guguchia, Z.; Khasanov, R.; Chinotti, M.; Li, L.; Wang, Kefeng; Petrovic, C.; Morenzoni, E.

    2015-11-11

    We repormore » t microscopic studies by muon spin rotation/relaxation as a function of pressure of the Ca3Ir4Sn13 and Sr3Ir4Sn13 system displaying superconductivity and a structural phase transition associated with the formation of a charge density wave (CDW). Our findings show a strong enhancement of the superfluid density and a dramatic increase of the pairing strength above a pressure of ≈ 1.6 GPa giving direct evidence of the presence of a quantum critical point separating a superconducting phase coexisting with CDW from a pure superconducting phase. The superconducting order parameter in both phases has the same s-wave symmetry. In spite of the conventional phonon-mediated BCS character of the weakly correlated (Ca1-xSrx)3Ir4Sn13 system the dependence of the effective superfluid density on the critical temperature puts this compound in the “Uemura” plot close to unconventional superconductors. This system exemplifies that conventional BCS superconductors in the presence of competing orders or multi-band structure can also display characteristics of unconventional superconductors.« less

  10. Critical exponents describing non-stationary 1 / f noise for intermittent quantum dots

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    Sadegh, Sanaz; Barkai, Eli; Krapf, Diego

    2014-03-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) exhibit bright fluorescence, but this emission switches randomly between ``on'' and ``off'' states that are distributed according to universal power laws. This scale-free dynamics is responsible for weak ergodicity breaking and non-stationarity. Such stochastic processes yield a power spectrum of the form S(f) = A /fβ . Power spectrum analysis is a superior method for studying the properties of QD emission because it does not depend on the arbitrary determination of a threshold, typically used in the discrimination between ``on'' and ``off'' states. Recently, intriguing predictions have been made about the power spectrum aging properties and the role of finite measurement time. To test these predictions, we study the emission power spectra from 1200 QDs at room temperature. We find that five exponents are needed to describe the power spectrum properties, namely spectral exponent, power spectrum aging, cutoff frequency, zero frequency spectrum, and total power. We also compare our results with numerical simulations and explain observed discrepancies based on the combined action of Gaussian noise and the truncation of the ``on''-time distribution.

  11. Growth of etiolated barley plants in weak static and 50 Hz electromagnetic fields tuned to calcium ion cyclotron resonance

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    Pazur, Alexander; Rassadina, Valentina; Dandler, Jörg; Zoller, Jutta

    2006-01-01

    retardation of the originally Ca2+-ICR exposed plants compared to control cultures lasting several weeks, with an increased tendency for dehydration. Conclusion A direct influence of the applied MF and EMF is discussed affecting Ca2+ levels via the ICR mechanism. It influences the available Ca2+ and thereby regulatory processes. Theoretical considerations on molecular level focus on ionic interactions with water related to models using quantum electrodynamics. PMID:16457719

  12. Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2–δAs2

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    Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F.; Wakeham, N.; Lu, Xin; Park, Tuson; Xu, Z. -A.; Thompson, J. D.

    2015-10-19

    The easily tuned balance among competing interactions in Kondo-lattice metals allows access to a zero-temperature, continuous transition between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, a quantum-critical point (QCP). Indeed, these highly correlated electron materials are prototypes for discovering and exploring quantum-critical states. Theoretical models proposed to account for the strange thermodynamic and electrical transport properties that emerge around the QCP of a Kondo lattice assume the presence of an indefinitely large number of itinerant charge carriers. Here, we report a systematic transport and thermodynamic investigation of the Kondo-lattice system CeNi2–δAs2 (δ ≈ 0.28) as its antiferromagnetic order is tuned by pressure and magnetic field to zero-temperature boundaries. These experiments show that the very small but finite carrier density of ~0.032 e/formular unit in CeNi2–δAs2 leads to unexpected transport signatures of quantum criticality and the delayed development of a fully coherent Kondo-lattice state with decreasing temperature. Here, the small carrier density and associated semimetallicity of this Kondo-lattice material favor an unconventional, local-moment type of quantum criticality and raises the specter of the Nozières exhaustion idea that an insufficient number of conduction-electron spins to separately screen local moments requires collective Kondo screening.

  13. d-f hybridization and quantum criticality in weakly-itinerant ferromagnets

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    Silva Neto, M. B.; Castro Neto, A. H.; Kim, J. S.; Stewart, G. R.

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the unusual magnetic, thermodynamic and transport properties of nearly-critical, weakly-itinerant ferromagnets with the general formula UTX, where T=Rh, Co and X=Ge, Si. As a unique feature of these systems, we show how changes in the Vdf hybridization, which controls their proximity to a ferromagnetic instability, determine the evolution of the ground state magnetization, M0, the Curie temperature, TC, the density of states at the Fermi level, N(EF), the T2 resistivity coefficient, A, and the specific heat coefficient, γ. The universal aspect of our findings comes from the dependence on only two parameters: the transition metal Td bandwidth, Wd, and the distance between the Td and Uf band centers, CTd - CUf. We discuss our results in connection to data for URh1-xCoxGe.

  14. Quantum Criticality and Lifshitz Transition in the Ising System CeRu2Si2: Comparison with YbRh2Si2

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    Pourret, Alexandre; Aoki, Dai; Boukahil, Mounir; Brison, Jean-Pascal; Knafo, William; Knebel, Georg; Raymond, Stephane; Taupin, Mathieu; Ōnuki, Yoshichika; Flouquet, Jacques

    2014-06-01

    New thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements on prototype heavy-fermion compounds close to magnetic quantum criticality are presented. The highly sensitive technique of TEP is an unique tool to reveal Fermi surface instabilities, referred here as Lifshitz transitions. The first focus is on the Ising CeRu2Si2 series. Doping CeRu2Si2 with Rh produces a decoupling between the first order metamagnetic transition and the pseudo-metamagnetism observed in the pure compound. Comparison is made with the case of YbRh2Si2 which is often considered as the archetype of local quantum criticality by contrast to CeRu2Si2, taken as an example of spin-density wave criticality. Up to now for ferromagnetic materials showing ferromagnetic wings, no simple case appears where the Fermi surface is preserved between the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases. An open issue is the consequence of Lifshitz transitions on superconductivity in these multiband systems.

  15. Quantum oscillations and upper critical magnetic field of the iron-based superconductor FeSe

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    Audouard, Alain; Duc, Fabienne; Drigo, Loïc; Toulemonde, Pierre; Karlsson, Sandra; Strobel, Pierre; Sulpice, André

    2015-01-01

    Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations and upper critical magnetic field (Hc2) of the iron-based superconductor FeSe (Tc = 8.6 \\text{K}) have been studied by tunnel diode oscillator-based measurements in magnetic fields of up to 55 T and temperatures down to 1.6 K. Several Fourier components enter the SdH oscillations spectrum with frequencies definitely smaller than predicted by band structure calculations indicating band renormalization and reconstruction of the Fermi surface at low temperature, in line with previous ARPES data. The Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg model accounts for the temperature dependence of (Hc2) for magnetic field applied both parallel (\\textbf{H} \\| ab) and perpendicular (\\textbf{H} \\| c) to the iron conducting plane, suggesting that one band mainly controls the superconducting properties in magnetic fields despite the multiband nature of the Fermi surface. Whereas Pauli pair breaking is negligible for \\textbf{H} \\| c , a Pauli paramagnetic contribution is evidenced for \\textbf{H} \\| ab with Maki parameter α = 2.1 , corresponding to Pauli field HP = 36.5 \\text{T} .

  16. Shannon and Rényi mutual information in quantum critical spin chains

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    Stéphan, Jean-Marie

    2014-07-01

    We study the Shannon mutual information in one-dimensional critical spin chains, following a recent conjecture [Alcaraz and Rajabpour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 017201 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.017201], as well as Rényi generalizations of it. We combine conformal field theory (CFT) arguments with numerical computations in lattice discretizations with central charge c =1 and c =1/2. For a periodic system of length L cut into two parts of length ℓ and L -ℓ, all our results agree with the general shape dependence In(ℓ,L)=(bn/4)ln(L/π sin π/ℓL), where bn is a universal coefficient. For the free boson CFT we show from general arguments that bn=c =1. At c =1/2 we conjecture a result for n >1. We perform extensive numerical computations in Ising chains to confirm this, and also find b1≃0.4801629(2), a nontrivial number which we do not understand analytically. Open chains at c =1/2 and n =1 are even more intriguing, with a shape-dependent logarithmic divergence of the Shannon mutual information.

  17. Emergent Non-Fermi-Liquid at the Quantum Critical Point of a Topological Phase Transition in Two Dimensions

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    Isobe, Hiroki; Yang, Bohm-Jung; Chubukov, Andrey; Schmalian, Jörg; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-02-01

    We study the effects of Coulomb interaction between 2D Weyl fermions with anisotropic dispersion which displays relativistic dynamics along one direction and nonrelativistic dynamics along the other. Such a dispersion can be realized in phosphorene under electric field or strain, in TiO2 /VO2 superlattices, and, more generally, at the quantum critical point between a nodal semimetal and an insulator in systems with a chiral symmetry. Using the one-loop renormalization group approach in combination with the large-N expansion, we find that the system displays interaction-driven non-Fermi liquid behavior in a wide range of intermediate frequencies and marginal Fermi liquid behavior at the smallest frequencies. In the non-Fermi liquid regime, the quasiparticle residue Z at energy E scales as Z ∝Ea with a >0 , and the parameters of the fermionic dispersion acquire anomalous dimensions. In the marginal Fermi-liquid regime, Z ∝(|log E |)-b with universal b =3 /2 .

  18. Finite-temperature spin dynamics near the quantum critical point of transverse field Ising chain with a small longitudinal field

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    Kormos, Márton; Wu, Jianda; Si, Qimiao

    2014-03-01

    When the transverse-field Ising chain at its quantum critical point is subjected to a small longitudinal field, the perturbed conformal field theory led to a field theory with an exotic E8 symmetry. Recent neutron scattering experiments have provided evidence for the lightest two particles in this E8 model in the quasi-1D Ising ferromagnet CoNb2O6. While the zero temperature dynamic of the model is well known, its finite-temperature counterpart has not yet been systematically studied. We study the low-frequency dynamical spin structure factor at finite temperatures using the form-factor method. We show that the dominant contribution to the spin dynamics comes from the channel between two lightest particles, and demonstrate how the spin dynamics differ from a diffusion form. Using these results, we determine the temperature dependence of the NMR relaxation rate. We suggest that, for CoNb2O6, measurements of the NMR relaxation rate provide a means to further test the applicability of the E8 model.

  19. Emergent Non-Fermi-Liquid at the Quantum Critical Point of a Topological Phase Transition in Two Dimensions.

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    Isobe, Hiroki; Yang, Bohm-Jung; Chubukov, Andrey; Schmalian, Jörg; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-02-19

    We study the effects of Coulomb interaction between 2D Weyl fermions with anisotropic dispersion which displays relativistic dynamics along one direction and nonrelativistic dynamics along the other. Such a dispersion can be realized in phosphorene under electric field or strain, in TiO_{2}/VO_{2} superlattices, and, more generally, at the quantum critical point between a nodal semimetal and an insulator in systems with a chiral symmetry. Using the one-loop renormalization group approach in combination with the large-N expansion, we find that the system displays interaction-driven non-Fermi liquid behavior in a wide range of intermediate frequencies and marginal Fermi liquid behavior at the smallest frequencies. In the non-Fermi liquid regime, the quasiparticle residue Z at energy E scales as Z∝E^{a} with a>0, and the parameters of the fermionic dispersion acquire anomalous dimensions. In the marginal Fermi-liquid regime, Z∝(|logE|)^{-b} with universal b=3/2. PMID:26943551

  20. A tensor product state approach to spin-1/2 square J1-J2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model: evidence for deconfined quantum criticality

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    Wang, Ling; Gu, Zheng-Cheng; Verstraete, Frank; Wen, Xiang-Gang

    We study this model using the cluster update algorithm for tensor product states (TPSs). We find that the ground state energies at finite sizes and in the thermodynamic limit are in good agreement with the exact diagonalization study. At the largest bond dimension available D = 9 and through finite size scaling of the magnetization order near the transition point, we accurately determine the critical point J2c1 = 0 . 53 (1) J1 and the critical exponents β = 0 . 50 (4) . In the intermediate region we find a paramagnetic ground state without any static valence bond solid (VBS) order, supported by an exponentially decaying spin-spin correlation while a power law decaying dimer-dimer correlation. By fitting a universal scaling function for the spin-spin correlation we find the critical exponents ν = 0 . 68 (3) and ηs = 0 . 34 (6) , which is very close to the observed critical exponents for deconfined quantum critical point (DQCP) in other systems. Thus our numerical results strongly suggest a Landau forbidden phase transition from Neel order to VBS order at J2c1 = 0 . 53 (1) J1 . This project is supported by the EU Strep project QUEVADIS, the ERC Grant QUERG, and the FWF SFB Grants FoQuS and ViCoM; and the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter.

  1. Spin dynamics near a putative antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in Cu-substituted BaFe2As2 and its relation to high-temperature superconductivity

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    Kim, M. G.; Wang, M.; Tucker, G. S.; Valdivia, P. N.; Abernathy, D. L.; Chi, Songxue; Christianson, A. D.; Aczel, A. A.; Hong, T.; Heitmann, T. W.; et al

    2015-12-02

    We present the results of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering measurements on nonsuperconducting Ba(Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2, a composition close to a quantum critical point between antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered and paramagnetic phases. By comparing these results with the spin fluctuations in the low-Cu composition as well as the parent compound BaFe2As2 and superconducting Ba(Fe1–xNix)2As2 compounds, we demonstrate that paramagnon-like spin fluctuations are evident in the antiferromagnetically ordered state of Ba(Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2, which is distinct from the AFM-like spin fluctuations in the superconducting compounds. Our observations suggest that Cu substitution decouples the interaction between quasiparticles and the spin fluctuations. In addition, we show that themore » spin-spin correlation length ξ(T) increases rapidly as the temperature is lowered and find ω/T scaling behavior, the hallmark of quantum criticality, at an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point.« less

  2. Spin dynamics near a putative antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in Cu-substituted BaFe2As2 and its relation to high-temperature superconductivity

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    Kim, M. G.; Wang, M.; Tucker, G. S.; Valdivia, P. N.; Abernathy, D. L.; Chi, Songxue; Christianson, A. D.; Aczel, A. A.; Hong, T.; Heitmann, T. W.; Ran, S.; Canfield, P. C.; Bourret-Courchesne, E. D.; Kreyssig, A.; Lee, D. H.; Goldman, A. I.; McQueeney, R. J.; Birgeneau, R. J.

    2015-12-01

    We present the results of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering measurements on nonsuperconducting Ba (Fe 0.957Cu 0.043) 2As 2 , a composition close to a quantum critical point between antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered and paramagnetic phases. By comparing these results with the spin fluctuations in the low-Cu composition as well as the parent compound BaFe2As2 and superconducting Ba (Fe1-xNix) 2As2 compounds, we demonstrate that paramagnon-like spin fluctuations are evident in the antiferromagnetically ordered state of Ba (Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2 , which is distinct from the AFM-like spin fluctuations in the superconducting compounds. Our observations suggest that Cu substitution decouples the interaction between quasiparticles and the spin fluctuations. We also show that the spin-spin correlation length ξ (T ) increases rapidly as the temperature is lowered and find ω /T scaling behavior, the hallmark of quantum criticality, at an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point.

  3. Heavy fermions, metal-to-insulator transition, and quantum criticality in La y Cu3Ru x Ti4- x O12

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    Riegg, S.; Widmann, S.; Günther, A.; Meir, B.; Wehrmeister, S.; Sterz, S.; Kraetschmer, W.; Ebbinghaus, S. G.; Reller, A.; Büttgen, N.; Krug von Nidda, H.-A.; Loidl, A.

    2015-07-01

    In this work we investigate the solid-solution series La y Cu3Ru x Ti4- x O12. The titanate La2/3Cu3Ti4O12 ( x = 0) is an antiferromagnetic insulator exhibiting colossal dielectric constants, while the ruthenate LaCu3Ru4O12 ( x = 4) is known as a rare d-electron derived heavy-fermion compound. Detailed structural investigations, AC- and DC-magnetization measurements, resistivity, specific-heat, and magnetic-resonance investigations have been performed for all polycrystalline compounds prepared by solid-state synthesis. These experiments have been accompanied by band-structure calculations. Close to the Ru concentration x = 2 we identify a quantum-critical point coinciding with a metal-to-insulator transition. The quantum-critical point separates an insulating spin glass from a paramagnetic metal. Interestingly, there is no evidence for a divergence of the effective mass upon reaching the quantum-critical point from the metallic side. In the paramagnetic metal, Ru behaves like a canonical Kondo ion. While the Ru oxidation state remains stable at + 4 for the whole concentration regime, the Cu valence seems to decrease from + 2 in the insulating antiferromagnet with localized copper spins to a significantly lower value in the metallic heavy-fermion compounds.

  4. Ambient Pressure Structural Quantum Critical Point in the Phase Diagram of (CaxSr1-x)3Rh4Sn13

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    Goh, Swee K.; Tompsett, D. A.; Saines, P. J.; Chang, H. C.; Matsumoto, T.; Imai, M.; Yoshimura, K.; Grosche, F. M.

    The quasiskutterudite superconductor Sr3Rh4Sn13 features a pronounced anomaly in electrical resistivity at T* ~ 138 K. The anomaly is caused by a second-order structural transition, which can be tuned to 0 K by applying physical pressure and chemical pressure via the substitution of Ca for Sr. A broad superconducting dome is centered around the structural quantum critical point. Detailed analysis of the tuning parameter dependence of T* as well as insights from lattice dynamics calculations strongly support the existence of a structural quantum critical point at ambient pressure when the fraction of Ca is 0.9 (xc=0.9). This establishes the (CaxSr1-x)3Rh4Sn13 series as an important system for exploring the physics of structural quantum criticality and its interplay with the superconductivity, without the need of applying high pressures. This work was supported by CUHK (Startup Grant, Direct Grant No. 4053071), UGC Hong Kong (ECS/24300214), Trinity College (Cam- bridge), Grants-in-Aid from MEXT (No. 22350029 and 23550152) and Glasstone Bequest (Oxford).

  5. Strong Coupling Superconductivity in the Vicinity of the Structural Quantum Critical Point in (CaxSr1-x)3Rh4Sn13

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    Yu, Wing Chi; Cheung, Yiu Wing; Saines, Paul J.; Imai, Masaki; Matsumoto, Takuya; Michioka, Chishiro; Yoshimura, Kazuyoshi; Goh, Swee K.

    The family of the superconducting quasiskutterudites (CaxSr1-x)3Rh4Sn13 features a structural quantum critical point at xc = 0 . 9 , around which a dome-shaped variation of the superconducting transition temperature Tc is found. In this talk, we present the specific heat data for the normal and the superconducting states of the entire series straddling the quantum critical point. Our analysis indicates a significant lowering of the effective Debye temperature on approaching xc, which we interpret as a result of phonon softening accompanying the structural instability. Furthermore, a remarkably large enhancement of 2 Δ /kBTc and ΔC / γTc beyond the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer values is found in the vicinity of the structural quantum critical point. Reference: Wing Chi Yu et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. (in press, 2015) This work was supported by the CUHK (Startup Grant, Direct Grant No. 4053071), UGC Hong Kong (ECS/24300214), Grants-in-Aid from MEXT (22350029 and 23550152), and Glasstone Bequest, Oxford.

  6. Ferromagnetic quantum critical point induced by dimer-breaking in SrCo{sub 2}(Ge{sub 1-x}P{sub x}){sub 2}.

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    Jia, S.; Jiramongkolchai, P.; Suchomel, M. R.; Toby, B. H.; Checkelsky, J. G.; Ong, N. P.; Cava, R. J.

    2011-01-01

    In contrast to classical phase transitions driven by temperature, a quantum critical point (QCP) defines a transition at zero temperature that is driven by non-thermal parameters. In the known quantum critical d-electron systems, tuning the electronic bandwidth by means of changing the applied pressure or unit-cell dimensions, or tuning the d-state population, is used to drive the criticality. Here we describe how a novel chemical parameter, the breaking of bonds in Ge-Ge dimers that occurs within the intermetallic framework in SrCo{sub 2}(Ge{sub 1-x}P{sub x}){sub 2}, results in the appearance of a ferromagnetic (FM) QCP. Although both SrCo{sub 2}P{sub 2} and SrCo{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} are paramagnetic, weak itinerant ferromagnetism unexpectedly develops during the course of the dimer breaking, and a QCP is observed at the onset of the FM phase. The use of chemical bond breaking as a tuning parameter to induce QCP opens an avenue for designing and studying novel magnetic materials.

  7. Quantum criticality of a spin-1 XY model with easy-plane single-ion anisotropy via a two-time Green function approach avoiding the Anderson-Callen decoupling

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    Mercaldo, M. T.; Rabuffo, I.; De Cesare, L.; Caramico D'Auria, A.

    2016-04-01

    In this work we study the quantum phase transition, the phase diagram and the quantum criticality induced by the easy-plane single-ion anisotropy in a d-dimensional quantum spin-1 XY model in absence of an external longitudinal magnetic field. We employ the two-time Green function method by avoiding the Anderson-Callen decoupling of spin operators at the same sites which is of doubtful accuracy. Following the original Devlin procedure we treat exactly the higher order single-site anisotropy Green functions and use Tyablikov-like decouplings for the exchange higher order ones. The related self-consistent equations appear suitable for an analysis of the thermodynamic properties at and around second order phase transition points. Remarkably, the equivalence between the microscopic spin model and the continuous O(2) -vector model with transverse-Ising model (TIM)-like dynamics, characterized by a dynamic critical exponent z=1, emerges at low temperatures close to the quantum critical point with the single-ion anisotropy parameter D as the non-thermal control parameter. The zero-temperature critic anisotropy parameter Dc is obtained for dimensionalities d > 1 as a function of the microscopic exchange coupling parameter and the related numerical data for different lattices are found to be in reasonable agreement with those obtained by means of alternative analytical and numerical methods. For d > 2, and in particular for d=3, we determine the finite-temperature critical line ending in the quantum critical point and the related TIM-like shift exponent, consistently with recent renormalization group predictions. The main crossover lines between different asymptotic regimes around the quantum critical point are also estimated providing a global phase diagram and a quantum criticality very similar to the conventional ones.

  8. Critical-Point Boundary for the Nuclear Quantum Phase Transition Near A=100 from Mass Measurements of {sup 96,97}Kr

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    Naimi, S.; Audi, G.; Lunney, D.; Beck, D.; Herfurth, F.; Blaum, K.; Boehm, Ch.; Borgmann, Ch.; George, S.; Kowalska, M.; Kreim, S.; Breitenfeldt, M.; Rosenbusch, M.; Schweikhard, L.; Herlert, A.; Neidherr, D.; Schwarz, S.; Zuber, K.

    2010-07-16

    Mass measurements of {sup 96,97}Kr using the ISOLTRAP Penning-trap spectrometer at CERN-ISOLDE are reported, extending the mass surface beyond N=60 for Z=36. These new results show behavior in sharp contrast to the heavier neighbors where a sudden and intense deformation is present. We interpret this as the establishment of a nuclear quantum phase transition critical-point boundary. The new masses confirm findings from nuclear mean-square charge-radius measurements up to N=60 but are at variance with conclusions from recent gamma-ray spectroscopy.

  9. Parameter tuning patterns for random graph coloring with quantum annealing.

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    Titiloye, Olawale; Crispin, Alan

    2012-01-01

    Quantum annealing is a combinatorial optimization technique inspired by quantum mechanics. Here we show that a spin model for the k-coloring of large dense random graphs can be field tuned so that its acceptance ratio diverges during Monte Carlo quantum annealing, until a ground state is reached. We also find that simulations exhibiting such a diverging acceptance ratio are generally more effective than those tuned to the more conventional pattern of a declining and/or stagnating acceptance ratio. This observation facilitates the discovery of solutions to several well-known benchmark k-coloring instances, some of which have been open for almost two decades. PMID:23166818

  10. Field-Induced Quantum Critical Route to a Fermi Liquid in Overdoped Tl2Ba2CuO6+x

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    Shibauchi, Takasada

    2009-03-01

    In high temperature superconductivity, charge doping is a natural tuning parameter that takes copper oxides from the antiferromagnet through the superconducting `dome'-shaped region. In the metallic state above Tc the standard Landau's Fermi-liquid theory of metals, as typified by the temperature squared (AT^2) dependence of resistivity, appears to break down. The expected recovery of the usual Fermi-liquid metal on the high doping side is fundamental but ill understood. Here we uncover a new transformation in an overdoped superconducting copper oxide Tl2Ba2CuO6+x from the non-Fermi to a Fermi-liquid state driven by magnetic field [1]. From the c-axis resistivity measured up to 45 T, we show that the Fermi-liquid AT^2 features, accompanied by a field-linear magnetoresistance, appear above a field HFL. This crossover field HFL decreases linearly with decreasing temperature T and lands at a quantum critical point (QCP) near the upper critical field Hc2(0). The Fermi-liquid coefficient A(H) shows a power-law diverging behavior on the approach to the QCP, indicating the second-order quantum phase transition at this field. The connection between the field-induced QCP and the pseudogap observed in the underdoped regime will be discussed. [1] T. Shibauchi et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 7120 (2008).

  11. Photolysis quantum yield measurements in the near-UV; a critical analysis of 1-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl photochemistry.

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    Corrie, John E T; Kaplan, Jack H; Forbush, Biff; Ogden, David C; Trentham, David R

    2016-05-11

    The photolysis quantum yield, Qp, of 1-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl phosphate (caged Pi) measured in the near-UV (342 nm peak with 60 nm half-bandwidth) is 0.53 and is based on results reported in 1978 (Biochemistry, 17, 1929-1935). This article amplifies methodology for determining that Qp in view of different recent estimates. Some general principles together with other examples relating to measurement of Qp values are discussed together with their relevance to biological research. PMID:27050155

  12. Small Atomic Orbital Basis Set First-Principles Quantum Chemical Methods for Large Molecular and Periodic Systems: A Critical Analysis of Error Sources.

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    Sure, Rebecca; Brandenburg, Jan Gerit; Grimme, Stefan

    2016-04-01

    In quantum chemical computations the combination of Hartree-Fock or a density functional theory (DFT) approximation with relatively small atomic orbital basis sets of double-zeta quality is still widely used, for example, in the popular B3LYP/6-31G* approach. In this Review, we critically analyze the two main sources of error in such computations, that is, the basis set superposition error on the one hand and the missing London dispersion interactions on the other. We review various strategies to correct those errors and present exemplary calculations on mainly noncovalently bound systems of widely varying size. Energies and geometries of small dimers, large supramolecular complexes, and molecular crystals are covered. We conclude that it is not justified to rely on fortunate error compensation, as the main inconsistencies can be cured by modern correction schemes which clearly outperform the plain mean-field methods. PMID:27308221

  13. Dispersion relations near quantum criticality in the quasi one-dimensional Ising chain CoNb2O6 in transverse magnetic field

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    Cabrera, Ivelisse; Thompson, Jordan; Coldea, Radu; Robinson, Neil; Essler, Fabian; Prabhakaran, Dharmalingam; Bewley, Robert; Guidi, Tatiana

    2013-03-01

    The Ising chain in a transverse magnetic field is one of the canonical examples of a quantum phase transition. We have recently realized this model experimentally in the quasi-one-dimensional (1D) Ising-like ferromagnet CoNb2O6. Here, we present single-crystal inelastic neutron scattering measurements of the magnetic dispersion relations in the full three-dimensional (3D) Brillouin zone for magnetic fields near the critical point and in the high field paramagnetic phase. We explore the gap dependence as a function of field and quantify the cross-over to 3D physics at the lowest energies due to the finite interchain couplings. We parametrize the dispersion relations in the high-field paramagnetic phase to a spin wave model to quantify the sub-leading terms in the spin Hamiltonian beyond the dominant 1D Ising exchange.

  14. Magnetic-field-induced crossover from non-Fermi to Fermi liquid at the quantum critical point of YbCu5-xAux

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    Carretta, P.; Pasero, R.; Giovannini, M.; Baines, C.

    2009-01-01

    The temperature (T) dependence of the muon and C63u nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rates 1/T1 in YbCu4.4Au0.6 is reported over nearly four decades. It is shown that for T→0 1/T1 diverges following the behavior predicted by the self-consistent renormalization (SCR) theory for a ferromagnetic quantum critical point. On the other hand, the static uniform susceptibility χs is observed to diverge as T-2/3 and 1/T1T∝χs2 , a behavior which is not accounted for by SCR theory. The application of a magnetic field H is observed to induce a crossover to a Fermi-liquid behavior and for T→0 1/T1 is found to obey the scaling law 1/T1(H)=1/T1(0)[1+(μBH/kBT)2]-1 .

  15. Small Atomic Orbital Basis Set First‐Principles Quantum Chemical Methods for Large Molecular and Periodic Systems: A Critical Analysis of Error Sources

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    Sure, Rebecca; Brandenburg, Jan Gerit

    2015-01-01

    Abstract In quantum chemical computations the combination of Hartree–Fock or a density functional theory (DFT) approximation with relatively small atomic orbital basis sets of double‐zeta quality is still widely used, for example, in the popular B3LYP/6‐31G* approach. In this Review, we critically analyze the two main sources of error in such computations, that is, the basis set superposition error on the one hand and the missing London dispersion interactions on the other. We review various strategies to correct those errors and present exemplary calculations on mainly noncovalently bound systems of widely varying size. Energies and geometries of small dimers, large supramolecular complexes, and molecular crystals are covered. We conclude that it is not justified to rely on fortunate error compensation, as the main inconsistencies can be cured by modern correction schemes which clearly outperform the plain mean‐field methods. PMID:27308221

  16. Quantifying Quantumness

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    Braun, Daniel; Giraud, Olivier; Braun, Peter A.

    2010-03-01

    We introduce and study a measure of ``quantumness'' of a quantum state based on its Hilbert-Schmidt distance from the set of classical states. ``Classical states'' were defined earlier as states for which a positive P-function exists, i.e. they are mixtures of coherent states [1]. We study invariance properties of the measure, upper bounds, and its relation to entanglement measures. We evaluate the quantumness of a number of physically interesting states and show that for any physical system in thermal equilibrium there is a finite critical temperature above which quantumness vanishes. We then use the measure for identifying the ``most quantum'' states. Such states are expected to be potentially most useful for quantum information theoretical applications. We find these states explicitly for low-dimensional spin-systems, and show that they possess beautiful, highly symmetric Majorana representations. [4pt] [1] Classicality of spin states, Olivier Giraud, Petr Braun, and Daniel Braun, Phys. Rev. A 78, 042112 (2008)

  17. Putative quantum criticality in the (Cr{sub 90}Ir{sub 10}){sub 100−y}V{sub y} alloy system

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    Fernando, P. R.; Prinsloo, A. R. E. Sheppard, C. J.; Lodya, L.

    2014-05-07

    Quantum criticality (QC) in spin-density-wave antiferromagnetic Cr and Cr alloy systems is a topic of current interest. In the present study, V was used as a tuning parameter to drive the Néel transition temperature (T{sub N}) of the (Cr{sub 90}Ir{sub 10}){sub 100−y}V{sub y} alloy series with 0 ≤ y ≤ 14.3 to zero and search for effects of QC in the process. The magnetic properties and possible QC behaviour (QCB) in this alloy system were investigated through electrical resistivity (ρ), specific heat (C{sub p}), and susceptibility (χ) measurements as a function of temperature (T), indicating that T{sub N} is suppressed to zero at a critical concentration y{sub c} ≈ 9. The Sommerfeld coefficient (γ) is considered a key indicator of QCB and a peak is observed in γ(y) at y{sub c} on decreasing y through this concentration, followed by a sharp decreasing trend. This behaviour is reminiscent of that observed for γ of the prototypical Cr{sub 100−x}V{sub x} QC system and allows for the classification of y{sub c} in the (Cr{sub 90}Ir{sub 10}){sub 100−y}V{sub y} alloy system as a possible QC point.

  18. Hall and transverse even effects in the vicinity of a quantum critical point in Tm1 - x Yb x B12

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    Sluchanko, N. E.; Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Anisimov, M. A.; Levchenko, A. V.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2012-09-01

    The angular, temperature, and magnetic field dependences of the resistance recorded in the Hall effect geometry are studied for the rare-earth dodecaboride Tm1 - x Yb x B12 solid solutions where the metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transitions are observed in the vicinity of the quantum critical point x c ≈ 0.3. The measurements performed on high-quality single crystals in the temperature range 1.9-300 K for the first time have revealed the appearance of the second harmonic contribution, a transverse even effect in these fcc compounds near the quantum critical point. This contribution a is found to increase drastically both under the Tm-to-ytterbium substitution in the range x > x c and with an increase in the external magnetic field. Moreover, as the Yb concentration x increases, a negative peak of a significant amplitude appears on the temperature dependences of the Hall coefficient R H( T) for the Tm1 - x Yb x B12 compounds, in contrast to the invariable behavior R H( T) ≈ const found for TmB12. The complicated activation-type behavior of the Hall coefficient is observed at intermediate temperatures for x ≥ 0.5 with activation energies E g / k B ≈ 200 K and E a/ k B = 55-75 K, and the sign inversion of R H( T) is detected at liquid-helium temperatures in the coherent regime. Renormalization effects in the electron density of states induced by variation of the Yb concentration are analyzed. The anomalies of the charge transport in Tm1 - x Yb x B12 solid solutions in various regimes (charge gap formation, intra-gap many-body resonance, and coherent regime) are discussed in detail and the results are interpreted in terms of the electron phase separation effects in combination with the formation of nanosize clusters of rare earth ions in the cage-glass state of the studied dodecaborides. The data obtained allow concluding that the emergence of Yb-Yb dimers in the Tm1 - x Yb x B12 cage-glass matrix is the origin of the metal

  19. Hall and transverse even effects in the vicinity of a quantum critical point in Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12}

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    Sluchanko, N. E. Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Anisimov, M. A.; Levchenko, A. V.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2012-09-15

    The angular, temperature, and magnetic field dependences of the resistance recorded in the Hall effect geometry are studied for the rare-earth dodecaboride Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} solid solutions where the metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transitions are observed in the vicinity of the quantum critical point x{sub c} Almost-Equal-To 0.3. The measurements performed on high-quality single crystals in the temperature range 1.9-300 K for the first time have revealed the appearance of the second harmonic contribution, a transverse even effect in these fcc compounds near the quantum critical point. This contribution a is found to increase drastically both under the Tm-to-ytterbium substitution in the range x > x{sub c} and with an increase in the external magnetic field. Moreover, as the Yb concentration x increases, a negative peak of a significant amplitude appears on the temperature dependences of the Hall coefficient R{sub H}(T) for the Tm{sup 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} compounds, in contrast to the invariable behavior R{sub H}(T) Almost-Equal-To const found for TmB{sub 12}. The complicated activation-type behavior of the Hall coefficient is observed at intermediate temperatures for x {>=} 0.5 with activation energies E{sub g}/k{sub B} Almost-Equal-To 200 K and E{sub a}/k{sub B} 55-75 K, and the sign inversion of R{sub H}(T) is detected at liquid-helium temperatures in the coherent regime. Renormalization effects in the electron density of states induced by variation of the Yb concentration are analyzed. The anomalies of the charge transport in Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} solid solutions in various regimes (charge gap formation, intra-gap many-body resonance, and coherent regime) are discussed in detail and the results are interpreted in terms of the electron phase separation effects in combination with the formation of nanosize clusters of rare earth ions in the cage-glass state of the studied dodecaborides. The data obtained allow

  20. Star junctions and watermelons of pure or random quantum Ising chains: finite-size properties of the energy gap at criticality

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    Monthus, Cécile

    2015-06-01

    We consider M  ⩾  2 pure or random quantum Ising chains of N spins when they are coupled via a single star junction at their origins or when they are coupled via two star junctions at the their two ends leading to the watermelon geometry. The energy gap is studied via a sequential self-dual real-space renormalization procedure that can be explicitly solved in terms of Kesten variables containing the initial couplings and and the initial transverse fields. In the pure case at criticality, the gap is found to decay as a power-law {ΔM}\\propto {{N}-z(M)} with the dynamical exponent z(M)=\\frac{M}{2} for the single star junction (the case M   =   2 corresponds to z   =   1 for a single chain with free boundary conditions) and z(M)   =   M  -  1 for the watermelon (the case M   =   2 corresponds to z   =   1 for a single chain with periodic boundary conditions). In the random case at criticality, the gap follows the Infinite Disorder Fixed Point scaling \\ln {ΔM}=-{{N}\\psi}g with the same activated exponent \\psi =\\frac{1}{2} as the single chain corresponding to M   =   2, and where g is an O(1) random positive variable, whose distribution depends upon the number M of chains and upon the geometry (star or watermelon).

  1. A ferromagnetic quantum critical point in heavy-fermion iron oxypnictide CeFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}PO

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    Okano, T.; Matoba, M.; Kamihara, Y.; Kitao, S.; Seto, M.; Atou, T.; Itoh, M.

    2015-05-07

    We report crystallographic and magnetic properties of layered iron oxypnictide CeFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}PO (x = 0.000–0.692). Interlayer distances between Ce{sub 2}O{sub 2} and (Fe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}){sub 2}P{sub 2} layers increase as a function of x, suggesting suppression of Kondo coupling among hybridized conducting orbitals and localized Ce 4f orbitals. CeFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}PO (x = 0.100–0.384) exhibits finite ferromagnetic transition temperatures (T{sub curie}) obtained by Arrott plots, although {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra reveal paramagnetic Fe sublattice at T ≥ 4.2 K. These results indicate that the ferromagnetic phase transitions of samples are mainly due to Ce sublattice. For the samples with x ≥ 0.500, no ferromagnetic order is observed down to 2 K. These results verify that ferromagnetic quantum critical points of CeFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}PO appear at 0.045 ≤ x ≤ 0.100 and 0.384 ≤ x ≤ 0.500.

  2. Quantum critical fluctuations in the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935Pd0.065)2Ge2

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    Wang, C. H.; Poudel, L.; Taylor, Alice E.; Lawrence, J M.; Christianson, Andrew D.; Chang, S.; Rodriguez-Rivera, J. A.; Lynn, J. W.; Podlesnyak, Andrey A.; Ehlers, G.; et al

    2014-12-03

    Electric resistivity, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, and inelastic neutron scattering experiments were performed on a single crystal of the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935Pd0.065)2Ge2 in order to research the spin fluctuations near an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP). The resistivity and the specific heat coefficient for T ≤ 1 K exhibit the power law behavior expected for a 3D itinerant AF QCP (ρ(T) ~ T3/2 and γ(T) ~ γ0 - bT1/2). However, for 2 ≤ T ≤ 10 K, the susceptibility and specific heat vary as log T and the resistivity varies linearly with temperature. In addition, despite the factmore » that the resistivity and specific heat exhibit the non-Fermi liquid behavior expected at a QCP, the correlation length, correlation time, and staggered susceptibility of the spin fluctuations remain finite at low temperature. In conclusion, we suggest that these deviations from the divergent behavior expected for a QCP may result from alloy disorder.« less

  3. Charge redistribution and a shortening of the Fe--As bond at the quantum critical point of SmO1-xFxFeAs.

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    Cheng, Jie; Dong, Peng; Xu, Wei; Liu, Shengli; Chu, Wangsheng; Chen, Xianhui; Wu, Ziyu

    2015-07-01

    Many researchers have pointed out that there is a quantum critical point (QCP) in the F-doped SmOFeAs system. In this paper, the electronic structure and local structure of the superconductive FeAs layer in SmO(1-x)FxFeAs as a function of the F-doping concentration have been investigated using Fe and As K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Experiments performed on the X-ray absorption near-edge structure showed that in the vicinity of the QCP the intensity of the pre-edge feature at the Fe-edge decreases continuously, while there is a striking rise of the shoulder-peak at the As edge, suggesting the occurrence of charge redistribution near the QCP. Further analysis on the As K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure demonstrated that the charge redistribution originates mostly from a shortening of the Fe-As bond at the QCP. An evident relationship between the mysterious QCP and the fundamental Fe-As bond was established, providing new insights on the interplay between QCP, charge dynamics and the local structural Fe-As bond in Fe-based superconductors. PMID:26134807

  4. Multiband nodeless superconductivity near the charge-density-wave quantum critical point in ZrTe3‑x Se x

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    Shan, Cui; Lan-Po, He; Xiao-Chen, Hong; Xiang-De, Zhu; Cedomir, Petrovic; Shi-Yan, Li

    2016-07-01

    It was found that selenium doping can suppress the charge-density-wave (CDW) order and induce bulk superconductivity in ZrTe3. The observed superconducting dome suggests the existence of a CDW quantum critical point (QCP) in ZrTe3‑x Se x near x ≈ 0.04. To elucidate the superconducting state near the CDW QCP, we measure the thermal conductivity of two ZrTe3‑x Se x single crystals (x = 0.044 and 0.051) down to 80 mK. For both samples, the residual linear term κ 0/T at zero field is negligible, which is a clear evidence for nodeless superconducting gap. Furthermore, the field dependence of κ 0/T manifests a multigap behavior. These results demonstrate multiple nodeless superconducting gaps in ZrTe3‑x Se x , which indicates conventional superconductivity despite of the existence of a CDW QCP. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2012CB821402 and 2015CB921401), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 91421101, 11422429, and 11204312), the Program for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning, China, and STCSM of China (Grant No. 15XD1500200). Work at Brookhaven National Laboratory was supported by the US DOE under Contract No. DESC00112704.

  5. Anomalous frequency and temperature-dependent scattering and Hund's coupling in the almost quantum critical heavy-fermion system CeFe2Ge2

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    Bossé, G.; Pan, LiDong; Li, Yize S.; Greene, L. H.; Eckstein, J.; Armitage, N. P.

    2016-02-01

    We present THz range optical conductivity data of a thin film of the near quantum critical heavy-fermion compound CeFe2Ge2 . Our complex conductivity measurements find a deviation from conventional Drude-like transport in a temperature range previously reported to exhibit unconventional behavior. We calculate the frequency-dependent effective mass and scattering rate using an extended Drude model analysis. We find the inelastic scattering rate can be described by a temperature-dependent power law ωn (T ), where n (T ) approaches ˜1.0 ±0.2 at 1.5 K. This is compared to the ρ ˜T1.5 behavior claimed in dc resistivity data and the ρ ˜T2 expected from Fermi-liquid theory. In addition to a low-temperature mass renormalization, we find an anomalous mass renormalization that persists to high temperature. We attribute this to a Hund's coupling in the Fe states in a manner similar to that recently proposed in the ferropnictides. CeFe2Ge2 appears to be a very interesting system where one may study the interplay between the usual 4 f lattice Kondo effect and this Hund's enhanced Kondo effect in the 3 d states.

  6. Ferromagnetic Quantum Critical Fluctuations and Anomalous Coexistence of Ferromagnetism and Superconductivity in UCoGe Revealed by Co-NMR and NQR Studies

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    Ohta, Tetsuya; Nakai, Yusuke; Ihara, Yoshihiko; Ishida, Kenji; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Sato, Noriaki K.; Satoh, Isamu

    2008-02-01

    Co nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) studies were carried out for the recently discovered UCoGe, in which the ferromagnetic and superconducting (SC) transitions are reported to occur at TCurie˜ 3 K and TS˜ 0.8 K [Huy et al.: Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 (2007) 067006], in order to investigate the coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity as well as the normal-state and SC properties from a microscopic point of view. From the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 and Knight-shift measurements, we confirm that ferromagnetic fluctuations that possess a quantum critical character are present above TCurie and also the occurrence of a ferromagnetic transition at 2.5 K in our polycrystalline sample. The magnetic fluctuations in the normal state show that UCoGe is an itinerant ferromagnet similar to ZrZn2 and YCo2. The onset SC transition is identified at TS˜ 0.7 K, below which 1/T1 arising from 30% of the volume fraction starts to decrease due to the opening of the SC gap. This component of 1/T1, which follows a T3 dependence in the temperature range 0.3-0.1 K, coexists with the magnetic components of 1/T1 showing a \\sqrt{T} dependence below TS. From the NQR measurements in the SC state, we suggest that the self-induced vortex state is realized in UCoGe.

  7. A theoretical study of soft mode behavior and ferroelectric phase transition in 18O-isotope exchanged SrTiO3: evidence of phase coexistence at the quantum critical point

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    Mkam Tchouobiap, S. E.

    2014-02-01

    Motivated by recent experiments, the dynamics of the ferroelectric soft mode and the ferroelectric phase transition mechanism in 18O isotope exchanged systems SrTi(16O1-x18Ox)3 (abbreviated as STO18-x) are reinvestigated as a function of the 18O isotope exchange rate x, within a quasiharmonic model (QHM) for quantum ferroelectric modes in double-Morse local potential with mean-field approximation interactions between modes. The approach was realized within the framework of the variational principle method at finite temperature through the quantum mean-field approximation and by taking into account the effect of isotope replacement through the predominant mass effect, the cell volume effect, homogeneity of the composition throughout the material and the concentration-dependent ferroelectric mode distortion effect. The dynamics of the lowest-frequency soft phonon mode clearly presents an increased softening phenomenon with increasing x and a complete one at the corresponding phase transition temperature Tc, demonstrating the perfect soft-mode-type quantum ferroelectric phase transition for x ⩾ xc. Also, a ferroelectric-paraelectric phase coexistence state has been found near the quantum critical point xc and its origin is discussed. The ferroelectric phase transition mechanism is analyzed and its nature discussed, where a second-order phase transition close to the tricritical point is predicted. In addition, the effect of quantum fluctuations on the soft mode dynamics is discussed which reveals its reduction with increasing x and the crossover of the soft mode dynamics from the quantum to the classic one at the full 18O exchange limit x = 1, for which the origin seems to lie in the new homogeneity associated with the direct reduction of quantum fluctuations effects on the soft mode behavior. Within the QHM, consistent agreement with some of the previous experimental results and theoretical predictions of quantum ferroelectricity throughout the full range of x are

  8. Time in quantum gravity

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    Zeh, H. D.

    1988-01-01

    The intrinsic time concept of quantum gravity allows one to derive thermodynamical and quantum mechanical time arrows correlated with cosmic expansion only. Tube-like standing waves subject to a ``final'' condition may resemble unparametrised orbits of the universe, with ``quantum Poincaré cycles'' coinciding with its durations. A recent criticism by Qadir is answered.

  9. Survival of time-evolved quantum correlations depending on whether quenching is across a critical point in an X Y spin chain

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    Mishra, Utkarsh; Rakshit, Debraj; Prabhu, R.

    2016-04-01

    The time dynamics of quantum correlations in the quantum transverse anisotropic X Y spin chain of infinite length is studied at zero and finite temperatures. The evolution occurs due to the instantaneous quenching of the coupling constant between the nearest-neighbor spins of the model, which is performed either within the same phase or across the quantum phase-transition point connecting the order-disorder phases of the model. We characterize the time-evolved quantum correlations, viz., entanglement and quantum discord, which exhibit varying behavior depending on the initial state and the quenching scheme. We show that the system is endowed with enhanced nearest-neighbor bipartite quantum correlations compared to that of the initial state, when quenched from the ordered to the deep disordered phase. However, nearest-neighbor quantum correlations are almost washed out when the system is quenched from the disordered to the ordered phase with the initial state being at the zero temperature. We also identify the condition for the occurrence of enhanced bipartite correlations when the system is quenched within the same phase. Moreover, we investigate the bipartite quantum correlations when the initial state is a thermal equilibrium state with finite temperature, which reveals the effects of thermal fluctuation on the phenomena observed at zero temperature. Finally, an analogous analysis is carried out for zero-temperature next-nearest-neighbor quantum correlations.

  10. Electron-electron interaction and the universality of critical indices for quantum Hall effect plateau-plateau transitions in n-InGaAs/GaAs nanostructures with double quantum wells

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    Arapov, Yu. G.; Gudina, S. V. Klepikova, A. S.; Neverov, V. N.; Shelushinina, N. G.; Yakunin, M. V.

    2015-02-15

    The dependences of the longitudinal and Hall resistances on a magnetic field in the integer quantum Hall effect regime in n-InGaAs/GaAs heterostructures with a double quantum well are measured in the range of magnetic fields B = 0–16 T and temperatures T = 0.05–4.2 K, before and after infrared illumination. Analysis of the temperature dependence of the width of transitions between plateaus of the quantum Hall effect is performed in the scope of the scaling hypothesis allowing for electron-electron interaction effects.

  11. Quantum multiobservable control

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    Chakrabarti, Raj; Wu, Rebing; Rabitz, Herschel

    2008-06-01

    We present deterministic algorithms for the simultaneous control of an arbitrary number of quantum observables. Unlike optimal control approaches based on cost function optimization, quantum multiobservable tracking control (MOTC) is capable of tracking predetermined homotopic trajectories to target expectation values in the space of multiobservables. The convergence of these algorithms is facilitated by the favorable critical topology of quantum control landscapes. Fundamental properties of quantum multiobservable control landscapes, including the MOTC Gramian matrix, are introduced. The effects of multiple control objectives on the structure and complexity of optimal fields are examined. With minor modifications, the techniques described herein can be applied to general quantum multiobjective control problems.

  12. Work and quantum phase transitions: quantum latency.

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    Mascarenhas, E; Bragança, H; Dorner, R; França Santos, M; Vedral, V; Modi, K; Goold, J

    2014-06-01

    We study the physics of quantum phase transitions from the perspective of nonequilibrium thermodynamics. For first-order quantum phase transitions, we find that the average work done per quench in crossing the critical point is discontinuous. This leads us to introduce the quantum latent work in analogy with the classical latent heat of first order classical phase transitions. For second order quantum phase transitions the irreversible work is closely related to the fidelity susceptibility for weak sudden quenches of the system Hamiltonian. We demonstrate our ideas with numerical simulations of first, second, and infinite order phase transitions in various spin chain models. PMID:25019721

  13. Quantum Computation and Quantum Information

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    Nielsen, Michael A.; Chuang, Isaac L.

    2010-12-01

    Part I. Fundamental Concepts: 1. Introduction and overview; 2. Introduction to quantum mechanics; 3. Introduction to computer science; Part II. Quantum Computation: 4. Quantum circuits; 5. The quantum Fourier transform and its application; 6. Quantum search algorithms; 7. Quantum computers: physical realization; Part III. Quantum Information: 8. Quantum noise and quantum operations; 9. Distance measures for quantum information; 10. Quantum error-correction; 11. Entropy and information; 12. Quantum information theory; Appendices; References; Index.

  14. Buckley Prize Talk: Bosons on the Boundaries: The magnetic field driven superconductor-insulator quantum phase transition

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    Hebard, Arthur

    2015-03-01

    Experiments probing the competition between superconductivity and disorder in two-dimensional (2D) thin-film systems have provided fascinating glimpses into the physics of superconductor-insulator (S-I) quantum phase transitions (QPTs). This talk will address the use of externally applied magnetic fields to tune through the S-I transition of amorphous composite indium oxide (α-InOx) thin films prepared at different stages of disorder. Air-stable α-InOx films are particularly advantageous for these studies: the disorder parameter as measured by the sheet resistance can be reproducibly controlled during deposition and the films are uniformly homogeneous out to macroscopic length scales. Temperature-dependent resistance and current-voltage measurements confirm the power-law decay of the order-parameter correlation function appropriate to a Kosterlitz-Thouless description of phase transitions in 2D systems. Accordingly, the superconducting phase transition temperature Tc is related to the unbinding of vortex-antivortex pairs either by temperature and/or disorder. The application of magnetic fields unveils fundamentally different physics in which, rather than a vortex unbinding transition, a field-tuned QPT emerges with the signature of a disorder-dependent critical field Bc that identifies the delocalization and Bose condensation of field-induced vortices. The concomitant pronounced divergence in resistance, which becomes increasing sharp as the temperature is lowered, marks the boundary between a superconductor harboring both Bose condensed Cooper pairs and localized vortices and an insulator harboring both Bose condensed vortices and localized Cooper pairs. The data for this putative QPT are well described by finite temperature scaling theory with critical exponent values accurately determined. At higher fields there is a second critical field where the transverse resistance appears to diverge, signaling the unbinding of pairs with the superconducting energy gap

  15. Anti-Kibble-Zurek Behavior in Crossing the Quantum Critical Point of a Thermally Isolated System Driven by a Noisy Control Field.

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    Dutta, Anirban; Rahmani, Armin; Del Campo, Adolfo

    2016-08-19

    We show that a thermally isolated system driven across a quantum phase transition by a noisy control field exhibits anti-Kibble-Zurek behavior, whereby slower driving results in higher excitations. We characterize the density of excitations as a function of the ramping rate and the noise strength. The optimal driving time to minimize excitations is shown to scale as a universal power law of the noise strength. Our findings reveal the limitations of adiabatic protocols such as quantum annealing and demonstrate the universality of the optimal ramping rate. PMID:27588838

  16. Quantum rendering

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    Lanzagorta, Marco O.; Gomez, Richard B.; Uhlmann, Jeffrey K.

    2003-08-01

    In recent years, computer graphics has emerged as a critical component of the scientific and engineering process, and it is recognized as an important computer science research area. Computer graphics are extensively used for a variety of aerospace and defense training systems and by Hollywood's special effects companies. All these applications require the computer graphics systems to produce high quality renderings of extremely large data sets in short periods of time. Much research has been done in "classical computing" toward the development of efficient methods and techniques to reduce the rendering time required for large datasets. Quantum Computing's unique algorithmic features offer the possibility of speeding up some of the known rendering algorithms currently used in computer graphics. In this paper we discuss possible implementations of quantum rendering algorithms. In particular, we concentrate on the implementation of Grover's quantum search algorithm for Z-buffering, ray-tracing, radiosity, and scene management techniques. We also compare the theoretical performance between the classical and quantum versions of the algorithms.

  17. QUANTUM OPTICS AND QUANTUM COMPUTATION: Analysis of limiting information characteristics of quantum-cryptography protocols

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    Sych, D. V.; Grishanin, Boris A.; Zadkov, Viktor N.

    2005-01-01

    The problem of increasing the critical error rate of quantum-cryptography protocols by varying a set of letters in a quantum alphabet for space of a fixed dimensionality is studied. Quantum alphabets forming regular polyhedra on the Bloch sphere and the continual alphabet equally including all the quantum states are considered. It is shown that, in the absence of basis reconciliation, a protocol with the tetrahedral alphabet has the highest critical error rate among the protocols considered, while after the basis reconciliation, a protocol with the continual alphabet possesses the highest critical error rate.

  18. Nodal structure and quantum critical point beneath the superconducting dome of BaFe2(As1-xPx)2

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    Matsuda, Yuji

    2012-02-01

    Among BaFe2As2 based materials , the isovalent pnictogen substituted system BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 appears to be the most suitable system to discuss many physical properties, because BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 can be grown with very clean and homogeneous, as evidenced by the quantum oscillations observed over a wide doping range even in the superconducting dome giving detailed knowledge on the electronic structure. We investigate the structure of the superconducting order parameter in BaFe2(As0.67P0.33)2 (Tc=31,) with line nodes by the angle-resolved thermal conductivity measurements in magnetic field. The experimental results are most consistent with the closed nodal loops located at the flat part of the electron Fermi surface with high Fermi velocity. The doping evolution of the penetration depth indicates that nodal loop is robust against P-doping. Moreover, the magnitude of the zero temperature penetration depth exhibits a sharp peak at x=0.3, indicating the presence of a quantum phase transition deep inside the superconducting dome.[4pt] This work has been done in collaboration with T. Shibauchi, K. Hashimoto, S. Kasahara, M. Yamashita, T. Terashima, H. Ikeda (Kyoto), A. Carrington (Bristol), K. Cho, R. Prozorov, M. Tanatar (Ames), A.B. Vorontsov (Montana) and I.Vekhter (Louisiana).

  19. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B.; Jia, T.; Zhang, C.; Rebec, S.; Lee, J. J.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D.-H.; Moore, R. G.; Moodera, J. S.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2016-01-01

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy. PMID:27599406

  20. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film.

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    Li, W; Claassen, M; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B; Jia, T; Zhang, C; Rebec, S; Lee, J J; Hashimoto, M; Lu, D-H; Moore, R G; Moodera, J S; Devereaux, T P; Shen, Z-X

    2016-01-01

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy. PMID:27599406

  1. Competing ground states in transition metal oxides: Behavior of itinerant Sr1- x Ca x RuO3 close to the classical and quantum critical ferromagnetic phase transition

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    Fuchs, D.; Huang, C. L.; Schmalian, J.; Wissinger, M.; Schuppler, S.; Grube, K.; Löhneysen, H. v.

    2015-07-01

    The ferromagnetic (FM) phase transition of the itinerant electron-system Sr1- x Ca x RuO3 can be tuned by chemical composition resulting in a quantum critical point (QCP) at the critical concentration x c ≈ 0.7. Applying epitaxial pressure at constant x leads to a reduction of the Curie temperature T C which is found to be proportional to the shrinkage of the unit-cell volume V uc , shifting x c to higher values for tensile strained films. Surprisingly, the tetragonal distortion seems to play here only a minor role. With increasing x the critical scaling of the order parameter shows unusual behavior. The magnetic critical exponents β, γ, and δ change systematically from typical mean-field values at x = 0 with increasing x towards β = 1, γ = 0.9 and δ = 1.6 at x = 0.7. The results are discussed with respect to a crossover from mean-field-like behavior at x = 0 to a line of fixed points that might emerge in the strong-disorder limit as the system approaches the QCP at or near x c . Magnetic inhomogeneities are indeed suggested by a non-vanishing magnetic moment at x c and the evidence of a Griffiths phase as well as glass-like behavior close to x c . Although spin fluctuations certainly play an important role around x c as proposed previously, our highly accurate data of the magnetization M( T, B) and specific heat C( T, B) for x = 0.7 suggest dynamic scaling with an unusual dynamic exponent z = 1.8, incompatible with standard spin-fluctuation theories at a ferromagnetic QCP.

  2. Quantum phases and dynamics of geometric phase in a quantum spin chain under linear quench

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    Sarkar, S.; Basu, B.

    2012-12-01

    We study the quantum phases of anisotropic XY spin chain in presence and absence of adiabatic quench. A connection between geometric phase and criticality is established from the dynamical behavior of the geometric phase for a quench induced quantum phase transition in a quantum spin chain. We predict XX criticality associated with a sequence of non-contractible geometric phases.

  3. Quantum information approach to the azurite mineral frustrated quantum magnet

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    Batle, J.; Ooi, C. H. Raymond; Abutalib, M.; Farouk, Ahmed; Abdalla, S.

    2016-07-01

    Quantum correlations are almost impossible to address in bulk systems. Quantum measures extended only to a few number of parties can be discussed in practice. In the present work, we study nonlocality for a cluster of spins belonging to a mineral whose structure is that of a quantum magnet. We reproduce at a much smaller scale the experimental outcomes, and then, we study the role of quantum correlations there. A macroscopic entanglement witness has been introduced in order to reveal nonlocal quantum correlations between individual constituents of the azurite mineral at nonzero temperatures. The critical point beyond which entanglement is zero is found at T_c < 1 K.

  4. Quantum information approach to the azurite mineral frustrated quantum magnet

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    Batle, J.; Ooi, C. H. Raymond; Abutalib, M.; Farouk, Ahmed; Abdalla, S.

    2016-04-01

    Quantum correlations are almost impossible to address in bulk systems. Quantum measures extended only to a few number of parties can be discussed in practice. In the present work, we study nonlocality for a cluster of spins belonging to a mineral whose structure is that of a quantum magnet. We reproduce at a much smaller scale the experimental outcomes, and then, we study the role of quantum correlations there. A macroscopic entanglement witness has been introduced in order to reveal nonlocal quantum correlations between individual constituents of the azurite mineral at nonzero temperatures. The critical point beyond which entanglement is zero is found at T_c < 1 K.

  5. Strong enhancement of s-wave superconductivity near a quantum critical point of (Ca1-xSrx)3Ir4Sn13 and (Ca1-xSrx)3Rh4Sn13

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    Morenzoni, Elvezio; Biswas, Pabitra; Guguchia, Zurab; Khasanov, Rustem; Chinotti, Manuel; Krieger, Jonas; Li, L.; Wang, Kefeng; Petrovic, Cedomir; Pomjakushina, Ekaterina

    We report microscopic studies by muon spin rotation as a function of pressure of the (Ca1-xSrx)3Ir4Sn13 and (Ca1-xSrx)3Rh4Sn13 cubic compounds, which display superconductivity and a structural phase transition associated with the formation of a charge density wave (CDW). In Ca3Ir4Sn13 we find a strong enhancement of the superfluid density and a dramatic increase of the pairing strength above a pressure of ~ 1 . 6 GPa giving direct evidence of the presence of a quantum critical point separating a superconducting phase coexisting with CDW from a pure superconducting phase. The superconducting order parameter in both phases has the same s-wave symmetry. Similar behavior is found in the other family. In spite of the conventional phonon-mediated BCS character of these weakly correlated 3-4-13 systems, the dependence of the effective superfluid density on the critical temperature put these compounds in the ``Uemura'' plot close to unconventional superconductors. These systems exemplify that conventional BCS superconductors can also display characteristics of unconventional superconductors. Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and by the U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-SC00112704.

  6. Landau levels and spin splitting in the two-dimensional electron gas of a HgTe quantum well near the critical width for the topological phase transition

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    Pakmehr, M.; Bruene, C.; Buhmann, H.; Molenkamp, L. W.; Stier, A. V.; McCombe, B. D.

    2014-12-01

    We report a detailed low-temperature study of the two-dimensional (2D) electron gas in a 6.1-nm-wide HgTe quantum well with H g0.3C d0.7Te barriers by terahertz magnetophotoconductivity and magnetotransmission combined with magnetotransport measurements (Rx x and Rx y) in magnetic fields up to 10 T. This well width, close to that at the topological phase transition, corresponds to conventional band ordering, and we probe the "bulk" quasi-2D Landau-level (LL) spectrum of the conduction band at high energies (≈135 -160 meV ) above the Dirac point. The calculated separations between adjacent LLs of the same spin based on published parameters for this structure are in fair agreement with the measured cyclotron resonance energies. However, the very large spin splittings observed (Espin>Ecyclotron) require a significantly larger g -parameter ge for electrons. Tilted field coincidence experiments are consistent with the large spin splitting showing coincidences at 3/2 and twice the cyclotron energy. This large value of ge also leads to interesting crossings of the calculated LLs, and we find direct evidence of these crossings in the Rx x measurements at lower electron densities (Fermi energies) produced by negative gate bias.

  7. Quantum correlation via quantum coherence

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    Yu, Chang-shui; Zhang, Yang; Zhao, Haiqing

    2014-06-01

    Quantum correlation includes quantum entanglement and quantum discord. Both entanglement and discord have a common necessary condition—quantum coherence or quantum superposition. In this paper, we attempt to give an alternative understanding of how quantum correlation is related to quantum coherence. We divide the coherence of a quantum state into several classes and find the complete coincidence between geometric (symmetric and asymmetric) quantum discords and some particular classes of quantum coherence. We propose a revised measure for total coherence and find that this measure can lead to a symmetric version of geometric quantum correlation, which is analytic for two qubits. In particular, this measure can also arrive at a monogamy equality on the distribution of quantum coherence. Finally, we also quantify a remaining type of quantum coherence and find that for two qubits, it is directly connected with quantum nonlocality.

  8. Turbocharging Quantum Tomography.

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    Blume-Kohout, Robin J; Gamble, John King,; Nielsen, Erik; Maunz, Peter Lukas Wilhelm; Scholten, Travis L.; Rudinger, Kenneth Michael

    2015-01-01

    Quantum tomography is used to characterize quantum operations implemented in quantum information processing (QIP) hardware. Traditionally, state tomography has been used to characterize the quantum state prepared in an initialization procedure, while quantum process tomography is used to characterize dynamical operations on a QIP system. As such, tomography is critical to the development of QIP hardware (since it is necessary both for debugging and validating as-built devices, and its results are used to influence the next generation of devices). But tomography su %7C ers from several critical drawbacks. In this report, we present new research that resolves several of these flaws. We describe a new form of tomography called gate set tomography (GST), which unifies state and process tomography, avoids prior methods critical reliance on precalibrated operations that are not generally available, and can achieve unprecedented accuracies. We report on theory and experimental development of adaptive tomography protocols that achieve far higher fidelity in state reconstruction than non-adaptive methods. Finally, we present a new theoretical and experimental analysis of process tomography on multispin systems, and demonstrate how to more e %7C ectively detect and characterize quantum noise using carefully tailored ensembles of input states.

  9. String theory, quantum phase transitions, and the emergent Fermi liquid.

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    Cubrović, Mihailo; Zaanen, Jan; Schalm, Koenraad

    2009-07-24

    A central problem in quantum condensed matter physics is the critical theory governing the zero-temperature quantum phase transition between strongly renormalized Fermi liquids as found in heavy fermion intermetallics and possibly in high-critical temperature superconductors. We found that the mathematics of string theory is capable of describing such fermionic quantum critical states. Using the anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory correspondence to relate fermionic quantum critical fields to a gravitational problem, we computed the spectral functions of fermions in the field theory. By increasing the fermion density away from the relativistic quantum critical point, a state emerges with all the features of the Fermi liquid. PMID:19556462

  10. Quantum memory Quantum memory

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    Le Gouët, Jean-Louis; Moiseev, Sergey

    2012-06-01

    Interaction of quantum radiation with multi-particle ensembles has sparked off intense research efforts during the past decade. Emblematic of this field is the quantum memory scheme, where a quantum state of light is mapped onto an ensemble of atoms and then recovered in its original shape. While opening new access to the basics of light-atom interaction, quantum memory also appears as a key element for information processing applications, such as linear optics quantum computation and long-distance quantum communication via quantum repeaters. Not surprisingly, it is far from trivial to practically recover a stored quantum state of light and, although impressive progress has already been accomplished, researchers are still struggling to reach this ambitious objective. This special issue provides an account of the state-of-the-art in a fast-moving research area that makes physicists, engineers and chemists work together at the forefront of their discipline, involving quantum fields and atoms in different media, magnetic resonance techniques and material science. Various strategies have been considered to store and retrieve quantum light. The explored designs belong to three main—while still overlapping—classes. In architectures derived from photon echo, information is mapped over the spectral components of inhomogeneously broadened absorption bands, such as those encountered in rare earth ion doped crystals and atomic gases in external gradient magnetic field. Protocols based on electromagnetic induced transparency also rely on resonant excitation and are ideally suited to the homogeneous absorption lines offered by laser cooled atomic clouds or ion Coulomb crystals. Finally off-resonance approaches are illustrated by Faraday and Raman processes. Coupling with an optical cavity may enhance the storage process, even for negligibly small atom number. Multiple scattering is also proposed as a way to enlarge the quantum interaction distance of light with matter. The

  11. Communication Capacity of Quantum Computation

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    Bose, S.; Rallan, L.; Vedral, V.

    2000-12-01

    By considering quantum computation as a communication process, we relate its efficiency to its classical communication capacity. This formalism allows us to derive lower bounds on the complexity of search algorithms in the most general context. It enables us to link the mixedness of a quantum computer to its efficiency and also allows us to derive the critical level of mixedness beyond which there is no quantum advantage in computation.

  12. Critical Thinking.

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    Callison, Daniel

    1998-01-01

    Distinguishes between critical and creative thinking and discusses critical-thinking in relation to modern instructional programs and information literacy. Outlines goals in critical-thinking curriculum, critical thinking skills (student disposition, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, presenting argument, and reflection), and…

  13. Ferromagnetic Kondo Effect in a Triple Quantum Dot System

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    Baruselli, P. P.; Requist, R.; Fabrizio, M.; Tosatti, E.

    2013-07-01

    A simple device of three laterally coupled quantum dots, the central one contacted by metal leads, provides a realization of the ferromagnetic Kondo model, which is characterized by interesting properties like a nonanalytic inverted zero-bias anomaly and an extreme sensitivity to a magnetic field. Tuning the gate voltages of the lateral dots allows us to study the transition from a ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic Kondo effect, a simple case of a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. We model the device by three coupled Anderson impurities that we study by numerical renormalization group. We calculate the single-particle spectral function of the central dot, which at zero frequency is proportional to the zero-bias conductance, across the transition, both in the absence and in the presence of a magnetic field.

  14. Ferromagnetic Kondo effect in a triple quantum dot system.

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    Baruselli, P P; Requist, R; Fabrizio, M; Tosatti, E

    2013-07-26

    A simple device of three laterally coupled quantum dots, the central one contacted by metal leads, provides a realization of the ferromagnetic Kondo model, which is characterized by interesting properties like a nonanalytic inverted zero-bias anomaly and an extreme sensitivity to a magnetic field. Tuning the gate voltages of the lateral dots allows us to study the transition from a ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic Kondo effect, a simple case of a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. We model the device by three coupled Anderson impurities that we study by numerical renormalization group. We calculate the single-particle spectral function of the central dot, which at zero frequency is proportional to the zero-bias conductance, across the transition, both in the absence and in the presence of a magnetic field. PMID:23931401

  15. Quantum teleportation on a photonic chip

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    Metcalf, Benjamin J.; Spring, Justin B.; Humphreys, Peter C.; Thomas-Peter, Nicholas; Barbieri, Marco; Kolthammer, W. Steven; Jin, Xian-Min; Langford, Nathan K.; Kundys, Dmytro; Gates, James C.; Smith, Brian J.; Smith, Peter G. R.; Walmsley, Ian A.

    2014-10-01

    Quantum teleportation is a fundamental concept in quantum physics that now finds important applications at the heart of quantum technology, including quantum relays, quantum repeaters and linear optics quantum computing. Photonic implementations have largely focused on achieving long-distance teleportation for decoherence-free quantum communication. Teleportation also plays a vital role in photonic quantum computing, for which large linear optical networks will probably require an integrated architecture. Here, we report a fully integrated implementation of quantum teleportation in which all key parts of the circuit—entangled state preparation, Bell-state analysis and tomographic state measurement—are performed on a reconfigurable photonic chip. We also show that a novel element-wise characterization method is critical to the mitigation of component errors, a key technique that will become increasingly important as integrated circuits reach the higher complexities necessary for quantum enhanced operation.

  16. Quantum simulation

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    Georgescu, I. M.; Ashhab, S.; Nori, Franco

    2014-01-01

    Simulating quantum mechanics is known to be a difficult computational problem, especially when dealing with large systems. However, this difficulty may be overcome by using some controllable quantum system to study another less controllable or accessible quantum system, i.e., quantum simulation. Quantum simulation promises to have applications in the study of many problems in, e.g., condensed-matter physics, high-energy physics, atomic physics, quantum chemistry, and cosmology. Quantum simulation could be implemented using quantum computers, but also with simpler, analog devices that would require less control, and therefore, would be easier to construct. A number of quantum systems such as neutral atoms, ions, polar molecules, electrons in semiconductors, superconducting circuits, nuclear spins, and photons have been proposed as quantum simulators. This review outlines the main theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum simulation and emphasizes some of the challenges and promises of this fast-growing field.

  17. Magnetic short-range correlations and quantum critical scattering in the non-Fermi liquid regime of URu{sub 2-x}Re{sub x}Si{sub 2} (x = 0.2-0.6).

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    Krishnamurthy, V. V.; Adroja, D. T.; Butch, N. P.; Osborn, R.; Sinha, S. K.; Robertson, J. L.; Aronson, M. C.; Nagler, S. E.; Maple, M. B.; ORNL; Rutherford Appleton Lab.; Univ. California at San Diego; Univ. Michigan

    2008-01-01

    The spin dynamics of uranium ions in the non-Fermi liquid compounds URu{sub 2-x}Re{sub x}Si{sub 2}, for x=0.2 to 0.6, have been investigated using inelastic neutron scattering. The wave vector (q) dependence of the magnetic scattering provides evidence of short-range antiferromagnetic correlations at low temperatures for x=0.2,0.25, but the scattering is nearly q independent at x=0.35,0.6. The magnetic response, {bar S}({omega}), obtained from the q-independent part of neutron scattering, varies as {omega}{sup -{alpha}} with a composition-dependent exponent {alpha} = 0.2-0.5. The dynamic magnetic susceptibility {chi}{double_prime}(q,{omega}) of the q-independent part exhibits {omega}/T scaling for the energy transfer {bar h}{omega} between 3.5 and 17 meV in the temperature (T) range of 5-300 K at all the compositions. This scaling, which indicates local quantum criticality, breaks down in the q range, 0.6-1.1 {angstrom}{sup -1} at x = 0.2 and 0.25, that is dominated by short-range antiferromagnetic correlations. The appearance of power laws in the magnetic response measured by inelastic neutron scattering over a wide Re doping region indicates a disorder driven non-Fermi liquid mechanism for the low-temperature physical properties in these compounds.

  18. Quantum critical fluctuations in the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935Pd0.065)2Ge2

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    Wang, C. H.; Poudel, L.; Taylor, Alice E.; Lawrence, J M.; Christianson, Andrew D.; Chang, S.; Rodriguez-Rivera, J. A.; Lynn, J. W.; Podlesnyak, Andrey A.; Ehlers, G.; Baumbach, R. E.; Bauer, E. D.; Gofryk, Krzysztof; Ronning, F.; Mcclellan, K. J.; Thompson, J. D.

    2014-12-03

    Electric resistivity, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, and inelastic neutron scattering experiments were performed on a single crystal of the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935Pd0.065)2Ge2 in order to research the spin fluctuations near an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP). The resistivity and the specific heat coefficient for T ≤ 1 K exhibit the power law behavior expected for a 3D itinerant AF QCP (ρ(T) ~ T3/2 and γ(T) ~ γ0 - bT1/2). However, for 2 ≤ T ≤ 10 K, the susceptibility and specific heat vary as log T and the resistivity varies linearly with temperature. In addition, despite the fact that the resistivity and specific heat exhibit the non-Fermi liquid behavior expected at a QCP, the correlation length, correlation time, and staggered susceptibility of the spin fluctuations remain finite at low temperature. In conclusion, we suggest that these deviations from the divergent behavior expected for a QCP may result from alloy disorder.

  19. Poisoning effect of Mn in LaFe1-xMnxAsO0.89F0.11: Unveiling a quantum critical point in the phase diagram of iron-based superconductors

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    Hammerath, F.; Bonfà, P.; Sanna, S.; Prando, G.; De Renzi, R.; Kobayashi, Y.; Sato, M.; Carretta, P.

    2014-04-01

    A superconducting-to-magnetic transition is reported for LaFeAsO0.89F0.11 where a per-thousand amount of Mn impurities is dispersed. By employing local spectroscopic techniques like muon spin rotation (μSR) and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) on compounds with Mn contents ranging from x =0.025% to x =0.75%, we find that the electronic properties are extremely sensitive to the Mn impurities. In fact, a small amount of Mn as low as 0.2% suppresses superconductivity completely. Static magnetism, involving the FeAs planes, is observed to arise for x >0.1% and becomes further enhanced upon increasing Mn substitution. Also a progressive increase of low-energy spin fluctuations, leading to an enhancement of the NQR spin-lattice relaxation rate T1-1, is observed upon Mn substitution. The analysis of T1-1 for the sample closest to the crossover between superconductivity and magnetism (x =0.2%) points toward the presence of an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point around that doping level.

  20. Quantum critical fluctuations in the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935 Pd0.065)2Ge2

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    Wang, C. H.; Poudel, L.; Taylor, A. E.; Lawrence, J. M.; Christianson, A. D.; Chang, S.; Rodriguez-Rivera, J. A.; Lynn, J. W.; Podlesnyak, A. A.; Ehlers, G.; Baumbach, R. E.; Bauer, E. D.; Gofryk, K.; Ronning, F.; McClellan, K. J.; Thompson, J. D.

    2015-01-14

    Electric resistivity, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, and inelastic neutron scattering experi- ments were performed on a single crystal of the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935 Pd0.065)2Ge2 in order to study the spin fluctuations near an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP). The resistivity and the specific heat coefficient for T ≤ 1 K exhibit the power law behavior expected for a 3D itinerant AF QCP (ρ(T) ~ T3/2 and γ(T) ~ γ0 - bT1/2). However, for 2 ≤ T ≤ 10 K, the susceptibility and specific heat vary as log T and the resistivity varies linearly with temperature. Furthermore, despite the fact that the resistivity and specific heat exhibit the non-Fermi liquid behavior expected at a QCP, the correlation length, correlation time, and staggered susceptibility of the spin fluctuations remain finite at low temperature. We suggest that these deviations from the divergent behavior expected for a QCP may result from alloy disorder.

  1. Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking

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    Mulnix, Jennifer Wilson

    2012-01-01

    As a philosophy professor, one of my central goals is to teach students to think critically. However, one difficulty with determining whether critical thinking can be taught, or even measured, is that there is widespread disagreement over what critical thinking actually is. Here, I reflect on several conceptions of critical thinking, subjecting…

  2. Controlling quantum information

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    Landahl, Andrew John

    Quantum information science explores ways in which quantum physical laws can be harnessed to control the acquisition, transmission, protection, and processing of information. This field has seen explosive growth in the past several years from progress on both theoretical and experimental fronts. Essential to this endeavor are methods for controlling quantum information. In this thesis, I present three new approaches for controlling quantum information. First, I present a new protocol for continuously protecting unknown quantum states from noise. This protocol combines and expands ideas from the theories of quantum error correction and quantum feedback control. The result can outperform either approach by itself. I generalize this protocol to all known quantum stabilizer codes, and study its application to the three-qubit repetition code in detail via Monte Carlo simulations. Next, I present several new protocols for controlling quantum information that are fault-tolerant. These protocols require only local quantum processing due to the topological properties of the quantum error correcting codes upon which they are built. I show that each protocol's fault-dependence behavior exhibits an order-disorder phase transition when mapped onto an associated statistical-mechanical model. I review the critical error rates of these protocols found by numerical study of the associated models, and I present new analytic bounds for them using a self-avoiding random walk argument. Moreover, I discuss fault-tolerant procedures for encoding, error-correction, computing, and decoding quantum information using these protocols, and calculate the accuracy threshold of fault-tolerant quantum memory for protocols using them. I end by presenting a new class of quantum algorithms that solve combinatorial optimization problems solely by measurement. I compute the running times of these algorithms by establishing an explicit dynamical model for the measurement process. This model, the

  3. Karl Popper's Quantum Ghost

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    Shields, William

    2004-05-01

    Karl Popper, though not trained as a physicist and embarrassed early in his career by a physics error pointed out by Einstein and Bohr, ultimately made substantial contributions to the interpretation of quantum mechanics. As was often the case, Popper initially formulated his position by criticizing the views of others - in this case Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Underlying Popper's criticism was his belief that, first, the "standard interpretation" of quantum mechanics, sometimes called the Copenhagen interpretation, abandoned scientific realism and second, the assertion that quantum theory was "complete" (an assertion rejected by Einstein among others) amounted to an unfalsifiable claim. Popper insisted that the most basic predictions of quantum mechanics should continue to be tested, with an eye towards falsification rather than mere adding of decimal places to confirmatory experiments. His persistent attacks on the Copenhagen interpretation were aimed not at the uncertainty principle itself and the formalism from which it was derived, but at the acceptance by physicists of an unclear epistemology and ontology that left critical questions unanswered. In 1999, physicists at the University of Maryland conducted a version of Popper's Experiment, re-igniting the debate over quantum predictions and the role of locality in physics.

  4. Analysis of limiting information characteristics of quantum-cryptography protocols

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    Sych, D V; Grishanin, Boris A; Zadkov, Viktor N

    2005-01-31

    The problem of increasing the critical error rate of quantum-cryptography protocols by varying a set of letters in a quantum alphabet for space of a fixed dimensionality is studied. Quantum alphabets forming regular polyhedra on the Bloch sphere and the continual alphabet equally including all the quantum states are considered. It is shown that, in the absence of basis reconciliation, a protocol with the tetrahedral alphabet has the highest critical error rate among the protocols considered, while after the basis reconciliation, a protocol with the continual alphabet possesses the highest critical error rate. (quantum optics and quantum computation)

  5. Quantum networks reveal quantum nonlocality.

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    Cavalcanti, Daniel; Almeida, Mafalda L; Scarani, Valerio; Acín, Antonio

    2011-01-01

    The results of local measurements on some composite quantum systems cannot be reproduced classically. This impossibility, known as quantum nonlocality, represents a milestone in the foundations of quantum theory. Quantum nonlocality is also a valuable resource for information-processing tasks, for example, quantum communication, quantum key distribution, quantum state estimation or randomness extraction. Still, deciding whether a quantum state is nonlocal remains a challenging problem. Here, we introduce a novel approach to this question: we study the nonlocal properties of quantum states when distributed and measured in networks. We show, using our framework, how any one-way entanglement distillable state leads to nonlocal correlations and prove that quantum nonlocality is a non-additive resource, which can be activated. There exist states, local at the single-copy level, that become nonlocal when taking several copies of them. Our results imply that the nonlocality of quantum states strongly depends on the measurement context. PMID:21304513

  6. Critical Care

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    Critical care helps people with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. It might treat problems such as complications from surgery, ... attention by a team of specially-trained health care providers. Critical care usually takes place in an ...

  7. Quantum probability and many worlds

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    Hemmo, Meir; Pitowsky, Itamar

    We discuss the meaning of probabilities in the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. We start by presenting very briefly the many worlds theory, how the problem of probability arises, and some unsuccessful attempts to solve it in the past. Then we criticize a recent attempt by Deutsch to derive the quantum mechanical probabilities from the non-probabilistic parts of quantum mechanics and classical decision theory. We further argue that the Born probability does not make sense even as an additional probability rule in the many worlds theory. Our conclusion is that the many worlds theory fails to account for the probabilistic statements of standard (collapse) quantum mechanics.

  8. Global quantum discord in multipartite systems

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    Rulli, C. C.; Sarandy, M. S.

    2011-10-15

    We propose a global measure for quantum correlations in multipartite systems, which is obtained by suitably recasting the quantum discord in terms of relative entropy and local von Neumann measurements. The measure is symmetric with respect to subsystem exchange and is shown to be nonnegative for an arbitrary state. As an illustration, we consider tripartite correlations in the Werner-GHZ (Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger) state and multipartite correlations at quantum criticality. In particular, in contrast with the pairwise quantum discord, we show that the global quantum discord is able to characterize the infinite-order quantum phase transition in the Ashkin-Teller spin chain.

  9. Quantum ontologies

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    Stapp, H.P.

    1988-12-01

    Quantum ontologies are conceptions of the constitution of the universe that are compatible with quantum theory. The ontological orientation is contrasted to the pragmatic orientation of science, and reasons are given for considering quantum ontologies both within science, and in broader contexts. The principal quantum ontologies are described and evaluated. Invited paper at conference: Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory, and Conceptions of the Universe, George Mason University, October 20-21, 1988. 16 refs.

  10. Quantum Computer Games: Quantum Minesweeper

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    Gordon, Michal; Gordon, Goren

    2010-01-01

    The computer game of quantum minesweeper is introduced as a quantum extension of the well-known classical minesweeper. Its main objective is to teach the unique concepts of quantum mechanics in a fun way. Quantum minesweeper demonstrates the effects of superposition, entanglement and their non-local characteristics. While in the classical…

  11. Critical Thoughts on Critical Thinking

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    Cody, Dean E.

    2006-01-01

    Scholars in many academic areas, including librarians, devote a significant amount of thought to critical thinking. Surveying views of its use and possibility, the author considers some key librarians' thoughts on critical thinking. In conclusion, the inability to define critical thinking means that librarians need to emphasize control of…

  12. Critical Thinking vs. Critical Consciousness

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    Doughty, Howard A.

    2006-01-01

    This article explores four kinds of critical thinking. The first is found in Socratic dialogues, which employ critical thinking mainly to reveal logical fallacies in common opinions, thus cleansing superior minds of error and leaving philosophers free to contemplate universal verities. The second is critical interpretation (hermeneutics) which…

  13. Critically Thinking about Critical Thinking

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    Weissberg, Robert

    2013-01-01

    In this article, the author states that "critical thinking" has mesmerized academics across the political spectrum and that even high school students are now being called upon to "think critically." He furthers adds that it is no exaggeration to say that "critical thinking" has quickly evolved into a scholarly…

  14. How Critical Is Critical Thinking?

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    Shaw, Ryan D.

    2014-01-01

    Recent educational discourse is full of references to the value of critical thinking as a 21st-century skill. In music education, critical thinking has been discussed in relation to problem solving and music listening, and some researchers suggest that training in critical thinking can improve students' responses to music. But what exactly is…

  15. Quantum memristors

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    Pfeiffer, P.; Egusquiza, I. L.; di Ventra, M.; Sanz, M.; Solano, E.

    2016-07-01

    Technology based on memristors, resistors with memory whose resistance depends on the history of the crossing charges, has lately enhanced the classical paradigm of computation with neuromorphic architectures. However, in contrast to the known quantized models of passive circuit elements, such as inductors, capacitors or resistors, the design and realization of a quantum memristor is still missing. Here, we introduce the concept of a quantum memristor as a quantum dissipative device, whose decoherence mechanism is controlled by a continuous-measurement feedback scheme, which accounts for the memory. Indeed, we provide numerical simulations showing that memory effects actually persist in the quantum regime. Our quantization method, specifically designed for superconducting circuits, may be extended to other quantum platforms, allowing for memristor-type constructions in different quantum technologies. The proposed quantum memristor is then a building block for neuromorphic quantum computation and quantum simulations of non-Markovian systems.

  16. Quantum memristors.

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    Pfeiffer, P; Egusquiza, I L; Di Ventra, M; Sanz, M; Solano, E

    2016-01-01

    Technology based on memristors, resistors with memory whose resistance depends on the history of the crossing charges, has lately enhanced the classical paradigm of computation with neuromorphic architectures. However, in contrast to the known quantized models of passive circuit elements, such as inductors, capacitors or resistors, the design and realization of a quantum memristor is still missing. Here, we introduce the concept of a quantum memristor as a quantum dissipative device, whose decoherence mechanism is controlled by a continuous-measurement feedback scheme, which accounts for the memory. Indeed, we provide numerical simulations showing that memory effects actually persist in the quantum regime. Our quantization method, specifically designed for superconducting circuits, may be extended to other quantum platforms, allowing for memristor-type constructions in different quantum technologies. The proposed quantum memristor is then a building block for neuromorphic quantum computation and quantum simulations of non-Markovian systems. PMID:27381511

  17. Quantum memristors

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    Pfeiffer, P.; Egusquiza, I. L.; Di Ventra, M.; Sanz, M.; Solano, E.

    2016-01-01

    Technology based on memristors, resistors with memory whose resistance depends on the history of the crossing charges, has lately enhanced the classical paradigm of computation with neuromorphic architectures. However, in contrast to the known quantized models of passive circuit elements, such as inductors, capacitors or resistors, the design and realization of a quantum memristor is still missing. Here, we introduce the concept of a quantum memristor as a quantum dissipative device, whose decoherence mechanism is controlled by a continuous-measurement feedback scheme, which accounts for the memory. Indeed, we provide numerical simulations showing that memory effects actually persist in the quantum regime. Our quantization method, specifically designed for superconducting circuits, may be extended to other quantum platforms, allowing for memristor-type constructions in different quantum technologies. The proposed quantum memristor is then a building block for neuromorphic quantum computation and quantum simulations of non-Markovian systems. PMID:27381511

  18. Spin dynamics near a putative antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in Cu-substituted BaFe2As2 and its relation to high-temperature superconductivity

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    Kim, M. G.; Wang, M.; Tucker, G. S.; Valdivia, P. N.; Abernathy, D. L.; Chi, Songxue; Christianson, A. D.; Aczel, A. A.; Hong, T.; Heitmann, T. W.; Ran, S.; Canfield, P. C.; Bourret-Courchesne, E. D.; Kreyssig, A.; Lee, D. H.; Goldman, A. I.; McQueeney, R. J.; Birgeneau, R. J.

    2015-12-02

    We present the results of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering measurements on nonsuperconducting Ba(Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2, a composition close to a quantum critical point between antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered and paramagnetic phases. By comparing these results with the spin fluctuations in the low-Cu composition as well as the parent compound BaFe2As2 and superconducting Ba(Fe1–xNix)2As2 compounds, we demonstrate that paramagnon-like spin fluctuations are evident in the antiferromagnetically ordered state of Ba(Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2, which is distinct from the AFM-like spin fluctuations in the superconducting compounds. Our observations suggest that Cu substitution decouples the interaction between quasiparticles and the spin fluctuations. In addition, we show that the spin-spin correlation length ξ(T) increases rapidly as the temperature is lowered and find ω/T scaling behavior, the hallmark of quantum criticality, at an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point.

  19. Topology-driven quantum phase transitions in time-reversal-invariant anyonic quantum liquids

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    Gils, Charlotte; Trebst, Simon; Kitaev, Alexei; Ludwig, Andreas W. W.; Troyer, Matthias; Wang, Zhenghan

    2009-11-01

    Indistinguishable particles in two dimensions can be characterized by anyonic quantum statistics, which is more general than that of bosons or fermions. Anyons emerge as quasiparticles in fractional quantum Hall states and in certain frustrated quantum magnets. Quantum liquids of anyons show degenerate ground states, where the degeneracy depends on the topology of the underlying surface. Here, we present a new type of continuous quantum phase transition in such anyonic quantum liquids, which is driven by quantum fluctuations of the topology. The critical state connecting two anyonic liquids on surfaces with different topologies is reminiscent of the notion of a `quantum foam' with fluctuations on all length scales. This exotic quantum phase transition arises in a microscopic model of interacting anyons for which we present an exact solution in a linear geometry. We introduce an intuitive physical picture of this model that unifies string nets and loop gases, and provide a simple description of topological quantum phases and their phase transitions.

  20. Quantum critical behavior of semisimple gauge theories

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    Esbensen, Jacob Kamuk; Ryttov, Thomas A.; Sannino, Francesco

    2016-02-01

    We study the perturbative phase diagram of semisimple fermionic gauge theories resembling the Standard Model. We investigate an S U (N ) gauge theory with M Dirac flavors where we gauge first an S U (M )L and then an S U (2 )L⊂S U (M )L of the original global symmetry S U (M )L×S U (M )R×U (1 ) of the theory. To avoid gauge anomalies we add leptonlike particles. At the two-loop level an intriguing phase diagram appears. We uncover phases in which one, two or three fixed points exist and discuss the associated flows of the coupling constants. We discover a phase featuring complete asymptotic freedom and simultaneously an interacting infrared fixed point in both couplings. The analysis further reveals special renormalization group trajectories along which one coupling displays asymptotic freedom and the other asymptotic safety, while both flowing in the infrared to an interacting fixed point. These are safety free trajectories. We briefly sketch out possible phenomenological implications, among which an independent way to generate near-conformal dynamics à la walking is investigated.

  1. Criticality Model

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    A. Alsaed

    2004-09-14

    The ''Disposal Criticality Analysis Methodology Topical Report'' (YMP 2003) presents the methodology for evaluating potential criticality situations in the monitored geologic repository. As stated in the referenced Topical Report, the detailed methodology for performing the disposal criticality analyses will be documented in model reports. Many of the models developed in support of the Topical Report differ from the definition of models as given in the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management procedure AP-SIII.10Q, ''Models'', in that they are procedural, rather than mathematical. These model reports document the detailed methodology necessary to implement the approach presented in the Disposal Criticality Analysis Methodology Topical Report and provide calculations utilizing the methodology. Thus, the governing procedure for this type of report is AP-3.12Q, ''Design Calculations and Analyses''. The ''Criticality Model'' is of this latter type, providing a process evaluating the criticality potential of in-package and external configurations. The purpose of this analysis is to layout the process for calculating the criticality potential for various in-package and external configurations and to calculate lower-bound tolerance limit (LBTL) values and determine range of applicability (ROA) parameters. The LBTL calculations and the ROA determinations are performed using selected benchmark experiments that are applicable to various waste forms and various in-package and external configurations. The waste forms considered in this calculation are pressurized water reactor (PWR), boiling water reactor (BWR), Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), Training Research Isotope General Atomic (TRIGA), Enrico Fermi, Shippingport pressurized water reactor, Shippingport light water breeder reactor (LWBR), N-Reactor, Melt and Dilute, and Fort Saint Vrain Reactor spent nuclear fuel (SNF). The scope of this analysis is to document the criticality computational method. The criticality

  2. Critical Care

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    Critical care helps people with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. It might treat problems such as complications from surgery, accidents, infections, and severe breathing problems. It involves ...

  3. Quantum robots and quantum computers

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    Benioff, P.

    1998-07-01

    Validation of a presumably universal theory, such as quantum mechanics, requires a quantum mechanical description of systems that carry out theoretical calculations and systems that carry out experiments. The description of quantum computers is under active development. No description of systems to carry out experiments has been given. A small step in this direction is taken here by giving a description of quantum robots as mobile systems with on board quantum computers that interact with different environments. Some properties of these systems are discussed. A specific model based on the literature descriptions of quantum Turing machines is presented.

  4. Quantum hair and quantum gravity

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    Coleman, S. ); Krauss, L.M. ); Preskill, J. ); Wilczek, F. )

    1992-01-01

    A black hole may carry quantum numbers that are not associated with massless gauge fields, contrary to the spirit of the 'no-hair' theorems. The 'quantum hair' is invisible in the classical limit, but measurable via quantum interference experiments. Quantum hair alters the temperature of the radiation emitted by a black hole. It also induces non-zero expectation values for fields outside the event horizon; these expectation values are non-perturbative in [Dirac h], and decay exponentially far from the hole. The existence of quantum hair demonstrates that a black hole can have an intricate quantum-mechanical structure that is completely missed by standard semiclassical theory.

  5. Quantum Darwinism

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    Zurek, Wojciech H

    2008-01-01

    Quantum Darwinism - proliferation, in the environment, of multiple records of selected states of the system (its information-theoretic progeny) - explains how quantum fragility of individual state can lead to classical robustness of their multitude.

  6. Quantum Orbifolds

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    Harju, Antti J.

    2016-06-01

    This is a study of orbifold-quotients of quantum groups (quantum orbifolds {Θ } rightrightarrows Gq). These structures have been studied extensively in the case of the quantum S U 2 group. A generalized theory of quantum orbifolds over compact simple and simply connected quantum groups is developed. Associated with a quantum orbifold there is an invariant subalgebra and a crossed product algebra. For each spin quantum orbifold, there is a unitary equivalence class of Dirac spectral triples over the invariant subalgebra, and for each effective spin quantum orbifold associated with a finite group action, there is a unitary equivalence class of Dirac spectral triples over the crossed product algebra. A Hopf-equivariant Fredholm index problem is studied as an application.

  7. Quantum memristors

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    Pfeiffer, P.; Egusquiza, I. L.; Di Ventra, M.; Sanz, M.; Solano, E.

    2016-07-06

    Technology based on memristors, resistors with memory whose resistance depends on the history of the crossing charges, has lately enhanced the classical paradigm of computation with neuromorphic architectures. However, in contrast to the known quantized models of passive circuit elements, such as inductors, capacitors or resistors, the design and realization of a quantum memristor is still missing. Here, we introduce the concept of a quantum memristor as a quantum dissipative device, whose decoherence mechanism is controlled by a continuous-measurement feedback scheme, which accounts for the memory. Indeed, we provide numerical simulations showing that memory effects actually persist in the quantummore » regime. Our quantization method, specifically designed for superconducting circuits, may be extended to other quantum platforms, allowing for memristor-type constructions in different quantum technologies. As a result, the proposed quantum memristor is then a building block for neuromorphic quantum computation and quantum simulations of non-Markovian systems.« less

  8. Critical Muralism

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    Rosette, Arturo

    2009-01-01

    This study focuses on the development and practices of Critical Muralists--community-educator-artist-leader-activists--and situates these specifically in relation to the Mexican mural tradition of los Tres Grandes and in relation to the history of public art more generally. The study examines how Critical Muralists address artistic and…

  9. Smeared quantum phase transition in the dissipative random quantum Ising model

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    Vojta, Thomas; Hoyos, José A.

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the quantum phase transition in the random transverse-field Ising model under the influence of Ohmic dissipation. To this end, we numerically implement a strong-disorder renormalization-group scheme. We find that Ohmic dissipation destroys the quantum critical point and the associated quantum Griffiths phase by smearing. Our results quantitatively confirm a recent theory [J.A. Hoyos, T. Vojta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 240601] of smeared quantum phase transitions.

  10. Coherence susceptibility as a probe of quantum phase transitions

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    Chen, Jin-Jun; Cui, Jian; Zhang, Yu-Ran; Fan, Heng

    2016-08-01

    We introduce a coherence susceptibility method, based on the fact that it signals quantum fluctuations, for identifying quantum phase transitions, which are induced by quantum fluctuations. This method requires no prior knowledge of order parameter, and there is no need for careful considerations concerning the choice of a bipartition of the system. It can identify different types of quantum phase transition points exactly. At finite temperatures, where quantum criticality is influenced by thermal fluctuations, our method can pinpoint the temperature frame of quantum criticality, which perfectly coincides with recent experiments.

  11. Quantum cheques

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    Moulick, Subhayan Roy; Panigrahi, Prasanta K.

    2016-06-01

    We propose the idea of a quantum cheque scheme, a cryptographic protocol in which any legitimate client of a trusted bank can issue a cheque, that cannot be counterfeited or altered in anyway, and can be verified by a bank or any of its branches. We formally define a quantum cheque and present the first unconditionally secure quantum cheque scheme and show it to be secure against any no-signalling adversary. The proposed quantum cheque scheme can been perceived as the quantum analog of Electronic Data Interchange, as an alternate for current e-Payment Gateways.

  12. Quantum cheques

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    Moulick, Subhayan Roy; Panigrahi, Prasanta K.

    2016-03-01

    We propose the idea of a quantum cheque scheme, a cryptographic protocol in which any legitimate client of a trusted bank can issue a cheque, that cannot be counterfeited or altered in anyway, and can be verified by a bank or any of its branches. We formally define a quantum cheque and present the first unconditionally secure quantum cheque scheme and show it to be secure against any no-signalling adversary. The proposed quantum cheque scheme can been perceived as the quantum analog of Electronic Data Interchange, as an alternate for current e-Payment Gateways.

  13. Quantum frames

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    Brown, Matthew J.

    2014-02-01

    The framework of quantum frames can help unravel some of the interpretive difficulties i the foundation of quantum mechanics. In this paper, I begin by tracing the origins of this concept in Bohr's discussion of quantum theory and his theory of complementarity. Engaging with various interpreters and followers of Bohr, I argue that the correct account of quantum frames must be extended beyond literal space-time reference frames to frames defined by relations between a quantum system and the exosystem or external physical frame, of which measurement contexts are a particularly important example. This approach provides superior solutions to key EPR-type measurement and locality paradoxes.

  14. Critics and Criticism of Education

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    Ornstein, Allan C.

    1977-01-01

    Radical educational critics, such as Edgar Friedenberg, Paul Goodman, A. S. Neill, John Holt, Jonathan Kozol, Herbert Kohl, James Herndon, and Ivan Illich, have few constructive goals, no strategy for broad change, and a disdain for modernization and compromise. Additionally, these critics, says the author, fail to consider social factors related…

  15. Quantum emitters dynamically coupled to a quantum field

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    Acevedo, O. L.; Quiroga, L.; Rodríguez, F. J.; Johnson, N. F.

    2013-12-04

    We study theoretically the dynamical response of a set of solid-state quantum emitters arbitrarily coupled to a single-mode microcavity system. Ramping the matter-field coupling strength in round trips, we quantify the hysteresis or irreversible quantum dynamics. The matter-field system is modeled as a finite-size Dicke model which has previously been used to describe equilibrium (including quantum phase transition) properties of systems such as quantum dots in a microcavity. Here we extend this model to address non-equilibrium situations. Analyzing the system’s quantum fidelity, we find that the near-adiabatic regime exhibits the richest phenomena, with a strong asymmetry in the internal collective dynamics depending on which phase is chosen as the starting point. We also explore signatures of the crossing of the critical points on the radiation subsystem by monitoring its Wigner function; then, the subsystem can exhibit the emergence of non-classicality and complexity.

  16. Consistent quantum measurements

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    Griffiths, Robert B.

    2015-11-01

    In response to recent criticisms by Okon and Sudarsky, various aspects of the consistent histories (CH) resolution of the quantum measurement problem(s) are discussed using a simple Stern-Gerlach device, and compared with the alternative approaches to the measurement problem provided by spontaneous localization (GRW), Bohmian mechanics, many worlds, and standard (textbook) quantum mechanics. Among these CH is unique in solving the second measurement problem: inferring from the measurement outcome a property of the measured system at a time before the measurement took place, as is done routinely by experimental physicists. The main respect in which CH differs from other quantum interpretations is in allowing multiple stochastic descriptions of a given measurement situation, from which one (or more) can be selected on the basis of its utility. This requires abandoning a principle (termed unicity), central to classical physics, that at any instant of time there is only a single correct description of the world.

  17. Quantum Feedback Amplification

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    Yamamoto, Naoki

    2016-04-01

    Quantum amplification is essential for various quantum technologies such as communication and weak-signal detection. However, its practical use is still limited due to inevitable device fragility that brings about distortion in the output signal or state. This paper presents a general theory that solves this critical issue. The key idea is simple and easy to implement: just a passive feedback of the amplifier's auxiliary mode, which is usually thrown away. In fact, this scheme makes the controlled amplifier significantly robust, and furthermore it realizes the minimum-noise amplification even under realistic imperfections. Hence, the presented theory enables the quantum amplification to be implemented at a practical level. Also, a nondegenerate parametric amplifier subjected to a special detuning is proposed to show that, additionally, it has a broadband nature.

  18. Experimental teleportation of a quantum controlled-NOT gate.

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    Huang, Yun-Feng; Ren, Xi-Feng; Zhang, Yong-Sheng; Duan, Lu-Ming; Guo, Guang-Can

    2004-12-10

    Teleportation of quantum gates is a critical step for the implementation of quantum networking and teleportation-based models of quantum computation. We report an experimental demonstration of teleportation of the prototypical quantum controlled-NOT (CNOT) gate. Assisted with linear optical manipulations, photon entanglement produced from parametric down-conversion, and postselection from the coincidence measurements, we teleport the quantum CNOT gate from acting on local qubits to acting on remote qubits. The quality of the quantum gate teleportation is characterized through the method of quantum process tomography, with an average fidelity of 0.84 demonstrated for the teleported gate. PMID:15697787

  19. Quantum Computing

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    Steffen, Matthias

    2013-03-01

    Quantum mechanics plays a crucial role in many day-to-day products, and has been successfully used to explain a wide variety of observations in Physics. While some quantum effects such as tunneling limit the degree to which modern CMOS devices can be scaled to ever reducing dimensions, others may potentially be exploited to build an entirely new computing architecture: The quantum computer. In this talk I will review several basic concepts of a quantum computer. Why quantum computing and how do we do it? What is the status of several (but not all) approaches towards building a quantum computer, including IBM's approach using superconducting qubits? And what will it take to build a functional machine? The promise is that a quantum computer could solve certain interesting computational problems such as factoring using exponentially fewer computational steps than classical systems. Although the most sophisticated modern quantum computing experiments to date do not outperform simple classical computations, it is increasingly becoming clear that small scale demonstrations with as many as 100 qubits are beginning to be within reach over the next several years. Such a demonstration would undoubtedly be a thrilling feat, and usher in a new era of controllably testing quantum mechanics or quantum computing aspects. At the minimum, future demonstrations will shed much light on what lies ahead.

  20. Quantum volume

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    Ryabov, V. A.

    2015-08-01

    Quantum systems in a mechanical embedding, the breathing mode of a small particles, optomechanical system, etc. are far not the full list of examples in which the volume exhibits quantum behavior. Traditional consideration suggests strain in small systems as a result of a collective movement of particles, rather than the dynamics of the volume as an independent variable. The aim of this work is to show that some problem here might be essentially simplified by introducing periodic boundary conditions. At this case, the volume is considered as the independent dynamical variable driven by the internal pressure. For this purpose, the concept of quantum volume based on Schrödinger’s equation in 𝕋3 manifold is proposed. It is used to explore several 1D model systems: An ensemble of free particles under external pressure, quantum manometer and a quantum breathing mode. In particular, the influence of the pressure of free particle on quantum oscillator is determined. It is shown also that correction to the spectrum of the breathing mode due to internal degrees of freedom is determined by the off-diagonal matrix elements of the quantum stress. The new treatment not using the “force” theorem is proposed for the quantum stress tensor. In the general case of flexible quantum 3D dynamics, quantum deformations of different type might be introduced similarly to monopole mode.

  1. Quantum games as quantum types

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    Delbecque, Yannick

    In this thesis, we present a new model for higher-order quantum programming languages. The proposed model is an adaptation of the probabilistic game semantics developed by Danos and Harmer [DH02]: we expand it with quantum strategies which enable one to represent quantum states and quantum operations. Some of the basic properties of these strategies are established and then used to construct denotational semantics for three quantum programming languages. The first of these languages is a formalisation of the measurement calculus proposed by Danos et al. [DKP07]. The other two are new: they are higher-order quantum programming languages. Previous attempts to define a denotational semantics for higher-order quantum programming languages have failed. We identify some of the key reasons for this and base the design of our higher-order languages on these observations. The game semantics proposed in this thesis is the first denotational semantics for a lambda-calculus equipped with quantum types and with extra operations which allow one to program quantum algorithms. The results presented validate the two different approaches used in the design of these two new higher-order languages: a first one where quantum states are used through references and a second one where they are introduced as constants in the language. The quantum strategies presented in this thesis allow one to understand the constraints that must be imposed on quantum type systems with higher-order types. The most significant constraint is the fact that abstraction over part of the tensor product of many unknown quantum states must not be allowed. Quantum strategies are a new mathematical model which describes the interaction between classical and quantum data using system-environment dialogues. The interactions between the different parts of a quantum system are described using the rich structure generated by composition of strategies. This approach has enough generality to be put in relation with other

  2. Secret Sharing of a Quantum State.

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    Lu, He; Zhang, Zhen; Chen, Luo-Kan; Li, Zheng-Da; Liu, Chang; Li, Li; Liu, Nai-Le; Ma, Xiongfeng; Chen, Yu-Ao; Pan, Jian-Wei

    2016-07-15

    Secret sharing of a quantum state, or quantum secret sharing, in which a dealer wants to share a certain amount of quantum information with a few players, has wide applications in quantum information. The critical criterion in a threshold secret sharing scheme is confidentiality: with less than the designated number of players, no information can be recovered. Furthermore, in a quantum scenario, one additional critical criterion exists: the capability of sharing entangled and unknown quantum information. Here, by employing a six-photon entangled state, we demonstrate a quantum threshold scheme, where the shared quantum secrecy can be efficiently reconstructed with a state fidelity as high as 93%. By observing that any one or two parties cannot recover the secrecy, we show that our scheme meets the confidentiality criterion. Meanwhile, we also demonstrate that entangled quantum information can be shared and recovered via our setting, which shows that our implemented scheme is fully quantum. Moreover, our experimental setup can be treated as a decoding circuit of the five-qubit quantum error-correcting code with two erasure errors. PMID:27472103

  3. Secret Sharing of a Quantum State

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    Lu, He; Zhang, Zhen; Chen, Luo-Kan; Li, Zheng-Da; Liu, Chang; Li, Li; Liu, Nai-Le; Ma, Xiongfeng; Chen, Yu-Ao; Pan, Jian-Wei

    2016-07-01

    Secret sharing of a quantum state, or quantum secret sharing, in which a dealer wants to share a certain amount of quantum information with a few players, has wide applications in quantum information. The critical criterion in a threshold secret sharing scheme is confidentiality: with less than the designated number of players, no information can be recovered. Furthermore, in a quantum scenario, one additional critical criterion exists: the capability of sharing entangled and unknown quantum information. Here, by employing a six-photon entangled state, we demonstrate a quantum threshold scheme, where the shared quantum secrecy can be efficiently reconstructed with a state fidelity as high as 93%. By observing that any one or two parties cannot recover the secrecy, we show that our scheme meets the confidentiality criterion. Meanwhile, we also demonstrate that entangled quantum information can be shared and recovered via our setting, which shows that our implemented scheme is fully quantum. Moreover, our experimental setup can be treated as a decoding circuit of the five-qubit quantum error-correcting code with two erasure errors.

  4. Quantum Games under Decoherence

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    Huang, Zhiming; Qiu, Daowen

    2016-02-01

    Quantum systems are easily influenced by ambient environments. Decoherence is generated by system interaction with external environment. In this paper, we analyse the effects of decoherence on quantum games with Eisert-Wilkens-Lewenstein (EWL) (Eisert et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 83(15), 3077 1999) and Marinatto-Weber (MW) (Marinatto and Weber, Phys. Lett. A 272, 291 2000) schemes. Firstly, referring to the analytical approach that was introduced by Eisert et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 83(15), 3077 1999), we analyse the effects of decoherence on quantum Chicken game by considering different traditional noisy channels. We investigate the Nash equilibria and changes of payoff in specific two-parameter strategy set for maximally entangled initial states. We find that the Nash equilibria are different in different noisy channels. Since Unruh effect produces a decoherence-like effect and can be perceived as a quantum noise channel (Omkar et al., arXiv: 1408.1477v1), with the same two parameter strategy set, we investigate the influences of decoherence generated by the Unruh effect on three-player quantum Prisoners' Dilemma, the non-zero sum symmetric multiplayer quantum game both for unentangled and entangled initial states. We discuss the effect of the acceleration of noninertial frames on the the game's properties such as payoffs, symmetry, Nash equilibrium, Pareto optimal, dominant strategy, etc. Finally, we study the decoherent influences of correlated noise and Unruh effect on quantum Stackelberg duopoly for entangled and unentangled initial states with the depolarizing channel. Our investigations show that under the influence of correlated depolarizing channel and acceleration in noninertial frame, some critical points exist for an unentangled initial state at which firms get equal payoffs and the game becomes a follower advantage game. It is shown that the game is always a leader advantage game for a maximally entangled initial state and there appear some points at which

  5. Quantum flywheel

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    Levy, Amikam; Diósi, Lajos; Kosloff, Ronnie

    2016-05-01

    In this work we present the concept of a quantum flywheel coupled to a quantum heat engine. The flywheel stores useful work in its energy levels, while additional power is extracted continuously from the device. Generally, the energy exchange between a quantum engine and a quantized work repository is accompanied by heat, which degrades the charging efficiency. Specifically when the quantum harmonic oscillator acts as a work repository, quantum and thermal fluctuations dominate the dynamics. Quantum monitoring and feedback control are applied to the flywheel in order to reach steady state and regulate its operation. To maximize the charging efficiency one needs a balance between the information gained by measuring the system and the information fed back to the system. The dynamics of the flywheel are described by a stochastic master equation that accounts for the engine, the external driving, the measurement, and the feedback operations.

  6. Quantum Groupoids

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    Xu, Ping

    We introduce a general notion of quantum universal enveloping algebroids (QUE algebroids), or quantum groupoids, as a unification of quantum groups and star-products. Some basic properties are studied including the twist construction and the classical limits. In particular, we show that a quantum groupoid naturally gives rise to a Lie bialgebroid as a classical limit. Conversely, we formulate a conjecture on the existence of a quantization for any Lie bialgebroid, and prove this conjecture for the special case of regular triangular Lie bialgebroids. As an application of this theory, we study the dynamical quantum groupoid , which gives an interpretation of the quantum dynamical Yang-Baxter equation in terms of Hopf algebroids.

  7. Quantum Dots

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    Tartakovskii, Alexander

    2012-07-01

    Part I. Nanostructure Design and Structural Properties of Epitaxially Grown Quantum Dots and Nanowires: 1. Growth of III/V semiconductor quantum dots C. Schneider, S. Hofling and A. Forchel; 2. Single semiconductor quantum dots in nanowires: growth, optics, and devices M. E. Reimer, N. Akopian, M. Barkelid, G. Bulgarini, R. Heeres, M. Hocevar, B. J. Witek, E. Bakkers and V. Zwiller; 3. Atomic scale analysis of self-assembled quantum dots by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy and atom probe tomography J. G. Keizer and P. M. Koenraad; Part II. Manipulation of Individual Quantum States in Quantum Dots Using Optical Techniques: 4. Studies of the hole spin in self-assembled quantum dots using optical techniques B. D. Gerardot and R. J. Warburton; 5. Resonance fluorescence from a single quantum dot A. N. Vamivakas, C. Matthiesen, Y. Zhao, C.-Y. Lu and M. Atature; 6. Coherent control of quantum dot excitons using ultra-fast optical techniques A. J. Ramsay and A. M. Fox; 7. Optical probing of holes in quantum dot molecules: structure, symmetry, and spin M. F. Doty and J. I. Climente; Part III. Optical Properties of Quantum Dots in Photonic Cavities and Plasmon-Coupled Dots: 8. Deterministic light-matter coupling using single quantum dots P. Senellart; 9. Quantum dots in photonic crystal cavities A. Faraon, D. Englund, I. Fushman, A. Majumdar and J. Vukovic; 10. Photon statistics in quantum dot micropillar emission M. Asmann and M. Bayer; 11. Nanoplasmonics with colloidal quantum dots V. Temnov and U. Woggon; Part IV. Quantum Dot Nano-Laboratory: Magnetic Ions and Nuclear Spins in a Dot: 12. Dynamics and optical control of an individual Mn spin in a quantum dot L. Besombes, C. Le Gall, H. Boukari and H. Mariette; 13. Optical spectroscopy of InAs/GaAs quantum dots doped with a single Mn atom O. Krebs and A. Lemaitre; 14. Nuclear spin effects in quantum dot optics B. Urbaszek, B. Eble, T. Amand and X. Marie; Part V. Electron Transport in Quantum Dots Fabricated by

  8. Dissipative quantum computing with open quantum walks

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    Sinayskiy, Ilya; Petruccione, Francesco

    2014-12-04

    An open quantum walk approach to the implementation of a dissipative quantum computing scheme is presented. The formalism is demonstrated for the example of an open quantum walk implementation of a 3 qubit quantum circuit consisting of 10 gates.

  9. Critical Thinking

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    Villano, Matt

    2006-01-01

    True excellence in technology implementation emerges when IT, administrative, and academic leaders link IT to mission-critical institutional objectives, investing in hardware and software to serve an explicit purpose and a distinct population of users. This article illustrates that at public institutions of higher education in New Hampshire as…

  10. Quantum Zeno Effect in the Measurement Problem

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    Namiki, Mikio; Pasaczio, Saverio

    1996-01-01

    Critically analyzing the so-called quantum Zeno effect in the measurement problem, we show that observation of this effect does not necessarily mean experimental evidence for the naive notion of wave-function collapse by measurement (the simple projection rule). We also examine what kind of limitation the uncertainty relation and others impose on the observation of the quantum Zeno effect.

  11. Quantum Cryptography Without Quantum Uncertainties

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    Durt, Thomas

    2002-06-01

    Quantum cryptography aims at transmitting a random key in such a way that the presence of a spy eavesdropping the communication would be revealed by disturbances in the transmission of the message. In standard quantum cryptography, this unavoidable disturbance is a consequence of the uncertainty principle of Heisenberg. We propose in this paper to replace quantum uncertainties by generalised, technological uncertainties, and discuss the realisability of such an idea. The proposed protocol can be considered as a simplification, but also as a generalisation of the standard quantum cryptographic protocols.

  12. Quantum computer games: quantum minesweeper

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    Gordon, Michal; Gordon, Goren

    2010-07-01

    The computer game of quantum minesweeper is introduced as a quantum extension of the well-known classical minesweeper. Its main objective is to teach the unique concepts of quantum mechanics in a fun way. Quantum minesweeper demonstrates the effects of superposition, entanglement and their non-local characteristics. While in the classical minesweeper the goal of the game is to discover all the mines laid out on a board without triggering them, in the quantum version there are several classical boards in superposition. The goal is to know the exact quantum state, i.e. the precise layout of all the mines in all the superposed classical boards. The player can perform three types of measurement: a classical measurement that probabilistically collapses the superposition; a quantum interaction-free measurement that can detect a mine without triggering it; and an entanglement measurement that provides non-local information. The application of the concepts taught by quantum minesweeper to one-way quantum computing are also presented.

  13. Contextuality supplies the `magic' for quantum computation

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    Howard, Mark; Wallman, Joel; Veitch, Victor; Emerson, Joseph

    2014-06-01

    Quantum computers promise dramatic advantages over their classical counterparts, but the source of the power in quantum computing has remained elusive. Here we prove a remarkable equivalence between the onset of contextuality and the possibility of universal quantum computation via `magic state' distillation, which is the leading model for experimentally realizing a fault-tolerant quantum computer. This is a conceptually satisfying link, because contextuality, which precludes a simple `hidden variable' model of quantum mechanics, provides one of the fundamental characterizations of uniquely quantum phenomena. Furthermore, this connection suggests a unifying paradigm for the resources of quantum information: the non-locality of quantum theory is a particular kind of contextuality, and non-locality is already known to be a critical resource for achieving advantages with quantum communication. In addition to clarifying these fundamental issues, this work advances the resource framework for quantum computation, which has a number of practical applications, such as characterizing the efficiency and trade-offs between distinct theoretical and experimental schemes for achieving robust quantum computation, and putting bounds on the overhead cost for the classical simulation of quantum algorithms.

  14. Contextuality supplies the 'magic' for quantum computation.

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    Howard, Mark; Wallman, Joel; Veitch, Victor; Emerson, Joseph

    2014-06-19

    Quantum computers promise dramatic advantages over their classical counterparts, but the source of the power in quantum computing has remained elusive. Here we prove a remarkable equivalence between the onset of contextuality and the possibility of universal quantum computation via 'magic state' distillation, which is the leading model for experimentally realizing a fault-tolerant quantum computer. This is a conceptually satisfying link, because contextuality, which precludes a simple 'hidden variable' model of quantum mechanics, provides one of the fundamental characterizations of uniquely quantum phenomena. Furthermore, this connection suggests a unifying paradigm for the resources of quantum information: the non-locality of quantum theory is a particular kind of contextuality, and non-locality is already known to be a critical resource for achieving advantages with quantum communication. In addition to clarifying these fundamental issues, this work advances the resource framework for quantum computation, which has a number of practical applications, such as characterizing the efficiency and trade-offs between distinct theoretical and experimental schemes for achieving robust quantum computation, and putting bounds on the overhead cost for the classical simulation of quantum algorithms. PMID:24919152

  15. The curious quantum statistics in the interval between measurements

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    Sharp, W. David; Shanks, Niall

    1989-07-01

    The claim of Albert, Aharonov and D'Amato that certain quantum ensembles entail the contextuality of quantum mechanics is defended against criticisms of Bub and Brown. It is argued that a prima facie case exists that the quantum mechanical description of the past must be both contextual and non-local.

  16. Quantum metrology

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    Lee, H.; Kok, P.; Dowling, J. P.

    2002-01-01

    This paper addresses the formal equivalence between the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, the Ramsey spectroscope, and a specific quantum logical gate. Based on this equivalence we introduce the quantum Rosetta Stone, and we describe a projective measurement scheme for generating the desired correlations between the interferometric input states in order to achieve Heisenberg-limited sensitivity.

  17. Quantum microbiology.

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    Trevors, J T; Masson, L

    2011-01-01

    During his famous 1943 lecture series at Trinity College Dublin, the reknown physicist Erwin Schrodinger discussed the failure and challenges of interpreting life by classical physics alone and that a new approach, rooted in Quantum principles, must be involved. Quantum events are simply a level of organization below the molecular level. This includes the atomic and subatomic makeup of matter in microbial metabolism and structures, as well as the organic, genetic information code of DNA and RNA. Quantum events at this time do not elucidate, for example, how specific genetic instructions were first encoded in an organic genetic code in microbial cells capable of growth and division, and its subsequent evolution over 3.6 to 4 billion years. However, due to recent technological advances, biologists and physicists are starting to demonstrate linkages between various quantum principles like quantum tunneling, entanglement and coherence in biological processes illustrating that nature has exerted some level quantum control to optimize various processes in living organisms. In this article we explore the role of quantum events in microbial processes and endeavor to show that after nearly 67 years, Schrödinger was prophetic and visionary in his view of quantum theory and its connection with some of the fundamental mechanisms of life. PMID:21368338

  18. Enhancing robustness of multiparty quantum correlations using weak measurement

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    Singh, Uttam; Mishra, Utkarsh; Dhar, Himadri Shekhar

    2014-11-15

    Multipartite quantum correlations are important resources for the development of quantum information and computation protocols. However, the resourcefulness of multipartite quantum correlations in practical settings is limited by its fragility under decoherence due to environmental interactions. Though there exist protocols to protect bipartite entanglement under decoherence, the implementation of such protocols for multipartite quantum correlations has not been sufficiently explored. Here, we study the effect of local amplitude damping channel on the generalized Greenberger–Horne–Zeilinger state, and use a protocol of optimal reversal quantum weak measurement to protect the multipartite quantum correlations. We observe that the weak measurement reversal protocol enhances the robustness of multipartite quantum correlations. Further it increases the critical damping value that corresponds to entanglement sudden death. To emphasize the efficacy of the technique in protection of multipartite quantum correlation, we investigate two proximately related quantum communication tasks, namely, quantum teleportation in a one sender, many receivers setting and multiparty quantum information splitting, through a local amplitude damping channel. We observe an increase in the average fidelity of both the quantum communication tasks under the weak measurement reversal protocol. The method may prove beneficial, for combating external interactions, in other quantum information tasks using multipartite resources. - Highlights: • Extension of weak measurement reversal scheme to protect multiparty quantum correlations. • Protection of multiparty quantum correlation under local amplitude damping noise. • Enhanced fidelity of quantum teleportation in one sender and many receivers setting. • Enhanced fidelity of quantum information splitting protocol.

  19. Quantum picturalism

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    Coecke, Bob

    2010-01-01

    Why did it take us 50 years since the birth of the quantum mechanical formalism to discover that unknown quantum states cannot be cloned? Yet, the proof of the 'no-cloning theorem' is easy, and its consequences and potential for applications are immense. Similarly, why did it take us 60 years to discover the conceptually intriguing and easily derivable physical phenomenon of 'quantum teleportation'? We claim that the quantum mechanical formalism doesn't support our intuition, nor does it elucidate the key concepts that govern the behaviour of the entities that are subject to the laws of quantum physics. The arrays of complex numbers are kin to the arrays of 0s and 1s of the early days of computer programming practice. Using a technical term from computer science, the quantum mechanical formalism is 'low-level'. In this review we present steps towards a diagrammatic 'high-level' alternative for the Hilbert space formalism, one which appeals to our intuition. The diagrammatic language as it currently stands allows for intuitive reasoning about interacting quantum systems, and trivialises many otherwise involved and tedious computations. It clearly exposes limitations such as the no-cloning theorem, and phenomena such as quantum teleportation. As a logic, it supports 'automation': it enables a (classical) computer to reason about interacting quantum systems, prove theorems, and design protocols. It allows for a wider variety of underlying theories, and can be easily modified, having the potential to provide the required step-stone towards a deeper conceptual understanding of quantum theory, as well as its unification with other physical theories. Specific applications discussed here are purely diagrammatic proofs of several quantum computational schemes, as well as an analysis of the structural origin of quantum non-locality. The underlying mathematical foundation of this high-level diagrammatic formalism relies on so-called monoidal categories, a product of a fairly

  20. Realizing Controllable Quantum States

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    Takayanagi, Hideaki; Nitta, Junsaku

    1. Entanglement in solid states. Orbital entanglement and violation of bell inequalities in mesoscopic conductors / M. Büttiker, P. Samuelsson and E. V. Sukhoruk. Teleportation of electron spins with normal and superconducting dots / O. Sauret, D. Feinberg and T. Martin. Entangled state analysis for one-dimensional quantum spin system: singularity at critical point / A. Kawaguchi and K. Shimizu. Detecting crossed Andreev reflection by cross-current correlations / G. Bignon et al. Current correlations and transmission probabilities for a Y-shaped diffusive conductor / S. K. Yip -- 2. Mesoscopic electronics. Quantum bistability, structural transformation, and spontaneous persistent currents in mesoscopic Aharonov-Bohm loops / I. O. Kulik. Many-body effects on tunneling of electrons in magnetic-field-induced quasi one-dimensional systems in quantum wells / T. Kubo and Y. Tokura. Electron transport in 2DEG narrow channel under gradient magnetic field / M. Hara et al. Transport properties of a quantum wire with a side-coupled quantum dot / M. Yamaguchi et al. Photoconductivity- and magneto-transport studies of single InAs quantum wires / A. Wirthmann et al. Thermoelectric transports in charge-density-wave systems / H. Yoshimoto and S. Kurihara -- 3. Mesoscopic superconductivity. Parity-restricted persistent currents in SNS nanorings / A. D. Zaikin and S. V. Sharov. Large energy dependence of current noise in superconductingh/normal metal junctions / F. Pistolesi and M. Houzet. Generation of photon number states and their superpositions using a superconducting qubit in a microcavity / Yu-Xi Liu, L. F. Wei and F. Nori. Andreev interferometry for pumped currents / F. Taddei, M. Governale and R. Fazio. Suppression of Cooper-pair breaking against high magnetic fields in carbon nanotubes / J. Haruyama et al. Impact of the transport supercurrent on the Josephson effect / S. N. Shevchenko. Josephson current through spin-polarized Luttinger liquid / N. Yokoshi and S. Kurihara

  1. Quantum Chaos

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    Casati, Giulio; Chirikov, Boris

    2006-11-01

    Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: 1. The legacy of chaos in quantum mechanics G. Casati and B. V. Chirikov; Part I. Classical Chaos and Quantum Localization: 2. Stochastic behaviour of a quantum pendulum under a periodic perturbation G. Casati, B. V. Chirikov, F. M. Izrailev and J. Ford; 3. Quantum dynamics of a nonintegrable system D. R. Grempel, R. E. Prange and S. E. Fishman; 4. Excitation of molecular rotation by periodic microwave pulses. A testing ground for Anderson localization R. Blümel, S. Fishman and U. Smilansky; 5. Localization of diffusive excitation in multi-level systems D. K. Shepelyansky; 6. Classical and quantum chaos for a kicked top F. Haake, M. Kus and R. Scharf; 7. Self-similarity in quantum dynamics L. E. Reichl and L. Haoming; 8. Time irreversibility of classically chaotic quantum dynamics K. Ikeda; 9. Effect of noise on time-dependent quantum chaos E. Ott, T. M. Antonsen Jr and J. D. Hanson; 10. Dynamical localization, dissipation and noise R. F. Graham; 11. Maximum entropy models and quantum transmission in disordered systems J.-L. Pichard and M. Sanquer; 12. Solid state 'atoms' in intense oscillating fields M. S. Sherwin; Part II. Atoms in Strong Fields: 13. Localization of classically chaotic diffusion for hydrogen atoms in microwave fields J. E. Bayfield, G. Casati, I. Guarneri and D. W. Sokol; 14. Inhibition of quantum transport due to 'scars' of unstable periodic orbits R. V. Jensen, M. M. Sanders, M. Saraceno and B. Sundaram; 15. Rubidium Rydberg atoms in strong fields G. Benson, G. Raithel and H. Walther; 16. Diamagnetic Rydberg atom: confrontation of calculated and observed spectra C.-H. Iu, G. R. Welch, M. M. Kash, D. Kleppner, D. Delande and J. C. Gay; 17. Semiclassical approximation for the quantum states of a hydrogen atom in a magnetic field near the ionization limit M. Y. Kuchiev and O. P. Sushkov; 18. The semiclassical helium atom D. Wintgen, K. Richter and G. Tanner; 19. Stretched helium: a model for quantum chaos

  2. Quantum Chaos

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    Casati, Giulio; Chirikov, Boris

    1995-04-01

    Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: 1. The legacy of chaos in quantum mechanics G. Casati and B. V. Chirikov; Part I. Classical Chaos and Quantum Localization: 2. Stochastic behaviour of a quantum pendulum under a periodic perturbation G. Casati, B. V. Chirikov, F. M. Izrailev and J. Ford; 3. Quantum dynamics of a nonintegrable system D. R. Grempel, R. E. Prange and S. E. Fishman; 4. Excitation of molecular rotation by periodic microwave pulses. A testing ground for Anderson localization R. Blümel, S. Fishman and U. Smilansky; 5. Localization of diffusive excitation in multi-level systems D. K. Shepelyansky; 6. Classical and quantum chaos for a kicked top F. Haake, M. Kus and R. Scharf; 7. Self-similarity in quantum dynamics L. E. Reichl and L. Haoming; 8. Time irreversibility of classically chaotic quantum dynamics K. Ikeda; 9. Effect of noise on time-dependent quantum chaos E. Ott, T. M. Antonsen Jr and J. D. Hanson; 10. Dynamical localization, dissipation and noise R. F. Graham; 11. Maximum entropy models and quantum transmission in disordered systems J.-L. Pichard and M. Sanquer; 12. Solid state 'atoms' in intense oscillating fields M. S. Sherwin; Part II. Atoms in Strong Fields: 13. Localization of classically chaotic diffusion for hydrogen atoms in microwave fields J. E. Bayfield, G. Casati, I. Guarneri and D. W. Sokol; 14. Inhibition of quantum transport due to 'scars' of unstable periodic orbits R. V. Jensen, M. M. Sanders, M. Saraceno and B. Sundaram; 15. Rubidium Rydberg atoms in strong fields G. Benson, G. Raithel and H. Walther; 16. Diamagnetic Rydberg atom: confrontation of calculated and observed spectra C.-H. Iu, G. R. Welch, M. M. Kash, D. Kleppner, D. Delande and J. C. Gay; 17. Semiclassical approximation for the quantum states of a hydrogen atom in a magnetic field near the ionization limit M. Y. Kuchiev and O. P. Sushkov; 18. The semiclassical helium atom D. Wintgen, K. Richter and G. Tanner; 19. Stretched helium: a model for quantum chaos

  3. Quantum strategies of quantum measurements

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    Li, Chuan-Feng; Zhang, Yong-Sheng; Huang, Yun-Feng; Guo, Guang-Can

    2001-03-01

    In the classical Monty Hall problem, one player can always win with probability 2/3. We generalize the problem to the quantum domain and show that a fair two-party zero-sum game can be carried out if the other player is permitted to adopt quantum measurement strategy.

  4. Quantum Computation Using Optically Coupled Quantum Dot Arrays

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    Pradhan, Prabhakar; Anantram, M. P.; Wang, K. L.; Roychowhury, V. P.; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    A solid state model for quantum computation has potential advantages in terms of the ease of fabrication, characterization, and integration. The fundamental requirements for a quantum computer involve the realization of basic processing units (qubits), and a scheme for controlled switching and coupling among the qubits, which enables one to perform controlled operations on qubits. We propose a model for quantum computation based on optically coupled quantum dot arrays, which is computationally similar to the atomic model proposed by Cirac and Zoller. In this model, individual qubits are comprised of two coupled quantum dots, and an array of these basic units is placed in an optical cavity. Switching among the states of the individual units is done by controlled laser pulses via near field interaction using the NSOM technology. Controlled rotations involving two or more qubits are performed via common cavity mode photon. We have calculated critical times, including the spontaneous emission and switching times, and show that they are comparable to the best times projected for other proposed models of quantum computation. We have also shown the feasibility of accessing individual quantum dots using the NSOM technology by calculating the photon density at the tip, and estimating the power necessary to perform the basic controlled operations. We are currently in the process of estimating the decoherence times for this system; however, we have formulated initial arguments which seem to indicate that the decoherence times will be comparable, if not longer, than many other proposed models.

  5. Quantum Memory in Solids

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    Sellars, Matthew

    2008-05-01

    Quantum memories are likely to be critical components in any future long range quantum communication network. A method is described for storing light that operates by controlling the local group velocity of light in a crystal, using an applied electric field gradient to Stark shift an optical transition. Unlike other proposals for quantum memories no optical control pulses are required greatly simplifying the operation of the memory and improving its signal to noise. It is shown that the technique has the potential to operate with near 100% efficiency with little excess noise, making it suitable as a quantum memory. Preliminary experimental results will be presented demonstrating efficiencies up to 45%. These experiments utilized the ^3H4<->^1D2 optical transition (605.7 nm) in a 4 mm long crystal of Pr^3+:Y2SiO5 cooled to liquid helium temperatures. The experiments are well described by Maxwell-Bloch simulations and such simulations suggest efficiencies much closer to unity should be possible with only modest improvements to the experiment. This work was carried out in collaboration with G. Hetet, J. J. Longdell, A. L. Alexander, P. K. Lam and M. P. Hedges.

  6. Quantum computing with defects.

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    Weber, J R; Koehl, W F; Varley, J B; Janotti, A; Buckley, B B; Van de Walle, C G; Awschalom, D D

    2010-05-11

    Identifying and designing physical systems for use as qubits, the basic units of quantum information, are critical steps in the development of a quantum computer. Among the possibilities in the solid state, a defect in diamond known as the nitrogen-vacancy (NV(-1)) center stands out for its robustness--its quantum state can be initialized, manipulated, and measured with high fidelity at room temperature. Here we describe how to systematically identify other deep center defects with similar quantum-mechanical properties. We present a list of physical criteria that these centers and their hosts should meet and explain how these requirements can be used in conjunction with electronic structure theory to intelligently sort through candidate defect systems. To illustrate these points in detail, we compare electronic structure calculations of the NV(-1) center in diamond with those of several deep centers in 4H silicon carbide (SiC). We then discuss the proposed criteria for similar defects in other tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors. PMID:20404195

  7. PT quantum mechanics - Recent results

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    Bender, Carl M.

    2012-09-01

    Most quantum physicists believe that a quantum-mechanical Hamiltonian must be Dirac Hermitian (invariant under matrix transposition and complex conjugation) to be sure that the energy eigenvalues are real and that time evolution is unitary. However, the non-Dirac-hermitian Hamiltonian H = p2+ix3 has a real positive discrete spectrum and generates unitary time evolution and defines a fully consistent and physical quantum theory. Evidently, Dirac Hermiticity is too restrictive. While H = p2+ix3 is not Dirac Hermitian, it is PT symmetric (invariant under combined space reflection P and time reversal T). Another PT-symmetric Hamiltonian whose energy levels are real, positive and discrete is H = p2-x4, which contains an upside-down potential. The quantum mechanics defined by a PT-symmetric Hamiltonian is a complex generalization of ordinary quantum mechanics. When quantum mechanics and quantum field theory are extended into the complex domain, new kinds of theories having strange and remarkable properties emerge. In the past two years some of these properties have been verified in laboratory experiments. Here, we first discuss PT-symmetric Hamiltonians at a simple intuitive level and explain why the energy levels of such Hamiltonians may be real, positive, and discrete. Second, we describe a recent experiment in which the PT phase transition was observed. Third, we briefly mention that PT-symmetric theories can be useful at a fundamental level. While the double-scaling limit of an O(N)-symmetric gφ4 quantum field theory appears to be inconsistent because the critical value of g is negative, this limit is in fact not inconsistent because the critical theory is PT symmetric.

  8. Partial quantum logics revisited

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    Vetterlein, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    Partial Boolean algebras (PBAs) were introduced by Kochen and Specker as an algebraic model reflecting the mutual relationships among quantum-physical yes-no tests. The fact that not all pairs of tests are compatible was taken into special account. In this paper, we review PBAs from two sides. First, we generalise the concept, taking into account also those yes-no tests which are based on unsharp measurements. Namely, we introduce partial MV-algebras, and we define a corresponding logic. Second, we turn to the representation theory of PBAs. In analogy to the case of orthomodular lattices, we give conditions for a PBA to be isomorphic to the PBA of closed subspaces of a complex Hilbert space. Hereby, we do not restrict ourselves to purely algebraic statements; we rather give preference to conditions involving automorphisms of a PBA. We conclude by outlining a critical view on the logico-algebraic approach to the foundational problem of quantum physics.

  9. Quantum Pendulum.

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    Aldrovandi, R.: Ferreira, P. Leal

    1980-01-01

    Discusses the problem of the mathematical pendulum in its classical, semiclassical, and quantum aspects. The energy spectrum and its eigenfunctions are presented under the usual requirement of single valuedness of the solutions. (Author/CS)

  10. Quantum Heterostructures

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    Mitin, Vladimir; Kochelap, Viacheslav; Stroscio, Michael A.

    1999-07-01

    Quantum Heterostructures provides a detailed description of the key physical and engineering principles of quantum semiconductor heterostructures. Blending important concepts from physics, materials science, and electrical engineering, it also explains clearly the behavior and operating features of modern microelectronic and optoelectronic devices. The authors begin by outlining the trends that have driven development in this field, most importantly the need for high-performance devices in computer, information, and communications technologies. They then describe the basics of quantum nanoelectronics, including various transport mechanisms. In the latter part of the book, they cover novel microelectronic devices, and optical devices based on quantum heterostructures. The book contains many homework problems and is suitable as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in electrical engineering, physics, or materials science. It will also be of great interest to those involved in research or development in microelectronic or optoelectronic devices.

  11. Logarithmic correlations in quantum Hall plateau transitions

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    Vasseur, Romain

    2015-07-01

    The critical behavior of quantum Hall transitions in two-dimensional disordered electronic systems can be described by a class of complicated, nonunitary conformal field theories with logarithmic correlations. The nature and the physical origin of these logarithmic correlation functions remain, however, mysterious. Using the replica trick and the underlying symmetries of these quantum critical points, we show here how to construct nonperturbatively disorder-averaged observables in terms of Green's functions that scale logarithmically at criticality. In the case of the spin quantum Hall transition, which may occur in disordered superconductors with spin-rotation symmetry and broken time reversal invariance, we argue that our results are compatible with an alternative approach based on supersymmetry. The generalization to the integer quantum Hall plateau transition is also discussed.

  12. Quantum Locality?

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    Stapp, Henry P.

    2012-05-01

    Robert Griffiths has recently addressed, within the framework of a `consistent quantum theory' that he has developed, the issue of whether, as is often claimed, quantum mechanics entails a need for faster-than-light transfers of information over long distances. He argues that the putative proofs of this property that involve hidden variables include in their premises some essentially classical-physics-type assumptions that are not entailed by the precepts of quantum mechanics. Thus whatever is proved is not a feature of quantum mechanics, but is a property of a theory that tries to combine quantum theory with quasi-classical features that go beyond what is entailed by quantum theory itself. One cannot logically prove properties of a system by establishing, instead, properties of a system modified by adding properties alien to the original system. Hence Griffiths' rejection of hidden-variable-based proofs is logically warranted. Griffiths mentions the existence of a certain alternative proof that does not involve hidden variables, and that uses only macroscopically described observable properties. He notes that he had examined in his book proofs of this general kind, and concluded that they provide no evidence for nonlocal influences. But he did not examine the particular proof that he cites. An examination of that particular proof by the method specified by his `consistent quantum theory' shows that the cited proof is valid within that restrictive version of quantum theory. An added section responds to Griffiths' reply, which cites general possibilities of ambiguities that might make what is to be proved ill-defined, and hence render the pertinent `consistent framework' ill defined. But the vagaries that he cites do not upset the proof in question, which, both by its physical formulation and by explicit identification, specify the framework to be used. Griffiths confirms the validity of the proof insofar as that pertinent framework is used. The section also shows

  13. Critical Gravity in Four Dimensions

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    Lue, H.; Pope, C. N.

    2011-05-06

    We study four-dimensional gravity theories that are rendered renormalizable by the inclusion of curvature-squared terms to the usual Einstein action with a cosmological constant. By choosing the parameters appropriately, the massive scalar mode can be eliminated and the massive spin-2 mode can become massless. This ''critical'' theory may be viewed as a four-dimensional analogue of chiral topologically massive gravity, or of critical 'new massive gravity' with a cosmological constant, in three dimensions. We find that the on-shell energy for the remaining massless gravitons vanishes. There are also logarithmic spin-2 modes, which have positive energy. The mass and entropy of standard Schwarzschild-type black holes vanish. The critical theory might provide a consistent toy model for quantum gravity in four dimensions.

  14. Quantum correlations and distinguishability of quantum states

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    Spehner, Dominique

    2014-07-15

    A survey of various concepts in quantum information is given, with a main emphasis on the distinguishability of quantum states and quantum correlations. Covered topics include generalized and least square measurements, state discrimination, quantum relative entropies, the Bures distance on the set of quantum states, the quantum Fisher information, the quantum Chernoff bound, bipartite entanglement, the quantum discord, and geometrical measures of quantum correlations. The article is intended both for physicists interested not only by collections of results but also by the mathematical methods justifying them, and for mathematicians looking for an up-to-date introductory course on these subjects, which are mainly developed in the physics literature.

  15. An Epistemological Criticism to the Bell-Kochen-Specker Theorem

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    Garola, Claudio

    2009-03-01

    The Bell-Kochen-Specker theorem is criticized from an epistemological point of view, showing that its proofs rest on an implicit epistemological assumption which does not fit in with the operational and antimetaphysical attitude of orthodox quantum mechanics.

  16. Quantum Particles From Quantum Information

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    Görnitz, T.; Schomäcker, U.

    2012-08-01

    Many problems in modern physics demonstrate that for a fundamental entity a more general conception than quantum particles or quantum fields are necessary. These concepts cannot explain the phenomena of dark energy or the mind-body-interaction. Instead of any kind of "small elementary building bricks", the Protyposis, an abstract and absolute quantum information, free of special denotation and open for some purport, gives the solution in the search for a fundamental substance. However, as long as at least relativistic particles are not constructed from the Protyposis, such an idea would remain in the range of natural philosophy. Therefore, the construction of relativistic particles without and with rest mass from quantum information is shown.

  17. Quantum correlation with sandwiched relative entropies: Advantageous as order parameter in quantum phase transitions.

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    Misra, Avijit; Biswas, Anindya; Pati, Arun K; Sen De, Aditi; Sen, Ujjwal

    2015-05-01

    Quantum discord is a measure of quantum correlations beyond the entanglement-separability paradigm. It is conceptualized by using the von Neumann entropy as a measure of disorder. We introduce a class of quantum correlation measures as differences between total and classical correlations, in a shared quantum state, in terms of the sandwiched relative Rényi and Tsallis entropies. We compare our results with those obtained by using the traditional relative entropies. We find that the measures satisfy all the plausible axioms for quantum correlations. We evaluate the measures for shared pure as well as paradigmatic classes of mixed states. We show that the measures can faithfully detect the quantum critical point in the transverse quantum Ising model and find that they can be used to remove an unquieting feature of nearest-neighbor quantum discord in this respect. Furthermore, the measures provide better finite-size scaling exponents of the quantum critical point than the ones for other known order parameters, including entanglement and information-theoretic measures of quantum correlations. PMID:26066137

  18. Quantum algorithms

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    Abrams, Daniel S.

    This thesis describes several new quantum algorithms. These include a polynomial time algorithm that uses a quantum fast Fourier transform to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a Hamiltonian operator, and that can be applied in cases (commonly found in ab initio physics and chemistry problems) for which all known classical algorithms require exponential time. Fast algorithms for simulating many body Fermi systems are also provided in both first and second quantized descriptions. An efficient quantum algorithm for anti-symmetrization is given as well as a detailed discussion of a simulation of the Hubbard model. In addition, quantum algorithms that calculate numerical integrals and various characteristics of stochastic processes are described. Two techniques are given, both of which obtain an exponential speed increase in comparison to the fastest known classical deterministic algorithms and a quadratic speed increase in comparison to classical Monte Carlo (probabilistic) methods. I derive a simpler and slightly faster version of Grover's mean algorithm, show how to apply quantum counting to the problem, develop some variations of these algorithms, and show how both (apparently distinct) approaches can be understood from the same unified framework. Finally, the relationship between physics and computation is explored in some more depth, and it is shown that computational complexity theory depends very sensitively on physical laws. In particular, it is shown that nonlinear quantum mechanics allows for the polynomial time solution of NP-complete and #P oracle problems. Using the Weinberg model as a simple example, the explicit construction of the necessary gates is derived from the underlying physics. Nonlinear quantum algorithms are also presented using Polchinski type nonlinearities which do not allow for superluminal communication. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14- 0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.)

  19. Measurement and Information Extraction in Complex Dynamics Quantum Computation

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    Casati, Giulio; Montangero, Simone

    Quantum Information processing has several di.erent applications: some of them can be performed controlling only few qubits simultaneously (e.g. quantum teleportation or quantum cryptography) [1]. Usually, the transmission of large amount of information is performed repeating several times the scheme implemented for few qubits. However, to exploit the advantages of quantum computation, the simultaneous control of many qubits is unavoidable [2]. This situation increases the experimental di.culties of quantum computing: maintaining quantum coherence in a large quantum system is a di.cult task. Indeed a quantum computer is a many-body complex system and decoherence, due to the interaction with the external world, will eventually corrupt any quantum computation. Moreover, internal static imperfections can lead to quantum chaos in the quantum register thus destroying computer operability [3]. Indeed, as it has been shown in [4], a critical imperfection strength exists above which the quantum register thermalizes and quantum computation becomes impossible. We showed such e.ects on a quantum computer performing an e.cient algorithm to simulate complex quantum dynamics [5,6].

  20. Distribution of critical temperature at Anderson localization

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    Gammag, Rayda; Kim, Ki-Seok

    2016-05-01

    Based on a local mean-field theory approach at Anderson localization, we find a distribution function of critical temperature from that of disorder. An essential point of this local mean-field theory approach is that the information of the wave-function multifractality is introduced. The distribution function of the Kondo temperature (TK) shows a power-law tail in the limit of TK→0 regardless of the Kondo coupling constant. We also find that the distribution function of the ferromagnetic transition temperature (Tc) gives a power-law behavior in the limit of Tc→0 when an interaction parameter for ferromagnetic instability lies below a critical value. However, the Tc distribution function stops the power-law increasing behavior in the Tc→0 limit and vanishes beyond the critical interaction parameter inside the ferromagnetic phase. These results imply that the typical Kondo temperature given by a geometric average always vanishes due to finite density of the distribution function in the TK→0 limit while the typical ferromagnetic transition temperature shows a phase transition at the critical interaction parameter. We propose that the typical transition temperature serves a criterion for quantum Griffiths phenomena vs smeared transitions: Quantum Griffiths phenomena occur above the typical value of the critical temperature while smeared phase transitions result at low temperatures below the typical transition temperature. We speculate that the ferromagnetic transition at Anderson localization shows the evolution from quantum Griffiths phenomena to smeared transitions around the critical interaction parameter at low temperatures.