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  1. Vortexlike excitations in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5

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    Luo, Yongkang; Rosa, P. F. S.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2016-05-01

    Here, we report a systematic study of temperature- and field-dependent charge (ρ) and entropy (S) transport in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5. Its large positive thermopower Sxx is typical of Ce-based Kondo lattice systems, and strong electronic correlations play an important role in enhancing the Nernst signal Sxy. By separating the off-diagonal Peltier coefficient αxy from Sxy, we find that αxy becomes positive and greatly enhanced at temperatures well above the bulk Tc. Compared with the nonmagnetic analog LaIrIn5, these results suggest vortexlike excitations in a precursor state to unconventional superconductivity in CeIrIn5. This study sheds light on the similarity ofmore » heavy-fermion and cuprate superconductors and on the possibility of states not characterized by the amplitude of an order parameter.« less

  2. Vortexlike excitations in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5

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    Luo, Yongkang; Rosa, P. F. S.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2016-05-01

    We report a systematic study of temperature- and field-dependent charge (ρ ) and entropy (S ) transport in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5. Its large positive thermopower Sx x is typical of Ce-based Kondo lattice systems, and strong electronic correlations play an important role in enhancing the Nernst signal Sx y. By separating the off-diagonal Peltier coefficient αx y from Sx y, we find that αx y becomes positive and greatly enhanced at temperatures well above the bulk Tc. Compared with the nonmagnetic analog LaIrIn5, these results suggest vortexlike excitations in a precursor state to unconventional superconductivity in CeIrIn5. This study sheds light on the similarity of heavy-fermion and cuprate superconductors and on the possibility of states not characterized by the amplitude of an order parameter.

  3. Electrical resistivity under extreme conditions in the Ce3Ir4Sn13 heavy fermion compound

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    Collave, J. R.; Borges, H. A.; Ramos, S. M.; Hering, E. N.; Fontes, M. B.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Eichler, A.; Bittar, E. M.; Pagliuso, P. G.

    2014-01-01

    We have performed measurements of temperature dependent electrical resistivity ρ(T) under pressures up to 27 kbar and down to 0.1 K on single crystals of the Ce3Ir4Sn13 heavy fermion compound. At ambient pressure (P=0) we have identified in the ρ(T) data interesting features associated with the presence of crystalline field effects, magnetic correlations, Kondo single impurity scattering and, possibly, a low temperature structural phase transition. All these features were mapped as a function of pressure which allowed us to construct a pressure-temperature phase diagram with these temperature scales. We have also carried out measurements of ρ(T) as a function of magnetic fields up to H=8 T and the important temperature scales in ρ(T) were followed with field. Enlightened also by temperature dependent specific heat experiments we discuss the possible microscopic origins of the features found in our ρ(T) data.

  4. Signatures of spin-glass behaviour in PrIr2B2 and heavy fermion behaviour in PrIr2B2C.

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    Anupam; Anand, V K; Hossain, Z; Adroja, D T; Geibel, C

    2011-09-21

    CEF-split singlet and the first excited state singlet is situated 15 K above the ground state. The Sommerfeld coefficient γ∼300 mJ mol(-1) K(-2) of PrIr(2)B(2)C is very high and reflects a heavy fermion behaviour in this compound. We believe that the heavy fermion state in PrIr(2)B(2)C has its origin in low lying crystal field excitations as has been observed in PrRh(2)B(2)C. PMID:21878715

  5. Crystal Growth and Intergrowth Structure of the New Heavy Fermion Materials CeIrIn 5 and CeRhIn 5

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    Moshopoulou, E. G.; Fisk, Z.; Sarrao, J. L.; Thompson, J. D.

    2001-04-01

    The structures of the new heavy fermion materials CeIrIn5 and CeRhIn5 have been determined by single-crystal neutron (R(F)=0.051) and X-ray (R(F)=0.056) diffraction, respectively. Both compounds adopt tetragonal structure, space group P4/mmm (No. 123), Z=1, a=b=4.674(1) Å, and c=7.501(5) Å for CeIrIn5, and a=b=4.656(2) Å, and c=7.542(1) Å for CeRhIn5. The possible presence of antisite disorder, a long-standing question on this type of structure, was excluded by both electron and-neutron or X-ray diffraction. The compounds are built by monolayers of face-sharing distorted cuboctahedra [CeIn3] and monolayers of edge-sharing rectangular parallelepipeds [RhIn2] or [IrIn2], stacked alternatively in the [001] direction. Therefore, they are new members of the inhomogeneous linear homologous series MmTnT‧3m+2n. Because of their ordered intergrowth structure, the physical properties of the quasi-two-dimensional heavy electron systems CeIrIn5 and CeRhIn5 can be directly compared with the corresponding ones of their parent compound, the three-dimensional heavy fermion material CeIn3.

  6. Intermediate valence to heavy fermion through a quantum phase transition in Yb3(Rh1-xTx)4Ge13 (T = Co, Ir) single crystals

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    Rai, Binod; Morosan, Emilia

    Single crystals of Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 (T = Co, Ir) have been grown using the self-flux method. Powder X-ray diffraction data on these compounds are consistent with the cubic structure with space group Pm 3 n . Intermediate valence behavior is observed in Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 upon T = Co doping, while T = Ir doping drives the system into a heavy fermion state. Antiferromagnetic order is observed in the Ir-doped samples Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 for 0.5 < x <= 1 with TN = 0.96 K for Yb3Ir4Ge13. With decreasing x, the magnetic order is suppressed towards a quantum critical point around xc = 0.5, accompanied by non-Fermi liquid behavior evidenced by logarithmic divergence of the specific heat and linear temperature dependence of the resistivity. The Fermi liquid behavior is recovered with the application of large magnetic fields. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation EPiQS initiative through Grant GBMF4417 and Welch Foundation.

  7. Physical properties of the Ce2M Al 7Ge4 heavy-fermion compounds (M =Co,Ir,Ni,Pd)

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    Ghimire, N. J.; Cary, S. K.; Eley, S.; Wakeham, N. A.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T.; Lee, Y.; Janoschek, M.; Brown, C. M.; Civale, L.; Thompson, J. D.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.

    2016-05-01

    We report the synthesis, crystal structure, and characterization by means of single-crystal x-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, and magnetic, thermal, and transport measurements of the new heavy-fermion compounds Ce2MAl 7Ge4 (M =Co,Ir,Ni,Pd). These compounds crystallize in a noncentrosymmetric tetragonal space group P 4 ¯21m , consisting of layers of square nets of Ce atoms separated by Ge-Al and M-Al-Ge blocks. Ce2CoAl7Ge4,Ce2IrAl7Ge4 , and Ce2NiAl7Ge4 order magnetically below TM= 1.8 , 1.6, and 0.8 K, respectively. There is no evidence of magnetic ordering in Ce2PdAl7Ge4 down to 0.4 K. The small amount of entropy released in the magnetic state of Ce2M Al7Ge4 (M = Co, Ir, Ni) and the reduced specific heat jump at TM suggest a strong Kondo interaction in these materials. Ce2PdAl7Ge4 shows non-Fermi liquid behavior, possibly due to the presence of a nearby quantum critical point.

  8. Investigation of the physical properties of the new heavy fermion compounds Ce2MAl7Ge4 (M = Co, Ir, Ni, Pd)

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    Ghimire, Nirmal; Cary, Samantha; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas; Brown, Craig; Eley, Serena; Wakeham, Nicholas; Rosa, Priscila; Janoschek, Marc; Civale, Leonardo; Thompson, Joe; Ronning, Filip; Bauer, Eric

    Ce-based intermetallic compounds provide a fascinating ground to study several exotic physical phenomena due to the presence of competing low Kondo and RKKY interactions. One widely explored entity in these compounds is the quantum phase transition that is accessed by the suppression of the magnetic order down to absolute temperature by an external parameter such as magnetic field, chemical substitution, or pressure. Exotic phenomena like unconventional superconductivity and non-Fermi liquid behavior are ubiquitous in the vicinity of the quantum critical point. Quantum criticality in these Ce-based materials is often observed in layered, tetragonal systems such as the CeM2X2 (M =transition metal; X =Si, Ge) or CeMIn5 (M =Co, Rh, Ir) compounds. We present the structural and physical properties of a new family of heavy fermion compounds Ce2MAl7Ge4 (M = Co, Ir, Ni, Pd) that crystallize in the tetragonal space group P-421m. Ce2MAl7Ge4 (M =Co, Ir, Ni) show complex magnetic order below 2 K, while Ce2PdAl7Ge4 does not order magnetically down to 400 mK, and, instead, shows quantum critical behavior at low temperature. Present affiliation: Argonne National Laboratory.

  9. The physics and chemistry of heavy fermions.

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    Fisk, Z; Sarrao, J L; Smith, J L; Thompson, J D

    1995-01-01

    The heavy fermions are a subset of the f-electron intermetallic compounds straddling the magnetic/nonmagnetic boundary. Their low-temperature properties are characterized by an electronic energy scale of order 1-10 K. Among the low-temperature ground states observed in heavy fermion compounds are exotic superconductors and magnets, as well as unusual semiconductors. We review here the current experimental and theoretical understanding of these systems. PMID:11607558

  10. Plutonium-Based Heavy-Fermion Systems

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    Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2015-03-01

    An effective mass of charge carriers that is significantly larger than the mass of a free electron develops at low temperatures in certain lanthanide- and actinide-based metals, including those formed with plutonium, owing to strong electron-electron interactions. This heavy-fermion mass is reflected in a substantially enhanced electronic coefficient of specific heat γ, which for elemental Pu is much larger than that of normal metals. By our definition, there are twelve Pu-based heavy-fermion compounds, most discovered recently, whose basic properties are known and discussed. Relative to other examples, these Pu-based heavy-fermion systems are particularly complex owing in part to the possible simultaneous presence of multiple, nearly degenerate 5fn configurations. This complexity poses significant opportunities as well as challenges, including understanding the origin of unconventional superconductivity in some of these materials.

  11. Heavy fermion behavior explained by bosons

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    Kallio, A.; Poykko, S.; Apaja, V.

    1995-01-01

    Conventional heavy fermion (HF) theories require existence of massive fermions. We show that heavy fermion phenomena can also be simply explained by existence of bosons with moderate mass but temperature dependent concentration below the formation temperature T(sub B), which in turn is close to room temperature. The bosons B(++) are proposed to be in chemical equilibrium with a system of holes h(+): B(++) = h(+) + h(+). This equilibrium is governed by a boson breaking function f(T), which determines the decreasing boson density and the increasing fermion density with increasing temperature. Since HF-compounds are hybridized from minimum two elements, we assume in addition existence of another fermion component h(sub s)(+) with temperature independent density. This spectator component is thought to be the main agent in binding the bosons in analogy with electronic or muonic molecules. Using a linear boson breaking function we can explain temperature dependence of the giant linear specific heat coefficient gamma(T) coming essentially from bosons. The maxima in resistivity, Hall coefficient, and susceptibility are explained by boson localization effects due to the Wigner crystallization. The antiferromagnetic transitions in turn are explained by similar localization of the pairing fermion system when their density n(sub h)(T(sub FL)) becomes lower than n(sub WC), the critical density of Wigner crystallization. The model applies irrespective whether a compound is superconducting or not. The same model explains the occurrence of low temperature antiferromagnetism also in high-T(sub c) superconductors. The double transition in UPt3 is proposed to be due to the transition of the pairing fermion liquid from spin polarized to unpolarized state.

  12. Unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds

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    White, B. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-02-27

    Over the past 35 years, research on unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion systems has evolved from the surprising observations of unprecedented superconducting properties in compounds that convention dictated should not superconduct at all to performing explorations of rich phase spaces in which the delicate interplay between competing ground states appears to support emergent superconducting states. In this article, we review the current understanding of superconductivity in heavy-fermion com- pounds and identify a set of characteristics that is common to their unconventional superconducting states. These core properties are compared with those of other classes of unconventional superconductors such as the cuprates andmore » iron-based superconductors. Lastly, we conclude by speculating on the prospects for future research in this field and how new advances might contribute towards resolving the long-standing mystery of how unconventional superconductivity works.« less

  13. Unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds

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    White, B. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-02-27

    Over the past 35 years, research on unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion systems has evolved from the surprising observations of unprecedented superconducting properties in compounds that convention dictated should not superconduct at all to performing explorations of rich phase spaces in which the delicate interplay between competing ground states appears to support emergent superconducting states. In this article, we review the current understanding of superconductivity in heavy-fermion com- pounds and identify a set of characteristics that is common to their unconventional superconducting states. These core properties are compared with those of other classes of unconventional superconductors such as the cuprates and iron-based superconductors. Lastly, we conclude by speculating on the prospects for future research in this field and how new advances might contribute towards resolving the long-standing mystery of how unconventional superconductivity works.

  14. Point contact spectroscopy of heavy fermions

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    Moser, M.; Wachter, P.; Franse, J. J. M.; Meisner, G. P.; Walker, E.

    Point contact spectroscopy (PCS) has been performed on the heavy fermion systems CeAl3, CeCu6, UPt3, U6Co and U2PtC2. The dynamical resistance dU/dI is a function of the electronic density of states (EDS) at E/sub F/. The width of the EDS inferred from the PC measurements can be compared with the (GAMMA)-value of the specific heat.

  15. Angle-resolved heat capacity of heavy fermion superconductors

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    Sakakibara, Toshiro; Kittaka, Shunichiro; Machida, Kazushige

    2016-09-01

    Owing to a strong Coulomb repulsion, heavy electron superconductors mostly have anisotropic gap functions which have nodes for certain directions in the momentum space. Since the nodal structure is closely related to the pairing mechanism, its experimental determination is of primary importance. This article discusses the experimental methods of the gap determination by bulk heat capacity measurements in a rotating magnetic field. The basic idea is based on the fact that the quasiparticle density of states in the vortex state of nodal superconductors is field and direction dependent. We present our recent experimental results of the field-orientation dependence of the heat capacity in heavy fermion superconductors CeTIn5 (T  =  Co, Ir), UPt3, CeCu2Si2, and UBe13 and discuss their gap structures.

  16. Angle-resolved heat capacity of heavy fermion superconductors.

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    Sakakibara, Toshiro; Kittaka, Shunichiro; Machida, Kazushige

    2016-09-01

    Owing to a strong Coulomb repulsion, heavy electron superconductors mostly have anisotropic gap functions which have nodes for certain directions in the momentum space. Since the nodal structure is closely related to the pairing mechanism, its experimental determination is of primary importance. This article discusses the experimental methods of the gap determination by bulk heat capacity measurements in a rotating magnetic field. The basic idea is based on the fact that the quasiparticle density of states in the vortex state of nodal superconductors is field and direction dependent. We present our recent experimental results of the field-orientation dependence of the heat capacity in heavy fermion superconductors CeTIn5 (T  =  Co, Ir), UPt3, CeCu2Si2, and UBe13 and discuss their gap structures. PMID:27482621

  17. Pressure and temperature dependence of the Ce valence and c -f hybridization gap in Ce T2In5(T =Co ,Rh ,Ir ) heavy-fermion superconductors

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    Yamaoka, H.; Yamamoto, Y.; Schwier, E. F.; Honda, F.; Zekko, Y.; Ohta, Y.; Lin, J.-F.; Nakatake, M.; Iwasawa, H.; Arita, M.; Shimada, K.; Hiraoka, N.; Ishii, H.; Tsuei, K.-D.; Mizuki, J.

    2015-12-01

    Pressure- and temperature-induced changes in the Ce valence and c -f hybridization of the Ce115 superconductors have been studied systematically. Resonant x-ray-emission spectroscopy indicated that the increase of the Ce valence with pressure was significant for CeCoIn5, and moderate for CeIr (In0.925Cd0.075)5 . We found no abrupt change of the Ce valence in the Kondo regime for CeIr (In0.925Cd0.075)5 , which suggests that valence fluctuations are unlikely to mediate the superconductivity in this material. X-ray-diffraction results were consistent with the pressure-induced change in the Ce valence. High-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy revealed a temperature-dependent reduction of the spectral intensity at the Fermi level, indicating enhanced c -f hybridization on cooling.

  18. Neutron scattering studies of heavy Fermions

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    Shapiro, S. M.

    1985-08-01

    Heavy Fermions are f electron materials characterized by a large linear term in the low temperature specific heat and a large magnetic susceptibility at low temperatures. This implies that there is a narrow peak in the f electron density of states at the Fermi energy. Typical examples are CeAl3, UBe13, CeCu2Si2, CeCu6, U2Zn17 and UPt3. Neutron scattering measurements can play an important role in understanding the magnetic interactions in these systems. Measurements of the form reveal details about the nature of the wave functions. Inelastic scattering studies gives information about the energy scale of the spin fluctuations and the narrow f-resonance. Such measurements on the above systems are reviewed with the goal of establishing systematics between the information obtained in neutron studies and that from bulk measurements.

  19. Neutron scattering studies of the heavy Fermion superconductors

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    Goldman, A. I.

    Recent neutron scattering measurements of the heavy Fermion superconductors are described. Those materials offer an exciting opportunity for neutron scattering since the f-electrons, which couple directly to magnetic scattering measurements, seem to be the same electrons which form the superconducting state below T sub c. In addition, studies of the magnetic fluctuations in these, and other heavy Fermion systems, by inelastic magnetic neutron scattering can provide information about the nature of the low temperature Fermi liquid character of these novel compounds.

  20. Millikelvin cooling by heavy-fermion-based tunnel junctions

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    Prest, Martin; Min, Gao; Whall, Terry

    2015-12-01

    This paper addresses a high-performance electron-tunneling cooler based on a novel heavy-fermion/insulator/superconductor junction for millikelvin cooling applications. We show that the cooling performance of an electronic tunneling refrigerator could be significantly improved using a heavy-fermion metal to replace the normal metal in a conventional normal metal/insulator/superconductor junction. The calculation, based on typical parameters, indicates that, for a bath temperature of 300 mK, the minimum cooling temperature of an electron tunneling refrigerator is reduced from around 170 mK to below 50 mK if a heavy-fermion metal is employed in place of the normal metal. The improved cooling is attributed to an enhancement in electron tunneling due to the existence of a resonant density of states at the Fermi level.

  1. Millikelvin cooling by heavy-fermion-based tunnel junctions

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    Prest, Martin; Min, Gao; Whall, Terry

    2015-12-28

    This paper addresses a high-performance electron-tunneling cooler based on a novel heavy-fermion/insulator/superconductor junction for millikelvin cooling applications. We show that the cooling performance of an electronic tunneling refrigerator could be significantly improved using a heavy-fermion metal to replace the normal metal in a conventional normal metal/insulator/superconductor junction. The calculation, based on typical parameters, indicates that, for a bath temperature of 300 mK, the minimum cooling temperature of an electron tunneling refrigerator is reduced from around 170 mK to below 50 mK if a heavy-fermion metal is employed in place of the normal metal. The improved cooling is attributed to an enhancement in electron tunneling due to the existence of a resonant density of states at the Fermi level.

  2. Magnetoelectric effects in heavy-fermion superconductors without inversion symmetry

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    Fujimoto, Satoshi

    2005-07-01

    We investigate the effects of strong electron correlation on magnetoelectric transport phenomena in noncentrosymmetric superconductors with particular emphasis on its application to the recently discovered heavy-fermion superconductor CePt3Si . Taking into account electron correlation effects in a formally exact way, we obtain the expression of the magnetoelectric coefficient for the Zeeman-field-induced paramagnetic supercurrent, the existence of which was predicted more than a decade ago. It is found that in contrast to the usual Meissner current, which is much reduced by the mass renormalization factor in the heavy-fermion state, the paramagnetic supercurrent is not affected by the Fermi liquid effect. This result implies that the experimental observation of the magnetoelectric effect is more feasible in heavy-fermion systems than that in conventional metals with moderate effective mass.

  3. Heavy fermion nondecoupling effects in triple gauge boson vertices

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    Dedes, Athanasios; Suxho, Kristaq

    2012-05-01

    Within a spontaneously broken gauge group we carefully analyze and calculate triple gauge boson vertices dominated by triangle one-loop Feynman diagrams involving heavy fermions compared to external momenta and gauge boson masses. We perform our calculation strictly in four dimensions and derive a general formula for the off-shell, one-particle irreducible (1PI) effective vertex which satisfies the relevant Ward Identities and the Goldstone boson equivalence theorem. Our goal is to search for nondecoupling heavy fermion effects highlighting their synergy with gauge chiral anomalies. Particularly in the standard model, we find that when the arbitrary anomaly parameters are fixed by gauge invariance and/or Bose symmetry, the heavy fermion contribution cancels its anomaly contribution leaving behind anomaly and mass independent contributions from the light fermions. We apply these results in calculating the corresponding CP-invariant one-loop induced corrections to triple gauge boson vertices in the SM, minimal Z' models as well as their extensions with a fourth fermion generation, and compare with experimental data.

  4. Photoelectron spectroscopy in heavy fermions: Inconsistencies with the Kondo model

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    Arko, A.J.; Joyce, J.J.; Blyth, R.R.; Canfield, P.C.; Thompson, J.D.; Bartlett, R.J.; Fisk, Z.; Lawrence, J.; Tang, J.; Riseborough, P.

    1992-09-01

    We have investigated a number of Ce and Yb heavy fermion compounds via photoelectron spectroscopy and compared the results to the predictions of the Imurity Anderson Hamiltonian within the Gunnarson-Schonhammer approach. For the low T{sub K} materials investigated we find little or no correlation with T{sub K}, the only parameter that can be determined independent of photoemission.

  5. The electronic structure of heavy fermions: Narrow temperature independent bands

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    Arko, A.J.; Joyce, J.J.; Smith, J.L.; Andrews, A.B.

    1996-08-01

    The electronic structure of both Ce and U heavy fermions appears to consist of extremely narrow temperature independent bands. There is no evidence from photoemission for a collective phenomenon normally referred to as the Kondo resonance. In uranium compounds a small dispersion of the bands is easily measurable.

  6. Magnitude of the magnetic exchange interaction in the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn5

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    Das, Pinaki; Lin, S. -Z.; Ghimire, N. J.; Huang, K.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Batista, C. D.; Ehlers, G.; Janoschek, M.

    2014-12-08

    We have used high-resolution neutron spectroscopy experiments to determine the complete spin wave spectrum of the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn₅. The spin wave dispersion can be quantitatively reproduced with a simple frustrated J₁-J₂ model that also naturally explains the magnetic spin-spiral ground state of CeRhIn₅ and yields a dominant in-plane nearest-neighbor magnetic exchange constant J₀=0.74(3) meV. Our results lead the way to a quantitative understanding of the rich low-temperature phase diagram of the prominent CeTIn₅ (T = Co, Rh, Ir) class of heavy-fermion materials.

  7. Magnitude of the magnetic exchange interaction in the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn5

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    Das, Pinaki; Lin, S. -Z.; Ghimire, N. J.; Huang, K.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Batista, C. D.; Ehlers, G.; Janoschek, M.

    2014-12-08

    We have used high-resolution neutron spectroscopy experiments to determine the complete spin wave spectrum of the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn₅. The spin wave dispersion can be quantitatively reproduced with a simple frustrated J₁-J₂ model that also naturally explains the magnetic spin-spiral ground state of CeRhIn₅ and yields a dominant in-plane nearest-neighbor magnetic exchange constant J₀=0.74(3) meV. Our results lead the way to a quantitative understanding of the rich low-temperature phase diagram of the prominent CeTIn₅ (T = Co, Rh, Ir) class of heavy-fermion materials.

  8. (Strongly interacting fermion systems: Emphasis on heavy fermions: Annual performance report)

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    1987-01-01

    The research has been concentrated into two areas: heavy fermions and development of new methods for electronic properties (henceforth referred to as the ''electronic structure program''). This first area is going into deep hibernation due to the new interest in the high-T/sub c/ materials; notwithstanding this development, there has been significant progress. On the other hand, in the electronic structure program there has been a period of intense development which is just starting to yield results.

  9. High-pressure studies on heavy fermion systems

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    Ye, Chen; Zongfa, Weng; Smidman, Michael; Xin, Lu; Huiqiu, Yuan

    2016-07-01

    In this review article, we give a brief overview of heavy fermions, which are prototype examples of strongly correlated electron systems. We introduce the application of physical pressure in heavy fermion systems to construct their pressure phase diagrams and to study the close relationship between superconductivity (SC) and other electronic instabilities, such as antiferromagnetism (AFM), ferromagnetism (FM), and valence transitions. Field-angle dependent heat capacity and point-contact spectroscopic measurements under pressure are taken as examples to illustrate their ability to investigate novel physical properties of the emergent electronic states. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CBA00103), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174245 and 11374257), the Science Challenge Program of China, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China.

  10. Heavy-fermion systems studied by {mu}SR technique

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    Amato, A.

    1997-10-01

    The author attempts to give a comprehensive discussion of studies performed with the positive-muon spin rotation and relaxation technique (also known as the {mu}SR technique) on heavy-fermion compounds. The subtle competition between the demagnetizing Kondo interaction and the intersite Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction is believed to be the primary ingredient for the wealth of different ground states observed for this class of rare-earth{endash} and actinide-containing intermetallic compounds. Due to its microscopic character, its sensitivity to extremely small internal fields, and its capacity to detect spatially inhomogeneous magnetic features, the {mu}SR technique has been extensively utilized to investigate the peculiar magnetic properties of these ground states and improve our knowledge of heavy-fermion phenomena. In addition to providing a short introduction to {mu}SR, where the intrinsic difficulties of the method are clearly stated, this article reviews the main results obtained by this technique on the best-known heavy-fermion compounds (superconductors, band magnets, local-moment magnets, non-Fermi-liquid systems, and Kondo insulators). Special emphasis is placed on the particular information obtainable by monitoring the implanted muon. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  11. Two-dimensional Confinement of Heavy Fermions in Artificial Superlattices

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    Shishido, Hiroaki

    2011-03-01

    Low dimensionality and strong electron-electron Coulomb interactions are both key parameters for novel quantum states of condensed matter. A metallic system with the strongest electron correlations is reported in rare-earth and actinide compounds with f electrons, known as heavy-fermion compounds, where the effective mass of the conduction electrons are strikingly enhanced by the electron correlations up to some hundreds times the free electron mass. To date the electronic structure of all heavy-fermion compounds is essentially three-dimensional. We realized experimentally a two-dimensional heavy fermion system, adjusting the dimensionality in a controllable fashion. We grew artificial superlattices of CeIn 3 (m)/ LaIn 3 (n), in which m -layers of heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeIn 3 and n -layers of a non-magnetic isostructual compound LaIn 3 are stacked alternately, by a molecular beam epitaxy. By reducing the thickness of the CeIn 3 layers, the magnetic order was suppressed and the effective electron mass was further enhanced. The Néel temperature becomes zero at around m = 2 , concomitant with striking deviations from the standard Fermi liquid low-temperature electronic properties. Standard Fermi liquid behaviors are, however, recovered under high magnetic field. These behaviors imply new ``dimensional tuning'' towards a quantum critical point. We also succeeded to fabricate artificial superlattices of a heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn 5 and non-magnetic divalent Yb-compound YbCoIn 5 . Superconductivity survives even in CeCoIn 5 (3)/ YbCoIn 5 (5) films, while the thickness of CeCoIn 5 layer, 2.3 nm, is comparable to the c -axis coherence length ξc ~ 2 nm. This work has been done in collaboration with Y. Mizukami, S. Yasumoto, M. Shimozawa, H. Kontani, T. Shibauchi, T. Terashima and Y. Matsuda.superconductivity is realized in the artificial superlattices. This work has been done in collaboration with Y. Mizukami, S. Yasumoto, M. Shimozawa, H. Kontani, T

  12. Heavy fermions: From nodal metals to super-spins

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    Ramires Neves de Oliveira, Aline

    Condensed matter physics is an area of research which lies at a sweet spot between two complementary perspectives: the atomistic point of view which takes into account all the details of the system of interest; and the framework of universality and emergent phenomena, which allows us to make drastic simplifications to the microscopic description of materials while still being able to explain much of the experimentally observed phenomena. This thesis addresses problems from both perspectives, focusing on heavy fermion systems. Heavy fermion systems are prototype materials for the study of strongly correlations and quantum criticality. Theoretical understanding of these systems is important for the design of new materials and for the fundamental understanding of quantum critical phenomena. This thesis is strongly motivated by recent experiments in an intrinsically quantum critical material, beta-YbAlB 4. This system shows anomalous critical exponents in transport and thermodynamics. In Chapter 2 we construct a phenomenological theory for the heavy fermion metal beta-YbAlB4 based on the Anderson model, taking into account the peculiarities of this specific material. We analyze the consequences of a non-trivial, momentum-dependent, hybridization matrix between f-electrons and conduction electrons, which gives rise to a nodal metal with unusual dispersion and singular thermodynamic properties, in accordance with experiments. In Chapter 3 we analyze the Electron Spin Resonance experiments in this same material and propose a theory including spin-orbit coupling, crystal electric fields and hyperfine coupling which can account for many of the features of the experimentally observed signal. Within a broader perspective on heavy fermion systems, the absence of a single unified theoretical description which can account for the plethora of phenomena observed in this class of materials also motivates us to consider new theoretical approaches. In Chapter 4 we generalize the

  13. Muon spin relaxation studies of the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in heavy fermion systems

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    Heffner, R. H.

    The interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in heavy fermion systems is discussed and the role of muon spin relaxation in elucidating these properties is emphasized. Relevant properties of all six heavy fermion superconductors are briefly surveyed and instances where superconductivity and magnetism compete, coexist, and couple with one another are pointed out. Current theoretical concepts underlying these phenomena are highlighted.

  14. Heavy fermion and actinide materials. Annual technical progress report, February 1, 1992--January 31, 1993

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    Not Available

    1993-02-01

    During this period, 1/N expansions have been systematically applied to the calculation of the properties of highly correlated electron systems. These studies include examinations of (a) the class of materials known as heavy fermion semi-conductors, (b) the high energy spectra of heavy fermion systems, and (c) the doped oxide superconductors.

  15. Muon spin relaxation studies of the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in heavy fermion systems

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    Heffner, R.H.

    1993-10-01

    The interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in heavy fermion systems is discussed and the role of muon spin relaxation in elucidating these properties is emphasized. Relevant properties of all six heavy fermion superconductors are briefly surveyed and instances where superconductivity and magnetism compete, coexist and couple with one another are pointed out. Current theoretical concepts underlying these phenomena are highlighted.

  16. Heavy fermion Ce3Co4Sn13 compound under pressure

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    Collave, J. R.; Borges, H. A.; Ramos, S. M.; Hering, E. N.; Fontes, M. B.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Mendonça-Ferreira, L.; Bittar, E. M.; Pagliuso, P. G.

    2015-05-01

    The non-magnetic heavy fermion compound Ce3Co4Sn13 was studied under pressure. We report single crystalline measurements of electrical resistivity as a function of temperature ρ(T) under pressure. Some characteristic features related to a structural transition (TS), crystalline field effects (TCEF), and a low temperature maximum (Tmax), possibly connected simultaneously to the onset of Kondo lattice coherence and short range magnetic correlations, were identified in the ρ(T) data. A pressure-temperature phase diagram with TS and Tmax was constructed by mapping these features. Like for most Ce-based heavy fermion compounds, Tmax moves to higher temperatures with pressure, indicating that it is related to the Kondo energy scale, due to the increase of hybridization induced by pressure. On the other hand, TS, associated to a superlattice distortion and probably combined with a charge density wave transition, decreases as a function of pressure. However, differently from the Sr3-xCaxIr4Sn13 system, where a superlattice quantum phase transition is observed [L. E. Klintberg et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 237 008 (2012)], in Ce3Co4Sn13 TS ˜ 154 K, at ambient pressure (P = 0), seems to stabilize at around 143 K for P ≥ 19 kilobars. We also investigated ρ(T) in external magnetic fields, at P = 0. Negative magnetoresistance and increase of Tmax are observed, suggesting suppression of low temperature short range magnetic correlations.

  17. Photoemission and the electronic properties of heavy fermions -- limitations of the Kondo model

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    Joyce, J.J.; Arko, A.J.; Andrews, A.B.

    1993-09-01

    The electronic properties of Yb-based heavy fermions have been investigated by means of high resolution synchrotron radiation photoemission and compared with predictions of the Kondo model. The Yb heavy fermion photoemission spectra show massive disagreement with the Kondo model predictions (as calculated within the Gunnarsson-Schonhammer computational method). Moreover, the Yb heavy fermion photoemission spectra give very strong indications of core-like characteristics and compare favorable to purely divalent Yb metal and core-like Lu 4f levels. The heavy fermions YbCu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, YbAgCu{sub 4} and YbAl{sub 3} were measured and shown to have lineshapes much broader and deeper in binding energy than predicted by the Kondo model. The lineshape of the bulk component of the 4f emission for these three heavy fermion materials was compared with that from Yb metal and the Lu 4f levels in LuAl{sub 3}, the heavy fermion materials show no substantive spectroscopic differences from simple 4f levels observed in Yb metal and LuAl{sub 3}. Also, the variation with temperature of the 4f fineshape was measured for Yb metal and clearly demonstrates that phonon broadening plays a major role in 4f level lineshape analysis and must be accounted for before considerations of correlated electron resonance effects are presumed to be at work.

  18. Heavy Fermion Scaling: Uranium versus Cerium and Ytterbium Compounds

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    Lawrence, J. M.; Wang, Cuihuan; Christianson, Andrew D; Bauer, E. D.

    2011-01-01

    In an effort to explore the differences between rare-earth-based and uranium-based heavy fermion (HF) compounds that reflect the underlying difference between local 4f moments and itinerant 5f moments we analyze scaling laws that relate the low temperature neutron spectra of the primary ('Kondo-esque') spin fluctuation to the specific heat and susceptibility. While the scaling appears to work very well for the rare earth intermediate valence (IV) compounds, for a number of key uranium compounds the scaling laws fail badly. There are two main reasons for this failure. First, the presence of antiferromagnetic (AF) fluctuations, which contribute significantly to the specific heat, alters the scaling ratios. Second, the scaling laws require knowledge of the high temperature moment degeneracy, which is often undetermined for itinerant 5f electrons. By making plausible corrections for both effects, better scaling ratios are obtained for some uranium compounds. We point out that, while both the uranium HF compounds and the rare earth IV compounds have spin fluctuation characteristic energies of order 5-25 meV, they differ in that the AF fluctuations that are usually seen in the uranium compounds are never seen in the rare earth IV compounds. This suggests that the 5f itineracy increases the f-f exchange relative to the rare earth case.

  19. Spin gap in heavy fermion compound UBe13

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    Storchak, V. G.; Brewer, J. H.; Eshchenko, D. G.; Mengyan, P. W.; Parfenov, O. E.; Tokmachev, A. M.; Dosanjh, P.; Fisk, Z.; Smith, J. L.

    2016-08-01

    Heavy fermion (HF) compounds are well known for their unique properties, such as narrow bandwidths, loss of coherence in a metal, non-Fermi-liquid behaviour, unconventional superconductivity, huge magnetoresistance etc. While these materials have been known since the 1970s, there is still considerable uncertainty regarding the fundamental mechanisms responsible for some of these features. Here we report transverse-field muon spin rotation (μ +SR) experiments on the canonical HF compound UBe13 in the temperature range from 0.025 to 300 K and in magnetic fields up to 7 T. The μ +SR spectra exhibit a sharp anomaly at 180 K. We present a simple explanation of the experimental findings identifying this anomaly with a gap in the spin excitation spectrum of f-electrons opening near 180 K. It is consistent with anomalies discovered in heat capacity, NMR and optical conductivity measurements of UBe13, as well as with the new resistivity data presented here. The proposed physical picture may explain several long-standing mysteries of UBe13 (as well as other HF systems).

  20. Inhomogeneous disorder Dirac Fermions: from heavy fermion superconductors to graphene. Final report

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    Vekhter, Ilya

    2013-08-11

    This is the final report on the award designed to foster a partnership between Louisiana State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in conducting fundamental research in support of energy needs. The general focus of the research effort was on developing a better understanding of materials with new functionalities. We investigated two distinct and very promising classes of new materials, which serve as a testing ground for many of the novel phenomena in condensed matter physics: the heavy fermion 115 series, where the interplay of strong interactions between the electrons leads to a rich variety of competing phases and anomalous properties, and newly discovered pnictide superconductors. The former focus was planned; the latter emerged during the collaborative effort with LANL. Our objective was to determine the origin, and to establish a functional effective theory description of the phases in these systems, and transitions between them. We report on the main accomplishments under the award that serves to clarify the nature of superconductivity in both families of materials. In particular, we collaborated with experimentalists to predict and analyze the magnetic field and temperature dependence of the bulk thermodynamic and transport properties and to determine the gap shape in CeCoIn₅ and in Ba(Fe1-xCox)₂As₂, investigated the Kondo temperature in the presence of spin-orbit coupling in the conduction band, and provided theoretical guidance for local probes such as scanning tunneling spectroscopy of vortex cores and impurity resonances, and magnetic force microscopy of the superconducting states.

  1. Heavy-Fermion Superconductivity in URANIUM-PLATINUM(3)

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    Putikka, William Oliver

    A phenomenological spin fluctuation model for superconductivity in the heavy-fermion metal UPt _3 is presented. The wavevector dependence of the interaction is assumed to be the same as the wavevector dependent magnetic susceptibility extracted from the neutron scattering experiments of Aeppli, et al. The other input for the calculation is the Fermi surface of UPt _3. Single particle band calculations done for UPt_3 give a Fermi surface which is very anisotropic. Despite the presence of strong correlations in UPt_3 the Fermi surface derived from band calculations is confirmed by the de Haas-van Alphen measurements of Taillefer, et al. However, the calculated band masses are smaller than the observed masses by a factor of 20. UPt_3 can thus be described at low temperatures in its normal state as a Fermi liquid, with very massive quasiparticles. The model considered here for the superconducting state is the pairing of the heavy quasiparticles by means of the spin fluctuation mediated interaction. A phase diagram is derived in terms of two dimensionless parameters giving the relative strength of the local repulsive part of the interaction and the in plane ferromagnetic interaction compared to the nearest neighbor antiferromagnetic interaction. s -, p- and d-wave phases are possible. The symmetry of the gap function favored by this model is the E_ {1g} representation of D_ {rm 6h}. To determine the symmetry of the gap function for this two dimensional representation the fourth order terms in the Ginzburg-Landau free energy are considered. The resulting gap function has a line of nodes in the basal plane and point nodes along the c -axis. A qualitative comparison of calculated properties for UPt_3 with this d-wave gap function to measured properties is given. Emphasis is on the observed power law temperature dependences for many low temperature properties and the difficulties in identifying the nodal structure due to impurity scattering. A discussion of the limitations

  2. Scalar Resonance at 750 GeV as Composite of Heavy Vector-Like Fermions

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    Liao, Wei; Zheng, Han-Qing

    2016-08-01

    We study a model of scalars which includes both the SM Higgs and a scalar singlet as composites of heavy vector-like fermions. The vector-like fermions are bounded by the super-strong four-fermion interactions. The scalar singlet decays to SM vector bosons through loop of heavy vector-like fermions. We show that the surprisingly large production cross section of di-photon events at 750 GeV resonance and the odd decay properties can all be explained. This model serves as a good model for both SM Higgs and a scalar resonance at 750 GeV. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant Nos. 11135009, 11375065 and 10925522

  3. How Kondo-holes create intense nanoscale heavy-fermion hybridization disorder.

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    Hamidian, Mohammad H; Schmidt, Andrew R; Firmo, Inês A; Allan, Milan P; Bradley, Phelim; Garrett, Jim D; Williams, Travis J; Luke, Graeme M; Dubi, Yonatan; Balatsky, Alexander V; Davis, J C

    2011-11-01

    Replacing a magnetic atom by a spinless atom in a heavy-fermion compound generates a quantum state often referred to as a "Kondo-hole". No experimental imaging has been achieved of the atomic-scale electronic structure of a Kondo-hole, or of their destructive impact [Lawrence JM, et al. (1996) Phys Rev B 53:12559-12562] [Bauer ED, et al. (2011) Proc Natl Acad Sci. 108:6857-6861] on the hybridization process between conduction and localized electrons which generates the heavy-fermion state. Here we report visualization of the electronic structure at Kondo-holes created by substituting spinless thorium atoms for magnetic uranium atoms in the heavy-fermion system URu(2)Si(2). At each thorium atom, an electronic bound state is observed. Moreover, surrounding each thorium atom we find the unusual modulations of hybridization strength recently predicted to occur at Kondo-holes [Figgins J, Morr DK (2011) Phys Rev Lett 107:066401]. Then, by introducing the "hybridization gapmap" technique to heavy-fermion studies, we discover intense nanoscale heterogeneity of hybridization due to a combination of the randomness of Kondo-hole sites and the long-range nature of the hybridization oscillations. These observations provide direct insight into both the microscopic processes of heavy-fermion forming hybridization and the macroscopic effects of Kondo-hole doping. PMID:22006302

  4. How Kondo-holes create intense nanoscale heavy-fermion hybridization disorder

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    Hamidian, Mohammad H.; Schmidt, Andrew R.; Firmo, Inês A.; Allan, Milan P.; Bradley, Phelim; Garrett, Jim D.; Williams, Travis J.; Luke, Graeme M.; Dubi, Yonatan; Balatsky, Alexander V.; Davis, J. C.

    2011-01-01

    Replacing a magnetic atom by a spinless atom in a heavy-fermion compound generates a quantum state often referred to as a “Kondo-hole”. No experimental imaging has been achieved of the atomic-scale electronic structure of a Kondo-hole, or of their destructive impact [Lawrence JM, et al. (1996) Phys Rev B 53:12559–12562] [Bauer ED, et al. (2011) Proc Natl Acad Sci. 108:6857–6861] on the hybridization process between conduction and localized electrons which generates the heavy-fermion state. Here we report visualization of the electronic structure at Kondo-holes created by substituting spinless thorium atoms for magnetic uranium atoms in the heavy-fermion system URu2Si2. At each thorium atom, an electronic bound state is observed. Moreover, surrounding each thorium atom we find the unusual modulations of hybridization strength recently predicted to occur at Kondo-holes [Figgins J, Morr DK (2011) Phys Rev Lett 107:066401]. Then, by introducing the “hybridization gapmap” technique to heavy-fermion studies, we discover intense nanoscale heterogeneity of hybridization due to a combination of the randomness of Kondo-hole sites and the long-range nature of the hybridization oscillations. These observations provide direct insight into both the microscopic processes of heavy-fermion forming hybridization and the macroscopic effects of Kondo-hole doping. PMID:22006302

  5. 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.

  6. Emergence of anisotropic heavy fermions in antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice CeIn3 revealed by photoemission

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    Zhang, Yun; Lu, Haiyan; Zhu, Xiegang; Tan, Shiyong; Chen, Qiuyun; Feng, Wei; Xie, Donghua; Luo, Lizhu; Zhang, Wen; Lai, Xinchun; Donglai Feng Team; Huiqiu Yuan Team

    One basic concept in heavy fermions systems is the entanglement of localized spin state and itinerant electron state. It can be tuned by two competitive intrinsic mechanisms, Kondo effect and Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction, with external disturbances. The key issue regarding heavy fermions properties is how the two mechanisms work in the same phase region. To investigate the relation of the two mechanisms, the cubic antiferromagnetic heavy fermions compound CeIn3 was investigated by soft x-ray angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The hybridization between f electrons and conduction bands in the paramagnetic state was observed directly, providing compelling evidence for Kondo screening scenario and coexistence of two mechanisms. The hybridization strength shows slight and regular anisotropy in K space, implying that the two mechanisms are competitive and anisotropic. This work illuminates the concomitant and competitive relation between the two mechanisms and supplies some evidences for the anisotropic superconductivity of CeIn3

  7. Issues in heavy fermions and in high-T c superconductive materials raised at this conference

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    Varma, C. M.

    1991-05-01

    In this closing session at the conference I would like, in the light of the presentations at this conference to briefly summarize the remarkable progress achieved in the heavy-fermion and heavy-fermion superconductivity problems, and point to what seem to me the principal problems remaining. The situation in the theory of high- Tc materials, on the face of it, appears much less bright. Unlike the heavy fermions, there is no agreement on what model represents the essentials of the problem. I believe, the difficulty in achieving a consensus here is only partly scientific. It is also sociological. I will paint a rather sanguine picture of the scientific developments there as well.

  8. Foundations of heavy-fermion superconductivity: lattice Kondo effect and Mott physics.

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    Steglich, Frank; Wirth, Steffen

    2016-08-01

    This article overviews the development of heavy-fermion superconductivity, notably in such rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds which behave as Kondo-lattice systems. Heavy-fermion superconductivity is of unconventional nature in the sense that it is not mediated by electron-phonon coupling. Rather, in most cases the attractive interaction between charge carriers is apparently magnetic in origin. Fluctuations associated with an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP) play a major role. The first heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2 turned out to be the prototype of a larger group of materials for which the underlying, often pressure-induced, AF QCP is likely to be of a three-dimensional (3D) spin-density-wave (SDW) variety. For UBe13, the second heavy-fermion superconductor, a magnetic-field-induced 3D SDW QCP inside the superconducting phase can be conjectured. Such a 'conventional', itinerant QCP can be well understood within Landau's paradigm of order-parameter fluctuations. In contrast, the low-temperature normal-state properties of a few heavy-fermion superconductors are at odds with the Landau framework. They are characterized by an 'unconventional', local QCP which may be considered a zero-temperature 4 f-orbital selective Mott transition. Here, as concluded for YbRh2Si2, the breakdown of the Kondo effect concurring with the AF instability gives rise to an abrupt change of the Fermi surface. Very recently, superconductivity was discovered for this compound at ultra-low temperatures. Therefore, YbRh2Si2 along with CeRhIn5 under pressure provide a natural link between the large group of about fifty low-temperature heavy-fermion superconductors and other families of unconventional superconductors with substantially higher T c, e.g. the doped Mott insulators of the perovskite-type cuprates and the organic charge-transfer salts. PMID:27376190

  9. Foundations of heavy-fermion superconductivity: lattice Kondo effect and Mott physics

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    Steglich, Frank; Wirth, Steffen

    2016-08-01

    This article overviews the development of heavy-fermion superconductivity, notably in such rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds which behave as Kondo-lattice systems. Heavy-fermion superconductivity is of unconventional nature in the sense that it is not mediated by electron-phonon coupling. Rather, in most cases the attractive interaction between charge carriers is apparently magnetic in origin. Fluctuations associated with an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP) play a major role. The first heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2 turned out to be the prototype of a larger group of materials for which the underlying, often pressure-induced, AF QCP is likely to be of a three-dimensional (3D) spin-density-wave (SDW) variety. For UBe13, the second heavy-fermion superconductor, a magnetic-field-induced 3D SDW QCP inside the superconducting phase can be conjectured. Such a ‘conventional’, itinerant QCP can be well understood within Landau’s paradigm of order-parameter fluctuations. In contrast, the low-temperature normal-state properties of a few heavy-fermion superconductors are at odds with the Landau framework. They are characterized by an ‘unconventional’, local QCP which may be considered a zero-temperature 4 f-orbital selective Mott transition. Here, as concluded for YbRh2Si2, the breakdown of the Kondo effect concurring with the AF instability gives rise to an abrupt change of the Fermi surface. Very recently, superconductivity was discovered for this compound at ultra-low temperatures. Therefore, YbRh2Si2 along with CeRhIn5 under pressure provide a natural link between the large group of about fifty low-temperature heavy-fermion superconductors and other families of unconventional superconductors with substantially higher T c, e.g. the doped Mott insulators of the perovskite-type cuprates and the organic charge-transfer salts.

  10. 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

  11. Correlation between ground state and orbital anisotropy in heavy fermion materials

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    Willers, Thomas; Strigari, Fabio; Hu, Zhiwei; Sessi, Violetta; Brookes, Nicholas B.; Bauer, Eric D.; Sarrao, John L.; Thompson, J. D.; Tanaka, Arata; Wirth, Steffen; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Severing, Andrea

    2015-02-09

    The interplay of structural, orbital, charge, and spin degrees of freedom is at the heart of many emergent phenomena, including superconductivity. We find that unraveling the underlying forces of such novel phases is a great challenge because it not only requires understanding each of these degrees of freedom, it also involves accounting for the interplay between them. Cerium-based heavy fermion compounds are an ideal playground for investigating these interdependencies, and we present evidence for a correlation between orbital anisotropy and the ground states in a representative family of materials. We have measured the 4f crystal-electric field ground-state wave functions of the strongly correlated materials CeRh1₋xIrxIn5 with great accuracy using linear polarization-dependent soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy. These measurements show that these wave functions correlate with the ground-state properties of the substitution series, which covers long-range antiferromagnetic order, unconventional superconductivity, and coexistence of these two states.

  12. Multiple quantum phase transitions and superconductivity in Ce-based heavy fermions.

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    Weng, Z F; Smidman, M; Jiao, L; Lu, Xin; Yuan, H Q

    2016-09-01

    Heavy fermions have served as prototype examples of strongly-correlated electron systems. The occurrence of unconventional superconductivity in close proximity to the electronic instabilities associated with various degrees of freedom points to an intricate relationship between superconductivity and other electronic states, which is unique but also shares some common features with high temperature superconductivity. The magnetic order in heavy fermion compounds can be continuously suppressed by tuning external parameters to a quantum critical point, and the role of quantum criticality in determining the properties of heavy fermion systems is an important unresolved issue. Here we review the recent progress of studies on Ce based heavy fermion superconductors, with an emphasis on the superconductivity emerging on the edge of magnetic and charge instabilities as well as the quantum phase transitions which occur by tuning different parameters, such as pressure, magnetic field and doping. We discuss systems where multiple quantum critical points occur and whether they can be classified in a unified manner, in particular in terms of the evolution of the Fermi surface topology. PMID:27533524

  13. Landau Renormalizations of Superfluid Density in the Heavy-Fermion Superconductor CeCoIn5

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    Shu, Lei; MacLaughlin, D. E.; Varma, C. M.; Bernal, O. O.; Ho, P.-C.; Fukuda, R. H.; Shen, X. P.; Maple, M. B.

    2014-10-01

    The formation of heavy-fermion bands can occur by means of the conversion of a periodic array of local moments into itinerant electrons via the Kondo effect and the huge consequent Fermi-liquid renormalizations. Leggett predicted for liquid He3 that Fermi-liquid renormalizations change in the superconducting state, leading to a temperature dependence of the London penetration depth Λ quite different from that in BCS theory. Using Leggett's theory, as modified for heavy fermions, it is possible to extract from the measured temperature dependence of Λ in high quality samples both Landau parameters F0s and F1s; this has never been accomplished before. A modification of the temperature dependence of the electronic specific heat Cel, related to that of Λ, is also expected. We have carefully determined the magnitude and temperature dependence of Λ in CeCoIn5 by muon spin relaxation rate measurements to obtain F0s=36±1 and F1s=1.2±0.3, and we find a consistent change in the temperature dependence of Cel. This, the first determination of F1s with a value ≪F0s in a heavy-fermion compound, tests the basic assumption of the theory of heavy fermions, that the frequency dependence of the self-energy is much more important than its momentum dependence.

  14. Multiple quantum phase transitions and superconductivity in Ce-based heavy fermions

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    Weng, Z. F.; Smidman, M.; Jiao, L.; Lu, Xin; Yuan, H. Q.

    2016-09-01

    Heavy fermions have served as prototype examples of strongly-correlated electron systems. The occurrence of unconventional superconductivity in close proximity to the electronic instabilities associated with various degrees of freedom points to an intricate relationship between superconductivity and other electronic states, which is unique but also shares some common features with high temperature superconductivity. The magnetic order in heavy fermion compounds can be continuously suppressed by tuning external parameters to a quantum critical point, and the role of quantum criticality in determining the properties of heavy fermion systems is an important unresolved issue. Here we review the recent progress of studies on Ce based heavy fermion superconductors, with an emphasis on the superconductivity emerging on the edge of magnetic and charge instabilities as well as the quantum phase transitions which occur by tuning different parameters, such as pressure, magnetic field and doping. We discuss systems where multiple quantum critical points occur and whether they can be classified in a unified manner, in particular in terms of the evolution of the Fermi surface topology.

  15. Heavy-fermion semiconductor behavior of the SU({ital N}{sub {ital d}}) Anderson lattice model

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    Hu, L.; Yang, F.; Sun, J. |; Lin, T. |

    1995-08-15

    The heavy-fermion semiconductor behavior of the SU({ital N}{sub {ital d}}) Anderson lattice model is examined by using the slave-boson technique within the framework of mean-field theory. The results show that the slave-boson mean-field theory of this model can present a heavy Fermi liquid or a heavy-fermion semiconductor ground state for different {ital n} values ({ital n} is the total number of the conduction and the on-site {ital f} electrons per lattice site), thus providing a unified description of the heavy Fermi liquid and the heavy-fermion semiconductor. The basic features of this theory are in qualitative agreement with the experimentally observed heavy-fermion semiconductor behavior of some rare-earth compounds.

  16. Compact Multigluonic Scattering Amplitudes with Heavy Scalars and Fermions

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    Ferrario, Paola; Rodrigo, German; Talavera, Pere

    2006-05-12

    Combining the Berends-Giele and on-shell recursion relations we obtain an extremely compact expression for the scattering amplitude of a complex massive scalar-antiscalar pair and an arbitrary number of positive helicity gluons. This is one of the basic building blocks for constructing other helicity configurations from recursion relations. We also show explicitly that the scattering amplitude of massive fermions to gluons, all with positive helicity, is proportional to the scalar one, confirming in this way the recently advocated SUSY-like Ward identities relating both amplitudes.

  17. Magnetism and superconductivity in heavy fermion superconductor CeCo (In0.97Cd0/03)5

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    Heffner, R H; Ohishi, K; Spehling, J; Macdougall, G J; Ito, T U; Higemoto, W; Amato, D; Andreica, D; Nieuwenhuys, G; Klauss, H H; Luke, G M; Thompson, J D; Bianchi, A D; Fisk, Z

    2008-01-01

    Zero field (ZF) and transverse field (TF) muon spin relaxtion and rotation ({mu}SR) experiments have been carried out in the Cd-doped heavy fermion super conductor CeCoIn{sub 5} to investigate its superconducting state.

  18. Many-body effects in heavy fermion compounds [sic]. Final technical report for period September 1984 - January 2001

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    Riseborough, Peter S.

    2002-05-01

    A theoretical investigation of many-body effects in Cerium and Uranium Heavy Fermion and Mixed Valent Compounds and their experimental manifestations in thermodynamic, transport, and spectroscopic properties is discussed in this report.

  19. Spin fluctations and heavy fermions in the Kondo lattice

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    Khaliullin, G.G.

    1994-09-01

    This paper studies the spectrum of the spin and electronic excitations of the Kondo lattice at low temperatures. To avoid unphysical states, the Mattis {open_quotes}drone{close_quotes}-fermion representation for localized spins is employed. First, the known Fermi liquid properties of a single impurity are examined. The behavior of the correlator between a localized spin and the electron spin density at large distances shows that the effective interaction between electrons on the Fermi level and low-energy localized spin fluctuations scales as {rho}{sup {minus}1}, where {rho} is the band-state density. This fact is developed into a renormalization of the band spectrum in a periodic lattice. If the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between localized spins is much smaller than the Kondo fluctuation frequency {omega}{sub k}, the temperature of the crossover to the single-parameter Fermi liquid mode is determined by {omega}{sub k}. When the RKKY interaction becomes of order {omega}{sub k}, there is a new scale {omega}{sub sf}, the energy of the (antiferromagnetic) paramagnon mode, with {omega}{sub sf}{much_lt}{omega}{sub k}. Here the coherent Fermi liquid regime is realized only below a temperature T{sub coh} of order {omega}{sub sf}, while above T{sub coh} quasiparticle damping exhibits a linear temperature dependence. Finally, the nuclear-spin relaxation rate is calculated. 42 refs.

  20. Evidence for fully-gapped superconductivity in heavy-fermion CeCu2Si2

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    Kasahara, Y.; Terazawa, D.; Yamashita, T.; Onishi, T.; Tokiwa, Y.; Terashima, T.; Matsuda, Y.; Takenaka, T.; Mizukami, Y.; Shibauchi, T.; Wilcox, J.; Putzke, C.; Carrington, A.; Kittaka, S.; Sakakibara, T.; Jeevan, H. S.; Seiro, S.; Geibel, C.; Haga, Y.

    The discovery of superconductivity in heavy-fermion CeCu2Si2 in 1979 has opened a new playground for unconventional superconductivity in strongly-correlated systems. However, even in this archetypal heavy-fermion superconductor, the symmetry and the structure of the superconducting gap, which are intimately related to the paring mechanism, are still elusive. Here, to investigate the low-energy quasiparticle excitations in the superconducting state of CeCu2Si2(Tc = 0 . 6 K), we performed specific heat, thermal conductivity, and penetration depth measurements down to 60 mK. We found that specific heat and penetration depth exhibit exponential T-dependence at low T. Moreover, thermal conductivity has no residual T-linear term and shows little H-dependence. These behavior are in marked contrast to nodal superconductors. From the data taken with different experimental configurations, the detailed superconducting gap structure will be discussed.

  1. Spin-orbit fluctuations in frustrated heavy-fermion metal LiV(2)O(4).

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    Tomiyasu, K; Iwasa, K; Ueda, H; Niitaka, S; Takagi, H; Ohira-Kawamura, S; Kikuchi, T; Inamura, Y; Nakajima, K; Yamada, K

    2014-12-01

    Spin fluctuations were studied over a wide momentum (ℏQ) and energy (E) space in the frustrated d-electron heavy-fermion metal LiV_{2}O_{4} by time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering. We observed the overall Q-E evolutions near the characteristic Q=0.6  Å^{-1}  peak and found another weak broad magnetic peak around 2.4  Å^{-1}. The data are described by a simple response function, a partially delocalized magnetic form factor, and antiferromagnetic short-range spatial correlations, indicating that heavy-fermion formation is attributable to spin-orbit fluctuations with orbital hybridization. PMID:25526141

  2. Infrared properties of heavy fermions: evolution from weak to strong hybridizations

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    Chen, R. Y.; Wang, N. L.

    2016-06-01

    In this article, we review the charge excitations of heavy fermion compounds probed by infrared spectroscopy. The article is not meant to be a comprehensive survey of experimental investigations. Rather it focuses on the dependence of charge excitations on the hybridization strength. In this context, the infrared properties of the Ce m M n In3m+2n family are discussed in detail since the hybridization strengths differ dramatically in different members despite their similar lattice structures. Investigations on some mixed valent compounds are also presented, aiming to elucidate the generic trend of the evolution. In particular, we address the scaling between hybridization energy gap {{Δ }\\text{dir}} and hybridization strength \\tilde{V} (\\propto \\sqrt{W{{T}\\text{K}}} ) in a wide range of heavy fermion compounds, which demonstrates that the periodic Anderson model can generally and quantitatively describe the low-energy charge excitations.

  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. Heavy fermion Ce{sub 3}Co{sub 4}Sn{sub 13} compound under pressure

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    Collave, J. R.; Borges, H. A.; Ramos, S. M.; Hering, E. N.; Mendonça-Ferreira, L.; Pagliuso, P. G.

    2015-05-07

    The non-magnetic heavy fermion compound Ce{sub 3}Co{sub 4}Sn{sub 13} was studied under pressure. We report single crystalline measurements of electrical resistivity as a function of temperature ρ(T) under pressure. Some characteristic features related to a structural transition (T{sub S}), crystalline field effects (T{sub CEF}), and a low temperature maximum (T{sub max}), possibly connected simultaneously to the onset of Kondo lattice coherence and short range magnetic correlations, were identified in the ρ(T) data. A pressure-temperature phase diagram with T{sub S} and T{sub max} was constructed by mapping these features. Like for most Ce-based heavy fermion compounds, T{sub max} moves to higher temperatures with pressure, indicating that it is related to the Kondo energy scale, due to the increase of hybridization induced by pressure. On the other hand, T{sub S}, associated to a superlattice distortion and probably combined with a charge density wave transition, decreases as a function of pressure. However, differently from the Sr{sub 3−x}Ca{sub x}Ir{sub 4}Sn{sub 13} system, where a superlattice quantum phase transition is observed [L. E. Klintberg et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 237 008 (2012)], in Ce{sub 3}Co{sub 4}Sn{sub 13} T{sub S} ∼ 154 K, at ambient pressure (P = 0), seems to stabilize at around 143 K for P ≥ 19 kilobars. We also investigated ρ(T) in external magnetic fields, at P = 0. Negative magnetoresistance and increase of T{sub max} are observed, suggesting suppression of low temperature short range magnetic correlations.

  5. Visualizing Heavy Fermion Formation and their Unconventional Superconductivity in f-Electron Materials

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    Aynajian, Pegor; da Silva Neto, Eduardo H.; Zhou, Brian B.; Misra, Shashank; Baumbach, Ryan E.; Fisk, Zachary; Mydosh, John; Thompson, Joe D.; Bauer, Eric D.; Yazdani, Ali

    2014-06-01

    In solids containing elements with f-orbitals, the interaction between f-electron spins and those of itinerant electrons leads to the development of low-energy fermionic excitations with a heavy effective mass. These excitations are fundamental to the appearance of unconventional superconductivity observed in actinide- and lanthanide-based compounds. We use spectroscopic mapping with the scanning tunneling microscope to detect the emergence of heavy excitations with lowering of temperature in Ce- and U-based heavy fermion compounds. We demonstrate the sensitivity of the tunneling process to the composite nature of these heavy quasiparticles, which arises from quantum entanglement of itinerant conduction and f-electrons. Scattering and interference of the composite quasiparticles is used in the Ce-based compounds to resolve their energy-momentum structure and to extract their mass enhancement, which develops with decreasing temperature. Finally, by extending these techniques to much lower temperatures, we investigate how superconductivity, with a nodal d-wave character, develops within a strongly correlated band of composite excitations.

  6. Crossover Phase Diagram and Electronic State in the Heavy-Fermion Metamagnets UIr2Zn20 and UCo2Zn20

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    Hirose, Yusuke; Takeuchi, Tetsuya; Honda, Fuminori; Yoshiuchi, Shingo; Hagiwara, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Haga, Yoshinori; Settai, Rikio; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2015-07-01

    Crossover phase diagrams in the magnetic field versus temperature (H-T) plane of the nonmagnetic heavy-fermion metamagnets UT2Zn20 (T:Ir, Co) are studied by measuring the magnetic and electronic transport properties. The crossover phase diagrams of UIr2Zn20 and UCo2Zn20 are composed of a low-magnetic-field region (LFR) and a high-magnetic-field region (HFR), which are characterized by magnetic properties and the Hall effect, respectively. The LFR is found to form a closed area in the H-T plane, which is a quite different feature from the conventional uranium heavy-fermion compounds and the first observation in uranium compounds. From the drastic anomaly in the Hall effect at a metamagnetic field of UIr2Zn20, it is found that the metamagnetic behavior in UIr2Zn20 corresponds to a crossover from the heavy-fermion state to the field-induced ferromagnetic or polarized paramagnetic state accompanied by the reconstruction or topology change of Fermi surfaces. In UCo2Zn20, on the other hand, no sign of abrupt change in the electronic state at the metamagnetic field is observed. These contrastive crossover phase diagrams and the electronic state changes at the metamagnetic field are due to the different hybridization strengths between the 5f electrons of U atoms and the d electrons of Ir and Co atoms, leading to the differences in magnetic correlation and crystalline electric field ground state or the degree of itinerancy of 5f electrons.

  7. 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

  8. Magnetic Field and Pressure Phase Diagrams of Uranium Heavy-Fermion Compound U2Zn17

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    Tateiwa, Naoyuki; Ikeda, Shugo; Haga, Yoshinori; Matsuda, Tatsuma D.; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Sugiyama, Kiyohiro; Hagiwara, Masayuki; Kindo, Koichi; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2011-01-01

    We have performed magnetization measurements at high magnetic fields of up to 53 T on single crystals of a uranium heavy-fermion compound U2Zn17 grown by the Bridgman method. In the antiferromagnetic state below the Néel temperature TN=9.7 K, a metamagnetic transition is found at Hc≃ 32 T for the field along the [11\\bar{2}0] direction (a-axis). The magnetic phase diagram for the field along the [11\\bar{2}0] direction is given. The magnetization curve shows a nonlinear increase at Hm≃ 35 T in the paramagnetic state above TN up to a characteristic temperature Tχmax where the magnetic susceptibility or electrical resistivity shows a maximum value. This metamagnetic behavior of the magnetization at Hm is discussed in comparison with the metamagnetic magnetism of the heavy-fermion super conductors UPt3, URu2Si2, and UPd2Al3. We have also carried out high-pressure resistivity measurement on U2Zn17 using a diamond anvil cell up to 8.7 GPa. Noble gas argon was used as a pressure-transmitting medium to ensure a good hydrostatic environment. The Néel temperature TN is almost pressure-independent up to 4.7 GPa and starts to increase in the higher-pressure region. The pressure dependences of the coefficient of the T2 term in the electrical resistivity A, the antiferromagnetic gap Δ, and the characteristic temperature Tρmax are discussed. It is found that the effect of pressure on the electronic states in U2Zn17 is weak compared with those in the other heavy fermion compounds.

  9. Electronic structure and mass enhancement of the heavy fermion superconductor UPt 3

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    Wang, C. S.; Krakauer, H.; Pickett, W. E.

    1985-12-01

    The self-consistent general potential linearized augmented plane wave method has been applied to study the enegy bands of the heavy fermion superconductor UPt 3 within the local density approxination. We found 2.5 f-electrons per U atom and a f-band width of ≈1.9 eV pinned at the Fermi energy EF. An enhancement factor of 19 is deduced from the density of states at EF and the experimental linear coefficient of the specific heat. Possible sources of the renormalization are discussed based on available experimental information.

  10. Unconventional flux dynamics in the heavy fermion superconductors UPt 3 and UBe 13

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    Amann, A.; Visani, P.; Aupke, K.; Mota, A. C.; Maple, M. B.; Dalichaouch, Y.; Armstrong, P. E.; Fisk, Z.; Mitin, A. V.

    1994-12-01

    We have investigated flux creep in single crystals of UPt 3 (Hc) and UBe 13 (Hc 4) in the temperature 5 mK < T < T c and for magnetic fields H < 0. The relaxation curves for both of these heavy fermion superconductors show novel behaviours, with decay lows which depend strongly on the applied field. At all temperatures, we observe contributions to the decays which seem to arise from different processes with different time dependences, namely logarithmic and stretched exponential.

  11. A Phenomenological Theory of Metamagnetism in Ce-Based Heavy Fermion Compounds

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    Matsumoto, K.; Kosaka, S.; Murayama, S.

    2016-04-01

    A phenomenological theory is developed for the metamagnetism observed in heavy Fermion compounds by extension of the Landau theory for phase transitions. From simple analysis, the crossover behavior in high magnetic fields is indicated for the extended Landau-type free energy density. According to the finite temperature behavior of the extended Landau free energy density, theoretical magnetic phase diagrams that resemble those observed in CeRu2Si2 and Ce(Ru_{0.92}Rh_{0.08})2Si2 are obtained by using two sets of parameters, respectively.

  12. Thermal Expansion and Magnetostriction of Heavy Fermion CeRu2Si2 at Millikelvin Temperatures

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    Inoue, Daiki; Kaido, Daisuke; Yoshikawa, Yuta; Minegishi, Mitsuyuki; Matsumoto, Koichi; Abe, Satoshi; Murayama, Shigeyuki

    We have measured linear thermal expansion and magnetostriction of single crystal CeRu2Si2 that is well known as a heavy fermion metamagnetic compound. Thermal expansion and magnetostriction along the a-axis (B || a) and the c-axis (B || c) were measured by the capacitive dilatometer at temperatures down to 12 mK and in magnetic fields up to 9 T. We observed a strong anisotropy between a and c axis. In addition, negative deviations from Landau-Fermi liquid behavior for thermal expansion and magnetostriction coefficients were found below 50 mK and 0.4 T indicating non Fermi liquid behavior.

  13. Effect of electron-phonon interaction on resistivity of some heavy fermion (HF) systems

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    Sahoo, J.; Shadangi, N.; Nayak, P.

    2014-04-24

    Here, we have analyzed the electron-phonon interaction in the Periodic Anderson Model (PAM) to describe the temperature dependence of resistivity in some heavy fermion (HF) systems for finite wave vector (q) and for finite temperature (T). Since the resistivity is related to the imaginary part of the electron self energy, the expression for the same is evaluated through double time temperature dependant Green function technique of the Zubarev type. The effect of different system parameters namely the position of 4f level, E{sub 0} and the electron - phonon coupling strengths on resistivity have been studied. The results obtained give satisfactory explanations to the experimental observations.

  14. Energy and momentum relaxation of heavy fermion in dense and warm plasma

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    Sarkar, Sreemoyee; Dutt-Mazumder, Abhee K.

    2010-09-01

    We determine the drag and the momentum diffusion coefficients of heavy fermion in dense plasma. It is seen that in degenerate matter the drag coefficient at the leading order mediated by the transverse photon is proportional to (E-{mu}){sup 2} while for the longitudinal exchange this goes as (E-{mu}){sup 3}. We also calculate the longitudinal diffusion coefficient to obtain the Einstein relation in a relativistic degenerate plasma. Finally, finite temperature corrections are included both for the drag and the diffusion coefficients.

  15. Quantum Phases of the Shastry-Sutherland Kondo Lattice: Implications for the Global Phase Diagram of Heavy-Fermion Metals

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    Pixley, J. H.; Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao

    2014-10-01

    Considerable recent theoretical and experimental effort has been devoted to the study of quantum criticality and novel phases of antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion metals. In particular, quantum phase transitions have been discovered in heavy-fermion compounds with geometrical frustration. These developments have motivated us to study the competition between the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida and Kondo interactions on the Shastry-Sutherland lattice. We determine the zero-temperature phase diagram as a function of magnetic frustration and Kondo coupling within a slave-fermion approach. Pertinent phases include the valence bond solid and heavy Fermi liquid. In the presence of antiferromagnetic order, our zero-temperature phase diagram is remarkably similar to the global phase diagram proposed earlier based on general grounds. We discuss the implications of our results for the experiments on Yb2Pt2Pb and related compounds.

  16. NMR study of heavy fermion compound EuNi2P2

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    Magishi, K.; Watanabe, R.; Hisada, A.; Saito, T.; Koyama, K.; Fujiwara, T.

    2015-03-01

    We report the results of 31P-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on heavy fermion compound EuNi2P2 in order to investigate the magnetic properties at low temperatures from a microscopic view point. The Knight shift has a negative value in an entire temperature range, and the absolute value increases with decreasing temperature but exhibits a broad maximum around 40 K, which is similar to the behavior of the magnetic susceptibility. Also, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 is almost constant at high temperatures above 200 K, which is reminiscent of the relaxation mechanism dominated by the interaction of the 31P nucleus with fluctuating Eu-4f moments. Below 200 K, 1/T1 gradually decreases on cooling due to the change of the valence in the Eu ion. At low temperatures, 1/T1 does not obey the Korringa relation, in contrast to typical heavy fermion compounds. The nuclear spin-spin relaxation rate 1/T2 shows the similar behavior as 1/T1 at high temperatures. But, below 50 K, 1/T2 increases upon cooling due to the development of the magnetic excitation.

  17. 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.

  18. Study of ultrasonic attenuation for the Kondo and magnetic effects in heavy fermion systems

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    Baral, Purna Chandra; Rout, Govind Chandra

    2013-05-01

    The heavy fermion (HF) systems draw considerable attention due to their cooperative phenomena and anomalous properties arising out of the huge effective mass. A heavy fermion system is described by a model Hamiltonian consisting of the Kondo lattice model in addition to the Heisenberg-type spin-spin interaction among the localised electrons. The Hamiltonian is treated in the mean-field approximation to find the Kondo singlet parameter λ and the short-ranged f-electron correlation parameter Γ. In order to investigate ultrasonic absorption in the system, we consider the phonon interaction with the bare f-electrons, and the phonon coupling to the Kondo singlets. Further, the phonon Hamiltonian is considered in the harmonic approximation. The phonon Green's function is calculated in closed form. The imaginary part of the phonon self-energy describes the ultrasonic attenuation for the HF systems. The calculated ultrasonic attenuation clearly displays the f-electron correlation region separated by the Kondo singlet state at low temperatures. The correlation transition temperature and the Kondo temperature are located at dips in the temperature-dependent ultrasonic attenuation. The parameter dependence of the attenuation is investigated by varying the physical parameters of the HF systems and the wave frequency, and the experimental observations are explained on the basis of the model calculations.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Strong correlations in Kondo topological insulators: Two-dimensional heavy fermions, and beyond

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    Nikolic, Predrag

    Samarium hexaboride (SmB6) is a candidate topological insulator with strong electron correlations. Empowered by the time-reversal (TR) symmetry and topology, the low-energy surface states of hybridized samarium's d and f orbitals can exhibit a rich two-dimensional heavy-fermion phenomenology. This talk will survey several interesting possibilities for correlated surface states, which depend on microscopic surface conditions. A pronounced participation of the f orbitals is expected to create a heavy-fermion Dirac metal, possibly unstable to spin density waves, superconductivity, or exotic Mott insulators (e.g. algebraic and non-Abelian spin liquids). The opposite limit of ``localized magnetic moments'' can produce a non-Fermi liquid of d electrons that exhibits two-dimensional quantum electrodynamics. Ultrathin films made from topological Kondo insulators can host lattices of SU(2) vortices, which need not break the TR symmetry. Landau-Ginzburg theory and numerical model calculations reveal the nature and stability of such vortex lattices, while field theory arguments predict that their quantum melting could yield novel incompressible quantum liquids with non-Abelian fractional excitations.

  2. Heavy Fermion Superconductivity in Non-magnetic Cage Compound PrV2Al20

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    Matsumoto, Yosuke; Tsujimoto, Masaki; Tomita, Takahiro; Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-02-01

    PrT2Al20 (T = Ti, V) are ideal systems to study the quadrupole Kondo effect and quantum criticality arising from orbital degrees of freedom. Both systems have the nonmagnetic cubic Γ3 crystal electric field ground doublet with the well separated excited state. In particular, PrV2Al20 exhibits anomalous metallic behavior above and below the multipolar ordering temperatures, reflecting the even stronger hybridization between f and conduction electrons possibly due to a proximity to a orbital quantum critical point. Here, we discuss the heavy fermion superconductivity (SC) of PrV2Al20 in detail. The SC appears at Tc = 0.05 K with the highly enhanced effective mass (m* /m0 ∼ 140) estimated using the temperature dependence of the upper critical field. In addition, large electronic specific heat coefficient of γ ∼ 0.9 J/mol K2 above Tc and the large specific heat jump at Tc of ΔC/Tc ∼ 0.3 J/mol K2 provide direct evidences of the heavy fermion SC. This observation indicates the first realization of the novel SC arising from the orbital fluctuation of the f electrons at ambient pressure.

  3. An exploratory study of heavy domain wall fermions on the lattice

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    Boyle, P.; Jüttner, A.; Marinković, M. Krstić; Sanfilippo, F.; Spraggs, M.; Tsang, J. T.

    2016-04-01

    We report on an exploratory study of domain wall fermions (DWF) as a lattice regularisation for heavy quarks. Within the framework of quenched QCD with the tree-level improved Symanzik gauge action we identify the DWF parameters which minimise discretisation effects. We find the corresponding effective 4 d overlap operator to be exponentially local, independent of the quark mass. We determine a maximum bare heavy quark mass of am h ≈ 0 .4, below which the approximate chiral symmetry and O(a)-improvement of DWF are sustained. This threshold appears to be largely independent of the lattice spacing. Based on these findings, we carried out a detailed scaling study for the heavy-strange meson dispersion relation and decay constant on four ensembles with lattice spacings in the range 2 .0-5 .7 GeV. We observe very mild a 2 scaling towards the continuum limit. Our findings establish a sound basis for heavy DWF in dynamical simulations of lattice QCD with relevance to Standard Model phenomenology.

  4. Probing the Nature of Superconductivity in the Heavy Fermion PuMGa5 and PuMIn5 (M =Co, Rh) Compounds

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    Bauer, Eric; Tobash, Paul; Mitchell, Jeremy; Thompson, Joe

    2014-03-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in PuCoGa5 with a Tc = 18.5 K has generated renewed interest in Pu-based compounds. PuCoGa5, and its superconducting cousin PuRhGa5 (Tc = 8.7 K), have the same crystal structure as the tetragonal CeMIn5 (T =Co, Rh, Ir) heavy fermion superconductors, suggesting that the structure plays a key role in generating superconductivity in these materials. While a variety of measurements have firmly established that the CeTIn5 compounds are unconventional d-wave superconductors, most probably mediated by antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations, it is less clear what drives the high transition temperature in PuCoGa5, which is an order of magnitude larger than all other know Ce- or U-based heavy fermion superconductors. The physical properties of two new members of this ``115'' family of superconductors, PuRhIn5 and PuCoIn5, indicate that they reside close to an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point, while the smaller effective masses and much smaller unit cell volumes of PuCoGa5 and PuRhGa5 suggest that they may be near a T =0 valence instability or that the Pu 5f electrons couple to conduction electrons in multiple channels to form ``composite'' superconducting pairs. The nature of superconductivity in these four Pu115 materials will be discussed. Work at Los Alamos was performed under the auspices of the US DOE.

  5. Magnetism and superconductivity driven by identical 4f states in a heavy-fermion metal

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    Thompson, Joe E; Nair, S; Stockert, O; Witte, U; Nicklas, M; Schedler, R; Bianchi, A; Fisk, Z; Wirth, S; Steglich, K

    2009-01-01

    The apparently inimical relationship between magnetism and superconductivity has come under increasing scrutiny in a wide range of material classes, where the free energy landscape conspires to bring them in close proximity to each other. Particularly enigmatic is the case when these phases microscopically interpenetrate, though the manner in which this can be accomplished remains to be fully comprehended. Here, we present combined measurements of elastic neutron scattering, magnetotransport, and heat capacity on a prototypical heavy fermion system, in which antiferromagnetism and superconductivity are observed. Monitoring the response of these states to the presence of the other, as well as to external thermal and magnetic perturbations, points to the possibility that they emerge from different parts of the Fermi surface. Therefore, a single 4f state could be both localized and itinerant, thus accounting for the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity.

  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. Fragile antiferromagnetism in the heavy-fermion compound YbBiPt

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    Ueland, Benjamin G.; Kreyssig, Andreas; Prokes, K.; Lynn, J. W.; Harriger, L. W.; Pratt, D. K.; Singh, D. K.; Heitmann, T. W.; Sauerbrei, Samantha; Saunders, Scott M.; Mun, E. D.; Budko, Serguei L.; McQueeney, Robert J.; Canfield, Paul C.; Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-05-08

    We report results from neutron scattering experiments on single crystals of YbBiPt that demonstrate antiferromagnetic order characterized by a propagation vector, τAFM = (121212), and ordered moments that align along the [1 1 1] direction of the cubic unit cell. We describe the scattering in terms of a two-Gaussian peak fit, which consists of a narrower component that appears below TN≈0.4 K and corresponds to a magnetic correlation length of ξn≈ 80 Å, and a broad component that persists up to T*≈ 0.7 K and corresponds to antiferromagnetic correlations extending over ξb≈ 20 Å. Our results illustrate the fragile magnetic order present in YbBiPt and provide a path forward for microscopic investigations of the ground states and fluctuations associated with the purported quantum critical point in this heavy-fermion compound.

  8. 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

  9. Magnetic phase transitions in heavy-fermion compounds studied by thermal-expansion measurements

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    de Visser, A.; Lacerda, A.; Franse, J. J. M.; Flouquet, J.

    1990-12-01

    On alloying the heavy-fermion compounds CeRu 2Si 2 and UPt 3 with small amounts of La and Pd, respectively, long-range antiferromagnetic order develops with Néel temperatures in the order of a few kelvin. In order to study the volume effects that are involved with the evolution into the long-range ordered state, we have performed thermal-expansion measurements on the pure and doped systems. The results are compared with data on antiferromagnetic URu 2Si 2. Subsequently, we discuss thermal-expansion measurements in high-magnetic fields, in particular on CeRu 2Si 2, where a metamagnetic-like transition occurs as the intersite-correlations collapse in a field of 7.8 T. Most of the measurements have been performed on single-crystalline samples, revealing a pronounced anisotropy.

  10. Dynamical Electroweak Symmetry Breaking with a Heavy Fermion in Light of Recent LHC Results

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    Hung, Pham Q.

    2013-01-01

    The recent announcement of a discovery of a possible Higgs-like particle—its spin and parity are yet to be determined—at the LHC with a mass of 126 GeV necessitates a fresh look at the nature of the electroweak symmetry breaking, in particular if this newly-discovered particle will turn out to have the quantum numbers of a Standard Model Higgs boson. Even if it were a 0 + scalar with the properties expected for a SM Higgs boson, there is still the quintessential hierarchy problem that one has to deal with and which, by itself, suggests a new physics energy scale aroundmore » 1 TeV. This paper presents a minireview of one possible scenario: the formation of a fermion-antifermion condensate coming from a very heavy fourth generation, carrying the quantum number of the SM Higgs field, and thus breaking the electroweak symmetry.« less

  11. Magnetic properties of nearly stoichiometric CeAuBi{sub 2} heavy fermion compound

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    Adriano, C.; Jesus, C. B. R.; Pagliuso, P. G.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Grant, T.; Fisk, Z.; Garcia, D. J.

    2015-05-07

    Motivated by the interesting magnetic anisotropy found in the heavy fermion family CeTX{sub 2} (T = transition metal and X = pnictogen), here, we study the novel parent compound CeAu{sub 1−x}Bi{sub 2−y} by combining magnetization, pressure dependent electrical resistivity, and heat-capacity measurements. The magnetic properties of our nearly stoichiometric single crystal sample of CeAu{sub 1−x}Bi{sub 2−y} (x = 0.92 and y = 1.6) revealed an antiferromagnetic ordering at T{sub N} = 12 K with an easy axis along the c-direction. The field dependent magnetization data at low temperatures reveal the existence of a spin-flop transition when the field is applied along the c-axis (H{sub c} ∼ 7.5 T and T = 5 K). The heat capacity and pressure dependent resistivity data suggest that CeAu{sub 0.92}Bi{sub 1.6} exhibits a weak heavy fermion behavior with strongly localized Ce{sup 3+} 4f electrons. Furthermore, the systematic analysis using a mean field model including anisotropic nearest-neighbors interactions and the tetragonal crystalline electric field (CEF) Hamiltonian allows us to extract a CEF scheme and two different values for the anisotropic J{sub RKKY} exchange parameters between the Ce{sup 3+} ions in this compound. Thus, we discuss a scenario, considering both the anisotropic magnetic interactions and the tetragonal CEF effects, in the CeAu{sub 1−x}Bi{sub 2−y} compounds, and we compare our results with the isostructural compound CeCuBi{sub 2}.

  12. Spatial interferences in the electron transport of heavy-fermion materials

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    Zhang, Shu-feng; Liu, Yu; Song, Hai-Feng; Yang, Yi-feng

    2016-08-01

    The scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and the point contact spectroscopy represent major progress in recent heavy-fermion research. Both have revealed important information on the composite nature of the emergent heavy-electron quasiparticles. However, a detailed and thorough microscopic understanding of the similarities and differences in the underlying physical processes of these techniques is still lacking. Here we study the electron transport in the normal state of the periodic Anderson lattice by using the Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's function technique. In addition to the well-known Fano interference between the conduction and f -electron channels, our results further reveal the effect of spatial interference between different spatial paths at the interface on the differential conductance and their interesting interplay with the band features such as the hybridization gap and the Van Hove singularity. We find that the spatial interference leads to a weighted average in the momentum space for the electron transport and could cause suppression of the electronic band features under certain circumstances. In particular, it reduces the capability of probing the f -electron spectral weight near the edges of the hybridization gap for large interface depending on the Fermi surface of the lead. Our results indicate an intrinsic inefficiency of the point contact spectroscopy in probing the f electrons.

  13. Coexistence of Antiferromagnetism and Superconductivity in Heavy Fermion Cerium Compound Ce3PdIn11

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    Kratochvílová, M.; Prokleška, J.; Uhlířová, K.; Tkáč, V.; Dušek, M.; Sechovský, V.; Custers, J.

    2015-01-01

    Many current research efforts in strongly correlated systems focus on the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity. Here we report on coexistence of both cooperative ordered states in recently discovered stoichiometric and fully inversion symmetric heavy fermion compound Ce3PdIn11 at ambient pressure. Thermodynamic and transport measurements reveal two successive magnetic transitions at T1 = 1.67 K and TN = 1.53 K into antiferromagnetic type of ordered states. Below Tc = 0.42 K the compound enters a superconducting state. The large initial slope of dBc2/dT ≈ – 8.6 T/K indicates that heavy quasiparticles form the Cooper pairs. The origin of the two magnetic transitions and the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity is briefly discussed in the context of the coexistence of the two inequivalent Ce-sublattices in the unit cell of Ce3PdIn11 with different Kondo couplings to the conduction electrons. PMID:26514364

  14. Proximity-Induced Josephson Effect and its Application to Heavy Fermion Superconductor URANIUM-BERYLLIUM(13)

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    Han, Siyuan

    A new effect between a superconductor with superconducting transition temperature T(,cs) and a normal metal N (T(,cn)) (or another superconductor with T(,cn) < T(,cs)) has been experimentally observed and theoretically explained. That is when S and N are brought together to form a weak link the Josephson effect can occur in this SN system even in the temperature range T(,cn) < T < T(,cs), when the N side is in the normal state. This Josephson effect is believed to happen between the S and a region of proximity-induced super- conductivity in N near the contact with S. We call this effect the proximity-induced Josephson effect. The temperature dependence of the Josephson critical current I(,c)(T) of the SN point contact junc- tions have been studied experimentally. The experiments have been performed on Ta/Mo, Ta/UBe(,13) and Nb/Ta point contacts etc. The theoretical model is based on the linearized Gor'kov equation (or linearized Ginzburg-Landau equation) combined with de Gennes boundary conditions. This model is applicable only in the vicinity of the T(,c) of the SN system. Thus, we studied I(,c)(T) of the SN junctions near their T(,c). Good agreement between experimental data and theoretical result is obtained. Along with the recent discovery of the superconductivity in heavy fermion materials CeCu(,2)Si(,2), UBe(,13) and UPt(,3) the old question of p-wave pairing superconductivity is raised again (in case of the exist- ence of strong spin -orbit scattering, it should be called odd parity superconductivity, since in that case the wave function of Cooper pairs cannot be separated into spin part and orbit part). These rare -earth and actinide compounds exhibit properties which cannot be explained by the conventional isotropic s-wave pairing supercon- ductivity (or BCS superconductivity) but are consistent with the varieties of p-wave (or odd parity) superconductivity. Among these three heavy fermion superconductors UBe(,13) is thought to be the best candidate for

  15. LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4}: A heavy fermion transition metal oxide

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    Kondo, Shinichiro

    1999-02-12

    The format of this dissertation is as follows. In the remainder of Chapter 1, brief introductions and reviews are given to the topics of frustration, heavy fermions and spinels including the precedent work of LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4}. In Chapter 2, as a general overview of this work the important publication in Physical Review Letters by the author of this dissertation and collaborators regarding the discovery of the heavy fermion behavior in LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4} is introduced [removed for separate processing]. The preparation methods employed by the author for nine LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4} and two Li{sub 1+x}Ti{sub 2{minus}x}O{sub 4} (x = 0 and 1/3) polycrystalline samples are introduced in Chapter 3. The subsequent structural characterization of the LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Li{sub 1+x}Ti{sub 2{minus}x}O{sub 4} samples was done by the author using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), x-ray diffraction measurements and their structural refinements by the Rietveld analysis. The results of the characterization are detailed in Chapter 3. In Chapter 4 magnetization measurements carried out by the author are detailed. In Chapter 5, after briefly discussing the resistivity measurement results including the single-crystal work by Rogers et al., for the purpose of clear characterization of LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4} it is of great importance to introduce in the following chapters the experiments and subsequent data analyses done by his collaborators. Heat capacity measurements (Chapter 6) were carried out and analyzed by Dr. C.A. Swenson, and modeled theoretically by Dr. D.C. Johnston. In Chapter 7 a thermal expansion study using neutron diffraction by Dr. O. Chmaissem et al. and capacitance dilatometry measurements by Dr. C.A. Swenson are introduced. The data analyses for the thermal expansion study were mainly done by Dr. O. Chmaissem (for neutron diffraction) and Dr. C.A. Swendon (for dilatometry), with assistances by Dr. J.D. Jorgensen, Dr. D.C. Johnston, and S. Kondo the author of this

  16. Magnetism, superconductivity, and quantum criticality in the multisite cerium heavy-fermion compound Ce3PtIn11

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    Prokleška, J.; Kratochvílová, M.; Uhlířová, K.; Sechovský, V.; Custers, J.

    2015-10-01

    The properties of the heavy-fermion superconductor Ce3PtIn11 are investigated by thermodynamic and transport measurements at ambient and under hydrostatic pressure. At ambient pressure the compound exhibits two successive magnetic transitions at T1≃2.2 K and TN≃2 K into antiferromagnetically ordered states and enters into a heavy-fermion superconducting phase below Tc≃0.32 K. The coexistence of long-range magnetic order and superconductivity is discussed in the context of the existence of the two crystallographically inequivalent Ce sites in the unit cell of Ce3PtIn11 . The experimental data allow us to construct the pressure-temperature phase diagram.

  17. Superconducting gap and vortex lattice of the heavy-fermion compound CeCu2Si2

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    Enayat, Mostafa; Sun, Zhixiang; Maldonado, Ana; Suderow, Hermann; Seiro, Silvia; Geibel, Christoph; Wirth, Steffen; Steglich, Frank; Wahl, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The order parameter and pairing mechanism for superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds are still poorly understood. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy at ultralow temperatures can yield important information about the superconducting order parameter and the gap structure. Here, we study the first heavy-fermion superconductor, CeCu2Si2 . Our data show the superconducting gap which is not fully formed and exhibits features that point to a multigap order parameter. Spatial mapping of the zero-bias conductance in magnetic field reveals the vortex lattice, which allows us to unequivocally link the observed conductance gap to superconductivity in CeCu2Si2 . The vortex lattice is found to be predominantly triangular with distortions at fields close to ˜0.7 Hc 2 .

  18. Quest for the Origin of Heavy Fermion Behavior in d-Electron Systems

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    Miyazaki, Masanori; Yamauchi, Ichihiro; Kadono, Ryosuke

    2016-09-01

    Spin fluctuation is presumed to be one of the key properties in understanding the microscopic origin of heavy-fermion-like behavior in the class of transition-metal compounds, including LiV2O4, Y(Sc)Mn2, and YMn2Zn20. In this review, we demonstrate by our recent study of muon spin rotation/relaxation that the temperature (T) dependence of the longitudinal spin relaxation rate (λ ≡ 1/T1) in these compounds exhibits a common trend of leveling off to a constant value (λ ˜ const.) below a characteristic temperature, T*. This is in marked contrast to the behavior predicted for normal metals from the Korringa relation, λ ∝ T/ν, where the spin fluctuation rate (ν) in the Pauli paramagnetic state is given as a constant, ν ≃ 1/[hD(EF)] [with D(EF) being the density of states at the Fermi energy]. Thus, the observed behavior of λ implies that the spin fluctuation rate becomes linearly dependent on temperature, ν ∝ T, suggesting that heavy quasiparticles develop in a manner satisfying D(EF) ∝ (m*)σ ∝ 1/T at lower temperatures (σ determined by the electronic dispersion). Considering that the theory of spin correlation for intersecting Hubbard chains as a model of pyrochlore lattice predicts ν ∝ T, our finding strongly indicates the crucial role of t2g bands which preserve the one-dimensional character at low energies due to the geometrical frustration specific to the undistorted pyrochlore lattice.

  19. Field-induced density wave in the heavy-fermion compound CeRhIn₅.

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    Moll, Philip J W; Zeng, Bin; Balicas, Luis; Galeski, Stanislaw; Balakirev, Fedor F; Bauer, Eric D; Ronning, Filip

    2015-01-01

    Strong electron correlations lead to a variety of distinct ground states, such as magnetism, charge order or superconductivity. Understanding the competitive or cooperative interplay between neighbouring phases is an outstanding challenge in physics. CeRhIn₅ is a prototypical example of a heavy-fermion superconductor: it orders anti-ferromagnetically below 3.8 K, and moderate hydrostatic pressure suppresses the anti-ferromagnetic order inducing unconventional superconductivity. Here we show evidence for a phase transition to a state akin to a density wave (DW) under high magnetic fields (>27 T) in high-quality single crystal microstructures of CeRhIn₅. The DW is signalled by a hysteretic anomaly in the in-plane resistivity accompanied by non-linear electrical transport, yet remarkably thermodynamic measurements suggest that the phase transition involves only small portions of the Fermi surface. Such a subtle order might be a common feature among correlated electron systems, reminiscent of the similarly subtle charge DW state in the cuprates. PMID:25798749

  20. Complex magnetic phases in non-centrosymmetric heavy fermion CeCoGe3

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    Wu, Shan; Stock, Chris; Petrovic, Cedomir; Rodriguez-Rivera, J. A.; Broholm, Collin

    The non-centrosymmetric nature of the tetragonal heavy fermion system CeCoGe3 has attracted much interest in the high pressure superconducting state of the material. We have explored the related ambient pressure magnetism using neutron scattering. There are three successive phase transitions at TN 1 ~ 21 K , TN 2 ~ 12 K and TN 3 ~ 8 K. The upper transition greatly enhances the susceptibility and there are meta-magnetic transitions in the lower T phases. We confirmed the previously determined AFM spin structure for TN 2 < T

  1. Possible Heavy Fermion State of the Caged Cubic Compound NdV2Al20

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    Namiki, Takahiro; Lei, Qiankun; Isikawa, Yosikazu; Nishimura, Katsuhiko

    2016-07-01

    The magnetic susceptibility M/H, the magnetization M, and the specific heat C were measured for the caged cubic compound NdV2Al20 single crystal at temperatures down to 0.5 K in magnetic fields H along the three principal crystallographic axes [001], [101], and [111]. The electrical resistivity ρ was measured in the temperature range of 1.9-300 K. A ferromagnetic phase transition was observed at a Curie temperature TC of 1.81 K. The easy direction of magnetization was the [001] direction at low fields, and changed to the [101] direction above 2 T. On cooling below 2 K at zero field, the specific heat divided by temperature, C/T, resulted in a large electronic specific heat coefficient γ of about 2 J/(K2 mol). A large C/T of more than 1 J/(K2 mol) remained at 9 T below 2 K. The temperature dependence of ρ showed the -ln T dependence at around 10 K. These behaviors possibly originate from a heavy fermion state.

  2. Magnetic ordering of Ce in the heavy-fermion compound Ce3Al

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    Li, W.-H.; Peng, J. C.; Lin, Y.-C.; Lee, K. C.; Lynn, J. W.; Chen, Y. Y.

    1998-06-01

    Neutron diffraction and specific heat measurements have been performed to study the magnetic ordering of the Ce ions in the heavy-fermion compound Ce3Al. Detailed crystal structure analysis, determined using high resolution neutron diffraction patterns and Rietveld method, shows that the Ce ions may be grouped into two types: one in the Ce-Al chain, the other in the Ce-Ce chain. The specific-heat data reveal an anomaly at T≈2.2 K, but the calculated magnetic entropy is much smaller than the expected R ln 2 if all Ce spins ordered. Low temperature neutron diffraction measurements confirm that the transition at 2.2 K is magnetic and is associated with the ordering of the Ce spins. The magnetic unit cell is double the nuclear one along the a and c axes, and contains 48 Ce ions. Only the Ce ions in the Ce-Al chains participate in the ordering at 2.2 K, and they are coupled antiferromagnetically.

  3. Correlation between ground state and orbital anisotropy in heavy fermion materials

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    Willers, Thomas; Strigari, Fabio; Hu, Zhiwei; Sessi, Violetta; Brookes, Nicholas B.; Bauer, Eric D.; Sarrao, John L.; Thompson, J. D.; Tanaka, Arata; Wirth, Steffen; et al

    2015-02-09

    The interplay of structural, orbital, charge, and spin degrees of freedom is at the heart of many emergent phenomena, including superconductivity. We find that unraveling the underlying forces of such novel phases is a great challenge because it not only requires understanding each of these degrees of freedom, it also involves accounting for the interplay between them. Cerium-based heavy fermion compounds are an ideal playground for investigating these interdependencies, and we present evidence for a correlation between orbital anisotropy and the ground states in a representative family of materials. We have measured the 4f crystal-electric field ground-state wave functions ofmore » the strongly correlated materials CeRh1₋xIrxIn5 with great accuracy using linear polarization-dependent soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy. These measurements show that these wave functions correlate with the ground-state properties of the substitution series, which covers long-range antiferromagnetic order, unconventional superconductivity, and coexistence of these two states.« less

  4. Simple model for coupled magnetic and quadrupolar instabilities in uranium heavy-fermion materials

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    Libero, V.L. ); Cox, D.L. )

    1993-08-01

    We present a mean-field calculation of the phase diagram of a simple model of localized moments, in the hexagonal uranium heavy-fermion compounds. The model considers a non-Kramers quadrupolar doublet ground state magnetically coupled with a singlet excited state, favoring in-plane van Vleck magnetism, as has been conjectured for UPt[sub 3]. The Hamiltonian that defines the model is Heisenberg-like in both magnetic and quadrupolar moments. No Kondo-effect physics is included in the calculations. Among our main results are (i) for zero intersite quadrupolar coupling, the magnetic order is achieved by a first-order transition above a critical intersite magnetic coupling value, which becomes second order at higher coupling strengths (ii) for finite intersite quadrupolar coupling, at temperatures below a second-order quadrupolar ordering transition, the minimal magnetic coupling value is increased, but (a) the magnetic ordering temperature is enhanced above this value, and (b) the ordering of first- and second-order transitions in the phase diagram is reversed. By considering the general structure of the Ginsburg-Landau free energy, we argue that the Kondo effect will not modify the shape of the phase diagram, but will modify the quantitative values at which transitions occur.

  5. Correlation between ground state and orbital anisotropy in heavy fermion materials

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    Willers, Thomas; Strigari, Fabio; Hu, Zhiwei; Sessi, Violetta; Brookes, Nicholas B.; Bauer, Eric D.; Sarrao, John L.; Thompson, J. D.; Tanaka, Arata; Wirth, Steffen; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Severing, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    The interplay of structural, orbital, charge, and spin degrees of freedom is at the heart of many emergent phenomena, including superconductivity. Unraveling the underlying forces of such novel phases is a great challenge because it not only requires understanding each of these degrees of freedom, it also involves accounting for the interplay between them. Cerium-based heavy fermion compounds are an ideal playground for investigating these interdependencies, and we present evidence for a correlation between orbital anisotropy and the ground states in a representative family of materials. We have measured the 4f crystal-electric field ground-state wave functions of the strongly correlated materials CeRh1−xIrxIn5 with great accuracy using linear polarization-dependent soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy. These measurements show that these wave functions correlate with the ground-state properties of the substitution series, which covers long-range antiferromagnetic order, unconventional superconductivity, and coexistence of these two states. PMID:25675488

  6. Quantum bicriticality in the heavy-fermion metamagnet YbAgGe.

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    Tokiwa, Y; Garst, M; Gegenwart, P; Bud'ko, S L; Canfield, P C

    2013-09-13

    Bicritical points, at which two distinct symmetry-broken phases become simultaneously unstable, are typical for spin-flop metamagnetism. Interestingly, the heavy-fermion compound YbAgGe also possesses such a bicritical point (BCP) with a low temperature T(BCP)≈0.3  K at a magnetic field of μH(BCP)≈4.5  T. In its vicinity, YbAgGe exhibits anomalous behavior that we attribute to the influence of a quantum bicritical point that is close in parameter space yet can be reached by tuning T(BCP) further to zero. Using high-resolution measurements of the magnetocaloric effect, we demonstrate that the magnetic Grüneisen parameter ΓH indeed both changes sign and diverges as required for quantum criticality. Moreover, ΓH displays a characteristic scaling behavior but only on the low-field side H≲H(BCP), indicating a pronounced asymmetry with respect to the critical field. We speculate that the small value of T(BCP) is related to the geometric frustration of the Kondo lattice of YbAgGe. PMID:24074108

  7. 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.

  8. Thermodynamic behavior of the heavy-fermion compounds Ce3X (X=Al,In,Sn)

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    Chen, Y.-Y.; Lawrence, J. M.; Thompson, J. D.; Willis, J. O.

    1989-12-01

    We have measured the resistivity ρ(T) and susceptibility χ(T) of Ce3Al, Ce3In, and Ce3Sn in the temperature range 1-350 K, the specific heat C(T) for 1-25 K and the pressure dependence of the resistivity ρ(P,T) for 0heavy-fermion systems that show no superconductivity above 0.4 K. In the ground state the linear coefficients of the specific heat γ are 0.70 and 0.26 J/mol Ce K2 for Ce3In and Ce3Sn, respectively. The magnetic specific heat of Ce3In shows two separated maxima: one at 4.3 K due to the heavy fermions and a second Schottky peak at 23 K arising from a Γ7-Γ8 crystal-field splitting of order TCF=65 K. For Ce3Sn the crystal-field splitting is comparable. From χ(0) we obtain values of the Wilson ratio of 11.5 and 7.0 for Ce3In and Ce3Sn. We argue that these large values represent the presence of ferromagnetic correlations in the ground state. For Ce3In the enhancement of the susceptibility and specific-heat coefficient and the rapid decrease of the resistivity all occur below the same temperature (7 K), suggesting that the onset of the heavy mass coincides with the onset of magnetic correlations and coherence. In addition, for Ce3In an inflection point occurs in ρ(T) at Tinf=2.2 K, below which ρ varies as T2, and there may be a peak in C(T)/T at 2 K. Thus, it appears that there are two temperature scales for the onset of interaction effects: One coincides with the single-ion Kondo temperature TK, and the other, a low-temperature scale TL, obeys a rule TL=TK/Ndeg, where Ndeg is the degeneracy of the ground-state multiplet. The ground state of Ce3Al is antiferromagnetic with TN=2.5 K. The specific-heat anomaly makes it impossible to determine γ but for 10

  9. Magnetic Properties of the Heavy Fermion System URANIUM-BERYLLIUM-13.

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    Ma, Yu Pei

    1989-09-01

    UBe_{13} is one of the heavy fermion superconductors with an unusually large electronic specific heat and an unconventional magnetic susceptibility. The magnetization in both the normal and mixed states of UBe_{13} has been measured in magnetic fields up to 19 Tesla and temperatures down to 50mK. For high fields and low temperatures, two types of capacitive DC magnetometers, a cantilever (CMAG) and a diaphragm (DMAG) magnetometer, have been developed. These are at present the only DC magnetometers which work simultaneously in a dilution refrigerator and a resistive Bitter magnet. In the normal state the magnetization at temperatures above T_{c} shows a slight deviation from simple linear behavior. Below T_{c }, however, the magnetization shows an unusual upturn at fields greater than 14T, which may be explained by field induced spin fluctuation or SDW transition. In the mixed state of UBe_{13}, a large and time-dependent hysteresis in the magnetization curve has been observed. This time dependence is well -described by an exponential decay, and the relaxation time is strongly dependent on temperature and magnetic field. Two different temporal responses corresponding to regimes above and below a crossover point in the hysteresis loops are found. This hysteresis has been shown to be due to anisotropic flux penetration. The magnetization curve in the superconducting mixed state is evidence of anisotropic superconductivity in UBe_{13}. The two regimes in the hysteresis loops support the suggestion that there exist two order parameters or two domain formations of the flux lattice in UBe_{13} . For comparison the time dependence of the magnetization of BiPb has been measured.

  10. High pressure X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of heavy-fermion cerium and uranium compounds

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    Antonio, Daniel

    Investigations into f- electron heavy-fermion materials have revealed a wide range of novel behavior. Hydrostatic pressure is a valuable "clean" non-thermal parameter that can be used to systematically study them by tuning their ground state properties. The rare earth compound CeCu2Ge 2 shows an unusual two-domed region of unconventional superconductivity under pressure, similar to its isostructural counterpart CeCu2Si2. While the lower pressure dome at about 10 GPa is caused by a magnetic quantum critical point (QCP), the higher one at about 16 GPa is less well understood. Previous structural measurements have indicated that it may be caused by critical valence fluctuations, so in this study the valence of CeCu 2Ge2 is directly measured using X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) under pressure in a diamond anvil cell up to 20 GPa. An expected valence discontinuity is not seen, but comparisons to CeCu 2Si2 show interesting similarities. Uranium's 5f electrons are intermediate between localized and delocalized. Studying the degree of localization is vital to completely understand the properties of actinides. Performing XANES and Partial Florescence Yield (PFY) measurements in a diamond anvil cell to tune the distance between uranium atoms, I have measured the energy shift in the white line of UCu2Si2, U3Ni 5Al19, and UCd11 with pressure. A positive shift in energy indicated a delocalization of 5f electrons, a change in 5f configurations, or a combination of both.

  11. Antiferromagnetism, valence fluctuation, and heavy-fermion behavior in EuCu2(Ge1-xSix)2

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    Hossain, Z.; Geibel, C.; Senthilkumaran, N.; Deppe, M.; Baenitz, M.; Schiller, F.; Molodtsov, S. L.

    2004-01-01

    We have investigated the magnetic, thermodynamic, transport, and electronic properties across the transition from the divalent antiferromagnetic state to the valence fluctuating state of Eu in the alloy EuCu2(Ge1-xSix)2. The antiferromagnetic state is very stable from x=0 up to x=0.6 and disappears rather abruptly at xc≈0.65. Near the crossover, we confirmed a pronounced Kondo-like behavior in the resistivity and in the thermopower. Further on, for x slightly larger than xc, we observe the formation of a heavy Fermi liquid at low temperatures, as evidenced by a large linear coefficient of the specific heat (γ=191 mJ/K2 mol for x=0.7), a large quadratic term in the resistivity and a strongly enhanced constant susceptibility χ0. This is a unique observation of heavy fermion behavior in a Eu compound. The photoemission spectra of the Eu 4f and 3d core levels indicate significant valence fluctuation even for xheavy fermion behavior found near xc are in strong contrast to the observation in typical Eu systems, which usually show a first-order transition from a (almost) divalent state to a strongly valence fluctuating Eu state.

  12. Direct evidence for a magnetic f-electron–mediated pairing mechanism of heavy-fermion superconductivity in CeCoIn5

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    Van Dyke, John S.; Massee, Freek; Allan, Milan P.; Davis, J. C. Séamus; Petrovic, Cedomir; Morr, Dirk K.

    2014-01-01

    To identify the microscopic mechanism of heavy-fermion Cooper pairing is an unresolved challenge in quantum matter studies; it may also relate closely to finding the pairing mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity. Magnetically mediated Cooper pairing has long been the conjectured basis of heavy-fermion superconductivity but no direct verification of this hypothesis was achievable. Here, we use a novel approach based on precision measurements of the heavy-fermion band structure using quasiparticle interference imaging to reveal quantitatively the momentum space (k-space) structure of the f-electron magnetic interactions of CeCoIn5. Then, by solving the superconducting gap equations on the two heavy-fermion bands Ekα,β with these magnetic interactions as mediators of the Cooper pairing, we derive a series of quantitative predictions about the superconductive state. The agreement found between these diverse predictions and the measured characteristics of superconducting CeCoIn5 then provides direct evidence that the heavy-fermion Cooper pairing is indeed mediated by f-electron magnetism. PMID:25062692

  13. Shubnikov-de Haas Oscillation in the cubic Γ3-based heavy fermion superconductor PrV2Al20

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    Shimura, Yasuyuki; Tsujimoto, Masaki; Sakai, Akito; Zeng, Bin; Balicas, Luis; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2015-03-01

    PrV2Al20 is the cubic Γ3 doublet system that exhibits strong hybridization effects and heavy fermion superconductivity. We measured the magnetoresistance using a high quality single crystal of PrV2Al20 under the DC high magnetic field up to 35 T below ~ 0.4 K. We have succeeded in detecting the Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillation with a frequency of 250 T. Our analysis of this SdH oscillation yields the cyclotron effective mass (m*c/m0 ~ 5) and the mean-free path (l = 170 Å).

  14. Charm spectroscopy on dynamical 2+1 flavor domain wall fermion lattices with a relativistic heavy quark action

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    Min Li; Huey-Wen Lin

    2007-10-01

    We present a preliminary calculation of the charmonium spectrum using the dynamical 2+1 flavor $24^3\\times 64$ domain wall fermion lattice configurations generated by the RBC and UKQCD collaborations. We use the relativistic heavy quark action with 3 parameters non-perturbatively determined by matching to experimental quantities. Chiral extrapolation is done on four light sea quark masses from 0.005 to 0.03, with $m_s=0.04$ and $m_{res}=0.003$. We can either predict meson masses assuming the lattice spacing is known from other methods, or calculate the lattice spacing using those quantities.

  15. Superconductivity, heavy fermion behavior, and crystalline electric field effects in the filled skutterudite series

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    Frederick, Neil Adam

    A thorough investigation of the Pr(Os1- xRux)4Sb12 series of compounds is presented. The compound PrOs4Sb12 is the first known Pr-based heavy fermion superconductor, with an electronic specific heat coefficient gamma ˜ 500 mJ/mol K2 and a superconducting transition temperature Tc ≈ 1.8 K. PrOs4Sb12 displays unconventional superconductivity which may be driven by quadrupolar fluctuations, and also exhibits a unique phase in high magnetic fields. Multiple superconducting transitions, structure in the energy gap, and time reversal symmetry breaking have all been observed in the superconducting state of PrOs4Sb12. In contrast, PrRu4Sb12 is a more conventional superconductor with Tc ≈ 1.0 K. Substitution of Ru for Os to form Pr(Os 1-xRux) 4Sb12 has resulted in several very interesting findings. Crystalline electric field (CEF) effects play a strong and important role in the physical properties of PrOs4Sb12. In Chapter III, we present CEF fits to zero-field electrical resistivity which, when extrapolated to higher magnetic fields, display a similar shape to that of the measured rho(H) data. The Pr(Os1-xRu x)4Sb12 system has been extensively studied. In Chapter IV, we present x-ray, magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat data for the Pr(Os1-xRu x)4Sb12 series of compounds. A minimum in Tc is observed near x = 0.6, while the CEF splitting between the ground state and first excited state is found to increase monotonically between the end member compounds. The electronic specific heat coefficient gamma increases to a maximum near x ≈ 0.02, after which it drops rapidly and stabilizes at a more conventional value above x = 0.6. The jump in specific heat at the superconducting transition DeltaC/Tc, however, drops abruptly with Ru doping and stabilizes by x = 0.1. Structure in the specific heat jump at Tc appears to persist up to x ≈ 0.04, although fits to C(T) below Tc may indicate a change in the superconducting energy gap upon any Ru

  16. Point-Contact Spectroscopy of Heavy Fermion Compounds CeCu6 and CeAl3 in Magnetic Field

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    Motoyama, G.; Ogawa, S.; Matsubayashi, K.; Fujiwara, K.; Miyoshi, K.; Nishigori, S.; Mutou, T.; Yamaguchi, A.; Sumiyama, A.; Uwatoko, Y.

    We have carried out point-contact spectroscopy measurements on CeCu6 and CeAl3 to study these heavy fermion states. Temperature and magnetic field dependences of the point-contact spectra were observed in detail. At the lowest temperature of 0.4 K, differential resistance spectra of CeCu6 and CeAl3 as function of bias voltage exhibit each distinct minimum structure and additional small peak structure. Temperature evolutions of these spectra started at temperatures related to the Kondo effect, although the minimum and the peak structure emerged in reverse between both spectra of two compounds. In magnetic fields, both structures monotonically change with no distinct change without a change of curvature of magnetic field dependence of magnitude of differential resistance at zero bias voltage at critical magnetic field of meta-magnetization. This behavior in magnetic field is different from that of CeAl2, which shows antiferromagnetic ordering. This result may suggest that PCS is able to discriminate between heavy fermion state and antiferromagnetic state.

  17. Non-Fermi Liquid Behaviour in the Heavy-Fermion Kondo Lattice Ce2Rh3Al9

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    Falkowski, M.; Strydom, A. M.

    2014-04-01

    In the heavy fermion class of strongly correlated electron systems, the Landau Fermi liquid description of metals has become a rather fragile basis on which to formulate an understanding of their ground state. The proximity to cooperative phenomena such as magnetic order and superconductivity and the amenability of Ce- and Yb-based compounds to be tuned into quantum criticality have been found to have extraordinary effects on the T→0 thermal scaling of electronic and magnetic properties. A collection of non-Fermi liquid scaling relations have thus far been proposed in the search for universality. Here we report on the physical properties of the heavy fermion Kondo lattice Ce2Rh3Al9. The low-temperature specific heat and electrical resistivity are best described by power laws in their temperature dependence, and we model these according to the expectation for a system close to a magnetic phase transition. We demonstrate how applied magnetic fields drive the transition from the Kondo coherent state, through a cross-over phase, and into Fermi-liquid behaviour at high fields and low temperatures.

  18. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of the Normal State of the Heavy Fermion System URANIUM-BERYLLIUM(13)

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    Lan, Kenneth Ming-Der

    ^9Be nuclear magnetic resonance measurements are reported for the normal state of the actinide intermetallic compound UBe_{13} . The motivation for this work was to examine the enhancement effect of the heavy fermions in this material in terms of their effect on the dynamic and static parts of the local magnetic field provided by the heavy fermions. The NMR experiments were done over a wide range of temperature and magnetic field. In the normal state of UBe_{13}, measurements in the temperature range extending from 0.8 K to room temperature were carried out, while a magnetic field of up to 70 kOe was applied. The measured ^9Be Knight shift in the normal state of UBe_{13 } is large, strongly temperature dependent and highly anisotropic. Above the characteristic temperature T* ~ 10 K, the Knight shift is linearly proportional to the static susceptibility. However, it deviates from this behavior at low temperature. The average isotropic Knight shifts for T < 10 K are approximately -0.08(1) % and 0.09(1) % for Be_{rm I} and Be_{rm II}, respectively. These results indicate an enhancement by a factor of 26 over what is found in pure Be metal. The ^9Be spin-lattice relaxation rate in UBe_{13} shows that the noise power of ^9Be local -field fluctuation due to the presence of heavy electrons is three orders of magnitude larger than the value observed in the corresponding non-5f intermetallic compound ThBe _{13}. This enhancement of the relaxation rate is associated with the formation of a narrow state near the Fermi energy that has a large component of f-electron density. The magnetic field dependence of ^9 Be spin-lattice relaxation rate was also measured in the superconducting state to understand the role of undetermined paramagnetic impurities in the heavy fermion system. The relaxation is through nuclear spin diffusion to the paramagnetic center. The observed field dependence at low fields may arise from diffusion-limited relaxation. At high magnetic fields the spin

  19. Muon Knight shift in d-electron heavy fermion compound Y0.95Sc0.05Mn2

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    Yamauchi, I.; Miyazaki, M.; Hiraishi, M.; Koda, A.; Kojima, K. M.; Kadono, R.; Nakamura, H.

    2014-12-01

    We report on the muon Knight shift in a polycrystalline sample of Y0.95Sc0.05Mn2 that is known as one of the d-electron heavy fermion compounds. Since the muon site is presumed to have a trigonal symmetry, it is expected that the Fourier-transformed (FT) spectrum line shape would exhibit a uni-axial powder pattern which has two edges determined by the parallel and perpendicular components of the Knight shift, K|| and K⊥, where K|| (K⊥) is proportional to the parallel (perpendicular) component of the spin susceptibility, χ|| (χ⊥). The observed FT spectrum at 2 K largely disagrees with the calculated line shape in isotropic (χ|| = χ⊥) and anisotropic (χ|| ≠ χ⊥) cases, suggesting that there must be field- induced staggered magnetization due to strong antiferromagnetic spin correlations.

  20. Quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surfaces of the heavy-fermion superconductor Ce2PdIn8

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    Götze, K.; Klotz, J.; Gnida, D.; Harima, H.; Aoki, D.; Demuer, A.; Elgazzar, S.; Wosnitza, J.; Kaczorowski, D.; Sheikin, I.

    2015-09-01

    We report low-temperature de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect measurements in magnetic fields up to 35 T of the heavy-fermion superconductor Ce2PdIn8 . The comparison of the experimental results with band-structure calculations implies that the 4 f electrons are itinerant rather than localized. The cyclotron masses estimated at high field are only moderately enhanced, 8 m0 and 14 m0 , but are substantially larger than the corresponding band masses. The observed angular dependence of the dHvA frequencies suggests quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surfaces in agreement with band-structure calculations. However, the deviation from ideal two-dimensionality is larger than in CeCoIn5, to which Ce2PdIn8 bears a lot of similarities. This subtle distinction accounts for the different superconducting critical temperatures of the two compounds.

  1. Tuning the electronic hybridization in the heavy fermion cage compound YbFe2Zn20 with Cd doping

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    Cabrera-Baez, M.; Ribeiro, R. A.; Avila, M. A.

    2016-09-01

    The tuning of the electronic properties of heavy fermion compounds by chemical substitution provides excellent opportunities for further understanding the physics of hybridized ions in crystal lattices. Here we present an investigation on the effects of Cd doping in flux-grown single crystals of the complex intermetallic cage compound YbFe2Zn20, which has been described as a heavy fermion with a Sommerfeld coefficient of 535 mJ mol‑1 · K‑2. The substitution of Cd for Zn disturbs the system by expanding the unit cell and, in this case, the size of the Zn cages that surround the Yb and Fe. With an increasing amount of Cd, the hybridization between the Yb 4f electrons and the conduction electrons is weakened, as shown by a decrease in the Sommerfeld coefficient, which should be accompanied by a valence shift of the Yb3+ due to the negative chemical pressure effect. This scenario is also supported by the low temperature DC magnetic susceptibility, which is gradually suppressed and shows an increment of the Kondo temperature, based on a shift to higher temperatures of the characteristic broad susceptibility peak. Furthermore, the DC resistivity decreases with the isoelectronic substitution of Cd for Zn, contrary to expectations in an increasingly disordered system, and implying that the valence shift is not related to charge carrier doping. The combined results demonstrate the excellent complementarity between positive physical pressure and negative chemical pressure, and point to a rich playground for exploring the physics and chemistry of strongly correlated electron systems in the general family of Zn20 compounds, despite their structural complexity.

  2. Tuning the electronic hybridization in the heavy fermion cage compound YbFe2Zn20 with Cd doping.

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    Cabrera-Baez, M; Ribeiro, R A; Avila, M A

    2016-09-21

    The tuning of the electronic properties of heavy fermion compounds by chemical substitution provides excellent opportunities for further understanding the physics of hybridized ions in crystal lattices. Here we present an investigation on the effects of Cd doping in flux-grown single crystals of the complex intermetallic cage compound YbFe2Zn20, which has been described as a heavy fermion with a Sommerfeld coefficient of 535 mJ mol(-1) · K(-2). The substitution of Cd for Zn disturbs the system by expanding the unit cell and, in this case, the size of the Zn cages that surround the Yb and Fe. With an increasing amount of Cd, the hybridization between the Yb 4f electrons and the conduction electrons is weakened, as shown by a decrease in the Sommerfeld coefficient, which should be accompanied by a valence shift of the Yb(3+) due to the negative chemical pressure effect. This scenario is also supported by the low temperature DC magnetic susceptibility, which is gradually suppressed and shows an increment of the Kondo temperature, based on a shift to higher temperatures of the characteristic broad susceptibility peak. Furthermore, the DC resistivity decreases with the isoelectronic substitution of Cd for Zn, contrary to expectations in an increasingly disordered system, and implying that the valence shift is not related to charge carrier doping. The combined results demonstrate the excellent complementarity between positive physical pressure and negative chemical pressure, and point to a rich playground for exploring the physics and chemistry of strongly correlated electron systems in the general family of Zn20 compounds, despite their structural complexity. PMID:27419654

  3. Superconductivity in a heavy fermion system: CeCu2Si2

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    Kapoor, Charu; Tewari, S. P.

    2016-09-01

    Electron elementary excitations in certain inter-metallic rare-earth compounds are heavy electrons with physical characteristics completely different from that of metallic electrons. Using this knowledge, superconductivity has been studied exploiting heavy electron-phonon interaction brought about by Kondo volume collapse. Superconducting transition temperature, Tc, has been computed, in particular, for CeCu2Si2 under different values of observed Kondo temperature and Gruneisen parameter. It is found that one can explain the experimental Tc = 0.6 K, which is consistent with the description of heavy electron elementary excitations.

  4. Decoupling and nondecoupling of heavy fermions in theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Li, Ling-Fong . Dept. of Physics); Cheng, T.P. . Dept. of Physics Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, Shatin . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-01-01

    The validity of the decoupling theorem is discussed in the context of gauge theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking. The presence of large Yukawa couplings which grow with heavy masses is responsible for the violation of decoupling theorem. 7 refs.

  5. The f-spin physics of rare-earth iron pnictides: influence of d-electron antiferromagnetic order on heavy fermion phase diagram

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    Zhu, Jian-xin; Dai, Jianhui; Si, Qimiao

    2009-01-01

    Some of the high {Tc} iron pnictides contain rare-earth elements, raising the question of how the existence and tunability of a d-electron antiferromagnetic order influences the heavy fermion behavior of the f-moments. With CeOFeP and CeOFeAs in mind as prototypes, we derive an extended Anderson lattice model appropriate for these quaternary systems. We show that the Kondo screening of the f-moments are efficiently suppressed by the d-electron ordering. We also argue that, inside the d-electron ordered state (as in CeOFeAs), the f-moments provide a rare realization of a quantum frustrated magnet with competing J{sub 1}-J{sub 2}-J{sub 3} interactions in an effective square lattice. Implications ofr the heavy fermion physics in broader contexts are also discussed.

  6. Emergence of a Superconducting State from an Antiferromagnetic Phase in Single Crystals of the Heavy Fermion Compound Ce2PdIn8

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    Kaczorowski, D.; Pikul, A. P.; Gnida, D.; Tran, V. H.

    2009-07-01

    Single crystals of Ce2PdIn8 were studied by means of magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements. The compound was found to be a heavy fermion clean-limit superconductor with Tc=0.68K. Most remarkably, the superconductivity in this system emerges out of the antiferromagnetic state that sets in at TN=10K, and both cooperative phenomena coexist in a bulk at ambient pressure conditions.

  7. Emergence of a superconducting state from an antiferromagnetic phase in single crystals of the heavy fermion compound Ce2PdIn8.

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    Kaczorowski, D; Pikul, A P; Gnida, D; Tran, V H

    2009-07-10

    Single crystals of Ce2PdIn8 were studied by means of magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements. The compound was found to be a heavy fermion clean-limit superconductor with Tc=0.68 K. Most remarkably, the superconductivity in this system emerges out of the antiferromagnetic state that sets in at TN=10 K, and both cooperative phenomena coexist in a bulk at ambient pressure conditions. PMID:19659236

  8. Crossover from a heavy fermion to intermediate valence state in noncentrosymmetric Yb2Ni12(P,As)7.

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    Jiang, W B; Yang, L; Guo, C Y; Hu, Z; Lee, J M; Smidman, M; Wang, Y F; Shang, T; Cheng, Z W; Gao, F; Ishii, H; Tsuei, K D; Liao, Y F; Lu, X; Tjeng, L H; Chen, J M; Yuan, H Q

    2015-01-01

    We report measurements of the physical properties and electronic structure of the hexagonal compounds Yb2Ni12Pn7 (Pn = P, As) by measuring the electrical resistivity, magnetization, specific heat and partial fluorescence yield x-ray absorption spectroscopy (PFY-XAS). These demonstrate a crossover upon reducing the unit cell volume, from an intermediate valence state in Yb2Ni12As7 to a heavy-fermion paramagnetic state in Yb2Ni12P7, where the Yb is nearly trivalent. Application of pressure to Yb2Ni12P7 suppresses TFL, the temperature below which Fermi liquid behavior is recovered, suggesting the presence of a quantum critical point (QCP) under pressure. However, while there is little change in the Yb valence of Yb2Ni12P7 up to 30 GPa, there is a strong increase for Yb2Ni12As7 under pressure, before a near constant value is reached. These results indicate that any magnetic QCP in this system is well separated from strong valence fluctuations. The pressure dependence of the valence and lattice parameters of Yb2Ni12As7 are compared and at 1 GPa, there is an anomaly in the unit cell volume as well as a change in the slope of the Yb valence, indicating a correlation between structural and electronic changes. PMID:26626431

  9. Multipolar phases and magnetically hidden order: review of the heavy-fermion compound Ce1-x La x B6.

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    Cameron, Alistair S; Friemel, Gerd; Inosov, Dmytro S

    2016-06-01

    Cerium hexaboride is a cubic f-electron heavy-fermion compound that displays a rich array of low-temperature magnetic ordering phenomena which have been the subject of investigation for more than 50 years. Its complex behaviour is the result of competing interactions, with both itinerant and local electrons playing important roles. Investigating this material has proven to be a substantial challenge, in particular because of the appearance of a 'magnetically hidden order' phase, which remained elusive to neutron-scattering investigations for many years. It was not until the development of modern x-ray scattering techniques that the long suspected multipolar origin of this phase was confirmed. Doping with non-magnetic lanthanum dilutes the magnetic cerium sublattice and reduces the f-electron count, bringing about substantial changes to the ground state with the emergence of new phases and quantum critical phenomena. To this day, Ce1-x La x B6 and its related compounds remain a subject of intense interest. Despite the substantial progress in understanding their behaviour, they continue to reveal new and unexplained physical phenomena. Here we present a review of the accumulated body of knowledge on this family of materials in order to provide a firm standpoint for future investigations. PMID:27177075

  10. High-resolution x-ray diffraction study of the heavy-fermion compound YbBiPt

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    Ueland, B. G.; Saunders, S. M.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Schmiedeshoff, G. M.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2015-11-01

    YbBiPt is a heavy-fermion compound possessing significant short-range antiferromagnetic correlations below a temperature of T*=0.7 K , fragile antiferromagnetic order below TN=0.4 K , a Kondo temperature of TK≈1 K , and crystalline-electric-field splitting on the order of E /kB=1 -10 K . Whereas the compound has a face-centered-cubic lattice at ambient temperature, certain experimental data, particularly those from studies aimed at determining its crystalline-electric-field scheme, suggest that the lattice distorts at lower temperature. Here, we present results from high-resolution, high-energy x-ray diffraction experiments which show that, within our experimental resolution of ≈6 -10 ×10-5Å , no structural phase transition occurs between T =1.5 and 50 K . In combination with results from dilatometry measurements, we further show that the compound's thermal expansion has a minimum at ≈18 K and a region of negative thermal expansion for 9 ≲T ≲18 K . Despite diffraction patterns taken at 1.6 K which indicate that the lattice is face-centered cubic and that the Yb resides on a crystallographic site with cubic point symmetry, we demonstrate that the linear thermal expansion may be modeled using crystalline-electric-field level schemes appropriate for Yb3 + residing on a site with either cubic or less than cubic point symmetry.

  11. Heavy fermion bound states for diphoton excess at 750 GeV — collider and cosmological constraints

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    Han, Chengcheng; Ichikawa, Koji; Matsumoto, Shigeki; Nojiri, Mihoko M.; Takeuchi, Michihisa

    2016-04-01

    A colored heavy particle with sufficiently small width may form non-relativistic bound states when they are produced at the large hadron collider (LHC), and they can annihilate into a diphoton final state. The invariant mass of the diphoton would be around twice of the colored particle mass. In this paper, we study if such bound state can be responsible for the 750 GeV diphoton excess reported by ATLAS and CMS. We found that the best-fit signal cross section is obtained for the SU(2) L singlet colored fermion X with Y X = 4 /3. Having such an exotic hypercharge, the particle is expected to decay through some higher dimensional operators, consistent with the small width assumption. The decay of X may involve a stable particle χ, if both X and χ are odd under some conserved Z 2 symmetry. In that case, the particle X suffers from the constraints of jets + missing E T searches by ATLAS and CMS at 8 TeV and 13 TeV. We found that such a scenario still survives if the mass difference between X and χ is above ˜ 30 GeV for m X ˜ 375 GeV. Even assuming pair annihilation of χ is small, the relic density of χ is small enough if the mass difference between X and χ is smaller than ˜ 40 GeV.

  12. High-resolution x-ray diffraction study of the heavy-fermion compound YbBiPt

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    Ueland, B. G.; Saunders, S. M.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Schmiedeshoff, G. M.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    YbBiPt is a heavy-fermion compound possessing significant short-range antiferromagnetic correlations below T* = 0 . 7 K, fragile antiferromagnetic order below TN = 0 . 4 K, a Kondo temperature of TK ~ 1 K, and crystalline-electric-field splitting (CEF) on the order of E /kB = 1 - 10 K. Its lattice is face-centered cubic at ambient temperature, but certain data, particularly those from studies aimed at determining the CEF level scheme, suggest that the lattice distorts at lower temperature. Here, we present results from high-energy x-ray diffraction experiments which show that, within our experimental resolution of ~ 6 - 10 ×10-5 Å, no structural phase transition occurs between 1 . 5 and 50 K. Despite this result, we demonstrate that the compound's thermal expansion may be modeled using CEF level schemes appropriate for Yb3+ residing on a site with either cubic or less than cubic point symmetry. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the US DOE, BES, DMSE, under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358. Work at Occidental College was supported by the NSF under DMR-1408598. This research used resources at the Advanced Photon Source a US DOE, Office of Science, User Facility.

  13. Crossover from a heavy fermion to intermediate valence state in noncentrosymmetric Yb2Ni12(P,As)7

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    Jiang, W. B.; Yang, L.; Guo, C. Y.; Hu, Z.; Lee, J. M.; Smidman, M.; Wang, Y. F.; Shang, T.; Cheng, Z. W.; Gao, F.; Ishii, H.; Tsuei, K. D.; Liao, Y. F.; Lu, X.; Tjeng, L. H.; Chen, J. M.; Yuan, H. Q.

    2015-01-01

    We report measurements of the physical properties and electronic structure of the hexagonal compounds Yb2Ni12Pn7 (Pn = P, As) by measuring the electrical resistivity, magnetization, specific heat and partial fluorescence yield x-ray absorption spectroscopy (PFY-XAS). These demonstrate a crossover upon reducing the unit cell volume, from an intermediate valence state in Yb2Ni12As7 to a heavy-fermion paramagnetic state in Yb2Ni12P7, where the Yb is nearly trivalent. Application of pressure to Yb2Ni12P7 suppresses TFL, the temperature below which Fermi liquid behavior is recovered, suggesting the presence of a quantum critical point (QCP) under pressure. However, while there is little change in the Yb valence of Yb2Ni12P7 up to 30 GPa, there is a strong increase for Yb2Ni12As7 under pressure, before a near constant value is reached. These results indicate that any magnetic QCP in this system is well separated from strong valence fluctuations. The pressure dependence of the valence and lattice parameters of Yb2Ni12As7 are compared and at 1 GPa, there is an anomaly in the unit cell volume as well as a change in the slope of the Yb valence, indicating a correlation between structural and electronic changes. PMID:26626431

  14. 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.

  15. Scaling behavior of the thermopower of the archetypal heavy-fermion metal YbRh2Si2

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    Shaginyan, V. R.; Msezane, A. Z.; Japaridze, G. S.; Popov, K. G.; Clark, J. W.; Khodel, V. A.

    2016-04-01

    We reveal and explain the scaling behavior of the thermopower S/T exhibited by the archetypal heavy-fermion (HF) metal YbRh2Si2 under the application of magnetic field B at temperature T. We show that the same scaling is demonstrated by different HF compounds such as ß-YbAlB4 and the strongly correlated layered cobalt oxide [BiBa0.66K0.36O2]CoO2. Using YbRh2Si2 as an example, we demonstrate that the scaling behavior of S/T is violated at the antiferromagnetic phase transition, while both the residual resistivity ρ 0 and the density of states, N, experience jumps at the phase transition, causing the thermopower to make two jumps and change its sign. Our elucidation is based on flattening of the single-particle spectrum that profoundly affects ρ 0 and N. To depict the main features of the S/T behavior, we construct a T-B schematic phase diagram of YbRh2Si2. Our calculated S/T for the HF compounds are in good agreement with experimental facts and support our observations.

  16. Direct Observation of a Superconducting Spin Resonance in the Heavy Fermion Antiferromagnetic Superconductor UNi2 Al3

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    Wagman, Jerod; Gaudet, Jonathan; Broholm, Collin; Rodriguez, Jose; Winn, Barry; Graves-Brook, Melissa; Garrett, Jim; Gaulin, Bruce

    2015-03-01

    We present neutron scattering data identifying a superconducting spin resonance in the heavy fermion, antiferromagnetic superconductor UNi2 Al3 . This resolves a longstanding issue in the comparison of UNi2 Al3 to its isostructural sister UPd2 Al3 . Theses material both undergo antiferromagnetic phase transitions at relatively high temperatures, TN = 4.6 K and 14.5 K respectively, before respectively superconducting below 1.2 and 2 K(B. D. Gaulin, et al, PRB 66, 174520 (2002)). However, previous reports suggest that only the magnetic fluctuations in UPd2 Al3 display sensitivity to superconductivity via a superconducting spin resonance - the build up in the superconducting ground state of excess scattered intensity at a well defined resonance energy centered on a magnetic wave-vector. We resolve this disparity by clearly identifying a superconducting spin resonance in UNi2 Al3 at the incommensurate wavevector Q = (1/2 +/- 0.11 0 1/2). This re-establishes the relationship between these sister compounds and further evidences the intimate correlation of magnetism and superconductivity. NSERC, National Science Foundation, Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. DOE.

  17. Quark production in heavy ion collisions: formalism and boost invariant fermionic light-cone mode functions

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    Gelis, François; Tanji, Naoto

    2016-02-01

    We revisit the problem of quark production in high energy heavy ion collisions, at leading order in α s in the color glass condensate framework. In this first paper, we setup the formalism and express the quark spectrum in terms of a basis of solutions of the Dirac equation (the mode functions). We determine analytically their initial value in the Fock-Schwinger gauge on a proper time surface Q s τ 0 ≪ 1, in a basis that makes manifest the boost invariance properties of this problem. We also describe a statistical algorithm to perform the sampling of the mode functions.

  18. Optical Spectroscopy of Strongly Correlated (MOTT-HUBBARD, Heavy-Fermion, Unconventional Superconductor) Materials Tuned Pressure

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    Goncharov, A; Struzhkin, V V

    2003-11-12

    During the past years, the Co-PI's have been responsible for the development and operation of optical techniques (Raman, IR, fluorescence, absorption and reflectance spectroscopy at ultrahigh pressures and high and low temperatures) which have proven to be extremely powerful for studying low-Z, molecular solids including hydrogen, ice, etc. (see results below). Meanwhile, it has become increasingly clear that optical spectroscopy has an equally extraordinary potential for studying metals and superconductors at ultrahigh pressures, thus the result will have a major impact on material research. However, because of the extreme difference in optical properties of opaque metals and transparent insulating molecular solids, successful accomplishment of the present project will require substantial effort in improving the present equipment and developing new techniques, and funds for this are requested here. Below we provide a short description of the work done and techniques developed during the last years. We also propose to explore new frontiers in compressed materials close to the insulator-metal boundaries, spin-crossover, and other quantum critical points.

  19. Li NMR study of heavy-fermion LiV2O4 containing magnetic defects

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    Zong, X.; Das, S.; Borsa, F.; Vannette, M.; Prozorov, R.; Schmalian, J.; Johnston, D.

    2008-04-21

    We present a systematic study of the variations of the {sup 7}Li NMR properties versus magnetic defect concentration up to 0.83 mol% within the spinel structure of polycrystalline powder samples and a collection of small single crystals of LiV2O4 in the temperature range from 0.5 to 4.2 K. We also report static magnetization measurements and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements at 14 MHz on the samples at low temperatures. Both the NMR spectrum and nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate are inhomogeneous in the presence of the magnetic defects. The NMR data for the powders are well explained by assuming that (i) there is a random distribution of magnetic point defects, (ii) the same heavy Fermi liquid is present in the samples containing the magnetic defects as in magnetically pure LiV2O4, and (iii) the influences of the magnetic defects and of the Fermi liquid on the magnetization and NMR properties are separable. In the single crystals, somewhat different behaviors are observed. Remarkably, the magnetic defects in the powder samples show evidence of spin freezing below T {approx} 1.0 K, whereas in the single crystals with similar magnetic defect concentration no spin freezing was found down to 0.5 K. Thus different types of magnetic defects and/or interactions between them appear to arise in the powders versus the crystals, possibly due to the substantially different synthesis conditions of the powders and crystals.

  20. High-resolution x-ray diffraction study of the heavy-fermion compound YbBiPt

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    Ueland, B. G.; Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA; Saunders, S. M.; Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA; Bud'ko, S. L.; Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA; Schmiedeshoff, G. M.; Canfield, P. C.; Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA; Kreyssig, A.; et al

    2015-11-30

    In this study, YbBiPt is a heavy-fermion compound possessing significant short-range antiferromagnetic correlations below a temperature of T*=0.7K, fragile antiferromagnetic order below TN = 0.4K, a Kondo temperature of TK ≈ 1K, and crystalline-electric-field splitting on the order of E/kB = 1 – 10K. Whereas the compound has a face-centered-cubic lattice at ambient temperature, certain experimental data, particularly those from studies aimed at determining its crystalline-electric-field scheme, suggest that the lattice distorts at lower temperature. Here, we present results from high-resolution, high-energy x-ray diffraction experiments which show that, within our experimental resolution of ≈ 6 – 10 × 10–5 Å,more » no structural phase transition occurs between T = 1.5 and 50 K. In combination with results from dilatometry measurements, we further show that the compound's thermal expansion has a minimum at ≈ 18 K and a region of negative thermal expansion for 9 ≲ T ≲ 18 K. Despite diffraction patterns taken at 1.6 K which indicate that the lattice is face-centered cubic and that the Yb resides on a crystallographic site with cubic point symmetry, we demonstrate that the linear thermal expansion may be modeled using crystalline-electric-field level schemes appropriate for Yb3+ residing on a site with either cubic or less than cubic point symmetry.« less

  1. High-resolution x-ray diffraction study of the heavy-fermion compound YbBiPt

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    Ueland, B. G.; Saunders, S. M.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Schmiedeshoff, G. M.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2015-11-30

    In this study, YbBiPt is a heavy-fermion compound possessing significant short-range antiferromagnetic correlations below a temperature of T*=0.7K, fragile antiferromagnetic order below TN = 0.4K, a Kondo temperature of TK ≈ 1K, and crystalline-electric-field splitting on the order of E/kB = 1 – 10K. Whereas the compound has a face-centered-cubic lattice at ambient temperature, certain experimental data, particularly those from studies aimed at determining its crystalline-electric-field scheme, suggest that the lattice distorts at lower temperature. Here, we present results from high-resolution, high-energy x-ray diffraction experiments which show that, within our experimental resolution of ≈ 6 – 10 × 10–5 Å, no structural phase transition occurs between T = 1.5 and 50 K. In combination with results from dilatometry measurements, we further show that the compound's thermal expansion has a minimum at ≈ 18 K and a region of negative thermal expansion for 9 ≲ T ≲ 18 K. Despite diffraction patterns taken at 1.6 K which indicate that the lattice is face-centered cubic and that the Yb resides on a crystallographic site with cubic point symmetry, we demonstrate that the linear thermal expansion may be modeled using crystalline-electric-field level schemes appropriate for Yb3+ residing on a site with either cubic or less than cubic point symmetry.

  2. Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction Studies of Magnetic Order in Uranium-Based Heavy Fermion Superconductors

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    Lussier, Jean-Guy

    UPt_3, URu_2 Si_2, UNi_2 Al_3 and UPd_2 Al_3 form a special group among the uranium alloys because they exhibit heavy fermion character, magnetic order and superconductivity. This main interest in the study of this group of compounds resides in the simultaneous occurrence of magnetism and superconductivity at low temperature. Such a state could potentially involve an unconventional superconducting pairing mechanism, different from that contained in standard BCS theory. In this thesis, the magnetic states of three of these materials (URu_2Si _2, UNi_2Al _3 and UPd_2Al _3) is investigated with neutron and the relatively new resonant magnetic X-ray scattering techniques. The work presented here on URu_2Si _2 follows an earlier effort that demonstrated the applicabililty of the resonant X-ray technique to this weak magnetic system. Access to reciprocal space was extended in order to confirm the multipolar form of the resonant X-ray cross-section and to explore the limits of the technique compared to neutron scattering. The situation with the newly discovered UNi_2Al _3 and UPd_2Al _3 was different since their magnetic structure and phases needed first to be established. This task was achieved using two magnetic probes (neutron and X-ray scattering). Several magnetic order parameters in the normal and in the superconducting phase were also measured. The incommensurate magnetic order found in UNi_2Al_3 by neutron scattering constitutes the first observation of long range order in this compound. Other measurements on this compound provided some clues about the evolution of the magnetic structure in high magnetic fields.

  3. Crystal-field states of Kondo lattice heavy fermions CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3

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    Anand, V. K.; Adroja, D. T.; Britz, D.; Strydom, A. M.; Taylor, J. W.; Kockelmann, W.

    2016-07-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments have been carried out to determine the crystal-field states of the Kondo lattice heavy fermions CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3. Both the compounds crystallize in LaRuSn3-type cubic structure (space group P m 3 ¯n ) in which the Ce atoms occupy two distinct crystallographic sites with cubic (m 3 ¯ ) and tetragonal (4 ¯m .2 ) point symmetries. The INS data of CeRuSn3 reveal the presence of a broad excitation centered around 6-8 meV, which is accounted by a model based on crystal electric field (CEF) excitations. On the other hand, the INS data of isostructural CeRhSn3 reveal three CEF excitations around 7.0, 12.2, and 37.2 meV. The neutron intensity sum rule indicates that the Ce ions at both cubic and tetragonal Ce sites are in Ce3 + state in both CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3. The CEF level schemes for both the compounds are deduced. We estimate the Kondo temperature TK=3.1 (2 ) K for CeRuSn3 from neutron quasielastic linewidth in excellent agreement with that determined from the scaling of magnetoresistance which gives TK=3.2 (1 ) K. For CeRhSn3, the neutron quasielastic linewidth gives TK≈4.6 K. For both CeRuSn3 and CeRhSn3, the ground state of Ce3 + turns out to be a quartet for the cubic site and a doublet for the tetragonal site.

  4. Magnetism, f-electron localization and superconductivity in 122-type heavy-fermion metals.

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    Steglich, F; Arndt, J; Stockert, O; Friedemann, S; Brando, M; Klingner, C; Krellner, C; Geibel, C; Wirth, S; Kirchner, S; Si, Q

    2012-07-25

    Both CeCu2Si2 and YbRh2Si2 crystallize in the tetragonal ThCr2Si2 crystal structure. Recent neutron-scattering results on normal-state CeCu2Si2 reveal a slowing down of the quasielastic response which complies with the scaling expected for a quantum critical point (QCP) of itinerant, i.e., three-dimensional spin-density-wave (SDW), type. This interpretation is in full agreement with the non-Fermi-liquid behavior observed in transport and thermodynamic measurements. The momentum dependence of the magnetic excitation spectrum reveals two branches of an overdamped dispersive mode whose coupling to the heavy charge carriers is strongly retarded. These overdamped spin fluctuations are considered to be the driving force for superconductivity in CeCu2Si2 (Tc = 600 mK). The weak antiferromagnet YbRh2Si2 (TN = 70 mK) exhibits a magnetic-field-induced QCP at BN = 0.06 T (B⊥c). There is no indication of superconductivity down to T = 10 mK. The magnetic QCP appears to concur with a breakdown of the Kondo effect. Doping-induced variations of the average unit-cell volume result in a detachment of the magnetic and electronic instabilities. A comparison of the properties of these isostructural compounds suggests that 3D SDW QCPs are favorable for unconventional superconductivity. The question whether a Kondo-breakdown QCP may also give rise to superconductivity, however, remains to be clarified. PMID:22773300

  5. Magnetism, f-electron localization and superconductivity in 122-type heavy-fermion metals

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    Steglich, F.; Arndt, J.; Stockert, O.; Friedemann, S.; Brando, M.; Klingner, C.; Krellner, C.; Geibel, C.; Wirth, S.; Kirchner, S.; Si, Q.

    2012-07-01

    Both CeCu2Si2 and YbRh2Si2 crystallize in the tetragonal ThCr2Si2 crystal structure. Recent neutron-scattering results on normal-state CeCu2Si2 reveal a slowing down of the quasielastic response which complies with the scaling expected for a quantum critical point (QCP) of itinerant, i.e., three-dimensional spin-density-wave (SDW), type. This interpretation is in full agreement with the non-Fermi-liquid behavior observed in transport and thermodynamic measurements. The momentum dependence of the magnetic excitation spectrum reveals two branches of an overdamped dispersive mode whose coupling to the heavy charge carriers is strongly retarded. These overdamped spin fluctuations are considered to be the driving force for superconductivity in CeCu2Si2 (Tc = 600 mK). The weak antiferromagnet YbRh2Si2 (TN = 70 mK) exhibits a magnetic-field-induced QCP at BN = 0.06 T (B⊥c). There is no indication of superconductivity down to T = 10 mK. The magnetic QCP appears to concur with a breakdown of the Kondo effect. Doping-induced variations of the average unit-cell volume result in a detachment of the magnetic and electronic instabilities. A comparison of the properties of these isostructural compounds suggests that 3D SDW QCPs are favorable for unconventional superconductivity. The question whether a Kondo-breakdown QCP may also give rise to superconductivity, however, remains to be clarified.

  6. A comparison of the structure and localized magnetism in Ce{sub 2}PdGa{sub 12} with the heavy fermion CePdGa{sub 6}

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    Macaluso, Robin T.; Millican, Jasmine N.; Nakatsuji, Satoru; Lee, Han-Oh; Carter, B.; Moreno, Nelson O.; Fisk, Zachary; Chan, Julia Y. . E-mail: jchan@lsu.edu

    2005-11-15

    Single crystals of Ce{sub 2}PdGa{sub 12} have been synthesized in Ga flux and characterized by X-ray diffraction. This compound crystallizes in the tetragonal P4/nbm space group, Z=2 with lattice parameters of a=6.1040(2)A and c=15.5490(6)A. It shows strongly anisotropic magnetism and orders antiferromagnetically at T{sub N}{approx}11K. A field-induced metamagnetic transition to the ferromagnetic state is observed below T{sub N}. Structure-property relationships with the related heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CePdGa{sub 6} are discussed.

  7. Neutron diffraction study of magnetic field induced behavior in the heavy Fermion Ce3Co4Sn13

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    Christianson, Andrew D; Goremychkin, E. A.; Gardner, J. S.; Kang, H. J.; Chung, J.-H.; Manuel, P.; Thompson, J. D.; Sarrao, J. L.; Lawrence, J. M.

    2008-01-01

    The specific heat of Ce3Co4Sn13 exhibits a crossover from heavy Fermion behavior with antiferromagnetic correlations at low field to single impurity Kondo behavior above 2 T. We have performed neutron diffraction measurements in magnetic fields up to 6 Tesla on single crystal samples. The (001) position shows a dramatic increase in intensity in field which appears to arise from static polarization of the 4f level and which at 0.14 K also exhibits an anomaly near 2T reflecting the crossover to single impurity behavior.

  8. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Superconducting States of Two Heavy Fermion Superconductors, Cerium Dicopper - and URANIUM-BERYLLIUM(13)

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    Tien, Cheng

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments have been carried out in two heavy fermion superconductors, CeCu(,2)Si(,2) and U(,1-x)Th(,x)Be(,13) (x = 0, 0.0331). The unusual normal-state and superconducting state behavior of CeCu(,2)SDi(,2) and UBe(,13) has recently been discovered. Both compounds exhibit enormous values of the normal-state low -temperature magnetic susceptibility (chi) and the linear specific heat coefficient (gamma). Standard analyses of (chi) and (gamma) result in a two order of magnitude enhancement of the conduction-electron mass, but the ratio (chi)/(gamma) retains a value appropriate to a free-electron gas. It is of interest to obtain as much microscopic information as possible. In one of our CeCu(,2)Si(,2) superconducting specimens, the observed temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T(,1) (T) is consistent with a conventional quasiparticle excitation spectrum below the superconducting transition temperature T(,c). In the other superconducting CeCu(,2)Si(,2) sample, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate decreases drastically just below T(,c) without the apparent enhancement observed in the first sample. This lack of enhancement in 1/T(,1) (T) suggests that the superconductivity in CeCu(,2)Si(,2) is not due to a conventional mechanism. Some unusual features in 1/T(,1) (T) between T(,c) and 1.2 K appear to signal a phase transition, possibly structural in nature. NQR measurements of the nonsuperconducting CeCu(,2)Si(,2) sample are consistent with extensive disorder in the Cu site occupation. The spin-lattice relaxation rate in UBe(,13) varies approximately as T('3) well below the transition temperature T(,c). This behavior is consistent with a class of anisotropic pairing models for which the superconducting gap vanishes along lines on the Fermi surface. Two phase transitions have been observed in the specific heat measurements of U(,0.9669)Th(,0.0331)Be(,13) at T(,c1) and T(,c2). For T(,c2) < T < T(,c1), 1/T(,1

  9. Superconductivity in Thin Films of the Heavy Fermion Superconductors, URANIUM-PLATINUM(3) and URANIUM-BERYLLIUM(13)

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    Kang, Joonhee

    Thin films of the heavy fermion superconductors, UBe_{13} and UPt _3 have been fabricated by dc sputtering. The growth of superconducting UBe_{13} films was easier than that of UPt_3 films because of much lower preparation temperature. Superconducting properties of UBe_{13} films were very similar to those of UBe_ {13} bulk material. Even though X-ray diffraction analysis showed that well ordered UPt _3 films had been prepared, the superconducting properties of the UPt_3 films were poor because of the presence of small concentrations of impurity phases. Impurity phase formation was difficult to deal with because temperatures as high as 1200 ^circC were required in the processing and because of the great sensitivity of UPt_3 to impurities. A difference between UBe _{13} films and bulk materials is the absence of the resistance peak at 2.4 K observed in bulk material in the films, a result which suggests that the resistance peak is unrelated to superconductivity. This is in contrast with a common view that it is. However the broad maximum in the normal state resistance found near 20 K was observed. The temperature dependence of the parallel and perpendicular critical magnetic fields of UBe_{13} films have been measured. The ratio of the critical fields, H _{{rm c2}parallel} /H_{{rm c2} |}, has been found to be at least 1.25 over the whole temperature range below T_ {rm c}, a value less than would be expected for s-wave pairing without surface pair-breaking, but greater than expected for any pairing configuration which is a pure angular momentum state with L not= 0. This observation suggests the existence of s-wave superconductivity in UBe_{13 } at least near its surfaces. A proximity effect experiment has been carried on UBe_ {13}/Al sandwiches. The measurement of critical fields of the Al layer suggests that there is no negative proximity effect between UBe_ {13} and Al, but rather positive proximity effect. This observation supports the view of the existence of s

  10. 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.

  11. Magnetic order and heavy fermion behavior in CePd{sub 1+x}Al{sub 6-x}: Synthesis, structure, and physical properties

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    Tobash, Paul H.; Ronning, Filip; Thompson, J.D.; Bobev, Svilen; Bauer, Eric D.

    2010-03-15

    The physical properties including magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, and electrical resistivity of single crystals are reported for the compound CePd{sub 1+x}Al{sub 6-x} (x=0.5) which crystallizes in the tetragonal SrAu{sub 2}Ga{sub 5}-type structure (space group P4/mmm). The compound was grown from an excess of molten Al flux from the respective elements and the crystal structure was established from single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Anomalies in the low temperature specific heat C{sub p}(T) and electrical resistivity rho(T) show that the compound undergoes ferromagnetic order at T{sub C}=2.8 K. In the ordered state, CePd{sub 1.5}Al{sub 5.5} displays heavy fermion behavior with a Sommerfeld coefficient of ca. 500 mJ/mol-K{sup 2}. - Graphical abstract: The compound CePd{sub 1+x}Al{sub 6-x} (x=0.5) has been synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The measured physical properties of temperature and field dependent magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, and electrical resistivity suggests that the compound undergoes ferromagnetic order at ca. 2.8 K and further exhibits relatively heavy fermion behavior with a Sommerfeld coefficient of 500 mJ/mol-K2.

  12. 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.

  13. Characterization of the heavy metal pyrochlore lattice superconductor CaIr2.

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    Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Gibson, Quinn; Schoop, Leslie M; Luo, Huixia; Cava, R J

    2015-05-13

    We report the electronic properties of the cubic laves phase superconductor CaIr2(Tc = 5.8 K), in which the Ir atoms have a pyrochlore lattice. The estimated superconducting parameters obtained from magnetization and specific heat measurements indicate that CaIr2 is a weakly coupled BCS superconductor. Electronic band structure calculations show that the Ir d-states are dominant at the Fermi level, creating a complex Fermi surface that is impacted substantially by spin-orbit coupling. PMID:25880601

  14. Topological basis for understanding the behavior of the heavy-fermion metal β -YbAlB4 under application of magnetic field and pressure

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    Shaginyan, V. R.; Msezane, A. Z.; Popov, K. G.; Clark, J. W.; Khodel, V. A.; Zverev, M. V.

    2016-05-01

    Informative recent measurements on the heavy-fermion metal β -YbAlB4 performed with applied magnetic field and pressure as control parameters are analyzed with the goal of establishing a sound theoretical explanation for the inferred scaling laws and non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior, which demonstrate some unexpected features. Most notably, the robustness of the NFL behavior of the thermodynamic properties and of the anomalous T3 /2 temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity under applied pressure P in zero magnetic field is at variance with the fragility of the NFL phase under application of a field B . We show that a consistent topological basis for this combination of observations, as well as the empirical scaling laws, may be found within fermion-condensation theory in the emergence and destruction of a flat band, and explains that the paramagnetic NFL phase takes place without magnetic criticality, not from quantum critical fluctuations. Schematic T -B and T -P phase diagrams are presented to illuminate this scenario.

  15. Evidence for Coexistence of Bulk Superconductivity and Itinerant Antiferromagnetism in the Heavy Fermion System CeCo(In(1-x)Cdx)5.

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    Howald, Ludovic; Stilp, Evelyn; de Réotier, Pierre Dalmas; Yaouanc, Alain; Raymond, Stéphane; Piamonteze, Cinthia; Lapertot, Gérard; Baines, Christopher; Keller, Hugo

    2015-01-01

    In the generic phase diagram of heavy fermion systems, tuning an external parameter such as hydrostatic or chemical pressure modifies the superconducting transition temperature. The superconducting phase forms a dome in the temperature-tuning parameter phase diagram, which is associated with a maximum of the superconducting pairing interaction. Proximity to antiferromagnetism suggests a relation between the disappearance of antiferromagnetic order and superconductivity. We combine muon spin rotation, neutron scattering, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques to gain access to the magnetic and electronic structure of CeCo(In(1-x)Cdx)5 at different time scales. Different magnetic structures are obtained that indicate a magnetic order of itinerant character, coexisting with bulk superconductivity. The suppression of the antiferromagnetic order appears to be driven by a modification of the bandwidth/carrier concentration, implying that the electronic structure and consequently the interplay of superconductivity and magnetism is strongly affected by hydrostatic and chemical pressure. PMID:26224422

  16. Evidence for Coexistence of Bulk Superconductivity and Itinerant Antiferromagnetism in the Heavy Fermion System CeCo(In1−xCdx)5

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    Howald, Ludovic; Stilp, Evelyn; de Réotier, Pierre Dalmas; Yaouanc, Alain; Raymond, Stéphane; Piamonteze, Cinthia; Lapertot, Gérard; Baines, Christopher; Keller, Hugo

    2015-01-01

    In the generic phase diagram of heavy fermion systems, tuning an external parameter such as hydrostatic or chemical pressure modifies the superconducting transition temperature. The superconducting phase forms a dome in the temperature—tuning parameter phase diagram, which is associated with a maximum of the superconducting pairing interaction. Proximity to antiferromagnetism suggests a relation between the disappearance of antiferromagnetic order and superconductivity. We combine muon spin rotation, neutron scattering, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques to gain access to the magnetic and electronic structure of CeCo(In1−xCdx)5 at different time scales. Different magnetic structures are obtained that indicate a magnetic order of itinerant character, coexisting with bulk superconductivity. The suppression of the antiferromagnetic order appears to be driven by a modification of the bandwidth/carrier concentration, implying that the electronic structure and consequently the interplay of superconductivity and magnetism is strongly affected by hydrostatic and chemical pressure. PMID:26224422

  17. CeCu sub 4 A ell and CeCu sub 2 Zn sub 2 A ell : Very heavy fermion systems in high magnetic fields

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    Andraka, B.; Kim, J.S. . Dept. of Physics); Stewart, G.R. . Dept. of Physics Augsburg Univ. ); Fisk, Z. )

    1990-01-01

    CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} and CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell} are heavy fermion systems with extremely enhanced C/T (specific heat divided by temperature) values of 2.3 and 1.8 J/K{sup 2} respectively as T {yields} 0 K. The field dependence of the low temperature specific heat is also extreme; 11 T reduces C of CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} by more than a factor of five, 12.5 T suppresses C of CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell} about seven times. Magnetic field caused changes of the specific heat of CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} are consistent with a single ion Kondo model. Magnetic correlations are at least partially responsible for the enhanced low temperature specific heat of CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell}.

  18. Logarithmic temperature dependence of samarium ion valence in the heavy-fermion S mxL a1 -xO s4S b12

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    Fushiya, Kengo; Miyazaki, Ryoichi; Higashinaka, Ryuji; Yamada, Akira; Mizumaki, Masaichiro; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Uruga, Tomoya; Suemitsu, Bunya; Sato, Hideyuki; Aoki, Yuji

    2015-08-01

    We have measured x-ray absorption spectra at the Sm L3 edge to investigate the Sm-ion valence of (S mxL a1 -x) O s4S b12 , in which field-insensitive heavy-fermion behavior appears at low temperatures for x =1 . It has been found that the Sm-ion valance shifts to 2 + with La ion substitution; from v =+2.78 (x =1 ) to v =+2.73 (x =0.2 ) at 10 K. For all x investigated, its temperature dependence shows a logT behavior, indicating that the valence change is caused by "an unconventional Kondo effect" associated with Sm 4 f -electron charge degrees of freedom. Almost x independence of "the associated Kondo temperature" (T˜K=56 ±10 K ) indicates that the Kondo effect has a local nature, attributable to the cage structure of the filled skutterudite.

  19. Collapse-Like Decrease of RKKY Interaction and Kondo Effect in Heavy Fermion Compounds (Ce1-XGdX)Ni (0.03<=X <=0.20)

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    Yano, K.; Nishimura, K.; Ohta, T.; Sato, K.

    2012-12-01

    Small amounts of Ce were substituted by Gd and the (Ce-Gd)Ni heavy fermion compounds were investigated in detail from viewpoint of magnetism in Gd-poor region between 3 at% and 20 at%. Magnetizations showed peculiar linear relationship as a function temperature and were sensitive to the applied magnetic field in common. These characteristic natures were analyzes employing molecular field analysis by changing three exchange interaction energies, JGd-Gd, JGd-Ni and JNi-Ni. The unique solution for the linear relationship in the temperature dependence of magnetization M(T) was found to be attributed to the collapselike decrease of JGd-Gd and the decrease of JGd-Gd can explain the sensitivity to applied magnetic field. However this peculiar decrease of JGd-Gd did not effect on the inverse susceptibilities above the Curie temperatures and the χ-1(T) behaved normally as ferri-magnet.

  20. Adaptive sequential algorithms for detecting targets in a heavy IR clutter

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    Tartakovsky, Alexander G.; Kligys, Skirmantas; Petrov, Anton

    1999-10-01

    Cruise missiles over land and sea cluttered background are serious threats to search and track systems. In general, these threats are stealth in both the IR and radio frequency bands. That is, their thermal IR signature and their radar cross section can be quite small. This paper discusses adaptive sequential detection methods which exploit 'track- before-detect' technology for detection glow-SNR targets in IR search and track (IRST) systems. Despite the fact that we focus on an IRST against cruise missiles over land and sea cluttered backgrounds, the results are applicable to other sensors and other kinds of targets.

  1. Fermion production during and after axion inflation

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    Adshead, Peter; Sfakianakis, Evangelos I.

    2015-11-11

    We study derivatively coupled fermions in axion-driven inflation, specifically m{sub ϕ}{sup 2}ϕ{sup 2} and monodromy inflation, and calculate particle production during the inflationary epoch and the post-inflationary axion oscillations. During inflation, the rolling axion acts as an effective chemical potential for helicity which biases the gravitational production of one fermion helicity over the other. This mechanism allows for efficient gravitational production of heavy fermion states that would otherwise be highly suppressed. Following inflation, the axion oscillates and fermions with both helicities are produced as the effective frequency of the fermion field changes non-adiabatically. For certain values of the fermion mass and axion-fermion coupling strength, the two helicity states are produced asymmetrically, resulting in unequal number-densities of left- and right-helicity fermions.

  2. Heavy-impurity resonance, hybridization, and phonon spectral functions in Fe1-xMxSi, M=Ir,Os

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    Delaire, O.; Al-Qasir, Iyad I.; May, Andrew F.; Sales, Brian C.; Niedziela, Jennifer L.; Ma, Jie; Matsuda, Masaaki; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Berlijn, Tom

    2015-03-31

    The vibrational behavior of heavy substitutional impurities (M=Ir,Os) in Fe1-xMxSi (x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.1) was investigated with a combination of inelastic neutron scattering (INS), transport measurements, and first-principles simulations. In this paper, our INS measurements on single-crystals mapped the four-dimensional dynamical structure factor, S(Q;E), for several compositions and temperatures. Our results show that both Ir and Os impurities lead to the formation of a weakly dispersive resonance vibrational mode, in the energy range of the acoustic phonon dispersions of the FeSi host. We also show that Ir doping, which introduces free carriers and increases electron-phonon coupling, leads tomore » softened interatomic force-constants compared to doping with Os, which is isoelectronic to Fe. We analyze the phonon S(Q,E) from INS through a Green's function model incorporating the phonon self-energy based on first-principles density functional theory (DFT) simulations. Calculations of the quasiparticle spectral functions in the doped system reveal the hybridization between the resonance and the acoustic phonon modes. Finally, our results demonstrate a strong interaction of the host acoustic dispersions with the resonance mode, likely leading to the large observed suppression in lattice thermal conductivity.« less

  3. Heavy-impurity resonance, hybridization, and phonon spectral functions in Fe1-xMxSi (M =Ir , Os )

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    Delaire, O.; Al-Qasir, I. I.; May, A. F.; Li, C. W.; Sales, B. C.; Niedziela, J. L.; Ma, J.; Matsuda, M.; Abernathy, D. L.; Berlijn, T.

    2015-03-01

    The vibrational behavior of heavy substitutional impurities (M = Ir,Os) in Fe1-xMxSi (x =0 ,0.02 ,0.04 ,0.1 ) was investigated with a combination of inelastic neutron scattering (INS), transport measurements, and first-principles simulations. Our INS measurements on single crystals mapped the four-dimensional dynamical structure factor, S (Q ,E ) , for several compositions and temperatures. Our results show that both Ir and Os impurities lead to the formation of a weakly dispersive resonance vibrational mode, in the energy range of the acoustic phonon dispersions of the FeSi host. We also show that Ir doping, which introduces free carriers, leads to softened interatomic force constants compared to doping with Os, which is isoelectronic to Fe. We analyze the phonon S (Q ,E ) from INS through a Green's-function model incorporating the phonon self-energy based on first-principles density functional theory simulations, and we study the disorder-induced lifetimes on large supercells. Calculations of the quasiparticle spectral functions in the doped system reveal the hybridization between the resonance and the acoustic phonon modes. Our results demonstrate a strong interaction of the host acoustic dispersions with the resonance mode, likely leading to the large observed suppression in lattice thermal conductivity.

  4. Heavy-impurity resonance, hybridization, and phonon spectral functions in Fe 1 x M x Si (M= Ir, Os)

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    Delaire, O.; Al-Qasir, Iyad I.; May, Andrew F.; Sales, Brian C.; Niedziela, Jennifer L.; Ma, Jie; Matsuda, Masaaki; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Berlijn, Tom

    2015-03-31

    The vibrational behavior of heavy substitutional impurities (M=Ir,Os) in Fe1􀀀xMxSi (x = 0; 0:02; 0:04; 0:1) was investigated with a combination of inelastic neutron scattering (INS), transport measurements, and rst-principles simulations. Our INS measurements on single-crystals mapped the four-dimensional dynamical structure factor, S(Q;E), for several compositions and temperatures. Our results show that both Ir and Os impurities lead to the formation of a weakly dispersive resonance vibrational mode, in the energy range of the acoustic phonon dispersions of the FeSi host. We also show that Ir doping, which introduces free carriers and increases electron-phonon coupling, leads to softened interatomic force-constantsmore » compared to doping with Os, which is isoelectronic to Fe. We analyze the phonon S(Q;E) from INS through a Green's function model incorporating the phonon self-energy based on rst-principles density functional theory (DFT) simulations. Calculations of the quasiparticle spectral functions in the doped system reveal the hybridization between the resonance and the acoustic phonon modes. Our results demonstrate a strong interaction of the host acoustic dispersions with the resonance mode, likely leading to the large observed suppression in lattice thermal conductivity.« less

  5. Studies of Nonconventional Superfluids: Ultrasound Propagation in HELIUM-3-BORON and the Microwave Surface Impedance of the Heavy-Fermion Superconductor Uranium PLATINUM(3)

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    Zhao, Zuyu

    1990-06-01

    Two nonconventional superfluids, superfluid ^3He-B and the heavy fermion superconductor UPt_3 have been studied using different techniques: (1) A study of ^3He -B was performed in an acoustic sound cell with a path length of 381mum using the single-ended, c.w., acoustic impedance technique. The fundamental frequency of the x-cut quartz transducer employed in the experiments was 12.80 MHz. The following studies were performed: (a) A systematic measurement was made on the pair-breaking edge in zero magnetic field with ultrasonic frequencies of 64.3 MHz, 90.1 MHz, 141.6 MHz and 167.4 MHz, in the pressure range from 3 bar to 28 bar. The results of our measurements indirectly support the temperature scale of Greywall and the weak coupling plus (WCP) model of Rainer and Serene for the gap function. The pair-breaking edge was also measured in magnetic fields up to 1.36 kG perpendicular to the sound propagation direction and the predicted shift of the effective pair-breaking threshold (from 2 Delta(T) in zero field) by Omega = {gamma Hover 1+{1 over3}F_sp{o}{a}(2+Y) }(the renormalized Larmor frequency) has been observed. (b) The (imaginary) squashing mode was excited with sound frequencies of 141.6 MHz and 115.8 MHz. A doublet splitting (of about 0.3 MHz) of this mode was observed. This doublet splitting was found to be strongly pressure and frequency dependent, but independent of the magnetic field (at the low fields studied). Possible causes of this splitting include superfluid flow induced texture effects and finite wavevector (dispersion) effects. (c) Structure was observed with a sound frequency of 64.3 MHz in the vicinity of 2Delta(T) in a magnetic field of about 580 Gauss which is thought to be J_{z} = -1 component of the J = 1^- collective mode. (2) A surface impedance study of heavy Fermion superconductor UPt_3 was performed with an X-band microwave spectrometer (f ~eq 11.42 GHz) integrated with an Oxford 400 TLE dilution refrigerator so as to have top

  6. Nature of Roberge-Weiss transition endpoints for heavy quarks in Nf=2 lattice QCD with Wilson fermions

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    Wu, Liang-Kai; Meng, Xiang-Fei

    2014-11-01

    The phase structure of QCD with imaginary chemical potential provides information on the phase diagram of QCD with real chemical potential. With imaginary chemical potential i μI=i π T , previous studies show that the Roberge-Weiss (RW) transition endpoints are triple points at both large and small quark masses, and second order transition points at intermediate quark masses. The triple and second order endpoints are separated by two tricritical ones. We present simulations with Nf=2 Wilson fermions to investigate the nature of RW transition endpoints. The simulations are carried out at 8 values of the hopping parameter κ ranging from 0.020 to 0.140 on different lattice volumes. The Binder cumulant, susceptibility, and reweighted distribution of the imaginary part of the Polyakov loop are employed to determine the nature of RW transition endpoints. The simulations show that the two tricritical points are within the ranges 0.070-0.080 and 0.120-0.140, respectively.

  7. Multipolar phases and magnetically hidden order: review of the heavy-fermion compound Ce1‑x La x B6

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    Cameron, Alistair S.; Friemel, Gerd; Inosov, Dmytro S.

    2016-06-01

    Cerium hexaboride is a cubic f-electron heavy-fermion compound that displays a rich array of low-temperature magnetic ordering phenomena which have been the subject of investigation for more than 50 years. Its complex behaviour is the result of competing interactions, with both itinerant and local electrons playing important roles. Investigating this material has proven to be a substantial challenge, in particular because of the appearance of a ‘magnetically hidden order’ phase, which remained elusive to neutron-scattering investigations for many years. It was not until the development of modern x-ray scattering techniques that the long suspected multipolar origin of this phase was confirmed. Doping with non-magnetic lanthanum dilutes the magnetic cerium sublattice and reduces the f-electron count, bringing about substantial changes to the ground state with the emergence of new phases and quantum critical phenomena. To this day, Ce1‑x La x B6 and its related compounds remain a subject of intense interest. Despite the substantial progress in understanding their behaviour, they continue to reveal new and unexplained physical phenomena. Here we present a review of the accumulated body of knowledge on this family of materials in order to provide a firm standpoint for future investigations.

  8. Electronic structure of Ce2RhIn8: A two-dimensional heavy-fermion system studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Jiang, Rui; Mou, Daixing; Liu, Chang; Zhao, Xin; Yao, Yongxin; Ryu, Hyejin; Petrovic, C.; Ho, Kai -Ming; Kaminski, Adam

    2015-04-01

    We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) to study the 2D heavy fermion superconductor, Ce₂RhIn₈. The Fermi surface is rather complicated and consists of several hole and electron pockets with one of the sheets displaying strong nesting properties with a q-vector of (0.32, 0.32) π/a. We do not observe kz dispersion of the Fermi sheets, which is consistent with the expected 2D character of the electronic structure. Comparison of the ARPES data to band structure calculations suggests that a localized picture of the f-electrons works best. While there is some agreement in the overall band dispersion and location of the Fermimore » sheets, the model does not reproduce all observed bands and is not completely accurate for those it does. As a result, our data paves the way for improving the band structure calculations and the general understanding of the transport and thermodynamical properties of this material.« less

  9. 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

  10. Controllable Rashba Spin-Orbit Interaction in Artificially Engineered Superlattices Involving the Heavy-Fermion Superconductor CeCoIn5

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    Shimozawa, M.; Goh, S. K.; Endo, R.; Kobayashi, R.; Watashige, T.; Mizukami, Y.; Ikeda, H.; Shishido, H.; Yanase, Y.; Terashima, T.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Y.

    2014-04-01

    By using a molecular beam epitaxy technique, we fabricate a new type of superconducting superlattices with controlled atomic layer thicknesses of alternating blocks between the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5, which exhibits a strong Pauli pair-breaking effect, and nonmagnetic metal YbCoIn5. The introduction of the thickness modulation of YbCoIn5 block layers breaks the inversion symmetry centered at the superconducting block of CeCoIn5. This configuration leads to dramatic changes in the temperature and angular dependence of the upper critical field, which can be understood by considering the effect of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction arising from the inversion symmetry breaking and the associated weakening of the Pauli pair-breaking effect. Since the degree of thickness modulation is a design feature of this type of superlattices, the Rashba interaction and the nature of pair breaking are largely tunable in these modulated superlattices with strong spin-orbit coupling.

  11. Electrical resistivity of the heavy-fermion-filled cage compound Ce3M4Sn13(M =Co,Rh,Ru) under high pressure

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    Ślebarski, A.; Goraus, J.; Witas, P.

    2015-10-01

    The effect of pressure on electrical resistivity of heavy-fermion compounds Ce3M4Sn13 , where M =Co , Rh, Ru, and the La3M4Sn13 counterparts is studied in the framework of the fully relativistic full potential local orbital method. The experiment shows that the electrical resistivity of Ce3Co4Sn13 and Ce3Rh4Sn13 increases with pressure, a similar pressure effect is obtained for isostructural La-based reference metals, while opposite behaviors under pressure are documented for Ce3Ru4Sn13 and La3Ru4Sn13 . The contrasting pressure dependent effects of Ce3Co4Sn13 and Ce3Ru4Sn13 are discussed. In order to clarify the various phenomena the band-structure calculations under applied pressure were performed. Here, we show that the resistivity increase with pressure arises from the formation of interband distances at the Fermi level in Ce3Co4Sn13 , this pseudo-gap-like effect is also pressure dependent, while in Ce3Ru4Sn13 the opposite change of resistivity results from the suppression of spin fluctuations under pressure.

  12. 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.

  13. Cantilever-Andreev-Tunneling (CAT) Rig Construction and its Application to Planar Tunneling Spectroscopy of the Heavy-Fermion Superconductor CeCoIn5

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    Park, W. K.; Elenewski, J. E.; Aubin, H.; Greene, L. H.; Sarrao, J. L.; Thompson, J. D.

    2003-03-01

    We have built a cantilever-Andreev-tunneling (CAT) rig, designed to work in a 3He cryostat down to 300 mK. By combining a coarse approach based on a screw mechanism, and a fine approach using piezoelectric elements, we can control the tip-sample distance to sub-nm length-scales, as shown by our ability to reproducibly go from the tunneling to Andreev regimes on Nb films. Aluminum wire with a flat end surface coated with its natural oxide as the tunnel barrier is used as a tip, assuring a robust planar tunneling geometry instead of point contact or STM geometry. This technique has the advantages of enhancing the directionality of tunneling electrons' momenta and allowing temperature and field dependencies to be explored. Furthermore, this mechanically controlled planar junction technique is particularly suited for tunneling experiments with fragile superconductors, such as newly discovered heavy-Fermion superconductor CeCoIn5, which cannot be easily made into planar junctions. We will report our planar tunneling spectroscopy results on superconducting CeCoIn5 single crystals, and discuss the underlying pairing symmetry of this material.

  14. Meta-Orbital Transition in Heavy-Fermion Systems: Analysis by Dynamical Mean Field Theory and Self-Consistent Renormalization Theory of Orbital Fluctuations

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    Hattori, Kazumasa

    2010-11-01

    We investigate a two-orbital Anderson lattice model with Ising orbital intersite exchange interactions on the basis of a dynamical mean field theory combined with the static mean field approximation of intersite orbital interactions. Focusing on Ce-based heavy-fermion compounds, we examine the orbital crossover between two orbital states, when the total f-electron number per site nf is ˜1. We show that a “meta-orbital” transition, at which the occupancy of two orbitals changes steeply, occurs when the hybridization between the ground-state f-electron orbital and conduction electrons is smaller than that between the excited f-electron orbital and conduction electrons at low pressures. Near the meta-orbital critical end point, orbital fluctuations are enhanced and couple with charge fluctuations. A critical theory of meta-orbital fluctuations is also developed by applying the self-consistent renormalization theory of itinerant electron magnetism to orbital fluctuations. The critical end point, first-order transition, and crossover are described within Gaussian approximations of orbital fluctuations. We discuss the relevance of our results to CeAl2, CeCu2Si2, CeCu2Ge2, and related compounds, which all have low-lying crystalline-electric-field excited states.

  15. Crystal Field Excitations in a Frustrated Heavy Fermion System, Pr_1.2Bi_0.8Ru_2O_7

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    van Duijn, Joost; Broholm, Collin; Adroja, Devashibhai; Perring, Toby; Adams, Mark; Hur, N.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2004-03-01

    Pr_1-xBi_xRu_2O7 is a recently pyrochlore oxide, with the Pr and Bi ions randomly distributed on octahedral sites. For x≈ 1 it is one of the few highly frustrated magnetic materials that is also metallic and it displays strongly renormalize low T properties. For x=1.2 the low temperature coefficient to the linear term of the specific heat (γ _S= 0.7 J/mole K^2) is for example more than 3 orders of magnitude larger than for a simple independent electron system. This material also fails to develop long-range magnetic ordering down to 2 K. Magnetic neutron scattering experiments have been carried out using the HET and IRIS spectrometers at the ISIS facility. Five Pr crystal field transitions in were found in the energy range from 10-120 meV. Analysis of the data indicates that the ground state is a doublet with a first excited singlet at 10 meV. The ground state doublet has a quasi-elastic response that is likely the origin of heavy fermion behavior in this system. This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, under Grant No. DE-FG02-02ER45983, and by the National Science Foundation, under Grant No. NSF-DMR-0103858.

  16. Fermion Superfluidity

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    Strecker, Kevin; Truscott, Andrew; Partridge, Guthrie; Chen, Ying-Cheng

    2003-01-01

    Dual evaporation gives 50 million fermions at T = 0.1 T(sub F). Demonstrated suppression of interactions by coherent superposition - applicable to atomic clocks. Looking for evidence of Cooper pairing and superfluidity.

  17. Fermionic networks

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    Javarone, Marco Alberto

    2016-08-01

    We study the structure of fermionic networks, i.e. a model of networks based on the behavior of fermionic gases, and we analyze dynamical processes over them. In this model, particle dynamics have been mapped to the domain of networks, hence a parameter representing the temperature controls the evolution of the system. In doing so, it is possible to generate adaptive networks, i.e. networks whose structure varies over time. As shown in previous works, networks generated by quantum statistics can undergo critical phenomena as phase transitions and, moreover, they can be considered as thermodynamic systems. In this study, we analyze fermionic networks and opinion dynamics processes over them, framing this network model as a computational model useful to represent complex and adaptive systems. Results highlight that a strong relation holds between the gas temperature and the structure of the achieved networks. Notably, both the degree distribution and the assortativity vary as the temperature varies, hence we can state that fermionic networks behave as adaptive networks. On the other hand, it is worth to highlight that we did not finding relation between outcomes of opinion dynamics processes and the gas temperature. Therefore, although the latter plays a fundamental role in gas dynamics, on the network domain, its importance is related only to structural properties of fermionic networks.

  18. Investigation of Yb2Pt6Al15 single crystals: heavy fermion system with a large local moment degeneracy

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    Deppe, M.; Hartmann, S.; Macovei, M. E.; Oeschler, N.; Nicklas, M.; Geibel, C.

    2008-09-01

    We grew single crystals of Yb2Pt6Al15 and investigated the magnetic properties of this compound by means of susceptibility χ(T), specific heat C(T), resistivity ρ (T) and thermoelectric power S(T) measurements. While all properties follow in general the behavior typical for Kondo-lattice systems, χ(T) and C(T)/T present broad maxima in the T range 17 35 K, which matches nicely the prediction of the Coqblin Schrieffer model for J= 7/2. A large degeneracy of the local moment is also supported by a reduced Kadowaki Woods ratio. Thus, the analysis of all investigated properties evidences Yb2Pt6Al15 to be a paramagnetic Kondo-lattice system with the whole J= 7/2 multiplet involved in the formation of the Kondo state, a Kondo temperature of the order of 60 K, and a heavy Fermi-liquid ground state with a Sommerfeld coefficient γ 0 = 0.33 J (mol-Yb)-1 K-2 corresponding to a mass enhancement of the order of 30.

  19. Improved IR detectors to swap heavy systems for SWaP

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    Manissadjian, Alain; Rubaldo, Laurent; Rebeil, Yann; Kerlain, Alexandre; Brellier, Delphine; Mollard, Laurent

    2012-06-01

    Cooled IR technologies are challenged for answering new system needs like the compactness and the reduction of cryopower which is a key feature for the SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) requirements. Over the last years, SOFRADIR has improved its HgCdTe technology, with effect on dark current reduction, opening the way for High Operating Temperature (HOT) systems that can get rid of the 80K temperature constraint, and therefore releases the Stirling cooler engine power consumption. Performances of the 640×512 15μm pitch LW detector working above 100K will be presented. A compact 640×512 15μm pitch MW detector presenting high EO performance above 130K with cut-off wavelength above 5.0μm has been developed. Its different performances with respect to the market requirements for SWaP will be discussed. High performance compact systems will make no compromise on detector resolution. The pixel pitch reduction is the answer for resolution enhancement with size reduction. We will therefore also discuss the ongoing developments and market needs for SWaP systems.

  20. Field Dependence of the Magnetic Propagation Vector of the Heavy Fermion Compound CeCu2Ge2 Studied by Neutron Diffraction

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    Loewenhaupt, M.; Geselbracht, P.; Faulhaber, E.; Rotter, M.; Doerr, M.; Schmalzl, K.; Schneidewind, A.

    CeCu2Ge2, the counterpart of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2, exhibits an in-commensurate antiferromagnetically long-range ordered ground state with τ = (0.28 0.28 0.54) below TN = 4.15K. The magnetism is strongly affected by a Kondo screening of the Ce 4f-moments by conduction electrons. The similar energy scale of both, Kondo and exchange interactions, results in a complex magnetic phase diagram and gives rise to potential quantum critical phenomena at very low temperatures. We present elastic neutron diffraction data obtained on a CeCu2Ge2 single crystal employing the cold triple axis spectrometer PANDA at MLZ and the diffractometer D23 at ILL. The field dependence of the magnetic propagation vector was measured at T ≤ 400 mK in the [110]/[001] plane with vertical magnetic fields applied along [1¯10]. We observe a low-field incommensurate magnetic phase AF1, a first order phase transition around 7.8 T with the coexistence of two phases AF1 and AF2 with slightly different propagation vectors, the disappearance of AF1 at 8 T and the existence of AF2 up to 12 T with a possible modification at 10 T. At 12.6 T, yet still well below the value of 26 T of the saturation for magnetic fields in [110] direction, the AF2-type magnetic order is lost and magnetic intensities are not to be found at incommensurate positions in the [110]/[001] plane any more. These new results contradict a previously suggested scenario with a QCP located at 8 T and contribute new information to the B - T phase diagram of CeCu2Ge2 in [110] direction.

  1. Hourglass fermions.

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    Wang, Zhijun; Alexandradinata, A; Cava, R J; Bernevig, B Andrei

    2016-04-14

    Spatial symmetries in crystals may be distinguished by whether they preserve the spatial origin. Here we study spatial symmetries that translate the origin by a fraction of the lattice period, and find that these non-symmorphic symmetries protect an exotic surface fermion whose dispersion relation is shaped like an hourglass; surface bands connect one hourglass to the next in an unbreakable zigzag pattern. These 'hourglass' fermions are formed in the large-gap insulators, KHgX (X = As, Sb, Bi), which we propose as the first material class whose band topology relies on non-symmorphic symmetries. Besides the hourglass fermion, another surface of KHgX manifests a three-dimensional generalization of the quantum spin Hall effect, which has previously been observed only in two-dimensional crystals. To describe the bulk topology of non-symmorphic crystals, we propose a non-Abelian generalization of the geometric theory of polarization. Our non-trivial topology originates from an inversion of the rotational quantum numbers, which we propose as a criterion in the search for topological materials. PMID:27075096

  2. Hourglass Fermions

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    Wang, Zhijun; Alexandradinata, A.; Cava, Robert J.; Bernevig, B. Andrei

    Spatial symmetries in crystals are distinguished by whether they preserve the spatial origin. We show how this basic geometric property gives rise to a new topology in band insulators. We study spatial symmetries that translate the origin by a fraction of the lattice period, and find that these nonsymmorphic symmetries protect a novel surface fermion whose dispersion is shaped like an hourglass; surface bands connect one hourglass to the next in an unbreakable zigzag pattern. These exotic fermions are materialized in the large-gap insulators: KHg X (X = As,Sb,Bi), which we propose as the first material class whose topology relies on nonsymmorphic symmetries. Beside the hourglass fermion, a different surface of KHg X manifests a 3D generalization of the quantum spin Hall effect. To describe the bulk topology of nonsymmorphic crystals, we propose a non-Abelian generalization of the geometric theory of polarization. Our nontrivial topology originates not from an inversion of the parity quantum numbers, but rather of the rotational quantum numbers, which we propose as a fruitful in the search for topological materials. Finally, KHg X uniquely exemplifies a cohomological insulator, a concept that we will introduce in a companion work.

  3. Resistance minimum and heavy fermions.

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    Jun, Kondo

    2006-12-01

    The phenomenon of the resistance minimum in dilute magnetic alloys is explained in terms of the s-d interaction which takes account of scattering of the conduction electron off the magnetic impurities in metals. Some of the intermetallic compounds which involve rare earth elements or uranium show a very large electronic specific heat and remain non-magnetic even though they show a Curie-like susceptibility at higher temperatures. These phenomena are also explained based on the s-d interaction model. PMID:25792794

  4. Resistance minimum and heavy fermions

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    Jun, Kondo

    2006-01-01

    The phenomenon of the resistance minimum in dilute magnetic alloys is explained in terms of the s-d interaction which takes account of scattering of the conduction electron off the magnetic impurities in metals. Some of the intermetallic compounds which involve rare earth elements or uranium show a very large electronic specific heat and remain non-magnetic even though they show a Curie-like susceptibility at higher temperatures. These phenomena are also explained based on the s-d interaction model. PMID:25792794

  5. Searches for Fourth Generation Fermions

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    Ivanov, A.; /Fermilab

    2011-09-01

    We present the results from searches for fourth generation fermions performed using data samples collected by the CDF II and D0 Detectors at the Fermilab Tevatron p{bar p} collider. Many of these results represent the most stringent 95% C. L. limits on masses of new fermions to-date. A fourth chiral generation of massive fermions with the same quantum numbers as the known fermions is one of the simplest extensions of the SM with three generations. The fourth generation is predicted in a number of theories, and although historically have been considered disfavored, stands in agreement with electroweak precision data. To avoid Z {yields} {nu}{bar {nu}} constraint from LEP I a fourth generation neutrino {nu}{sub 4} must be heavy: m({nu}{sub 4}) > m{sub Z}/2, where m{sub Z} is the mass of Z boson, and to avoid LEP II bounds a fourth generation charged lepton {ell}{sub 4} must have m({ell}{sub 4}) > 101 GeV/c{sup 2}. At the same time due to sizeable radiative corrections masses of fourth generation fermions cannot be much higher the current lower bounds and masses of new heavy quarks t' and b' should be in the range of a few hundred GeV/c{sup 2}. In the four-generation model the present bounds on the Higgs are relaxed: the Higgs mass could be as large as 1 TeV/c{sup 2}. Furthermore, the CP violation is significantly enhanced to the magnitude that might account for the baryon asymmetry in the Universe. Additional chiral fermion families can also be accommodated in supersymmetric two-Higgs-doublet extensions of the SM with equivalent effect on the precision fit to the Higgs mass. Another possibility is heavy exotic quarks with vector couplings to the W boson Contributions to radiative corrections from such quarks with mass M decouple as 1/M{sup 2} and easily evade all experimental constraints. At the Tevatron p{bar p} collider 4-th generation chiral or vector-like quarks can be either produced strongly in pairs or singly via electroweak production, where the latter can be

  6. Effect of Pressure on Valence and Structural Properties of YbFe2Ge2 Heavy Fermion Compound A Combined Inelastic X-ray Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, and Theoretical Investigation

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    Kumar, Ravhi S.; Svane, Axel; Vaitheeswaran, Ganapathy; Kanchana, Venkatakrishnan; Antonio, Daniel; Cornelius, Andrew L.; Bauer, Eric D.; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, Paul

    2015-10-19

    The crystal structure and the Yb valence of the YbFe2Ge2 heavy fermion compound was measured at room temperature and under high pressures using high-pressure powder X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy via both partial fluorescence yield and resonant inelastic X-ray emission techniques. Furthermore, the measurements are complemented by first-principles density functional theoretical calculations using the self-interaction corrected local spin density approximation investigating in particular the magnetic structure and the Yb valence. While the ThCr2Si2-type tetragonal (I4/mmm) structure is stable up to 53 GPa, the X-ray emission results show an increase of the Yb valence from v = 2.72(2) at ambient pressure to v = 2.93(3) at ~9 GPa, where at low temperature a pressure-induced quantum critical state was reported.

  7. CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} and CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell}: Very heavy fermion systems in high magnetic fields

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    Andraka, B.; Kim, J.S.; Stewart, G.R. |; Fisk, Z.

    1990-12-31

    CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} and CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell} are heavy fermion systems with extremely enhanced C/T (specific heat divided by temperature) values of 2.3 and 1.8 J/K{sup 2} respectively as T {yields} 0 K. The field dependence of the low temperature specific heat is also extreme; 11 T reduces C of CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} by more than a factor of five, 12.5 T suppresses C of CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell} about seven times. Magnetic field caused changes of the specific heat of CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} are consistent with a single ion Kondo model. Magnetic correlations are at least partially responsible for the enhanced low temperature specific heat of CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell}.

  8. Effect of Pressure on Valence and Structural Properties of YbFe2Ge2 Heavy Fermion Compound--A Combined Inelastic X-ray Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, and Theoretical Investigation.

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    Kumar, Ravhi S; Svane, Axel; Vaitheeswaran, Ganapathy; Kanchana, Venkatakrishnan; Antonio, Daniel; Cornelius, Andrew L; Bauer, Eric D; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, Paul

    2015-11-01

    The crystal structure and the Yb valence of the YbFe2Ge2 heavy fermion compound was measured at room temperature and under high pressures using high-pressure powder X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy via both partial fluorescence yield and resonant inelastic X-ray emission techniques. The measurements are complemented by first-principles density functional theoretical calculations using the self-interaction corrected local spin density approximation investigating in particular the magnetic structure and the Yb valence. While the ThCr2Si2-type tetragonal (I4/mmm) structure is stable up to 53 GPa, the X-ray emission results show an increase of the Yb valence from v = 2.72(2) at ambient pressure to v = 2.93(3) at ∼9 GPa, where at low temperature a pressure-induced quantum critical state was reported. PMID:26479903

  9. Dynamical symmetries for fermions

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    Guidry, M.

    1989-01-01

    An introduction is given to the Fermion Dynamical Symmetry Model (FDSM). The analytical symmetry limits of the model are then applied to the calculation of physical quantities such as ground-state masses and B(E{sub 2}) values in heavy nuclei. These comparisons with data provide strong support for a new principle of collective motion, the Dynamical Pauli Effect, and suggest that dynamical symmetries which properly account for the pauli principle are much more persistent in nuclear structure than the corresponding boson symmetries. Finally, we present an assessment of criticisms which have been voiced concerning the FDSM, and a discussion of new phenomena and exotic spectroscopy'' which may be suggested by the model. 14 refs., 8 figs., 4 tabs.

  10. Chiral fermions in asymptotically safe quantum gravity

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    Meibohm, J.; Pawlowski, J. M.

    2016-05-01

    We study the consistency of dynamical fermionic matter with the asymptotic safety scenario of quantum gravity using the functional renormalisation group. Since this scenario suggests strongly coupled quantum gravity in the UV, one expects gravity-induced fermion self-interactions at energies of the Planck scale. These could lead to chiral symmetry breaking at very high energies and thus to large fermion masses in the IR. The present analysis which is based on the previous works (Christiansen et al., Phys Rev D 92:121501, 2015; Meibohm et al., Phys Rev D 93:084035, 2016), concludes that gravity-induced chiral symmetry breaking at the Planck scale is avoided for a general class of NJL-type models. We find strong evidence that this feature is independent of the number of fermion fields. This finding suggests that the phase diagram for these models is topologically stable under the influence of gravitational interactions.

  11. Heavy-impurity resonance, hybridization, and phonon spectral functions in Fe1-xMxSi, M=Ir,Os

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    Delaire, O.; Al-Qasir, Iyad I.; May, Andrew F.; Sales, Brian C.; Niedziela, Jennifer L.; Ma, Jie; Matsuda, Masaaki; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Berlijn, Tom

    2015-03-31

    The vibrational behavior of heavy substitutional impurities (M=Ir,Os) in Fe1-xMxSi (x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.1) was investigated with a combination of inelastic neutron scattering (INS), transport measurements, and first-principles simulations. In this paper, our INS measurements on single-crystals mapped the four-dimensional dynamical structure factor, S(Q;E), for several compositions and temperatures. Our results show that both Ir and Os impurities lead to the formation of a weakly dispersive resonance vibrational mode, in the energy range of the acoustic phonon dispersions of the FeSi host. We also show that Ir doping, which introduces free carriers and increases electron-phonon coupling, leads to softened interatomic force-constants compared to doping with Os, which is isoelectronic to Fe. We analyze the phonon S(Q,E) from INS through a Green's function model incorporating the phonon self-energy based on first-principles density functional theory (DFT) simulations. Calculations of the quasiparticle spectral functions in the doped system reveal the hybridization between the resonance and the acoustic phonon modes. Finally, our results demonstrate a strong interaction of the host acoustic dispersions with the resonance mode, likely leading to the large observed suppression in lattice thermal conductivity.

  12. Magnetic fluctuations and possible formation of a spin-singlet cluster under pressure in the heavy-fermion spinel LiV2O4 probed by 7Li and 51V NMR

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    Takeda, Hikaru; Kato, Yusuke; Yoshimura, Masahiro; Shimizu, Yasuhiro; Itoh, Masayuki; Niitaka, Seiji; Takagi, Hidenori

    2015-07-01

    7Li and 51V NMR measurements up to 9.8 GPa have been made to elucidate local magnetic properties of a heavy-fermion spinel oxide LiV2O4 which undergoes a metal-insulator transition above ˜7 GPa. The temperature T and pressure P dependences of the 7Li and 51V Knight shifts and the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rates 1 /T1 show that in the metallic phase, there is a crossover from a high-T region with weak ferromagnetic fluctuations to a low-T one with antiferromagnetic (AFM) fluctuations. The AFM fluctuations are enhanced below 20 K and 1.5 GPa, where a heavy Fermi-liquid state with the modified Korringa relation is formed. The evolution of the magnetic fluctuations is discussed from the aspect of the competition among several magnetic interactions. Above PMI˜6.7 GPa, we find the coexistence of metallic and insulating phases due to the first-order metal-insulator transition. The 7Li and 51V NMR spectra coming from the insulating phase have T -independent small Knight shifts and 7(1 /T1 ) with the thermally activated T dependence, indicating the formation of a spin-singlet cluster. We propose a model of a spin-singlet tetramer as discussed in geometrically frustrated materials.

  13. Fermionization and Hubbard models

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    Dargis, P.; Maassarani, Z.

    1998-12-01

    We introduce a transformation which allows the fermionization of operators of any one-dimensional spin-chain. This fermionization procedure is independent of any eventual integrable structure and is compatible with it. We illustrate this method on various integrable and non-integrable chains, and deduce some general results. In particular, we fermionize XXC spin-chains and study their symmetries. Fermionic realizations of certain Lie algebras and superalgebras appear naturally as symmetries of some models. We also fermionize recently obtained Hubbard models, and obtain for the first time multispecies analogues of the Hubbard model, in their fermionic form. We comment on the conflict between symmetry enhancement and integrability of these models. Finally, the fermionic versions of the non-integrable spin-1 and spin- {3}/{2} Heisenberg chains are obtained.

  14. 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.

  15. Low Temperature Magnetometry Measurements of the Heavy Fermion Superconductor Nd1-x Cex CoIn5 with x = 0.98, 0.95, and 0.90

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    Storr, Kevin; Purcell, Kenneth; Rasco, Torrance; Schwartz, Sarah; Petrovic, Cedomir

    2014-03-01

    The Nd1-xCexCoIn5 alloys evolve from local moment magnetism x = 0 to heavy fermion superconductivity x = 1, as the Nd substitution alters the level of 4f-conduction electron coupling. Superconductivity has been shown to exist in Nd concentrations between x = 0 and x = 0.22. We report the temperature and angular dependence of the critical field of the superconducting state of the x = 0.98, 0.95, and 0.90 doping levels at temperatures ranging from 20 - 500 mK, investigating the evolution of the phase diagram for different concentrations of Nd at these previously unexplored low temperatures. No evidence of a low temperature mixed superconducting and magnetic mixed state was observed such that as that seen in CeCoIn5. The suppression of the critical field is more dramatic than the application of pressure and was observed to be rather anisotropic in line with the higher temperature measurements. Department of Defense ARO W911NF1110155.

  16. 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.

  17. Global analysis of fermion mixing with exotics

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    Nardi, Enrico; Roulet, Esteban; Tommasini, Daniele

    1991-01-01

    The limits are analyzed on deviation of the lepton and quark weak-couplings from their standard model values in a general class of models where the known fermions are allowed to mix with new heavy particles with exotic SU(2) x U(1) quantum number assignments (left-handed singlets or right-handed doublets). These mixings appear in many extensions of the electroweak theory such as models with mirror fermions, E(sub 6) models, etc. The results update previous analyses and improve considerably the existing bounds.

  18. Resonant pairing between fermions with unequal masses

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    Wu, Shin-Tza; Pao, C.-H.; Yip, S.-K.

    2006-12-01

    We study via mean-field theory the pairing between fermions of different masses, especially at the unitary limit. At equal populations, the thermodynamic properties are identical with the equal mass case provided an appropriate rescaling is made. At unequal populations, for sufficiently light majority species, the system does not phase separate. For sufficiently heavy majority species, the phase separated normal phase have a density larger than that of the superfluid. For atoms in harmonic traps, the density profiles for unequal mass fermions can be drastically different from their equal-mass counterparts.

  19. Magnetic, electrical, and thermodynamic properties of NpIr: Ambient and high-pressure measurements, and electronic structure calculations

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    Walker, H. C.; McEwen, K. A.; Griveau, J.-C.; Eloirdi, R.; Amador, P.; Maldonado, P.; Oppeneer, P. M.; Colineau, E.

    2015-05-01

    We present bulk property measurements of NpIr, a newly synthesized member of the Np-Ir binary phase diagram, which is isostructural to the noncentrosymmetric pressure-induced ferromagnetic superconductor UIr. Magnetic susceptibility, electronic transport properties at ambient and high pressure, and heat capacity measurements have been performed for temperatures T =0.55 -300 K in a range of magnetic fields up to 14 T and under pressure up to 17.3 GPa. These reveal that NpIr is a moderately heavy fermion Kondo system with strong antiferromagnetic interactions, but there is no evidence of any phase transition down to 0.55 K or at the highest pressure achieved. Experimental results are compared with ab initio calculations of the electronic band structure and lattice heat capacity. An extremely low lattice thermal conductivity is predicted for NpIr at temperatures above 300 K.

  20. NMR evidence of anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior in CeIrIn5

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    Shockley, A. C.; Shirer, K. R.; Crocker, J.; Dioguardi, A. P.; Lin, C. H.; Nisson, D. M.; apRoberts-Warren, N.; Klavins, P.; Curro, N. J.

    2015-08-01

    We report detailed Knight-shift measurements of the two indium sites in the heavy-fermion compound CeIrIn5 as a function of temperature and field orientation. We find that the Knight-shift anomaly is orientation dependent, with a crossover temperature T* that varies by 50% as the field is rotated from (001) to (100). This result suggests that the hybridization between the Ce 4 f states and the itinerant conduction electrons is anisotropic, a result that reflects its collective origin, and may lead to anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior and unconventional superconductivity.

  1. Superconductivity Induced by Surface Polishing in CeIrSi3

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    Iida, Hiroki; Sato, Masashi; Kimura, Noriaki

    2016-07-01

    We show that superconductivity observed in the antiferromagnetic state of CeIrSi3, a pressure-induced heavy fermion superconductor, is mainly due to a surface layer induced by mechanical polishing. The superconducting reduction of the electrical resistivity in the antiferromagnetic state strongly depends on the strength of the applied electrical current and dissipates after a heat treatment. These results indicate that mechanical polishing causes an inhomogeneous distortion on the surface of the sample and locally produces a high-pressure region in which the bulk superconductivity arises.

  2. Entanglement in fermionic systems

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    Banuls, Mari-Carmen; Cirac, J. Ignacio; Wolf, Michael M.

    2007-08-15

    The anticommuting properties of fermionic operators, together with the presence of parity conservation, affect the concept of entanglement in a composite fermionic system. Hence different points of view can give rise to different reasonable definitions of separable and entangled states. Here we analyze these possibilities and the relationship between the different classes of separable states. The behavior of the various classes when taking multiple copies of a state is also studied, showing that some of the differences vanish in the asymptotic regime. In particular, in the case of only two fermionic modes all the classes become equivalent in this limit. We illustrate the differences and relations by providing a complete characterization of all the sets defined for systems of two fermionic modes. The results are applied to Gibbs states of infinite chains of fermions whose interaction corresponds to a XY Hamiltonian with transverse magnetic field.

  3. Omnidirectional Measurements of Angle-Resolved Heat Capacity for Complete Detection of Superconducting Gap Structure in the Heavy-Fermion Antiferromagnet UPd2 Al3

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    Shimizu, Yusei; Kittaka, Shunichiro; Sakakibara, Toshiro; Tsutsumi, Yasumasa; Nomoto, Takuya; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Machida, Kazushige; Homma, Yoshiya; Aoki, Dai

    2016-07-01

    Quasiparticle excitations in UPd2 Al3 were studied by means of heat-capacity (C ) measurements under rotating magnetic fields using a high-quality single crystal. The field dependence shows C (H )∝H1 /2-like behavior at low temperatures for both two hexagonal crystal axes, i.e., H ∥[0001 ] (c axis) and H ∥[11 2 ¯0 ] (a axis), suggesting the presence of nodal quasiparticle excitations from heavy bands. At low temperatures, the polar-angle (θ ) dependence of C exhibits a maximum along H ∥[0001 ] with a twofold symmetric oscillation below 0.5 T, and an unusual shoulder or hump anomaly has been found around 30°-60° from the c axis in C (θ ) at intermediate fields (1 ≲μ0H ≲2 T ). These behaviors in UPd2 Al3 purely come from the superconducting nodal quasiparticle excitations, and can be successfully reproduced by theoretical calculations assuming the gap symmetry with a horizontal linear line node. We demonstrate the whole angle-resolved heat-capacity measurements done here as a novel spectroscopic method for nodal gap determination, which can be applied to other exotic superconductors.

  4. Omnidirectional Measurements of Angle-Resolved Heat Capacity for Complete Detection of Superconducting Gap Structure in the Heavy-Fermion Antiferromagnet UPd_{2}Al_{3}.

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    Shimizu, Yusei; Kittaka, Shunichiro; Sakakibara, Toshiro; Tsutsumi, Yasumasa; Nomoto, Takuya; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Machida, Kazushige; Homma, Yoshiya; Aoki, Dai

    2016-07-15

    Quasiparticle excitations in UPd_{2}Al_{3} were studied by means of heat-capacity (C) measurements under rotating magnetic fields using a high-quality single crystal. The field dependence shows C(H)∝H^{1/2}-like behavior at low temperatures for both two hexagonal crystal axes, i.e., H∥[0001] (c axis) and H∥[112[over ¯]0] (a axis), suggesting the presence of nodal quasiparticle excitations from heavy bands. At low temperatures, the polar-angle (θ) dependence of C exhibits a maximum along H∥[0001] with a twofold symmetric oscillation below 0.5 T, and an unusual shoulder or hump anomaly has been found around 30°-60° from the c axis in C(θ) at intermediate fields (1≲μ_{0}H≲2  T). These behaviors in UPd_{2}Al_{3} purely come from the superconducting nodal quasiparticle excitations, and can be successfully reproduced by theoretical calculations assuming the gap symmetry with a horizontal linear line node. We demonstrate the whole angle-resolved heat-capacity measurements done here as a novel spectroscopic method for nodal gap determination, which can be applied to other exotic superconductors. PMID:27472129

  5. Bold Diagrammatic Monte Carlo for Fermionic and Fermionized Systems

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    Svistunov, Boris

    2013-03-01

    In three different fermionic cases--repulsive Hubbard model, resonant fermions, and fermionized spins-1/2 (on triangular lattice)--we observe the phenomenon of sign blessing: Feynman diagrammatic series features finite convergence radius despite factorial growth of the number of diagrams with diagram order. Bold diagrammatic Monte Carlo technique allows us to sample millions of skeleton Feynman diagrams. With the universal fermionization trick we can fermionize essentially any (bosonic, spin, mixed, etc.) lattice system. The combination of fermionization and Bold diagrammatic Monte Carlo yields a universal first-principle approach to strongly correlated lattice systems, provided the sign blessing is a generic fermionic phenomenon. Supported by NSF and DARPA

  6. Bootstrapping 3D fermions

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    Iliesiu, Luca; Kos, Filip; Poland, David; Pufu, Silviu S.; Simmons-Duffin, David; Yacoby, Ran

    2016-03-01

    We study the conformal bootstrap for a 4-point function of fermions < ψψψψ> in 3D. We first introduce an embedding formalism for 3D spinors and compute the conformal blocks appearing in fermion 4-point functions. Using these results, we find general bounds on the dimensions of operators appearing in the ψ × ψ OPE, and also on the central charge C T . We observe features in our bounds that coincide with scaling dimensions in the GrossNeveu models at large N . We also speculate that other features could coincide with a fermionic CFT containing no relevant scalar operators.

  7. Fermions from classical statistics

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    Wetterich, C.

    2010-12-15

    We describe fermions in terms of a classical statistical ensemble. The states {tau} of this ensemble are characterized by a sequence of values one or zero or a corresponding set of two-level observables. Every classical probability distribution can be associated to a quantum state for fermions. If the time evolution of the classical probabilities p{sub {tau}} amounts to a rotation of the wave function q{sub {tau}}(t)={+-}{radical}(p{sub {tau}}(t)), we infer the unitary time evolution of a quantum system of fermions according to a Schroedinger equation. We establish how such classical statistical ensembles can be mapped to Grassmann functional integrals. Quantum field theories for fermions arise for a suitable time evolution of classical probabilities for generalized Ising models.

  8. The Mysteries of Fermions

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    Weiner, Richard M.

    2010-05-01

    It is conjectured that all known fermions are topological solitons. This could explain the non-observation of bosonic leptons and baryons and provide a physical mechanism for the Pauli exclusion principle.

  9. Canonical gravity with fermions

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    Bojowald, Martin; Das, Rupam

    2008-09-15

    Canonical gravity in real Ashtekar-Barbero variables is generalized to allow for fermionic matter. The resulting torsion changes several expressions in Holst's original vacuum analysis, which are summarized here. This in turn requires adaptations to the known loop quantization of gravity coupled to fermions, which is discussed on the basis of the classical analysis. As a result, parity invariance is not manifestly realized in loop quantum gravity.

  10. Inductive Measurements of Heavy Fermion Superconductors

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    Signore, Philippe Jean-Claude

    Experimental results are presented on the temperature dependence of the penetration depth, lambda (T), in UPt_3, and on the upper critical field, B_{rm c2 }(T), of UBe_{13}. The objective of this work was to obtain a better understanding of the unusual superconductivity in these materials. The inductive response of eight UPt_3 samples obtained from seven different materials fabrication groups was measured from 50 to 700 mK at frequencies varying between 32 Hz and 33 MHz. The low frequency ( <=4.7 kHz) data suggest a linear temperature dependence of lambda(T/T _{rm c} <= 0.5) for the samples possessing a double feature near the superconducting transition temperature, T_{rm c}. We have verified that this double feature present in lambda(T) for some of the samples corresponds to the double jump observed in the specific heat. On the other hand, lambda (T/T_{rm c} <= 0.5) was found to have a quadratic temperature dependence for unannealed specimens which exhibit only a single transition at T_{rm c}. The linear temperature dependence in lambda(T) is consistent with the presence of line nodes in the basal plane, while the quadratic dependence found for other samples indicates that impurity scattering dominates in these specimens. The double transition in lambda(T) has been studied in magnetic fields up to 1.6 T for one of the specimens, and the resulting phase diagram is consistent with the one constructed from thermodynamical measurements. The high frequency ( >=3 MHz) data suggest lambda (T/T_{rm c} <= 0.5) ~ {rm T}^eta, where 2<=eta<=4. The possible origins of the frequency dependence of lambda(T) are discussed, as well as the effect of the surface quality on eta. Using sensitive mutual induction techniques, we have systematically measured B_{rm c2}(T) for three UBe_{13 } single crystals in fields up to 8 T oriented along the (100) and (110) directions, with particular emphasis on the region near the zero field critical temperature. In that low field regime and within our experimental uncertainties of 0.5 mK and 0.5 mT, no anisotropy in B_ {rm c2}(T) was observable for any of the samples. For one of these specimens, an anomaly in chi^'(B,T) was observed below the superconducting transition. The complete B_{rm c2}(T) phase diagrams are presented and compared to the results of other workers. The temperature dependence of the penetration depth down to 50 mK and in zero field is measured on two of the crystals.

  11. Bosonization of Weyl Fermions

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    Marino, Eduardo

    The electron, discovered by Thomson by the end of the nineteenth century, was the first experimentally observed particle. The Weyl fermion, though theoretically predicted since a long time, was observed in a condensed matter environment in an experiment reported only a few weeks ago. Is there any linking thread connecting the first and the last observed fermion (quasi)particles? The answer is positive. By generalizing the method known as bosonization, the first time in its full complete form, for a spacetime with 3+1 dimensions, we are able to show that both electrons and Weyl fermions can be expressed in terms of the same boson field, namely the Kalb-Ramond anti-symmetric tensor gauge field. The bosonized form of the Weyl chiral currents lead to the angle-dependent magneto-conductance behavior observed in these systems.

  12. Twisted Split Fermions

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    Grossman, Yuval; Harnik, Roni; Perez, Gilad; Schwartz, MatthewD.; Surujon, Ze'ev

    2004-07-30

    The observed flavor structure of the standard model arises naturally in ''split fermion'' models which localize fermions at different places in an extra dimension. It has, until now, been assumed that the bulk masses for such fermions can be chosen to be flavor diagonal simultaneously at every point in the extra dimension, with all the flavor violation coming from the Yukawa couplings to the Higgs. We consider the more natural possibility in which the bulk masses cannot be simultaneously diagonalized, that is, that they are twisted in flavor space. We show that, in general, this does not disturb the natural generation of hierarchies in the flavor parameters. Moreover, it is conceivable that all the flavor mixing and CP-violation in the standard model may come only from twisting, with the five-dimensional Yukawa couplings taken to be universal.

  13. Twisted Split Fermions

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    Grossman, Y

    2004-07-24

    The observed flavor structure of the standard model arises naturally in ''split fermion'' models which localize fermions at different places in an extra dimension. It has, until now, been assumed that the bulk masses for such fermions can be chosen to be flavor diagonal simultaneously at every point in the extra dimension, with all the flavor violation coming from the Yukawa couplings to the Higgs. We consider the more natural possibility in which the bulk masses cannot be simultaneously diagonalized, that is, that they are twisted in flavor space. We show that, in general, this does not disturb the natural generation of hierarchies in the flavor parameters. Moreover, it is conceivable that all the flavor mixing and CP-violation in the standard model may come only from twisting, with the five-dimensional Yukawa couplings taken to be universal.

  14. Exotic Quadrupolar Phenomena in Non-Kramers Doublet Systems — The Cases of PrT2Zn20 (T = Ir, Rh) and PrT2Al20 (T = V, Ti) —

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    Onimaru, Takahiro; Kusunose, Hiroaki

    2016-08-01

    This paper reviews experimental evidence and the related theoretical background on exotic phenomena arising from local quadrupolar degrees of freedom. Recent extensive studies on praseodymium-based cubic systems, PrT2X20, have revealed that the active quadrupoles in the non-Kramers doublet ground state play a vital role in exhibiting quadrupole orders and superconductivity with underlying peculiar normal paramagnetic electronic states. We focus on four prototype compounds of PrT2X20 (T = Ir, Rh, X = Zn; T = V, Ti, X = Al). Detailed comprehensive comparisons of these compounds have revealed a universal feature of the non-Fermi liquid state emerging from a lattice quadrupolar Kondo effect, and the commonality and individuality of the quadrupolar and superconducting phases. It may be possible to develop a new class of heavy-fermion systems beyond the classic view of heavy fermions on the basis of a concrete understanding of these phenomena.

  15. Scattering of universal fermionic clusters in the resonating group method

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    Naidon, Pascal; Endo, Shimpei; García-García, Antonio M.

    2016-02-01

    Mixtures of polarized fermions of two different masses can form weakly bound clusters, such as dimers and trimers, that are universally described by the scattering length between the heavy and light fermions. We use the resonating group method to investigate the low-energy scattering processes involving dimers or trimers. The method reproduces approximately the known particle–dimer and dimer–dimer scattering lengths. We use it to estimate the trimer–trimer scattering length, which is presently unknown, and find it to be positive.

  16. Hadron Properties with FLIC Fermions

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    James Zanotti; Wolodymyr Melnitchouk; Anthony Williams; J Zhang

    2003-07-01

    The Fat-Link Irrelevant Clover (FLIC) fermion action provides a new form of nonperturbative O(a)-improvement in lattice fermion actions offering near continuum results at finite lattice spacing. It provides computationally inexpensive access to the light quark mass regime of QCD where chiral nonanalytic behavior associated with Goldstone bosons is revealed. The motivation and formulation of FLIC fermions, its excellent scaling properties and its low-lying hadron mass phenomenology are presented.

  17. Probing the fermionic Higgs portal at lepton colliders

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    Fedderke, Michael A.; Lin, Tongyan; Wang, Lian-Tao

    2016-04-01

    We study the sensitivity of future electron-positron colliders to UV completions of the fermionic Higgs portal operator {H}^{dagger }{H}_{overline{χ}χ } . Measurements of precision electroweak S and T parameters and the e + e - → Zh cross-section at the CEPC, FCC-ee, and ILC are considered. The scalar completion of the fermionic Higgs portal is closely related to the scalar Higgs portal, and we summarize existing results. We devote the bulk of our analysis to a singlet-doublet fermion completion. Assuming the doublet is sufficiently heavy, we construct the effective field theory (EFT) at dimension-6 in order to compute contributions to the observables. We also provide full one-loop results for S and T in the general mass parameter space. In both completions, future precision measurements can probe the new states at the (multi-)TeV scale, beyond the direct reach of the LHC.

  18. Nucleon Resonances from FLIC Fermions

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    Derek Leinweber; J. Hedditch; Wally Melnitchouk; Anthony Williams

    2003-01-01

    The Fat Link Irrelevant Glover (FL1C) fermion action and its associated phenomenology is described. The scaling analysis indicates FLIC fermions provide a new form of nonperturbative O(a) improvement where near-continuum results are obtained at finite lattice spacing spin-1/2 and spin-3/2 , even and odd parity nucleon resonances are investigated.

  19. X-ray absorption studies of the local structure and f-level occupancy in CeIr(1-x)Rh(x)In(5)

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    Daniel, M.; Han, S.-W.; Booth, C.H.; Cornelius, A.L.; Pagliuso, P.G.; Sarrao, J.L.; Thompson, J.D.

    2004-04-15

    The CeIr{sub 1-x}Rh{sub x}In{sub 5} series exhibits a range of interesting phenomena, including heavy-fermion superconductivity, non-Fermi liquid behavior, and concomitant antiferromagnetism (AF) and superconductivity (SC). In the low-Rh concentration range (0.1 {ge} x {ge} 0.5), specific heat measurements show a broad anomaly, suggestive of gross phase separation. We have performed x-ray absorption experiments at the Ce L{sub III}, Ir L{sub III}, and Rh K-edges as a function of Rh concentration and temperature. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) measurements indicate that cerium is close to trivalent in this system, with no measurable change with temperature from 20-300 K, consistent with a heavy-fermion material. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements as a function of temperature from all measured edges indicate the local crystal structure of all samples is well ordered, with no gross phase separation observed, even for samples with x = 0.125 and x = 0.25. These results therefore suggest that the anomalous specific heat behavior in the 0.1 {ge} x {ge} 0.5 range have some other explanation, and some possibilities are discussed.

  20. Unlocking fermionic mode entanglement

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    Friis, Nicolai

    2016-06-01

    Aside from other puzzling features of entanglement, it has been debated whether a physically meaningful notion of entanglement requires two (or more) particles as carriers of the correlated degrees-of-freedom, or if a single particle could be considered to be entangled as well. While the usefulness of single-boson entanglement has been demonstrated some time ago, the restrictions of superselection rules have previously thwarted attempts at similar arguments for single fermions. In Dasenbrook et al (2016 New J. Phys. 18 043036) this obstacle is overcome. The authors propose a scheme for a Bell test on two copies of single-electron states whose entanglement is individually not accessible. The discussed scheme, which makes use of recent progress in electronic quantum optics, provides an experimentally viable and theoretically unambiguous way to assert that certain single-electron states can be considered to be entangled.

  1. Open fermionic quantum systems

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    Artacho, E.; Falicov, L.M. Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 )

    1993-01-15

    A method to treat a quantum system in interaction with a fermionic reservoir is presented. Its most important feature is that the dynamics of the exchange of particles between the system and the reservoir is explicitly included via an effective interaction term in the Hamiltonian. This feature gives rise to fluctuations in the total number of particles in the system. The system is to be considered in its full structure, whereas the reservoir is described only in an effective way, as a source of particles characterized by a small set of parameters. Possible applications include surfaces, molecular clusters, and defects in solids, in particular in highly correlated electronic materials. Four examples are presented: a tight-binding model for an adsorbate on the surface of a one-dimensional lattice, the Anderson model of a magnetic impurity in a metal, a two-orbital impurity with interorbital hybridization (intermediate-valence center), and a two-orbital impurity with interorbital repulsive interactions.

  2. FLIC Fermions and Hadron Phenomenology

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    D. Leinweber; J.N. Hedditch; W. Melnitchouk; A.W. Thomas; A.G. Williams; R.D. Young; J.M. Zanotti; J.B. Zhang

    2002-06-01

    A pedagogical overview of the formulation of the Fat Link Irrelevant Clover (FLIC) fermion action and its associated phenomenology is described. The scaling analysis indicates FLIC fermions provide a new form of nonperturbative order (a) improvement where near-continuum results are obtained at finite lattice spacing. Spin-1/2 and spin-3/2, even and odd parity baryon resonances are investigated in quenched QCD, where the nature of the Roper resonance and Lambda (1405) are of particular interest. FLIC fermions allow efficient access to the light quark-mass regime, where evidence of chiral nonanalytic behavior in the Delta mass is observed.

  3. Cu(Ir1 − xCrx)2S4: a model system for studying nanoscale phase coexistence at the metal-insulator transition

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    Božin, E. S.; Knox, K. R.; Juhás, P.; Hor, Y. S.; Mitchell, J. F.; Billinge, S. J. L.

    2014-01-01

    Increasingly, nanoscale phase coexistence and hidden broken symmetry states are being found in the vicinity of metal-insulator transitions (MIT), for example, in high temperature superconductors, heavy fermion and colossal magnetoresistive materials, but their importance and possible role in the MIT and related emergent behaviors is not understood. Despite their ubiquity, they are hard to study because they produce weak diffuse signals in most measurements. Here we propose Cu(Ir1 − xCrx)2S4 as a model system, where robust local structural signals lead to key new insights. We demonstrate a hitherto unobserved coexistence of an Ir4+ charge-localized dimer phase and Cr-ferromagnetism. The resulting phase diagram that takes into account the short range dimer order is highly reminiscent of a generic MIT phase diagram similar to the cuprates. We suggest that the presence of quenched strain from dopant ions acts as an arbiter deciding between the competing ground states. PMID:24518384

  4. Cu(Ir1 - xCrx)2S4: a model system for studying nanoscale phase coexistence at the metal-insulator transition

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    Božin, E. S.; Knox, K. R.; Juhás, P.; Hor, Y. S.; Mitchell, J. F.; Billinge, S. J. L.

    2014-02-01

    Increasingly, nanoscale phase coexistence and hidden broken symmetry states are being found in the vicinity of metal-insulator transitions (MIT), for example, in high temperature superconductors, heavy fermion and colossal magnetoresistive materials, but their importance and possible role in the MIT and related emergent behaviors is not understood. Despite their ubiquity, they are hard to study because they produce weak diffuse signals in most measurements. Here we propose Cu(Ir1 - xCrx)2S4 as a model system, where robust local structural signals lead to key new insights. We demonstrate a hitherto unobserved coexistence of an Ir4+ charge-localized dimer phase and Cr-ferromagnetism. The resulting phase diagram that takes into account the short range dimer order is highly reminiscent of a generic MIT phase diagram similar to the cuprates. We suggest that the presence of quenched strain from dopant ions acts as an arbiter deciding between the competing ground states.

  5. Observing remnants by fermions' tunneling

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    Chen, D.Y.; Wu, H.W.; Yang, H. E-mail: iverwu@uestc.edu.cn

    2014-03-01

    The standard Hawking formula predicts the complete evaporation of black holes. In this paper, we introduce effects of quantum gravity into fermions' tunneling from Reissner-Nordstrom and Kerr black holes. The quantum gravity effects slow down the increase of Hawking temperatures. This property naturally leads to a residue mass in black hole evaporation. The corrected temperatures are affected by the quantum numbers of emitted fermions. Meanwhile, the temperature of the Kerr black hole is a function of θ due to the rotation.

  6. IRS organigram

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    Messerschmid, Ernst

    1991-01-01

    Charts and graphs relative to magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster technology are given. The research activities at the Institute of Space Transportation, University of Stuttgart, are summarized. Information is given on the Institute's Electric Propulsion and Plasma Wind Tunnel; thermal arcjet research; the nozzle-type thruster, DT-IRS; nozzle-type MPD thrusters; a hot anode thruster; the DT6 thruster; the ZT-1 thruster; the cylindrical MPD thruster; and a comparison of continuous and quasi-steady MPD.

  7. Electronic structure of Ce2RhIn8: A two-dimensional heavy-fermion system studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Jiang, Rui; Mou, Daixing; Liu, Chang; Zhao, Xin; Yao, Yongxin; Ryu, Hyejin; Petrovic, C.; Ho, Kai -Ming; Kaminski, Adam

    2015-04-01

    We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) to study the 2D heavy fermion superconductor, Ce₂RhIn₈. The Fermi surface is rather complicated and consists of several hole and electron pockets with one of the sheets displaying strong nesting properties with a q-vector of (0.32, 0.32) π/a. We do not observe kz dispersion of the Fermi sheets, which is consistent with the expected 2D character of the electronic structure. Comparison of the ARPES data to band structure calculations suggests that a localized picture of the f-electrons works best. While there is some agreement in the overall band dispersion and location of the Fermi sheets, the model does not reproduce all observed bands and is not completely accurate for those it does. As a result, our data paves the way for improving the band structure calculations and the general understanding of the transport and thermodynamical properties of this material.

  8. New chiral fermions, a new gauge interaction, Dirac neutrinos, and dark matter

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    de Gouvêa, André; Hernández, Daniel

    2015-10-01

    We propose that all light fermionic degrees of freedom, including the Standard Model (SM) fermions and all possible light beyond-the-standard-model fields, are chiral with respect to some spontaneously broken abelian gauge symmetry. Hypercharge, for example, plays this role for the SM fermions. We introduce a new symmetry, U(1) ν , for all new light fermionic states. Anomaly cancellations mandate the existence of several new fermion fields with nontrivial U(1) ν charges. We develop a concrete model of this type, for which we show that (i) some fermions remain massless after U(1) ν breaking — similar to SM neutrinos — and (ii) accidental global symmetries translate into stable massive particles — similar to SM protons. These ingredients provide a solution to the dark matter and neutrino mass puzzles assuming one also postulates the existence of heavy degrees of freedom that act as "mediators" between the two sectors. The neutrino mass mechanism described here leads to parametrically small Dirac neutrino masses, and the model also requires the existence of at least four Dirac sterile neutrinos. Finally, we describe a general technique to write down chiral-fermions-only models that are at least anomaly-free under a U(1) gauge symmetry.

  9. IR Asterisms

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    Riess, Adam

    2010-09-01

    Observing asterisms for photometric calibration provides a "happy medium" between observing single stars which areobservable from the ground but lack statistics, and star clusters which have excellent statistics but are too crowded to observe from the ground.Asterisms in the IR for calibration have been less available than in the optical, e.g., Landolt's standard fields.While ad-hoc asterisms for calibration could be formed from 2MASS calibration, the photometric precision of 2MASSis relatively low, 0.02-0.05, for the fainter stars, m=9-13, that can still be observed without saturation in WFC3-IR.However, IR monitoring of variable phenomena {e.g., AGN SNe, stellar variables} from the ground has produced calibration of stars in asterisms with m=9-13 with a relative uncertainty of 0.001 to 0.01 mag due to the high frequency of monitoring. We have selected 4 such asterisms to observe. Because the stars are bright we need to use subarrays of 64x64 or 128x128 to get read out short enough to avoid saturation. The observations are obtained in pairs of 3 close stars, i.e., 2x3=6 stars per orbit in F125W and F160W as well as a F555W full frame to verify astrometry. In all we expect to measure 24 stars with m=9 to 14. The goal is to provide 2 calibrations, an independent zeropoint and its uncertainty as well as a measure of count rate non linearity. For the latter, an expected CRNL over 2 dex {5 mag} is expected tobe 0.02 mag.

  10. Fermion localization on thick branes

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    Melfo, Alejandra; Pantoja, Nelson; Tempo, Jose David

    2006-02-15

    We consider chiral fermion confinement in scalar thick branes, which are known to localize gravity, coupled through a Yukawa term. The conditions for the confinement and their behavior in the thin-wall limit are found for various different BPS branes, including double walls and branes interpolating between different AdS{sub 5} spacetimes. We show that only one massless chiral mode is localized in all these walls, whenever the wall thickness is keep finite. We also show that, independently of wall's thickness, chiral fermionic modes cannot be localized in dS{sub 4} walls embedded in a M{sub 5} spacetime. Finally, massive fermions in double wall spacetimes are also investigated. We find that, besides the massless chiral mode localization, these double walls support quasilocalized massive modes of both chiralities.

  11. Fermionic influence on inflationary fluctuations

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    Boyanovsky, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    Motivated by apparent persistent large scale anomalies in the cosmic microwave background we study the influence of fermionic degrees of freedom on the dynamics of inflaton fluctuations as a possible source of violations of (nearly) scale invariance on cosmological scales. We obtain the nonequilibrium effective action of an inflaton-like scalar field with Yukawa interactions (YD ,M) to light fermionic degrees of freedom both for Dirac and Majorana fields in de Sitter space-time. The effective action leads to Langevin equations of motion for the fluctuations of the inflaton-like field, with self-energy corrections and a stochastic Gaussian noise. We solve the Langevin equation in the super-Hubble limit implementing a dynamical renormalization group resummation. For a nearly massless inflaton its power spectrum of super-Hubble fluctuations is enhanced, P (k ;η )=(H/2 π )2eγt[-k η ] with γt[-k η ]=1/6 π2 [∑i =1 NDYi,D 2+2 ∑j =1 NMYj,M 2]{ln2[-k η ]-2 ln [-k η ]ln [-k η0]} for ND Dirac and NM Majorana fermions, and η0 is the renormalization scale at which the inflaton mass vanishes. The full power spectrum is shown to be renormalization group invariant. These corrections to the super-Hubble power spectrum entail a violation of scale invariance as a consequence of the coupling to the fermionic fields. The effective action is argued to be exact in the limit of a large number of fermionic fields. A cancellation between the enhancement from fermionic degrees of freedom and suppression from light scalar degrees of freedom conformally coupled to gravity suggests the possibility of a finely tuned supersymmetry among these fields.

  12. Fermionic composite models from complementarity

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    Bordi, F.; Casalbuoni, R.; Dominici, D.; Gatto, R.

    1982-08-01

    Composite models for (in principle massless) quarks and leptons without fundamental scalars are constructed with the aim of providing for fermionic realizations of models which include elementary bosons (by Abbott and Farhi, Casalbuoni and Gatto and Barbieri, Mohapatra and Masiero). The models use one confining unitary (subcolor) group (with left-handed fermions in the fundamental, in its conjugate, and either in the adjoint, or in the symmetric, or in the antisymmetric representation of subcolor) or two confining groups. Families may arise from discrete symmetries.

  13. Searches for excited fermions in /ep collisions at HERA

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    ZEUS Collaboration; Chekanov, S.; Derrick, M.; Krakauer, D.; Magill, S.; Musgrave, B.; Pellegrino, A.; Repond, J.; Yoshida, R.; Mattingly, M. C. K.; Antonioli, P.; Bari, G.; Basile, M.; Bellagamba, L.; Boscherini, D.; Bruni, A.; Bruni, G.; Cara Romeo, G.; Cifarelli, L.; Cindolo, F.; Contin, A.; Corradi, M.; de Pasquale, S.; Giusti, P.; Iacobucci, G.; Levi, G.; Margotti, A.; Massam, T.; Nania, R.; Palmonari, F.; Pesci, A.; Sartorelli, G.; Zichichi, A.; Aghuzumtsyan, G.; Brock, I.; Goers, S.; Hartmann, H.; Hilger, E.; Irrgang, P.; Jakob, H.-P.; Kappes, A.; Katz, U. F.; Kerger, R.; Kind, O.; Paul, E.; Rautenberg, J.; Schnurbusch, H.; Stifutkin, A.; Tandler, J.; Voss, K. C.; Weber, A.; Wieber, H.; Bailey, D. S.; Brook, N. H.; Cole, J. E.; Foster, B.; Heath, G. P.; Heath, H. F.; Robins, S.; Rodrigues, E.; Scott, J.; Tapper, R. J.; Wing, M.; Capua, M.; Mastroberardino, A.; Schioppa, M.; Susinno, G.; Jeoung, H. Y.; Kim, J. Y.; Lee, J. H.; Lim, I. T.; Ma, K. J.; Pac, M. Y.; Caldwell, A.; Helbich, M.; Liu, X.; Mellado, B.; Paganis, S.; Schmidke, W. B.; Sciulli, F.; Chwastowski, J.; Eskreys, A.; Figiel, J.; Klimek, K.; Olkiewicz, K.; Przybycień, M. B.; Stopa, P.; Zawiejski, L.; Bednarek, B.; Grabowska-Bold, I.; Jeleń, K.; Kisielewska, D.; Kowal, A. M.; Kowal, M.; Kowalski, T.; Mindur, B.; Przybycień, M.; Rulikowska-Zarȩbska, E.; Suszycki, L.; Szuba, D.; Szuba, J.; Kotański, A.; Bauerdick, L. A. T.; Behrens, U.; Borras, K.; Chiochia, V.; Crittenden, J.; Dannheim, D.; Desler, K.; Drews, G.; Fox-Murphy, A.; Fricke, U.; Geiser, A.; Goebel, F.; Göttlicher, P.; Graciani, R.; Haas, T.; Hain, W.; Hartner, G. F.; Hebbel, K.; Hillert, S.; Kötz, U.; Kowalski, H.; Labes, H.; Löhr, B.; Mankel, R.; Martens, J.; Martínez, M.; Milite, M.; Moritz, M.; Notz, D.; Petrucci, M. C.; Polini, A.; Schneekloth, U.; Selonke, F.; Stonjek, S.; Surrow, B.; Whitmore, J. J.; Wichmann, R.; Wolf, G.; Youngman, C.; Zeuner, W.; Coldewey, C.; Lopez-Duran Viani, A.; Meyer, A.; Schlenstedt, S.; Barbagli, G.; Gallo, E.; Pelfer, P. G.; Bamberger, A.; Benen, A.; Coppola, N.; Markun, P.; Raach, H.; Wölfle, S.; Bell, M.; Bussey, P. J.; Doyle, A. T.; Glasman, C.; Lee, S. W.; Lupi, A.; McCance, G. J.; Saxon, D. H.; Skillicorn, I. O.; Bodmann, B.; Gendner, N.; Holm, U.; Salehi, H.; Wick, K.; Yildirim, A.; Ziegler, A.; Carli, T.; Garfagnini, A.; Gialas, I.; Lohrmann, E.; Foudas, C.; Gonçalo, R.; Long, K. R.; Metlica, F.; Miller, D. B.; Tapper, A. D.; Walker, R.; Cloth, P.; Filges, D.; Kuze, M.; Nagano, K.; Tokushuku, K.; Yamada, S.; Yamazaki, Y.; Barakbaev, A. N.; Boos, E. G.; Pokrovskiy, N. S.; Zhautykov, B. O.; Ahn, S. H.; Lee, S. B.; Park, S. K.; Lim, H.; Son, D.; Barreiro, F.; García, G.; González, O.; Labarga, L.; del Peso, J.; Redondo, I.; Terrón, J.; Vázquez, M.; Barbi, M.; Bertolin, A.; Corriveau, F.; Ochs, A.; Padhi, S.; Stairs, D. G.; St-Laurent, M.; Tsurugai, T.; Antonov, A.; Bashkirov, V.; Danilov, P.; Dolgoshein, B. A.; Gladkov, D.; Sosnovtsev, V.; Suchkov, S.; Dementiev, R. K.; Ermolov, P. F.; Golubkov, Yu. A.; Katkov, I. I.; Khein, L. A.; Korotkova, N. A.; Korzhavina, I. A.; Kuzmin, V. A.; Levchenko, B. B.; Lukina, O. Yu.; Proskuryakov, A. S.; Shcheglova, L. M.; Solomin, A. N.; Vlasov, N. N.; Zotkin, S. A.; Bokel, C.; Engelen, J.; Grijpink, S.; Koffeman, E.; Kooijman, P.; Maddox, E.; Schagen, S.; Tassi, E.; Tiecke, H.; Tuning, N.; Velthuis, J. J.; Wiggers, L.; de Wolf, E.; Brümmer, N.; Bylsma, B.; Durkin, L. S.; Gilmore, J.; Ginsburg, C. M.; Kim, C. L.; Ling, T. Y.; Boogert, S.; Cooper-Sarkar, A. M.; Devenish, R. C. E.; Ferrando, J.; Große-Knetter, J.; Matsushita, T.; Rigby, M.; Ruske, O.; Sutton, M. R.; Walczak, R.; Brugnera, R.; Carlin, R.; dal Corso, F.; Dusini, S.; Limentani, S.; Longhin, A.; Parenti, A.; Posocco, M.; Stanco, L.; Turcato, M.; Adamczyk, L.; Iannotti, L.; Oh, B. Y.; Saull, P. R. B.; Toothacker, W. S.; Iga, Y.; D'Agostini, G.; Marini, G.; Nigro, A.; Cormack, C.; Hart, J. C.; McCubbin, N. A.; Heusch, C.; Park, I. H.; Pavel, N.; Abramowicz, H.; Dagan, S.; Gabareen, A.; Kananov, S.; Kreisel, A.; Levy, A.; Abe, T.; Fusayasu, T.; Kohno, T.; Umemori, K.; Yamashita, T.; Hamatsu, R.; Hirose, T.; Inuzuka, M.; Kitamura, S.; Matsuzawa, K.; Nishimura, T.; Arneodo, M.; Cartiglia, N.; Cirio, R.; Costa, M.; Ferrero, M. I.; Maselli, S.; Monaco, V.; Peroni, C.; Ruspa, M.; Sacchi, R.; Solano, A.; Staiano, A.; Bailey, D. C.; Fagerstroem, C.-P.; Galea, R.; Koop, T.; Levman, G. M.; Martin, J. F.; Mirea, A.; Sabetfakhri, A.; Butterworth, J. M.; Gwenlan, C.; Hall-Wilton, R.; Hayes, M. E.; Heaphy, E. A.; Jones, T. W.; Lane, J. B.; Lightwood, M. S.; West, B. J.; Ciborowski, J.; Ciesielski, R.; Grzelak, G.; Nowak, R. J.; Pawlak, J. M.; Smalska, B.; Tymieniecka, T.; Ukleja, A.; Ukleja, J.; Zakrzewski, J. A.; Żarnecki, A. F.; Adamus, M.; Plucinski, P.; Sztuk, J.; Eisenberg, Y.; Gladilin, L. K.; Hochman, D.; Karshon, U.; Breitweg, J.; Chapin, D.; Cross, R.; Kçira, D.; Lammers, S.; Reeder, D. D.; Savin, A. A.; Smith, W. H.; Deshpande, A.; Dhawan, S.; Hughes, V. W.; Straub, P. B.; Bhadra, S.; Catterall, C. D.; Frisken, W. R.; Khakzad, M.; Menary, S.

    2002-11-01

    Searches in /ep collisions for heavy excited fermions have been performed with the ZEUS detector at HERA. Excited states of electrons and quarks have been searched for in e+p collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 300 GeV using an integrated luminosity of 47.7 pb-1. Excited electrons have been sought via the decays e*-->eγ, e*-->eZ and e*-->νW. Excited quarks have been sought via the decays q*-->qγ and q*-->qW. A search for excited neutrinos decaying via ν*-->νγ, ν*-->νZ and ν*-->eW is presented using e-p collisions at 318 GeV centre-of-mass energy, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 16.7 pb-1. No evidence for any excited fermion is found, and limits on the characteristic couplings are derived for masses /<~250 GeV.

  14. A Kac Model for Fermions

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    Colangeli, Matteo; Pezzotti, Federica; Pulvirenti, Mario

    2015-05-01

    We introduce a stochastic N-particle system and show that, as N → ∞, an effective description ruled by the homogeneous fermionic Uehling-Uhlenbeck equation is recovered. The particle model we consider is the same as the Kac model for the homogeneous Boltzmann equation with an additional exclusion constraint taking into account the Pauli Exclusion Principle.

  15. The Gaussian entropy of fermionic systems

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    Prokopec, Tomislav; Schmidt, Michael G.; Weenink, Jan

    2012-12-15

    We consider the entropy and decoherence in fermionic quantum systems. By making a Gaussian Ansatz for the density operator of a collection of fermions we study statistical 2-point correlators and express the entropy of a system fermion in terms of these correlators. In a simple case when a set of N thermalised environmental fermionic oscillators interacts bi-linearly with the system fermion we can study its time dependent entropy, which also represents a quantitative measure for decoherence and classicalization. We then consider a relativistic fermionic quantum field theory and take a mass mixing term as a simple model for the Yukawa interaction. It turns out that even in this Gaussian approximation, the fermionic system decoheres quite effectively, such that in a large coupling and high temperature regime the system field approaches the temperature of the environmental fields. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We construct the Gaussian density operator for relativistic fermionic systems. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Gaussian entropy of relativistic fermionic systems is described in terms of 2-point correlators. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We explicitly show the growth of entropy for fermionic fields mixing with a thermal fermionic environment.

  16. Massive fermion model in 3d and higher spin currents

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    Bonora, L.; Cvitan, M.; Prester, P. Dominis; de Souza, B. Lima; Smolić, I.

    2016-05-01

    We analyze the 3d free massive fermion theory coupled to external sources. The presence of a mass explicitly breaks parity invariance. We calculate two- and three-point functions of a gauge current and the energy momentum tensor and, for instance, obtain the well-known result that in the IR limit (but also in the UV one) we reconstruct the relevant CS action. We then couple the model to higher spin currents and explicitly work out the spin 3 case. In the UV limit we obtain an effective action which was proposed many years ago as a possible generalization of spin 3 CS action. In the IR limit we derive a different higher spin action. This analysis can evidently be generalized to higher spins. We also discuss the conservation and properties of the correlators we obtain in the intermediate steps of our derivation.

  17. IR Windstreaks

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    2005-01-01

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    Windstreaks are features caused by the interaction of wind and topographic landforms. The raised rims and bowls of impact craters causes a complex interaction such that the wind vortex in the lee of the crater can both scour away the surface dust and deposit it back in the center of the lee. If you look closely, you will see evidence of this in a darker 'rim' enclosing a brighter interior.

    This infrared image shows windstreaks in the region between Gordii Dorsum and Amazonis Mensa.

    Image information: IR instrument. Latitude -15.8, Longitude 215 East (145 West). 97 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  18. Domain wall fermion quenched spectroscopy

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    Malureanu, Catalin Ionut

    We measure y and the hadron spectrum on quenched ensembles using the domain wall fermion formulation. For the first time a 1/mf behavior of y for small valence masses has been observed. Our measurements of y on two different volumes of 83 x 32 and 163 x 32 at β = 5.85 suggest the behavior goes away on large enough volumes. Extensive spectrum calculations were done on 8 3 x 32 lattices at β = 5.7 and 5.85 corresponding roughly to a box size of 1.6 fm and 1.0 fm respectively. We have investigated five values of the extent of the fifth dimension Ls = 10, 16, 24, 32 and 48 with valence masses in the range 0.02 to 0.2 for the β = 5.7 ensemble and two values of Ls = 10 and 16 with valence masses in the range 0.02 to 0.08 for the β = 5.85 ensemble. Our pion remains massive in the infinite Ls extrapolation. This may be a finite volume effect. The nucleon to rho mass ratio stays constant at 1.4(1). Scaling violations for domain wall fermions are smaller roughly by a factor of four compared to the scaling violations in similar calculations done with staggered fermions.

  19. Superdeformations and fermion dynamical symmetries

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    Wu, Cheng-Li . Dept. of Physics and Atmospheric Science Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN . Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Joint Inst. for Heavy Ion Research, Oak Ridge, TN )

    1990-01-01

    In this talk, I will present a link between nuclear collective motions and their underlying fermion dynamical symmetries. In particular, I will focus on the microscopic understanding of deformations. It is shown that the SU{sub 3} of the one major shell fermion dynamical symmetry model (FDSM) is responsible for the physics of low and high spins in normal deformation. For the recently observed phenomena of superdeformation, the physics of the problem dictates a generalization to a supershell structure (SFDSM), which also has an SU{sub 3} fermion dynamical symmetry. Many recently discovered feature of superdeformation are found to be inherent in such an SU{sub 3} symmetry. In both cases the dynamical Pauli effect plays a vital role. A particularly noteworthy discovery from this model is that the superdeformed ground band is not the usual unaligned band but the D-pair aligned (DPA) band, which sharply crosses the excited bands. The existence of such DPA band is a key point to understand many properties of superdeformation. Our studies also poses new experimental challenge. This is particularly interesting since there are now plans to build new and exciting {gamma}-ray detecting systems, like the GAMMASPHERE, which could provide answers to some of these challenges. 34 refs., 11 figs., 5 tabs.

  20. Dephasing time of composite fermions

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    Lee, P.A.; Mucciolo, E.R.

    1996-09-01

    We study the dephasing of fermions interacting with a fluctuating transverse-gauge field. The divergence of the imaginary part of the fermion self-energy at finite temperatures is shown to result from a breakdown of Fermi{close_quote}s golden rule due to a faster than exponential decay in time. The strong dephasing affects experiments where phase coherence is probed. This result is used to describe the suppression of Shubnikov{endash}de Haas (SdH) oscillations of composite fermions (oscillations in the conductivity near the half-filled Landau level). We find that it is important to take into account both the effect of dephasing and the mass renormalization. We conclude that while it is possible to use the conventional theory to extract an effective mass from the temperature dependence of the SdH oscillations, the resulting effective mass differs from the {ital m}{sup {asterisk}} of the quasiparticle in Fermi-liquid theory. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  1. Light scattering of degenerate fermions

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    Aubin, S.; Leblanc, L. J.; Myrskog, S.; Extavour, M. H. T.; McKay, D.; Stummer, A.; Thywissen, J. H.

    2006-05-01

    We report on progress in measuring the suppression of resonant light scattering in a gas of degenerate fermions. A gas of trapped degenerate fermions is expected to exhibit narrower optical linewidths and longer excited state lifetimes than single atoms when the Fermi energy is larger than the photon recoil energy [1-3]. In this case, the number of available states into which a scattered atom can recoil is significantly reduced due to the filling of the Fermi sea. We produce a degenerate gas of 4x10^4 ultra-cold fermionic ^40K atoms by sympathetic cooling with bosonic ^87Rb in a micro-magnetic chip trap. The atoms can then be loaded into a tight dipole trap just above the surface of the chip and probed with a near resonance laser pulse. [1] Th. Busch, J. R. Anglin, J. I. Cirac, and P. Zoller, Europhys. Lett. 44, 1 (1998). [2] B. DeMarco and D. S. Jin, Phys. Rev. A 58, R4267 (1998). [3] J. Javanainen and J. Ruostekosky, Phys. Rev. A 52, 3033 (1995). Work supported by NSERC, CFI, OIT, Research Corporation, and PRO.

  2. Fermionic thermocoherent state: Efficiency of electron transport

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    Karmakar, Anirban; Gangopadhyay, Gautam

    2016-02-01

    On the basis of the fermionic coherent state of Cahill and Glauber [Phys. Rev. A 59, 1538 (1999)], 10.1103/PhysRevA.59.1538, we have introduced here the fermionic thermocoherent state in terms of the quasiprobability distribution which shows the appropriate thermal and coherent limits as in the bosonic case or the Glauber-Lachs state. It is shown that the fermionic thermocoherent state can be realized as a displaced thermal state of fermions. Its relation with the fermionic displaced number state and the fermion-added coherent state are explored in the spirit of the bosonic case. We have investigated the nature of the average current and the suppression of noise due to the thermocoherent character of the source. The theory is applied to the problem of electronic conduction. A modification of the Landauer conductance formula is suggested which reflects the role of nonzero coherence of the source in electron transport.

  3. Cold collisions between boson or fermion molecules

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    Kajita, Masatoshi

    2004-01-01

    We theoretically investigate collisions between electrostatically trapped cold polar molecules and compare boson and fermion isotopes. Evaporative cooling seems possible for fermion molecules as the ratio of the collision loss cross section to the elastic collision cross section (R) gets smaller as the molecular temperature T lowers. With boson molecules, R gets larger as T lowers, which makes evaporative cooling difficult. The elastic collision cross section between fermion molecules can be larger than that for boson molecules with certain conditions.

  4. Fermion back reaction and the sphaleron

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    Roberge, A. )

    1994-02-15

    Using a simple model, a new sphaleron solution which incorporates finite fermionic density effects is obtained. The main result is that the height of the potential barrier (sphaleron energy) decreases as the fermion density increases. This suggests that the rate of sphaleron-induced transitions increases when the fermionic density increases. However the rate increase is not expected to change significantly the predictions from the standard sphaleron-induced baryogenesis scenarios.

  5. Light quark simulations with FLIC fermions

    SciTech Connect

    J.M. Zanotti; D.B. Leinweber; W. Melnitchouk; A.G. Williams; J.B. Zhang

    2002-06-01

    Hadron masses are calculated in quenched lattice QCD in order to probe the scaling behavior of a novel fat-link clover fermion action in which only the irrelevant operators of the fermion action are constructed using APE-smeared links. Light quark masses corresponding to an m{sub pi}/m{sub p} ratio of 0.35 are considered to assess the exceptional configuration problem of clover-fermion actions. This Fat-Link Irrelevant Clover (FLIC) fermion action provides scaling which is superior to mean-field improvement and offers advantages over nonperturbative improvement, including reduced exceptional configurations.

  6. Aharonov-Bohm radiation of fermions

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    Chu Yizen; Mathur, Harsh; Vachaspati, Tanmay

    2010-09-15

    We analyze Aharonov-Bohm radiation of charged fermions from oscillating solenoids and cosmic strings. We find that the angular pattern of the radiation has features that differ significantly from that for bosons. For example, fermionic radiation in the lowest harmonic is approximately isotropically distributed around an oscillating solenoid, whereas for bosons the radiation is dipolar. We also investigate the spin polarization of the emitted fermion-antifermion pair. Fermionic radiation from kinks and cusps on cosmic strings is shown to depend linearly on the ultraviolet cutoff, suggesting strong emission at an energy scale comparable to the string energy scale.

  7. Local Hamiltonian Monte Carlo study of the massive schwinger model, the decoupling of heavy flavours

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    Ranft, J.

    1983-12-01

    The massive Schwinger model with two flavours is studied using the local hamiltonian lattice Monte Carlo method. Chiral symmetry breaking is studied using the fermion condensate as order parameter. For a small ratio of the two fermion masses, degeneracy of the two flavours is found. For a large ratio of the masses, the heavy flavour decouples and the light fermion behaves like in the one flavour Schwinger model. On leave from Sektion Physik, Karl-Marx-Universität, Leipzig, GDR.

  8. STOUT SMEARING FOR TWISTED FERMIONS.

    SciTech Connect

    SCHOLZ,W.; JANSEN, K.; McNEILE, C.; MONTVAY, I.; RICHARDS, C.; URBACH, C.; WENGER, U.

    2007-07-30

    The effect of Stout smearing is investigated in numerical simulations with twisted mass Wilson quarks. The phase transition near zero quark mass is studied on 12{sup 3} x 24, 16{sup 3} x 32 and 24{sup 3} x 48 lattices at lattice spacings a {approx_equal} 0.1-0.125 fm. The phase structure of Wilson fermions with twisted mass ({mu}) has been investigated in [1,2]. As it is explained there, the observed first order phase transition limits the minimal pion mass which can be reached in simulations at a given lattice spacing: m{sub k}{sup min} {approx_equal} {theta}(a). The phase structure is schematically depicted in the left panel of Fig. I . The phase transition can be observed in simulations with twisted mass fermions, for instance, as a ''jump'' or even metastabilities in the average plaquette value as a function of the hopping parameter ({kappa}). One possibility to weaken the phase transition and therefore allow for lighter pion masses at a given lattice spacing is to use an improved gauge action like the DBW2, Iwasaki, or tree-level Symanzik (tlSym) improved gauge action instead of the simple Wilson gauge action. This has been successfully demonstrated in [3,4,5]. Here we report on our attempts to use a smeared gauge field in the fermion lattice Dirac operator to further reduce the strength of the phase transition. This is relevant in simulations with N{sub f} = 2 + 1 + 1 (u,d,s,c) quark flavors [6] where the first order phase transition becomes stronger compared to N{sub f} = 2 simulations. The main impact of the above mentioned improved gauge actions on the gauge fields occurring in simulations is to suppress short range fluctuations (''dislocations'') and the associated ''exceptionally small'' eigenvalues of the fermion matrix. The same effect is expected from smearing the gauge field links in the fermion action. The cumulated effect of the improved gauge action and smeared links should allow for a smaller pion mass at a given lattice spacing and volume. Our

  9. Two Higgs doublets with fourth-generation fermions: Models for TeV-scale compositeness

    SciTech Connect

    Soni A.; Bar-Shalom, S.; Nandi, S.

    2011-09-21

    We construct a class of two Higgs doublets models with a 4th sequential generation of fermions that may effectively accommodate the low-energy characteristics and phenomenology of a dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking scenario which is triggered by the condensates of the 4th family fermions. In particular, we single out the heavy quarks by coupling the heavier Higgs doublet ({Phi}{sub h}) which possesses a much larger VEV only to them while the lighter doublet ({Phi}{sub {ell}) couples only to the light fermions. We study the constraints on these models from precision electroweak data as well as from flavor data. We also discuss some distinct new features that have direct consequences on the production and decays of the 4th family quarks and leptons in high-energy colliders; in particular, the conventional search strategies for t{prime} and b{prime} may need to be significantly revised.

  10. Paired States of Composite Fermions

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    Bonesteel, N. E.

    2002-03-01

    There is compelling theoretical evidence(R. Morf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80), 1505 (1998). that the ν=5/2 fractional quantum Hall state is a Moore-Read state(G. Moore and N. Read, Nucl. Phys. B 360), 362 (1991). -- a state which can be viewed as a spin-polarized p-wave `superconductor' of composite fermions. The question remains, how can one test this hypothesis experimentally? To address this we have developed a semi-phenomenological description of this state in which the Halperin-Lee-Read(B.I. Halperin, P.A. Lee, and N. Read, Phys. Rev. B 47), 7312 (1993). theory of the half-filled Landau level is modified by adding a p-wave pairing interaction between composite fermions by hand. The electromagnetic response functions for the resulting mean-field superconducting state are then calculated and used in an RPA calculation of the physical electronic response. For a clean enough sample, and for q << k_f, the transverse electromagnetic response function for composite fermions is governed by type-II coherence factors and shows a `Hebel-Slichter'-like peak as a function of temperature for low enough frequency. The possibility (and potential difficulties) of observing this peak indirectly in surface-acoustic-wave propagation experiments will be discussed. The observation of such a coherence peak would provide strong evidence of BCS pairing in the 5/2 state. Work supported by US DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER45639. Work done in collaboration with K.C. Foster (FSU) and S.H. Simon (Lucent). note

  11. Fermion dipole moment and holography

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    Kulaxizi, Manuela; Rahman, Rakibur

    2015-12-01

    In the background of a charged AdS black hole, we consider a Dirac particle endowed with an arbitrary magnetic dipole moment. For non-zero charge and dipole coupling of the bulk fermion, we find that the dual boundary theory can be plagued with superluminal modes. Requiring consistency of the dual CFT amounts to constraining the strength of the dipole coupling by an upper bound. We briefly discuss the implications of our results for the physics of holographic non-Fermi liquids.

  12. Fermionic Quantization of Hopf Solitons

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    Krusch, S.; Speight, J. M.

    2006-06-01

    In this paper we show how to quantize Hopf solitons using the Finkelstein-Rubinstein approach. Hopf solitons can be quantized as fermions if their Hopf charge is odd. Symmetries of classical minimal energy configurations induce loops in configuration space which give rise to constraints on the wave function. These constraints depend on whether the given loop is contractible. Our method is to exploit the relationship between the configuration spaces of the Faddeev-Hopf and Skyrme models provided by the Hopf fibration. We then use recent results in the Skyrme model to determine whether loops are contractible. We discuss possible quantum ground states up to Hopf charge Q=7.

  13. Coulomb interactions and fermion condensation

    SciTech Connect

    Capstick, S.; Cutkosky, R.E.; Joensen, M.A. ); Wang, K.C. )

    1990-08-15

    The influence of the Coulomb interaction in states containing massless and flavorless fermion-antifermion pairs is studied, using a continuum formulation within the finite volume {ital S}{sup 3}. Several different forms for the Coulomb interaction are examined, including confining potentials as well as nonconfining potentials. The calculations show that if the interaction is strong enough, the Coulomb interaction leads to condensation of pairs, and that this condensation has a chiral character. The condensation does not depend on whether the interaction is confining. It is found that simplified variational approximations are not accurate enough for an adequate description of the states.

  14. Superconductivity in Pd, Ir, and Pt chalcogenide

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    Oh, Yoon Seok; Yang, Junjie; Choi, Y. J.; Hogan, A.; Horibe, Y.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2012-02-01

    Large spin-orbit coupling in materials with heavy chalcogens can result in unique quantum states or functional properties such as topological insulator, giant thermoelectric power, and superconductivity. When materials contain heavy cations in addition to heavy chalcogens, spin-orbit coupling can be further enhanced. For these reasons, we have studied the superconductivity of Pd, Ir, and Pt tellurides and selenides. In the exploration of these chalcogenides, we have focused on the competition between superconductivity and charge density wave that is associated with superlattice reflections.

  15. Quantum electrodynamics with complex fermion mass

    SciTech Connect

    McKellar, B.J.H. . School of Physics); Wu, D.D. . School of Physics Academia Sinica, Beijing, BJ . Inst. of High Energy Physics Superconducting Super Collider Lab., Dallas, TX )

    1991-08-01

    The quantum electrodynamics (QED) with a complex fermion mass -- that is, a fermion mass with a chiral phase -- is restudied, together with its chirally rotated version. We show how fake electric dipole moment can be obtained and how to avoid it. 10 refs.

  16. Superalgebra and fermion-boson symmetry

    PubMed Central

    Miyazawa, Hironari

    2010-01-01

    Fermions and bosons are quite different kinds of particles, but it is possible to unify them in a supermultiplet, by introducing a new mathematical scheme called superalgebra. In this article we discuss the development of the concept of symmetry, starting from the rotational symmetry and finally arriving at this fermion-boson (FB) symmetry. PMID:20228617

  17. Mass-induced transition in fermion number

    SciTech Connect

    Aragao de Carvalho, C.; Pureza, J. M.

    1989-05-15

    We show that if we increase the mass of fermions in interaction with a topological (kink) scalar background in 1+1 dimensions, the fractional fermion number of the system will eventually vanish. The transition is sharp and corresponds to the disappearance of localized states from the spectrum of a Dirac operator which is exactly solvable. Possible applications to different physical systems are discussed.

  18. Fermionic T-Duality a Snapshot Review

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    Ó Colgáin, Eoin

    2012-11-01

    Through a self-dual mapping of the geometry AdS5 ×S5, fermionic T-duality provides a beautiful geometric interpretation of hidden symmetries for scattering amplitudes in N = 4 super-Yang-Mills. Starting with Green-Schwarz sigma-models, we consolidate developments in this area into this small review. In particular, we discuss the translation of fermionic T-duality into the supergravity fields via pure spinor formalism and show that a general class of fermionic transformations can be identified directly in the supergravity. In addition to discussing fermionic T-duality for the geometry AdS4 × ℂP3, dual to N = 6 ABJM theory, we review work on other self-dual geometries. Finally, we present a short round-up of studies with a formal interest in fermionic T-duality.

  19. Tunable Dirac Fermion Dynamics in Topological Insulators

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    Chen, Chaoyu; Xie, Zhuojin; Feng, Ya; Yi, Hemian; Liang, Aiji; He, Shaolong; Mou, Daixiang; He, Junfeng; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Xu; Liu, Yan; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Yu, Li; Wang, Xiaoyang; Peng, Qinjun; Wang, Zhimin; Zhang, Shenjin; Yang, Feng; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Zhou, X. J.

    2013-08-01

    Three-dimensional topological insulators are characterized by insulating bulk state and metallic surface state involving relativistic Dirac fermions which are responsible for exotic quantum phenomena and potential applications in spintronics and quantum computations. It is essential to understand how the Dirac fermions interact with other electrons, phonons and disorders. Here we report super-high resolution angle-resolved photoemission studies on the Dirac fermion dynamics in the prototypical Bi2(Te,Se)3 topological insulators. We have directly revealed signatures of the electron-phonon coupling and found that the electron-disorder interaction dominates the scattering process. The Dirac fermion dynamics in Bi2(Te3-xSex) topological insulators can be tuned by varying the composition, x, or by controlling the charge carriers. Our findings provide crucial information in understanding and engineering the electron dynamics of the Dirac fermions for fundamental studies and potential applications.

  20. Fermion hierarchy from sfermion anarchy

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    Altmannshofer, Wolfgang; Frugiuele, Claudia; Harnik, Roni

    2014-12-01

    We present a framework to generate the hierarchical flavor structure of Standard Model quarks and leptons from loops of superpartners. The simplest model consists of the minimal supersymmetric standard model with tree level Yukawa couplings for the third generation only and anarchic squark and slepton mass matrices. Agreement with constraints from low energy flavor observables, in particular Kaon mixing, is obtained for supersymmetric particles with masses at the PeV scale or above. In our framework both the second and the first generation fermion masses are generated at 1-loop. Despite this, a novel mechanism generates a hierarchy among the first and second generations without imposing a symmetry or small parameters. A second-to-first generation mass ratio of order 100 is typical. The minimal supersymmetric standard model thus includes all the necessary ingredients to realize a fermion spectrum that is qualitatively similar to observation, with hierarchical masses and mixing. The minimal framework produces only a few quantitative discrepancies with observation, most notably the muon mass is too low. We discuss simple modifications which resolve this and also investigate the compatibility of our model with gauge and Yukawa coupling Unification.

  1. Fermion hierarchy from sfermion anarchy

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Altmannshofer, Wolfgang; Frugiuele, Claudia; Harnik, Roni

    2014-12-31

    We present a framework to generate the hierarchical flavor structure of Standard Model quarks and leptons from loops of superpartners. The simplest model consists of the minimal supersymmetric standard model with tree level Yukawa couplings for the third generation only and anarchic squark and slepton mass matrices. Agreement with constraints from low energy flavor observables, in particular Kaon mixing, is obtained for supersymmetric particles with masses at the PeV scale or above. In our framework both the second and the first generation fermion masses are generated at 1-loop. Despite this, a novel mechanism generates a hierarchy among the first andmore » second generations without imposing a symmetry or small parameters. A second-to-first generation mass ratio of order 100 is typical. The minimal supersymmetric standard model thus includes all the necessary ingredients to realize a fermion spectrum that is qualitatively similar to observation, with hierarchical masses and mixing. The minimal framework produces only a few quantitative discrepancies with observation, most notably the muon mass is too low. Furthermore, we discuss simple modifications which resolve this and also investigate the compatibility of our model with gauge and Yukawa coupling Unification.« less

  2. Fermion hierarchy from sfermion anarchy

    SciTech Connect

    Altmannshofer, Wolfgang; Frugiuele, Claudia; Harnik, Roni

    2014-12-31

    We present a framework to generate the hierarchical flavor structure of Standard Model quarks and leptons from loops of superpartners. The simplest model consists of the minimal supersymmetric standard model with tree level Yukawa couplings for the third generation only and anarchic squark and slepton mass matrices. Agreement with constraints from low energy flavor observables, in particular Kaon mixing, is obtained for supersymmetric particles with masses at the PeV scale or above. In our framework both the second and the first generation fermion masses are generated at 1-loop. Despite this, a novel mechanism generates a hierarchy among the first and second generations without imposing a symmetry or small parameters. A second-to-first generation mass ratio of order 100 is typical. The minimal supersymmetric standard model thus includes all the necessary ingredients to realize a fermion spectrum that is qualitatively similar to observation, with hierarchical masses and mixing. The minimal framework produces only a few quantitative discrepancies with observation, most notably the muon mass is too low. Furthermore, we discuss simple modifications which resolve this and also investigate the compatibility of our model with gauge and Yukawa coupling Unification.

  3. Heavy fermions. Unconventional Fermi surface in an insulating state.

    PubMed

    Tan, B S; Hsu, Y-T; Zeng, B; Hatnean, M Ciomaga; Harrison, N; Zhu, Z; Hartstein, M; Kiourlappou, M; Srivastava, A; Johannes, M D; Murphy, T P; Park, J-H; Balicas, L; Lonzarich, G G; Balakrishnan, G; Sebastian, Suchitra E

    2015-07-17

    Insulators occur in more than one guise; a recent finding was a class of topological insulators, which host a conducting surface juxtaposed with an insulating bulk. Here, we report the observation of an unusual insulating state with an electrically insulating bulk that simultaneously yields bulk quantum oscillations with characteristics of an unconventional Fermi liquid. We present quantum oscillation measurements of magnetic torque in high-purity single crystals of the Kondo insulator SmB6, which reveal quantum oscillation frequencies characteristic of a large three-dimensional conduction electron Fermi surface similar to the metallic rare earth hexaborides such as PrB6 and LaB6. The quantum oscillation amplitude strongly increases at low temperatures, appearing strikingly at variance with conventional metallic behavior. PMID:26138105

  4. TRANSPORT IN THE HEAVY FERMION SUPERCONDUCTOR UPT3

    SciTech Connect

    M. GRAF; ET AL

    1999-04-01

    We report new theoretical results and analysis for the transport properties of superconducting UPt{sub 3}based on the leading models for the pairing symmetry. We use Fermi surface data and the measured inelastic scattering rate to show that the low-temperature thermal conductivity and transverse sound attenuation in the A and B phase of UPt3 are in excellent agreement with pairing states belonging to the two-dimensional orbital E{sub 2u} representation.

  5. On the chirality of the SM and the fermion content of GUTs

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    Fonseca, Renato M.

    2015-08-01

    The Standard Model (SM) is a chiral theory, where right- and left-handed fermion fields transform differently under the gauge group. Extra fermions, if they do exist, need to be heavy otherwise they would have already been observed. With no complex mechanisms at work, such as confining interactions or extra-dimensions, this can only be achieved if every extra right-handed fermion comes paired with a left-handed one transforming in the same way under the Standard Model gauge group, otherwise the new states would only get a mass after electroweak symmetry breaking, which would necessarily be small (˜ 100 GeV). Such a simple requirement severely constrains the fermion content of Grand Unified Theories (GUTs). It is known for example that three copies of the representations 5 bar + 10 of SU (5) or three copies of the 16 of SO (10) can reproduce the Standard Model's chirality, but how unique are these arrangements? In a systematic way, this paper looks at the possibility of having non-standard mixtures of fermion GUT representations yielding the correct Standard Model chirality. Family unification is possible with large special unitary groups - for example, the 171 representation of SU (19) may decompose as 3 (16) + 120 + 3 (1) under SO (10).

  6. Kondo lattice and antiferromagnetic behavior in quaternary CeTAl4Si2 (T = Rh, Ir) single crystals

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    Maurya, Arvind; Kulkarni, Ruta; Thamizhavel, Arumugam; Paudyal, Durga; Dhar, Sudesh Kumar

    2016-02-26

    Here, we have explored in detail the anisotropic magnetic properties of CeRhAl4Si2 and CeIrAl4Si2, which undergo two antiferromagnetic transitions, at TN1 = 12.6 and 15.5 K, followed by a second transition at TN2 = 9.4 and 13.8 K, respectively, with the [001]-axis as the relatively easy axis of magnetization. The electrical resistivity at ambient and applied pressure provides evidence of Kondo interaction in both compounds, further supported by a reduced value of the entropy associated with the magnetic ordering. The Sommerfeld coefficient γ is inferred to be 195.6 and 49.4 mJ/(mol K2) for CeRhAl4Si2 and CeIrAl4Si2, respectively, classifying these materialsmore » as moderate heavy-fermion compounds. The crystal electric field energy levels are derived from the peak seen in the Schottky heat capacity. Furthermore, we have also performed electronic structure calculations by using the local spin density approximation + U [LSDA+U] approach, which provide physical insights on the observed magnetic behavior of these two compounds.« less

  7. Fermionic Schwinger effect and induced current in de Sitter space

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    Hayashinaka, Takahiro; Fujita, Tomohiro; Yokoyama, Jun'ichi

    2016-07-01

    We explore Schwinger effect of spin 1/2 charged particles with static electric field in 1+3 dimensional de Sitter spacetime. We analytically calculate the vacuum expectation value of the spinor current which is induced by the produced particles in the electric field. The renormalization is performed with the adiabatic subtraction scheme. We find that the current becomes negative, namely it flows in the direction opposite to the electric field, if the electric field is weaker than a certain threshold value depending on the fermion mass, which is also known to happen in the case of scalar charged particles in 1+3 de Sitter spacetime. Contrary to the scalar case, however, the IR hyperconductivity is absent in the spinor case.

  8. Fermion tunneling from dynamical horizons

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    Di Criscienzo, R.; Vanzo, L.

    2008-06-01

    The instability against emission of fermionic particles by the trapping horizon of an evolving black hole is analyzed and confirmed using the Hamilton-Jacobi tunneling method. This method automatically selects one special expression for the surface gravity of a changing horizon. The results also apply to point masses embedded in an expanding universe. As a bonus of the tunneling method, we gain the insight that the surface gravity still defines a temperature parameter as long as the evolution is sufficiently slow that the black-hole pass through a sequence of quasi-equilibrium states, and that black holes should be semi-classically unstable even in a hypothetical world without bosonic fields.

  9. Green's functions for a CPn - 1 model with massless fermions

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    Schaposnik, F. A.

    1983-07-01

    We study the CPn - 1 model with massless fermions making a chiral change in the fermionic variables. We construct the generating functional and discuss relevant features of the theory. The factorization of a pure fermionic part shows a power law correction to the free fermion Green's function. The dynamical gauge field becomes massive and a screening phenomenon occurs. Member of CIC, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  10. Flavor symmetries and fermion masses

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    Rasin, A.

    1994-04-01

    We introduce several ways in which approximate flavor symmetries act on fermions and which are consistent with observed fermion masses and mixings. Flavor changing interactions mediated by new scalars appear as a consequence of approximate flavor symmetries. We discuss the experimental limits on masses of the new scalars, and show that the masses can easily be of the order of weak scale. Some implications for neutrino physics are also discussed. Such flavor changing interactions would easily erase any primordial baryon asymmetry. We show that this situation can be saved by simply adding a new charged particle with its own asymmetry. The neutrality of the Universe, together with sphaleron processes, then ensures a survival of baryon asymmetry. Several topics on flavor structure of the supersymmetric grand unified theories are discussed. First, we show that the successful predictions for the Kobayashi-Maskawa mixing matrix elements, V{sub ub}/V{sub cb} = {radical}m{sub u}/m{sub c} and V{sub td}/V{sub ts} = {radical}m{sub d}/m{sub s}, are a consequence of a large class of models, rather than specific properties of a few models. Second, we discuss how the recent observation of the decay {beta} {yields} s{gamma} constrains the parameter space when the ratio of the vacuum expectation values of the two Higgs doublets, tan{Beta}, is large. Finally, we discuss the flavor structure of proton decay. We observe a surprising enhancement of the branching ratio for the muon mode in SO(10) models compared to the same mode in the SU(5) model.

  11. ALBERMARLE PAMLICO IR 2002

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    The 2002 Albermarle Pamlico Implementation Review (IR) highlights recent successes and challenges with the estuary program. Various components within the IR include: CCMP implementation, outlining priority management actions, public involvement, stakeholder contribution, and limi...

  12. Instantons and Massless Fermions in Two Dimensions

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    Callan, C. G. Jr.; Dashen, R.; Gross, D. J.

    1977-05-01

    The role of instantons in the breakdown of chiral U(N) symmetry is studied in a two dimensional model. Chiral U(1) is always destroyed by the axial vector anomaly. For N = 2 chiral SU(N) is also spontaneously broken yielding massive fermions and three (decoupled) Goldstone bosons. For N greater than or equal to 3 the fermions remain massless. Realistic four dimensional theories are believed to behave in a similar way but the critical N above which the fermions cease to be massive is not known in four dimensions.

  13. Fermion localization on a split brane

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    Chumbes, A. E. R.; Vasquez, A. E. O.; Hott, M. B.

    2011-05-15

    In this work we analyze the localization of fermions on a brane embedded in five-dimensional, warped and nonwarped, space-time. In both cases we use the same nonlinear theoretical model with a nonpolynomial potential featuring a self-interacting scalar field whose minimum energy solution is a soliton (a kink) which can be continuously deformed into a two-kink. Thus a single brane splits into two branes. The behavior of spin 1/2 fermions wave functions on the split brane depends on the coupling of fermions to the scalar field and on the geometry of the space-time.

  14. 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.

  15. BEC-polaron gas in a boson-fermion mixture: A many-body extension of Lee-Low-Pines theory

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    Nakano, Eiji; Yabu, Hiroyuki

    2016-05-01

    We investigate the ground state properties of the gaseous mixture of a single species of bosons and fermions at zero temperature, where bosons are major in population over fermions, and form the Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). The boson-boson and boson-fermion interactions are assumed to be weakly repulsive and attractive, respectively, while the fermion-fermion interaction is absent due to the Pauli exclusion for the low energy s -wave scattering. We treat fermions as a gas of polarons dressed with Bogoliubov phonons, which is an elementary excitation of the BEC, and evaluate the ground state properties with the method developed by Lemmens, Devreese, and Brosens (LDB) originally for the electron polaron gas, and also with a general extension of the Lee-Low-Pines theory for many-body systems (eLLP), which incorporates the phonon drag effects as in the original LLP theory. The formulation of eLLP is developed and discussed in the present paper. The binding (interaction) energy of the polaron gas is calculated in these methods and shown to be finite (negative) for the dilute gas of heavy fermions with attractive boson-fermion interactions, though the suppression by the many-body effects exists.

  16. Searches for excited fermions in ep collisions at HERA

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    Chekanov, S.; Derrick, M.; Krakauer, D.; Magill, S.; Musgrave, B.; Pellegrino, A.; Repond, J.; Yoshida, R.; Mattingly, M. C. K.; Antonioli, P.; Bari, G.; Basile, M.; Bellagamba, L.; Boscherini, D.; Bruni, A.; Bruni, G.; Cara Romeo, G.; Cifarelli, L.; Cindolo, F.; Contin, A.; Corradi, M.; De Pasquale, S.; Giusti, P.; Iacobucci, G.; Levi, G.; Margotti, A.; Massam, T.; Nania, R.; Palmonari, F.; Pesci, A.; Sartorelli, G.; Zichichi, A.; Aghuzumtsyan, G.; Brock, I.; Goers, S.; Hartmann, H.; Hilger, E.; Irrgang, P.; Jakob, H.-P.; Kappes, A.; Katz, U. F.; Kerger, R.; Kind, O.; Paul, E.; Rautenberg, J.; Schnurbusch, H.; Stifutkin, A.; Tandler, J.; Voss, K. C.; Weber, A.; Wieber, H.; Bailey, D. S.; Brook, N. H.; Cole, J. E.; Foster, B.; Heath, G. P.; Heath, H. F.; Robins, S.; Rodrigues, E.; Scott, J.; Tapper, R. J.; Wing, M.; Capua, M.; Mastroberardino, A.; Schioppa, M.; Susinno, G.; Jeoung, H. Y.; Kim, J. Y.; Lee, J. H.; Lim, I. T.; Ma, K. J.; Pac, M. Y.; Caldwell, A.; Helbich, M.; Liu, X.; Mellado, B.; Paganis, S.; Schmidke, W. B.; Sciulli, F.; Chwastowski, J.; Eskreys, A.; Figiel, J.; Klimek, K.; Olkiewicz, K.; Przybycień, M. B.; Stopa, P.; Zawiejski, L.; Bednarek, B.; Grabowska-Bold, I.; Jeleń, K.; Kisielewska, D.; Kowal, A. M.; Kowal, M.; Kowalski, T.; Mindur, B.; Przybycień, M.; Rulikowska-Zarȩbska, E.; Suszycki, L.; Szuba, D.; Szuba, J.; Kotański, A.; Bauerdick, L. A. T.; Behrens, U.; Borras, K.; Chiochia, V.; Crittenden, J.; Dannheim, D.; Desler, K.; Drews, G.; Fox-Murphy, A.; Fricke, U.; Geiser, A.; Goebel, F.; Göttlicher, P.; Graciani, R.; Haas, T.; Hain, W.; Hartner, G. F.; Hebbel, K.; Hillert, S.; Kötz, U.; Kowalski, H.; Labes, H.; Löhr, B.; Mankel, R.; Martens, J.; Martínez, M.; Milite, M.; Moritz, M.; Notz, D.; Petrucci, M. C.; Polini, A.; Schneekloth, U.; Selonke, F.; Stonjek, S.; Surrow, B.; Whitmore, J. J.; Wichmann, R.; Wolf, G.; Youngman, C.; Zeuner, W.; Coldewey, C.; Lopez-Duran Viani, A.; Meyer, A.; Schlenstedt, S.; Barbagli, G.; Gallo, E.; Pelfer, P. G.; Bamberger, A.; Benen, A.; Coppola, N.; Markun, P.; Raach, H.; Wölfle, S.; Bell, M.; Bussey, P. J.; Doyle, A. T.; Glasman, C.; Lee, S. W.; Lupi, A.; McCance, G. J.; Saxon, D. H.; Skillicorn, I. O.; Bodmann, B.; Gendner, N.; Holm, U.; Salehi, H.; Wick, K.; Yildirim, A.; Ziegler, A.; Carli, T.; Garfagnini, A.; Gialas, I.; Lohrmann, E.; Foudas, C.; Gonçalo, R.; Long, K. R.; Metlica, F.; Miller, D. B.; Tapper, A. D.; Walker, R.; Cloth, P.; Filges, D.; Kuze, M.; Nagano, K.; Tokushuku, K.; Yamada, S.; Yamazaki, Y.; Barakbaev, A. N.; Boos, E. G.; Pokrovskiy, N. S.; Zhautykov, B. O.; Ahn, S. H.; Lee, S. B.; Park, S. K.; Lim, H.; Son, D.; Barreiro, F.; García, G.; González, O.; Labarga, L.; del Peso, J.; Redondo, I.; Terrón, J.; Vázquez, M.; Barbi, M.; Bertolin, A.; Corriveau, F.; Ochs, A.; Padhi, S.; Stairs, D. G.; St-Laurent, M.; Tsurugai, T.; Antonov, A.; Bashkirov, V.; Danilov, P.; Dolgoshein, B. A.; Gladkov, D.; Sosnovtsev, V.; Suchkov, S.; Dementiev, R. K.; Ermolov, P. F.; Golubkov, Yu. A.; Katkov, I. I.; Khein, L. A.; Korotkova, N. A.; Korzhavina, I. A.; Kuzmin, V. A.; Levchenko, B. B.; Lukina, O. Yu; Proskuryakov, A. S.; Shcheglova, L. M.; Solomin, A. N.; Vlasov, N. N.; Zotkin, S. A.; Bokel, C.; Engelen, J.; Grijpink, S.; Koffeman, E.; Kooijman, P.; Maddox, E.; Schagen, S.; Tassi, E.; Tiecke, H.; Tuning, N.; Velthuis, J. J.; Wiggers, L.; de Wolf, E.; Brümmer, N.; Bylsma, B.; Durkin, L. S.; Gilmore, J.; Ginsburg, C. M.; Kim, C. L.; Ling, T. Y.; Boogert, S.; Cooper-Sarkar, A. M.; Devenish, R. C. E.; Ferrando, J.; Große-Knetter, J.; Matsushita, T.; Rigby, M.; Ruske, O.; Sutton, M. R.; Walczak, R.; Brugnera, R.; Carlin, R.; Dal Corso, F.; Dusini, S.; Limentani, S.; Longhin, A.; Parenti, A.; Posocco, M.; Stanco, L.; Turcato, M.; Adamczyk, L.; Iannotti, L.; Oh, B. Y.; Saull, P. R. B.; Toothacker, W. S.; Iga, Y.; D'Agostini, G.; Marini, G.; Nigro, A.; Cormack, C.; Hart, J. C.; McCubbin, N. A.; Heusch, C.; Park, I. H.; Pavel, N.; Abramowicz, H.; Dagan, S.; Gabareen, A.; Kananov, S.; Kreisel, A.; Levy, A.; Abe, T.; Fusayasu, T.; Kohno, T.; Umemori, K.; Yamashita, T.; Hamatsu, R.; Hirose, T.; Inuzuka, M.; Kitamura, S.; Matsuzawa, K.; Nishimura, T.; Arneodo, M.; Cartiglia, N.; Cirio, R.; Costa, M.; Ferrero, M. I.; Maselli, S.; Monaco, V.; Peroni, C.; Ruspa, M.; Sacchi, R.; Solano, A.; Staiano, A.; Bailey, D. C.; Fagerstroem, C.-P.; Galea, R.; Koop, T.; Levman, G. M.; Martin, J. F.; Mirea, A.; Sabetfakhri, A.; Butterworth, J. M.; Gwenlan, C.; Hall-Wilton, R.; Hayes, M. E.; Heaphy, E. A.; Jones, T. W.; Lane, J. B.; Lightwood, M. S.; West, B. J.; Ciborowski, J.; Ciesielski, R.; Grzelak, G.; Nowak, R. J.; Pawlak, J. M.; Smalska, B.; Tymieniecka, T.; Ukleja, A.; Ukleja, J.; Zakrzewski, J. A.; Żarnecki, A. F.; Adamus, M.; Plucinski, P.; Sztuk, J.; Eisenberg, Y.; Gladilin, L. K.; Hochman, D.; Karshon, U.; Breitweg, J.; Chapin, D.; Cross, R.; Kçira, D.; Lammers, S.; Reeder, D. D.; Savin, A. A.; Smith, W. H.; Deshpande, A.; Dhawan, S.; Hughes, V. W.; Straub, P. B.; Bhadra, S.; Catterall, C. D.; Frisken, W. R.; Khakzad, M.; Menary, S.; ZEUS Collaboration

    2002-11-01

    Searches in ep collisions for heavy excited fermions have been performed with the ZEUS detector at HERA. Excited states of electrons and quarks have been searched for in e+p collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 300 GeV using an integrated luminosity of 47.7 pb-1. Excited electrons have been sought via the decays e∗→eγ, e∗→eZ and e∗→νW. Excited quarks have been sought via the decays q∗→qγ and q∗→qW. A search for excited neutrinos decaying via ν∗→νγ, ν∗→νZ and ν∗→eW is presented using e-p collisions at 318 GeV centre-of-mass energy, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 16.7 pb-1. No evidence for any excited fermion is found, and limits on the characteristic couplings are derived for masses ≲250 GeV.

  17. Lifetime of a one-dimensional fermion

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    Khodas, Maxim; Ussishkin, Iddo; Pustilnik, Michael; Kamenev, Alex; Glazman, Leonid

    2007-03-01

    Interaction between fermions in one dimension is usually accounted for within the exactly solvable Tomonaga-Luttinger model. The crucial simplification made in this model is the linearization of the fermionic spectrum. That simplification leads to an infinite lifetime of a fermion at the mass shell, i.e., the corresponding Green function G(,k) diverges at ɛ=ξk. We find that inclusion of the curvature of electron spectrum, ξk=vFk+k^2/2m, yields a finite decay rate of a fermion, 1/τ(ξk)θ(k)k^8/m^3; here for definiteness we consider right-moving particles, and k is measured from the Fermi wave vector. The found finite lifetime allows one to assess the limitations of the Luttinger liquid paradigm.

  18. Quantum Materials: Weyl fermions go into orbit

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    Dai, Xi

    2016-08-01

    Due to their chirality, the massless fermions inside Weyl semimetals can take unusual paths that are governed by chiral dynamics, potentially providing a direct method to explore their topological nature.

  19. Majorana Fermions and Topology in Superconductors

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Fujimoto, Satoshi

    2016-07-01

    Topological superconductors are novel classes of quantum condensed phases, characterized by topologically nontrivial structures of Cooper pairing states. On the surfaces of samples and in vortex cores of topological superconductors, Majorana fermions, which are particles identified with their own anti-particles, appear as Bogoliubov quasiparticles. The existence and stability of Majorana fermions are ensured by bulk topological invariants constrained by the symmetries of the systems. Majorana fermions in topological superconductors obey a new type of quantum statistics referred to as non-Abelian statistics, which is distinct from bose and fermi statistics, and can be utilized for application to topological quantum computation. Also, Majorana fermions give rise to various exotic phenomena such as "fractionalization", non-local correlation, and "teleportation". A pedagogical review of these subjects is presented. We also discuss interaction effects on topological classification of superconductors, and the basic properties of Weyl superconductors.

  20. Quantum-gas microscope for fermionic atoms.

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    Cheuk, Lawrence W; Nichols, Matthew A; Okan, Melih; Gersdorf, Thomas; Ramasesh, Vinay V; Bakr, Waseem S; Lompe, Thomas; Zwierlein, Martin W

    2015-05-15

    We realize a quantum-gas microscope for fermionic ^{40}K atoms trapped in an optical lattice, which allows one to probe strongly correlated fermions at the single-atom level. We combine 3D Raman sideband cooling with high-resolution optics to simultaneously cool and image individual atoms with single-lattice-site resolution at a detection fidelity above 95%. The imaging process leaves the atoms predominantly in the 3D motional ground state of their respective lattice sites, inviting the implementation of a Maxwell's demon to assemble low-entropy many-body states. Single-site-resolved imaging of fermions enables the direct observation of magnetic order, time-resolved measurements of the spread of particle correlations, and the detection of many-fermion entanglement. PMID:26024169

  1. Quantum-Gas Microscope for Fermionic Atoms

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    Cheuk, Lawrence W.; Nichols, Matthew A.; Okan, Melih; Gersdorf, Thomas; Ramasesh, Vinay V.; Bakr, Waseem S.; Lompe, Thomas; Zwierlein, Martin W.

    2015-05-01

    We realize a quantum-gas microscope for fermionic 40K atoms trapped in an optical lattice, which allows one to probe strongly correlated fermions at the single-atom level. We combine 3D Raman sideband cooling with high-resolution optics to simultaneously cool and image individual atoms with single-lattice-site resolution at a detection fidelity above 95%. The imaging process leaves the atoms predominantly in the 3D motional ground state of their respective lattice sites, inviting the implementation of a Maxwell's demon to assemble low-entropy many-body states. Single-site-resolved imaging of fermions enables the direct observation of magnetic order, time-resolved measurements of the spread of particle correlations, and the detection of many-fermion entanglement.

  2. Creutz fermions on an orthogonal lattice

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    Borici, Artan

    2008-10-01

    In a recent paper, Creutz has given a new action describing two species of Dirac fermions with exact chiral symmetry on the lattice. This action depends on parameters which may be fixed at certain values in order to get the right continuum limit. In this letter, we elaborate more on this idea and present an action which is free of any other parameter except the fermion mass.

  3. Fermionic Subspaces of the Bosonic String

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    Chattaraputi, A.; Englert, F.; Houart, L.; Taormina, A.

    A universal symmetric truncation of the bosonic string Hilbert space yields all known closed fermionic string theories in ten dimensions, their D-branes and their open descendants. We highlight the crucial role played by group theory and two-dimensional conformal field theory in the construction and emphasize the predictive power of the truncation. Such circumstantial evidence points towards the existence of a mechanism which generates space-time fermions out of bosons dynamically within the framework of bosonic string theory.

  4. Fermionic subspaces of the bosonic string

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    Chattaraputi, Auttakit; Englert, François; Houart, Laurent; Taormina, Anne

    2003-06-01

    A universal symmetric truncation of the bosonic string Hilbert space yields all known closed fermionic string theories in ten dimensions, their D-branes and their open descendants. We highlight the crucial role played by group theory and two-dimensional conformal field theory in the construction and emphasize the predictive power of the truncation. Such circumstantial evidence points towards the existence of a mechanism which generates spacetime fermions out of bosons dynamically within the framework of bosonic string theory.

  5. Ground state degeneracy of interacting spinless fermions

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    Wei, Zhong-Chao; Han, Xing-Jie; Xie, Zhi-Yuan; Xiang, Tao

    2015-10-01

    We propose an eigenoperator scheme to study the lattice model of interacting spinless fermions at half filling and show that this model possesses a hidden form of reflection positivity in its Majorana fermion representation. Based on this observation, we prove rigourously that the ground state of this model is either unique or doubly degenerate if the lattice size N is even, and is always doubly degenerate if N is odd. This proof holds in all dimensions with arbitrary lattice structures.

  6. Dual of QCD with one adjoint fermion

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    Mojaza, Matin; Nardecchia, Marco; Pica, Claudio; Sannino, Francesco

    2011-03-15

    We construct the magnetic dual of QCD with one adjoint Weyl fermion. The dual is a consistent solution of the 't Hooft anomaly matching conditions, allows for flavor decoupling, and remarkably constitutes the first nonsupersymmetric dual valid for any number of colors. The dual allows to bound the anomalous dimension of the Dirac fermion mass operator to be less than one in the conformal window.

  7. Quantum Gas Microscope for Fermionic Atoms

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    Okan, Melih; Cheuk, Lawrence; Nichols, Matthew; Lawrence, Katherine; Zhang, Hao; Zwierlein, Martin

    2016-05-01

    Strongly interacting fermions define the properties of complex matter throughout nature, from atomic nuclei and modern solid state materials to neutron stars. Ultracold atomic Fermi gases have emerged as a pristine platform for the study of many-fermion systems. In this poster we demonstrate the realization of a quantum gas microscope for fermionic 40 K atoms trapped in an optical lattice and the recent experiments which allows one to probe strongly correlated fermions at the single atom level. We combine 3D Raman sideband cooling with high- resolution optics to simultaneously cool and image individual atoms with single lattice site resolution at a detection fidelity above 95%. The imaging process leaves the atoms predominantly in the 3D motional ground state of their respective lattice sites, inviting the implementation of a Maxwell's demon to assemble low-entropy many-body states. Single-site resolved imaging of fermions enables the direct observation of magnetic order, time resolved measurements of the spread of particle correlations, and the detection of many-fermion entanglement. NSF, AFOSR-PECASE, AFOSR-MURI on Exotic Phases of Matter, ARO-MURI on Atomtronics, ONR, a Grant from the Army Research Office with funding from the DARPA OLE program, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

  8. Iterants, Fermions and Majorana Operators

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    Kauffman, Louis H.

    Beginning with an elementary, oscillatory discrete dynamical system associated with the square root of minus one, we study both the foundations of mathematics and physics. Position and momentum do not commute in our discrete physics. Their commutator is related to the diffusion constant for a Brownian process and to the Heisenberg commutator in quantum mechanics. We take John Wheeler's idea of It from Bit as an essential clue and we rework the structure of that bit to a logical particle that is its own anti-particle, a logical Marjorana particle. This is our key example of the amphibian nature of mathematics and the external world. We show how the dynamical system for the square root of minus one is essentially the dynamics of a distinction whose self-reference leads to both the fusion algebra and the operator algebra for the Majorana Fermion. In the course of this, we develop an iterant algebra that supports all of matrix algebra and we end the essay with a discussion of the Dirac equation based on these principles.

  9. Fermionic pentagons and NMHV hexagon

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    Belitsky, A. V.

    2015-05-01

    We analyze the near-collinear limit of the null polygonal hexagon super Wilson loop in the planar N = 4 super-Yang-Mills theory. We focus on its Grassmann components which are dual to next-to-maximal helicity-violating (NMHV) scattering amplitudes. The kinematics in question is studied within a framework of the operator product expansion that encodes propagation of excitations on the background of the color flux tube stretched between the sides of Wilson loop contour. While their dispersion relation is known to all orders in 't Hooft coupling from previous studies, we find their form factor couplings to the Wilson loop. This is done making use of a particular tessellation of the loop where pentagon transitions play a fundamental role. Being interested in NMHV amplitudes, the corresponding building blocks carry a nontrivial charge under the SU(4) R-symmetry group. Restricting the current consideration to twist-two accuracy, we analyze two-particle contributions with a fermion as one of the constituents in the pair. We demonstrate that these nonsinglet pentagons obey bootstrap equations that possess consistent solutions for any value of the coupling constant. To confirm the correctness of these predictions, we calculate their contribution to the super Wilson loop demonstrating agreement with recent results to four-loop order in 't Hooft coupling.

  10. 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.

  11. Fermionic entanglement that survives a black hole

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    Martin-Martinez, Eduardo; Leon, Juan

    2009-10-15

    We introduce an arbitrary number of accessible modes when analyzing bipartite entanglement degradation due to Unruh effect between two partners Alice and Rob. Under the single mode approximation (SMA) a fermion field only had a few accessible levels due to Pauli exclusion principle conversely to bosonic fields which had an infinite number of excitable levels. This was argued to justify entanglement survival in the fermionic case in the SMA infinite acceleration limit. Here we relax SMA. Hence, an infinite number of modes are excited as the observer Rob accelerates, even for a fermion field. We will prove that, despite this analogy with the bosonic case, entanglement loss is limited. We will show that this comes from fermionic statistics through the characteristic structure it imposes on the infinite dimensional density matrix for Rob. Surprisingly, the surviving entanglement is independent of the specific maximally entangled state chosen, the kind of fermionic field analyzed, and the number of accessible modes considered. We shall discuss whether this surviving entanglement goes beyond the purely statistical correlations, giving insight concerning the black hole information paradox.

  12. Instabilities in fermions and BEC mixtures

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    Tsai, Shan-Wen; Kalas, Ryan M.; Timmermans, Eddy

    2010-03-01

    We study instabilities in a mixture of interacting fermionic and bosonic ultra-cold atoms. We focus on BCS transitions of the fermions that can be generated from attractive interactions mediated by bosons that are in a BEC phase. We study the p-wave instability [1] for indistinguishable (single spin) fermions in detail, taking into account the dynamical part of the mediated interaction. We employ a functional renormalization-group approach that takes retardation effects into account [2], calculate the renormalized interaction vertices and self-energies for this system, and obtain the phase diagram, sub-dominant instabilities, and transition temperatures, giving estimates for realistic parameters. We also investigate what happens in this system close to the phase-separation transition [3], and explore other possible fermionic phases, including fermion BCS pairings with other pairing symmetries. [4pt] [1] D. V. Efremov and L. Viverit, Phys. Rev. B 65, 134519 (2002)[0pt] [2] S.-W. Tsai et al., Phys. Rev. B 72, 054531 (2005)[0pt] [3] D. H. Santamore and E. Timmermans, Phys. Rev. A 78, 013619 (2008)

  13. Fermionic entanglement that survives a black hole

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    Martín-Martínez, Eduardo; León, Juan

    2009-10-01

    We introduce an arbitrary number of accessible modes when analyzing bipartite entanglement degradation due to Unruh effect between two partners Alice and Rob. Under the single mode approximation (SMA) a fermion field only had a few accessible levels due to Pauli exclusion principle conversely to bosonic fields which had an infinite number of excitable levels. This was argued to justify entanglement survival in the fermionic case in the SMA infinite acceleration limit. Here we relax SMA. Hence, an infinite number of modes are excited as the observer Rob accelerates, even for a fermion field. We will prove that, despite this analogy with the bosonic case, entanglement loss is limited. We will show that this comes from fermionic statistics through the characteristic structure it imposes on the infinite dimensional density matrix for Rob. Surprisingly, the surviving entanglement is independent of the specific maximally entangled state chosen, the kind of fermionic field analyzed, and the number of accessible modes considered. We shall discuss whether this surviving entanglement goes beyond the purely statistical correlations, giving insight concerning the black hole information paradox.

  14. Contraction of fermionic operator circuits and the simulation of strongly correlated fermions

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    Barthel, Thomas; Pineda, Carlos; Eisert, Jens

    2009-10-01

    A fermionic operator circuit is a product of fermionic operators of usually different and partially overlapping support. Further elements of fermionic operator circuits (FOCs) are partial traces and partial projections. The presented framework allows for the introduction of fermionic versions of known qudit operator circuits (QUOC), important for the simulation of strongly correlated d -dimensional systems: the multiscale entanglement renormalization ansätze (MERA), tree tensor networks (TTN), projected entangled pair states (PEPS), or their infinite-size versions (iPEPS etc.). After the definition of a FOC, we present a method to contract it with the same computation and memory requirements as a corresponding QUOC, for which all fermionic operators are replaced by qudit operators of identical dimension. A given scheme for contracting the QUOC relates to an analogous scheme for the corresponding fermionic circuit, where additional marginal computational costs arise only from reordering of modes for operators occurring in intermediate stages of the contraction. Our result hence generalizes efficient schemes for the simulation of d -dimensional spin systems, as MERA, TTN, or PEPS to the fermionic case.

  15. IOT Overview: IR Instruments

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    Mason, E.

    In this instrument review chapter the calibration plans of ESO IR instruments are presented and briefly reviewed focusing, in particular, on the case of ISAAC, which has been the first IR instrument at VLT and whose calibration plan served as prototype for the coming instruments.

  16. Apparatus for Ultra-Cold Fermion Interferometry

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    Aubin, Seth; Garcia, Aiyana; Desalvo, Brian

    2008-05-01

    We present progress on the construction of an apparatus for ultra-cold fermion interferometry experiments. The apparatus consists of two connected glass vacuum cells: Fermionic potassium (^40K) and bosonic rubidium (^87Rb) atoms are cooled and collected in a dual-species magneto-optical trap (MOT) in the first cell and are then transported magnetically to the second cell, where they are loaded into a micro-magnetic chip trap. We use radio-frequency (RF) evaporation to cool the rubidium atoms, which in turn sympathetically cool the potassium atoms. The apparatus takes advantage of the rapid cooling inherent to micro-magnetic traps, while also benefiting from the ultra high vacuum achievable with a two chamber vacuum system. In describing our experimental approach, we address the experimental challenges and possible force-sensing applications of fermion interferometers on chips.

  17. QCD with many fermions and QCD topology

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    Shuryak, Edward

    2013-04-01

    Major nonperturbative phenomena in QCD - confinement and chiral symmetry breaking - are known to be related with certain topological objects. Recent lattice advances into the domain of many Nf = O(10) fermion flavors have shown that both phase transitions had shifted in this case to much stronger coupling. We discuss confinement in terms of monopole Bose condensation, and discuss how it is affected by fermions "riding" on the monopoles, ending with the Nf dependence of the critical line. Chiral symmetry breaking is discussed in terms of the (anti)selfdual dyons, the instanton constituents. The fermionic zero modes of those have a different meaning and lead to strong interaction between dyons and antidyons. We report some qualitative consequences of this theory and also some information about our first direct numerical study of the dyonic ensemble, in respect to both chiral symmetry breaking and confinement (via back reaction to the holonomy potential).

  18. Fermionic semi-annihilating dark matter

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    Cai, Yi; Spray, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Semi-annihilation is a generic feature of dark matter theories with symmetries larger than Z_2 . We investigate two examples with multi-component dark sectors comprised of an SU(2) L singlet or triplet fermion besides a scalar singlet. These are respectively the minimal fermionic semi-annihilating model, and the minimal case for a gauge-charged fermion. We study the relevant dark matter phenomenology, including the interplay of semi-annihilation and the Sommerfeld effect. We demonstrate that semi-annihilation in the singlet model can explain the gamma ray excess from the galactic center. For the triplet model we scan the parameter space, and explore how signals and constraints are modified by semi-annihilation. We find that the entire region where the model comprises all the observed dark matter is accessible to current and planned direct and indirect searches.

  19. Fermions on one or fewer kinks

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    Chu Yizen; Vachaspati, Tanmay

    2008-01-15

    We find the full spectrum of fermion bound states on a Z{sub 2} kink. In addition to the zero mode, there are int[2m{sub f}/m{sub s}] bound states, where m{sub f} is the fermion and m{sub s} the scalar mass. We also study fermion modes on the background of a well-separated kink-antikink pair. Using a variational argument, we prove that there is at least one bound state in this background, and that the energy of this bound state goes to zero with increasing kink-antikink separation, 2L, and faster than e{sup -a2L} where a=min(m{sub s},2m{sub f}). By numerical evaluation, we find some of the low lying bound states explicitly.

  20. Search for Majorana Fermions in Superconductors

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    Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2013-04-01

    Majorana fermions (particles that are their own antiparticle) may or may not exist in nature as elementary building blocks, but in condensed matter they can be constructed out of electron and hole excitations. What is needed is a superconductor to hide the charge difference and a topological (Berry) phase to eliminate the energy difference from zero-point motion. A pair of widely separated Majorana fermions, bound to magnetic or electrostatic defects, has non-Abelian exchange statistics. A qubit encoded in this Majorana pair is expected to have an unusually long coherence time. I discuss strategies to detect Majorana fermions in a topological superconductor, as well as possible applications in a quantum computer. The status of the experimental search is reviewed.

  1. Dark Energy from Interacting Dark Fermions

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    Goldman, Terrence; McKellar, Bruce; Alsing, Paul; Stephenson, Gerard

    2010-11-01

    Physics is rife with interacting systems that exhibit negative pressure: atomic nuclei are very well known examples. We examine the range of parameters, for neutral fermions interacting only by exchange of an extraordinarily light scalar particle, that produce a negative pressure on the scale of the Universe over time periods where Dark Energy is or may be relevant. Of known or expected neutral Majorana fermions, active neutrinos can be ruled out but sterile neutrinos would work, as well as the LSP, to describe the recent observations of Dark Energy effects. After a phase change required by the instability responsible for the negative pressure, the resulting clouds of neutral fermions will contribute to Dark Matter. Nothing requires that this can only happen once.

  2. IR Hot Wave

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    Graham, T. B.

    2010-04-01

    The IR Hot Wave{trademark} furnace is a breakthrough heat treatment system for manufacturing metal components. Near-infrared (IR) radiant energy combines with IR convective heating for heat treating. Heat treatment is an essential process in the manufacture of most components. The controlled heating and cooling of a metal or metal alloy alters its physical, mechanical, and sometimes chemical properties without changing the object's shape. The IR Hot Wave{trademark} furnace offers the simplest, quickest, most efficient, and cost-effective heat treatment option for metals and metal alloys. Compared with other heat treatment alternatives, the IR Hot Wave{trademark} system: (1) is 3 to 15 times faster; (2) is 2 to 3 times more energy efficient; (3) is 20% to 50% more cost-effective; (4) has a {+-}1 C thermal profile compared to a {+-}10 C thermal profile for conventional gas furnaces; and (5) has a 25% to 50% smaller footprint.

  3. Raman spectroscopic signature of fractionalized excitations in the harmonic-honeycomb iridates β- and γ-Li2IrO3

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    Glamazda, A.; Lemmens, P.; Do, S. -H.; Choi, Y. S.; Choi, K. -Y.

    2016-01-01

    The fractionalization of elementary excitations in quantum spin systems is a central theme in current condensed matter physics. The Kitaev honeycomb spin model provides a prominent example of exotic fractionalized quasiparticles, composed of itinerant Majorana fermions and gapped gauge fluxes. However, identification of the Majorana fermions in a three-dimensional honeycomb lattice remains elusive. Here we report spectroscopic signatures of fractional excitations in the harmonic-honeycomb iridates β- and γ-Li2IrO3. Using polarization-resolved Raman spectroscopy, we find that the dynamical Raman response of β- and γ-Li2IrO3 features a broad scattering continuum with distinct polarization and composition dependence. The temperature dependence of the Raman spectral weight is dominated by the thermal damping of fermionic excitations. These results suggest the emergence of Majorana fermions from spin fractionalization in a three-dimensional Kitaev–Heisenberg system. PMID:27457278

  4. Coffman-Kundu-Wootters inequality for fermions

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    Sárosi, Gábor; Lévay, Péter

    2014-11-01

    We derive an inequality for three fermions with six single-particle states which reduces to the sum of the famous Coffman-Kundu-Wootters inequalities when an embedded three-qubit system is considered. We identify the quantities which are playing the role of the concurrence, the three-tangle and the invariant detρA+detρB+detρC for this tripartite system. We show that this latter one is almost interchangeable with the von Neumann entropy and conjecture that it measures the entanglement of one fermion with the rest of the system. We prove that the vanishing of the fermionic "concurrence" implies that the two-particle reduced-density matrix is a mixture of separable states. Also, the vanishing of this quantity is only possible in the Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger class, where some genuine tripartite entanglement is present and in the separable class. Based on this, we conjecture that this "concurrence" measures the amount of entanglement between pairs of fermions. We identify the well-known "spin-flipped" density matrix in the fermionic context as the reduced-density matrix of a special particle-hole dual state. We show that, in general, this dual state is always canonically defined by the Hermitian inner product of the fermionic Fock space and that it can be used to calculate covariants under stochastic local operations and classical communication (SLOCC). We show that Fierz identities known from the theory of spinors relate SLOCC covariants with reduced-density-matrix elements of the state and its spin-flipped dual.

  5. Fermion boson metamorphosis in field theory

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    Ha, Y.K.

    1982-01-01

    In two-dimensional field theories many features are especially transparent if the Fermi fields are represented by non-local expressions of the Bose fields. Such a procedure is known as boson representation. Bilinear quantities appear in the Lagrangian of a fermion theory transform, however, as simple local expressions of the bosons so that the resulting theory may be written as a theory of bosons. Conversely, a theory of bosons may be transformed into an equivalent theory of fermions. Together they provide a basis for generating many interesting equivalences between theories of different types. In the present work a consistent scheme for constructing a canonical Fermi field in terms of a real scalar field is developed and such a procedure is valid and consistent with the tenets of quantum field theory is verified. A boson formulation offers a unifying theme in understanding the structure of many theories. This is illustrated by the boson formulation of a multifermion theory with chiral and internal symmetries. The nature of dynamical generation of mass when the theory undergoes boson transmutation and the preservation of continuous chiral symmetry in the massive case are examined. The dynamics of the system depends to a great extent on the specific number of fermions and different models of the same system can have very different properties. Many unusual symmetries of the fermion theory, such as hidden symmetry, duality and triality symmetries, are only manifest in the boson formulation. The underlying connections between some models with U(N) internal symmetry and another class of fermion models built with Majorana fermions which have O(2N) internal symmetry are uncovered.

  6. Fermion-fermion scattering in quantum field theory with superconducting circuits.

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    García-Álvarez, L; Casanova, J; Mezzacapo, A; Egusquiza, I L; Lamata, L; Romero, G; Solano, E

    2015-02-20

    We propose an analog-digital quantum simulation of fermion-fermion scattering mediated by a continuum of bosonic modes within a circuit quantum electrodynamics scenario. This quantum technology naturally provides strong coupling of superconducting qubits with a continuum of electromagnetic modes in an open transmission line. In this way, we propose qubits to efficiently simulate fermionic modes via digital techniques, while we consider the continuum complexity of an open transmission line to simulate the continuum complexity of bosonic modes in quantum field theories. Therefore, we believe that the complexity-simulating-complexity concept should become a leading paradigm in any effort towards scalable quantum simulations. PMID:25763944

  7. Condensation of gauge interacting massless fermions

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    Siringo, Fabio

    2004-09-15

    A single massless fermionic field with an Abelian U(1) gauge interaction (electrodynamics of a massless Dirac fermion) is studied by a variational method. Even without the insertion of any extra interaction the vacuum is shown to be unstable towards a particle-antiparticle condensate. The single particle excitations do acquire a mass and behave as massive Fermi particles. An explicit low-energy gap equation has been derived and numerically solved. Some consequences of condensation and mass generation are discussed in the framework of the standard model.

  8. Massless rotating fermions inside a cylinder

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    Ambruş, Victor E.; Winstanley, Elizabeth

    2015-12-07

    We study rotating thermal states of a massless quantum fermion field inside a cylinder in Minkowski space-time. Two possible boundary conditions for the fermion field on the cylinder are considered: the spectral and MIT bag boundary conditions. If the radius of the cylinder is sufficiently small, rotating thermal expectation values are finite everywhere inside the cylinder. We also study the Casimir divergences on the boundary. The rotating thermal expectation values and the Casimir divergences have different properties depending on the boundary conditions applied at the cylinder. This is due to the local nature of the MIT bag boundary condition, while the spectral boundary condition is nonlocal.

  9. Novel Fat-Link Fermion Actions

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    J. M. Zanotti; S. Bilson-Thompson; F. D. R. Bonnet; P. D. Coddington; D. B. Leinweber; A. G. Williams; J. B. Zhang; W. Melnitchouk; F. X. Lee

    2001-07-01

    The hadron mass spectrum is calculated in lattice QCD using a novel fat-link clover fermion action in which only the irrelevant operators in the fermion action are constructed using smeared links. The simulations are performed on a 16{sup 3} x 32 lattice with a lattice spacing of a=0.125 fm. We compare actions with n=4 and 12 smearing sweeps with a smearing fraction of 0.7. The n=4 Fat-Link Irrelevant Clover (FLIC) action provides scaling which is superior to mean-field improvement, and offers advantages over nonperturbative 0(a) improvement.

  10. Fermion path integrals and topological phases

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    Witten, Edward

    2016-07-01

    Symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases of matter have been interpreted in terms of anomalies, and it has been expected that a similar picture should hold for SPT phases with fermions. Here a description is given in detail of what this picture means for phases of quantum matter that can be understood via band theory and free fermions. The main examples considered are time-reversal invariant topological insulators and superconductors in two or three space dimensions. Along the way, the precise meaning of the statement that in the bulk of a 3D topological insulator, the electromagnetic θ angle is equal to π , is clarified.

  11. A geometrical formulation of fermionic integrable systems

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    Das, A.; Huang, W.; Roy, S. )

    1991-10-01

    A fermionic Hamiltonian system is formulated on a supermanifold. It is shown that if the system possesses a bi-Hamiltonian structure, one can naturally define a Lax equation associated with a (1,1) tensor on this supermanifold and this allows one to construct a set of conserved quantities. Furthermore, if the corresponding Nijenhuis tensor vanishes, it is shown that all these conserved quantities would be in involution which is a sufficient condition for integrability of the system. The fermionic extension of the KdV equation with a bi-Hamiltonian structure within this geometrical approach is studied.

  12. Quark seesaw, vectorlike fermions and diphoton excess

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    Dev, P. S. Bhupal; Mohapatra, Rabindra N.; Zhang, Yongchao

    2016-02-01

    We present a possible interpretation of the recent diphoton excess reported by the early √{s}=13 TeV LHC data in quark seesaw left-right models with vectorlike fermions proposed to solve the strong CP problem without the axion. The gauge singlet real scalar field responsible for the mass of the vectorlike fermions has the right production cross section and diphoton branching ratio to be identifiable with the reported excess at around 750 GeV diphoton invariant mass. Various ways to test this hypothesis as more data accumulates at the LHC are proposed.

  13. Non-Markovian dynamics with fermions

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    Sargsyan, V. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Lacroix, D.

    2014-08-01

    Employing the quadratic fermionic Hamiltonians for the collective and internal subsystems with a linear coupling, we studied the role of fermionic statistics on the dynamics of the collective motion. The transport coefficients are discussed as well as the associated fluctuation-dissipation relation. Due to different nature of the particles, the path to equilibrium is slightly affected. However, in the weak-coupling regime, the time scale for approaching equilibrium is found to be globally unchanged. The Pauli-blocking effect can modify the usual picture in open quantum system. In some limits, contrary to boson, this effect can strongly hinder the influence of the bath by blocking the interacting channels.

  14. Scaling of fat-link irrelevant-clover fermions

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    Zanotti, J.M.; Lasscock, B.; Leinweber, D.B.; Williams, A.G.

    2005-02-01

    Hadron masses are calculated in quenched lattice QCD on a variety of lattices in order to probe the scaling behavior of the Fat-Link Irrelevant Clover (FLIC) fermion action, a fat-link clover fermion action in which the purely irrelevant operators of the fermion action are constructed using APE-smeared links. The scaling analysis indicates FLIC fermions provide a new form of nonperturbative O(a) improvement where near-continuum results are obtained at finite lattice spacing.

  15. Origin of fermion masses without spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Ayyar, Venkitesh; Chandrasekharan, Shailesh

    2016-04-01

    Using large scale Monte Carlo calculations in a simple three dimensional lattice fermion model, we establish the existence of a second order quantum phase transition between a massless fermion phase and a massive one, both of which have the same symmetries. This shows that fermion masses can arise due to dynamics without the need for spontaneous symmetry breaking. Universality suggests that this alternate origin of the fermion mass should be of fundamental interest.

  16. The bosonic mother of fermionic D-branes

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    Chattaraputi, Auttakit; Englert, François; Houart, Laurent; Taormina, Anne

    2002-09-01

    We extend the search for fermionic subspaces of the bosonic string compactified on E8 × SO(16) lattices to include all fermionic D-branes. This extension constraints the truncation procedure previously proposed and relates the fermionic strings, supersymmetric or not, to the global structure of the SO(16) group. The specific properties of all the fermionic D-branes are found to be encoded in its universal covering, whose maximal toroid defines the configuration space torus of their mother bosonic theory.

  17. Nature of the Roberge-Weiss transition in Nf=2 QCD with Wilson fermions

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    Philipsen, Owe; Pinke, Christopher

    2014-05-01

    At imaginary values of the quark chemical potential μ, quantum chromodynamics shows an interesting phase structure due to an exact center, or Roberge-Weiss (RW), symmetry. This can be used to constrain QCD at real μ, where the sign problem prevents Monte Carlo simulations of the lattice theory. In previous studies of this region with staggered fermions it was found that the RW endpoint, where the center transition changes from first order to a crossover, depends nontrivially on the quark mass: for high and low masses, it is a triple point connecting to the deconfinement and chiral transitions, respectively, changing to a second-order endpoint for intermediate mass values. These parameter regions are separated by tricritical points. Here we present a confirmation of these findings using Wilson fermions on Nτ=4 lattices. In addition, our results provide a successful quantitative check for a heavy quark effective lattice theory at finite density.

  18. Minimal energy ensemble Monte Carlo algorithm for the partition function of fermions coupled to classical fields

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    Grzybowski, Przemysław R.; Czekaj, Łukasz; Nogala, Mariusz; Ścibior, Adam; Chhajlany, Ravindra W.

    2016-06-01

    Models of noninteracting fermions coupled to auxiliary classical fields are relevant to the understanding of a wide variety of problems in many-body physics, e.g., the description of manganites, diluted magnetic semiconductors, or strongly interacting electrons on lattices. We present a flat-histogram Monte Carlo algorithm that simulates a statistical ensemble that allows one to directly acquire the partition function at all temperatures for such systems. The defining feature of the algorithm is that it utilizes the complete thermodynamic information from the full energy spectrum of noninteracting fermions available during sampling of the configuration space of the classical fields. We benchmark the method for the classical Ising and Potts models in two dimensions, as well as the Falicov-Kimball model describing itinerant electrons interacting with heavy ions.

  19. Zero-energy modes, charge conjugation, and fermion number

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    Sudarshan, E.C.G.; Yajnik, U.A.

    1986-03-15

    States with a half-integer fermion number occur when a fermionic field coupled to a soliton possesses a zero mode. This paper spells out the circumstances under which one can retain an integer fermion number as also a charge-conjugation-invariant ground state. It is necessary to make the representation reducible but it is kept irreducible by introducing an additional operator.

  20. Ultracold Fermionic gases of Li atoms and LiNa molecules

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    Christensen, Caleb; Choi, Jae; Lee, Ye-Ryoung; Jo, Gyu-Boong; Ketterle, Wolfgang; Pritchard, Dave

    2010-03-01

    We present recent data on the stability and basic properties of ultracold gases of ^6Li and ^23Na, including fermionic LiNa molecules. A cold, dense mixture of atoms is produced in an IR optical dipole trap. The magnetic field is brought to the vicinity of Feshbach resonances, and short lived states are populated by driving RF transitions from noninteracting to interacting states. Absorption imaging of the atoms is used to study the formation and lifetime of Feshbach molecules. We also present recent work on the potential for a ferromagnetic state of a gas of lithium atoms.

  1. Fermion-fermion interaction in a dilute gas-mixture Bose condensate

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    Mogilyuk, T. I.

    2011-11-15

    A mixture of a one-component Bose gas and two-component Fermi gas is considered at temperatures at which the Bose gas is completely condensed. Two fermions in such a mixture can interact with each other exchanging bosons from the condensate or supercondensate. The interaction potential, a change in the effective mass, the decay, and fermion spectrum are calculated in this quantum Fermi-Bose mixture.

  2. Finite volume renormalization scheme for fermionic operators

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    Monahan, Christopher; Orginos, Kostas

    2013-11-01

    We propose a new finite volume renormalization scheme. Our scheme is based on the Gradient Flow applied to both fermion and gauge fields and, much like the Schr\\"odinger functional method, allows for a nonperturbative determination of the scale dependence of operators using a step-scaling approach. We give some preliminary results for the pseudo-scalar density in the quenched approximation.

  3. Ideal fermion delocalization in Higgsless models

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    Chivukula, R. Sekhar; Simmons, Elizabeth H.; He, Hong-Jian; Kurachi, Masafumi; Tanabashi, Masaharu

    2005-07-01

    In this note we examine the properties of deconstructed Higgsless models for the case of a fermion whose SU(2) properties arise from delocalization over many sites of the deconstructed lattice. We derive expressions for the correlation functions and use these to establish a generalized consistency relation among correlation functions. We discuss the form of the W boson wavefunction and show that if the probability distribution of the delocalized fermions is appropriately related to the W wavefunction, then deviations in precision electroweak parameters are minimized. In particular, we show that this ''ideal fermion delocalization'' results in the vanishing of three of the four leading zero-momentum electroweak parameters defined by Barbieri et al. We then discuss ideal fermion delocalization in the context of two continuum Higgsless models, one in Anti-deSitter space and one in flat space. Our results may be applied to any Higgsless linear moose model with multiple SU(2) groups, including those with only a few extra vector bosons.

  4. Unpaired Floquet Majorana fermions without magnetic fields

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    Reynoso, Andres A.; Frustaglia, Diego

    2013-03-01

    Quantum wires subject to the combined action of spin-orbit and Zeeman coupling in the presence of s-wave pairing potentials (superconducting proximity effect in semiconductors or superfluidity in cold atoms) are one of the most promising systems for the developing of topological phases hosting Majorana fermions. The breaking of time-reversal symmetry is essential for the appearance of unpaired Majorana fermions. By implementing a time-dependent spin rotation, we show that the standard magnetostatic model maps into a nonmagnetic one where the breaking of time-reversal symmetry is guaranteed by a periodical change of the spin-orbit coupling axis as a function of time. This suggests the possibility of developing the topological superconducting state of matter driven by external forces in the absence of magnetic fields and magnetic elements. From a practical viewpoint, the scheme avoids the disadvantages of conjugating magnetism and superconductivity, even though the need of a high-frequency driving of spin-orbit coupling may represent a technological challenge. We describe the basic properties of this Floquet system by showing that finite samples host unpaired Majorana fermions at their edges despite the fact that the bulk Floquet quasienergies are gapless and that the Hamiltonian at each instant of time preserves time-reversal symmetry. Remarkably, we identify the mean energy of the Floquet states as a topological indicator. We additionally show that the localized Floquet Majorana fermions are robust under local perturbations. Our results are supported by complementary numerical Floquet simulations.

  5. Odd frequency pairing of interacting Majorana fermions

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    Huang, Zhoushen; Woelfle, Peter; Balatsky, Alexandar

    Majorana fermions are rising as a promising key component in quantum computation. While the prevalent approach is to use a quadratic (i.e. non-interacting) Majorana Hamiltonian, when expressed in terms of Dirac fermions, generically the Hamiltonian involves interaction terms. Here we focus on the possible pair correlations in a simple model system. We study a model of Majorana fermions coupled to a boson mode and show that the anomalous correlator between different Majorana fermions, located at opposite ends of a topological wire, exhibits odd frequency behavior. It is stabilized when the coupling strength g is above a critical value gc. We use both, conventional diagrammatic theory and a functional integral approach, to derive the gap equation, the critical temperature, the gap function, the critical coupling, and a Ginzburg-Landau theory allowing to discuss a possible subleading admixture of even-frequency pairing. Work supported by USDOE DE-AC52-06NA25396 E304, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and ERC DM-321031.

  6. Fermions Living in a Flat World

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    Jesus Anguiano-Galicia, Ma. de; Bashir, A.

    2006-09-25

    In a plane, parity transformation, which changes the sign of only one spatial coordinate, swaps the fermion fields living in two inequivalent representations. A parity invariant Lagrangian thus contains fields corresponding to both the representations. For such a Lagrangian, we show that we can also define a chiral symmetry.

  7. Estimation for entanglement negativity of free fermions

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    Herzog, Christopher P.; Wang, Yihong

    2016-07-01

    In this letter we study the negativity of one dimensional free fermions. We derive the general form of the {{{Z}}N} symmetric term in moments of the partial transposed (reduced) density matrix, which is an algebraic function of the end points of the system. Such a path integral turns out to be a convenient tool for making estimations for the negativity.

  8. Observation of Weyl fermions in condensed matter

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    Ding, Hong

    In 1929, a German mathematician and physicist Hermann Weyl proposed that a massless solution of the Dirac equation represents a pair of new type of particles, the so-called Weyl fermions. However, their existence in particle physics remains elusive after more than eight decades, e.g., neutrino has been regarded as a Weyl fermion in the Standard Model until it was found to have mass. Recently, significant advances in topological materials have provided an alternative way to realize Weyl fermions in condensed matter as an emergent phenomenon. Weyl semimetals are predicted as a class of topological materials that can be regarded as three-dimensional analogs of graphene breaking time reversal or inversion symmetry. Electrons in a Weyl semimetal behave exactly as Weyl fermions, which have many exotic properties, such as chiral anomaly, magnetic monopoles in the crystal momentum space, and open Fermi arcs on the surface. In this talk I will report our experimental discovery of a Weyl semimetal in TaAs by observing Fermi arcs with a characteristic spin texture in the surface states and Weyl nodes in the bulk states using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

  9. Ideal fermion delocalization in Higgsless models

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    Chivukula, R. Sekhar; Simmons, Elizabeth H.; He, Hong-Jian; Kurachi, Masafumi; Tanabashi, Masaharu

    2005-07-01

    In this note we examine the properties of deconstructed Higgsless models for the case of a fermion whose SU(2) properties arise from delocalization over many sites of the deconstructed lattice. We derive expressions for the correlation functions and use these to establish a generalized consistency relation among correlation functions. We discuss the form of the W boson wavefunction and show that if the probability distribution of the delocalized fermions is appropriately related to the W wavefunction, then deviations in precision electroweak parameters are minimized. In particular, we show that this “ideal fermion delocalization” results in the vanishing of three of the four leading zero-momentum electroweak parameters defined by Barbieri et al. We then discuss ideal fermion delocalization in the context of two continuum Higgsless models, one in Anti-deSitter space and one in flat space. Our results may be applied to any Higgsless linear moose model with multiple SU(2) groups, including those with only a few extra vector bosons.

  10. Flavor Constraints on Split Fermion Models

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    Lillie, Ben

    2003-06-26

    We examine the contributions to rare processes that arise in models where the Standard Model fermions are localized at distinct points in compact extra dimensions. Tree-level flavor changing neutral current interactions for the Kaluza-Klein (KK) gauge field excitations are induced in such models, and hence strong constraints are thought to exist on the size of the additional dimensions. We find a general parameterization of the model which does not depend on any specific fermion geography and show that typical values of the parameters can reproduce the fermion hierarchy pattern. Using this parameterization, we reexamine the contributions to neutral meson mixing, rare meson decays, and single top-quark production in e{sup +}e{sup -} collisions. We find that is it possible to evade the stringent bounds for natural regions of the parameters, while retaining finite separations between the fermion fields and without introducing a new hierarchy. The resulting limits on the size of the compact dimension can be as low as TeV{sup -1}.

  11. CHARLOTTE HARBOR IR, 2002

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    The 2002 Charlotte Harbor Implementation Review (IR) summarizes the progress and challenges ahead for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). The implementation review report requires seven components: Status of CCMP implementation (programmatic progress); Environm...

  12. Fermionic-mode entanglement in non-Markovian environment

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    Cheng, Jiong; Han, Yan; An, Qing-zhi; Zhou, Ling

    2015-03-15

    We evaluate the non-Markovian effects on the entanglement dynamics of a fermionic system interacting with two dissipative vacuum reservoirs. The exact solution of density matrix is derived by utilizing the Feynman–Vernon influence functional theory in the fermionic coherent state representation and the Grassmann calculus, which are valid for both the fermionic and bosonic baths, and their difference lies in the dependence of the parity of the initial states. The fermionic entanglement dynamics is presented by adding an additional restriction to the density matrix known as the superselection rules. Our analysis shows that the usual decoherence suppression schemes implemented in qubits systems can also be achieved for systems of identical fermions, and the initial state proves its importance in the evolution of fermionic entanglement. Our results provide a potential way to decoherence controlling of identical fermions.

  13. Decay of a Yukawa fermion at finite temperature and applications to leptogenesis

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    Kiessig, Clemens P.; Pluemacher, Michael; Thoma, Markus H.

    2010-08-01

    We calculate the decay rate of a Yukawa fermion in a thermal bath using finite-temperature cutting rules and effective Green's functions according to the hard thermal loop resummation technique. We apply this result to the decay of a heavy Majorana neutrino in leptogenesis. Compared to the usual approach where thermal masses are inserted into the kinematics of final states, we find that deviations arise through two different leptonic dispersion relations. The decay rate differs from the usual approach by more than 1 order of magnitude in the temperature range which is interesting for the weak washout regime. We discuss how to arrive at consistent finite-temperature treatments of leptogenesis.

  14. Thermal leptogenesis in a 5D split fermion scenario with bulk neutrinos

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    Maalampi, Jukka; Vilja, Iiro; Virtanen, Heidi

    2010-07-01

    We study the thermal leptogenesis in a hybrid model, which combines the so-called split fermion model and the bulk neutrino model defined in five-dimensional spacetime. This model predicts the existence of a heavy neutrino pair nearly degenerate in mass, whose decays might generate a CP violation large enough for creating the baryon asymmetry of the Universe through leptogenesis. We investigate numerically the constraints this sets on the parameters of the model such as the size of the compactified fifth dimension.

  15. Functional representation for fermionic quantum fields

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    Floreanini, R.; Jackiw, R.

    1988-04-01

    A functional representation for fermionic quantum fields is developed in analogy to familiar results for bosonic fields. The infinite Clifford algebra of the field anticommutator is realized reducibly on a Grassmann functional space. On this space, transformation groups may be represented without normal ordering with respect to a Fock vacuum, and a projective representation for the two-dimensional conformal group is found, which is compared to the corresponding representation in terms of bosonic fields. When a quadratic Hamiltonian for the Fermi fields is posited, a Fock space can be constructed after a prescription for filling the Dirac sea is selected. Different filling prescriptions lead to inequivalent Fock spaces within the functional space. Explicit eigenfunctionals exhibit the peculiarities of fermionic field theory, such as fractional charge, Berry's phase, and anomalies.

  16. Peltier cooling of fermionic quantum gases.

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    Grenier, Ch; Georges, A; Kollath, C

    2014-11-14

    We propose a cooling scheme for fermionic quantum gases, based on the principles of the Peltier thermoelectric effect and energy filtering. The system to be cooled is connected to another harmonically trapped gas acting as a reservoir. The cooling is achieved by two simultaneous processes: (i) the system is evaporatively cooled, and (ii) cold fermions from deep below the Fermi surface of the reservoir are injected below the Fermi level of the system, in order to fill the "holes" in the energy distribution. This is achieved by a suitable energy dependence of the transmission coefficient connecting the system to the reservoir. The two processes can be viewed as simultaneous evaporative cooling of particles and holes. We show that both a significantly lower entropy per particle and faster cooling rate can be achieved in this way than by using only evaporative cooling. PMID:25432033

  17. Ultrasoft fermionic excitation at finite chemical potential

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    Blaizot, Jean-Paul; Satow, Daisuke

    2014-05-01

    It has been suggested previously that an ultrasoft fermionic excitation develops, albeit with a small spectral weight, in a system of massless fermions and scalar bosons with Yukawa interaction at high temperature T. In this paper we study how this excitation is modified at finite chemical potential μ. We relate the existence of the ultrasoft mode to symmetries, in particular charge conjugation, and a supersymmetry of the free system which is spontaneously broken by finite temperature and finite density effects, as argued earlier by Lebedev and Smilga. A nonvanishing chemical potential breaks both symmetries explicitly and maximally at zero temperature where the mode ceases to exist. A detailed calculation indicates that the ultrasoft excitation persists as long as T≥0.71μ.

  18. Playing with fermion couplings in Higgsless models

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    Casalbuoni, R.; De Curtis, S.; Dolce, D.; Dominici, D.

    2005-04-01

    We discuss the fermion couplings in a four dimensional SU(2) linear moose model by allowing for direct couplings between the left-handed fermions on the boundary and the gauge fields in the internal sites. This is realized by means of a product of nonlinear {sigma}-model scalar fields which, in the continuum limit, is equivalent to a Wilson line. The effect of these new nonlocal couplings is a contribution to the {epsilon}{sub 3} parameter which can be of opposite sign with respect to the one coming from the gauge fields along the string. Therefore, with some fine-tuning, it is possible to satisfy the constraints from the electroweak data.

  19. Fermionic field theory for trees and forests.

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    Caracciolo, Sergio; Jacobsen, Jesper Lykke; Saleur, Hubert; Sokal, Alan D; Sportiello, Andrea

    2004-08-20

    We prove a generalization of Kirchhoff's matrix-tree theorem in which a large class of combinatorial objects are represented by non-Gaussian Grassmann integrals. As a special case, we show that unrooted spanning forests, which arise as a q-->0 limit of the Potts model, can be represented by a Grassmann theory involving a Gaussian term and a particular bilocal four-fermion term. We show that this latter model can be mapped, to all orders in perturbation theory, onto the N-vector model at N=-1 or, equivalently, onto the sigma model taking values in the unit supersphere in R(1|2). It follows that, in two dimensions, this fermionic model is perturbatively asymptotically free. PMID:15447166

  20. Exact holographic mapping in free fermion systems

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    Lee, Ching Hua; Qi, Xiao-Liang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we perform a detailed analysis of the exact holographic mapping first introduced in arXiv:1309.6282, which was proposed as an explicit example of holographic duality between quantum many-body systems and gravitational theories. We obtain analytic results for free fermion systems that not only confirm previous numerical results, but also elucidate the exact relationships between the various physical properties of the bulk and boundary systems. These analytic results allow us to study the asymptotic properties that are difficult to probe numerically, such as the near-horizon regime of the black-hole geometry. We shall also explore a few interesting but hitherto unexplored bulk geometries, such as that corresponding to a boundary critical fermion with a nontrivial dynamical critical exponent. Our analytic framework also allows us to study the holographic mapping of some of these boundary theories in dimensions 2+1 or higher.

  1. A closer look at the elementary fermions

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    Goldhaber, Maurice

    2002-01-01

    Although there have been many experimental and theoretical efforts to measure and interpret small deviations from the standard model of particle physics, the gap that the model leaves in understanding why there are only three generations of the elementary fermions, with hierarchical masses, has not received the attention it deserves. I present here an attempt to fill this gap. Although our findings are mostly only qualitative, they nevertheless may be of heuristic value. Rules concerning the elementary fermions, some previously known and some new, lead to a number of conclusions and questions that seem worth pursuing. Some clarify the standard model, and others suggest possible modifications, the implications of which are discussed. PMID:11773637

  2. A Quantum Gas Microscope for Fermionic Potassium

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    Cheuk, Lawrence; Nichols, Matthew; Okan, Melih; Lawrence, Katherine; Zhang, Hao; Zwierlein, Martin

    2016-05-01

    Ultracold atoms in optical lattices have enabled experimental studies of quantum many-body physics in Hubbard-type lattice systems in a clean and well-controlled environment. In particular, the advent of quantum gas microscopes has made available new experimental probes ideally suited for observing magnetic order and spatial correlations. In the past year, several groups, including ours, first realized quantum gas microscopes for fermionic atoms. In this talk, we describe our experimental setup, which combines high-resolution imaging with Raman sideband cooling to achieve single-site-resolved fluorescent imaging of fermionic 40 K atoms. We also report on recent progress towards observing quantum phases of the Fermi-Hubbard model with single-site resolution.

  3. Unextendible product basis for fermionic systems

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    Chen, Jianxin; Chen, Lin; Zeng, Bei

    2014-08-01

    We discuss the concept of unextendible product basis (UPB) and generalized UPB for fermionic systems, using Slater determinants as an analogue of product states, in the anti-symmetric subspace wedge ^ N {{C}}^M. We construct an explicit example of generalized fermionic unextendible product basis (FUPB) with minimum cardinality N(M - N) + 1 for any N ⩾ 2, M ⩾ 4. We also show that any bipartite anti-symmetric space wedge ^ 2 {{C}}^M of codimension two is spanned by Slater determinants, and the spaces of higher codimension may not be spanned by Slater determinants. Furthermore, we construct an example of complex FUPB of N = 2, M = 4 with minimum cardinality 5. In contrast, we show that a real FUPB does not exist for N = 2, M = 4. Finally, we provide a systematic construction for FUPBs of higher dimensions by using FUPBs and UPBs of lower dimensions.

  4. Fermion mass hierarchy and nonhierarchical mass ratios in SU(5)xU(1){sub F}

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    Duque, Luis F.; Gutierrez, Diego A.; Nardi, Enrico; Norena, Jorge

    2008-08-01

    We consider a SU(5)xU(1){sub F} grand unified theory (GUT)-flavor model in which the number of effects that determine the charged fermions Yukawa matrices is much larger than the number of observables, resulting in a hierarchical fermion spectrum with no particular regularities. The GUT-flavor symmetry is broken by flavons in the adjoint of SU(5), realizing a variant of the Froggatt-Nielsen mechanism that gives rise to a large number of effective operators. By assuming a common mass for the heavy fields and universality of the fundamental Yukawa couplings, we reduce the number of free parameters to one. The observed fermion mass spectrum is reproduced thanks to selection rules that discriminate among various contributions. Bottom-tau Yukawa unification is preserved at leading order, but there is no unification for the first two families. Interestingly, U(1){sub F} charges alone do not determine the hierarchy, and can only give upper bounds on the parametric suppression of the Yukawa operators.

  5. Fermion masses from SO(10) Hermitian matrices

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    Moorhouse, R. G.

    2008-03-01

    Masses of fermions in the SO(10) 16-plet are constructed using only the 10, 120, and 126 scalar multiplets. The mass matrices are restricted to be Hermitian and the theory is constructed to have certain assumed quark masses, charged lepton masses, and Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa (CKM) matrix in accord with data. The remaining free parameters are found by fitting to light neutrino masses and Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata (MNS) matrices result as predictions.

  6. Fermion masses from SO(10) Hermitian matrices

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    Moorhouse, R. G.

    2008-03-01

    Masses of fermions in the SO(10) 16-plet are constructed using only the 10, 120, and 126¯ scalar multiplets. The mass matrices are restricted to be Hermitian and the theory is constructed to have certain assumed quark masses, charged lepton masses, and Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa (CKM) matrix in accord with data. The remaining free parameters are found by fitting to light neutrino masses and Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata (MNS) matrices result as predictions.

  7. Magnetization of planar four-fermion systems

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    Caldas, Heron; Ramos, Rudnei O.

    2009-09-15

    We consider a planar system of fermions, at finite temperature and density under a static magnetic field parallel to the two-dimensional plane. This magnetic field generates a Zeeman effect and then a spin polarization of the system. The critical properties are studied from the Landau's free energy. The possible observable consequences of the magnetization of planar systems such as polymer films and graphene are discussed.

  8. Strong coupling QED with two fermionic flavors

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    Wang, K.C.

    1990-11-01

    We report the recent results of our simulation of strong coupling QED, with non-compact action, on lattices 10{sup 4} and 16{sup 4}. Since we are dealing with two staggered fermionic flavors, we use hybrid algorithm to do the simulation. In addition to the measurement of the chiral order parameter {l angle}{bar {psi}}{psi}{r angle}, we also measure magnetic monopole susceptibility, {chi}, throughout the region of chiral transition. 6 refs., 6 figs.

  9. Renormalization group for non-relativistic fermions.

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    Shankar, R

    2011-07-13

    A brief introduction is given to the renormalization group for non-relativistic fermions at finite density. It is shown that Landau's theory of the Fermi liquid arises as a fixed point (with the Landau parameters as marginal couplings) and its instabilities as relevant perturbations. Applications to related areas, nuclear matter, quark matter and quantum dots, are briefly discussed. The focus will be on explaining the main ideas to people in related fields, rather than addressing the experts. PMID:21646269

  10. Rotating fermions inside a cylindrical boundary

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    Ambruş, Victor E.; Winstanley, Elizabeth

    2016-05-01

    We study a quantum fermion field inside a cylinder in Minkowski space-time. On the surface of the cylinder, the fermion field satisfies either spectral or MIT bag boundary conditions. We define rigidly-rotating quantum states in both cases, assuming that the radius of the cylinder is sufficiently small that the speed-of-light surface is excluded from the space-time. With this assumption, we calculate rigidly-rotating thermal expectation values of the fermion condensate, neutrino charge current and stress-energy tensor relative to the bounded vacuum state. These rigidly-rotating thermal expectation values are finite everywhere inside and on the surface of the cylinder, and their detailed properties depend on the choice of boundary conditions. We also compute the Casimir divergence of the expectation values of these quantities in the bounded vacuum state relative to the unbounded Minkowski vacuum. We find that the rate of divergence of the Casimir expectation values depends on the conditions imposed on the boundary.

  11. Composite gauge-bosons made of fermions

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    Suzuki, Mahiko

    2016-07-01

    We construct a class of Abelian and non-Abelian local gauge theories that consist only of matter fields of fermions. The Lagrangian is local and does not contain an auxiliary vector field nor a subsidiary condition on the matter fields. It does not involve an extra dimension nor supersymmetry. This Lagrangian can be extended to non-Abelian gauge symmetry only in the case of SU(2) doublet matter fields. We carry out an explicit diagrammatic computation in the leading 1 /N order to show that massless spin-one bound states appear with the correct gauge coupling. Our diagram calculation exposes the dynamical features that cannot be seen in the formal auxiliary vector-field method. For instance, it shows that the s -wave fermion-antifermion interaction in the 3S1 channel (ψ ¯ γμψ ) alone cannot form the bound gauge bosons; the fermion-antifermion pairs must couple to the d -wave state too. One feature common to our class of Lagrangian is that the Noether current does not exist. Therefore it evades possible conflict with the no-go theorem of Weinberg and Witten on the formation of the non-Abelian gauge bosons.

  12. Strong CP, Flavor, and Twisted Split Fermions

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    Harnik, Roni; Perez, Gilad; Schwartz, Matthew D.; Shirman, Yuri

    2004-11-10

    We present a natural solution to the strong CP problem in the context of split fermions. By assuming CP is spontaneously broken in the bulk, a weak CKM phase is created in the standard model due to a twisting in flavor space of the bulk fermion wavefunctions. But the strong CP phase remains zero, being essentially protected by parity in the bulk and CP on the branes. As always in models of spontaneous CP breaking, radiative corrections to theta bar from the standard model are tiny, but even higher dimension operators are not that dangerous. The twisting phenomenon was recently shown to be generic, and not to interfere with the way that split fermions naturally weaves small numbers into the standard model. It follows that out approach to strong CP is compatible with flavor, and we sketch a comprehensive model. We also look at deconstructed version of this setup which provides a viable 4D model of spontaneous CP breaking which is not in the Nelson-Barr class.

  13. Scalar meson spectroscopy with lattice staggered fermions

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    Bernard, Claude; DeTar, Carleton; Fu Ziwen; Prelovsek, Sasa

    2007-11-01

    With sufficiently light up and down quarks the isovector (a{sub 0}) and isosinglet (f{sub 0}) scalar meson propagators are dominated at large distance by two-meson states. In the staggered-fermion formulation of lattice quantum chromodynamics, taste-symmetry breaking causes a proliferation of two-meson states that further complicates the analysis of these channels. Many of them are unphysical artifacts of the lattice approximation. They are expected to disappear in the continuum limit. The staggered-fermion fourth-root procedure has its purported counterpart in rooted staggered chiral perturbation theory (rS{chi}PT). Fortunately, the rooted theory provides a strict framework that permits the analysis of scalar meson correlators in terms of only a small number of low-energy couplings. Thus the analysis of the point-to-point scalar meson correlators in this context gives a useful consistency check of the fourth-root procedure and its proposed chiral realization. Through numerical simulation we have measured correlators for both the a{sub 0} and f{sub 0} channels in the 'Asqtad' improved staggered-fermion formulation in a lattice ensemble with lattice spacing a=0.12 fm. We analyze those correlators in the context of rS{chi}PT and obtain values of the low-energy chiral couplings that are reasonably consistent with previous determinations.

  14. The Feynman problem and fermionic entanglement: Fermionic theory versus qubit theory

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    D'Ariano, Giacomo Mauro; Manessi, Franco; Perinotti, Paolo; Tosini, Alessandro

    2014-06-01

    The present paper is both a review on the Feynman problem, and an original research presentation on the relations between Fermionic theories and qubits theories, both regarded in the novel framework of operational probabilistic theories. The most relevant results about the Feynman problem of simulating Fermions with qubits are reviewed, and in the light of the new original results, the problem is solved. The answer is twofold. On the computational side, the two theories are equivalent, as shown by Bravyi and Kitaev [S. B. Bravyi and A. Y. Kitaev, Ann. Phys. 298, 210 (2002)]. On the operational side, the quantum theory of qubits and the quantum theory of Fermions are different, mostly in the notion of locality, with striking consequences on entanglement. Thus the emulation does not respect locality, as it was suspected by Feynman [R. Feynman, Int. J. Theor. Phys. 21, 467 (1982)].

  15. Low Power Polysilicon Sources for IR Applications

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    Das, N. C.; Jhabvala, M.; Shu, P.

    1998-01-01

    We have designed and fabricated polysilicon thin film infrared (IR) sources by micromachining technology. These sources are made with a lightly doped middle region for light emission and heavy doping of the supporting legs. The sources are fabricated on a 10 mm thick, low temperature process parameters in the fabrication of these silicon dioxide layer. Different doping levels were used to achieve various source resistances. From the power requirement to reach the required light emission versus source resistance curve it is seen that there exists a resistance value which minimizes the necessary input power.

  16. BUZZARDS BAY IR, 2002

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    The 2002 Buzzards Bay Implementation Review (IR) summarizes the progress and challenges ahead for the Buzzards Bay Project. Major new completed actions during the past two years include: designation of Buzzards Bay as a no discharge area in August 2000; full support by the Massac...

  17. Mixtures of Bosonic and Fermionic atoms

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    Albus, Alexander

    2003-12-01

    The theory of atomic Boson-Fermion mixtures in the dilute limit beyond mean-field is considered in this thesis. Extending the formalism of quantum field theory we derived expressions for the quasi-particle excitation spectra, the ground state energy, and related quantities for a homogenous system to first order in the dilute gas parameter. In the framework of density functional theory we could carry over the previous results to inhomogeneous systems. We then determined to density distributions for various parameter values and identified three different phase regions: (i) a stable mixed regime, (ii) a phase separated regime, and (iii) a collapsed regime. We found a significant contribution of exchange-correlation effects in the latter case. Next, we determined the shift of the Bose-Einstein condensation temperature caused by Boson-Fermion interactions in a harmonic trap due to redistribution of the density profiles. We then considered Boson-Fermion mixtures in optical lattices. We calculated the criterion for stability against phase separation, identified the Mott-insulating and superfluid regimes both, analytically within a mean-field calculation, and numerically by virtue of a Gutzwiller Ansatz. We also found new frustrated ground states in the limit of very strong lattices. ----Anmerkung: Der Autor ist Träger des durch die Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin vergebenen Carl-Ramsauer-Preises 2004 für die jeweils beste Dissertation der vier Universitäten Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin und Universität Potsdam. Ziel der Arbeit war die systematische theoretische Behandlung von Gemischen aus bosonischen und fermionischen Atomen in einem Parameterbereich, der sich zur Beschreibung von aktuellen Experimenten mit ultra-kalten atomaren Gasen eignet. Zuerst wurde der Formalismus der Quantenfeldtheorie auf homogene, atomare Boson-Fermion Gemische erweitert, um grundlegende Größen wie Quasiteilchenspektren

  18. Semiclassical fermion pair creation in de Sitter spacetime

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    Stahl, Clément Eckhard, Strobel

    2015-12-17

    We present a method to semiclassically compute the pair creation rate of bosons and fermions in de Sitter spacetime. The results in the bosonic case agree with the ones in the literature. We find that for the constant electric field the fermionic and bosonic pair creation rate are the same. This analogy of bosons and fermions in the semiclassical limit is known from several flat spacetime examples.

  19. Trapped resonant fermions above the superfluid transition temperature

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    Cheng, C.-H.; Yip, S.-K.

    2007-01-01

    We investigate trapped resonant fermions with unequal populations within the local density approximation above the superfluid transition temperature. By tuning the attractive interaction between fermions via Feshbach resonance, the system evolves from weakly interacting fermi gas to strongly interacting fermi gas, and finally becomes a Bose-Fermi mixture. The density profiles of fermions are examined and compared with experiments. We also point out the simple relationships between the local density, the axial density, and the gas pressure within the local density approximation.

  20. Drone-fermions in the two-dimensional antiferromagnet

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    Krivenko, S.; Khaliullin, G.

    1995-02-01

    Two different representations of spins - via the conventional fermions, or via the Mattis drone-fermions - are compared considering the planar antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model as an example. Mean-field spin correlation functions calculated for the uniform and flux RVB states show that the drone-fermion approach has an advantage in giving the lower energy and the enhanced AF correlations, because of the absence of unphysical spinless states in this representation.

  1. Quantum Hall Effect of Massless Dirac Fermions and Free Fermions in Hofstadter's Butterfly

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    Yoshioka, Nobuyuki; Matsuura, Hiroyasu; Ogata, Masao

    2016-06-01

    We propose a new physical interpretation of the Diophantine equation of σxy for the Hofstadter problem. First, we divide the energy spectrum, or Hofstadter's butterfly, into smaller self-similar areas called "subcells", which were first introduced by Hofstadter to describe the recursive structure. We find that in the energy gaps between subcells, there are two ways to account for the quantization rule of σxy, that are consistent with the Diophantine equation: Landau quantization of (i) massless Dirac fermions or (ii) free fermions in Hofstadter's butterfly.

  2. Boson-fermion and fermion-boson transmutations induced by supergravity backgrounds in superstring theory

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    de Vega, H. J.; Medrano, M. Ramon; Sanchez, N.

    1992-07-01

    We investigate the physical implications and particle content of superstring scattering in the supergravity shock-wave background recently found by us. The amplitudes for the different particle transmutation processes taking place in this geometry are explicitly computed for Gree-Schwarz superstring, including the new phenomena of fermion to boson and boson to fermion transmutations. Transition amplitudes among the ground states, first and second excited states are obtained. Particularly interesting are the amplitudes within the massless particle sector, which lead to physical massive particles upon supersymmetry breaking at low energies.

  3. Heavy flavors

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    Cox, B.; Gilman, F.J.; Gottschalk, T.D.

    1986-11-01

    A range of issues pertaining to heavy flavors at the SSC is examined including heavy flavor production by gluon-gluon fusion and by shower evolution of gluon jets, flavor tagging, reconstruction of Higgs and W bosons, and the study of rare decays and CP violation in the B meson system. A specific detector for doing heavy flavor physics and tuned to this latter study at the SSC, the TASTER, is described. 36 refs., 10 figs.

  4. Fermion frontiers in vector lattice gauge theories: Proceedings. Volume 8

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    1998-11-01

    The inclusion of fermions into simulations of lattice gauge theories is very difficult both theoretically and numerically. With the presence of Teraflops-scale computers for lattice gauge theory, the authors wanted a forum to discuss new approaches to lattice fermions. The workshop concentrated on approaches which are ripe for study on such large machines. Although lattice chiral fermions are vitally important to understand, there is not technique at hand which is viable on these Teraflops-scale machines for real-world problems. The discussion was therefore focused on recent developments and future prospects for QCD-like theories. For the well-known fermion formulations, the Aoki phase in Wilson fermions, novelties of U{sub A}(1) symmetry and the {eta}{prime} for staggered fermions and new approaches for simulating the determinant for Wilson fermions were discussed. The newer domain-wall fermion formulation was reviewed, with numerical results given by many speakers. The fermion proposal of Friedberg, Lee and Pang was introduced. They also were able to compare and contrast the dependence of QCD and QCD-like SUSY theories on the number of quark flavors. These proceedings consist of several transparencies and a summary page from each speaker. This should serve to outline the major points made in each talk.

  5. Four-fermion interaction from torsion as dark energy

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    Popławski, Nikodem J.

    2012-02-01

    The observed small, positive cosmological constant may originate from a four-fermion interaction generated by the spin-torsion coupling in the Einstein-Cartan-Sciama-Kibble gravity if the fermions are condensing. In particular, such a condensation occurs for quark fields during the quark-gluon/hadron phase transition in the early Universe. We study how the torsion-induced four-fermion interaction is affected by adding two terms to the Dirac Lagrangian density: the parity-violating pseudoscalar density dual to the curvature tensor and a spinor-bilinear scalar density which measures the nonminimal coupling of fermions to torsion.

  6. Wilson Fermions and Axion Electrodynamics in Optical Lattices

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    Bermudez, A.; Martin-Delgado, M. A.; Mazza, L.; Rizzi, M.; Goldman, N.; Lewenstein, M.

    2010-11-05

    We show that ultracold Fermi gases in optical superlattices can be used as quantum simulators of relativistic lattice fermions in 3+1 dimensions. By exploiting laser-assisted tunneling, we find an analogue of the so-called naive Dirac fermions, and thus provide a realization of the fermion doubling problem. Moreover, we show how to implement Wilson fermions, and discuss how their mass can be inverted by tuning the laser intensities. In this regime, our atomic gas corresponds to a phase of matter where Maxwell electrodynamics is replaced by axion electrodynamics: a 3D topological insulator.

  7. Chiral lattice fermions with correct vacuum polarization and chiral anomaly

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    Pryor, C. )

    1991-04-15

    An action for chiral lattice fermions is proposed, which avoids the Nielsen-Ninomiya theorem by virtue of its nonlocality and nonbilinearity. The action is constructed by eliminating the extra fermion modes with a gauge-violating Majorana-type Wilson mass, which is then rendered invariant by an integration over gauge transformations. The free propagator is calculated, and the one-loop vacuum polarization is shown to be identical to that for Wilson fermions, even at nonzero lattice spacing. Also the chiral anomaly is shown to be the same as for Wilson fermions in the continuum limit.

  8. Nuclear IRS-1 and Cancer

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    Reiss, Krzysztof; Valle, Luis Del; Lassak, Adam; Trojanek, Joanna

    2011-01-01

    The family of insulin receptor substrates (IRS) consists of four proteins (IRS-1 - IRS-4), which were initially characterized as typical cytosolic adaptor proteins involved in insulin receptor (IR) and insulin-like growth factor I receptor (IGF-IR) signaling. The first cloned and characterized member of the IRS family, IRS-1, has predicted molecular weight of 132 kDa, however, as a result of its extensive serine phosphorylation it separates on a SDS gel as a band of approximately 160–185 kDa. In addition to its metabolic and growth-promoting functions, IRS-1 is also suspected to play a role in malignant transformation. The mechanism by which IRS-1 supports tumor growth is not fully understood, and the argument that IRS-1 merely amplifies the signal from the IGF-1R and/or IR requires further investigation. Almost a decade ago, we reported the presence of nuclear IRS-1 in medulloblastoma clinical samples, which express viral oncoprotein, large T-antigen of human polyomavirus JC (JCV T-antigen). This first demonstration of nuclear IRS-1 was confirmed in several other laboratories. The nuclear IRS-1 was also detected by cells expressing the SV40 T-antigen, v-Src, in immortalized fibroblasts stimulated with IGF-I, in hepatocytes, 32D cells, and in an osteosarcoma cell line. More recently, nuclear IRS-1 was detected in breast cancer cells in association with estrogen receptor alpha (ERα), and in JC virus negative medulloblastoma cells expressing ERβ, further implicating nuclear IRS-1 in cellular transformation. Here, we discuss how nuclear IRS-1 acting on DNA repair fidelity, transcriptional activity, and cell growth can support tumor development and progression. PMID:22454254

  9. HWIL IR imaging testing

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    Vinson, R. J.; Passwater, R. D.

    1981-03-01

    The Army simulator facilities are presently configured to conduct hardware-in-the-loop mission tasks on the HELLFIRE and COPPERHEAD missile systems. These systems presently use a LASER seeker. The facility is an ideal candidate to be converted to include infrared (IR) seekers used on the TGSM system. This study investigates the possibility and impact of a facility update. This report documents the feasibility of developing a hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) hybrid simulation incorporating infrared IR seekers used for the Assault Breaker program. Other hardware to be considered are the autopilot, signal conditioning, signal processing, and actuators which may be integrated into the system simulation. Considerations are given to replacing all or elements of hardware while substituting math models in the system simulation.

  10. Discovering correlated fermions using quantum Monte Carlo.

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    Wagner, Lucas K; Ceperley, David M

    2016-09-01

    It has become increasingly feasible to use quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods to study correlated fermion systems for realistic Hamiltonians. We give a summary of these techniques targeted at researchers in the field of correlated electrons, focusing on the fundamentals, capabilities, and current status of this technique. The QMC methods often offer the highest accuracy solutions available for systems in the continuum, and, since they address the many-body problem directly, the simulations can be analyzed to obtain insight into the nature of correlated quantum behavior. PMID:27518859

  11. 8B structure in Fermionic Molecular Dynamics

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    Henninger, K. R.; Neff, T.; Feldmeier, H.

    2015-04-01

    The structure of the light exotic nucleus 8B is investigated in the Fermionic Molecular Dynamics (FMD) model. The decay of 8B is responsible for almost the entire high- energy solar-neutrino flux, making structure calculations of 8B important for determining the solar core temperature. 8B is a proton halo candidate thought to exhibit clustering. FMD uses a wave-packet basis and is well-suited for modelling clustering and halos. For a multiconfiguration treatment we construct the many-body Hilbert space from antisymmetrised angular-momentum projected 8-particle states. First results show formation of a proton halo.

  12. Generating functions for canonical systems of fermions.

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    Pain, Jean-Christophe; Gilleron, Franck; Porcherot, Quentin

    2011-06-01

    The method proposed by Pratt to derive recursion relations for systems of degenerate fermions [S. Pratt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 4255 (2000)] relies on diagrammatic techniques. This efficient formalism assumes no explicit two-body interactions, makes possible the inclusion of conservation laws, and requires low computational time. In this Brief Report, we show that such recursion relations can be obtained from generating functions, without any restriction in relation to the number of conservation laws (e.g., total energy or angular momentum). PMID:21797523

  13. Discovering correlated fermions using quantum Monte Carlo

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    Wagner, Lucas K.; Ceperley, David M.

    2016-09-01

    It has become increasingly feasible to use quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods to study correlated fermion systems for realistic Hamiltonians. We give a summary of these techniques targeted at researchers in the field of correlated electrons, focusing on the fundamentals, capabilities, and current status of this technique. The QMC methods often offer the highest accuracy solutions available for systems in the continuum, and, since they address the many-body problem directly, the simulations can be analyzed to obtain insight into the nature of correlated quantum behavior.

  14. Continuum regularization of gauge theory with fermions

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    Chan, H.S.

    1987-03-01

    The continuum regularization program is discussed in the case of d-dimensional gauge theory coupled to fermions in an arbitrary representation. Two physically equivalent formulations are given. First, a Grassmann formulation is presented, which is based on the two-noise Langevin equations of Sakita, Ishikawa and Alfaro and Gavela. Second, a non-Grassmann formulation is obtained by regularized integration of the matter fields within the regularized Grassmann system. Explicit perturbation expansions are studied in both formulations, and considerable simplification is found in the integrated non-Grassmann formalism.

  15. Some Improved Nonperturbative Bounds for Fermionic Expansions

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    Lohmann, Martin

    2016-06-01

    We reconsider the Gram-Hadamard bound as it is used in constructive quantum field theory and many body physics to prove convergence of Fermionic perturbative expansions. Our approach uses a recursion for the amplitudes of the expansion, discovered in a model problem by Djokic (2013). It explains the standard way to bound the expansion from a new point of view, and for some of the amplitudes provides new bounds, which avoid the use of Fourier transform, and are therefore superior to the standard bounds for models like the cold interacting Fermi gas.

  16. Zero-point energy of confined fermions

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    Milton, K.A.

    1980-01-01

    A closed form for the reduced Green's function of massless fermions in the interior of a spherical bag is obtained. In terms of this Green's function, the corresponding zero-point or Casimir energy is computed. It is proposed that a resulting quadratic divergence can be absorbed by renormalizing a suitable parameter in the bag model (that is, absorbed by a contact term). The residual Casimir stress is attractive, but smaller than the repulsive Casimir stress of gluons in the model. The result for the total zero-point energy is in substantial disagreement with bag model phenomenological values.

  17. Boson formulation of fermion field theories

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    Ha, Y.K.

    1984-04-15

    The nonperturbative connection between a canonical Fermi field and a canonical Bose field in two dimensions is developed and its validity verified according to the tenets of quantum field theory. We advocate the point of view that a boson formulation offers a unifying theme in understanding the structure of many theories. This is illustrated by the boson formulation of a multifermion theory with chiral and internal symmetries. Many features of the massless theory, such as dynamical mass generation with asymptotic-freedom behavior, hidden chiral symmetry, and connections with models of apparently different internal symmetries, are readily transparent through such fermion-boson metamorphosis.

  18. Complete Boson-Fermion Model of Superconductivity

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    de Llano, Manuel

    2003-03-01

    The unification of the 1957 BCS theory with that of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) that gives roughly good first-principles transition temperature Tc predictions in either 2D or 3D for all of the ``Uemura plot'' ``exotic'' or conventional superconductors without abandoning the much-maligned phonon interaction mechanism has recently been achieved [1]-[3]. The same dynamical mechanism also allows for room-temperature superconductivity. The only condition is that one depart moderately from the perfect electron (e)-/hole (h)-Cooper-pair (CP) symmetry to which BCS (and indeed also the somewhat more general BCS-Bose crossover) theory are restricted by construction. It now becomes feasible to explain, among other things, why largely all superconductors empirically have substantially higher T_c's if their normal-state charge carriers are holes rather than electrons. A complete (in the sense that 2h-CPs are not ignored) boson-fermion model (CBFM) has been developed that reduces in the appropriate special cases to: a) ordinary BCS theory for weak boson-fermion coupling; b) the BCS-Bose ``crossover'' theory dating back to 1967; and, for no 2h-CPs to: c) the 1989 boson-fermion (BF) BEC model by T.D. Lee et al. of superconductors which without 2h-CPs is unrelated to BCS theory; d) an ideal BF binary-gas model [4] predicting nonzero BEC T_c's even in 2D; and finally to e) ordinary BEC (1925). The CBFM is a BF statistical model similar to those developed in the mid-50's by Schafroth, Blatt & Butler but which now includes 2h-CPs on an equal footing with 2e-CPs, and which unlike these models also contains the empirically well-established fermionic energy gap. [1] V.V. Tolmachev, Phys. Lett. A 266, 400 (2000). [2] M. Fortes, M.A. Solis, M. de Llano & V.V. Tolmachev, Physica C 364, 95 (2001). [3] M. de Llano & V.V. Tolmachev, Physica A 317, 546 (2003). [4] M. Casas, N.J. Davidson, M. de Llano, T.A. Mamedov, A. Puente, R.M. Quick, A. Rigo & M.A. Solis, Physica A 295, 146 (2001

  19. Reducing finite lattice spacing errors for staggered fermions

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    Luo, Yubing

    1998-12-01

    In this thesis we study on-shell-improved lattice QCD with staggered fermions using Symanzik's improvement program. We present a complete and detailed discussion of the finite lattice spacing corrections to staggered fermion matrix elements. Expanding upon arguments of Sharpe, we explicitly implement the Symanzik improvement program demonstrating the absence of order a terms in the on-shell-improved action. We propose a general program to improve fermion operators to remove all O(a) corrections from their matrix elements, and demonstrate this program for the examples of matrix elements of fermion bilinears and BK. We find the former does have O(a) corrections while the latter does not. Also, we give an explicit form of lattice currents which are accurate to order a2 at the tree-level. Furthermore, we find that there are as many as 15 independent lattice operators of dimension-6 (including both gauge and fermion operators) which must be added to the unimproved action to form an O(a2)-improved action. Among them, the total number of dimension-6 gauge operators and fermion bilinears is 5. The other ten terms are four- fermion operators. At the tree level and tadpole-improved tree level, all ten four-fermion operators are absent.

  20. Elementary formula for entanglement entropies of fermionic systems

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    Levay, Peter; Nagy, Szilvia; Pipek, Janos

    2005-08-15

    An elementary formula for the von Neumann and Renyi entropies describing quantum correlations in two-fermionic systems having four single-particle states is presented. An interesting geometric structure of fermionic entanglement is revealed. A connection with the generalized Pauli principle is established.

  1. Charged fermions tunneling from accelerating and rotating black holes

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    Rehman, Mudassar; Saifullah, K. E-mail: saifullah@qau.edu.pk

    2011-03-01

    We study Hawking radiation of charged fermions from accelerating and rotating black holes with electric and magnetic charges. We calculate the tunneling probabilities of incoming and outgoing fermionic particles and find the Hawking temperature of these black holes. We also provide an explicit expression of the classical action for the massive and massless particles in the background of these black holes.

  2. A streamlined method for chiral fermions on the lattice

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    Bodwin, G.T. . High Energy Physics Div.); Kovacs, E.V. )

    1992-11-10

    We discussed the use of renormalization counterterms to restore the chiral gauge symmetry in a lattice theory of Wilson fermions. We show that a large class of counterterms can be implemented automatically by making a simple modification to the fermion determinant.

  3. Observing fermionic statistics with photons in arbitrary processes

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    Matthews, Jonathan C. F.; Poulios, Konstantinos; Meinecke, Jasmin D. A.; Politi, Alberto; Peruzzo, Alberto; Ismail, Nur; Wörhoff, Kerstin; Thompson, Mark G.; O'Brien, Jeremy L.

    2013-01-01

    Quantum mechanics defines two classes of particles-bosons and fermions-whose exchange statistics fundamentally dictate quantum dynamics. Here we develop a scheme that uses entanglement to directly observe the correlated detection statistics of any number of fermions in any physical process. This approach relies on sending each of the entangled particles through identical copies of the process and by controlling a single phase parameter in the entangled state, the correlated detection statistics can be continuously tuned between bosonic and fermionic statistics. We implement this scheme via two entangled photons shared across the polarisation modes of a single photonic chip to directly mimic the fermion, boson and intermediate behaviour of two-particles undergoing a continuous time quantum walk. The ability to simulate fermions with photons is likely to have applications for verifying boson scattering and for observing particle correlations in analogue simulation using any physical platform that can prepare the entangled state prescribed here. PMID:23531788

  4. Beyond Dirac and Weyl fermions: Unconventional quasiparticles in conventional crystals.

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    Bradlyn, Barry; Cano, Jennifer; Wang, Zhijun; Vergniory, M G; Felser, C; Cava, R J; Bernevig, B Andrei

    2016-08-01

    In quantum field theory, we learn that fermions come in three varieties: Majorana, Weyl, and Dirac. Here, we show that in solid-state systems this classification is incomplete, and we find several additional types of crystal symmetry-protected free fermionic excitations. We exhaustively classify linear and quadratic three-, six-, and eight-band crossings stabilized by space group symmetries in solid-state systems with spin-orbit coupling and time-reversal symmetry. Several distinct types of fermions arise, differentiated by their degeneracies at and along high-symmetry points, lines, and surfaces. Some notable consequences of these fermions are the presence of Fermi arcs in non-Weyl systems and the existence of Dirac lines. Ab initio calculations identify a number of materials that realize these exotic fermions close to the Fermi level. PMID:27445310

  5. Fermion tunneling from higher-dimensional black holes

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    Lin, Kai; Yang, Shu-Zheng

    2009-03-01

    Via the semiclassical approximation method, we study the 1/2-spin fermion tunneling from a higher-dimensional black hole. In our work, the Dirac equations are transformed into a simple form, and then we simplify the fermion tunneling research to the study of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation in curved space-time. Finally, we get the fermion tunneling rates and the Hawking temperatures at the event horizon of higher-dimensional black holes. We study fermion tunneling of a higher-dimensional Schwarzschild black hole and a higher-dimensional spherically symmetric quintessence black hole. In fact, this method is also applicable to the study of fermion tunneling from four-dimensional or lower-dimensional black holes, and we will take the rainbow-Finsler black hole as an example in order to make the fact explicit.

  6. Fermion tunneling from higher-dimensional black holes

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    Lin Kai; Yang Shuzheng

    2009-03-15

    Via the semiclassical approximation method, we study the 1/2-spin fermion tunneling from a higher-dimensional black hole. In our work, the Dirac equations are transformed into a simple form, and then we simplify the fermion tunneling research to the study of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation in curved space-time. Finally, we get the fermion tunneling rates and the Hawking temperatures at the event horizon of higher-dimensional black holes. We study fermion tunneling of a higher-dimensional Schwarzschild black hole and a higher-dimensional spherically symmetric quintessence black hole. In fact, this method is also applicable to the study of fermion tunneling from four-dimensional or lower-dimensional black holes, and we will take the rainbow-Finsler black hole as an example in order to make the fact explicit.

  7. Quantum phases of AB 2 fermionic chains

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    Murcia-Correa, L. S.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2016-02-01

    A fermionic chain is a one-dimensional system with fermions that interact locally and can jump between sites in the lattice, in particular an AB n chain type, where A and B are sites that exhibit a difference in energy level of Δ and site B is repeated n-times, such that the unit cell has n +1 sites. A limit case of this model, called the ionic Hubbard model (n = 1), has been widely studied due to its interesting physics and applications. In this paper, we study the ground state of an AB 2 chain, which describes the material R 4[Pt 2(P 2O5H2)4X] · nH 2 O. Specifically, we consider a filling with two electrons per unit cell, and using the density matrix renormalization group method we found that the system exhibits the band insulator and Mott correlated insulator phases, as well as an intermediate phase between them. For couplings of Δ = 2,10 and 20, we estimate the critical points that separate these phases through the structure factor and the energy gap in the sector of charge and spin, finding that the position of the critical point rises as a function of Δ.

  8. Perturbative Corrections for Staggered Fermion Bilinears

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    Patel, Apoorva; Sharpe, Stephen

    1992-01-01

    We calculate the perturbative corrections to fermion bilinears that are used in numerical simulations when extracting weak matric elements using staggered fermions.This extends previous calculations of Golterman and Smit, and Daniel and Sheard.In particular, we calculate the corrections for non-local bilinears defined in Landau gauge with gauge links excluded.We do this for the simplest operators, i.e. those defined on a 2^4 hypercube, and for tree level improved operators which live on 4^4 hypercubes.We also consider gauge invariant operators in which the "tadpole" contributions are suppressed by projecting the sums of products of gauge links back in to the gauge group.In all cases, we find that the variation in the size of the perturbative corrections is smaller than those with the gauge invariant unimproved operators.This is most strikingly true for the smeared operators.We investigate the efficacy of the mean-field method of Lepage and Mackenzie at summing up tadpole

  9. New Fermionic Soft Theorems for Supergravity Amplitudes.

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    Chen, Wei-Ming; Huang, Yu-Tin; Wen, Congkao

    2015-07-10

    Soft limits of a massless S matrix are known to reflect the symmetries of the theory. In particular, for theories with Goldstone bosons, the double-soft limit of scalars reveals the coset structure of the vacuum manifold. In this Letter, we propose that such universal double-soft behavior is not only true for scalars, but also for spin-1/2 particles in four dimensions and fermions in three dimensions. We first consider the Akulov-Volkov theory and demonstrate that the double-soft limit of Goldstinos yields the supersymmetry algebra. More surprisingly, we also find that amplitudes in 4≤N≤8 supergravity theories in four dimensions as well as N=16 supergravity in three dimensions behave universally in the double-soft-fermion limit, analogous to the scalar ones. The validity of the new soft theorems at loop level is also studied. The results for supergravity are beyond what is implied by supersymmetry Ward identities and may impose nontrivial constraints on the possible counterterms for supergravity theories. PMID:26207460

  10. Search for Majorana fermions in topological superconductors.

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    Pan, Wei; Shi, Xiaoyan; Hawkins, Samuel D.; Klem, John Frederick

    2014-10-01

    The goal of this project is to search for Majorana fermions (a new quantum particle) in a topological superconductor (a new quantum matter achieved in a topological insulator proximitized by an s-wave superconductor). Majorana fermions (MFs) are electron-like particles that are their own anti-particles. MFs are shown to obey non-Abelian statistics and, thus, can be harnessed to make a fault-resistant topological quantum computer. With the arrival of topological insulators, novel schemes to create MFs have been proposed in hybrid systems by combining a topological insulator with a conventional superconductor. In this LDRD project, we will follow the theoretical proposals to search for MFs in one-dimensional (1D) topological superconductors. 1D topological superconductor will be created inside of a quantum point contact (with the metal pinch-off gates made of conventional s-wave superconductors such as niobium) in a two-dimensional topological insulator (such as inverted type-II InAs/GaSb heterostructure).

  11. IR Spot Weld Inspect

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    Chen, Jian; Feng, Zhili

    2014-01-01

    In automotive industry, destructive inspection of spot welds is still the mandatory quality assurance method due to the lack of efficient non-destructive evaluation (NDE) tools. However, it is costly and time-consuming. Recently at ORNL, a new NDE prototype system for spot weld inspection using infrared (IR) thermography has been developed to address this problem. This software contains all the key functions that ensure the NDE system to work properly: system input/output control, image acquisition, data analysis, weld quality database generation and weld quality prediction, etc.

  12. IR Spot Weld Inspect

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2014-01-01

    In automotive industry, destructive inspection of spot welds is still the mandatory quality assurance method due to the lack of efficient non-destructive evaluation (NDE) tools. However, it is costly and time-consuming. Recently at ORNL, a new NDE prototype system for spot weld inspection using infrared (IR) thermography has been developed to address this problem. This software contains all the key functions that ensure the NDE system to work properly: system input/output control, image acquisition, datamore » analysis, weld quality database generation and weld quality prediction, etc.« less

  13. Symmetry-protected topological orders for interacting fermions: Fermionic topological nonlinear σ models and a special group supercohomology theory

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    Gu, Zheng-Cheng; Wen, Xiao-Gang

    2014-09-01

    Symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases are gapped short-range-entangled quantum phases with a symmetry G, which can all be smoothly connected to the trivial product states if we break the symmetry. It has been shown that a large class of interacting bosonic SPT phases can be systematically described by group cohomology theory. In this paper, we introduce a (special) group supercohomology theory which is a generalization of the standard group cohomology theory. We show that a large class of short-range interacting fermionic SPT phases can be described by the group supercohomology theory. Using the data of supercocycles, we can obtain the ideal ground state wave function for the corresponding fermionic SPT phase. We can also obtain the bulk Hamiltonian that realizes the SPT phase, as well as the anomalous (i.e., non-onsite) symmetry for the boundary effective Hamiltonian. The anomalous symmetry on the boundary implies that the symmetric boundary must be gapless for (1+1)-dimensional [(1+1)D] boundary, and must be gapless or topologically ordered beyond (1+1)D. As an application of this general result, we construct a new SPT phase in three dimensions, for interacting fermionic superconductors with coplanar spin order (which have T2=1 time-reversal Z2T and fermion-number-parity Z2f symmetries described by a full symmetry group Z2T×Z2f). Such a fermionic SPT state can neither be realized by free fermions nor by interacting bosons (formed by fermion pairs), and thus are not included in the K-theory classification for free fermions or group cohomology description for interacting bosons. We also construct three interacting fermionic SPT phases in two dimensions (2D) with a full symmetry group Z2×Z2f. Those 2D fermionic SPT phases all have central-charge c =1 gapless edge excitations, if the symmetry is not broken.

  14. SU(8) Family Unification with Boson Fermion Balance

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    Adler, Stephen L.

    2015-03-01

    We formulate an SU(8) family unification model motivated by requiring that the theory should incorporate the graviton, gravitinos, and the fermions and gauge fields of the standard model, with boson.fermion balance. Gauge field SU(8) anomalies cancel between the gravitinos and spin 1/2 fermions. The 56 of scalars breaks SU(8) to SU(3)family×SU(5)×U(1)/Z5, with the fermion representation content needed for "flipped" SU(5) with three families, and with residual scalars in the 10 and overline {10} representations that break flipped SU(5) to the standard model. Dynamical symmetry breaking can account for the generation of 5 representation scalars needed to break the electroweak group. Yukawa couplings of the 56 scalars to the fermions are forbidden by chiral and gauge symmetries, so in the first stage of SU(8) breaking fermions remain massless. In the limit of vanishing gauge coupling, there are N = 1 and N = 8 supersymmetries relating the scalars to the fermions, which restrict the form of scalar self-couplings and should improve the convergence of perturbation theory, if not making the theory finite and "calculable." In an Appendix we give an analysis of symmetry breaking by a Higgs component, such as the (1, 1)(-15) of the SU(8) 56 under SU(8) ⊃ SU(3) × SU(5) × U(1), which has nonzero U(1) generator.

  15. Polarization of massive fermions in a vortical fluid

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    Fang, Ren-hong; Pang, Long-gang; Wang, Qun; Wang, Xin-nian

    2016-08-01

    Fermions become polarized in a vortical fluid due to spin-vorticity coupling. Such a polarization can be calculated from the Wigner function in a quantum kinetic approach. By extending previous results for chiral fermions, we derive the Wigner function for massive fermions up to next-to-leading order in spatial gradient expansion. The polarization density of fermions can be calculated from the axial vector component of the Wigner function and is found to be proportional to the local vorticity ω . The polarizations per particle for fermions and antifermions decrease with the chemical potential and increase with energy (mass). Both quantities approach the asymptotic value ℏ ω /4 in the large energy (mass) limit. The polarization per particle for fermions is always smaller than that for antifermions, whose ratio of fermions to antifermions also decreases with the chemical potential. The polarization per particle on the Cooper-Frye freeze-out hypersurface can also be formulated and is consistent with the previous result of Becattini et al.

  16. Dynamical fermion mass generation and exciton spectra in graphene

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    Zhang Chunxu; Liu Guozhu; Huang Mingqiu

    2011-03-15

    The Coulomb interaction between massless Dirac fermions may induce dynamical chiral symmetry breaking by forming excitonic pairs in clean graphene, leading to semimetal-insulator transition. If the Dirac fermions have zero bare mass, an exact continuous chiral symmetry is dynamically broken and thus there are massless Goldstone excitons. If the Dirac fermions have a small bare mass, an approximate continuous chiral symmetry is dynamically broken and the resultant Goldstone-type excitons become massive, which is analogous to what happens in QCD. In this paper, after solving the Dyson-Schwinger gap equation in the presence of a small bare fermion mass, we found a remarkable reduction of the critical Coulomb interaction strength for excitonic pair formation and a strong enhancement of dynamical fermion mass. We then calculate the masses of Goldstone-type excitons using the Shifman-Vainshtein-Zakharov sum-rule method and operator product expansion technique developed in QCD and find that the exciton masses are much larger than bare fermion mass but smaller than the width of dynamical fermion mass gap. We also study the spin susceptibilities and estimate the masses of non-Goldstone-type excitons using the same tools.

  17. Excited Baryons from the FLIC Fermion Action

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    Melnitchouk, Wally; Hedditch, J N; Leinweber, D B; Williams, A G; Zanoti, J; Zhang, J B

    2002-06-01

    Masses of positive and negative parity excited nucleons and hyperons are calculated in quenched lattice QCD using an order (a{sup 2}) improved gluon action and a fat-link clover fermion action in which only the irrelevant operators are constructed with fat links. The results are in agreement with earlier N* simulations with improved actions, and exhibit a clear mass splitting between the nucleon and its parity partner, as well as a small mass splitting between the low-lying J{sup P}=1/2{sup -}N* states. Study of different Lambda interpolating fields suggests a similar splitting between the lowest two 1/2{sup -}Lambda* states, although the empirical mass suppression of the Lambda*(1405) is not seen.

  18. Penguin diagrams for improved staggered fermions

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    Lee, Weonjong

    2005-01-01

    We calculate, at the one-loop level, penguin diagrams for improved staggered fermion operators constructed using various fat links. The main result is that diagonal mixing coefficients with penguin operators are identical between the unimproved operators and the improved operators using such fat links as Fat7, Fat7+Lepage, Fat7, HYP (I) and HYP (II). In addition, it turns out that the off-diagonal mixing vanishes for those constructed using fat links of Fat7, Fat7 and HYP (II). This is a consequence of the fact that the improvement by various fat links changes only the mixing with higher dimension operators and off-diagonal operators. The results of this paper, combined with those for current-current diagrams, provide complete matching at the one-loop level with all corrections of O(g{sup 2}) included.

  19. Standard model fermions and K (E10)

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    Kleinschmidt, Axel; Nicolai, Hermann

    2015-07-01

    In recent work [1] it was shown how to rectify Gell-Mann's proposal for identifying the 48 quarks and leptons of the Standard Model with the 48 spin-1/2 fermions of maximal SO(8) gauged supergravity remaining after the removal of eight Goldstinos, by deforming the residual U(1) symmetry at the SU(3) × U(1) stationary point of N = 8 supergravity, so as to also achieve agreement of the electric charge assignments. In this Letter we show that the required deformation, while not in SU(8), does belong to K (E10), the 'maximal compact' subgroup of E10 which is a possible candidate symmetry underlying M theory. The incorporation of infinite-dimensional Kac-Moody symmetries of hyperbolic type, apparently unavoidable for the present scheme to work, opens up completely new perspectives on embedding Standard Model physics into a Planck scale theory of quantum gravity.

  20. Majorana fermions in nanowires without gating superconductors

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    Lin, Chien-Hung; Hui, Hoi Yin; Sau, Jay; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2011-03-01

    Majorana fermions have been proposed to be realizable at the end of the semiconductor nanowire on top of an s-wave superconductor [1,2]. These proposals require gating the nanowire directly in contact with a superconductor which may be difficult in experiments. We analyze [1,2] in configurations where the wire is only gated away from the superconductor. We show that some signatures of the Majorana mode remain but the Majorana mode is not localized and hence not suitable for quantum computation. Therefore we propose an 1D periodic heterostructure which can support localized Majorana modes at the end of the wire without gating on the superconductor. This work is supported by DARPA-QuEST, JQI-NSF-PFC, and LPS-NSA.

  1. Diagrammatic Monte Carlo for dual fermions

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    Iskakov, Sergei; Antipov, Andrey E.; Gull, Emanuel

    2016-07-01

    We introduce a numerical algorithm to stochastically sample the dual fermion perturbation series around the dynamical mean field theory, generating all topologies of two-particle interaction vertices. We show results in the weak and strong coupling regime of the half-filled Hubbard model in two dimensions, illustrating that the method converges quickly where dynamical mean field theory is a good approximation, and show that corrections are large in the strong correlation regime at intermediate interaction. The fast convergence of dual corrections to dynamical mean field results illustrates the power of the approach and opens a practical avenue towards the systematic inclusion of nonlocal correlations in correlated materials simulations. An analysis of the frequency scale shows that only low-frequency propagators contribute substantially to the diagrams, putting the inclusion of higher order vertices within reach.

  2. Controlling interactions in ultracold fermionic ytterbium-173

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    Höfer, Moritz; Riegger, Luis; Hofrichter, Chrisitian; Rio Fernandes, Diogo; Bloch, Immanuel; Fölling, Simon

    2016-05-01

    The possibility to tune the interactions of ultracold atomic gases with an external magnetic field has become a vital tool for many quantum gas experiments. For fermionic ytterbium-173 both the 1 S0 ground state and 3 P0 metastable state have vanishing angular momentum J = 0 and therefore no magnetic Feshbach resonances are expected. Here we report on the discovery of a novel type of Feshbach resonance, which was predicted to exist due to orbital-mixing interactions. It occurs universally for all hyperfine-state combinations of ytterbium-173 and is located at experimentally accessible magnetic fields. The scattering properties are characterized by inter-orbital cross-thermalization measurements in the bulk as well as high resolution clock-line spectroscopy in a three-dimensional lattice. Furthermore, we study the dynamics of a strongly interacting two-orbital quantum gas in two dimensions.

  3. Topological Thouless pumping of ultracold fermions

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    Nakajima, Shuta; Tomita, Takafumi; Taie, Shintaro; Ichinose, Tomohiro; Ozawa, Hideki; Wang, Lei; Troyer, Matthias; Takahashi, Yoshiro

    2016-04-01

    An electron gas in a one-dimensional periodic potential can be transported even in the absence of a voltage bias if the potential is slowly and periodically modulated in time. Remarkably, the transferred charge per cycle is sensitive only to the topology of the path in parameter space. Although this so-called Thouless charge pump was first proposed more than thirty years ago, it has not yet been realized. Here we report the demonstration of topological Thouless pumping using ultracold fermionic atoms in a dynamically controlled optical superlattice. We observe a shift of the atomic cloud as a result of pumping, and extract the topological invariance of the pumping process from this shift. We demonstrate the topological nature of the Thouless pump by varying the topology of the pumping path and verify that the topological pump indeed works in the quantum regime by varying the speed and temperature.

  4. Fermionic path integrals and local anomalies

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    Roepstorff, G.

    2003-05-01

    No doubt, the subject of path integrals proved to be an immensely fruitful human, i.e. Feynman's idea. No wonder it is more timely than ever. Some even claim that it is the most daring, innovative and revolutionary idea since the days of Heisenberg and Bohr. It is thus likely to generate enthusiasm, if not addiction among physicists who seek simplicity together with perfection. Professor Devreese's long-lasting interest in, if not passion on the subject stems from his firm conviction that, beyond being the tool of choice, path integration provides the key to all quantum phenomena, be it in solid state, atomic, molecular or particle physics as evidenced by the impressive list of publications at the address http://lib.ua.ac.be/AB/a867.html. In this note, I review a pitfall of fermionic path integrals and a way to get around it in situations relevant to the Standard Model of particle physics.

  5. Fermionic density functional at a Feshbach resonance

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    Seidl, Michael; Bhaduri, Rajat K.

    2007-05-15

    We consider a dilute gas of neutral unpolarized fermionic atoms at zero temperature. The atoms interact via a short-range (tunable) attractive interaction. We demonstrate analytically a curious property of the gas at unitarity. Namely, the correlation energy of the gas, evaluated by second-order perturbation theory, has the same density dependence as the first-order exchange energy, and the two almost exactly cancel each other at a Feshbach resonance irrespective of the shape of the potential, provided ({mu}r{sub s})>>1. Here ({mu}){sup -1} is the range of the two-body potential, and r{sub s} is defined through the number density, n=3/(4{pi}r{sub s}{sup 3}). The implications of this result for universality are discussed.

  6. Phenomenology with Wilson fermions using smeared sources

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    Patel, Apoorva; Daniel, D.; Kilcup, Gregory; Gupta, Rajan; Sharpe, Stephen

    1992-01-01

    We investigate the use of two types of non-local ("smeared") sources for quark propagators in quenched lattice QCD at beta=6.0 using Wilson fermions at k=0.154 and 0.155. We present results for the hadron mass spectrum, meson decay constants, quark masses, the chiral condensate and the quark distribution amplitude of the pion. The use of smeared sources leads to a considerable improvement over previous results. We find a disturbing discrepancy between the baryon spectra obtained using Wuppertal and wall sources. We find good signals in the ratio of correlators used to calculate the quark mass and the chiral condensate and show that the extrapolation to the chiral limit is smooth.

  7. Tomography of Majorana fermions with STM tips

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    Chevallier, Denis; Klinovaja, Jelena

    2016-07-01

    We investigate numerically the possibility to detect the spatial profile of Majorana fermions (MFs) by using STM tips that are made of either normal or superconducting material. In both cases, we are able to resolve the localization length and the oscillation period of the MF wave function. We show that the tunneling between the substrate and the tip, necessary to get the information on the wave-function oscillations, has to be weaker in the case of a superconducting probe. In the strong tunneling regime, the differential conductance saturates making it more difficult to observe the exponential decay of MFs. The temperature broadening of the profile is strongly suppressed in the case of the superconducting tip resulting, generally, in better resolution.

  8. Charged fermions tunneling from regular black holes

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    Sharif, M. Javed, W.

    2012-11-15

    We study Hawking radiation of charged fermions as a tunneling process from charged regular black holes, i.e., the Bardeen and ABGB black holes. For this purpose, we apply the semiclassical WKB approximation to the general covariant Dirac equation for charged particles and evaluate the tunneling probabilities. We recover the Hawking temperature corresponding to these charged regular black holes. Further, we consider the back-reaction effects of the emitted spin particles from black holes and calculate their corresponding quantum corrections to the radiation spectrum. We find that this radiation spectrum is not purely thermal due to the energy and charge conservation but has some corrections. In the absence of charge, e = 0, our results are consistent with those already present in the literature.

  9. Composite fermions and broken symmetries in graphene.

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    Amet, F; Bestwick, A J; Williams, J R; Balicas, L; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Goldhaber-Gordon, D

    2015-01-01

    The electronic properties of graphene are described by a Dirac Hamiltonian with a four-fold symmetry of spin and valley. This symmetry may yield novel fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states at high magnetic field depending on the relative strength of symmetry-breaking interactions. However, observing such states in transport remains challenging in graphene, as they are easily destroyed by disorder. In this work, we observe in the first two Landau levels the two-flux composite-fermion sequences of FQH states between each integer filling factor. In particular, the odd-numerator fractions appear between filling factors 1 and 2, suggesting a broken-valley symmetry, consistent with our observation of a gap at charge neutrality and zero field. Contrary to our expectations, the evolution of gaps in a parallel magnetic field suggests that states in the first Landau level are not spin-polarized even up to very large out-of-plane fields. PMID:25562690

  10. Composite fermions and broken symmetries in graphene

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    Amet, F.; Bestwick, A. J.; Williams, J. R.; Balicas, L.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Goldhaber-Gordon, D.

    2015-01-01

    The electronic properties of graphene are described by a Dirac Hamiltonian with a four-fold symmetry of spin and valley. This symmetry may yield novel fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states at high magnetic field depending on the relative strength of symmetry-breaking interactions. However, observing such states in transport remains challenging in graphene, as they are easily destroyed by disorder. In this work, we observe in the first two Landau levels the two-flux composite-fermion sequences of FQH states between each integer filling factor. In particular, the odd-numerator fractions appear between filling factors 1 and 2, suggesting a broken-valley symmetry, consistent with our observation of a gap at charge neutrality and zero field. Contrary to our expectations, the evolution of gaps in a parallel magnetic field suggests that states in the first Landau level are not spin-polarized even up to very large out-of-plane fields.

  11. Reasonable fermionic quantum information theories require relativity

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    Friis, Nicolai

    2016-03-01

    We show that any quantum information theory based on anticommuting operators must be supplemented by a superselection rule deeply rooted in relativity to establish a reasonable notion of entanglement. While quantum information may be encoded in the fermionic Fock space, the unrestricted theory has a peculiar feature: the marginals of bipartite pure states need not have identical entropies, which leads to an ambiguous definition of entanglement. We solve this problem, by proving that it is removed by relativity, i.e., by the parity superselection rule that arises from Lorentz invariance via the spin-statistics connection. Our results hence unveil a fundamental conceptual inseparability of quantum information and the causal structure of relativistic field theory.

  12. Mean-Field Evolution of Fermionic Systems

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    Benedikter, Niels; Porta, Marcello; Schlein, Benjamin

    2014-11-01

    The mean field limit for systems of many fermions is naturally coupled with a semiclassical limit. This makes the analysis of the mean field regime much more involved, compared with bosonic systems. In this paper, we study the dynamics of initial data close to a Slater determinant, whose reduced one-particle density is an orthogonal projection ω N with the appropriate semiclassical structure. Assuming some regularity of the interaction potential, we show that the evolution of such an initial data remains close to a Slater determinant, with reduced one-particle density given by the solution of the Hartree-Fock equation with initial data ω N . Our result holds for all (semiclassical) times, and gives effective bounds on the rate of the convergence towards the Hartree-Fock dynamics.

  13. s-Wave collisional frequency shift of a fermion clock.

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    Hazlett, Eric L; Zhang, Yi; Stites, Ronald W; Gibble, Kurt; O'Hara, Kenneth M

    2013-04-19

    We report an s-wave collisional frequency shift of an atomic clock based on fermions. In contrast to bosons, the fermion clock shift is insensitive to the population difference of the clock states, set by the first pulse area in Ramsey spectroscopy, θ(1). The fermion shift instead depends strongly on the second pulse area θ(2). It allows the shift to be canceled, nominally at θ(2)=π/2, but correlations perturb the null to slightly larger θ(2). The frequency shift is relevant for optical lattice clocks and increases with the spatial inhomogeneity of the clock excitation field, naturally larger at optical frequencies. PMID:23679589

  14. Feshbach resonance described by boson-fermion coupling

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    Domanski, T.

    2003-07-01

    We consider a possibility to describe the Feshbach resonance in terms of the boson-fermion (BF) model. Using such a model, we show that after a gradual disentangling of the boson from fermion subsystem, the resonant-type scattering between fermions is indeed generated. We decouple the subsystems via (a) the single step and (b) the continuous canonical transformation. With the second one, we investigate the feedback effects effectively leading to the finite amplitude of the scattering strength. We study them in detail in the normal T>T{sub c} and superconducting T{<=}T{sub c} states.

  15. On the Modified Palatini Action Coupled to Fermionic Matter

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    Lagraa, Meriem Hadjer

    2010-10-31

    From the generalized Palatini's action proposed recently in [1], we show that we can obtain the standard effective action of the theory of Einstein-Cartan coupled to the fermionic matter without the usual current-current interaction. Therefore, an effective action which is free from the Barbero-Immirzi parameter [2] and the non-vanishing torsion resulting from the presence of the minimal coupling of fermionic matter. This establishes the equivalence between the theories of general relativity and Einstein-Cartan minimally coupled to fermions [3].

  16. Two-dimensional thermofield bosonization II: Massive fermions

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    Amaral, R.L.P.G.

    2008-11-15

    We consider the perturbative computation of the N-point function of chiral densities of massive free fermions at finite temperature within the thermofield dynamics approach. The infinite series in the mass parameter for the N-point functions are computed in the fermionic formulation and compared with the corresponding perturbative series in the interaction parameter in the bosonized thermofield formulation. Thereby we establish in thermofield dynamics the formal equivalence of the massive free fermion theory with the sine-Gordon thermofield model for a particular value of the sine-Gordon parameter. We extend the thermofield bosonization to include the massive Thirring model.

  17. Hidden Fermionic Excitation Boosting High-Temperature Superconductivity in Cuprates.

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    Sakai, Shiro; Civelli, Marcello; Imada, Masatoshi

    2016-02-01

    The dynamics of a microscopic cuprate model, namely, the two-dimensional Hubbard model, is studied with a cluster extension of the dynamical mean-field theory. We find a nontrivial structure of the frequency-dependent self-energies, which describes an unprecedented interplay between the pseudogap and superconductivity. We show that these properties are well described by quasiparticles hybridizing with (hidden) fermionic excitations, emergent from the strong electronic correlations. The hidden fermion enhances superconductivity via a mechanism distinct from a conventional boson-mediated pairing, and originates the normal-state pseudogap. Though the hidden fermion is elusive in experiments, it can solve many experimental puzzles. PMID:26894730

  18. A possible connection between massive fermions and dark energy

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    Goldman, Terrance; Stephenson, G J; Alsing, P M; Mckellar, B H J

    2009-01-01

    In a dense cloud of massive fermions interacting by exchange of a light scalar field, the effective mass of the fermion can become negligibly small. As the cloud expands, the effective mass and the total energy density eventually increase with decreasing density. In this regime, the pressure-density relation can approximate that required for dark energy. They apply this phenomenon to the expansion of the Universe with a very light scalar field and infer relations between the parameters available and cosmological observations. Majorana neutrinos at a mass that may have been recently determined, and fermions such as the Lightest Supersymmetric Particle (LSP) may both be consistent with current observations of dark energy.

  19. Collective Interference of Composite Two-Fermion Bosons

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    Tichy, Malte C.; Bouvrie, Peter Alexander; Mølmer, Klaus

    2012-12-01

    The composite character of two-fermion bosons manifests itself in the interference of many composites as a deviation from the ideal bosonic behavior. A state of many composite bosons can be represented as a superposition of different numbers of perfect bosons and fermions, which allows us to provide the full Hong-Ou-Mandel-like counting statistics of interfering composites. Our theory quantitatively relates the deviation from the ideal bosonic interference pattern to the entanglement of the fermions within a single composite boson.

  20. Hidden Fermionic Excitation Boosting High-Temperature Superconductivity in Cuprates

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    Sakai, Shiro; Civelli, Marcello; Imada, Masatoshi

    2016-02-01

    The dynamics of a microscopic cuprate model, namely, the two-dimensional Hubbard model, is studied with a cluster extension of the dynamical mean-field theory. We find a nontrivial structure of the frequency-dependent self-energies, which describes an unprecedented interplay between the pseudogap and superconductivity. We show that these properties are well described by quasiparticles hybridizing with (hidden) fermionic excitations, emergent from the strong electronic correlations. The hidden fermion enhances superconductivity via a mechanism distinct from a conventional boson-mediated pairing, and originates the normal-state pseudogap. Though the hidden fermion is elusive in experiments, it can solve many experimental puzzles.

  1. Integrated IR sensors

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    Tom, Michael; Trujillo, Edward

    1994-06-01

    Integrated infrared (IR) sensors which exploit modular avionics concepts can provide features such as operational flexibility, enhanced stealthiness, and ease of maintenance to meet the demands of tactical, airborne sensor systems. On-board, tactical airborne sensor systems perform target acquisition, tracking, identification, threat warning, missile launch detection, and ground mapping in support of situation awareness, self-defense, navigation, target attack, weapon support, and reconnaissance activities. The use of sensor suites for future tactical aircraft such as US Air Force's multirole fighter require a blend of sensor inputs and outputs that may vary over time. It is expected that special-role units of these tactical aircraft will be formed to conduct tasks and missions such as anti-shipping, reconnaissance, or suppression of enemy air defenses.

  2. Collider searches and cosmology in the MSSM with heavy scalars

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    Carena, Marcela; Freitas, A.; /Zurich U.

    2006-08-01

    In a variety of supersymmetric extensions of the Standard Model, the scalar partners of the quarks and leptons are predicted to be very heavy and beyond the reach of next-generation colliders. For instance, the realization of electroweak baryogenesis in supersymmetry requires new sources of CP-violation, which can only be naturally accommodated with electric dipole moment constraints if the first and second generation scalar fermions are beyond the TeV scale. Also in focus-point supersymmetry and split supersymmetry the scalar fermions are very heavy. In this work, the phenomenology of scenarios with electroweak baryogenesis and in the focus point region at the LHC and ILC is studied, which becomes challenging due to the presence of heavy scalar fermions. Implications for the analysis of baryogenesis and dark matter are deduced. It is found that precision measurements of superpartner properties allow an accurate determination of the dark matter relic density in both scenarios, while important but only incomplete information about the baryogenesis mechanism can be obtained.

  3. New decay modes of heavy Higgs bosons in a two Higgs doublet model with vectorlike leptons

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    Dermíšek, Radovan; Lunghi, Enrico; Shin, Seodong

    2016-05-01

    In models with extended Higgs sector and additional matter fields, the decay modes of heavy Higgs bosons can be dominated by cascade decays through the new fermions rendering present search strategies ineffective. We investigate new decay topologies of heavy neutral Higgses in two Higgs doublet model with vectorlike leptons. We also discus constraints from existing searches and discovery prospects. Among the most interesting signatures are monojet, mono Z, mono Higgs, and Z and Higgs bosons produced with a pair of charged leptons.

  4. Chiral symmetry and fermion doubling in the zero-mode Landau levels of massless Dirac fermions with disorder

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    Kawarabayashi, Tohru; Honda, Takahiro; Aoki, Hideo; Hatsugai, Yasuhiro

    2013-12-04

    The effect of disorder on the Landau levels of massless Dirac fermions is examined for the cases with and without the fermion doubling. To tune the doubling a tight-binding model having a complex transfer integral is adopted to shift the energies of two Dirac cones, which is theoretically proposed earlier and realizable in cold atoms in an optical lattice. In the absence of the fermion doubling, the n = 0 Landau level is shown to exhibit an anomalous sharpness even if the disorder is uncorrelated in space (i.e., large K-K' scattering). This anomaly occurs when the disorder respects the chiral symmetry of the Dirac cone.

  5. Magnetotransport properties of 2D fermionic systems with k-cubic Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Mawrie, Alestin; Biswas, Tutul; Kanti Ghosh, Tarun

    2014-10-01

    The spin-orbit interaction in heavy hole gas formed at p-doped semiconductor heterojunctions and electron gas at SrTiO3 surfaces is cubic in momentum. Here we report magnetotransport properties of k-cubic Rashba spin-orbit coupled 2D fermionic systems. We study longitudinal and Hall components of the resistivity tensor analytically as well as numerically. The longitudinal resistivity shows a beating pattern due to different Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillation frequencies f± for spin-up and spin-down fermions. We propose empirical forms of f± as exact expressions are not available, which are being used to find locations of the beating nodes. The beating nodes and the number of oscillations between any two successive nodes obtained from exact numerical results are in excellent agreement with those calculated from the proposed empirical formula. In the Hall resistivity, an additional Hall plateau appears between the two conventional ones as the spin-orbit coupling constant increases. The width of this additional plateau increases with spin-orbit coupling constant.

  6. Observation of two-orbital spin-exchange interactions with ultracold SU(N)-symmetric fermions

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    Scazza, F.; Hofrichter, C.; Höfer, M.; de Groot, P. C.; Bloch, I.; Fölling, S.

    2014-10-01

    Spin-exchanging interactions govern the properties of strongly correlated electron systems such as many magnetic materials. When orbital degrees of freedom are present, spin exchange between different orbitals often dominates, leading to the Kondo effect, heavy fermion behaviour or magnetic ordering. Ultracold ytterbium or alkaline-earth ensembles have attracted much recent interest as model systems for these effects, with two (meta-) stable electronic configurations representing independent orbitals. We report the observation of spin-exchanging contact interactions in a two-orbital SU(N)-symmetric quantum gas realized with fermionic 173Yb. We find strong inter-orbital spin exchange by spectroscopic characterization of all interaction channels and demonstrate SU(N = 6) symmetry within our measurement precision. The spin-exchange process is also directly observed through the dynamic equilibration of spin imbalances between ensembles in separate orbitals. The realization of an SU(N)-symmetric two-orbital Hubbard Hamiltonian opens the route to quantum simulations with extended symmetries and with orbital magnetic interactions, such as the Kondo lattice model.

  7. Search strategies for TeV scale fermionic top partners with charge 2/3

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    Backović, Mihailo; Flacke, Thomas; Kim, Jeong Han; Lee, Seung J.

    2016-04-01

    Searches for fermionic top partners at the TeV scale will bring forward a new final state kinematic regime and event topologies, where Run I search strategies will inevitably fail. We propose concrete search strategies for singly produced charge 2/3 fermionic top partners ( T ') adequate for LHC Run II. Our analysis spans over all of the T' decay modes (i.e. tZ, th and Wb) where we present detailed discussion of the search performances, signal efficiencies and backgrounds rates. Our LHC Run II search proposals utilize signatures with large missing energy and leptons, as well as jet substructure observables for tagging of boosted heavy SM states, customized b-tagging tactics and forward jet tagging. We analyze the prospects for discovery and exclusion of T ' models within the framework of partially composite quarks at the LHC Run II. Our results show that the LHC Run II has good prospects for observing T ' models which predict single production cross section of σ T ' ˜ 70 - 140 (30 - 65) fb for M T ' = 1 (1 .5) TeV respectively with 100 fb-1 of integrated luminosity, depending on the branching ratios of the T '. Similarly, we find that cross sections of σ T ' ˜ 27 - 60 (13 - 24) fb for M T ' = 1 (1 .5) TeV respectively can be excluded with the same amount of data. Our results are minimally model dependent and can be applied to most T ' models where Γ T ' ≪ M T '.

  8. Skyrmion Superfluidity in Two-Dimensional Interacting Fermionic Systems

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    Palumbo, Giandomenico; Cirio, Mauro

    2015-01-01

    In this article we describe a multi-layered honeycomb lattice model of interacting fermions which supports a new kind of parity-preserving skyrmion superfluidity. We derive the low-energy field theory describing a non-BCS fermionic superfluid phase by means of functional fermionization. Such effective theory is a new kind of non-linear sigma model, which we call double skyrmion model. In the bi-layer case, the quasiparticles of the system (skyrmions) have bosonic statistics and replace the Cooper-pairs role. Moreover, we show that the model is also equivalent to a Maxwell-BF theory, which naturally establishes an effective Meissner effect without requiring a breaking of the gauge symmetry. Finally, we map effective superfluidity effects to identities among fermionic observables for the lattice model. This provides a signature of our theoretical skyrmion superfluidy that can be detected in a possible implementation of the lattice model in a real quantum system. PMID:26083978

  9. Classical simulation of noninteracting-fermion quantum circuits

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    Terhal, Barbara M.; Divincenzo, David P.

    2002-03-01

    We show that a class of quantum computations that was recently shown to be efficiently simulatable on a classical computer by Valiant [in Proceedings of the 33rd ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (2001), p. 114] corresponds to a physical model of noninteracting fermions in one dimension. We give an alternative proof of his result using the language of fermions and extend the result to noninteracting fermions with arbitrary pairwise interactions, where gates can be conditioned on outcomes of complete von Neumann measurements in the computational basis on other fermionic modes in the circuit. This last result is in remarkable contrast with the case of noninteracting bosons where universal quantum computation can be achieved by allowing gates to be conditioned on classical bits [E. Knill, R. Laflamme, and G. Milburn, Nature (London) 409, 46 (2001)].

  10. Non-relativistic metrics from back-reacting fermions

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    Hung, Ling-Yan; Jatkar, Dileep P.; Sinha, Aninda

    2011-01-01

    It has recently been pointed out that under certain circumstances the back-reaction of charged, massive Dirac fermions causes important modifications to AdS2 spacetimes arising as the near-horizon geometry of extremal black holes. In a WKB approximation, the modified geometry becomes a non-relativistic Lifshitz spacetime. In three dimensions, it is known that integrating out charged, massive fermions gives rise to gravitational and Maxwell Chern-Simons terms. We show that Schrödinger (warped AdS3) spacetimes exist as solutions to a gravitational and Maxwell Chern-Simons theory with a cosmological constant. Motivated by this, we look for warped AdS3 or Schrödinger metrics as exact solutions to a fully back-reacted theory containing Dirac fermions in three and four dimensions. We work out the dynamical exponent in terms of the fermion mass and generalize this result to arbitrary dimensions.

  11. Fermionic Molecular Dynamics for Nuclear Dynamics and Thermodynamics

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    Hasnaoui, K. H. O.; Chomaz, Ph; Gulminelli, F.

    A new Fermionic Molecular Dynamics (FMD) model based on a Skyrme functional is proposed in this paper. After introducing the basic formalism, some first applications to nuclear structure and nuclear thermodynamics are presented.

  12. Theory of Green functions of free Dirac fermions in graphene

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    Hieu Nguyen, Van; Nguyen, Bich Ha; Dung Dinh, Ngoc

    2016-03-01

    This work is the beginning of our research on graphene quantum electrodynamics (GQED), based on the application of the methods of traditional quantum field theory to the study of the interacting system of quantized electromagnetic field and Dirac fermions in single-layer graphene. After a brief review of the known results concerning the lattice and electronic structures of single-layer graphene we perform the construction of the quantum fields of free Dirac fermions and the establishment of the corresponding Heisenberg quantum equations of these fields. We then elaborate the theory of Green functions of Dirac fermions in a free Dirac fermion gas at vanishing absolute temperature T = 0, the theory of Matsubara temperature Green functions and the Keldysh theory of non-equilibrium Green functions.

  13. A note on the loop formula for the fermionic determinant

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    Seiler, Erhard; Stamatescu, Ion-Olimpiu

    2016-08-01

    A formula expressing the fermionic determinant as an infinite product of smaller determinants is derived and discussed. These smaller determinants are of a fixed size, independent of the size of the lattice and are indexed by loops of increasing length.

  14. Asymptotic Safety of the CARTAN Induced Four-Fermion Interaction?

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    Mielke, Eckehard W.

    2015-01-01

    The difference between Einstein's general relativity and its Cartan extension is analyzed within the scenario of asymptotic safety. In particular, the four-fermion interaction is studied which distinguishes the Einstein-Cartan theory from its Riemannian limit.

  15. High-order correlation of chaotic bosons and fermions

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    Liu, Hong-Chao

    2016-08-01

    We theoretically study the high-order correlation functions of chaotic bosons and fermions. Based on the different parity of the Stirling number, the products of the first-order correlation functions are well classified and employed to represent the high-order correlation function. The correlation of bosons conduces a bunching effect, which will be enhanced as order N increases. Different from bosons, the anticommutation relation of fermions leads to the parity of the Stirling number, which thereby results in a mixture of bunching and antibunching behaviors in high-order correlation. By further investigating third-order ghost diffraction and ghost imaging, the differences between the high-order correlations of bosons and fermions are discussed in detail. A larger N will dramatically improve the ghost image quality for bosons, but a good strategy should be carefully chosen for the fermionic ghost imaging process due to its complex correlation components.

  16. Gravitational four-fermion interaction in the early Universe

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    Rudenko, A. S.; Khriplovich, I. B.

    2014-02-01

    If torsion exists, it generates gravitational four-fermion interaction (GFFI), essential on the Planck scale. We analyze the influence of this interaction on the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker cosmology. An explicit analytic solution is derived for the problem where both the energy-momentum tensor generated by GFFI and the common ultrarelativistic energy-momentum tensor are included. We demonstrate that gravitational four-fermion interaction does not result in a Big Bounce.

  17. Gravitational Four-Fermion Interaction in the Early Universe

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    Khriplovich, I.; Rudenko, A.

    If torsion exists, it generates gravitational four-fermion interaction (GFFI), essential on the Planck scale. We analyze the influence of this interaction on the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker cosmology. Explicit analytical solution is derived for the problem where both the energy-momentum tensor generated by GFFI and the common ultrarelativistic energy-momentum tensor are included. We demonstrate that gravitational four-fermion interaction does not result in Big Bounce.

  18. Gravitational four-fermion interaction in the early Universe

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    Khriplovich, I. B.; Rudenko, A. S.

    2014-07-01

    If torsion exists, it generates gravitational four-fermion interaction (GFFI), essential on the Planck scale. We analyze the influence of this interaction on the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker cosmology. Explicit analytical solution is derived for the problem where both the energy-momentum tensor generated by GFFI and the common ultrarelativistic energy-momentum tensor are included. We demonstrate that gravitational four-fermion interaction does not result in Big Bounce.

  19. A gauge field theory of fermionic continuous-spin particles

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    Bekaert, X.; Najafizadeh, M.; Setare, M. R.

    2016-09-01

    In this letter, we suggest a local covariant action for a gauge field theory of fermionic Continuous-Spin Particles (CSPs). The action is invariant under gauge transformations without any constraint on both the gauge field and the gauge transformation parameter. The Fang-Fronsdal equations for a tower of massless fields with all half-integer spins arise as a particular limit of the equation of motion of fermionic CSPs.

  20. Quantum Pumping with Ultracold Atoms on Microchips: Fermions versus Bosons

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    Das, Kunal K.; Aubin, Seth

    2009-09-18

    We present a design for simulating quantum pumping of electrons in a mesoscopic circuit with ultracold atoms in a micromagnetic chip trap. We calculate theoretical results for quantum pumping of both bosons and fermions, identifying differences and common features, including geometric behavior and resonance transmission. We analyze the feasibility of experiments with bosonic {sup 87}Rb and fermionic {sup 40}K atoms with an emphasis on reliable atomic current measurements.

  1. Disorder operators in Chern-Simons-fermion theories

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    Rađičević, Ðorde

    2016-03-01

    Building on the recent progress in solving Chern-Simons-matter theories in the planar limit, we compute the scaling dimensions of a large class of disorder ("monopole") operators in U(N ) k Chern-Simons-fermion theories at all 't Hooft couplings. We find that the lowest-dimension operator of this sort has dimension 2/3{k}^{3/2} . We comment on the implications of these results to analyzing maps of fermionic disorder operators under 3D bosonization.

  2. Reprint of : Floquet Majorana fermions in superconducting quantum dots

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    Benito, Mónica; Platero, Gloria

    2016-08-01

    We consider different configurations of ac driven quantum dots coupled to superconductor leads where Majorana fermions can exist as collective quasiparticles. The main goal is to tune the existence, localization and properties of these zero energy quasiparticles by means of periodically driven external gates. In particular, we analyze the relevance of the system and driving symmetry. We predict the existence of different sweet spots with Floquet Majorana fermions in configurations where they are not present in the undriven system.

  3. Chiral fermions in noncommutative electrodynamics: Renormalizability and dispersion

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    Buric, Maja; Latas, Dusko; Radovanovic, Voja; Trampetic, Josip

    2011-02-15

    We analyze quantization of noncommutative chiral electrodynamics in the enveloping algebra formalism in linear order in noncommutativity parameter {theta}. Calculations show that divergences exist and cannot be removed by ordinary renormalization; however, they can be removed by the Seiberg-Witten redefinition of fields. Performing redefinitions explicitly, we obtain renormalizable Lagrangian and discuss the influence of noncommutativity on field propagation. Noncommutativity affects the propagation of chiral fermions only: half of the fermionic modes become massive and birefringent.

  4. Symmetry-improved 2PI approach to the Goldstone-boson IR problem of the SM effective potential

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    Pilaftsis, Apostolos; Teresi, Daniele

    2016-05-01

    The effective potential of the Standard Model (SM), from three loop order and higher, suffers from infrared (IR) divergences arising from quantum effects due to massless would-be Goldstone bosons associated with the longitudinal polarizations of the W± and Z bosons. Such IR pathologies also hinder accurate evaluation of the two-loop threshold corrections to electroweak quantities, such as the vacuum expectation value of the Higgs field. However, these divergences are an artifact of perturbation theory, and therefore need to be consistently resummed in order to obtain an IR-safe effective potential. The so-called Two-Particle-Irreducible (2PI) effective action provides a rigorous framework to consistently perform such resummations, without the need to resort to ad hoc subtractions or running into the risk of over-counting contributions. By considering the recently proposed symmetry-improved 2PI formalism, we address the problem of the Goldstone-boson IR divergences of the SM effective potential in the gaugeless limit of the theory. In the same limit, we evaluate the IR-safe symmetry-improved 2PI effective potential, after taking into account quantum loops of chiral fermions, as well as the renormalization of spurious custodially breaking effects triggered by fermionic Yukawa interactions. Finally, we compare our results with those obtained with other methods presented in the literature.

  5. A note on the path integral representation for Majorana fermions

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    Greco, Andrés

    2016-04-01

    Majorana fermions are currently of huge interest in the context of nanoscience and condensed matter physics. Different to usual fermions, Majorana fermions have the property that the particle is its own anti-particle thus, they must be described by real fields. Mathematically, this property makes nontrivial the quantization of the problem due, for instance, to the absence of a Wick-like theorem. In view of the present interest on the subject, it is important to develop different theoretical approaches in order to study problems where Majorana fermions are involved. In this note we show that Majorana fermions can be studied in the context of field theories for constrained systems. Using the Faddeev-Jackiw formalism for quantum field theories with constraints, we derived the path integral representation for Majorana fermions. In order to show the validity of the path integral we apply it to an exactly solvable problem. This application also shows that it is rather simple to perform systematic calculations on the basis of the present framework.

  6. Symmetry-protected topological phases in noninteracting fermion systems

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    Wen, Xiao-Gang

    2012-02-01

    Symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases are gapped quantum phases with a certain symmetry, which can all be smoothly connected to the same trivial product state if we break the symmetry. For noninteracting fermion systems with time reversal (T̂), charge conjugation (Ĉ), and/or U(1) (N̂) symmetries, the total symmetry group can depend on the relations between those symmetry operations, such as T̂N̂T̂-1=N̂ or T̂N̂T̂-1=-N̂. As a result, the SPT phases of those fermion systems with different symmetry groups have different classifications. In this paper, we use Kitaev's K-theory approach to classify the gapped free-fermion phases for those possible symmetry groups. In particular, we can view the U(1) as a spin rotation. We find that superconductors with the Sz spin-rotation symmetry are classified by Z in even dimensions, while superconductors with the time reversal plus the Sz spin-rotation symmetries are classified by Z in odd dimensions. We show that all 10 classes of gapped free-fermion phases can be realized by electron systems with certain symmetries. We also point out that, to properly describe the symmetry of a fermionic system, we need to specify its full symmetry group that includes the fermion number parity transformation (-)N̂. The full symmetry group is actually a projective symmetry group.

  7. Gauge covariant fermion propagator in quenched, chirally symmetric quantum electrodynamics

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    Roberts, C.D.; Dong, Z.; Munczek, H.J.

    1995-08-01

    The chirally symmetric solution of the massless, quenched, Dyson-Schwinger equation (DSE) for the fermion propagator in three- and four-dimensional quantum electrodynamics was obtained. The DSEs are a valuable nonperturbative tool for studying field theories. In recent years a good deal of progress was made in addressing the limitations of the DSE approach in the study of Abelian gauge theories. Key to this progress is an understanding of the role of the dressed fermion/gauge-boson vertex in ensuring gauge covariance and multiplicative renormalizability of the solution of the fermion DSE. The solutions we obtain are manifestly gauge covariant and a general gauge covariance constraint on the fermion/gauge-boson vertex is presented, which motivates a vertex Ansatz that, for the first time, both satisfies the Ward identity when the fermion self-mass is zero and ensures gauge covariance of the fermion propagator. This research facilitates gauge-invariant, nonperturbative studies of continuum quantum electrodynamics and has already been used by others in studies of the chiral phase transition.

  8. Zero-temperature equation of state and phase diagram of repulsive fermionic mixtures

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    Fratini, E.; Pilati, S.

    2014-08-01

    We compute the zero-temperature equation of state of a mixture of two fermionic atomic species with repulsive interspecies interactions using second-order perturbation theory. We vary the interaction strength, the population, and the mass imbalance, and we analyze the competition between different states: homogeneous, partially separated, and fully separated. The canonical phase diagrams are determined for various mass ratios, including the experimentally relevant case of the Li6-K40 mixture. We find substantial differences with respect to the equal-mass case: phase separation occurs at weaker interaction strength, and the partially separated state can be stable even in the limit of a large majority of heavy atoms. We highlight the effects due to correlations by making comparisons with previous mean-field results.

  9. Standard Model fermion masses and mixing angles generated in 3HDM

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    Ibarra, A.; Solaguren-Beascoa, A.

    2016-05-01

    We present a framework to generate the mass hierarchies and mixing angles of the fermionic sector of the Standard Model with two extra Higgs doublets and one right-handed neutrino. The masses of the first and second generation are generated by small quantum effects, explaining the hierarchy with the third generation. The model also generates a natural hierarchy between the first and second generation after the assumption that the Yukawa couplings are of rank 1. All the quark and lepton mixing matrices can also be generated by quantum effects, reproducing the hierarchies of the experimental values. The parameters generated radiatively depend logarithmically on the heavy Higgs masses. Therefore this framework can be reconciled with the stringent limits on flavour violation by postulating a sufficiently large new physics scale.

  10. IR Stray Light

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    Petro, Larry

    2009-07-01

    Structures outside the optical path of the detector FOV and the surfaces of optical elements could scatter significant light from bright sources onto the IR FPA. Such structures are oversized by typically a few mm relative to the FOV?s beam. The beam footprint of a source outside the FOV can overlap the edges of those structures, which will cause light to be scattered onto the detector. During ground test, it was found that one per cent of the signal from a target imaged onto the edge of the detector was scattered into an approximately 10 pixel by 100 pixel flare. This on orbit test will: 1} verify that release of gravitational stress has not changed the detector mask, 2} assess the far wing stray light from a sources outside the detector FOV, 3} note any sources of stray light in the near and far field that were not noted during ground test, and 4} assess the surface brightness of the off-detector target PSF relative to the on-detector PSF

  11. Highly anisotropic Dirac fermions in square graphynes

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    Zhang, Lizhi; Wang, Zhengfei; Rao, Jiansheng; Li, Ziheng; Huang, Wulin; Wang, Zhiming; Du, Shixuan; Gao, Hongjun; Liu, Feng

    Recently, there have been intense search of new 2D materials, and one especially appealing class of 2D materials is the all-carbon allotropes of Dirac materials. Here, we predict a new family of 2D carbon allotropes, square graphynes (S-graphynes) that exhibit highly anisotropic Dirac Fermions, using first-principle calculations within density functional theory. The equal-energy contour of their 3D band structure shows a crescent shape, and the Dirac crescent has varying Fermi velocities from 0.6 x 105 to 7.2 x 105 m/s along different k directions. Near the Fermi level, the Dirac crescent can be nicely expressed by an extended 2D Dirac model Hamiltonian. Furthermore, tight-binding band fitting reveals that the Dirac crescent originates from the next-nearest-neighbor interactions between C atoms. Our findings enrich the Dirac physics founded in other 2D Dirac systems, and offer a new design mechanism for creating Dirac band by tuning the interaction range. We envision that the highly anisotropic Dirac crescent may be exploited in all-carbon-based electronic devices for manipulating anisotropic electron propagation.

  12. Highly anisotropic Dirac fermions in square graphynes

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    Zhang, Lizhi; Wang, Zhengfei; Rao, Jiansheng; Li, Ziheng; Huang, Wulin; Wang, Zhiming; Du, Shixuan; Gao, Hongjun; Liu, Feng

    Recently, there have been intense search of new 2D materials, and one especially appealing class of 2D materials is the all-carbon allotropes of Dirac materials. Here, we predict a new family of 2D carbon allotropes, square graphynes (S-graphynes) that exhibit highly anisotropic Dirac Fermions, using first-principle calculations within density functional theory. The equal-energy contour of their 3D band structure shows a crescent shape, and the Dirac crescent has varying Fermi velocities from 0.6 ×105 to 7.2 ×105 m/s along different k directions. Near the Fermi level, the Dirac crescent can be nicely expressed by an extended 2D Dirac model Hamiltonian. Furthermore, tight-binding band fitting reveals that the Dirac crescent originates from the next-nearest-neighbor interactions between C atoms. Our findings enrich the Dirac physics founded in other 2D Dirac systems, and offer a new design mechanism for creating Dirac band by tuning the interaction range. We envision that the highly anisotropic Dirac crescent may be exploited in all-carbon-based electronic devices for manipulating anisotropic electron propagation.

  13. Topological aspects of fermions on hyperdiamond

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    Saidi, E. H.; Fassi-Fehri, O.; Bousmina, M.

    2012-07-15

    Motivated by recent results on the index of the Dirac operator D={gamma}{sup {mu}}D{sub {mu}} of QCD on lattice and also by results on topological features of electrons and holes of two-dimensional graphene, we compute in this paper the index of D for fermions living on a family of even-dimensional lattices denoted as L{sub 2N} and describing the 2N-dimensional generalization of the graphene honeycomb. The calculation of this topological index is done by using the direct method based on solving explicitly the gauged Dirac equation and also by using specific properties of the lattices L{sub 2N}, which are shown to be intimately linked with the weight lattices of SU(2N+ 1). The index associated with the two leading N= 1 and N= 2 elements of this family describe precisely the chiral anomalies of graphene and QCD{sub 4}. Comments on the method using the spectral flow approach as well as the computation of the topological charges on 2-cycles of 2N-dimensional compact supercell in L{sub 2N} and applications to QCD{sub 4} are also given.

  14. Composite fermions for fractionally filled Chern bands

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    Shankar, R.

    2012-02-01

    We consider fractionally filled bands with a non-zero Chern index that exhibit the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in zero external fieldootnotetextR. Roy and S. Sondhi, Physics 4, 46 (2011) and papers reviewed therein. a possibility supported by numerical work.ootnotetextIbid. Analytic treatments are complicated by a non-constant Berry flux and the absence of Composite Fermions (CF), which would not only single out preferred fractions, but also allow us compute numerous response functions at nonzero frequencies, wavelengths and temperature using either Chern-Simons field theory or our Hamiltonian formalism.ootnotetextG. Murthy and R. Shankar, Rev. Mod. Phys., 75, 1101, (2003) We describe a way to introduce CF's by embedding the Chern band in an auxiliary problem involving Landau levels. The embedded band can be designed to approximate a prescribed Chern density in k space which determines the commutation relations of the charge densities and hence preserve all dynamical and algebraic aspects of the original problem. We find some states for which the filling fraction and dimensionless Hall conductance are not equal. The approach extends to two-dimensional time-reversal invariant topological insulators and to composite bosons.

  15. Goldstone bosons and fermions in QCD

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    Zwanziger, Daniel

    2010-06-15

    We consider the version of QCD in Euclidean Landau gauge in which the restriction to the Gribov region is implemented by a local, renormalizable action. This action depends on the Gribov parameter {gamma}, with dimensions of (mass){sup 4}, whose value is fixed in terms of {Lambda}{sub QCD}, by the gap equation, known as the horizon condition, ({partial_derivative}{Gamma}/{partial_derivative}{gamma})=0, where {Gamma} is the quantum effective action. The restriction to the Gribov region suppresses gluons in the infrared, which nicely explains why gluons are not in the physical spectrum, but this only makes more mysterious the origin of the long-range force between quarks. In the present article we exhibit the symmetries of {Gamma}, and show that the solution to the gap equation, which defines the classical vacuum, spontaneously breaks some of the symmetries of {Gamma}. This implies the existence of massless Goldstone bosons and fermions that do not appear in the physical spectrum. Some of the Goldstone bosons may be exchanged between quarks, and are candidates for a long-range confining force. As an exact result we also find that in the infrared limit the gluon propagator vanishes like k{sup 2}.

  16. Majorana fermions in condensed-matter physics

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    Leggett, A. J.

    2016-06-01

    It is an honor and a pleasure to have been invited to give a talk in this conference celebrating the memory of the late Professor Abdus Salam. To my regret, I did not know Professor Salam personally, but I am very aware of his work and of his impact on my area of specialization, condensed matter physics, both intellectually through his ideas on spontaneously broken symmetry and more practically through his foundation of the ICTP. Since I assume that most of this audience are not specialized in condensed-matter physics, I thought I would talk about one topic which to some extent bridges this field and the particle-physics interests of Salam, namely Majorana fermions (M.F.s). However, as we shall see, the parallels which are often drawn in the current literature may be a bit too simplistic. I will devote most of this talk to a stripped-down exposition of the current orthodoxy concerning M.F.s. in condensed-matter physics and their possible applications to topological quantum computing (TQC), and then at the end briefly indicate why I believe this orthodoxy may be seriously misleading.

  17. Dirac Fermions in Nanoassembled Artificial Graphene

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    Gomes, Kenjiro K.; Ko, Wonhee; Mar, Warren; Manoharan, Hari C.

    2011-03-01

    In condensed matter, electronic properties derive from the energy band structure created by a periodic potential formed by the atoms that constitute a particular material. The power to design unique electronic states is ultimately tied to the power to design the atomic lattice. Utilizing the technique of atomic manipulation with a scanning tunneling microscope, we create an artificial lattice potential that reshapes the band structure of a normal 2D electron gas---found in the surface states of a normal metal---into a unique and distinct 2D gas of massless Dirac fermions. We present scanning tunneling spectroscopic measurements of nanoassembled honeycomb electron lattices, and we characterize their band structure through Fourier transform analysis of impurity scattering maps. The control of every atomic position in the lattice provides unprecedented control over physical parameters elusive in natural graphene systems. These abilities include atomically sharp doping configurations and the power to embed topological singularities, resulting in unique electronic states rarely encountered in natural systems. Supported by the DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under contract DE-AC02-76SF00515.

  18. Topological aspects of fermions on hyperdiamond

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    Saidi, E. H.; Fassi-Fehri, O.; Bousmina, M.

    2012-07-01

    Motivated by recent results on the index of the Dirac operator D = γμDμ of QCD on lattice and also by results on topological features of electrons and holes of two-dimensional graphene, we compute in this paper the index of D for fermions living on a family of even-dimensional lattices denoted as {L}_{2N} and describing the 2N-dimensional generalization of the graphene honeycomb. The calculation of this topological index is done by using the direct method based on solving explicitly the gauged Dirac equation and also by using specific properties of the lattices {L} _{2N}, which are shown to be intimately linked with the weight lattices of SU(2N + 1). The index associated with the two leading N = 1 and N = 2 elements of this family describe precisely the chiral anomalies of graphene and QCD4. Comments on the method using the spectral flow approach as well as the computation of the topological charges on 2-cycles of 2N-dimensional compact supercell in {L}_{2N} and applications to QCD4 are also given.

  19. Path Integral Monte Carlo Methods for Fermions

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    Ethan, Ethan; Dubois, Jonathan; Ceperley, David

    2014-03-01

    In general, Quantum Monte Carlo methods suffer from a sign problem when simulating fermionic systems. This causes the efficiency of a simulation to decrease exponentially with the number of particles and inverse temperature. To circumvent this issue, a nodal constraint is often implemented, restricting the Monte Carlo procedure from sampling paths that cause the many-body density matrix to change sign. Unfortunately, this high-dimensional nodal surface is not a priori known unless the system is exactly solvable, resulting in uncontrolled errors. We will discuss two possible routes to extend the applicability of finite-temperatue path integral Monte Carlo. First we extend the regime where signful simulations are possible through a novel permutation sampling scheme. Afterwards, we discuss a method to variationally improve the nodal surface by minimizing a free energy during simulation. Applications of these methods will include both free and interacting electron gases, concluding with discussion concerning extension to inhomogeneous systems. Support from DOE DE-FG52-09NA29456, DE-AC52-07NA27344, LLNL LDRD 10- ERD-058, and the Lawrence Scholar program.

  20. Three Extra Mirror or Sequential Families: Case for a Heavy Higgs Boson and Inert Doublet

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    Martinez, Homero; Melfo, Alejandra; Nesti, Fabrizio; Senjanovic, Goran

    2011-05-13

    We study the possibility of the existence of extra fermion families and an extra Higgs doublet. We find that requiring the extra Higgs doublet to be inert leaves space for three extra families, allowing for mirror fermion families and a dark matter candidate at the same time. The emerging scenario is very predictive: It consists of a standard model Higgs boson, with a mass above 400 GeV, heavy new quarks between 340 and 500 GeV, light extra neutral leptons, and an inert scalar with a mass below M{sub Z}.

  1. Optical/IR from ground

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    Strom, Stephen; Sargent, Wallace L. W.; Wolff, Sidney; Ahearn, Michael F.; Angel, J. Roger; Beckwith, Steven V. W.; Carney, Bruce W.; Conti, Peter S.; Edwards, Suzan; Grasdalen, Gary

    1991-01-01

    Optical/infrared (O/IR) astronomy in the 1990's is reviewed. The following subject areas are included: research environment; science opportunities; technical development of the 1980's and opportunities for the 1990's; and ground-based O/IR astronomy outside the U.S. Recommendations are presented for: (1) large scale programs (Priority 1: a coordinated program for large O/IR telescopes); (2) medium scale programs (Priority 1: a coordinated program for high angular resolution; Priority 2: a new generation of 4-m class telescopes); (3) small scale programs (Priority 1: near-IR and optical all-sky surveys; Priority 2: a National Astrometric Facility); and (4) infrastructure issues (develop, purchase, and distribute optical CCDs and infrared arrays; a program to support large optics technology; a new generation of large filled aperture telescopes; a program to archive and disseminate astronomical databases; and a program for training new instrumentalists)

  2. Study of Majorana fermionic dark matter

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    Chua, Chun-Khiang; Wong, Gwo-Guang

    2016-08-01

    We construct a generic model of Majorana fermionic dark matter (DM). Starting with two Weyl spinor multiplets η1 ,2˜(I ,∓Y ) coupled to the Standard Model Higgs, six additional Weyl spinor multiplets with (I ±1 /2 ,±(Y ±1 /2 )) are needed in general. It has 13 parameters in total, five mass parameters and eight Yukawa couplings. The DM sector of the minimal supersymmetric Standard Model is a special case of the model with (I ,Y )=(1 /2 ,1 /2 ). Therefore, this model can be viewed as an extension of the neutralino DM sector. We consider three typical cases: the neutralinolike, the reduced, and the extended cases. For each case, we survey the DM mass mχ in the range of (1,2500) GeV by random sampling from the model parameter space and study the constraints from the observed DM relic density; the direct search of LUX, XENON100, and PICO experiments; and the indirect search of Fermi-LAT data. We investigate the interplay of these constraints and the differences among these cases. It is found that the direct detection of spin-independent DM scattering off nuclei and the indirect detection of DM annihilation to the W+W- channel will be more sensitive to the DM searches in the near future. The allowed mass for finding H ˜-, B ˜-, W ˜-, and non-neutralino-like DM particles and the predictions on ⟨σ (χ χ →Z Z ,Z H ,t t ¯)v ⟩ in the indirect search are given.

  3. Spin-orbit coupling induced semi-metallic state in the 1/3 hole-doped hyper-kagome Na3Ir3O8

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    Takayama, Tomohiro; Yaresko, Alexander; Matsumoto, Akiyo; Nuss, Jürgen; Ishii, Kenji; Yoshida, Masahiro; Mizuki, Junichiro; Takagi, Hidenori

    2014-01-01

    The complex iridium oxide Na3Ir3O8 with a B-site ordered spinel structure was synthesized in single crystalline form, where the chiral hyper-kagome lattice of Ir ions, as observed in the spin-liquid candidate Na4Ir3O8, was identified. The average valence of Ir is 4.33+ and, therefore, Na3Ir3O8 can be viewed as a doped analogue of the hyper-kagome spin liquid with Ir4+. The transport measurements, combined with the electronic structure calculations, indicate that the ground state of Na3Ir3O8 is a low carrier density semi-metal. We argue that the semi-metallic state is produced by a competition of the molecular orbital splitting of t2g orbitals on Ir3 triangles with strong spin-orbit coupling inherent to heavy Ir ions. PMID:25351992

  4. Charm physics with a nonperturbatively determined relativistic heavy quark action

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    Lin, Huey-Wen

    We explore the methodology of a nonperturbative approach on the lattice to heavy quark calculations. We discuss the application of the regularization-independent (RI) scheme of Rome/Southampton to determining the normalization of heavy quark operators nonperturbatively using the Fermilab action. We study the fermion action needed to accurately describe the low-energy physics of systems including heavy quarks in lattice QCD, even when the heavy fermion mass m is on the order of, or larger than, the inverse lattice spacing: m ≥ 1/a. We carry out an expansion through first order in | p⃗ |a and all orders in ma, refining the analysis of the Fermilab and Tsukuba groups. We demonstrate that the spectrum of heavy quark bound states can be determined accurately through | p⃗ |a and (ma)n for arbitrary exponent n by using a lattice action containing only three unknown coefficients: m0, zeta and cP (a generalization of cSW), which are functions of ma. We propose to determine the coefficients of the relativistic heavy quark action by matching the finite-volume on-shell spectrum with one determined in an exact relativistic theory. The matching relativistic amplitudes may be determined from finite-volume step-scaling recursion. The results will be presented from a step-scaling determination of the coefficients in the relativistic heavy quark action. By matching finite-volume heavy-heavy and heavy-light meson masses, we attempt to determine the three parameters ( m0, zeta, cP) in the on-shell-improved heavy quark action. These calculations are carried out on 163 and 243 spatial volumes for a heavy quark mass approximately that of the charm quark. We use nonperturbative coefficients obtained from the step-scaling method to calculate the charmed meson spectrum on 243, a -1 = 2.4 GeV lattices. The charmonium state masses, including radial excited states, are in reasonable agreement with the experimentally observed spectrum. We find the hyperfine splitting is 77.8(15) MeV with

  5. Integrated uncooled array IR sensors

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    Pevtsov, Eugeny P.; Elkin, Eugeny G.; Pospelova, Marina A.

    1997-08-01

    Technologies enabling low-dissipation designs for uncooled array IR sensors are offered. The technique involves the etching of special buffer layers from under a 1-micrometers membrane followed by deposition of an IR-sensitive film and electrode structure. The electrical and physical properties of plumbum-zirconate-titanate, barium titanate, tetraaminodiphenyl, polyvinylidene fluoride pyroelectric films are compared. A circuit for sensing pyroelectric signals in a CCD is considered.

  6. Valence Fluctuations Revealed by Magnetic Field and Pressure Scans: Comparison with Experiments in YbXCu4 (X=In, Ag, Cd) and CeYIn5 (Y=Ir, Rh)

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

    2009-10-01

    The mechanism of how critical end points of the first-order valence transition (FOVT) are controlled by a magnetic field is discussed. We demonstrate that critical temperature is suppressed to be a quantum critical point (QCP) by a magnetic field. This results explain the field dependence of the isostructural FOVT observed in Ce metal and YbInCu4. Magnetic field scan can make the system reenter in a critical valence fluctuation region. Even in intermediate-valence materials, the QCP is induced by applying a magnetic field, at which magnetic susceptibility also diverges. The driving force of the field-induced QCP is shown to be a cooperative phenomenon of the Zeeman effect and the Kondo effect, which creates a distinct energy scale from the Kondo temperature. The key concept is that the closeness to the QCP of the FOVT is vital in understanding Ce- and Yb-based heavy-fermions. This explains the peculiar magnetic and transport responses in CeYIn5 (Y=Ir, Rh) and metamagnetic transition in YbXCu4 for X=In as well as the sharp contrast between X=Ag and Cd.

  7. Holographic fermions in asymptotically scaling geometries with hyperscaling violation

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    Fan, ZhongYing

    2013-07-01

    We investigate holographic fermions in general asymptotically scaling geometries with hyperscaling violation exponent θ, which is a natural generalization of fermions in Lifshitz space-time. We prove that the retarded Green functions in this background satisfy the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy sum rules by introducing a dynamical source on a UV brane for zero density fermionic systems. The big difference from the Lifshitz case is that the mass of probe fermions decoupled from the UV theory and thus has no longer been restricted by the unitarity bound. We also study finite density fermions at finite temperature, with dynamical exponent z=2. We find that the dispersion relation is linear, but the logarithm of the spectral function is not linearly related to the logarithm of k⊥=k-kF, independent of charge q and θ. Furthermore, we show that, with the increasing of charge, new branches of Fermi surfaces emerge and tend to gather together to form a shell-like structure when the charge reaches some critical value beyond which a wide band pattern appears in the momentum-charge plane. However, all sharp peaks will be smoothed out when θ increases, no matter how much large the charge is.

  8. Signatures of Majorana fermions in an elliptical quantum ring

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    Ghazaryan, Areg; Manaselyan, Aram; Chakraborty, Tapash

    2016-06-01

    We have investigated the signatures of zero-energy Majorana fermions in an anisotropic semiconductor quantum ring that contains a few electrons, has a strong spin-orbit interaction, and proximity coupled to an s -wave superconductor. We have found that for rings with sizes of few hundred angstroms and for certain range of values of the chemical potential and an applied magnetic field, the system is very likely in a topological phase with possible indications of the presence of Majorana fermions. In particular, the ground-state energies and the average electron numbers for the states with even and odd electron numbers are almost identical. We have analyzed the wave functions of Majorana fermions in the ring and have shown that Majorana fermions are well separated from each other in the angular coordinates. We have also determined the charge-density jumps due to the presence of the Majoranas, that are found to be uniformly distributed along the ring and can perhaps be detected by scanning charge measurements. While a definitive proof of the existence of these exotic particles in a ring has not been provided here, our study indicates the likelihood of the presence of these objects in our chosen system. As the semiconductor quantum rings with a few interacting electrons are available in the laboratories, we believe that the long sought-after Majorana fermions could perhaps be observed in such a system.

  9. Fermion actions extracted from lattice super Yang-Mills theories

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    Misumi, Tatsuhiro

    2013-12-01

    We revisit 2D = (2, 2) super Yang-Mills lattice formulation (Sugino model) to investigate its fermion action with two (Majorana) fermion flavors and exact chiral-U(1) R symmetry. We show that the reconcilement of chiral symmetry and absence of further species-doubling originates in the 4D clifford algebra structure of the action, where 2D two flavors are spuriously treated as a single 4D four-spinor with four 4D gamma matrices introduced into kinetic and Wilson terms. This fermion construction based on the higher-dimensional clifford algebra is extended to four dimensions in two manners: (1) pseudo-8D sixteen-spinor treatment of 4D four flavors with eight 8D gamma matrices, (2) pseudo-6D eight-spinor treatment of 4D two flavors with five out of six 6D gamma matrices. We obtain 4D four-species and two-species lattice fermions with unbroken subgroup of chiral symmetry and other essential properties. We discuss their relations to staggered and Wilson twisted-mass fermions. We also discuss their potential feedback to 4D super Yang-Mills lattice formulations.

  10. Effective fermion couplings in warped 5D Higgsless theories

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    Bechi, J.; Casalbuoni, R.; de Curtis, S.; Dominici, D.

    2006-11-01

    We consider a 5-dimensional SU(2) gauge theory with fermions in the bulk and with additional SU(2) and U(1) kinetic terms on the branes. The electroweak breaking is obtained by boundary conditions. After deconstruction, fermions in the bulk are eliminated by using their equations of motion. In this way, standard model fermion mass terms and direct couplings to the internal gauge bosons of the moose are generated. The presence of these new couplings gives a new contribution to the γ3 parameter in addition to the gauge boson term. This allows the possibility of a cancellation between the two contributions, which can be local (site by site) or global. Going back to the continuum, we show that the implementation of local cancellation in any generic warped metric leaves massless fermions. This is due to the presence of one horizon on the infrared brane. However, we can require a global cancellation of the new physics contributions to the γ3 parameter. This fixes relations among the warp factor and the parameters of the fermion and gauge sectors. It turns out that the warping of the metric does not substantially modify the results obtained in the flat case.

  11. Effective fermion couplings in warped 5D Higgsless theories

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    Bechi, J.; Casalbuoni, R.; De Curtis, S.; Dominici, D.

    2006-11-01

    We consider a 5-dimensional SU(2) gauge theory with fermions in the bulk and with additional SU(2) and U(1) kinetic terms on the branes. The electroweak breaking is obtained by boundary conditions. After deconstruction, fermions in the bulk are eliminated by using their equations of motion. In this way, standard model fermion mass terms and direct couplings to the internal gauge bosons of the moose are generated. The presence of these new couplings gives a new contribution to the {epsilon}{sub 3} parameter in addition to the gauge boson term. This allows the possibility of a cancellation between the two contributions, which can be local (site by site) or global. Going back to the continuum, we show that the implementation of local cancellation in any generic warped metric leaves massless fermions. This is due to the presence of one horizon on the infrared brane. However, we can require a global cancellation of the new physics contributions to the {epsilon}{sub 3} parameter. This fixes relations among the warp factor and the parameters of the fermion and gauge sectors. It turns out that the warping of the metric does not substantially modify the results obtained in the flat case.

  12. Consistent interactions for high-spin fermion fields

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    Vrancx, Tom; de Cruz, Lesley; Ryckebusch, Jan; Vancraeyveld, Pieter

    2011-10-01

    We address the issue of consistent interactions for off-shell fermion fields of arbitrary spin. These interactions play a crucial role in the quantum hadrodynamical description of high-spin baryon resonances in hadronic processes. The Rarita-Schwinger (R-S) description of high-spin fermion fields involves unphysical degrees of freedom associated with their lower-spin content. These enter the interaction if not eliminated outright. The invariance condition of the interaction under the unconstrained R-S gauge removes the lower-spin content of the fermion propagator and leads to a consistent description of the interaction. We develop the most general consistent interaction structure for high-spin fermions. We find that the power of the momentum dependence of a consistent interaction rises with the spin of the fermion field. This leads to unphysical structures in the energy dependence of the computed tree-level cross sections when the short-distance physics is cut off with standard hadronic form factors. A spin-dependent hadronic form factor is proposed that suppresses the unphysical artifacts.

  13. Extra neutral scalars with vectorlike fermions at the LHC

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    Gopalakrishna, Shrihari; Mukherjee, Tuhin Subhra; Sadhukhan, Soumya

    2016-03-01

    Many theories beyond the standard model (BSM) contain new C P -odd and C P -even neutral scalars ϕ ={A ,H } , and new vectorlike fermions (ψV L). The couplings of the C P -odd scalar A to two standard model (SM) gauge bosons cannot occur from renormalizable operators in a C P -conserving sector, but can be induced at the quantum loop level. We compute these effective couplings at the 1-loop level induced by the SM fermions and vectorlike fermions, present analytical expressions for them, and plot them numerically. Using the 8 TeV Large Hadron Collider (LHC) γ γ , τ+τ- and t t ¯ channel data, we derive constraints on the effective couplings of the ϕ to standard model gauge bosons and fermions. We present the gluon-fusion channel cross sections of the ϕ at the 8 and 14 TeV LHC, and its branching ratios into SM fermion and gauge-boson pairs. We first present our results in a model independent manner, and then we provide results for some simple models containing ϕ and ψV L in the singlet and doublet representations of S U (2 ). In the doublet case, we focus on the two-Higgs-doublet (2HDM) Type-II and Type-X models in the alignment limit.

  14. IR fiber sources for scene projection

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    Shaw, L. B.; Sanghera, J. S.; Aggarwal, I. D.

    2007-04-01

    Naval Research Laboratory has developed IR transmitting fiber and IR fiber sources which can be used for HWIL testing. IR transmitting fiber is capable of broad transmission from near IR to LWIR and can be formed into bundles for imaging. IR fiber sources are based on rare earth doped glass or nonlinear processes in the glass and are cable of high brightness IR emission. Recently, NRL developed a four emitter MWIR fiber source which is capable of high temperature simulation, high dynamic range, and fast response. New broadband fiber sources based upon IR supercontinuum generation in IR fibers are also being developed. In this paper, we will report on these technologies.

  15. Heavy loads

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    Metz, D.

    1982-01-01

    The extreme pressures on the roof and walls of an earth-sheltered residential home are discussed and the need for careful planning is stressed. Pertinent terms are defined. Footings and wall structure (reinforced concrete walls and concrete block walls) are described. Roofing systems are discussed in detail and illustrated: (1) poured-in-place concrete roof slabs; (2) pre-cast concrete planks; and (3) heavy timber roofs. Insulation of earth-sheltered homes is reviewed in terms of using: (1) urethanes; (2) extruded polystyrene; and (3) expanded polystyrene. Advantages, disadvantages, R-factors, costs, and installation are discussed. (MJJ)

  16. 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.

  17. Quenched dynamics of superconducting Dirac fermions on honeycomb lattice

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    Lu, Ming; Xie, X. C.; X. C. Xie's group Team

    We study the BCS paring dynamics for the superconducting Dirac fermions on honeycomb lattice after a sudden quench of pairing strength. We observe two distinct phases, one is the synchronized phase with undamped oscillations of paring amplitude; the other phase has the paring amplitude oscillates from positive to negative. The exact phase transition point is given by investigating the integrability of the system. Different from the previous work on normal superconducting fermions, which has three distinct phases, our results shows the absence of the Landau damped phase and over damped phase. Moreover, we present a linear analysis in the weakly quenched regime, showing that in a rather long time scale, the dynamics can be approximated as the periodic oscillation with 2Δ∞ angular frequency along with the logarithmic decay of the pairing amplitude, in contrast of the t - 1 / 2 decay for the normal fermions, namely the Landau damped phase. The presenter's advisor.

  18. Experiments with Ultracold Quantum-degenerate Fermionic Lithium Atoms

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    Ketterle, Wolfgang

    2003-01-01

    Experimental methods of laser and evaporative cooling, used in the production of atomic Bose-Einstein condensates have recently been extended to realize quantum degeneracy in trapped Fermi gases. Fermi gases are a new rich system to explore the implications of Pauli exclusion on scattering properties of the system, and ultimately fermionic superfluidity. We have produced a new macroscopic quantum system, in which a degenerate Li-6 Fermi gas coexists with a large and stable Na-23 BEC. This was accomplished using inter-species sympathetic cooling of fermionic 6Li in a thermal bath of bosonic Na-23. We have achieved high numbers of both fermions (less than 10(exp 5) and bosons (less than 10(exp 6), and Li-6 quantum degeneracy corresponding to one half of the Fermi temperature. This is the first time that a Fermi sea was produced with a condensate as a "refrigerator".

  19. Heterotic free fermionic and symmetric toroidal orbifold models

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    Athanasopoulos, P.; Faraggi, A. E.; Nibbelink, S. Groot; Mehta, V. M.

    2016-04-01

    Free fermionic models and symmetric heterotic toroidal orbifolds both constitute exact backgrounds that can be used effectively for phenomenological explorations within string theory. Even though it is widely believed that for Z_2× Z_2 orbifolds the two descriptions should be equivalent, a detailed dictionary between both formulations is still lacking. This paper aims to fill this gap: we give a detailed account of how the input data of both descriptions can be related to each other. In particular, we show that the generalized GSO phases of the free fermionic model correspond to generalized torsion phases used in orbifold model building. We illustrate our translation methods by providing free fermionic realizations for all Z_2× Z_2 orbifold geometries in six dimensions.

  20. Birefringent breakup of Dirac fermions on a square optical lattice

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    Kennett, Malcolm P.; Komeilizadeh, Nazanin; Kaveh, Kamran; Smith, Peter M.

    2011-05-15

    We introduce a lattice model for fermions in a spatially periodic magnetic field that also has spatially periodic hopping amplitudes. We discuss how this model might be realized with cold atoms in an artificial magnetic field on a square optical lattice. When there is an average flux of half a flux quantum per plaquette, the spectrum of low-energy excitations can be described by massless Dirac fermions in which the usually doubly degenerate Dirac cones split into cones with different ''speeds of light.'' These gapless birefringent Dirac fermions arise because of broken chiral symmetry in the kinetic energy term of the effective low-energy Hamiltonian. We characterize the effects of various perturbations to the low-energy spectrum, including staggered potentials, interactions, and domain-wall topological defects.

  1. Gauge invariance and anomalous theories at finite fermionic density

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    Roberge, A. )

    1990-04-15

    We investigate the issue of stability of anomalous matter at finite fermionic density using a two-dimensional toy model. In particular, we pay careful attention to the issue of gauge invariance. We find that, contrary to some recent claims, the effective free energy (obtained by integrating out the fermions) cannot be obtained by the simple inclusion of a Chern-Simons term multiplying the fermionic chemical potential. We obtain some conditions for stability of anomalous charges when some finite density of conserved charge is present as well as for the neutral case. We also show that, under reasonable conditions, no sphaleron-type solution can exist in the toy model unless the anomalous charge density vanishes. We argue that this could be the case for more realistic models as well.

  2. Landau Levels of Majorana Fermions in a Spin Liquid.

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    Rachel, Stephan; Fritz, Lars; Vojta, Matthias

    2016-04-22

    Majorana fermions, originally proposed as elementary particles acting as their own antiparticles, can be realized in condensed-matter systems as emergent quasiparticles, a situation often accompanied by topological order. Here we propose a physical system which realizes Landau levels-highly degenerate single-particle states usually resulting from an orbital magnetic field acting on charged particles-for Majorana fermions. This is achieved in a variant of a quantum spin system due to Kitaev which is distorted by triaxial strain. This strained Kitaev model displays a spin-liquid phase with charge-neutral Majorana-fermion excitations whose spectrum corresponds to that of Landau levels, here arising from a tailored pseudomagnetic field. We show that measuring the dynamic spin susceptibility reveals the Landau-level structure by a remarkable mechanism of probe-induced bound-state formation. PMID:27152821

  3. Yang-Mills Theory and Fermionic Path Integrals

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    Fujikawa, Kazuo

    The Yang-Mills gauge field theory, which was proposed 60 years ago, is extremely successful in describing the basic interactions of fundamental particles. The Yang-Mills theory in the course of its developments also stimulated many important field theoretical machinery. In my talk I discuss the path integral techniques, in particular, the fermionic path integrals which were developed together with the successful applications of quantized Yang-Mills field theory. I start with the Faddeev-Popov path integral formula with emphasis on the treatment of fermionic ghosts as an application of Grassmann numbers. I then discuss the ordinary fermionic path integrals and the general treatment of quantum anomalies. The contents of this talk are mostly pedagogical except for a recent analysis of path integral bosonization.

  4. Yang-Mills theory and fermionic path integrals

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    Fujikawa, Kazuo

    2016-01-01

    The Yang-Mills gauge field theory, which was proposed 60 years ago, is extremely successful in describing the basic interactions of fundamental particles. The Yang-Mills theory in the course of its developments also stimulated many important field theoretical machinery. In this brief review I discuss the path integral techniques, in particular, the fermionic path integrals which were developed together with the successful applications of quantized Yang-Mills field theory. I start with the Faddeev-Popov path integral formula with emphasis on the treatment of fermionic ghosts as an application of Grassmann numbers. I then discuss the ordinary fermionic path integrals and the general treatment of quantum anomalies. The contents of this review are mostly pedagogical except for a recent analysis of path integral bosonization.

  5. Ferromagnetism and Borromean binding in three-fermion clusters.

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    Kornilovitch, Pavel

    2014-02-21

    A three-particle spin-12 fermion problem with on-site repulsion and nearest-neighbor attraction is solved on the two-dimensional square lattice by discretizing a Schrödinger equation in momentum space. Energies of bound complexes (trions) and their binding conditions are obtained. For total spin S=1/2, a wide region of trion instability toward decaying into a stable singlet pair plus a free fermion is identified. The instability is attributed to the formation of a wave function node upon addition of the third fermion. In the S=3/2 sector, trions are found to form in the absence of bound pairs indicating Borromean binding. In the strong coupling limit the system transitions from an S=1/2 ground state to a ferromagnetic S=3/2 ground state in agreement with the Nagaoka theorem for a four-site plaquette. PMID:24579630

  6. Majorana Fermion Surface Code for Universal Quantum Computation

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    Vijay, Sagar; Hsieh, Tim; Fu, Liang

    We introduce an exactly solvable model of interacting Majorana fermions realizing Z2 topological order with a Z2 fermion parity grading and lattice symmetries permuting the three fundamental anyon types. We propose a concrete physical realization by utilizing quantum phase slips in an array of Josephson-coupled mesoscopic topological superconductors, which can be implemented in a wide range of solid state systems, including topological insulators, nanowires or two-dimensional electron gases, proximitized by s-wave superconductors. Our model finds a natural application as a Majorana fermion surface code for universal quantum computation, with a single-step stabilizer measurement requiring no physical ancilla qubits, increased error tolerance, and simpler logical gates than a surface code with bosonic physical qubits. We thoroughly discuss protocols for stabilizer measurements, encoding and manipulating logical qubits, and gate implementations.

  7. Majorana Fermion Surface Code for Universal Quantum Computation

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    Vijay, Sagar; Hsieh, Timothy H.; Fu, Liang

    2015-10-01

    We introduce an exactly solvable model of interacting Majorana fermions realizing Z2 topological order with a Z2 fermion parity grading and lattice symmetries permuting the three fundamental anyon types. We propose a concrete physical realization by utilizing quantum phase slips in an array of Josephson-coupled mesoscopic topological superconductors, which can be implemented in a wide range of solid-state systems, including topological insulators, nanowires, or two-dimensional electron gases, proximitized by s -wave superconductors. Our model finds a natural application as a Majorana fermion surface code for universal quantum computation, with a single-step stabilizer measurement requiring no physical ancilla qubits, increased error tolerance, and simpler logical gates than a surface code with bosonic physical qubits. We thoroughly discuss protocols for stabilizer measurements, encoding and manipulating logical qubits, and gate implementations.

  8. Fermion Mass Renormalization Using Time-dependent Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

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    Kutnink, Timothy; Santrach, Amelia; Hocket, Sarah; Barcus, Scott; Petridis, Athanasios

    2015-10-01

    The time-dependent electromagnetically self-coupled Dirac equation is solved numerically by means of the staggered-leap-frog algorithm with refcecting boundary conditions. The stability region of the method versus the interaction strength and the spatial-grid size over time-step ratio is established. The expectation values of several dynamic operators are then evaluated as functions of time. These include the fermion and electromagnetic energies and the fermion dynamic mass, as the self-interacting spinors are no longer mass-eigenfunctions. There is a characteristic, non-exponential, oscillatory dependence leading to asymptotic constants of these expectation values. In the case of the fermion mass this amounts to renormalization. The dependence of the expectation values on the spatial-grid size is evaluated in detail. Statistical regularization is proposed to remove the grid-size dependence.

  9. Staggered fermions, zero modes, and flavor-singlet mesons

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    Donald, Gordon C; Davies, Christine T.H.; Follana, Eduardo; Kronfeld, Andreas S.

    2011-09-12

    We examine the taste structure of eigenvectors of the staggered-fermion Dirac operator. We derive a set of conditions on the eigenvectors of modes with small eigenvalues (near-zero modes), such that staggered fermions reproduce the 't Hooft vertex in the continuum limit. We also show that, assuming these conditions, the correlators of flavor-singlet mesons are free of contributions singular in 1/m, where m is the quark mass. This conclusion holds also when a single flavor of sea quark is represented by the fourth root of the staggered-fermion determinant. We then test numerically, using the HISQ action, whether these conditions hold onmore » realistic lattice gauge fields. We find that the needed structure does indeed emerge.« less

  10. Mixing of fermions and spectral representation of propagator

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    Kaloshin, A. E.; Lomov, V. P.

    2016-03-01

    We develop the spectral representation of propagator for n mixing fermion fields in the case of P-parity violation. The approach based on the eigenvalue problem for inverse matrix propagator makes possible to build the system of orthogonal projectors and to represent the matrix propagator as a sum of poles with positive and negative energies. The procedure of multiplicative renormalization in terms of spectral representation is investigated and the renormalization matrices are obtained in a closed form without the use of perturbation theory. Since in theory with P-parity violation the standard spin projectors do not commute with the dressed propagator, they should be modified. The developed approach allows us to build the modified (dressed) spin projectors for a single fermion and for a system of fermions.

  11. Gap solitons in superfluid boson-fermion mixtures

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    Adhikari, Sadhan K.; Malomed, Boris A.

    2007-10-15

    Using coupled equations for the bosonic and fermionic order parameters, we construct families of gap solitons (GSs) in a nearly one-dimensional Bose-Fermi mixture trapped in a periodic optical-lattice (OL) potential, the boson and fermion components being in the states of the Bose-Einstein condensation and Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superfluid, respectively. Fundamental GSs are compact states trapped, essentially, in a single cell of the lattice. Full families of such solutions are constructed in the first two band gaps of the OL-induced spectrum, by means of variational and numerical methods, which are found to be in good agreement. The families include both intragap and intergap solitons, with the chemical potentials of the boson and fermion components falling in the same or different band gaps, respectively. Nonfundamental states, extended over several lattice cells, are constructed too. The GSs are stable against strong perturbations.

  12. Boson representations of fermion systems: Proton-neutron systems

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    Sambataro, M.

    1988-05-01

    Applications of a procedure recently proposed to construct boson images of fermion Hamiltonians are shown for proton-neutron systems. First the mapping from SD fermion onto sd boson spaces is discussed and a Qπ.Qν interaction investigated. A Hermitian one-body Q boson operator is derived and analytical expressions for its coefficients are obtained. A (Qπ+Qν).(Qπ+Qν) interaction is, then, studied for particle-hole systems and the connections with the SU*(3) dynamical symmetry of the neutron-proton interacting boson model are discussed. Finally, an example of mapping from SDG onto sdg spaces is analyzed. Fermion spectra and E2 matrix elements are well reproduced in the boson spaces.

  13. Anisotropic composite fermions and fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Mueed, M. A.; Kamburov, D.; Hasdemir, S.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Baldwin, K. W.; Shayegan, M.

    2016-05-01

    We study the role of anisotropy on the transport properties of composite fermions near Landau level filling factor ν =1 /2 in two-dimensional holes confined to a GaAs quantum well. By applying a parallel magnetic field, we tune the composite fermion Fermi sea anisotropy and monitor the relative change of the transport scattering time at ν =1 /2 along the principal directions. Interpreted in a simple Drude model, our results suggest that the scattering time is longer along the longitudinal direction of the composite fermion Fermi sea. Furthermore, the measured energy gap for the fractional quantum Hall state at ν =2 /3 decreases when anisotropy becomes significant. The decrease, however, might partly stem from the charge distribution becoming bilayerlike at very large parallel magnetic fields.

  14. Landau levels of Majorana fermions in a spin liquid

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    Rachel, Stephan; Fritz, Lars; Vojta, Matthias

    Majorana fermions, originally proposed as elementary particles acting as their own antiparticles, can be realized in condensed-matter systems as emergent quasiparticles, a situation often accompanied by topological order. Here we propose a physical system which realizes Landau levels - highly degenerate single-particle states usually resulting from an orbital magnetic field acting on charged particles - for Majorana fermions. This is achieved in a variant of a quantum spin system due to Kitaev which is distorted by triaxial strain. This strained Kitaev model displays a spin-liquid phase with charge-neutral Majorana-fermion excitations whose spectrum corresponds to that of Landau levels, here arising from a tailored pseudo-magnetic field. We show that measuring the dynamic spin susceptibility reveals the Landau-level structure by a remarkable mechanism of probe-induced bound-state formation.

  15. Landau Levels of Majorana Fermions in a Spin Liquid

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    Rachel, Stephan; Fritz, Lars; Vojta, Matthias

    2016-04-01

    Majorana fermions, originally proposed as elementary particles acting as their own antiparticles, can be realized in condensed-matter systems as emergent quasiparticles, a situation often accompanied by topological order. Here we propose a physical system which realizes Landau levels—highly degenerate single-particle states usually resulting from an orbital magnetic field acting on charged particles—for Majorana fermions. This is achieved in a variant of a quantum spin system due to Kitaev which is distorted by triaxial strain. This strained Kitaev model displays a spin-liquid phase with charge-neutral Majorana-fermion excitations whose spectrum corresponds to that of Landau levels, here arising from a tailored pseudomagnetic field. We show that measuring the dynamic spin susceptibility reveals the Landau-level structure by a remarkable mechanism of probe-induced bound-state formation.

  16. Detection of Majorana fermions by Fano resonance in hybrid nanostructures

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    Xia, Jun-Jie; Duan, Su-Qing; Zhang, Wei

    2015-05-01

    The realization and detection of Majorana fermions in condensed matter systems are of considerable importance and interest. We propose a scheme to detect the Majorana fermions by Fano resonance in hybrid nanostructures made of semiconductor quantum dots and quantum wire in proximity to superconductor. Through detailed theoretical studies of the transport properties of our hybrid nanostructures based on the non-equilibrium Green's function technique and the equation of motion approach, it is found that the Fano resonance in the current response due to the interference among different transmission paths may give clear signature of the existence of Majorana modes. Moreover, we have found a peculiar relationship between the Fano factor q and the Majorana bound state coupling strength/the length of nanowire, which can be used for a design of an electronic nanoruler. Our method of detection of Majorana fermions based on Fano resonance is related to the global conductance profile, thus is robust to perturbations.

  17. Detection of Majorana fermions by Fano resonance in hybrid nanostructures.

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    Xia, Jun-Jie; Duan, Su-Qing; Zhang, Wei

    2015-01-01

    The realization and detection of Majorana fermions in condensed matter systems are of considerable importance and interest. We propose a scheme to detect the Majorana fermions by Fano resonance in hybrid nanostructures made of semiconductor quantum dots and quantum wire in proximity to superconductor. Through detailed theoretical studies of the transport properties of our hybrid nanostructures based on the non-equilibrium Green's function technique and the equation of motion approach, it is found that the Fano resonance in the current response due to the interference among different transmission paths may give clear signature of the existence of Majorana modes. Moreover, we have found a peculiar relationship between the Fano factor q and the Majorana bound state coupling strength/the length of nanowire, which can be used for a design of an electronic nanoruler. Our method of detection of Majorana fermions based on Fano resonance is related to the global conductance profile, thus is robust to perturbations. PMID:26034416

  18. Two-Species Fermion Mixtures with Population Imbalance

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    Iskin, M.; Sa de Melo, C. A. R.

    2006-09-08

    We analyze the phase diagram of uniform superfluidity for two-species fermion mixtures from the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer to Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) limit as a function of the scattering parameter and population imbalance. We find at zero temperature that the phase diagram of population imbalance versus scattering parameter is asymmetric for unequal masses, having a larger stability region for uniform superfluidity when the lighter fermions are in excess. In addition, we find topological quantum phase transitions associated with the disappearance or appearance of momentum space regions of zero quasiparticle energies. Lastly, near the critical temperature, we derive the Ginzburg-Landau equation and show that it describes a dilute mixture of composite bosons and unpaired fermions in the BEC limit.

  19. Staggered fermions, zero modes, and flavor-singlet mesons

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    Donald, Gordon C; Davies, Christine T.H.; Follana, Eduardo; Kronfeld, Andreas S.

    2011-09-12

    We examine the taste structure of eigenvectors of the staggered-fermion Dirac operator. We derive a set of conditions on the eigenvectors of modes with small eigenvalues (near-zero modes), such that staggered fermions reproduce the 't Hooft vertex in the continuum limit. We also show that, assuming these conditions, the correlators of flavor-singlet mesons are free of contributions singular in 1/m, where m is the quark mass. This conclusion holds also when a single flavor of sea quark is represented by the fourth root of the staggered-fermion determinant. We then test numerically, using the HISQ action, whether these conditions hold on realistic lattice gauge fields. We find that the needed structure does indeed emerge.

  20. AdS{sub 5} black holes with fermionic hair

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    Burrington, Benjamin A.; Liu, James T.; Sabra, W. A.

    2005-05-15

    The study of new Bogomol'nyi-Prasad-Sommerfield (BPS) objects in AdS{sub 5} has led to a deeper understanding of AdS/CFT. To help complete this picture, and to fully explore the consequences of the supersymmetry algebra, it is also important to obtain new solutions with bulk fermions turned on. In this paper we construct superpartners of the 1/2 BPS black hole in AdS{sub 5} using a natural set of fermion zero modes. We demonstrate that these superpartners, carrying fermionic hair, have conserved charges differing from the original bosonic counterpart. To do so, we find the R-charge and dipole moment of the new system, as well as the mass and angular momentum, defined through the boundary stress tensor. The complete set of superpartners fits nicely into a chiral representation of AdS{sub 5} supersymmetry, and the spinning solutions have the expected gyromagnetic ratio, g=1.