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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.; ...

    2016-05-05

    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. Heavy fermion quantum criticality.

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    Nazario, Zaira; Santiago, David I

    2008-09-26

    During the last few years, investigations of rare-earth materials have made clear that heavy fermion quantum criticality exhibits novel physics not fully understood. In this work, we write for the first time the effective action describing the low energy physics of the system. The f fermions are replaced by a dynamical scalar field whose nonzero expected value corresponds to the heavy fermion phase. The effective theory is amenable to numerical studies as it is bosonic, circumventing the fermion sign problem. Via effective action techniques, renormalization group studies, and Callan-Symanzik resummations, we describe the heavy fermion criticality and predict the heavy fermion critical dynamical susceptibility and critical specific heat. The specific heat coefficient exponent we obtain (0.39) is in excellent agreement with the experimental result at low temperatures (0.4).

  4. Physical properties of the Ce2MAl7Ge4 heavy-fermion compounds (M=Co,Ir,Ni,Pd)

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    Ghimire, N. J.; Cary, S. K.; Eley, S.; ...

    2016-05-23

    Here, 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 Ce2MAl7Ge4 (M=Co,Ir,Ni,Pd). These compounds crystallize in a noncentrosymmetric tetragonal space group Pmore » $$\\bar{4}$$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. Furthermore, the small amount of entropy released in the magnetic state of Ce2MAl7Ge4 (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.« less

  5. 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.

  6. Vortexlike excitations in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5

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

    2016-05-05

    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 of heavy-fermion and cuprate superconductors and on the possibility of states not characterized by the amplitude of an order parameter.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  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.

    2015-07-01

    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 compounds 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. 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. Magnetoresistance in paramagnetic heavy fermion metals.

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    Parihari, D; Vidhyadhiraja, N S

    2009-10-07

    A theoretical study of magnetic field (h) effects on single-particle spectra and the transport quantities of heavy fermion metals in the paramagnetic phase is carried out. We have employed a non-perturbative local moment approach (LMA) to the asymmetric periodic Anderson model within the dynamical mean field framework. The lattice coherence scale ω(L), which is proportional within the LMA to the spin-flip energy scale, and has been shown in earlier studies to be the energy scale at which crossover to single-impurity physics occurs, increases monotonically with increasing magnetic field. The many body Kondo resonance in the density of states at the Fermi level splits into two, with the splitting being proportional to the field itself. For h≥0, we demonstrate adiabatic continuity from the strongly interacting case to a corresponding non-interacting limit, thus establishing Fermi liquid behaviour for heavy fermion metals in the presence of a magnetic field. In the Kondo lattice regime, the theoretically computed magnetoresistance is found to be negative in the entire temperature range. We argue that such a result could be understood at [Formula: see text] by field-induced suppression of spin-flip scattering and at [Formula: see text] through lattice coherence. The coherence peak in the heavy fermion resistivity diminishes and moves to higher temperatures with increasing field. Direct comparison of the theoretical results to the field dependent resistivity measurements in CeB(6) yields good agreement.

  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.

  17. Interplay of Dirac fermions and heavy quasiparticles in solids.

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    Höppner, M; Seiro, S; Chikina, A; Fedorov, A; Güttler, M; Danzenbächer, S; Generalov, A; Kummer, K; Patil, S; Molodtsov, S L; Kucherenko, Y; Geibel, C; Strocov, V N; Shi, M; Radovic, M; Schmitt, T; Laubschat, C; Vyalikh, D V

    2013-01-01

    Many-body interactions in crystalline solids can be conveniently described in terms of quasiparticles with strongly renormalized masses as compared with those of non-interacting particles. Examples of extreme mass renormalization are on the one hand graphene, where the charge carriers obey the linear dispersion relation of massless Dirac fermions, and on the other hand heavy-fermion materials where the effective electron mass approaches the mass of a proton. Here we show that both extremes, Dirac fermions, like they are found in graphene and extremely heavy quasiparticles characteristic for Kondo materials, may not only coexist in a solid but can also undergo strong mutual interactions. Using the example of EuRh₂Si₂, we explicitly demonstrate that these interactions can take place at the surface and in the bulk. The presence of the linear dispersion is imposed solely by the crystal symmetry, whereas the existence of heavy quasiparticles is caused by the localized nature of the 4f states.

  18. 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.

  19. Impurities in the heavy-Fermion superconductor UBe13

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    Smith, J. L.; Fisk, Z.; Willis, J. O.; Batlogg, B.; Ott, H. R.

    Small amounts of Sc, Lu, Gd, Np, Ce, Th, La, and Ba were substituted for uranium in UBe13 to observe their effects. The thorium, which was the most complete study, resulted in an extremely unusual nonmonotonic depression of the transition temperature for a nonmagnetic impurity. This comes from an interplay that exists between the lowest temperature resistivity peak and the transition temperature, as the peak is depressed. These results suggest that heavy Fermion behavior is only a necessary condition for heavy Fermion superconductivity. All of the impurities tested resulted in a transition temperature depression.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2014-12-12

    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 pave 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.

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

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    Das, Pinaki; Lin, S. -Z.; Ghimire, N. J.; ...

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. (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.

  5. 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.

  6. New heavy-fermion antiferromagnet UPd2Cd20.

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    Hirose, Yusuke; Doto, Hiroshi; Honda, Fuminori; Li, Dexin; Aoki, Dai; Haga, Yoshinori; Settai, Rikio

    2016-10-26

    We succeeded in growing a new high quality single crystal of a ternary uranium compound UPd2Cd20. From the electrical resistivity, magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat experiments, UPd2Cd20 is found to be an antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion compound with the Néel temperature [Formula: see text]  =  5 K and exhibits the large electronic specific heat coefficient γ exceeding 500 mJ (K(2)· mol)(-1). This compound is the first one that exhibits the magnetic ordering with the magnetic moments of the U atom in a series of UT2X20 (T: transition metal, X  =  Al, Zn, Cd). UPd2Cd20 shows typical characteristic features in heavy-fermion systems such as a broad maximum in the magnetic susceptibility at [Formula: see text] and a large coefficient A of T (2) term in the resistivity.

  7. First-principle Simulations of Heavy Fermion Materials

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    Dong, Ruanchen

    Heavy fermion materials, one of the most challenging topics in condensed matter physics, pose a variety of interesting properties and have attracted extensive studies for decades. Although there has been great success in explaining many ground- state properties of solids, the well-known theoretical calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) in its popular local density approximation (LDA) fail to describe heavy fermion materials due to improper treatment of many-body correlation effects. Here with the implementations of dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) and the Gutzwiller variational method, the computational simulation of the heavy fermion materials is explored further and better compared with experimental data. In this dissertation, first, the theoretical background of DMFT and LDA+G methods is described in detail. The rest is the application of these techniques and is basically divided into two parts. First, the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo (CT-QMC) method combined with DMFT is used to calculate and compare both the periodic Anderson model (PAM) and the Kondo lattice model (KLM). Different parameter sets of both models are connected by the Schrieffer-Wolff transformation. For spin and orbital degeneracy N = 2 case, a special particle-hole symmetric case of PAM at half-filling which always fixes one electron per impurity site is compared with the results of the KLM. We find a good mapping between PAM and KLM in the limit of large on-site Hubbard interaction U for different properties like self-energy, quasiparticle residue and susceptibility. This allows us to extract quasiparticle mass renormalizations for the f-electrons directly from KLM. The method is further applied to higher degenerate cases and to the realistic heavy fermion system CeRhIn5 in which the estimate of the Sommerfeld coefficient is proven to be close to the experimental value. Second, a series of Cerium based heavy fermion materials is studied using a combination of local

  8. Strong coupling theory of heavy fermion criticality II

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    Wölfle, Peter; Schmalian, Jörg; Abrahams, Elihu

    2017-04-01

    We present a theory of the scaling behavior of the thermodynamic, transport and dynamical properties of a three-dimensional metal governed by d-dimensional fluctuations at a quantum critical point, where the electron quasiparticle effective mass diverges. We determine how the critical bosonic order parameter fluctuations are affected by the effective mass divergence. The coupled system of fermions and bosons is found to be governed by two stable fixed points: the conventional weak-coupling fixed point and a new strong-coupling fixed point, provided the boson–boson interaction is irrelevant. The latter fixed point supports hyperscaling, characterized by fractional exponents. The theory is applied to the antiferromagnetic critical point in certain heavy fermion compounds, in which the strong-coupling regime is reached.

  9. Strong coupling theory of heavy fermion criticality II.

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    Wölfle, Peter; Schmalian, Jörg; Abrahams, Elihu

    2017-04-01

    We present a theory of the scaling behavior of the thermodynamic, transport and dynamical properties of a three-dimensional metal governed by d-dimensional fluctuations at a quantum critical point, where the electron quasiparticle effective mass diverges. We determine how the critical bosonic order parameter fluctuations are affected by the effective mass divergence. The coupled system of fermions and bosons is found to be governed by two stable fixed points: the conventional weak-coupling fixed point and a new strong-coupling fixed point, provided the boson-boson interaction is irrelevant. The latter fixed point supports hyperscaling, characterized by fractional exponents. The theory is applied to the antiferromagnetic critical point in certain heavy fermion compounds, in which the strong-coupling regime is reached.

  10. Is YbAs a heavy Fermion system

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    Monnier, R.; Degiorgi, L.; Delley, B.; Koelling, D.D. . Lab. fuer Festkoerperphysik; Paul Scherrer Inst. , Villigen; Argonne National Lab., IL )

    1989-08-01

    Using parameters extracted from a tight binding fit to an ab initio band structure, the specific heat anomaly observed in YbAs around 5 K is computed within the infinite U limit of the degenerate Anderson impurity model. Applying the renormalization procedure derived in variational treatments of the periodic Anderson model, a quasiparticle Fermi surface with strong nesting features and small mass enhancements is obtained. The results suggest that YbAs is not a classical'' heavy Fermion system. 28 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies in Heavy Fermion Materials

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    Shirer, Kent Robert

    29Si, 31P, and 115In nuclear magnetic resonance studies of heavy fermion materials URu2Si 2, CeRhIn5, and URu2Si2- xPx were conducted as a function of temperature, pressure, and, in the case of URu2Si2- xPx, doping. Knight shift measurements in these systems probe the hybridization between conduction and local f-electrons which is described by the heavy fermion coherence temperature, T*, and can be captured by a two fluid model. This model takes the dual nature of the local moments and the heavy electron fluid into account. In URu2Si2 in a pressure range from 0-9.1 kbar, spin-lattice-relaxation data were taken and suggest a partial suppression of the density of states below 30 K. The data are analyzed in terms of a two component spin-fermion model. The spin-lattice-relaxation behavior is then compared to other materials that demonstrate precursor fluctuations in a pseudogap regime above a ground state with long-range order. Nuclear magnetic resonance data in CeRhIn5 for both the In(1) and In(2) sites are also taken under hydrostatic pressure. The Knight shift data reveal a suppression of the hyperfine coupling to the In(1) site as a function of pressure, and the electric field gradient at the In(2) site exhibits a change of slope. These changes to these coupling constants reflect alterations to the electronic structure at the quantum critical point. Finally, we report 31P nuclear magnetic resonance measurements in single crystals of URu2Si2-xP x with x = 0.09, 0.33. In the case of the x = 0.09 doping, we find no evidence for a phase transition, though the material still exhibits heavy fermion coherence. In the x = 0.33 doping, we find that it undergoes an antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase transition. When we include the pure compound in our analysis, we find that the hyperfine couplings and coherence temperatures evolve with doping. We compare this evolution with the trends seen in other compounds.

  12. Emergent heavy fermion behavior at the Wigner-Mott transition.

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    Merino, Jaime; Ralko, Arnaud; Fratini, Simone

    2013-09-20

    We study charge ordering driven by Coulomb interactions on triangular lattices relevant to the Wigner-Mott transition in two dimensions. Dynamical mean-field theory reveals the pinball liquid phase, a charge ordered metallic phase containing quasilocalized (pins) coexisting with itinerant (balls) electrons. Based on an effective periodic Anderson model for this phase, we find an antiferromagnetic Kondo coupling between pins and balls and strong quasiparticle renormalization. Non-Fermi liquid behavior can occur in such charge ordered systems due to the spin-flip scattering of itinerant electrons off the pins in analogy with heavy fermion compounds.

  13. Heavy-fermion instability in double-degenerate plasmas

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2012-07-15

    In this work, we study the propagations of normal frequency modes for quantum hydrodynamic waves in the linear limit and introduce a new kind of instability in a double-degenerate plasma. Three different regimes, namely, low, intermediate, and high magnetic field strengths are considered which span the applicability of the work to a wide variety of environments. Distinct behavior is observed for different regimes, for instance, in the laboratory-scale field regime no frequency-mode instability occurs unlike those of intermediate and high magnetic-field strength regimes. It is also found that the instability of this kind is due to the heavy-fermions which appear below a critical effective-mass parameter ({mu}{sub cr}={radical}(3)) and that the responses of the two (lower and upper frequency) modes to fractional effective-mass change in different effective-mass parameter ranges (below and above the critical value) are quite opposite to each other. It is shown that the heavy-fermion instability due to extremely high magnetic field such as that encountered for a neutron-star crust can lead to confinement of stable propagations in both lower and upper frequency modes to the magnetic poles. Current study can have important implications for linear wave dynamics in both laboratory and astrophysical environments possessing high magnetic fields.

  14. Exploring heavy fermions from macroscopic to microscopic length scales

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    Wirth, Steffen; Steglich, Frank

    2016-10-01

    Strongly correlated systems present fundamental challenges, especially in materials in which electronic correlations cause a strong increase of the effective mass of the charge carriers. Heavy fermion metals — intermetallic compounds of rare earth metals (such as Ce, Sm and Yb) and actinides (such as U, Np and Pu) — are prototype systems for complex and collective quantum states; they exhibit both a lattice Kondo effect and antiferromagnetic correlations. These materials show unexpected phenomena; for example, they display unconventional superconductivity (beyond Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory) and unconventional quantum criticality (beyond the Landau framework). In this Review, we focus on systems in which Landau's Fermi-liquid theory does not apply. Heavy fermion metals and semiconductors are well suited for the study of strong electronic correlations, because the relevant energy scales (for charge carriers, magnetic excitations and lattice dynamics) are well separated from each other, allowing the exploration of concomitant physical phenomena almost independently. Thus, the study of these materials also provides valuable insight for the understanding — and tailoring — of other correlated systems.

  15. Peltier effect in normal metal-insulator-heavy fermion metal junctions

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    Goltsev, A. V.; Rowe, D. M.; Kuznetsov, V. L.; Kuznetsova, L. A.; Min, Gao

    2003-04-01

    A theoretical study has been undertaken of the Peltier effect in normal metal-insulator-heavy fermion metal junctions. The results indicate that, at temperatures below the Kondo temperature, such junctions can be used as electronic microrefrigerators to cool the normal metal electrode and are several times more efficient in cooling than the normal metal-heavy fermion metal junctions.

  16. Single crystal study of the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CePt₂In₇.

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    Tobash, Paul H; Ronning, F; Thompson, J D; Scott, B L; Moll, P J W; Batlogg, B; Bauer, E D

    2012-01-11

    We report the synthesis, structure, and physical properties of single crystals of CePt(2)In(7). Single crystal x-ray diffraction analysis confirms the tetragonal I4/mmm structure of CePt(2)In(7) with unit cell parameters a = 4.5886(6) Å, c = 21.530(6) Å and V = 453.32(14) Å(3). The magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, Hall effect and electrical resistivity measurements are all consistent with CePt(2)In(7) undergoing an antiferromagnetic order transition at T(N) = 5.5 K, which is field independent up to 9 T. Above T(N), the Sommerfeld coefficient of specific heat is γ ≈ 300 mJ mol(-1) K(-2), which is characteristic of an enhanced effective mass of itinerant charge carriers. The electrical resistivity is typical of heavy-fermion behavior and gives a residual resistivity ρ(0) ∼ 0.2 µΩ cm, indicating good crystal quality. CePt(2)In(7) also shows moderate anisotropy of the physical properties that is comparable to structurally related CeMIn(5) (M = Co, Rh, Ir) heavy-fermion superconductors.

  17. Polar Kerr effect studies of time reversal symmetry breaking states in heavy fermion superconductors

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    Schemm, E. R.; Levenson-Falk, E. M.; Kapitulnik, A.

    2017-04-01

    The connection between chiral superconductivity and topological order has emerged as an active direction in research as more instances of both have been identified in condensed matter systems. With the notable exception of 3He-B, all of the known or suspected chiral - that is to say time-reversal symmetry-breaking (TRSB) - superfluids arise in heavy fermion superconductors, although the vast majority of heavy fermion superconductors preserve time-reversal symmetry. Here we review recent experimental efforts to identify TRSB states in heavy fermion systems via measurement of polar Kerr effect, which is a direct consequence of TRSB.

  18. Tuning the dimensionality of the heavy fermion compound CeIn3.

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    Shishido, H; Shibauchi, T; Yasu, K; Kato, T; Kontani, H; Terashima, T; Matsuda, Y

    2010-02-19

    Condensed-matter systems that are both low-dimensional and strongly interacting often exhibit unusual electronic properties. Strongly correlated electrons with greatly enhanced effective mass are present in heavy fermion compounds, whose electronic structure is essentially three-dimensional. We realized experimentally a two-dimensional heavy fermion system, adjusting the dimensionality in a controllable fashion. Artificial superlattices of the antiferromagnetic heavy fermion compound CeIn3 and the conventional metal LaIn3 were grown epitaxially. By reducing the thickness of the CeIn3 layers, the magnetic order was suppressed and the effective electron mass was further enhanced. Heavy fermions confined to two dimensions display striking deviations from the standard Fermi liquid low-temperature electronic properties, and these are associated with the dimensional tuning of quantum criticality.

  19. Spin-Orbit Coupling and Novel Electronic States at the Interfaces of Heavy Fermion Materials

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    2016-02-22

    Reviewed Conference Proceeding publications (other than abstracts): 6.00 --“Local Perspective on Non-Fermi Liquid, Quantum Criticality, and Bad Metals ...New Mexico, Nov. 18-19, 2013. --“Quantum Phase Transitions in Heavy Fermion Metals and Kondo Insulators”, Conference on Quantum Criticality...Frustration and Emergent Phases in Heavy Fermion Metals ”, International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron SCES-2013, Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 5-9, 2013

  20. 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).

  1. 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.

  2. Superconductivity versus quantum criticality: what can we learn from heavy fermions?

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    Steglich, F; Arndt, J; Friedemann, S; Krellner, C; Tokiwa, Y; Westerkamp, T; Brando, M; Gegenwart, P; Geibel, C; Wirth, S; Stockert, O

    2010-04-28

    Two quantum critical point (QCP) scenarios are being discussed for different classes of antiferromagnetic (AF) heavy-fermion (HF) systems. In the itinerant one, where AF order is of the spin-density wave (SDW) type, the heavy 'composite' charge carriers keep their integrity at the QCP. The second one implies a breakdown of the Kondo effect and a disintegration of the composite fermions at the AF QCP. We discuss two isostructural compounds as exemplary materials for these two different scenarios: CeCu(2)Si(2) exhibits a three-dimensional (3D) SDW QCP and superconductivity, presumably mediated by SDW fluctuations, as strongly suggested by recent inelastic neutron scattering experiments. In Y bRh(2)Si(2), the AF QCP is found to coincide with a Kondo-destroying one. However, in the latter compound these two QCPs can be detached by varying the average unit-cell volume, e.g. through the application of chemical pressure, as realized by partial substitution of either Ir or Co for Rh. A comparison of CeCu(2)Si(2) and Y bRh(2)Si(2) indicates that the apparent differences in quantum critical behaviour go along with disparate behaviour concerning the (non-) existence of superconductivity (SC). No sign of SC could be detected in Y bRh(2)Si(2) down to mK temperatures. A potential correlation between the specific nature of the QCP and the occurrence of SC, however, requires detailed studies on further quantum critical HF superconductors, e.g. on β-Y bAlB(4), UBe(13), CeCoIn(5) and CeRhIn(5).

  3. Competition between heavy fermion and Kondo interaction in isoelectronic A-site-ordered perovskites.

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    Meyers, D; Middey, S; Cheng, J-G; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Gray, B A; Cao, Yanwei; Zhou, J-S; Goodenough, J B; Choi, Yongseong; Haskel, D; Freeland, J W; Saha-Dasgupta, T; Chakhalian, J

    2014-12-17

    With current research efforts shifting towards the 4d and 5d transition metal oxides, understanding the evolution of the electronic and magnetic structure as one moves away from 3d materials is of critical importance. Here we perform X-ray spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations on A-site-ordered perovskites with Cu in the A-site and the B-sites descending along the ninth group of the periodic table to elucidate the emerging properties as d-orbitals change from partially filled 3d to 4d to 5d. The results show that when descending from Co to Ir, the charge transfers from the cuprate-like Zhang-Rice state on Cu to the t(2g) orbital of the B site. As the Cu d-orbital occupation approaches the Cu(2+) limit, a mixed valence state in CaCu(3)Rh(4)O(12) and heavy fermion state in CaCu(3)Ir(4)O(12) are obtained. The investigated d-electron compounds are mapped onto the Doniach phase diagram of the competing RKKY and Kondo interactions developed for the f-electron systems.

  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. 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

    2011-11-08

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Impurities in the heavy-Fermion superconductor UBe/sub 13/

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    Smith, J.L.; Fisk, Z.; Willis, J.O.; Batlogg, B.; Ott, H.R.

    1983-01-01

    Small amounts of Sc, Lu, Gd, Np, Ce, Th, La, and Ba have been substituted for uranium in UBe/sub 13/ to observe their effects. The thorium, which was the most complete study, resulted in an extremely unusual nonmonotonic depression of the transition temperature for a nonmagnetic impurity. This comes from an interplay that exists between the lowest temperature resistivity peak and the transition temperature, as the peak is depressed. These results suggest tat heavy Fermion behavior is only a necessary condition for heavy Fermion superconductivity. All of the impurities tested resulted in a transition temperature depression.

  9. Final Technical Report, Grant DE-FG02-91ER45443: Heavy fermions and other highly correlated electron systems

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    Schlottmann, P.

    1998-10-12

    Properties of highly correlated electrons, such as heavy fermion compounds, metal-insulator transitions, one-dimensional conductors and systems of restricted dimensionality are studied theoretically. The main focus is on Kondo insulators and impurity bands due to Kondo holes, the low-temperature magnetoresistivity of heavy fermion alloys, the n-channel Kondo problem, mesoscopic systems and one-dimensional conductors.

  10. 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.

  11. Physical properties of the Ce2MAl7Ge4 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.

    2016-05-23

    Here, 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 Ce2MAl7Ge4 (M=Co,Ir,Ni,Pd). These compounds crystallize in a noncentrosymmetric tetragonal space group P$\\bar{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. Furthermore, the small amount of entropy released in the magnetic state of Ce2MAl7Ge4 (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.

  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.

  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. 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

    2014-10-17

    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 (3)He 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 F(0)(s) and F(1)(s); this has never been accomplished before. A modification of the temperature dependence of the electronic specific heat C(el), related to that of Λ, is also expected. We have carefully determined the magnitude and temperature dependence of Λ in CeCoIn(5) by muon spin relaxation rate measurements to obtain F(0)(s) = 36 ± 1 and F(1)(s) = 1.2 ± 0.3, and we find a consistent change in the temperature dependence of C(el). This, the first determination of F(1)(s) with a value ≪ F(0)(s) 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.

  15. Theory of scanning tunneling spectroscopy: from Kondo impurities to heavy fermion materials

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    Morr, Dirk K.

    2017-01-01

    Kondo systems ranging from the single Kondo impurity to heavy fermion materials present us with a plethora of unconventional properties whose theoretical understanding is still one of the major open problems in condensed matter physics. Over the last few years, groundbreaking scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) experiments have provided unprecedented new insight into the electronic structure of Kondo systems. Interpreting the results of these experiments—the differential conductance and the quasi-particle interference spectrum—however, has been complicated by the fact that electrons tunneling from the STS tip into the system can tunnel either into the heavy magnetic moment or the light conduction band states. In this article, we briefly review the theoretical progress made in understanding how quantum interference between these two tunneling paths affects the experimental STS results. We show how this theoretical insight has allowed us to interpret the results of STS experiments on a series of heavy fermion materials providing detailed knowledge of their complex electronic structure. It is this knowledge that is a conditio sine qua non for developing a deeper understanding of the fascinating properties exhibited by heavy fermion materials, ranging from unconventional superconductivity to non-Fermi-liquid behavior in the vicinity of quantum critical points.

  16. Theory of scanning tunneling spectroscopy: from Kondo impurities to heavy fermion materials.

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    Morr, Dirk K

    2017-01-01

    Kondo systems ranging from the single Kondo impurity to heavy fermion materials present us with a plethora of unconventional properties whose theoretical understanding is still one of the major open problems in condensed matter physics. Over the last few years, groundbreaking scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) experiments have provided unprecedented new insight into the electronic structure of Kondo systems. Interpreting the results of these experiments-the differential conductance and the quasi-particle interference spectrum-however, has been complicated by the fact that electrons tunneling from the STS tip into the system can tunnel either into the heavy magnetic moment or the light conduction band states. In this article, we briefly review the theoretical progress made in understanding how quantum interference between these two tunneling paths affects the experimental STS results. We show how this theoretical insight has allowed us to interpret the results of STS experiments on a series of heavy fermion materials providing detailed knowledge of their complex electronic structure. It is this knowledge that is a conditio sine qua non for developing a deeper understanding of the fascinating properties exhibited by heavy fermion materials, ranging from unconventional superconductivity to non-Fermi-liquid behavior in the vicinity of quantum critical points.

  17. Extended s-wave pairing symmetry on the triangular lattice heavy fermion system

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    Zhang, Lan; Wang, Yu-Feng; Zhong, Yin; Luo, Hong-Gang

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the pairing symmetry of the Kondo-Heisenberg model on triangular lattice, which is believed to capture the core competition of Kondo screening and local magnetic exchange interaction in heavy electron compounds. On the dominant background of the heavy fermion state, the introduction of the Heisenberg antiferromagnetic interaction ( J H ) leads to superconducting pairing instability. Depending on the strength of the interactions, it is found that the pairing symmetry favours an extended s-wave for small J H and high conduction electron density but a chiral d_{x^2 - y^2 } + id_{xy}-wave for large J H and low conduction electron density, which provides a phase diagram of pairing symmetry from the calculations of the ground-state energy. The transition between these two pairing symmetries is found to be first-order. Furthermore, we also analyze the phase diagram from the pairing strengths and find that the phase diagram obtained is qualitatively consistent with that based on the ground-state energy. In addition, we propose an effective single-band BCS Hamiltonian, which is able to describe the low-energy thermodynamic behaviors of the heavy fermion superconducting states. These results further deepen the understanding of the antiferromagnetic interaction which results in a geometric frustration for the model studied. Our work may provide a possible scenario to understand the pairing symmetry of the heavy fermion superconductivity, which is one of active issues in very recent years.

  18. 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.

  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. Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition to the superconducting state of heavy-fermion superlattices.

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    She, Jian-Huang; Balatsky, Alexander V

    2012-08-17

    We propose an explanation of the superconducting transitions discovered in the heavy-fermion superlattices by Mizukami et al. [Nature Phys. 7, 849 (2011)] in terms of Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) transition. We observe that the effective mass mismatch between the heavy-fermion superconductor and the normal metal regions provides an effective barrier that enables quasi-2D superconductivity in such systems. We show that the resistivity data, both with and without magnetic field, are consistent with BKT transition. Furthermore, we study the influence of a nearby magnetic quantum critical point on the vortex system and find that the vortex core energy can be significantly reduced due to magnetic fluctuations. Further reduction of the gap with decreasing number of layers is understood as a result of pair breaking effect of Yb ions at the interface.

  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

    2014-12-05

    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.

  2. Contribution of heavy bosons and fermions to the action for a Robertson-Walker metric

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    Kebede, Temesgen; Bander, Myron

    1992-05-01

    The contributions of heavy, spatially homogeneous, boson and fermion fields to the effective action for a Robertson-Walker space-time are calculated. For scale factors larger than the Compton wavelengths of the particles associated with these matter fields the equations of motion for this scale factor are the same as those for a matter-dominated universe. Some speculations about the forces driving the expansion of the very early Universe are presented.

  3. Two-Loop Fermionic Corrections to Heavy-Quark Pair Production: theQuark-Antiquark Channel

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    Bonciani, R.; Ferroglia, A.; Gehrmann, T.; Maitre, D.; Studerus, C.; /Zurich U.

    2008-08-01

    We evaluate the fermionic two-loop QCD corrections to the heavy-quark pair production process in the quark-antiquark channel. We obtain analytic results which are valid for any value of the Mandelstam invariants s and t, and of the heavy quark mass m. Our findings confirm previous results for the analytic evaluation in the small-mass limit and numerical results for the exact amplitude. We furthermore provide the expansion of the two-loop amplitude at the production threshold s {approx}> 4m{sup 2}.

  4. 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

  5. Chiral heavy fermions in a two Higgs doublet model: 750 GeV resonance or not

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    Bar-Shalom, Shaouly; Soni, Amarjit

    2017-03-01

    We revisit models where a heavy chiral 4th generation doublet of fermions is embedded in a class of two Higgs doublets models (2HDM) with a discrete Z2 symmetry, which couples the ;heavy; scalar doublet only to the 4th generation fermions and the ;light; one to the Standard Model (SM) fermions - the so-called 4G2HDM introduced by us several years ago. We study the constraints imposed on the 4G2HDM from direct searches of heavy fermions, from precision electroweak data (PEWD) and from the measured production and decay signals of the 125 GeV scalar, which in the 4G2HDM corresponds to the lightest CP-even scalar h. We then show that the recently reported excess in the γγ spectrum around 750 GeV can be accommodated by the heavy CP-even scalar of the 4G2HDM, H, resulting in a unique choice of parameter space: negligible mixing (sin ⁡ α ≲ O (10-3)) between the two CP-even scalars h , H and heavy 4th generation quark and lepton masses mt‧ ,mb‧ ≲ 400 GeV and mν‧ ,mτ‧ ≳ 900 GeV, respectively. Whether or not the 750 GeV γγ resonance is confirmed, interesting phenomenology emerges in q‧ - Higgs systems (q‧ =t‧ ,b‧), that can be searched for at the LHC. For example, the heavy scalar states of the model, S = H , A ,H+, may have BR (S →qbar‧q‧) ∼ O (1), giving rise to observable qbar‧q‧ signals on resonance, followed by the flavor changing q‧ decays t‧ → uh (u = u , c) and/or b‧ → dh (d = d , s , b). This leads to rather distinct signatures, with or without charged leptons, of the form qbar‧q‧ →(nj + mb + ℓW) S (j and b being light and b-quark jets, respectively), with n + m + ℓ = 6- 8 and unique kinematic features. These high jet-multiplicity signals appear to be very challenging and may need new search strategies for detection of such heavy chiral quarks. It is also shown that the flavor structure of the 4G2HDM can easily accommodate the interesting recent indications of a percent-level branching ratio in the

  6. Lithium vanadium oxide: A heavy fermion transition metal oxide

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    Kondo, Shinichiro

    LiVsb2Osb4 has the face-centered-cubic normal-spinel structure and is a metal. The preparative method and characterization of high-purity polycrystalline samples are herein reported. The intrinsic susceptibility chi, electronic heat capacity Csbe, nuclear magnetic resonance and thermal expansion measurements revealed that LiVsb2Osb4 shows a crossover from high temperature T localized magnetic moment behavior to low-T heavy Fermi liquid behavior. chi follows the Curie-Weiss law above ˜50 K with a Curie constant corresponding to a V S=1/2 spin and g-factor ˜2. The Weiss temperature indicates antiferromagnetic interactions between V local moments. chi becomes nearly T independent below ˜30K with a shallow broad maximum at T≈16K. Field-cooled and zero-field-cooled magnetization measurements in low applied magnetic fields H=10{-}100 G from 1.8 to 50 K showed no evidence for spin-glass ordering. The small amounts of paramagnetic impurities (S=3/2 to 4) in the samples were characterized using low-T isothermal magnetization Mspobs(H) measurement data. The observed electronic heat capacity coefficient gammaequiv Csbe/T≈0.42 J/mol Ksp2 at 1 K is extraordinarily large for a transition metal compound, the Wilson ratio ≈1.7, and the Korringa ratio ≈0.5. X-ray and neutron diffraction measurements down to 4 K found no distortion from the cubic structure. Neutron diffraction and dilatometry measurements indicate a strong enhancement of the thermal expansion coefficient and Gruneisen parameter below ˜20 K. Muon spin relaxation for a magnetically pure sample showed no evidence of static magnetic ordering above 0.02 K. Superconductivity was not observed above 0.01 K. All these measurements are consistent with a heavy Fermi liquid (HF) interpretation at low T. Theories which apply to some conventional f-electron HF compounds, the Kondo and Coqblin-Schrieffer models, fail to self-consistently explain chi(T) and Csbe(T) of LiVsb2Osb4. Geometric frustration inherent in the V

  7. Antiferromagnetism in metals: from the cuprate superconductors to the heavy fermion materials

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    Sachdev, Subir; Metlitski, Max A.; Punk, Matthias

    2012-07-01

    The critical theory of the onset of antiferromagnetism in metals, with concomitant Fermi surface reconstruction, has recently been shown to be strongly coupled in two spatial dimensions. The onset of unconventional superconductivity near this critical point is reviewed: it involves a subtle interplay between the breakdown of fermionic quasiparticle excitations on the Fermi surface and the strong pairing glue provided by the antiferromagnetic fluctuations. The net result is a logarithm-squared enhancement of the pairing vertex for generic Fermi surfaces, with a universal dimensionless coefficient independent of the strength of interactions, which is expected to lead to superconductivity at the scale of the Fermi energy. We also discuss the possibility that the antiferromagnetic critical point can be replaced by an intermediate ‘fractionalized Fermi liquid’ phase, in which there is Fermi surface reconstruction but no long-range antiferromagnetic order. We discuss the relevance of this phase to the underdoped cuprates and the heavy fermion materials.

  8. Antiferromagnetism in metals: from the cuprate superconductors to the heavy fermion materials.

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    Sachdev, Subir; Metlitski, Max A; Punk, Matthias

    2012-07-25

    The critical theory of the onset of antiferromagnetism in metals, with concomitant Fermi surface reconstruction, has recently been shown to be strongly coupled in two spatial dimensions. The onset of unconventional superconductivity near this critical point is reviewed: it involves a subtle interplay between the breakdown of fermionic quasiparticle excitations on the Fermi surface and the strong pairing glue provided by the antiferromagnetic fluctuations. The net result is a logarithm-squared enhancement of the pairing vertex for generic Fermi surfaces, with a universal dimensionless coefficient independent of the strength of interactions, which is expected to lead to superconductivity at the scale of the Fermi energy. We also discuss the possibility that the antiferromagnetic critical point can be replaced by an intermediate 'fractionalized Fermi liquid' phase, in which there is Fermi surface reconstruction but no long-range antiferromagnetic order. We discuss the relevance of this phase to the underdoped cuprates and the heavy fermion materials.

  9. Temperature dependence of hybridization gaps in metallic heavy-fermion systems.

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    Yang, Xiaodong; Riseborough, Peter S; Durakiewicz, Tomasz

    2011-03-09

    There is evidence that a number of heavy-fermion/mixed-valence materials show hybridization gaps either at the Fermi energy or close to it. In the former case, a heavy-fermion semiconducting state ensues, and in the latter case, the system remains metallic at low temperatures. In either case, there are significant indications that the electronic structure is extremely temperature dependent. In particular, there is evidence from spectroscopic and transport properties that the gap closes at high temperatures and also that the heavy-quasiparticle bands disappear at high temperatures. The magnitudes of the gaps scale with the effective quasiparticle masses. We present a phenomenological model that exhibits a temperature dependence which is consistent with the above behavior. The model is based on a periodic array of Anderson impurities in which the electron correlations are represented by the coupling to bosons with Einstein spectra. The model can be approximately solved in a systematic manner. The solution consists of semi-analytic expressions which represent the temperature dependences of the coherent and incoherent structures in the electronic excitation spectra. We shall compare the hybridization gaps predicted by the theory for the metallic case and those inferred from photoemission experiments on UPd2Al3.

  10. Converting heat to electricity by a graphene stripe with heavy chiral fermions

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    Shafranjuk, Serhii E.

    2014-04-01

    A conversion of thermal energy into electricity is considered in the electrically polarized graphene stripes with zigzag edges where the heavy chiral fermion (HCF) states are formed. The stripes are characterized by a high electric conductance G e and by a significant Seebeck coefficient S. The electric current in the stripes is induced due to a non-equilibrium thermal injection of "hot" electrons. This thermoelectric generation process might be utilized for building of thermoelectric generators with an exceptionally high figure of merit ZδT ≫ 1 and with an appreciable electric power densities ~1 MW/cm2.

  11. Cerium heavy-fermion compounds near their T = 0 magnetic-non-magnetic boundary

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    Thompson, J.D.; Hundley, M.F.; Movshovich, R.; Sarrao, J.L.; Graf, T.; Uwatoko, Y.; Fisk, Z.; Fisher, R.A.; Phillips, N.E. |

    1997-12-01

    Measurements of the temperature-dependent specific heat and thermal expansion coefficient near a T = 0 magnetic-non-magnetic boundary, accessed in CeRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} by application of pressure and in CeRh{sub 2{minus}x}Ru{sub x}Si{sub 2} at ambient pressure by chemical substitution, emphasize the role of disorder in producing non-Fermi-liquid behavior. Interestingly, superconductivity also develops near this boundary in some crystallographically-ordered Ce-based heavy-fermion compounds.

  12. Field-induced quantum fluctuations in the heavy fermion superconductor CeCu(2)Ge(2).

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    Singh, D K; Thamizhavel, A; Lynn, J W; Dhar, S; Rodriguez-Rivera, J; Herman, T

    2011-01-01

    Quantum-mechanical fluctuations in strongly correlated electron systems cause unconventional phenomena such as non-Fermi liquid behavior, and arguably high temperature superconductivity. Here we report the discovery of a field-tuned quantum critical phenomenon in stoichiometric CeCu(2)Ge(2), a spin density wave ordered heavy fermion metal that exhibits unconventional superconductivity under ≃10 GPa of applied pressure. Our finding of the associated quantum critical spin fluctuations of the antiferromagnetic spin density wave order, dominating the local fluctuations due to single-site Kondo effect, provide new information about the underlying mechanism that can be important in understanding superconductivity in this novel compound.

  13. 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

    2014-10-24

    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.

  14. Formation of the coherent heavy fermion liquid at the hidden order transition in URu2Si2.

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    Chatterjee, Shouvik; Trinckauf, Jan; Hänke, Torben; Shai, Daniel E; Harter, John W; Williams, Travis J; Luke, Graeme M; Shen, Kyle M; Geck, Jochen

    2013-05-03

    We present high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectra of the heavy-fermion superconductor URu2Si2. Detailed measurements as a function of both photon energy and temperature allow us to disentangle a variety of spectral features, revealing the evolution of the low-energy electronic structure across the "hidden order" transition. Above the transition, our measurements reveal the existence of weakly dispersive states that exhibit a large scattering rate and do not appear to shift from above to below the Fermi level, as previously reported. Upon entering the hidden order phase, these states rapidly hybridize with light conduction band states and transform into a coherent heavy fermion liquid, coincident with a dramatic drop in the scattering rate. This evolution is in stark contrast with the gradual crossover expected in Kondo lattice systems, which we attribute to the coupling of the heavy fermion states to the hidden order parameter.

  15. Extended nuclear quadrupole resonance study of the heavy-fermion superconductor PuCoGa5

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    Koutroulakis, G.; Yasuoka, H.; Tobash, P. H.; Mitchell, J. N.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2016-10-01

    PuCoGa5 has emerged as a prototypical heavy-fermion superconductor, with its transition temperature (Tc≃18.5 K) being the highest amongst such materials. Nonetheless, a clear description as to what drives the superconducting pairing is still lacking, rendered complicated by the notoriously intricate nature of plutonium's 5 f valence electrons. Here, we present a detailed Ga,7169 nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) study of PuCoGa5, concentrating on the system's normal state properties near to Tc and aiming to detect distinct signatures of possible pairing mechanisms. In particular, the quadrupole frequency and spin-lattice relaxation rate were measured for the two crystallographically inequivalent Ga sites and for both Ga isotopes, in the temperature range 1.6-300 K. No evidence of significant charge fluctuations is found from the NQR observables. On the contrary, the low-energy dynamics is dominated by anisotropic spin fluctuations with strong, nearly critical, in-plane character, which are effectively identical to the case of the sister compound PuCoIn5. These findings are discussed within the context of different theoretical proposals for the unconventional pairing mechanism in heavy-fermion superconductors.

  16. Single-crystal study on the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet UZn12

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    Gonçalves, A. P.; Estrela, P.; de Visser, A.; Lopes, E. B.; Catarino, I.; Bonfait, G.; Godinho, M.; Almeida, M.; Gnida, D.; Kaczorowski, D.

    2011-02-01

    Millimetre size UZn12 single crystals were grown by the high temperature solution growth method using zinc as the solvent. Single-crystal x-ray diffraction data confirm that this compound crystallizes in the hexagonal high temperature form of SmZn12 (S.G. P6/mmm) and points to a U1.01(1)Zn11.7(1) stoichiometry for the crystals, with ~ 4% of the U atoms being located at the 2c site due to the partial substitution of 4h Zn pairs. UZn12 orders antiferromagnetically at TN = 5.0(2) K, and the magnetization and resistivity measurements suggest that the magnetic moments are confined within the a-b plane. The Sommerfeld coefficient, derived from the paramagnetic region by the standard method, is γp≈200 mJ (mol K2) - 1, which definitely classifies UZn12 as a moderate heavy-fermion system. The heavy-fermion character of UZn12 is also manifested in the overall shape of temperature-dependent electrical resistivity that is dominated by a single-ion Kondo effect at high temperatures and coherent Kondo scattering at low temperatures. The paramagnetic magnetoresistivity isotherms can be fairly well superimposed onto each other using Schlottmann's scaling for the single-ion Kondo model, as expected for a Kondo system.

  17. 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.

  18. Heavy-fermion superconductivity in the quadrupole ordered state of PrV2Al20.

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

    2014-12-31

    PrV2Al20 is a rare example of a heavy-fermion system based on strong hybridization between conduction electrons and nonmagnetic quadrupolar moments of the cubic Γ3 ground doublet. Here, we report that a high-quality single crystal of PrV2Al20 exhibits superconductivity at Tc=50  mK in the antiferroquadrupole-ordered state under ambient pressure. The heavy-fermion character of the superconductivity is evident from the specific heat jump of ΔC/T∼0.3  J/mol K(2) and the effective mass m*/m0∼140 estimated from the temperature dependence of the upper critical field. Furthermore, the high-quality single crystals exhibit double transitions at TQ=0.75  K and T*=0.65  K associated with quadrupole and octupole degrees of freedom of the Γ3 doublet. In the ordered state, the specific heat C/T shows a T(3) dependence, indicating the gapless mode associated with the quadrupole order, the octupole order, or both. The strong sensitivity to impurity of the superconductivity suggests unconventional character due to significant quadrupolar fluctuations.

  19. Single-crystal study on the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet UZn₁₂.

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    Gonçalves, A P; Estrela, P; de Visser, A; Lopes, E B; Catarino, I; Bonfait, G; Godinho, M; Almeida, M; Gnida, D; Kaczorowski, D

    2011-02-02

    Millimetre size UZn(12) single crystals were grown by the high temperature solution growth method using zinc as the solvent. Single-crystal x-ray diffraction data confirm that this compound crystallizes in the hexagonal high temperature form of SmZn(12) (S.G. P6/mmm) and points to a U(1.01(1))Zn(11.7(1)) stoichiometry for the crystals, with ∼ 4% of the U atoms being located at the 2c site due to the partial substitution of 4h Zn pairs. UZn(12) orders antiferromagnetically at T(N) = 5.0(2) K, and the magnetization and resistivity measurements suggest that the magnetic moments are confined within the a-b plane. The Sommerfeld coefficient, derived from the paramagnetic region by the standard method, is γ(p)≈200 mJ (mol K(2))( - 1), which definitely classifies UZn(12) as a moderate heavy-fermion system. The heavy-fermion character of UZn(12) is also manifested in the overall shape of temperature-dependent electrical resistivity that is dominated by a single-ion Kondo effect at high temperatures and coherent Kondo scattering at low temperatures. The paramagnetic magnetoresistivity isotherms can be fairly well superimposed onto each other using Schlottmann's scaling for the single-ion Kondo model, as expected for a Kondo system.

  20. Resonant magnetic exciton mode in the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeB₆.

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    Friemel, G; Li, Yuan; Dukhnenko, A V; Shitsevalova, N Y; Sluchanko, N E; Ivanov, A; Filipov, V B; Keimer, B; Inosov, D S

    2012-05-15

    Resonant magnetic excitations are recognised as hallmarks of unconventional superconductivity in copper oxides, iron pnictides and heavy-fermion compounds. Model calculations have related these modes to the microscopic properties of the pair wave function, but the mechanisms of their formation are still debated. Here we report the discovery of a similar resonant mode in the non-superconducting antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion metal CeB(6). Unlike conventional magnons, the mode is non-dispersive and is sharply peaked around a wave vector separate from those characterising the antiferromagnetic order. It is likely associated with a co-existing order parameter of the unusual antiferro-quadrupolar phase of CeB(6), which has long remained hidden to neutron-scattering probes. The mode energy increases continuously below the onset temperature for antiferromagnetism, in parallel to the opening of a nearly isotropic spin gap throughout the Brillouin zone. These attributes are similar to those of the resonant modes in unconventional superconductors. This unexpected commonality between the two disparate ground states indicates the dominance of itinerant spin dynamics in the ordered low-temperature phases of CeB(6) and throws new light on the interplay between antiferromagnetism, superconductivity and 'hidden' order parameters in correlated-electron materials.

  1. 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.

  2. Extended nuclear quadrupole resonance study of the heavy-fermion superconductor PuCoGa5

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    Koutroulakis, Georgios; Yasuoka, Hiroshi; Tobash, Paul H.; ...

    2016-10-10

    PuCoGa5 has emerged as a prototypical heavy-fermion superconductor, with its transition temperature (Tc ≃ 18.5 K) being the highest amongst such materials. Nonetheless, a clear description as to what drives the superconducting pairing is still lacking, rendered complicated by the notoriously intricate nature of plutonium's 5f valence electrons. Here, we present a detailed 69,71Ga nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) study of PuCoGa5, concentrating on the system's normal state properties near to Tc and aiming to detect distinct signatures of possible pairing mechanisms. In particular, the quadrupole frequency and spin-lattice relaxation rate were measured for the two crystallographically inequivalent Ga sites andmore » for both Ga isotopes, in the temperature range 1.6–300 K. No evidence of significant charge fluctuations is found from the NQR observables. On the contrary, the low-energy dynamics is dominated by anisotropic spin fluctuations with strong, nearly critical, in-plane character, which are effectively identical to the case of the sister compound PuCoIn5. Lastly, these findings are discussed within the context of different theoretical proposals for the unconventional pairing mechanism in heavy-fermion superconductors.« less

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Quantum oscillations in the heavy-fermion compound YbPtBi

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    Mun, E.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Lee, Y.; ...

    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

  6. Visualizing nodal superconductivity and heavy fermion formation in CeCoIn5

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    Zhou, Brian

    2014-03-01

    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 excitations with heavy effective mass. Previously, we used the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to visualize the scattering of quasiparticles and detect their mass enhancement with the lowering of temperature in the prototypical Ce-115 heavy fermion family. Tunneling into different surface terminations revealed the composite nature of these heavy excitations, arising from the entanglement of conduction and f electrons. Here, by extending our techniques to milli-Kelvin temperature and high magnetic field, we first observe a spectroscopic pseudogap in the tunneling density of states of the heavy quasiparticles both prior to superconductivity and also above the critical field, indicating the development of further correlations from which the unconventional superconducting state arises. Quasiparticle interference (QPI) measurements in the superconducting and normal states demonstrate the onset of strong particle-hole asymmetry in the superconducting state, dissimilar from previous STM QPI studies of gap symmetry. Nevertheless, we can directly pinpoint the d-wave nature of Cooper pairing through visualizing the spatial symmetry of quasi-particle bound states in the vicinity of atomic scale defects. Work done in the collaboration with R. E. Baumbach, J. D. Thompson, E. D. Bauer, and A. Yazdani. Primary financial support from DOE-BES.

  7. Destruction of the Kondo effect in the cubic heavy-fermion compound Ce3Pd20Si6.

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    Custers, J; Lorenzer, K A; Müller, M; Prokofiev, A; Sidorenko, A; Winkler, H; Strydom, A M; Shimura, Y; Sakakibara, T; Yu, R; Si, Q; Paschen, S

    2012-01-10

    How ground states of quantum matter transform between one another reveals deep insights into the mechanisms stabilizing them. Correspondingly, quantum phase transitions are explored in numerous materials classes, with heavy-fermion compounds being among the most prominent ones. Recent studies in an anisotropic heavy-fermion compound have shown that different types of transitions are induced by variations of chemical or external pressure, raising the question of the extent to which heavy-fermion quantum criticality is universal. To make progress, it is essential to broaden both the materials basis and the microscopic parameter variety. Here, we identify a cubic heavy-fermion material as exhibiting a field-induced quantum phase transition, and show how the material can be used to explore one extreme of the dimensionality axis. The transition between two different ordered phases is accompanied by an abrupt change of Fermi surface, reminiscent of what happens across the field-induced antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition in the anisotropic YbRh2Si2. This finding leads to a materials-based global phase diagram--a precondition for a unified theoretical description.

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

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    Nair, Sunil; Stockert, O.; Witte, U.; Nicklas, M.; Schedler, R.; Kiefer, K.; Thompson, J. D.; Bianchi, A. D.; Fisk, Z.; Wirth, S.; Steglich, F.

    2010-01-01

    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. PMID:20457945

  9. Direct observation of the quantum critical point in heavy fermion CeRhSi3.

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    Egetenmeyer, N; Gavilano, J L; Maisuradze, A; Gerber, S; MacLaughlin, D E; Seyfarth, G; Andreica, D; Desilets-Benoit, A; Bianchi, A D; Baines, Ch; Khasanov, R; Fisk, Z; Kenzelmann, M

    2012-04-27

    We report on muon spin rotation studies of the noncentrosymmetric heavy fermion antiferromagnet CeRhSi3. A drastic and monotonic suppression of the internal fields, at the lowest measured temperature, was observed upon an increase of external pressure. Our data suggest that the ordered moments are gradually quenched with increasing pressure, in a manner different from the pressure dependence of the Néel temperature. At 23.6 kbar, the ordered magnetic moments are fully suppressed via a second-order phase transition, and T(N) is zero. Thus, we directly observed the quantum critical point at 23.6 kbar hidden inside the superconducting phase of CeRhSi3.

  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. Study of frequency and temperature dependent electrical resistivity in heavy fermion systems

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    Baral, P. C.

    2017-02-01

    This paper focuses on the interplay of Kondo effect and magnetic ordering through a microscopic theory of the frequency and temperature dependent electrical resistivity as well as the dielectric function in heavy fermion systems. It is then analysed in Kondo lattice model in addition to Heisenberg-type interaction between localized f- electrons. The model Hamiltonian is solved by using mean-field approximation (MFA). The study of electrical resistivity is presented by considering phonon interaction to bare f -electrons, c -electrons and to the hybridization between c - and f -electrons and phonon Hamiltonian in harmonic approximation. An attempt has been made to calculate the temperature and frequency dependent electrical resistivity to study the peaks at TK (Kondo temperature) and T_{{ Cor}} (correlation temperature). The evolution of peaks exhibit change in slopes. These findings are compared to the experimental data.

  12. Interface between heavy fermions and normal electrons investigated by spatially resolved nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Yamanaka, Takayoshi; Shimozawa, Masaaki; Endo, Ryota; Mizukami, Yuta; Shishido, Hiroaki; Terashima, Takahito; Shibauchi, Takasada; Matsuda, Yuji; Ishida, Kenji

    2015-12-01

    We have studied the superlattices with alternating block layers (BLs) of heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5 and conventional-metal YbCoIn5 by site-selective nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which uniquely offers spatially resolved dynamical magnetic information. We find that the presence of antiferromagnetic fluctuations is confined to the Ce BLs, indicating that magnetic degrees of freedom of f electrons are quenched inside the Yb BLs. Contrary to simple expectations that the two dimensionalization enhances fluctuations, we observe that antiferromagnetic fluctuations are rapidly suppressed with decreasing Ce BL thickness. Moreover, the suppression is more prominent near the interfaces between the BLs. These results imply significant effects of local inversion symmetry breaking at the interfaces.

  13. Muon spin relaxation in the heavy fermion system UPt sub 3

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    Luke, G.M.; Le, L.P.; Sternlieb, B.J.; Wu, W.D.; Uemura, Y.J. ); Dalichaouch, Y.; Lee, B.W.; Maple, M.B.; Seaman, C.L. . Dept. of Physics Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California ); Armstrong, P.E.; Ellis, R.W.; Fisk, Z. )

    1991-11-15

    We report muon spin rotation/relaxation ({mu}SR) measurements of the heavy fermion superconductor UPt{sub 3} in external fields {ital H}{sub ext}{parallel}{ital {cflx c}}. We find that the muon Knight shift is unchanged in the superconducting state, consistent with odd-parity pairing (such as {ital p} wave). The transverse field relaxation is observed to be strongly field dependent, decreasing with increasing field. Below {ital T}{sub {ital c}} the increase is barely detectable in an applied field of 4 kG{parallel}{ital {cflx c}}. On the basis of the high field measurements, we estimate the low temperature penetration depth to be {lambda}({ital T}{r arrow}0){ge} (R18)11 000 A.

  14. 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.

  15. Grüneisen parameter studies on heavy fermion quantum criticality

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    Gegenwart, Philipp

    2016-11-01

    The Grüneisen parameter, experimentally determined from the ratio of thermal expansion to specific heat, quantifies the pressure dependence of characteristic energy scales of matter. It is highly enhanced for Kondo lattice systems, whose properties are strongly dependent on the pressure sensitive antiferromagnetic exchange interaction between f- and conduction electrons. In this review, we focus on the divergence of the Grüneisen parameter and its magnetic analogue, the adiabatic magnetocaloric effect, for heavy-fermion metals near quantum critical points. We compare experimental results with current theoretical models, including the effect of strong geometrical frustration. We also discuss the possibility of using materials with the divergent magnetic Grüneisen parameter for adiabatic demagnetization cooling to very low temperatures.

  16. Samarium monoxide epitaxial thin film as a possible heavy-fermion compound

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    Uchida, Yutaka; Kaminaga, Kenichi; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2017-03-01

    SmO (001) epitaxial thin films were grown on YAl O3 (110) substrates by pulsed laser deposition method. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy indicated coexistence of S m2 + and S m3 + , suggesting a valence fluctuating state. A SmO thin film showed a metallic conductionlike SmO polycrystal in a previous study. However, a SmO thin film showed nonmonotonical temperature dependence at low temperature in contrast with the polycrystal. A local resistivity minimum was observed at 16 K, probably caused by the dense Kondo effect, and the resistivity below 2 K was proportional to T2. These features suggest the heavy-fermionic nature of SmO.

  17. Superconductivity. Observation of broken time-reversal symmetry in the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt₃.

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    Schemm, E R; Gannon, W J; Wishne, C M; Halperin, W P; Kapitulnik, A

    2014-07-11

    Models of superconductivity in unconventional materials can be experimentally differentiated by the predictions they make for the symmetries of the superconducting order parameter. In the case of the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3, a key question is whether its multiple superconducting phases preserve or break time-reversal symmetry (TRS). We tested for asymmetry in the phase shift between left and right circularly polarized light reflected from a single crystal of UPt3 at normal incidence and found that this so-called polar Kerr effect appears only below the lower of the two zero-field superconducting transition temperatures. Our results provide evidence for broken TRS in the low-temperature superconducting phase of UPt3, implying a complex two-component order parameter for superconductivity in this system.

  18. Grüneisen parameter studies on heavy fermion quantum criticality.

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    Gegenwart, Philipp

    2016-11-01

    The Grüneisen parameter, experimentally determined from the ratio of thermal expansion to specific heat, quantifies the pressure dependence of characteristic energy scales of matter. It is highly enhanced for Kondo lattice systems, whose properties are strongly dependent on the pressure sensitive antiferromagnetic exchange interaction between f- and conduction electrons. In this review, we focus on the divergence of the Grüneisen parameter and its magnetic analogue, the adiabatic magnetocaloric effect, for heavy-fermion metals near quantum critical points. We compare experimental results with current theoretical models, including the effect of strong geometrical frustration. We also discuss the possibility of using materials with the divergent magnetic Grüneisen parameter for adiabatic demagnetization cooling to very low temperatures.

  19. 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.

  20. 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}.

  1. Andreev reflection and order parameter symmetry in heavy-fermion superconductors: the case of CeCoIn(5).

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    Park, W K; Greene, L H

    2009-03-11

    We review the current status of Andreev reflection spectroscopy on the heavy fermions, mostly focusing on the case of CeCoIn(5), a heavy-fermion superconductor with a critical temperature of 2.3 K. This is a well-established technique to investigate superconducting order parameters via measurements of the differential conductance from nanoscale metallic junctions. Andreev reflection is clearly observed in CeCoIn(5) as in other heavy-fermion superconductors. Considering the large mismatch in Fermi velocities, this observation seemingly appears to disagree with the Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk (BTK) theory. The measured Andreev signal is highly reduced to the order of maximum ∼13% compared to the theoretically predicted value (100%). The background conductance exhibits a systematic evolution in its asymmetry over a wide temperature range from above the heavy-fermion coherence temperature down to well below the superconducting transition temperature. Analysis of the conductance spectra using the extended BTK model provides a qualitative measure for the superconducting order parameter symmetry, which is determined to be the d(x(2)-y(2)) wave in CeCoIn(5). It is found that existing models do not quantitatively account for the data, which we attribute to the intrinsic properties of the heavy fermions. A substantial body of experimental data and extensive theoretical analysis point to the existence of two-fluid components in CeCoIn(5) and other heavy-fermion compounds. A phenomenological model is proposed employing a Fano interference effect between two conductance channels in order to explain both the conductance asymmetry and the reduced Andreev signal. This model appears plausible not only because it provides good fits to the data but also because it is highly likely that the electrical conduction occurs via two channels, one into the heavy-electron liquid and the other into the conduction electron continuum. Further experimental and theoretical investigations will shed

  2. 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

  3. Hidden Orbital Order in the Heavy Fermion Metal URu_2Si_2

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    Chandra, Premi

    2003-03-01

    When matter is cooled from high temperatures, collective instabilities develop amongst its constituent particles that lead to new kinds of order. An anomaly in the specific heat, due to a sudden loss of entropy, is a classic signature of this phenomenon. Usually the associated order is easily identified, but sometimes its nature remains elusive. The heavy fermion metal URu_2Si2 is one such example, where the order responsible for the sharp specific heat anomaly at T_0=17 K has remained unidentified despite more than seventeen years of effort. It belongs to a class of ``strongly correlated'' materials where competing interactions lead to correlated electron motion and hence to the possibility of many exotic types of magnetic, charge and superconducting order. The coexistence of large electron-electron repulsion and antiferromagnetic fluctuations in URu_2Si2 leads to an almost incompressible heavy electron fluid, where anisotropically paired quasiparticle states are energetically favored and lead to superconductivity with nodes at 1.5 K. My collaborators(P. Chandra, P. Coleman, J.A. Mydosh and V. Tripathi, Nature, 417, 831 (2002).) and I have developped a detailed proposal for the hidden order in URu_2Si_2. We show that incommensurate orbital antiferromagnetism,associated with circulating currents between the uranium ions, can account for the local fields and entropy loss observed at the 17 K transition; furthermore we make detailed predictions for neutron scattering measurements.

  4. Quasi-particle interference of heavy fermions in resonant x-ray scattering

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    Gyenis, András; da Silva Neto, Eduardo H.; Sutarto, Ronny; Schierle, Enrico; He, Feizhou; Weschke, Eugen; Kavai, Mariam; Baumbach, Ryan E.; Thompson, Joe D.; Bauer, Eric D.; Fisk, Zachary; Damascelli, Andrea; Yazdani, Ali; Aynajian, Pegor

    2016-01-01

    Resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) has recently become an increasingly important tool for the study of ordering phenomena in correlated electron systems. Yet, the interpretation of RXS experiments remains theoretically challenging because of the complexity of the RXS cross section. Central to this debate is the recent proposal that impurity-induced Friedel oscillations, akin to quasi-particle interference signals observed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), can lead to scattering peaks in RXS experiments. The possibility that quasi-particle properties can be probed in RXS measurements opens up a new avenue to study the bulk band structure of materials with the orbital and element selectivity provided by RXS. We test these ideas by combining RXS and STM measurements of the heavy fermion compound CeMIn5 (M = Co, Rh). Temperature- and doping-dependent RXS measurements at the Ce-M4 edge show a broad scattering enhancement that correlates with the appearance of heavy f-electron bands in these compounds. The scattering enhancement is consistent with the measured quasi-particle interference signal in the STM measurements, indicating that the quasi-particle interference can be probed through the momentum distribution of RXS signals. Overall, our experiments demonstrate new opportunities for studies of correlated electronic systems using the RXS technique. PMID:27757422

  5. Quasi-particle Interference of Heavy Fermions in Resonant X-ray Scattering

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    Gyenis, Andras; da Silva Neto, Eduardo H.; Sutarto, Ronny; ...

    2016-10-14

    Resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) has recently become an increasingly important tool for the study of ordering phenomena in correlated electron systems. Yet, the interpretation of RXS experiments remains theoretically challenging because of the complexity of the RXS cross section. Central to this debate is the recent proposal that impurity-induced Friedel oscillations, akin to quasi-particle interference signals observed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), can lead to scattering peaks in RXS experiments. The possibility that quasi-particle properties can be probed in RXS measurements opens up a new avenue to study the bulk band structure of materials with the orbital and elementmore » selectivity provided by RXS. We test these ideas by combining RXS and STM measurements of the heavy fermion compound CeMIn5 (M = Co, Rh). Temperature- and doping-dependent RXS measurements at the Ce-M4 edge show a broad scattering enhancement that correlates with the appearance of heavy f-electron bands in these compounds. The scattering enhancement is consistent with the measured quasi-particle interference signal in the STM measurements, indicating that the quasi-particle interference can be probed through the momentum distribution of RXS signals. Overall, our experiments demonstrate new opportunities for studies of correlated electronic systems using the RXS technique.« less

  6. Quasi-particle Interference of Heavy Fermions in Resonant X-ray Scattering

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    Gyenis, Andras; da Silva Neto, Eduardo H.; Sutarto, Ronny; Schierle, Enrico; He, Feizhou; Weschke, Eugen; Kavai, Mariam; Baumbach, Ryan E.; Thompson, Joe D.; Bauer, Eric D.; Fisk, Zachary; Damascelli, Andrea; Yazdani, Ali; Aynajian, Pegor

    2016-10-14

    Resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) has recently become an increasingly important tool for the study of ordering phenomena in correlated electron systems. Yet, the interpretation of RXS experiments remains theoretically challenging because of the complexity of the RXS cross section. Central to this debate is the recent proposal that impurity-induced Friedel oscillations, akin to quasi-particle interference signals observed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), can lead to scattering peaks in RXS experiments. The possibility that quasi-particle properties can be probed in RXS measurements opens up a new avenue to study the bulk band structure of materials with the orbital and element selectivity provided by RXS. We test these ideas by combining RXS and STM measurements of the heavy fermion compound CeMIn5 (M = Co, Rh). Temperature- and doping-dependent RXS measurements at the Ce-M4 edge show a broad scattering enhancement that correlates with the appearance of heavy f-electron bands in these compounds. The scattering enhancement is consistent with the measured quasi-particle interference signal in the STM measurements, indicating that the quasi-particle interference can be probed through the momentum distribution of RXS signals. Overall, our experiments demonstrate new opportunities for studies of correlated electronic systems using the RXS technique.

  7. 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.

  8. Renormalization of the periodic Anderson model: An alternative analytical approach to heavy-fermion behavior

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    Hübsch, A.; Becker, K. W.

    2005-04-01

    In this paper a recently developed projector-based renormalization method (PRM) for many-particle Hamiltonians is applied to the periodic Anderson model with the aim to describe heavy-fermion behavior. In this method high-energetic excitation operators instead of high energetic states are eliminated. We arrive at an effective Hamiltonian for a quasifree system which consists of two noninteracting heavy-quasiparticle bands. The resulting renormalization equations for the parameters of the Hamiltonian are valid for large as well as small degeneracy νf of the angular momentum. An expansion in 1/νf is avoided. Within an additional approximation which adapts the idea of a fixed renormalized f level ɛ˜f , we obtain coupled equations for ɛ˜f and the averaged f occupation ⟨nf⟩ . These equations resemble to a certain extent those of the usual slave boson mean-field (SB) treatment. In particular, for large νf the results for the PRM and the SB approach agree perfectly whereas considerable differences are found for small νf .

  9. 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

    2015-10-30

    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.

  10. Effect of c-f hybridization on electric and magnetic properties of some Heavy Fermion (HF) systems

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    Sahoo, J.; Nayak, P.

    2017-02-01

    Representing the heavy fermion systems by the Periodic Anderson Model (PAM), we have used Zubarev technique to see the effect of c-f hybridization on the temperature dependence of resistivity and magnetic susceptibility. The calculated resistivity and magnetic susceptibility show the general features observed in these materials experimentally. Further, we have shown how the strength of hybridization as well as the position of the f-level affects both the properties and the Kondo temperature of these systems.

  11. 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.

  12. Thermal expansion of the heavy-fermion superconductor PuCoGa5

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    Eloirdi, R.; Giacobbe, C.; Celdran, P. Amador; Magnani, N.; Lander, G. H.; Griveau, J.-C.; Colineau, E.; Miyake, K.; Caciuffo, R.

    2017-03-01

    We have performed high-resolution powder x-ray-diffraction measurements on a sample of PuCoGa2425, the heavy-fermion superconductor with the highest critical temperature of Tc=18.7 K . The results show that the tetragonal symmetry of its crystallographic lattice is preserved down to 2 K. Marginal evidence is obtained for an anomalous behavior below Tc of the a and c lattice parameters. The observed thermal expansion is isotropic down to 150 K and becomes anisotropic for lower temperatures. This gives a c /a ratio that decreases with increasing temperature to become almost constant above ˜150 K . The volume thermal expansion coefficient αV has a jump at Tc, a factor ˜20 larger than the change predicted by the Ehrenfest relation for a second-order phase transition. The volume expansion deviates from the curve expected for the conventional anharmonic behavior described by a simple Grüneisen-Einstein model. The observed differences are about ten times larger than the statistical error bars but are too small to be taken as an indication for the proximity of the system to a valence instability that is avoided by the superconducting state.

  13. Magnetic-field-tuned quantum criticality of the heavy-fermion system YbPtBi

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    Mun, E. D.; Budko, Serguei L.; Martin, Catalin; Kim, Hyong June; Tanatar, Makariy A.; Park, J.-H.; Murphy, T.; Schmiedeshoff, G. M.; Dilley, N.; Prozorov, Ruslan; Canfield, Paul C.

    2013-02-15

    In this paper, we present systematic measurements of the temperature and magnetic field dependencies of the thermodynamic and transport properties of the Yb-based heavy fermion YbPtBi for temperatures down to 0.02 K with magnetic fields up to 140 kOe to address the possible existence of a field-tuned quantum critical point. Measurements of magnetic-field- and temperature-dependent resistivity, specific heat, thermal expansion, Hall effect, and thermoelectric power indicate that the AFM order can be suppressed by an applied magnetic field of Hc~4 kOe. In the H-T phase diagram of YbPtBi, three regimes of its low-temperature states emerge: (I) AFM state, characterized by a spin density wave-like feature, which can be suppressed to T=0 by the relatively small magnetic field of Hc~4 kOe; (II) field-induced anomalous state in which the electrical resistivity follows Δρ(T)∝T1.5 between Hc and ~8 kOe; and (III) Fermi liquid (FL) state in which Δρ(T)∝T2 for H≥8 kOe. Regions I and II are separated at T=0 by what appears to be a quantum critical point. Whereas region III appears to be a FL associated with the hybridized 4f states of Yb, region II may be a manifestation of a spin liquid state.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Kondo lattice heavy fermion behavior in CeRh2Ga2.

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    Anand, V K; Adroja, D T; Bhattacharyya, A; Klemke, B; Lake, B

    2017-04-05

    The physical properties of an intermetallic compound CeRh2Ga2 have been investigated by magnetic susceptibility [Formula: see text], isothermal magnetization M(H), heat capacity [Formula: see text], electrical resistivity [Formula: see text], thermal conductivity [Formula: see text] and thermopower S(T) measurements. CeRh2Ga2 is found to crystallize with CaBe2Ge2-type primitive tetragonal structure (space group P4/nmm). No evidence of long range magnetic order is seen down to 1.8 K. The [Formula: see text] data show paramagnetic behavior with an effective moment [Formula: see text]/Ce indicating Ce(3+) valence state of Ce ions. The [Formula: see text] data exhibit Kondo lattice behavior with a metallic ground state. The low-T [Formula: see text] data yield an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient [Formula: see text] mJ/mol K(2) characterizing CeRh2Ga2 as a moderate heavy fermion system. The high-T [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] show an anomaly near 255 K, reflecting a phase transition. The [Formula: see text] suggests phonon dominated thermal transport with considerably higher values of Lorenz number L(T) compared to the theoretical Sommerfeld value L 0.

  17. Pairing Symmetry of Heavy Fermion Superconductivity in the Two-Dimensional Kondo—Heisenberg Lattice Model

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    Liu, Yu; Zhang, Guang-Ming; Yu, Lu

    2014-08-01

    In the two-dimensional Kondo—Heisenberg lattice model away from half-filled, the local antiferromagnetic exchange coupling can provide the pairing mechanism of quasiparticles via the Kondo screening effect, leading to the heavy fermion superconductivity. We find that the pairing symmetry strongly depends on the Fermi surface (FS) structure in the normal metallic state. When JH/JK is very small, the FS is a small hole-like circle around the corner of the Brillouin zone, and the s-wave pairing symmetry has a lower ground state energy. For the intermediate coupling values of JH/JK, the extended s-wave pairing symmetry gives the favored ground state. However, when JH/JK is larger than a critical value, the FS transforms into four small hole pockets crossing the boundary of the magnetic Brillouin zone, and the d-wave pairing symmetry becomes more favorable. In that regime, the resulting superconducting state is characterized by either a nodal d-wave or nodeless d-wave state, depending on the conduction electron filling factor as well. A continuous phase transition exists between these two states. This result may be related to the phase transition of the nodal d-wave state to a fully gapped state, which has recently been observed in Yb-doped CeCoIn5.

  18. Non-universal bound states of two identical heavy fermions and one light particle

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    Safavi, Arghavan; Rittenhouse, Seth; Blume, Dorte; Sadeghpour, Hossein

    2013-05-01

    We study a system of two identical heavy fermions of mass M and light particle of mass m. The interspecies interaction is modeled using a short-range two-body potential with positive s-wave scattering length. We impose a short-range boundary condition on the logarithmic derivative of the hyperradial wavefunction and show that, in the regime where Efimov states are absent, a non-universal three-body state ``cuts through'' the universal three-body states previously described by Kartavtsev and Malykh [O. I. Kartavtsev and A. V. Malykh, J. Phys. B 40, 1429 (2007)]. We study the effect of the non-universal state on the behavior of the universal states and use a simple quantum defect theory, utilizing hyperspherical coordinates, to explain the existence of the non-universal state. An empirical two-state model is employed to quantify the coupling of the non-universal state to the universal states. This work was supported by NSF through a grant for the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics at Harvard University and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and through grant PHY-1205443.

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

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    Willers, Thomas; Strigari, Fabio; Hu, Zhiwei; ...

    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

  20. Kondo lattice heavy fermion behavior in CeRh2Ga2

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    Anand, V. K.; Adroja, D. T.; Bhattacharyya, A.; Klemke, B.; Lake, B.

    2017-04-01

    The physical properties of an intermetallic compound CeRh2Ga2 have been investigated by magnetic susceptibility χ (T) , isothermal magnetization M(H), heat capacity {{C}\\text{p}}(T) , electrical resistivity ρ (T) , thermal conductivity κ (T) and thermopower S(T) measurements. CeRh2Ga2 is found to crystallize with CaBe2Ge2-type primitive tetragonal structure (space group P4/nmm). No evidence of long range magnetic order is seen down to 1.8 K. The χ (T) data show paramagnetic behavior with an effective moment {μ\\text{eff}}≈ 2.5~{μ\\text{B}} /Ce indicating Ce3+ valence state of Ce ions. The ρ (T) data exhibit Kondo lattice behavior with a metallic ground state. The low-T {{C}\\text{p}}(T) data yield an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient γ =130(2) mJ/mol K2 characterizing CeRh2Ga2 as a moderate heavy fermion system. The high-T {{C}\\text{p}}(T) and ρ (T) show an anomaly near 255 K, reflecting a phase transition. The κ (T) suggests phonon dominated thermal transport with considerably higher values of Lorenz number L(T) compared to the theoretical Sommerfeld value L 0.

  1. Heavy fermion and Kondo lattice behavior in the itinerant ferromagnet CeCrGe3.

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    Das, Debarchan; Gruner, T; Pfau, H; Paramanik, U B; Burkhardt, U; Geibel, C; Hossain, Z

    2014-03-12

    Physical properties of polycrystalline CeCrGe3 and LaCrGe3 have been investigated by x-ray absorption spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility χ(T), isothermal magnetization M(H), electrical resistivity ρ(T), specific heat C(T) and thermoelectric power S(T) measurements. These compounds are found to crystallize in the hexagonal perovskite structure (space group P63/mmc), as previously reported. The ρ(T), χ(T) and C(T) data confirm the bulk ferromagnetic ordering of itinerant Cr moments in LaCrGe3 and CeCrGe3 with TC = 90 K and 70 K respectively. In addition, a weak anomaly is also observed near 3 K in the C(T) data of CeCrGe3. The T dependences of ρ and finite values of Sommerfeld coefficient γ obtained from the specific heat measurements confirm that both the compounds are of metallic character. Further, the T dependence of ρ of CeCrGe3 reflects a Kondo lattice behavior. An enhanced γ of 130 mJ mol(-1) K(-2) together with the Kondo lattice behavior inferred from the ρ(T) establish CeCrGe3 as a moderate heavy fermion compound with a quasi-particle mass renormalization factor of ∼45.

  2. 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

    2015-03-23

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2015-02-24

    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.

  5. Heavy Dirac fermions in a graphene/topological insulator hetero-junction

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    Cao, Wendong; Zhang, Rui-Xing; Tang, Peizhe; Yang, Gang; Sofo, Jorge; Duan, Wenhui; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2016-09-01

    The low energy physics of both graphene and surface states of three-dimensional topological insulators (TIs) is described by gapless Dirac fermions with linear dispersion. In this work, we predict the emergence of a ‘heavy’ Dirac fermion in a graphene/TI hetero-junction, where the linear term almost vanishes and the corresponding energy dispersion becomes highly nonlinear. By combining ab initio calculations and an effective low-energy model, we show explicitly how strong hybridization between Dirac fermions in graphene and the surface states of TIs can reduce the Fermi velocity of Dirac fermions. Due to the negligible linear term, interaction effects will be greatly enhanced and can drive ‘heavy’ Dirac fermion states into the half quantum Hall state with non-zero Hall conductance.

  6. 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.

    2015-03-01

    The formation of heavy fermion (HF) 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(FL) renormalizations. Leggett predicted for liquid 3He that FL renormalizations change in the superconducting state, leading to a temperature(T) dependence of the London penetration depth Λ quite different from that in the BCS theory. Using Leggett's theory, as modified for HF, it is possible to extract from the measured T dependence of Λ in high quality samples both Landau parameters F0s and F1s; this has never been accomplished before. A modification of the T dependence of the specific heat Cel, related to that of Λ, is also expected. We have carefully determined the magnitude and T dependence of Λ in CeCoIn5 by muon spin relaxation rate measurements to obtain F0s = 36 +/- 1 and F1s = 1 . 2 +/- 0 . 3 , and find a consistent change in the T dependence of electronic specific heat Cel. This, the first determination of F1s with a value <

  7. 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

    2014-08-12

    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 Ek(α,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.

  8. 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.

  9. Theory of the electron spin resonance in the heavy fermion metal β-YbAlB4.

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    Ramires, Aline; Coleman, Piers

    2014-03-21

    The heavy fermion metal β-YbAlB4 exhibits a bulk room temperature conduction electron spin resonance (ESR) signal which evolves into an Ising-anisotropic f-electron signal exhibiting hyperfine features at low temperatures. We develop a theory for this phenomenon based on the development of resonant scattering off a periodic array of Kondo centers. We show that the hyperfine structure arises from the scattering off the Yb atoms with nonzero nuclear spin, while the constancy of the ESR intensity is a consequence of the presence of crystal electric field excitations of the order of the hybridization strength.

  10. Low-temperature specific heat of the heavy-fermion superconductor PrOs4Sb12.

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    Vollmer, R; Faisst, A; Pfleiderer, C; V Löhneysen, H; Bauer, E D; Ho, P-C; Zapf, V; Maple, M B

    2003-02-07

    We report the magnetic field dependence of the specific-heat C of single crystals of the first Pr-based heavy-fermion superconductor Pr(Os4Sb12. The variation of C at low temperature and the magnetic phase diagram inferred from C, the resistivity and magnetization provide compelling evidence of a doublet ground state. Two distinct superconducting anomalies in C indicate an unconventional superconducting state, where the splitting may arise from a weak lifting of the ground state degeneracy. In combination this identifies Pr(Os4Sb12 as a strong contender for quadrupolar pairing, i.e., superconductivity that is neither electron-phonon nor magnetically mediated.

  11. Magnetic field dependence of the residual resistivity of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn5

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

    2012-08-01

    An explanation of the paradoxical behavior of the residual resistivity ρ0 of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn5 in magnetic fields and under pressure is developed. The source of this behavior is identified as a flattening of the single-particle spectrum, which exerts profound effects on the specific heat, thermal-expansion coefficient, and magnetic susceptibility in the normal state, the specific-heat jump at the point of superconducting phase transition, and other properties of strongly correlated electron systems in solids. It is shown that application of a magnetic field or pressure to a system possessing a flat band leads to a strong suppression of ρ0. Analysis of its measured thermodynamic and transport properties yields direct evidence for the presence of a flat band in CeCoIn5.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Strongly correlated electron physics: From Kondo and spin glasses to heavy fermions, hidden order and quantum phase transitions

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    Bennett, Edmund; Mydosh, J. A.

    2012-09-01

    We summarize the development of strongly correlated electron physics (SCEP) stimu-lated from the 1930's when a strange upturn was found in the electrical resistivity at low temper-atures. It was only in 1965 that this effect was explained as a many-body, spin-flip, scattering of electrons from a magnetic impurity, i.e., the Kondo effect. This marked the beginning of SCEP. When the concentration of these impurities is increased so that they can randomly interact we have the spin glasses and their unconventional, yet classical phase transition. Spin glass physics formed the background know-how for the combination of two ferromagnetic layers separated by a non-magnetic spacer which generated the the giant magnetic resistance and it many applications in com-puter hardware. By fabricating a lattice of the magnetic species, viz., an intermetallic compound based upon certain rare-earth and actinide elements, we then create a heavy Fermi liquid that can support most unusual ground-state behavior, e.g., unconventional superconductivity. This leads to the mysterious and still unexplained "hidden order" phase transition of URu2Si2. Finally, since the heavy fermions commonly exhibit zero temperature phase transitions, aka, quantum phase transitions when tuned with pressure, magnetic field or doping, we are at the summit of today's SCEP - the prime topic of 2012 condensed matter physics.

  16. Comparison of Amberlite IR 120 and dolomite's performances for removal of heavy metals.

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    Kocaoba, Sevgi

    2007-08-17

    The presence of heavy metals in the environment is major concern due to their toxicity. Contamination of heavy metals in water supplies has steadily increased over the last years as a result of over population and expansion of industrial activities. A strong cation-exchange resin, Amberlite IR 120 and a natural zeolite, dolomite were used for the removal of lead(II) and cadmium(II). The optimum conditions were determined in a batch system as concentration range was between 5 and 100 mg/L, pH range between 1 and 8, contact time between 5 and 90 min, and the amount of adsorbent was from 0.1 to 1g. A constant stirring speed, 2000 rpm, was chosen during all of the experiments. The optimum conditions were found to be a concentration of 20 mg/L, pH of 5, contact time of 60 min and 0.5 g of adsorbent. Also, for investigation of exchange equilibria different amounts of ion exchange resin and dolomite were contacted with a fixed volume and concentration of a heavy metal bearing solutions. Sorption data have been interpreted in terms of Langmuir and Freundlich equations. The effect of adsorption temperature on the heavy metals adsorption onto dolomite was investigated at three different temperatures (20, 40 and 60 degrees C). Thermodynamic parameters were calculated. The results obtained show that the Amberlite IR 120 strong cation-exchange resin and dolomite performed well for the removal of these heavy metals. As a low cost adsorbent, dolomite can preferable for removal of heavy metals from wastewaters.

  17. LiV2O4: 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 LiV2O4. 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 LiV2O4 is introduced [removed for separate processing]. The preparation methods employed by the author for nine LiV2O4 and two Li1+xTi2-xO4 (x = 0 and 1/3) polycrystalline samples are introduced in Chapter 3. The subsequent structural characterization of the LiV2O4 and Li1+xT2-xO4 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 LiV2O4 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

  18. 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.

  19. Ferromagnetic quantum critical point in the heavy-fermion metal YbNi4(P(1-x)As(x))2.

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    Steppke, Alexander; Küchler, Robert; Lausberg, Stefan; Lengyel, Edit; Steinke, Lucia; Borth, Robert; Lühmann, Thomas; Krellner, Cornelius; Nicklas, Michael; Geibel, Christoph; Steglich, Frank; Brando, Manuel

    2013-02-22

    Unconventional superconductivity and other previously unknown phases of matter exist in the vicinity of a quantum critical point (QCP): a continuous phase change of matter at absolute zero. Intensive theoretical and experimental investigations on itinerant systems have shown that metallic ferromagnets tend to develop via either a first-order phase transition or through the formation of intermediate superconducting or inhomogeneous magnetic phases. Here, through precision low-temperature measurements, we show that the Grüneisen ratio of the heavy fermion metallic ferromagnet YbNi(4)(P(0.92)As(0.08))(2) diverges upon cooling to T = 0, indicating a ferromagnetic QCP. Our observation that this kind of instability, which is forbidden in d-electron metals, occurs in a heavy fermion system will have a large impact on the studies of quantum critical materials.

  20. Electron-spin-resonance investigation of the heavy-fermion compound Ce(Cu1-xNix)2Ge2

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    Krug von Nidda, H.-A.; Schütz, A.; Heil, M.; Elschner, B.; Loidl, A.

    1998-06-01

    The heavy-fermion compound Ce(Cu1-xNix)2Ge2 is investigated by Gd3+ electron spin resonance (ESR) within the whole concentration range (0<=x<=1). The Kondo-lattice system exhibits an alloying-induced transition from an antiferromagnetically ordered heavy-fermion ground state (x=0) to pure Kondo-like behavior with strongly enhanced effective masses (x=1). The temperature dependence of the ESR linewidth ΔH allows one to distinguish between the different ground states. The nature of the magnetic order changes significantly from concentrations x<~0.5 to x>0.5. The ESR data provide some further experimental evidence for a transition from a local-moment type (x<0.5) to some kind of itinerant heavy-fermion band magnetism (0.5

  1. Ferromagnetic quantum critical point in heavy-fermion iron oxypnictide Ce(Ru(1-x)Fe(x))PO.

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    Kitagawa, S; Ishida, K; Nakamura, T; Matoba, M; Kamihara, Y

    2012-11-30

    We have performed (31)P-NMR measurements on Ce(Ru(1-x)Fe(x))PO in order to investigate ferromagnetic (FM) quantum criticality, since a heavy-fermion (HF) ferromagnet CeRuPO with a two-dimensional structure turns into a HF paramagnet by an isovalent Fe substitution for Ru. We found that Ce(Ru(0.15)Fe(0.85))PO shows critical fluctuations down to ~0.3 K, as well as the continuous suppression of Curie temperature and the ordered moments by the Fe substitution. These experimental results suggest the presence of a FM quantum critical point (QCP) at x~0.86, which is a rare example among itinerant ferromagnets. In addition, we point out that the critical behaviors in Ce(Ru(0.15)Fe(0.85))PO share a similarity with those in YbRh(2)Si(2), where the local criticality of f electrons has been discussed. We reveal that Ce(Ru(1-x)Fe(x))PO is a new system to study FM quantum criticality in HF compounds.

  2. 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.

    2015-12-01

    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.

  3. Heavy-Fermion Compound of the Ternary Phosphide Ce2Pt8P with a Non-Centrosymmetric Structure

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    Kase, Naoki; Furukawa, Shoh; Nakano, Tomohito; Takeda, Naoya

    2017-01-01

    The low-temperature properties of Ce2Pt8P are studied by magnetic susceptibility χ(T), electrical resistivity ρ(T), and specific heat C(T) measurements. The crystal structure is considered to be analogs of the CePt3Si-type structure. From the magnetic susceptibility χ(T), the effective paramagnetic moment μeff is estimated to be 2.30 μB/Ce, suggesting that the valence state of Ce ions is expected to be close to trivalent (Ce3+). The paramagnetic Curie-Weiss temperature θcw is determined to be 12 K. The electrical resistivity ρ(T) shows -ln T dependence with a small slope from 10 to 3 K, which indicates a weak Kondo anomaly. The specific heat exhibits a λ-type anomaly at around T* = 1.0 K, while the magnetic entropy at T* is reduced to 80% of R ln 2. The linear coefficient of specific heat is determined to be 145 mJ/(mol-Ce·K2). From several measurements, Ce2Pt8P can be classified as a moderate heavy-fermion compound. The ground state is far from the quantum-critical point (QCP) compared with CePt3Si. La2Pt8P shows normal metallic behavior and no superconductivity is observed above 0.28 K.

  4. Intense low-energy ferromagnetic fluctuations in the antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion metal CeB6.

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    Jang, Hoyoung; Friemel, G; Ollivier, J; Dukhnenko, A V; Shitsevalova, N Yu; Filipov, V B; Keimer, B; Inosov, D S

    2014-07-01

    Heavy-fermion metals exhibit a plethora of low-temperature ordering phenomena . Among these are the so-called hidden-order phases that, in contrast to conventional magnetic order, are invisible to standard neutron diffraction experiments. One of the structurally most simple hidden-order compounds, CeB6, has been intensively studied for an elusive phase that was attributed to the antiferroquadrupolar ordering of cerium-4f moments . As the ground state of CeB6 is characterized by a more conventional antiferromagnetic (AFM) order , the low-temperature physics of this system has generally been assumed to be governed solely by AFM interactions between the dipolar and multipolar Ce moments . Here we overturn this established picture by observing an intense ferromagnetic (FM) low-energy collective mode that dominates the magnetic excitation spectrum of CeB6. Inelastic neutron-scattering data reveal that the intensity of this FM excitation significantly exceeds that of conventional spin-wave magnons emanating from the AFM wavevectors, thus placing CeB6 much closer to a FM instability than previously anticipated. This propensity for ferromagnetism may account for much of the unexplained behaviour of CeB6, and should lead to a re-examination of existing theories that have so far largely neglected the role of FM interactions.

  5. 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

    2015-12-02

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Hidden magnetism and quantum criticality in the heavy fermion superconductor CeRhIn5.

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    Park, Tuson; Ronning, F; Yuan, H Q; Salamon, M B; Movshovich, R; Sarrao, J L; Thompson, J D

    2006-03-02

    With only a few exceptions that are well understood, conventional superconductivity does not coexist with long-range magnetic order (for example, ref. 1). Unconventional superconductivity, on the other hand, develops near a phase boundary separating magnetically ordered and magnetically disordered phases. A maximum in the superconducting transition temperature T(c) develops where this boundary extrapolates to zero Kelvin, suggesting that fluctuations associated with this magnetic quantum-critical point are essential for unconventional superconductivity. Invariably, though, unconventional superconductivity masks the magnetic phase boundary when T < T(c), preventing proof of a magnetic quantum-critical point. Here we report specific-heat measurements of the pressure-tuned unconventional superconductor CeRhIn5 in which we find a line of quantum-phase transitions induced inside the superconducting state by an applied magnetic field. This quantum-critical line separates a phase of coexisting antiferromagnetism and superconductivity from a purely unconventional superconducting phase, and terminates at a quantum tetracritical point where the magnetic field completely suppresses superconductivity. The T --> 0 K magnetic field-pressure phase diagram of CeRhIn5 is well described with a theoretical model developed to explain field-induced magnetism in the high-T(c) copper oxides, but in which a clear delineation of quantum-phase boundaries has not been possible. These experiments establish a common relationship among hidden magnetism, quantum criticality and unconventional superconductivity in copper oxides and heavy-electron systems such as CeRhIn5.

  9. 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.

  10. Anderson lattice with explicit Kondo coupling revisited: metamagnetism and the field-induced suppression of the heavy fermion state.

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    Howczak, Olga; Spałek, Jozef

    2012-05-23

    We apply the extended (statistically consistent, SCA) Gutzwiller-type approach to the periodic Anderson model (PAM) in an applied magnetic field and in the strong-correlation limit. The finite-U corrections are included systematically by transforming the PAM into the form with the Kondo-type interaction and the residual hybridization, both appearing at the same time and on equal footing. This effective Hamiltonian represents the essence of our Anderson-Kondo lattice model. We show that in ferromagnetic phases the low-energy single-particle states are strongly affected by the presence of the applied magnetic field. We also find that for large values of hybridization strength the system enters the so-called locked heavy fermion state introduced earlier. In this state the chemical potential lies in the majority-spin hybridization gap and, as a consequence, the system evolution is insensitive to further increase of the applied field. However, for a sufficiently strong magnetic field, the system transforms from the locked state to the fully spin-polarized phase. This is accompanied by a metamagnetic transition, as well as by a drastic reduction of the effective mass of the quasiparticles. In particular, we observe no effective mass enhancement in the fully polarized state. The findings are in overall agreement with experimental results for the Ce compounds in high magnetic fields. The mass enhancement for the spin-minority electrons may also diminish with the increasing field, unlike for the quasiparticle states in a single narrow band in the same limit of strong correlations.

  11. 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.

  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.; ...

    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

  13. 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.

  14. Mid-IR absorption sensing of heavy water using a silicon-on-sapphire waveguide.

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    Singh, Neetesh; Casas-Bedoya, Alvaro; Hudson, Darren D; Read, Andrew; Mägi, Eric; Eggleton, Benjamin J

    2016-12-15

    We demonstrate a compact silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) strip waveguide sensor for mid-IR absorption spectroscopy. This device can be used for gas and liquid sensing, especially to detect chemically similar molecules and precisely characterize extremely absorptive liquids that are difficult to detect by conventional infrared transmission techniques. We reliably measure concentrations up to 0.25% of heavy water (D2O) in a D2O-H2O mixture at its maximum absorption band at around 4 μm. This complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) compatible SOS D2O sensor is promising for applications such as measuring body fat content or detection of coolant leakage in nuclear reactors.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Robust upward dispersion of the neutron spin resonance in the heavy fermion superconductor Ce1−xYbxCoIn5

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    Song, Yu; Van Dyke, John; Lum, I. K.; White, B. D.; Jang, Sooyoung; Yazici, Duygu; Shu, L.; Schneidewind, A.; Čermák, Petr; Qiu, Y.; Maple, M. B.; Morr, Dirk K.; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-01-01

    The neutron spin resonance is a collective magnetic excitation that appears in the unconventional copper oxide, iron pnictide and heavy fermion superconductors. Although the resonance is commonly associated with a spin-exciton due to the d(s±)-wave symmetry of the superconducting order parameter, it has also been proposed to be a magnon-like excitation appearing in the superconducting state. Here we use inelastic neutron scattering to demonstrate that the resonance in the heavy fermion superconductor Ce1−xYbxCoIn5 with x=0, 0.05 and 0.3 has a ring-like upward dispersion that is robust against Yb-doping. By comparing our experimental data with a random phase approximation calculation using the electronic structure and the momentum dependence of the -wave superconducting gap determined from scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) for CeCoIn5, we conclude that the robust upward-dispersing resonance mode in Ce1−xYbxCoIn5 is inconsistent with the downward dispersion predicted within the spin-exciton scenario. PMID:27677397

  20. Robust upward dispersion of the neutron spin resonance in the heavy fermion superconductor Ce1-xYbxCoIn5

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    Song, Yu; van Dyke, John; Lum, I. K.; White, B. D.; Jang, Sooyoung; Yazici, Duygu; Shu, L.; Schneidewind, A.; Čermák, Petr; Qiu, Y.; Maple, M. B.; Morr, Dirk K.; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-09-01

    The neutron spin resonance is a collective magnetic excitation that appears in the unconventional copper oxide, iron pnictide and heavy fermion superconductors. Although the resonance is commonly associated with a spin-exciton due to the d(s+/-)-wave symmetry of the superconducting order parameter, it has also been proposed to be a magnon-like excitation appearing in the superconducting state. Here we use inelastic neutron scattering to demonstrate that the resonance in the heavy fermion superconductor Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 with x=0, 0.05 and 0.3 has a ring-like upward dispersion that is robust against Yb-doping. By comparing our experimental data with a random phase approximation calculation using the electronic structure and the momentum dependence of the -wave superconducting gap determined from scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) for CeCoIn5, we conclude that the robust upward-dispersing resonance mode in Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 is inconsistent with the downward dispersion predicted within the spin-exciton scenario.

  1. Electronic properties of a heavy-fermion U (Ru0.92Rh0.08 )2Si2 single crystal

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    Prokeš, K.; Huang, Y.-K.; Reehuis, M.; Klemke, B.; Hoffmann, J.-U.; Sokolowski, A.; de Visser, A.; Mydosh, J. A.

    2017-01-01

    We report the crystal structure and highly anisotropic magnetic, transport, and thermal properties of an exceptionally good single crystal of U (Ru0.92Rh0.08)2Si2 , prepared using a modified Czochralski method. Our study, that also includes neutron diffraction results, shows all the heavy-fermion signatures of pristine URu2Si2 ; however, the superconductivity, hidden order, and remnant weak antiferromagnetic orders are absent. Instead, the ground state of the doped system can be classified as a spin liquid that preserves the heavy-fermion character. U (Ru0.92Rh0.08)2Si2 exhibits a short-range magnetic order distinguished by reflections of a Lorentzian profile at qIII=(1/2 1/2 1/2 ) positions that disappear above ˜15 K. The short-range order seems to be a precursor of a long-range magnetic order that occurs with higher Rh concentration. We indicate that these short-range fluctuations involve, at least partially, inelastic scattering processes.

  2. Robust upward dispersion of the neutron spin resonance in the heavy fermion superconductor Ce1-xYbxCoIn5.

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    Song, Yu; Van Dyke, John; Lum, I K; White, B D; Jang, Sooyoung; Yazici, Duygu; Shu, L; Schneidewind, A; Čermák, Petr; Qiu, Y; Maple, M B; Morr, Dirk K; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-09-28

    The neutron spin resonance is a collective magnetic excitation that appears in the unconventional copper oxide, iron pnictide and heavy fermion superconductors. Although the resonance is commonly associated with a spin-exciton due to the d(s(±))-wave symmetry of the superconducting order parameter, it has also been proposed to be a magnon-like excitation appearing in the superconducting state. Here we use inelastic neutron scattering to demonstrate that the resonance in the heavy fermion superconductor Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 with x=0, 0.05 and 0.3 has a ring-like upward dispersion that is robust against Yb-doping. By comparing our experimental data with a random phase approximation calculation using the electronic structure and the momentum dependence of the -wave superconducting gap determined from scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) for CeCoIn5, we conclude that the robust upward-dispersing resonance mode in Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 is inconsistent with the downward dispersion predicted within the spin-exciton scenario.

  3. Pressure-induced magnetic transition exceeding 30 K in the Yb-based heavy-fermion β -YbAlB4

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    Tomita, Takahiro; Kuga, Kentaro; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-12-01

    Measurements of the electric resistivity ρ (T ) under pressure up to 8 GPa were performed on high-quality single crystals of the Yb-based heavy-fermion system β -YbAlB4 in the temperature range 2 heavy-fermion compounds. The power-law exponent α in ρ =ρ0+A Tα below TM gradually changes from 3/2 to 5/2 with increasing pressure from 2 to 8 GPa. In contrast, the resistivity exhibits a T -linear behavior in the temperature range 2 ≤T ≤20 K and is insensitive to pressure below Pc. In this pressure regime, the magnetization is also nearly independent of pressure and shows no anomaly above 2 K. Our results indicate that a quantum critical point for β -YbAlB4 is also located near Pc in addition to the strange metal region near the ambient pressure.

  4. Extended nuclear quadrupole resonance study of the heavy-fermion superconductor PuCoGa5

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    Koutroulakis, Georgios; Yasuoka, Hiroshi; Tobash, Paul H.; Mitchell, Jeremy Neil; Bauer, Eric Dietzgen; Thompson, Joe David

    2016-10-10

    PuCoGa5 has emerged as a prototypical heavy-fermion superconductor, with its transition temperature (Tc ≃ 18.5 K) being the highest amongst such materials. Nonetheless, a clear description as to what drives the superconducting pairing is still lacking, rendered complicated by the notoriously intricate nature of plutonium's 5f valence electrons. Here, we present a detailed 69,71Ga nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) study of PuCoGa5, concentrating on the system's normal state properties near to Tc and aiming to detect distinct signatures of possible pairing mechanisms. In particular, the quadrupole frequency and spin-lattice relaxation rate were measured for the two crystallographically inequivalent Ga sites and for both Ga isotopes, in the temperature range 1.6–300 K. No evidence of significant charge fluctuations is found from the NQR observables. On the contrary, the low-energy dynamics is dominated by anisotropic spin fluctuations with strong, nearly critical, in-plane character, which are effectively identical to the case of the sister compound PuCoIn5. Lastly, these findings are discussed within the context of different theoretical proposals for the unconventional pairing mechanism in heavy-fermion superconductors.

  5. FT-IR Spectra of Antifreeze Glycoproteins in Heavy Water and D2O Ice.

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    Tsvetkova, N. M.; Crowe, J. H.; Feeney, R. H.; Fink, W. H.; Yeh, Yin

    2000-03-01

    This work presents FT-IR studies on the antifreeze glycoprotein (AFGP)/heavy water (D2O) mixtures during freezing and melting. AFGP in the blood serum of polar fish are known to prevent ice crystal growth by a non-colligative mechanism. There are 8 known fractions of AFGP (1 8) that range in molecular mass from 33.7 to 2.6 kD respectively, each composed of alanine-alanine-threonine repeats, with a disaccharide attached to the threonine residue. The smallest peptide (AFGP-8) is structurally different from fractions 1-5 in that it contains proline substituting for alanine in certain positions. Substantial linewidth change of the D20 bending mode (ca. 1210 cm-1) was measured with solutions containing fractions 2-5 during both freezing and thawing cycles, suggesting significant coupling between protein and water molecules. At the same time, the Amide I band between 1620 and 1675 cm-1 shows that 310 helix and random coils are the main conformations of fractions 2-5 and fraction 8 in the presence of ice. In liquid state, b-sheet dominates the secondary structure of AFGP 8, whereas b-sheet and random coil are the main conformations of AFGP 2-5. These results are discussed in terms of the ability of AFGP 2-5 to affect the surface states of ice.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

    2015-07-30

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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}.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.; ...

    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

  14. Heavy-Fermion Valence-Bond Liquids in Ultracold Atoms: Cooperation of the Kondo Effect and Geometric Frustration.

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    Isaev, L; Rey, A M

    2015-10-16

    We analyze a microscopic mechanism behind the coexistence of a heavy Fermi liquid and geometric frustration in Kondo lattices. We consider a geometrically frustrated periodic Anderson model and demonstrate how orbital fluctuations lead to a Kondo-screened phase in the limit of extreme strong frustration when only local singlet states participate in the low-energy physics. We also propose a setup to realize and study this exotic state with SU(3)-symmetric alkaline-earth cold atoms.

  15. (Strongly interacting fermion system)

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    Research has been concentrated primarily in three areas: heavy fermions, physics of high-temperature superconductivity, and electronic properties. In heavy fermions a peak in the attenuation coefficient of ultrasound just below the superconducting transition temperature can be explained in the context of conventional (BCS) superconductivity theory by recognizing how profoundly that theory is reorganized in heavy fermion systems in which the sound velocity is comparable to electron Fermi velocity. In high-temperature superconductors there have been development of a model for magnetism in one alloy which shows unusual first-order phase transitions in a magnetic field, a possible mechanism for high-temperature superconductivity based on an electric quadrupole moment of Cu in tetragonal crystal geometry, and a neat resolution of a paradox between a theory connecting gaps in spectrum with the degeneracy of the system and a prominent current theoretical view that there is a gap and no degeneracy. It turns out there is a topological degeneracy that had not been previously recognized. In electronic structure we have shown that the finite element approach can be used for electronic systems with an efficient code using more than a half-million local basis functions. In addition, we have developed a variational principle for determining optimal meshes for solving differential equations --- such as the Schroedinger equation.

  16. Pressure-driven 4 f localized-itinerant crossover in heavy-fermion compound CeIn3: A first-principles many-body perspective

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    Lu, Haiyan; Huang, Li

    2016-08-01

    The localized-itinerant nature of Ce -4 f valence electrons in heavy fermion compound CeIn3 under pressure is studied thoroughly by means of the combination of density functional theory and single-site dynamical mean-field theory. The detailed evolutions of electronic structures of CeIn3, including total and partial density of states, momentum-resolved spectral functions, and valence state histograms, are calculated in a wide pressure range where the corresponding volume compression V /V0∈[0.6 ,1.0 ] (here V0 is the experimental crystal volume) at T ≅116 K. Upon increasing pressure, two strong peaks associated with the Ce -4 f states emerge near the Fermi level, and the c -f hybridization and valence state fluctuation are enhanced remarkably. Moreover, the kinetic and potential energies rise, while the occupancy, total angular momentum, and low-energy scattering rate of the Ce -4 f electrons decline with respect to pressure. All the physical observables considered here exhibit prominent kinks or fluctuations in V /V0∈[0.80 ,0.90 ] , which are probably the desired fingerprints for the Ce -4 f localized-itinerant crossover.

  17. 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.; ...

    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

  18. 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; ...

    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

  19. Quantum critical fluctuations in the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935Pd0.065)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 experiments were performed on a single crystal of the heavy fermion compound Ce(Ni0.935Pd0.065)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) ∼ T(3/2) and γ(T) ∼ γ0 - bT(1/2)). 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.

  20. 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

    2014-04-18

    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.

  1. Thermodynamic study of gap structure and pair-breaking effect by magnetic field in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2

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    Kittaka, Shunichiro; Aoki, Yuya; Shimura, Yasuyuki; Sakakibara, Toshiro; Seiro, Silvia; Geibel, Christoph; Steglich, Frank; Tsutsumi, Yasumasa; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Machida, Kazushige

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents the results of specific-heat and magnetization measurements, in particular their field-orientation dependence, on the first discovered heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2 (Tc˜0.6 K). We discuss the superconducting gap structure and the origin of the anomalous pair-breaking phenomena, leading, e.g., to the suppression of the upper critical field Hc 2, found in the high-field region. The data show that the anomalous pair breaking becomes prominent below about 0.15 K in any field direction, but occurs closer to Hc 2 for H ∥c . The presence of this anomaly is confirmed by the fact that the specific-heat and magnetization data satisfy standard thermodynamic relations. Concerning the gap structure, field-angle dependencies of the low-temperature specific heat within the a b and a c planes do not show any evidence for gap nodes. From microscopic calculations in the framework of a two-band full-gap model, the power-law-like temperature dependencies of C and 1 /T1 , reminiscent of nodal superconductivity, have been reproduced reasonably. These facts further support multiband full-gap superconductivity in CeCu2Si2 .

  2. 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.

  3. Lattice fermions

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    Wilczek, Frank

    1987-01-01

    A simple heuristic proof of the Nielsen-Ninomaya theorem is given. A method is proposed whereby the multiplication of fermion species on a lattice is reduced to the minimal doubling, in any dimension, with retention of appropriate chiral symmetries. Also, it is suggested that use of spatially thinned fermion fields is likely to be a useful and appropriate approximation in QCD - in any case, it is a self-checking one.

  4. NMR investigation of the Knight shift anomaly in CeIrIn5 at high magnetic fields

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    Shockley, A. C.; apRoberts-Warren, N.; Nisson, D. M.; Kuhns, P. L.; Reyes, A. P.; Yuan, S.; Curro, N. J.

    2013-08-01

    We report nuclear magnetic resonance Knight shift data in the heavy-fermion material CeIrIn5 at fields up to 30 T. The Knight shift of the In displays a strong anomaly, and we analyze the results using two interpretations. We find that the Kondo lattice coherence temperature and the effective mass of the heavy electrons remain largely unaffected by the magnetic field, despite the fact that the Zeeman energy is of the order of the coherence temperature.

  5. Superconductivity and Non-Fermi-Liquid Behavior in the Heavy-Fermion Compound CeCo1-xNixIn5

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    Otaka, Ryo; Yokoyama, Makoto; Mashiko, Hiroaki; Hasegawa, Takeshi; Shimizu, Yusei; Ikeda, Yoichi; Tenya, Kenichi; Nakamura, Shota; Ueta, Daichi; Yoshizawa, Hideki; Sakakibara, Toshiro

    2016-09-01

    The effect of off-plane impurity on superconductivity and non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior in the layered heavy-fermion compound CeCo1-xNixIn5 is investigated by specific heat, magnetization, and electrical resistivity measurements. These measurements reveal that the superconducting (SC) transition temperature Tc monotonically decreases from 2.3 K (x = 0) to 0.8 K (x = 0.20) with increasing x, and then the SC order disappears above x = 0.25. At the same time, the Ni substitution yields the NFL behavior at zero field for x = 0.25, characterized by the -ln T divergence in specific heat divided by temperature, Cp/T, and magnetic susceptibility, M/B. The NFL behavior in magnetic fields for x = 0.25 is quite similar to that seen at around the SC upper critical field in pure CeCoIn5, suggesting that both compounds are governed by the same antiferromagnetic quantum criticality. The resemblance of the doping effect on the SC order among Ni-, Sn-, and Pt-substituted CeCoIn5 supports the argument that the doped carriers are primarily responsible for the breakdown of the SC order. The present investigation further reveals the quantitative differences in the trends of the suppression of superconductivity between Ce(Co,Ni)In5 and the other alloys, such as the rates of decrease in Tc, dTc/dx, and specific heat jump at Tc, d(ΔCp/Tc)/dx. We suggest that the occupied positions of the doped ions play an important role in the origin of these differences.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Phase transitions in the hard-core Bose-Fermi-Hubbard model at non-zero temperatures in the heavy-fermion limit

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    Stasyuk, I. V.; Krasnov, V. O.

    2017-04-01

    Phase transitions at non-zero temperatures in ultracold Bose- and Fermi-particles mixture in optical lattices using the Bose-Fermi-Hubbard model in the mean field and hard-core boson approximations are investigated. The case of infinitely small fermion transfer and the repulsive on-site boson-fermion interaction is considered. The possibility of change of order (from the 2nd to the 1st one) of the phase transition to the superfluid phase in the regime of fixed values of the chemical potentials of Bose- and Fermi-particles is established. The relevant phase diagrams determining the conditions at which such a change takes place, are built.

  10. The Categorification of Fermions

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    Wang, Na; Wang, Rui; Wang, Zhi-Xi; Wu, Ke; Yang, Jie; Yang, Zi-Feng

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we lift Fermions to functors acting on some homotopy category by the Boson-Fermion correspondence and get the categorified relations of Fermions. In this way, both the categorified Bosons and the categorified Fermions can be viewed as functors on the same category. We also give actions of these functors on the charged Young diagrams (or equivalently Maya diagrams), so that the classical theory of Boson-Fermion correspondence is very well recovered as a result of such a categorification.

  11. Surface properties of pulsed laser deposited Ir, Rh, and Ir 0.9Rh 0.1 thin films for use as microelectrode arrays in electroanalytical heavy metal trace sensors

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    Le Drogoff, B.; El Khakani, M. A.; Silva, P. R. M.; Chaker, M.; Ross, G. G.

    1999-11-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of iridium, rhodium, and Ir 0.9Rh 0.1 thin films onto a-SiC:H-coated silicon substrates for use in heavy metal sensors has been achieved by ablating iridium and/or rhodium targets with a KrF excimer laser. The deposited films are polycrystalline and exhibited very smooth surfaces with an average roughness value ( Ra) of ˜1 nm. The wettability by mercury of their surface was investigated by means of the contact angle measurement technique, and compared to that of Ag and Pt films. The PLD films (whether Ir, Rh, or Ir 0.9Rh 0.1) were found to present an almost identical Hg-wetting behavior, which is characterized by a high static contact angle of 132±2°. Moreover, in contrast to the cases of Pt or Ag films, where amalgamation with Hg rapidly occurs during the contact angle measurements, no evident interaction of Hg with the surface of the PLD films was observed. Microelectrode arrays of each of the three films (Ir, Rh and Ir 0.9Rh 0.1) were fabricated and used as a conducting base onto which Hg microdrops are electroplated. Reproducible and uniform Hg deposits on the microelectrode arrays were obtained. The electroanalytical performance of these Hg-electroplated microelectrode arrays based sensors was then evaluated by means of Square Wave Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (SWASV), in synthetic solutions containing Zn, Cd and Pb ion traces. Over a concentration range as wide as 0.2-20 ppb, the detected signals are found to exhibit a strong linear correlation with ion concentration. For a preconcentration time of only 5 min, detection limits as low as 0.2 ppb for both Cd and Pb, and 0.5 ppb for Zn were achieved.

  12. Effect of Pressure on Valence and Structural Properties of YbFe 2 Ge 2 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; ...

    2015-10-19

    We measured the crystal structure and the Yb valence of the YbFe2Ge2 heavy fermion compound 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. Moreover, 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. Finally, 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) atmore » ambient pressure to v = 2.93(3) at ~9 GPa, where at low temperature a pressure-induced quantum critical state was reported.« less

  13. 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

    2016-06-03

    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.

  14. 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}.

  15. 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

    2015-11-02

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Quantum critical behavior in an antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion Kondo lattice system (Ce{}_{1-x}La x )2Ir3Ge5

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    Khan, Rajwali; Mao, Qianhui; Wang, Hangdong; Yang, Jinhu; Du, Jianhua; Xu, Binjie; Zhou, Yuxing; Zhang, Yannan; Chen, Bing; Fang, Minghu

    2017-01-01

    Not Available Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2016FYA0300402, 2015CB921004, and 2012CB821404) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374261 and 11204059).

  18. Chiral fermions in asymptotically safe quantum gravity.

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    Meibohm, J; Pawlowski, J M

    2016-01-01

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. High pressure effects on U L3 x-ray absorption in partial fluorescence yield mode and single crystal x-ray diffraction in the heavy fermion compound UCd11

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    Nasreen, Farzana; Antonio, Daniel; VanGennep, Derrick; Booth, Corwin H.; Kothapalli, Karunakar; Bauer, Eric D.; Sarrao, John L.; Lavina, Barbara; Iota-Herbei, Valentin; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Chow, Paul; Xiao, Yuming; Zhao, Yusheng; Cornelius, Andrew L.

    2016-03-01

    We report a study of high pressure x-ray absorption (XAS) performed in the partial fluorescence yield mode (PFY) at the U L3 edge (0-28.2 GPa) and single crystal x-ray diffraction (SXD) (0-20 GPa) on the UCd11 heavy fermion compound at room temperature. Under compression, the PFY-XAS results show that the white line is shifted by  +4.1(3) eV at the highest applied pressure of 28.2 GPa indicating delocalization of the 5f electrons. The increase in full width at half maxima and decrease in relative amplitude of the white line with respect to the edge jump point towards 6d band broadening under high pressure. A bulk modulus of K 0  =  62(1) GPa and its pressure derivative, K0\\prime   =  4.9(2) was determined from high pressure SXD results. Both the PFY-XAS and diffraction results do not show any sign of a structural phase transition in the applied pressure range.

  5. High pressure effects on U L3 x-ray absorption in partial fluorescence yield mode and single crystal x-ray diffraction in the heavy fermion compound UCd11.

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    Nasreen, Farzana; Antonio, Daniel; VanGennep, Derrick; Booth, Corwin H; Kothapalli, Karunakar; Bauer, Eric D; Sarrao, John L; Lavina, Barbara; Iota-Herbei, Valentin; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Chow, Paul; Xiao, Yuming; Zhao, Yusheng; Cornelius, Andrew L

    2016-03-16

    We report a study of high pressure x-ray absorption (XAS) performed in the partial fluorescence yield mode (PFY) at the U L3 edge (0–28.2 GPa) and single crystal x-ray diffraction (SXD) (0–20 GPa) on the UCd11 heavy fermion compound at room temperature. Under compression, the PFY-XAS results show that the white line is shifted by +4.1(3) eV at the highest applied pressure of 28.2 GPa indicating delocalization of the 5f electrons. The increase in full width at half maxima and decrease in relative amplitude of the white line with respect to the edge jump point towards 6d band broadening under high pressure. A bulk modulus of K0 = 62(1) GPa and its pressure derivative, K0 = 4.9(2) was determined from high pressure SXD results. Both the PFY-XAS and diffraction results do not show any sign of a structural phase transition in the applied pressure range.

  6. Effect of Pressure on Valence and Structural Properties of YbFe 2 Ge 2 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

    We measured the crystal structure and the Yb valence of the YbFe2Ge2 heavy fermion compound 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. Moreover, 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. Finally, 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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Bootstrapping 3D fermions

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    Iliesiu, Luca; Kos, Filip; Poland, David; ...

    2016-03-17

    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 CT. We observe features in our bounds that coincide with scaling dimensions in the GrossNeveu models at large N. Finally, we also speculate that other features could coincide with a fermionic CFT containing no relevant scalar operators.

  11. Bootstrapping 3D fermions

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

    2016-03-17

    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 CT. We observe features in our bounds that coincide with scaling dimensions in the GrossNeveu models at large N. Finally, we also speculate that other features could coincide with a fermionic CFT containing no relevant scalar operators.

  12. 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.

  13. Superconductivity in the boson-fermion model with short range fermion repulsion

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    Kostyrko, Tomasz

    1998-03-01

    We consider influence of an on-site Coulomb repulsion U between fermions on superconducting properties of a two-component system of the wide band electrons hybridized with heavy boson-like local electron pairs^1,2. Within an RPA treatment valid for U< fermion bandwidth, we show that U almost completely suppresses superconductivity as long as a boson level stays above a Fermi level (BCS limit), reducing both Tc and a range of stability of an s-wave superconducting phase at T=0 K. In a Bose region, where the chemical potential remains pinned to the boson level, superconductivity is always stable at T=0 K and suppression of Tc is relatively small, especially for finite values of a boson mass. Above results are verified with the conclusions based on an effective t-J like hamiltonian derived by means of a canonical perturbation method from the boson-fermion model in a strong U limit. We show that the on-site boson-fermion hybridization is reduced by a factor of 2t/U (t - fermion hopping) and transforms into an intersite coupling supporting an extended s-wave superconducting order in this limit. [1em] 1. J. Ranninger and Robaszkiewicz, Physica B 135, 468 (1985). 2. R. Friedberg and T.D. Lee, Phys. Rev. B 40, 423 (1989).

  14. Heavy fermion spin liquid in herbertsmithite

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    Shaginyan, V. R.; Amusia, M. Ya.; Msezane, A. Z.; Popov, K. G.; Stephanovich, V. A.

    2015-09-01

    We analyze recent heat capacity measurements in herbertsmithite ZnCu3(OH)6Cl2 single crystal samples subjected to strong magnetic fields. We show that the temperature dependence of specific heat Cmag formed by quantum spin liquid at different magnetic fields B resembles the electronic heat capacity Cel of the HF metal YbRh2Si2. We demonstrate that the spinon effective mass Mmag* ∝Cmag / T exhibits a scaling behavior like that of Cel / T. We also show that the recent measurements of Cmag are compatible with those obtained on powder samples. These observations allow us to conclude that ZnCu3(OH)6Cl2 holds a stable strongly correlated quantum spin liquid, and a possible gap in the spectra of spinon excitations is absent even under the application of very high magnetic fields of 18 T.

  15. Scattering of fermions by gravitons

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    Ulhoa, S. C.; Santos, A. F.; Khanna, Faqir C.

    2017-04-01

    The interaction between gravitons and fermions is investigated in the teleparallel gravity. The scattering of fermions and gravitons in the weak field approximation is analyzed. The transition amplitudes of M\\varnothing ller, Compton and new gravitational scattering are calculated.

  16. Bipartite Composite Fermion States

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    Sreejith, G. J.; Tőke, C.; Wójs, A.; Jain, J. K.

    2011-08-01

    We study a class of ansatz wave functions in which composite fermions form two correlated “partitions.” These “bipartite” composite fermion states are demonstrated to be very accurate for electrons in a strong magnetic field interacting via a short-range 3-body interaction potential over a broad range of filling factors. Furthermore, this approach gives accurate approximations for the exact Coulomb ground state at 2+3/5 and 2+4/7 and is thus a promising candidate for the observed fractional quantum Hall states at the hole conjugate fractions at 2+2/5 and 2+3/7.

  17. Bipartite composite fermion States.

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    Sreejith, G J; Toke, C; Wójs, A; Jain, J K

    2011-08-19

    We study a class of ansatz wave functions in which composite fermions form two correlated "partitions." These "bipartite" composite fermion states are demonstrated to be very accurate for electrons in a strong magnetic field interacting via a short-range 3-body interaction potential over a broad range of filling factors. Furthermore, this approach gives accurate approximations for the exact Coulomb ground state at 2+3/5 and 2+4/7 and is thus a promising candidate for the observed fractional quantum Hall states at the hole conjugate fractions at 2+2/5 and 2+3/7.

  18. Fermionic T-duality in fermionic double space

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    Nikolić, B.; Sazdović, B.

    2017-04-01

    In this article we offer the interpretation of the fermionic T-duality of the type II superstring theory in double space. We generalize the idea of double space doubling the fermionic sector of the superspace. In such doubled space fermionic T-duality is represented as permutation of the fermionic coordinates θα and θbarα with the corresponding fermionic T-dual ones, ϑα and ϑbarα, respectively. Demanding that T-dual transformation law has the same form as initial one, we obtain the known form of the fermionic T-dual NS-R and R-R background fields. Fermionic T-dual NS-NS background fields are obtained under some assumptions. We conclude that only symmetric part of R-R field strength and symmetric part of its fermionic T-dual contribute to the fermionic T-duality transformation of dilaton field and analyze the dilaton field in fermionic double space. As a model we use the ghost free action of type II superstring in pure spinor formulation in approximation of constant background fields up to the quadratic terms.

  19. Fermion number anomaly with the fluffy mirror fermion

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    Okumura, Ken-ichi; Suzuki, Hiroshi

    2016-12-01

    Quite recently, Grabowska and Kaplan presented a 4-dimensional lattice formulation of chiral gauge theories based on the chiral overlap operator. We study this formulation from the perspective of the fermion number anomaly and possible associated phenomenology. A simple argument shows that the consistency of the formulation implies that the fermion with the opposite chirality to the physical one, the "fluffy mirror fermion" or "fluff", suffers from the fermion number anomaly in the same magnitude (with the opposite sign) as the physical fermion. This immediately shows that if at least one of the fluff quarks is massless, the formulation provides a simple viable solution to the strong CP problem. Also, if the fluff interacts with gravity essentially in the same way as the physical fermion, the formulation can realize the asymmetric dark matter scenario.

  20. Linear dependencies between composite fermion states

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    Meyer, M. L.; Liabøtrø, O.; Viefers, S.

    2016-09-01

    The formalism of composite fermions (CFs) has been one of the most prominent and successful approaches to describing the fractional quantum Hall effect, in terms of trial many-body wave functions. Testing the accuracy of the latter typically involves rather heavy numerical comparison to exact diagonalization results. Thus, optimizing computational efficiency has been an important technical issue in this field. One generic (and not yet fully understood) property of the CF approach is that it tends to overcount the number of linearly independent candidate states for fixed sets of quantum numbers. Technically speaking, CF Slater determinants that are orthogonal before projection to the lowest Landau level, may lead to wave functions that are identical, or possess linear dependencies, after projection. This leads to unnecessary computations, and has been pointed out in the literature both for fermionic and bosonic systems. We here present a systematic approach that enables us to reveal all linear dependencies between bosonic compact states in the lowest CF ‘cyclotron energy’ sub-band, and almost all dependencies in higher sub-bands, at the level of the CF Slater determinants, i.e. before projection, which implies a major computational simplification. Our approach is introduced for so-called simple states of two-species rotating bosons, and then generalized to generic compact bosonic states, both one- and two-species. Some perspectives also apply to fermionic systems. The identities and linear dependencies we find, are analytically exact for ‘brute force’ projection in the disk geometry.

  1. Tripartite composite fermion states

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    Sreejith, G. J.; Wu, Ying-Hai; Wójs, A.; Jain, J. K.

    2013-06-01

    The Read-Rezayi wave function is one of the candidates for the fractional quantum Hall effect at filling fraction ν=2+⅗, and thereby also its hole conjugate at 2+⅖. We study a general class of tripartite composite fermion wave functions, which reduce to the Rezayi-Read ground state and quasiholes for appropriate quantum numbers, but also allow a construction of wave functions for quasiparticles and neutral excitations by analogy to the standard composite fermion theory. We present numerical evidence in finite systems that these trial wave functions capture well the low energy physics of a four-body model interaction. We also compare the tripartite composite fermion wave functions with the exact Coulomb eigenstates at 2+⅗, and find reasonably good agreement. The ground state as well as several excited states of the four-body interaction are seen to evolve adiabatically into the corresponding Coulomb states for N=15 particles. These results support the plausibility of the Read-Rezayi proposal for the 2+⅖ and 2+⅗ fractional quantum Hall effect. However, certain other proposals also remain viable, and further study of excitations and edge states will be necessary for a decisive establishment of the physical mechanism of these fractional quantum Hall states.

  2. Fermion mass without symmetry breaking

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    Catterall, Simon

    2016-01-01

    We examine a model of reduced staggered fermions in three dimensions interacting through an SO (4) invariant four fermion interaction. The model is similar to that considered in a recent paper by Ayyer and Chandrasekharan [1]. We present theoretical arguments and numerical evidence which support the idea that the system develops a mass gap for sufficiently strong four fermi coupling without producing a symmetry breaking fermion bilinear condensate. Massless and massive phases appear to be separated by a continuous phase transition.

  3. 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.

  4. Cloaking two-dimensional fermions

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    Lin, De-Hone

    2011-09-15

    A cloaking theory for a two-dimensional spin-(1/2) fermion is proposed. It is shown that the spinor of the two-dimensional fermion can be cloaked perfectly through controlling the fermion's energy and mass in a specific manner moving in an effective vector potential inside a cloaking shell. Different from the cloaking of three-dimensional fermions, the scaling function that determines the invisible region is uniquely determined by a nonlinear equation. It is also shown that the efficiency of the cloaking shell is unaltered under the Aharonov-Bohm effect.

  5. Multi-regulator functional renormalization group for many-fermion systems

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    Tanizaki, Yuya; Hatsuda, Tetsuo

    We propose a method of multi-regulator functional renormalization group (MR-FRG) which is a novel formulation of functional renormalization group with multiple infrared (IR) regulators. It is applied to a two-component fermionic system with an attractive contact interaction to study crossover phenomena between the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) phase and the Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) phase. To control both the fermionic one-particle excitations and the bosonic collective excitations, IR regulators are introduced, one for the fermionic two-point function and another for the four-fermion vertex. It is shown that the Nozières-Schmitt-Rink (NSR) theory, which is successful to capture qualitative features of the BCS-BEC crossover, can be derived from MR-FRG. Some aspects of MR-FRG to go beyond the NSR theory are also discussed.

  6. Probing the fermionic Higgs portal at lepton colliders

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

    2016-04-26

    Here, we study the sensitivity of future electron-positron colliders to UV completions of the fermionic Higgs portal operator H†Hχ¯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 providemore » 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.« less

  7. Probing the fermionic Higgs portal at lepton colliders

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

    2016-04-26

    Here, we study the sensitivity of future electron-positron colliders to UV completions of the fermionic Higgs portal operator HHχ¯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.

  8. Three-dimensional Majorana fermions in chiral superconductors.

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    Kozii, Vladyslav; Venderbos, Jörn W F; Fu, Liang

    2016-12-01

    Using a systematic symmetry and topology analysis, we establish that three-dimensional chiral superconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling and odd-parity pairing generically host low-energy nodal quasiparticles that are spin-nondegenerate and realize Majorana fermions in three dimensions. By examining all types of chiral Cooper pairs with total angular momentum J formed by Bloch electrons with angular momentum j in crystals, we obtain a comprehensive classification of gapless Majorana quasiparticles in terms of energy-momentum relation and location on the Fermi surface. We show that the existence of bulk Majorana fermions in the vicinity of spin-selective point nodes is rooted in the nonunitary nature of chiral pairing in spin-orbit-coupled superconductors. We address experimental signatures of Majorana fermions and find that the nuclear magnetic resonance spin relaxation rate is significantly suppressed for nuclear spins polarized along the nodal direction as a consequence of the spin-selective Majorana nature of nodal quasiparticles. Furthermore, Majorana nodes in the bulk have nontrivial topology and imply the presence of Majorana bound states on the surface, which form arcs in momentum space. We conclude by proposing the heavy fermion superconductor PrOs4Sb12 and related materials as promising candidates for nonunitary chiral superconductors hosting three-dimensional Majorana fermions.

  9. Three-dimensional Majorana fermions in chiral superconductors

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    Kozii, Vladyslav; Venderbos, Jörn W. F.; Fu, Liang

    2016-01-01

    Using a systematic symmetry and topology analysis, we establish that three-dimensional chiral superconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling and odd-parity pairing generically host low-energy nodal quasiparticles that are spin-nondegenerate and realize Majorana fermions in three dimensions. By examining all types of chiral Cooper pairs with total angular momentum J formed by Bloch electrons with angular momentum j in crystals, we obtain a comprehensive classification of gapless Majorana quasiparticles in terms of energy-momentum relation and location on the Fermi surface. We show that the existence of bulk Majorana fermions in the vicinity of spin-selective point nodes is rooted in the nonunitary nature of chiral pairing in spin-orbit–coupled superconductors. We address experimental signatures of Majorana fermions and find that the nuclear magnetic resonance spin relaxation rate is significantly suppressed for nuclear spins polarized along the nodal direction as a consequence of the spin-selective Majorana nature of nodal quasiparticles. Furthermore, Majorana nodes in the bulk have nontrivial topology and imply the presence of Majorana bound states on the surface, which form arcs in momentum space. We conclude by proposing the heavy fermion superconductor PrOs4Sb12 and related materials as promising candidates for nonunitary chiral superconductors hosting three-dimensional Majorana fermions. PMID:27957543

  10. projective variational study on low-temperature quantum magnetism in Na4Ir3O8

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    Shindou, Ryuichi

    2015-03-01

    Na4Ir3O8 is one of candidate materials of three-dimensional quantum spin liquid Mott isnulator, where Ir J=1/2 spin forms a hyperkagome lattice, a corner-sharing triangle network lattice with spin frustration. Due to lack of spatial inversion symmetries and heavy atom nature of Iridium, the system possesses larger anisotropic exchange interactions. In fact, preceding theories based on ab-initio band calculation show that Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction is on order of 10 percent of isotropic exchange interaction, which could play vital role of highly competing grand state energetics in Na4Ir3O8. From transport experiments, the system is also known to be in weak Mott insulating regime, where charge fluctuation cause larger multiple-spin interactions. Employing variational analyses based on projective(fermionic) construction of many-body spin wavefunctions, we will reconsider possible quantum spin ground states in the hyperkagome antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model with anisotropic exchange and multiple-spin interactions of Na4Ir3O8. Starting from these states, we will discuss possible magnetic excitations and compare them with reported experiments.

  11. Dirac Fermions in Borophene

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    Feng, Baojie; Sugino, Osamu; Liu, Ro-Ya; Zhang, Jin; Yukawa, Ryu; Kawamura, Mitsuaki; Iimori, Takushi; Kim, Howon; Hasegawa, Yukio; Li, Hui; Chen, Lan; Wu, Kehui; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Komori, Fumio; Chiang, Tai-Chang; Meng, Sheng; Matsuda, Iwao

    2017-03-01

    Honeycomb structures of group IV elements can host massless Dirac fermions with nontrivial Berry phases. Their potential for electronic applications has attracted great interest and spurred a broad search for new Dirac materials especially in monolayer structures. We present a detailed investigation of the β12 sheet, which is a borophene structure that can form spontaneously on a Ag(111) surface. Our tight-binding analysis revealed that the lattice of the β12 sheet could be decomposed into two triangular sublattices in a way similar to that for a honeycomb lattice, thereby hosting Dirac cones. Furthermore, each Dirac cone could be split by introducing periodic perturbations representing overlayer-substrate interactions. These unusual electronic structures were confirmed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and validated by first-principles calculations. Our results suggest monolayer boron as a new platform for realizing novel high-speed low-dissipation devices.

  12. Hierarchy spectrum of SM fermions: from top quark to electron neutrino

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    Xue, She-Sheng

    2016-11-01

    In the SM gauge symmetries and fermion content of neutrinos, charged leptons and quarks, we study the effective four-fermion operators of Einstein-Cartan type and their contributions to the Schwinger-Dyson equations of fermion self-energy functions. The study is motivated by the speculation that these four-fermion operators are probably originated due to the quantum gravity, which provides the natural regularization for chiral-symmetric gauge field theories. In the chiral-gauge symmetry breaking phase, as to achieve the energetically favorable ground state, only the top-quark mass is generated via the spontaneous symmetry breaking, and other fermion masses are generated via the explicit symmetry breaking induced by the top-quark mass, four-fermion interactions and fermion-flavor mixing matrices. A phase transition from the symmetry breaking phase to the chiral-gauge symmetric phase at TeV scale occurs and the drastically fine-tuning problem can be resolved. In the infrared fixed-point domain of the four-fermion coupling for the SM at low energies, we qualitatively obtain the hierarchy patterns of the SM fermion Dirac masses, Yukawa couplings and family-flavor mixing matrices with three additional right-handed neutrinos ν R f . Large Majorana masses and lepton-number symmetry breaking are originated by the four-fermion interactions among ν R f and their left-handed conjugated fields ν R fc . Light masses of gauged Majorana neutrinos in the normal hierarchy (10-5 - 10-2 eV) are obtained consistently with neutrino oscillations. We present some discussions on the composite Higgs phenomenology and forward-backward asymmetry of toverline{t} -production, as well as remarks on the candidates of light and heavy dark matter particles (fermions, scalar and pseudoscalar bosons).

  13. Composite fermion-boson mapping for fermionic lattice models.

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    Zhao, J; Jiménez-Hoyos, C A; Scuseria, G E; Huerga, D; Dukelsky, J; Rombouts, S M A; Ortiz, G

    2014-11-12

    We present a mapping of elementary fermion operators onto a quadratic form of composite fermionic and bosonic cluster operators. The mapping is an exact isomorphism as long as the physical constraint of one composite particle per cluster is satisfied. This condition is treated on average in a composite particle mean-field approach, which consists of an ansatz that decouples the composite fermionic and bosonic sectors. The theory is tested on the 1D and 2D Hubbard models. Using a Bogoliubov determinant for the composite fermions and either a coherent or Bogoliubov state for the bosons, we obtain a simple and accurate procedure for treating the Mott insulating phase of the Hubbard model with mean-field computational cost.

  14. The comparison of two heavy fuel oils in composition and weathering pattern, based on IR, GC-FID and GC-MS analyses: application to the Prestige wreackage.

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    Fernández-Varela, R; Andrade, J M; Muniategui, S; Prada, D; Ramírez-Villalobos, F

    2009-03-01

    This paper compares the weathering patterns of two similar fuel oils: a fuel oil spilled after a ship accident (Prestige-Nassau, off the Galician coast -NW Spain-) and a fuel designed to cope with the numerous quests for samples to carry out scientific studies (IFO). Comparative studies were made to evaluate the capability of common fingerprinting analytical techniques to differentiate the fuels, as well as their capabilities to monitor their weathering. The two products were spilled under controlled conditions during ca. four months to assess how they evolved on time. Mid-IR spectrometry and gas chromatography (flame ionization and mass spectrometry detectors) were used. IR indexes related to total aromaticity, type of substituents (branched or linear chains) and degree of aromatic substitution reflected well the differences between the fuels during weathering. Regarding the chromatographic measurements, the n-alkanes became highly reduced for both fuel oils and it was found that the PAHs of the synthetic fuel (IFO) were more resistant to weathering. Regarding biomarkers, the different profiles of the steranes, diasteranes and triaromatic steroids allowed for a simple differentiation amongst the two products. The %D2/P2 ratio differentiated both products whereas the %N3/P2 one ordered the samples according to the extent of their weathering.

  15. Effective fermion kinematics from modified quantum gravity

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    Alexandre, J.; Leite, J.

    2016-10-01

    We consider a classical fermion and a classical scalar, propagating on two different kinds of four-dimensional diffeomorphism breaking gravity backgrounds, and we derive the one-loop effective dispersion relation for matter, after integrating out gravitons. One gravity model involves quadratic divergences at one-loop, as in Einstein gravity, and the other model is the z = 3 non-projectable Horava-Lifshitz gravity, which involves logarithmic divergences only. Although these two models behave differently in the ultraviolet, the IR phenomenology for matter fields is comparable: (i) for generic values for the parameters, both models identify 1010 GeV as the characteristic scale above which they are not consistent with current upper bounds on Lorentz symmetry violation; (ii) for both models, there is always a fine-tuning of parameters which allows the cancellation of the indicator for Lorentz symmetry violation.

  16. Spontaneous compactification and chiral fermions

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    Frampton, Paul H.; Yamamoto, Katsuji

    The question is addressed of which chiral fermions survive in spontaneously compactified solutions of the generalized Einstein-Yang-Mills field equations for higher even space-time dimensions. First, we study the allowed fermion representations of SU( N) which have no gauge or gravitational chiral anomalies in arbitrary even dimension and show how to find all such representations for the case of totally antisymmetric SU( N) tensors. Second, we look explicitly at monopole-induced spontaneous compactification in six dimensions; here, interesting chiral fermions in four dimensions do not occur easily but instead require highly artificial assignments of quantum numbers under the U(1) gauge group associated with the monopole. Finally, we consider instanton-induced spontaneous compactification in eight dimensions; for this case, we may readily obtain acceptable chiral fermions in four dimensions, including Georgi's three-family SU(11) model.

  17. 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.

  18. Fermions as generalized Ising models

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    Wetterich, C.

    2017-04-01

    We establish a general map between Grassmann functionals for fermions and probability or weight distributions for Ising spins. The equivalence between the two formulations is based on identical transfer matrices and expectation values of products of observables. The map preserves locality properties and can be realized for arbitrary dimensions. We present a simple example where a quantum field theory for free massless Dirac fermions in two-dimensional Minkowski space is represented by an asymmetric Ising model on a euclidean square lattice.

  19. Majorana fermions in a box

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    Al-Hashimi, M. H.; Shalaby, A. M.; Wiese, U.-J.

    2017-03-01

    Motivated by potential applications to ultracold matter, we perform a theoretical study of Majorana fermions confined to a finite volume, whose boundary conditions are characterized by self-adjoint extension parameters. While the boundary conditions for Dirac fermions in (1 +1 )-d are characterized by a 1-parameter family, λ =-λ*, of self-adjoint extensions, for Majorana fermions λ is restricted to ±i . Based on this result, we compute the frequency spectrum of Majorana fermions confined to a 1-d interval. The boundary conditions for Dirac fermions confined to a 3-d region of space are characterized by a 4-parameter family of self-adjoint extensions, which is reduced to two distinct 1-parameter families for Majorana fermions. We also consider the problems related to the quantum mechanical interpretation of the Majorana equation as a single-particle equation. Furthermore, the equation is related to a relativistic Schrödinger equation that does not suffer from these problems. Here we restrict ourselves to theoretical considerations without yet focusing on concrete cold matter applications.

  20. Fermions and gravitational gyrotropy

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    Helfer, Adam D.

    2016-12-01

    In conventional general relativity without torsion, high-frequency gravitational waves couple to the chiral number density of spin one-half quanta: the polarization of the waves is rotated by 2 π N5ℓPl2, where N5 is the chiral column density and ℓPl is the Planck length. This means that if a primordial distribution of gravitational waves with E-E or B-B correlations passed through a chiral density of fermions in the very early Universe, an E-B correlation will be generated. This in turn will give rise to E-B and T-B correlations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Less obviously but more primitively, the condition Albrecht called "cosmic coherence" would be violated, changing the restrictions on the class of admissible cosmological gravitational waves. This altered class of waves would, generally speaking, probe earlier physics than do the conventional waves; their effects on the CMB would be most pronounced for low (≲100 ) multipoles. Rough estimates indicate that if the tensor-to-scalar ratio is less than about 10-2, it will be hard to constrain a spatially homogeneous primordial N5 by present data.

  1. 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

  2. Toward the classification of the realistic free fermionic models

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    Faraggi, A.E.

    1997-08-01

    The realistic free fermionic models have had remarkable success in providing plausible explanations for various properties of the Standard Model which include the natural appearance of three generations, the explanation of the heavy top quark mass and the qualitative structure of the fermion mass spectrum in general, the stability of the proton and more. These intriguing achievements makes evident the need to understand the general space of these models. While the number of possibilities is large, general patterns can be extracted. In this paper the author presents a detailed discussion on the construction of the realistic free fermionic models with the aim of providing some insight into the basic structures and building blocks that enter the construction. The role of free phases in the determination of the phenomenology of the models is discussed in detail. The author discusses the connection between the free phases and mirror symmetry in (2,2) models and the corresponding symmetries in the case of (2,0) models. The importance of the free phases in determining the effective low energy phenomenology is illustrated in several examples. The classification of the models in terms of boundary condition selection rules, real world-sheet fermion pairings, exotic matter states and the hidden sector is discussed.

  3. Studying fermionic ghost imaging with independent photons

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    Liu, Jianbin; Zhou, Yu; Zheng, Huaibin; Chen, Hui; Li, Fu-li; Xu, Zhuo

    2016-12-01

    Ghost imaging with thermal fermions is calculated based on two-particle interference in Feynman's path integral theory. It is found that ghost imaging with thermal fermions can be simulated by ghost imaging with thermal bosons and classical particles. Photons in pseudothermal light are employed to experimentally study fermionic ghost imaging. Ghost imaging with thermal bosons and fermions is discussed based on the point-to-point (spot) correlation between the object and image planes. The employed method offers an efficient guidance for future ghost imaging with real thermal fermions, which may also be generalized to study other second-order interference phenomena with fermions.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Local spin operators for fermion simulations

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    Whitfield, James D.; Havlíček, Vojtěch; Troyer, Matthias

    2016-09-01

    Digital quantum simulation of fermionic systems is important in the context of chemistry and physics. Simulating fermionic models on general purpose quantum computers requires imposing a fermionic algebra on qubits. The previously studied Jordan-Wigner and Bravyi-Kitaev transformations are two techniques for accomplishing this task. Here, we reexamine an auxiliary fermion construction which maps fermionic operators to local operators on qubits. The local simulation is performed by relaxing the requirement that the number of qubits should match the number of single-particle states. Instead, auxiliary sites are introduced to enable nonconsecutive fermionic couplings to be simulated with constant low-rank tensor products on qubits. The additional number of auxiliary qubits required per fermionic degree of freedom depends only on the degree of connectivity of the Hamiltonian. We connect the auxiliary fermion construction to topological models and give examples of the construction.

  7. Constructing entanglement measures for fermions

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    Johansson, Markus; Raissi, Zahra

    2016-10-01

    In this paper we describe a method for finding polynomial invariants under stochastic local operations and classical communication (SLOCC) for a system of delocalized fermions shared between different parties, with global particle-number conservation as the only constraint. These invariants can be used to construct entanglement measures for different types of entanglement in such a system. It is shown that the invariants, and the measures constructed from them, take a nonzero value only if the state of the system allows for the observation of Bell-nonlocal correlations. Invariants of this kind are constructed for systems of two and three spin-1/2 fermions and examples of maximally entangled states are given that illustrate the different types of entanglement distinguished by the invariants. A general condition for the existence of SLOCC invariants and their associated measures is given as a relation between the number of fermions, their spin, and the number of spatial modes of the system. In addition, the effect of further constraints on the system, including the localization of a subset of the fermions, is discussed. Finally, a hybrid Ising-Hubbard Hamiltonian is constructed for which the ground state of a three-site chain exhibits a high degree of entanglement at the transition between a regime dominated by on-site interaction and a regime dominated by Ising interaction. This entanglement is well described by a measure constructed by the introduced method.

  8. Nonlinear fermions and coherent states

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    Trifonov, D. A.

    2012-06-01

    Nonlinear fermions of degree n (n-fermions) are introduced as particles with creation and annihilation operators obeying the simple nonlinear anticommutation relation AA† + A†nAn = 1. The (n + 1)th-order nilpotency of these operators follows from the existence of unique A-vacuum. Supposing appropriate (n + 1)th-order nilpotent para-Grassmann variables and integration rules the sets of n-fermion number states, ‘right’ and ‘left’ ladder operator coherent states (CS) and displacement-operator-like CS are constructed. The (n + 1) × (n + 1) matrix realization of the related para-Grassmann algebra is provided. General (n + 1)th-order nilpotent ladder operators of finite-dimensional systems are expressed as polynomials in terms of n-fermion operators. Overcomplete sets of (normalized) ‘right’ and ‘left’ eigenstates of such general ladder operators are constructed and their properties are briefly discussed. This article is part of a special issue of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical devoted to ‘Coherent states: mathematical and physical aspects’.

  9. Wilson fermions at finite temperature

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    Creutz, M.

    1996-09-17

    The author conjectures on the phase structure expected for lattice gauge theory with two flavors of Wilson fermions, concentrating on large values of the hopping parameter. Numerous phases are expected, including the conventional confinement and deconfinement phases, as well as an Aoki phase with spontaneous breaking of flavor and parity and a large hopping phase corresponding to negative quark masses.

  10. Fermion fractionalization to Majorana fermions in a dimerized Kitaev superconductor

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    Wakatsuki, Ryohei; Ezawa, Motohiko; Tanaka, Yukio; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2014-07-01

    We study theoretically a one-dimensional dimerized Kitaev superconductor model which belongs to BDI class with time-reversal, particle-hole, and chiral symmetries. There are two sources of the particle-hole symmetry, i.e., the sublattice symmetry and superconductivity. Accordingly, we define two types of topological numbers with respect to the chiral indices of normal and Majorana fermions, which offers an ideal laboratory to examine the interference between the two different physics within the same symmetry class. Phase diagram, zero-energy bound states, and conductance at normal metal/superconductor junction of this model are unveiled from this viewpoint. Especially, the electron fractionalization to the Majorana fermions showing the splitting of the local density of states is realized at the soliton of the dimerization in this model.

  11. Fermion Fractionalization to Majorana Fermions in Dimerized Kitaev Superconductor

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    Wakatsuki, Ryohei; Ezawa, Motohiko; Tanaka, Yukio; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2015-03-01

    We study theoretically a one-dimensional dimerized Kitaev superconductor model which belongs to BDI class with time-reversal, particle-hole, and chiral symmetries. There are two sources of the particle-hole symmetry, i.e., the sublattice symmetry and superconductivity. Accordingly, we define two types of topological numbers with respect to the chiral indices of normal and Majorana fermions, which offers an ideal laboratory to examine the interference between the two different physics within the same symmetry class. Phase diagram, zero-energy bound states, and conductance at normal metal/superconductor junction of this model are unveiled from this viewpoint. Especially, the electron fractionalization to the Majorana fermions showing the splitting of the local density of states is realized at the soliton of the dimerization in this model.

  12. Effective field theory for dilute fermions with pairing

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    Furnstahl, R.J. Hammer, H.-W. Puglia, S.J.

    2007-11-15

    Effective field theory (EFT) methods for a uniform system of fermions with short-range, natural interactions are extended to include pairing correlations, as part of a program to develop a systematic Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) for medium and heavy nuclei. An effective action formalism for local composite operators leads to a free-energy functional that includes pairing by applying an inversion method order by order in the EFT expansion. A consistent renormalization scheme is demonstrated for the uniform system through next-to-leading order, which includes induced-interaction corrections to pairing.

  13. 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.

  14. FCNC decays of standard model fermions into a dark photon

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    Gabrielli, Emidio; Mele, Barbara; Raidal, Martti; Venturini, Elena

    2016-12-01

    We analyze a new class of FCNC processes, the f →f'γ ¯ decays of a fermion f into a lighter (same-charge) fermion f' plus a massless neutral vector boson, a dark photon γ ¯. A massless dark photon does not interact at tree level with observable fields, and the f →f'γ ¯ decay presents a characteristic signature where the final fermion f' is balanced by a massless invisible system. Models recently proposed to explain the exponential spread in the standard-model Yukawa couplings can indeed foresee an extra unbroken dark U (1 ) gauge group, and the possibility to couple on-shell dark photons to standard-model fermions via one-loop magnetic-dipole kind of FCNC interactions. The latter are suppressed by the characteristic scale related to the mass of heavy messengers, connecting the standard model particles to the dark sector. We compute the corresponding decay rates for the top, bottom, and charm decays (t →c γ ¯ , u γ ¯ , b →s γ ¯ , d γ ¯ , and c →u γ ¯), and for the charged-lepton decays (τ →μ γ ¯ , e γ ¯ , and μ →e γ ¯) in terms of model parameters. We find that large branching ratios for both quark and lepton decays are allowed in case the messenger masses are in the discovery range of the LHC. Implications of these new decay channels at present and future collider experiments are briefly discussed.

  15. Multipartite concurrence for identical-fermion systems

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    Majtey, A. P.; Bouvrie, P. A.; Valdés-Hernández, A.; Plastino, A. R.

    2016-03-01

    We study the problem of detecting multipartite entanglement among indistinguishable fermionic particles. A multipartite concurrence for pure states of N identical fermions, each one having a d -dimensional single-particle Hilbert space, is introduced. Such an entanglement measure, in particular, is optimized for maximally entangled states of three identical fermions that play a role analogous to the usual (qubit) Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state. In addition, it is shown that the fermionic multipartite concurrence can be expressed as the mean value of an observable, provided two copies of the composite state are available.

  16. Spin Tqfts and Fermionic Phases of Matter

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    Gaiotto, Davide; Kapustin, Anton

    We study lattice constructions of gapped fermionic phases of matter. We show that the construction of fermionic Symmetry Protected Topological orders by Gu and Wen has a hidden dependence on a discrete spin structure on the Euclidean space-time. The spin structure is needed to resolve ambiguities which are otherwise present. An identical ambiguity is shown to arise in the fermionic analog of the string-net construction of 2D topological orders. We argue that the need for a spin structure is a general feature of lattice models with local fermionic degrees of freedom and is a lattice analog of the spinstatistics relation.

  17. 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.

  18. IR Windstreaks

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    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. STOUT SMEARING FOR TWISTED FERMIONS.

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    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

  1. Dipole oscillations in fermionic mixtures

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    Chiacchiera, S.; Macri, T.; Trombettoni, A.

    2010-03-15

    We study dipole oscillations in a general fermionic mixture. Starting from the Boltzmann equation, we classify the different solutions in the parameter space through the number of real eigenvalues of the small oscillations matrix. We discuss how this number can be computed using the Sturm algorithm and its relation with the properties of the Laplace transform of the experimental quantities. After considering two components in harmonic potentials having different trapping frequencies, we study dipole oscillations in three-component mixtures. Explicit computations are done for realistic experimental setups using the classical Boltzmann equation without intraspecies interactions. A brief discussion of the application of this classification to general collective oscillations is also presented.

  2. 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.

  3. Quantum electrodynamics with complex fermion mass

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    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.

  4. Mass-induced transition in fermion number

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    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.

  5. Coherent states in the fermionic Fock space

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    Oeckl, Robert

    2015-01-01

    We construct the coherent states in the sense of Gilmore and Perelomov for the fermionic Fock space. Our treatment is from the outset adapted to the infinite-dimensional case. The fermionic Fock space becomes in this way a reproducing kernel Hilbert space of continuous holomorphic functions.

  6. Superalgebra and fermion-boson symmetry

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    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

  7. 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

    2013-01-01

    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.

  8. Fermion hierarchy from sfermion anarchy

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    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

  9. Cosmology of fermionic dark matter

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    Boeckel, Tillmann; Schaffner-Bielich, Juergen

    2007-11-15

    We explore a model for a fermionic dark matter particle family which decouples from the rest of the particles when at least all standard model particles are in equilibrium. We calculate the allowed ranges for mass and chemical potential to be compatible with big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) calculations and WMAP data for a flat universe with dark energy ({omega}{sub {lambda}}{sup 0}=0.72, {omega}{sub M}{sup 0}=0.27, h=0.7). Futhermore we estimate the free streaming length for fermions and antifermions to allow comparison to large scale structure data (LSS). We find that for dark matter decoupling when all standard model particles are present even the least restrictive combined BBN calculation and WMAP results allow us to constrain the initial dark matter chemical potential to a highest value of 6.3 times the dark matter temperature. In this case, the resulting mass range is at most 1.8 eV{<=}m{<=}53 eV, where the upper bound scales linearly with g{sub eff}{sup s}(T{sub Dec}). From LSS we find that, similar to ordinary warm dark matter models, the particle mass has to be larger than {approx}500 eV [meaning g{sub eff}{sup s}(T{sub Dec})>10{sup 3}] to be compatible with observations of the Ly {alpha} forest at high redshift, but still the dark matter chemical potential over temperature ratio can exceed unity.

  10. Fermion hierarchy from sfermion anarchy

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    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.

  11. Thermalization of Fermionic Quantum Walkers

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    Hamza, Eman; Joye, Alain

    2017-03-01

    We consider the discrete time dynamics of an ensemble of fermionic quantum walkers moving on a finite discrete sample, interacting with a reservoir of infinitely many quantum particles on the one dimensional lattice. The reservoir is given by a fermionic quasifree state, with free discrete dynamics given by the shift, whereas the free dynamics of the non-interacting quantum walkers in the sample is defined by means of a unitary matrix. The reservoir and the sample exchange particles at specific sites by a unitary coupling and we study the discrete dynamics of the coupled system defined by the iteration of the free discrete dynamics acting on the unitary coupling, in a variety of situations. In particular, in absence of correlation within the particles of the reservoir and under natural assumptions on the sample's dynamics, we prove that the one- and two-body reduced density matrices of the sample admit large times limits characterized by the state of the reservoir which are independent of the free dynamics of the quantum walkers and of the coupling strength. Moreover, the corresponding asymptotic density profile in the sample is flat and the correlations of number operators have no structure, a manifestation of thermalization.

  12. Surface resistance of the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3

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    Grimes, C. C.; Adams, G.; Bucher, E.

    1991-09-01

    The surface resistance R of two UPt3 single crystals has been measured using an apparatus in which the direction of the rf or microwave current can be varied continuously relative to the crystal axes. In an a-axis single crystal at 0.38 K, R is found to be lower for current in the basal plane than for current along the c axis, while R is independent of current direction in a c-axis crystal. This suggests that the superconducting-energy-gap function is anisotropic with, on average, a larger gap in basal-plane directions than in the c-axis direction. R at 0.38 K is found to increase anomalously rapidly with increasing frequency to nearly the normal-state value at frequencies that are only a few percent of kTc.

  13. Noncommutativity Parameter and Composite Fermions

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    Jellal, Ahmed

    We determine some particular values of the noncommutativity parameter θ and show that the Murthy Shankar approach is in fact a particular case of a more general one. Indeed, using the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) experimental data, we give a measurement of θ. This measurement can be obtained by considering some values of the filling factor ν and other ingredients, magnetic field B and electron density ρ. Moreover, it is found that θ can be quantized either fractionally or integrally in terms of the magnetic length l0 and the quantization is exactly what Murthy and Shankar formulated recently for the FQHE. On the other hand, we show that the mapping of the FQHE in terms of the composite fermion basis has a noncommutative geometry nature and therefore there is a more general way than the Murthy Shankar method to do this mapping.

  14. New fermions in the bulk

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    de Brito, K. P. S.; da Rocha, Roldão

    2016-10-01

    The spinor fields on 5-dimensional Lorentzian manifolds are classified according to the geometric Fierz identities, which involve their bilinear covariants. Based upon this classification, which generalises the celebrated 4-dimensional Lounesto classification of spinor fields, new non-trivial classes of 5-dimensional spinor fields are hence found, with important potential applications regarding bulk fermions and their subsequent localisation on brane-worlds. In addition, quaternionic bilinear covariants are used to derive the quaternionic spin density through the truncated exterior bundle. In order to accomplish the realisation of these new spinors, a Killing vector field is constructed on the horizon of a 5-dimensional Kerr black hole. This Killing vector field is shown to reach the time-like Killing vector field at spatial infinity through a current 1-form density, constructed with the new derived spinor fields. The current density is, moreover, expressed as the fünfbein component, assuming a condensed form.

  15. Flavor symmetries and fermion masses

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    Rasin, Andrija

    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, Vub/Vcb = √mu/mc and Vtd/Vts = √md/ms, 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 β → sγ constrains the parameter space when the ratio of the vacuum expectation values of the two Higgs doublets, tanβ, 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.

  16. An Exploratory Study of BK from NF = 2 Dynamical Clover-Improved Wilson Fermions

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    Flynn, J. M.; Mescia, F.; Tariq, A. S. B.

    2005-04-01

    We report calculations of BK using two flavours of dynamical clover-improved Wilson lattice fermions and look for dependence on the dynamical quark mass at fixed lattice spacing. We see some evidence for dynamical quark effects. In particular BK decreases as the sea quark masses are reduced towards the up/down quark mass. Our meson masses are quite heavy and a firm prediction of the BK value is a task for future simulations.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Entanglement in fermion systems and quantum metrology

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    Benatti, F.; Floreanini, R.; Marzolino, U.

    2014-03-01

    Entanglement in fermion many-body systems is studied using a generalized definition of separability based on partitions of the set of observables, rather than on particle tensor products. In this way, the characterizing properties of nonseparable fermion states can be explicitly analyzed, allowing a precise description of the geometric structure of the corresponding state space. These results have direct applications in fermion quantum metrology: Sub-shot-noise accuracy in parameter estimation can be obtained without the need of a preliminary state entangling operation.

  20. Two-dimensional fermionic Hong-Ou-Mandel interference with massless Dirac fermions

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    Khan, M. A.; Leuenberger, Michael N.

    2014-08-01

    We propose a two-dimensional Hong-Ou-Mandel (HOM) type interference experiment for massless Dirac fermions in graphene and 3D topological insulators. Since massless Dirac fermions exhibit linear dispersion, similar to photons in vacuum, they can be used to obtain the HOM interference intensity pattern as a function of the delay time between two massless Dirac fermions. We show that while the Coulomb interaction leads to a significant change in the angle dependence of the tunneling of two identical massless Dirac fermions incident from opposite sides of a potential barrier, it does not affect the HOM interference pattern. We apply our formalism to develop a massless Dirac fermion beam splitter (BS) for controlling the transmission and reflection coefficients. We calculate the resulting time-resolved correlation function for two identical massless Dirac fermions scattering off the BS.

  1. 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.

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

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

    2016-07-08

    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.

  3. General form of the boson-fermion interaction in the interacting boson-fermion model-2

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    Matus, F. A.; Barea, J.

    2017-03-01

    The boson-fermion interaction in the interacting boson-fermion model-2 (IBFM-2) is derived in a systematic and general form from a quadrupole-quadrupole force using several nondegenerate levels. The boson-fermion quadrupole operator employed is obtained from the boson-fermion image of the one nucleon transfer operator which in turn can be calculated following two alternative schemes: the Otsuka-Arima-Iachello and generalized Holstein-Primakoff schemes. Four different terms (two quadrupole and two exchange) were obtained. Application of the new expressions to a single-j model is studied and analyzed.

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

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    Maurya, Arvind; Kulkarni, Ruta; Thamizhavel, Arumugam; ...

    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

  5. Thermostatistics of bosonic and fermionic Fibonacci oscillators

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    Algin, Abdullah; Arik, Metin; Senay, Mustafa; Topcu, Gozde

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we first introduce some new properties concerning the Fibonacci calculus. We then discuss the thermostatistics of gas models of two-parameter deformed oscillators, called bosonic and fermionic Fibonacci oscillators, in the thermodynamical limit. In this framework, we analyze the behavior of two-parameter deformed mean occupation numbers describing the Fibonacci-type bosonic and fermionic intermediate-statistics particles. A virial expansion of the equation of state for the bosonic Fibonacci oscillators’ gas model is obtained in both two and three dimensions, and the first five virial coefficients are derived in terms of the real independent deformation parameters p and q. The effect of bosonic and fermionic p, q-deformation on the thermostatistical properties of Fibonacci-type p, q-boson and p, q-fermion gas models are also discussed. The results obtained in this work can be useful for investigating some exotic quasiparticle states encountered in condensed matter systems.

  6. 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.

  7. Bilinear forms on fermionic Novikov algebras

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    Chen, Zhiqi; Zhu, Fuhai

    2007-05-01

    Novikov algebras were introduced in connection with the Poisson brackets of hydrodynamic type and Hamiltonian operators in formal variational calculus. Fermionic Novikov algebras correspond to a certain Hamiltonian super-operator in a super-variable. In this paper, we show that there is a remarkable geometry on fermionic Novikov algebras with non-degenerate invariant symmetric bilinear forms, which we call pseudo-Riemannian fermionic Novikov algebras. They are related to pseudo-Riemannian Lie algebras. Furthermore, we obtain a procedure to classify pseudo-Riemannian fermionic Novikov algebras. As an application, we give the classification in dimension <=4. Motivated by the one in dimension 4, we construct some examples in high dimensions.

  8. 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.

  9. Fermionic Orbital Optimization in Tensor Network States

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    Krumnow, C.; Veis, L.; Legeza, Ö.; Eisert, J.

    2016-11-01

    Tensor network states and specifically matrix-product states have proven to be a powerful tool for simulating ground states of strongly correlated spin models. Recently, they have also been applied to interacting fermionic problems, specifically in the context of quantum chemistry. A new freedom arising in such nonlocal fermionic systems is the choice of orbitals, it being far from clear what choice of fermionic orbitals to make. In this Letter, we propose a way to overcome this challenge. We suggest a method intertwining the optimization over matrix product states with suitable fermionic Gaussian mode transformations. The described algorithm generalizes basis changes in the spirit of the Hartree-Fock method to matrix-product states, and provides a black box tool for basis optimization in tensor network methods.

  10. Two-photon interactions with Majorana fermions

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    Latimer, David C.

    2016-11-01

    Because Majorana fermions are their own antiparticles, their electric and magnetic dipole moments must vanish, leaving the anapole moment as their only static electromagnetic property. But the existence of induced dipole moments is not necessarily prohibited. Through a study of real Compton scattering, we explore the constraints that the Majorana fermion's self-conjugate nature has on induced moments. In terms of the Compton amplitude, we find no constraints if the interactions are separately invariant under charge conjugation, parity, and time reversal. However, if the interactions are odd under parity and even under time reversal, then these contributions to the Compton amplitude must vanish. We employ a simple model to confirm these general findings via explicit calculation of the Majorana fermion's polarizabilities. We then use these polarizabilities to estimate the cross section for s -wave annihilation of two Majorana fermions into photons. The cross section is larger than a naive estimate might suggest.

  11. Evolution of boson-fermion stars

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    Valdez-Alvarado, Susana; Palenzuela, Carlos; Alic, Daniela; Ureña-López, L. Arturo; Becerril, Ricardo

    2012-08-01

    The boson-fermion stars can be modeled with a complex scalar field coupled minimally to a perfect fluid (i.e., without viscosity and non-dissipative). We present a study of these solutions and their dynamical evolution by solving numerically the Einstein-Klein-Gordon-Hydrodynamic (EKGHD) system. It is shown that stable configurations exist, but stability of general configurations depends finely upon the number of bosons and fermions.

  12. Canonical approach to Ginsparg-Wilson fermions

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    Matsui, Kosuke; Okamoto, Tomohito; Fujiwara, Takanori

    2005-06-01

    Based upon the lattice Dirac operator satisfying the Ginsparg-Wilson relation, we investigate canonical formulation of massless fermion on the spatial lattice. For free fermion system exact chiral symmetry can be implemented without species doubling. In the presence of gauge couplings the chiral symmetry is violated. We show that the divergence of the axial vector current is related to the chiral anomaly in the classical continuum limit.

  13. Inhomogeneous state of few-fermion superfluids.

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    Bugnion, P O; Lofthouse, J A; Conduit, G J

    2013-07-26

    The few-fermion atomic gas is an ideal setting to explore inhomogeneous superfluid pairing analogous to the Larkin-Ovchinnikov state. Two up and one down-spin atom is the minimal configuration that displays an inhomogeneous pairing density, whereas imbalanced systems containing more fermions present a more complex pairing topology. With more than eight atoms trapped the system approaches the macroscopic superfluid limit. An oblate trap with a central barrier offers a direct experimental probe of pairing inhomogeneity.

  14. 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.

  15. Lattice simulations with eight flavors of domain wall fermions in SU(3) gauge theory

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    Appelquist, T.; Brower, R. C.; Fleming, G. T.; Kiskis, J.; Lin, M. F.; Neil, E. T.; Osborn, J. C.; Rebbi, C.; Rinaldi, E.; Schaich, D.; Schroeder, C.; Syritsyn, S.; Voronov, G.; Vranas, P.; Weinberg, E.; Witzel, O.; Lattice Strong Dynamics LSD Collaboration

    2014-12-01

    We study an SU(3) gauge theory with Nf=8 degenerate flavors of light fermions in the fundamental representation. Using the domain wall fermion formulation, we investigate the light hadron spectrum, chiral condensate ⟨ψ ¯ ψ ⟩ and electroweak S parameter. We consider a range of light fermion masses on two lattice volumes at a single gauge coupling chosen so that IR scales approximately match those from our previous studies of the two- and six-flavor systems. Our results for the Nf=8 spectrum suggest spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking, though fits to the fermion mass dependence of spectral quantities do not strongly disfavor the hypothesis of mass-deformed infrared conformality. Compared to Nf=2 we observe a significant enhancement of ⟨ψ ¯ψ ⟩ relative to the symmetry breaking scale F , similar to the situation for Nf=6 . The reduction of the S parameter, related to parity doubling in the vector and axial-vector channels, is also comparable to our six-flavor results.

  16. 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.

  17. Rooting issue for a lattice fermion formulation similar to staggered fermions but without taste mixing

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    Adams, David H.

    2008-05-15

    To investigate the viability of the 4th root trick for the staggered fermion determinant in a simpler setting, we consider a 2-taste (flavor) lattice fermion formulation with no taste mixing but with exact taste-nonsinglet chiral symmetries analogous to the taste-nonsinglet U(1){sub A} symmetry of staggered fermions. Creutz's objections to the rooting trick apply just as much in this setting. To counter them we show that the formulation has robust would-be zero modes in topologically nontrivial gauge backgrounds, and that these manifest themselves in a viable way in the rooted fermion determinant and also in the disconnected piece of the pseudoscalar meson propagator as required to solve the U(1) problem. Also, our rooted theory is heuristically seen to be in the right universality class for QCD if the same is true for an unrooted mixed fermion action theory.

  18. 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.

  19. Simulation of strongly correlated fermions in two spatial dimensions with fermionic projected entangled-pair states

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    Corboz, Philippe; Orús, Román; Bauer, Bela; Vidal, Guifré

    2010-04-01

    We explain how to implement, in the context of projected entangled-pair states (PEPSs), the general procedure of fermionization of a tensor network introduced in P. Corboz and G. Vidal, Phys. Rev. B 80, 165129 (2009). The resulting fermionic PEPS, similar to previous proposals, can be used to study the ground state of interacting fermions on a two-dimensional lattice. As in the bosonic case, the cost of simulations depends on the amount of entanglement in the ground state and not directly on the strength of interactions. The present formulation of fermionic PEPS leads to a straightforward numerical implementation that allowed us to recycle much of the code for bosonic PEPS. We demonstrate that fermionic PEPS are a useful variational ansatz for interacting fermion systems by computing approximations to the ground state of several models on an infinite lattice. For a model of interacting spinless fermions, ground state energies lower than Hartree-Fock results are obtained, shifting the boundary between the metal and charge-density wave phases. For the t-J model, energies comparable with those of a specialized Gutzwiller-projected ansatz are also obtained.

  20. Spectrum structure of a fermion on Bloch branes with two scalar–fermion couplings

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    Xie, Qun-Ying; Guo, Heng; Zhao, Zhen-Hua; Du, Yun-Zhi; Zhang, Yu-Peng

    2017-03-01

    It is known that the Bloch brane is generated by an odd scalar field ϕ and an even one χ. In order to localize a bulk fermion on the Bloch brane, the coupling between the fermion and scalars should be introduced. There are two localization mechanisms in the literature, the Yukawa coupling -η \\bar{\\Psi}{{F}1}≤ft(φ,χ \\right) \\Psi and non-Yukawa coupling λ \\bar{\\Psi}{ΓM}{{\\partial}M}{{F}2}≤ft(φ,χ \\right){γ5} \\Psi . The Yukawa coupling has been considered. In this paper, we consider both couplings between the fermion and the scalars with {{F}1}={χm}{φ2p+1} and {{F}2}={χn}{φ2q} , and investigate the localization and spectrum structure of the fermion on the Bloch brane. It is found that the left-handed fermion zero mode can be localized on the Bloch brane under some conditions, and the effective potentials have rich structure and may be volcano-like, finite square well-like, and infinite potentials. As a result, the spectrum consists of a series of resonant Kaluza–Klein fermions, finite or infinite numbers of bound Kaluza–Klein fermions. Especially, we find a new feature of the introduction of both couplings: the spectrum for the case of finite square well-like potentials contains discrete quasi-localized and localized massive KK modes simultaneously.

  1. Dirac fermions in an antiferromagnetic semimetal

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    Tang, Peizhe; Zhou, Quan; Xu, Gang; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2016-12-01

    Analogues of the elementary particles have been extensively searched for in condensed-matter systems for both scientific interest and technological applications. Recently, massless Dirac fermions were found to emerge as low-energy excitations in materials now known as Dirac semimetals. All of the currently known Dirac semimetals are non-magnetic with both time-reversal symmetry and inversion symmetry . Here we show that Dirac fermions can exist in one type of antiferromagnetic system, where both and are broken but their combination is respected. We propose orthorhombic antiferromagnet CuMnAs as a candidate, analyse the robustness of the Dirac points under symmetry protections and demonstrate its distinctive bulk dispersions, as well as the corresponding surface states, by ab initio calculations. Our results provide a possible platform to study the interplay of Dirac fermion physics and magnetism.

  2. Plaquette boson-fermion model of cuprates

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    Altman, Ehud; Auerbach, Assa

    2002-03-01

    The strongly interacting Hubbard model on the square lattice is reduced to the low energy plaquette boson fermion model (PBFM). The four bosons (an antiferromagnon triplet and a d-wave hole pair), and the fermions are defined by the lowest plaquette eigenstates. We apply the contractor renormalization method of Morningstar and Weinstein to compute the boson effective interactions. The range-3 truncation error is found to be very small, signaling short hole-pair and magnon coherence lengths. The pair-hopping and magnon interactions are comparable, which explains the rapid destruction of antiferromagnetic order with emergence of superconductivity, and validates a key assumption of the projected SO(5) theory. A vacuum crossing at larger doping marks a transition into the overdoped regime. With hole fermions occupying small Fermi pockets and Andreev coupled to hole pair bosons, the PBFM yields several testable predictions for photoemission, tunneling asymmetry, and entropy measurements.

  3. Thermofield dynamics and Casimir effect for fermions

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    Queiroz, H. . E-mail: hebe@fis.ufba.br; Silva, J.C. da . E-mail: jcsilva@cefetba.br; Khanna, F.C. . E-mail: khanna@phys.ualberta.ca; Malbouisson, J.M.C. . E-mail: jmalbou@phys.ualberta.ca; Revzen, M. . E-mail: revzen@physics.technion.ac.il; Santana, A.E. . E-mail: asantana@fis.unb.br

    2005-05-01

    A generalization of the Bogoliubov transformation is developed to describe a space compactified fermionic field. The method is the fermionic counterpart of the formalism introduced earlier for bosons [Phys. Rev. A 66 (2002) 052101], and is based on the thermofield dynamics approach. We analyze the energy-momentum tensor for the Casimir effect of a free massless fermion field in a d-dimensional box at finite temperature. As a particular case the Casimir energy and pressure for the field confined in a three-dimensional parallelepiped box are calculated. It is found that the attractive or repulsive nature of the Casimir pressure on opposite faces changes depending on the relative magnitude of the edges. We also determine the temperature at which the Casimir pressure in a cubic box changes sign and estimate its value when the edge of the cube is of the order of the confining lengths for baryons.

  4. Fermionic light in common optical media.

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    Novoa, David; Michinel, Humberto; Tommasini, Daniele

    2010-11-12

    Recent experiments have proved that the response to short laser pulses of common optical media, such as air or oxygen, can be described by focusing Kerr and higher order nonlinearities of alternating signs. Such media support the propagation of steady solitary waves. We argue by both numerical and analytical computations that the low-power fundamental bright solitons satisfy an equation of state which is similar to that of a degenerate gas of fermions at zero temperature. Considering, in particular, the propagation in both O2 and air, we also find that the high-power solutions behave like droplets of ordinary liquids. We then show how a grid of the fermionic light bubbles can be generated and forced to merge in a liquid droplet. This leads us to propose a set of experiments aimed at the production of both the fermionic and liquid phases of light, and at the demonstration of the transition from the former to the latter.

  5. 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.

  6. Quantum Phases of Fermionic Cold Atoms Through Pairing and Dissociation

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    Lopez, Nicolas; Tsai, Shan-Wen; Timmermans, E.; Lin, Chi-Yong

    2011-03-01

    Cold atom experiments have realized molecule creation consisting of paired fermions and dissociation of weakly bound molecules into correlated fermions by tuning of the interactions with external fields [1,2]. We study many-body correlations in such system where molecules are weakly bound and therefore pairs of fermionic atoms convert into and dissociate from the bound molecule state. This exchange mediates a long-range interaction between the fermions. We consider a simple many-body Hamiltonian that includes the destruction of fermionic atom pairs to form single bosonic molecules and vice versa. We employ a functional renormalization-group approach to search for instabilities from the disordered quantum liquid phase that may arise from a boson mediated fermion-fermion interaction. We calculate the renormalized frequency-dependent fermion interactions vertices and renormalized molecular binding energy.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Topological susceptibility in staggered fermion chiral perturbation theory

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    Billeter, Brian; DeTar, Carleton; Osborn, James

    2004-10-01

    The topological susceptibility of the vacuum in quantum chromodynamics has been simulated numerically using the Asqtad improved staggered fermion formalism. At nonzero lattice spacing, the residual fermion doublers (fermion tastes) in the staggered fermion formalism give contributions to the susceptibility that deviate from conventional continuum chiral perturbation theory. In this brief report, we estimate the taste-breaking artifact and compare it with results of recent simulations, finding that it accounts for roughly half of the scaling violation.

  10. Maximum entanglement in squeezed boson and fermion states

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    Khanna, F. C.; Malbouisson, J. M. C.; Santana, A. E.; Santos, E. S.

    2007-08-15

    A class of squeezed boson and fermion states is studied with particular emphasis on the nature of entanglement. We first investigate the case of bosons, considering two-mode squeezed states. Then we construct the fermion version to show that such states are maximum entangled, for both bosons and fermions. To achieve these results, we demonstrate some relations involving squeezed boson states. The generalization to the case of fermions is made by using Grassmann variables.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Pseudoscalar condensation induced by chiral anomaly and vorticity for massive fermions

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    Fang, Ren-hong; Pang, Jin-yi; Wang, Qun; Wang, Xin-nian

    2017-01-01

    We derive the pseudoscalar condensate induced by anomaly and vorticity from the Wigner function for massive fermions in homogeneous electromagnetic fields. It has an anomaly term and a force-vorticity coupling term. As a mass effect, the pseudoscalar condensate is linearly proportional to the fermion mass in small mass expansion. By a generalization to two-flavor and three-flavor cases, the neutral pion and eta meson condensates are calculated from the Wigner function and have anomaly parts as well as force-vorticity parts, in which the anomaly part of the neutral pion condensate is consistent with the previous result. We also discuss the possible observables of the condensates in heavy-ion collisions such as collective flows of neutral pions and eta mesons which may be influenced by the electromagnetic field and vorticity profiles.

  14. Precision constraints on extra fermion generations.

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    Erler, Jens; Langacker, Paul

    2010-07-16

    There has been recent renewed interest in the possibility of additional fermion generations. At the same time there have been significant changes in the relevant electroweak precision constraints, in particular, in the interpretation of several of the low energy experiments. We summarize the various motivations for extra families and analyze them in view of the latest electroweak precision data.

  15. Entanglement of several blocks in fermionic chains

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    Ares, Filiberto; Esteve, José G.; Falceto, Fernando

    2014-12-01

    In this paper we propose an expression for the entanglement entropy of several intervals in a stationary state of a free, translational invariant Hamiltonian in a fermionic chain. We check numerically the accuracy of our proposal and conjecture a formula for the asymptotic behavior of principal submatrices of a Toeplitz matrix.

  16. Fermionic entanglement ambiguity in noninertial frames

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    Montero, Miguel; Martin-Martinez, Eduardo

    2011-06-15

    We analyze an ambiguity in previous works on entanglement of fermionic fields in noninertial frames. This ambiguity, related to the anticommutation properties of field operators, leads to nonunique results when computing entanglement measures for the same state. We show that the ambiguity disappears when we introduce detectors, which are in any case necessary as a means to probe the field entanglement.

  17. 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.

  18. Partial dynamical symmetry in a fermion system

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    Escher; Leviatan

    2000-02-28

    The relevance of the partial dynamical symmetry concept for an interacting fermion system is demonstrated. Hamiltonians with partial SU(3) symmetry are presented in the framework of the symplectic shell model of nuclei and shown to be closely related to the quadrupole-quadrupole interaction. Implications are discussed for the deformed light nucleus 20Ne.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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 materials 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.

  4. Effect of Fermion Velocity on Phase Structure of QED3

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    Li, Jian-Feng; Feng, Hong-Tao; Zong, Hong-Shi

    2016-11-01

    Dynamical chiral symmetry breaking (DCSB) in thermal QED3 with fermion velocity is studied in the framework of Dyson-Schwinger equations. By adopting instantaneous approximation and neglecting the transverse component of gauge boson propagator at finite temperature, we numerically solve the fermion self-energy equation in the rainbow approximation. It is found that both DCSB and fermion chiral condensate are suppressed by fermion velocity. Moreover, the critical temperature decreases as fermion velocity increases. Supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11535005 and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province under Grant No. BK20130387

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Equilibration via Gaussification in Fermionic Lattice Systems

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    Gluza, M.; Krumnow, C.; Friesdorf, M.; Gogolin, C.; Eisert, J.

    2016-11-01

    In this Letter, we present a result on the nonequilibrium dynamics causing equilibration and Gaussification of quadratic noninteracting fermionic Hamiltonians. Specifically, based on two basic assumptions—clustering of correlations in the initial state and the Hamiltonian exhibiting delocalizing transport—we prove that non-Gaussian initial states become locally indistinguishable from fermionic Gaussian states after a short and well controlled time. This relaxation dynamics is governed by a power-law independent of the system size. Our argument is general enough to allow for pure and mixed initial states, including thermal and ground states of interacting Hamiltonians on large classes of lattices as well as certain spin systems. The argument gives rise to rigorously proven instances of a convergence to a generalized Gibbs ensemble. Our results allow us to develop an intuition of equilibration that is expected to be more generally valid and relates to current experiments of cold atoms in optical lattices.

  10. 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

  11. Possible Aoki phase for staggered fermions

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    Aubin, C.; Wang Qinghai

    2004-12-01

    The phase diagram for staggered fermions is discussed in the context of the staggered chiral Lagrangian, extending previous work on the subject. When the discretization errors are significant, there may be an Aoki-like phase for staggered fermions, where the remnant SO(4) taste-symmetry is broken down to SO(3). We solve explicitly for the mass spectrum in the 3-flavor degenerate mass case and discuss qualitatively the 2+1-flavor case. From numerical results we find that current simulations are outside the staggered-Aoki phase. As for near-future simulations with more-improved versions of the staggered action, it seems unlikely that these will be in the Aoki phase for any realistic value of the quark mass, although the evidence is not conclusive.

  12. Fractional Fermions with Non-Abelian Statistics

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    Klinovaja, Jelena; Loss, Daniel

    2013-03-01

    We introduce a novel class of low-dimensional topological tight-binding models that allow for bound states that are fractionally charged fermions and exhibit non-Abelian braiding statistics. The proposed model consists of a double (single) ladder of spinless (spinful) fermions in the presence of magnetic fields. We study the system analytically in the continuum limit as well as numerically in the tight-binding representation. We find a topological phase transition with a topological gap that closes and reopens as a function of system parameters and chemical potential. The topological phase is of the type BDI and carries two degenerate midgap bound states that are localized at opposite ends of the ladders. We show numerically that these bound states are robust against a wide class of perturbations.

  13. Simulating fermions on a quantum computer

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    Ortiz, G.; Gubernatis, J. E.; Knill, E.; Laflamme, R.

    2002-07-01

    The real-time probabilistic simulation of quantum systems in classical computers is known to be limited by the so-called dynamical sign problem, a problem leading to exponential complexity. In 1981 Richard Feynman raised some provocative questions in connection to the "exact imitation" of such systems using a special device named a "quantum computer". Feynman hesitated about the possibility of imitating fermion systems using such a device. Here we address some of his concerns and, in particular, investigate the simulation of fermionic systems. We show how quantum computers avoid the sign problem in some cases by reducing the complexity from exponential to polynomial. Our demonstration is based upon the use of isomorphisms of algebras. We present specific quantum algorithms that illustrate the main points of our algebraic approach.

  14. 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.

  15. Peltier Cooling of Fermionic Quantum Gases

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    Grenier, Ch.; Georges, A.; Kollath, C.

    2014-11-01

    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.

  16. IR Linearity Monitor

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    Hilbert, Bryan

    2012-10-01

    These observations will be used to monitor the signal non-linearity of the IR channel, as well as to update the IR channel non-linearity calibration reference file. The non-linearity behavior of each pixel in the detector will be investigated through the use of full frame and subarray flat fields, while the photometric behavior of point sources will be studied using observations of 47 Tuc. This is a continuation of the Cycle 19 non-linearity monitor, program 12696.

  17. IR linearity monitor

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    Hilbert, Bryan

    2013-10-01

    These observations will be used to monitor the signal non-linearity of the IR channel, as well as to update the IR channel non-linearity calibration reference file. The non-linearity behavior of each pixel in the detector will be investigated through the use of full frame and subarray flat fields, while the photometric behavior of point sources will be studied using observations of 47 Tuc. This is a continuation of the Cycle 20 non-linearity monitor, program 13079.

  18. Fermionic Optical Lattices: A Computational Study

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    2014-10-22

    Army Research Office P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 optical lattices, degenerate quantum gases , quantum control, correlation...with a different wavelength. We systematically determine the real - and momentum-space properties of these states. The crossover from 3D to two...fermions in square lattices. The phases are systematically characterized by the symmetry of the order parameter and the real - and momentum-space

  19. 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.

  20. Quantum Algorithms for Fermionic Quantum Field Theories

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    2014-04-28

    a theory in two spacetime dimensions with quartic interactions. The algorithm introduces new techniques to meet the additional challenges posed by...in fermionic field theories, exemplified by the massive Gross- Neveu model, a theory in two spacetime dimensions with quartic interactions. The...two spacetime dimensions with quartic interactions. Although our analysis is specific to this theory, our algorithm can be adapted to other massive

  1. Fermions in 5D brane world models

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    Smolyakov, Mikhail

    2016-10-01

    In the present manuscript the fermion fields in the background of 5D brane world models with compact extra dimension are examined. It is shown that the only case that allows one to perform the Kaluza-Klein decomposition in a mathematically consistent way without unnatural fine-tunings and possible pathologies, is the one which does not admit localization of the zero mode. The report is based on the results presented in [1].

  2. 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.

  3. Optical Lattice Gases of Interacting Fermions

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    2015-12-02

    theoretical research supported by this grant focused on discovering new phases of quantum matter for ultracold fermionic atoms or molecules confined in optical...Communications, including a review paper on the orbital physics of cold atoms in optical lattices [1] and a book chapter on topological insulators of cold... atoms [14]. A few significant results are highlighted below. 1. Novel phases of cold atoms on higher orbital bands. The research team discovered

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. K(E10), supergravity and fermions

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    Damour, Thibault; Kleinschmidt, Axel; Nicolai, Hermann

    2006-08-01

    We study the fermionic extension of the E10/K(E10) coset model and its relation to eleven-dimensional supergravity. Finite-dimensional spinor representations of the compact subgroup K(E10) of E10(Bbb R) are studied and the supergravity equations are rewritten using the resulting algebraic variables. The canonical bosonic and fermionic constraints are also analysed in this way, and the compatibility of supersymmetry with local K(E10) is investigated. We find that all structures involving A9 levels ell = 0,1 and 2 nicely agree with expectations, and provide many non-trivial consistency checks of the existence of a supersymmetric extension of the E10/K(E10) coset model, as well as a new derivation of the `bosonic dictionary' between supergravity and coset variables. However, there are also definite discrepancies in some terms involving level ell = 3, which suggest the need for an extension of the model to infinite-dimensional faithful representations of the fermionic degrees of freedom.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Unpaired composite fermion, topological exciton, and zero mode.

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    Sreejith, G J; Wójs, A; Jain, J K

    2011-09-23

    The paired state of composite fermions is expected to support two kinds of excitations: vortices and unpaired composite fermions. We construct an explicit microscopic description of the unpaired composite fermions, which we demonstrate to be accurate for a 3-body model interaction and, possibly, adiabatically connected to the Coulomb solution. This understanding reveals that an unpaired composite fermion carries with it a charge-neutral "topological" exciton, which, in turn, helps provide microscopic insight into the origin of zero modes, fusion rules, and energetics.

  11. Unpaired Composite Fermion, Topological Exciton, and Zero Mode

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    Sreejith, G. J.; Wójs, A.; Jain, J. K.

    2011-09-01

    The paired state of composite fermions is expected to support two kinds of excitations: vortices and unpaired composite fermions. We construct an explicit microscopic description of the unpaired composite fermions, which we demonstrate to be accurate for a 3-body model interaction and, possibly, adiabatically connected to the Coulomb solution. This understanding reveals that an unpaired composite fermion carries with it a charge-neutral “topological” exciton, which, in turn, helps provide microscopic insight into the origin of zero modes, fusion rules, and energetics.

  12. Wilson fermions and axion electrodynamics in optical lattices.

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

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Bosonization of fermions coupled to topologically massive gravity

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Moreno, Enrique F.; Schaposnik, Fidel A.

    2014-03-01

    We establish a duality between massive fermions coupled to topologically massive gravity (TMG) in d=3 space-time dimensions and a purely gravity theory which also will turn out to be a TMG theory but with different parameters: the original graviton mass in the TMG theory coupled to fermions picks up a contribution from fermion bosonization. We obtain explicit bosonization rules for the fermionic currents and for the energy-momentum tensor showing that the identifications do not depend explicitly on the parameters of the theory. These results are the gravitational analog of the results for 2+1 Abelian and non-Abelian bosonization in flat space-time.

  15. Theory of (2+1)-dimensional fermionic topological orders and fermionic/bosonic topological orders with symmetries

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    Lan, Tian; Kong, Liang; Wen, Xiao-Gang

    2016-10-01

    We propose a systematic framework to classify (2+1)-dimensional (2+1D) fermionic topological orders without symmetry and 2+1D fermionic/bosonic topological orders with symmetry G . The key is to use the so-called symmetric fusion category E to describe the symmetry. Here, E =sRep (Z2f) describing particles in a fermionic product state without symmetry, or E =sRep (Gf) [E =Rep (G )] describing particles in a fermionic (bosonic) product state with symmetry G . Then, topological orders with symmetry E are classified by nondegenerate unitary braided fusion categories over E , plus their modular extensions and total chiral central charges. This allows us to obtain a list that contains all 2+1D fermionic topological orders without symmetry. For example, we find that, up to p +i p fermionic topological orders, there are only four fermionic topological orders with one nontrivial topological excitation: (1) the K =( -1 0 0 2) fractional quantum Hall state, (2) a Fibonacci bosonic topological order stacking with a fermionic product state, (3) the time-reversal conjugate of the previous one, and (4) a fermionic topological order with chiral central charge c =1/4 , whose only topological excitation has non-Abelian statistics with spin s =1/4 and quantum dimension d =1 +√{2 } .

  16. Strongly Interacting Fermions in Optical Lattices

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    Koetsier, A. O.

    2009-07-01

    This thesis explores certain extraordinary phenomena that occur when a gas of neutral atoms is cooled to the coldest temperatures in the universe --- much colder, in fact, than the electromagnetic radiation that permeates the vacuum of interstellar space. At those extreme temperatures, quantum effects dominate and the collective behaviour of the atoms can have unexpected consequences. For example, Bose-Einstein condensation may occur where the atoms lose their individual identities to coalesce into a macroscopic quantum particle. Although such ultracold atomic gases are interesting in their own right, much of the excitement generated in this field is due to the possibility that studying these gases could shed light on intractable problems in other areas of physics. This is predominantly due to the uniquely high degree of control over various physical parameters that ultracold atomic gases afford to experimentalists. Recent technological advances exploit this advantage to study quantum phenomena in a detail that would not be possible in other systems. For instance, atoms can be made to attract or repel each other, the strength of this interaction can be set to almost any value, and external potentials of various geometries and periodicities can be introduced. In this way, atoms can be used to model phenomena as diverse as the quark-gluon plasmas arising in high-energy particle physics, the colour superfluids conjectured to exist in the core of neutron stars, and the high-temperature superconductivity exhibited by electrons on the ion lattice of certain compounds. Indeed, ultracold atomic gases also have a demonstrated applicability to quantum information and computation. Due to a subtle interplay between electronic and nuclear spins known as the hyperfine interaction, atoms can have either an integer or half-integer total spin quantum number, making them either bosonic or fermionic at low temperatures, respectively. With the exception of chapter 7, the work

  17. Van Hove correlation functions for identical fermions

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    Macke, Wilhelm; Miesenböck, Helga M.; Hingerl, Kurt; Bachlechner, Martina E.

    1989-02-01

    For a quantum system of identical fermions a partition of the density-density correlation function in its ``self'' and ``distinct'' part is presented. These quantities show different properties than their classical counterparts, e.g., they violate the ``detailed balance'' and are not necessarily real. Nevertheless it can be expected that they will provide a good tool for a better description of the self-motion in many-particle systems and are therefore investigated in second-order perturbation theory of the interparticle potential.

  18. Fermions, Skyrmions and the 3-sphere

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    Goatham, Stephen W.; Krusch, Steffen

    2010-01-01

    This paper investigates a background charge one Skyrme field chirally coupled to light fermions on the 3-sphere. The Dirac equation for the system commutes with a generalized angular momentum or grand spin. It can be solved explicitly for a Skyrme configuration given by the hedgehog form. The energy spectrum and degeneracies are derived for all values of the grand spin. Solutions for non-zero grand spin are each characterized by a set of four polynomials. The paper also discusses the energy of the Dirac sea using zeta-function regularization.

  19. 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.

  20. Dimensional Hierarchy of Fermionic Interacting Topological Phases

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    Queiroz, Raquel; Khalaf, Eslam; Stern, Ady

    2016-11-01

    We present a dimensional reduction argument to derive the classification reduction of fermionic symmetry protected topological phases in the presence of interactions. The dimensional reduction proceeds by relating the topological character of a d -dimensional system to the number of zero-energy bound states localized at zero-dimensional topological defects present at its surface. This correspondence leads to a general condition for symmetry preserving interactions that render the system topologically trivial, and allows us to explicitly write a quartic interaction to this end. Our reduction shows that all phases with topological invariant smaller than n are topologically distinct, thereby reducing the noninteracting Z classification to Zn.

  1. Staggered Fermion Thermodynamics using Anisotropic Lattices

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    Levkova, L.

    2003-05-01

    Numerical simulations of full QCD on anisotropic lattices provide a convenient way to study QCD thermodynamics with fixed physics scales and reduced lattice spacing errors. We report results from calculations with 2-flavors of dynamical fermions where all bare parameters and hence the physics scales are kept constant while the temperature is changed in small steps by varying only the number of the time slices. The results from a series of zero-temperature scale setting simulations are used to determine the Karsch coefficients and the equation of state at finite temperatures.

  2. 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.

  3. Universal fermionic spectral functions from string theory.

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    Gauntlett, Jerome P; Sonner, Julian; Waldram, Daniel

    2011-12-09

    We carry out the first holographic calculation of a fermionic response function for a strongly coupled d=3 system with an explicit D=10 or D=11 supergravity dual. By considering the supersymmetry current, we obtain a universal result applicable to all d=3 N=2 SCFTs with such duals. Surprisingly, the spectral function does not exhibit a Fermi surface, despite the fact that the system is at finite charge density. We show that it has a phonino pole and at low frequencies there is a depletion of spectral weight with a power-law scaling which is governed by a locally quantum critical point.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. IR Gain Monitor

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    Hilbert, Bryan

    2012-10-01

    The gain of the IR channel of WFC3 will be measured using a series of internal flat fields. Using knowledge gained from ground testing and previous cycles, we propose to collect flat field ramps which will be used to create photon transfer curves and give a measure of the gain.

  7. IR gain monitor

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    Hilbert, Bryan

    2013-10-01

    The gain of the IR channel of WFC3 will be measured using a series of internal flat fields. Using knowledge gained from ground testing and previous cycles, we propose to collect flat field ramps which will be used to create photon transfer curves and give a measure of the gain. This continues the strategy of last cycle's gain monitor, in proposal 13080.

  8. 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.

  9. Boson-fermion confusion: the string path to supersymmetry

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    Ramond, P.

    Reminiscences on the String origins of Supersymmetry are followed by a discussion of the importance of confusing bosons with fermions in building superstring theories in 9 + 1 dimensions. In eleven dimensions, the kinship between bosons and fermions is more subtle, and may involve the exceptional group F4.

  10. 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.

  11. Heavy fields and gravity

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    Goon, Garrett

    2017-01-01

    We study the effects of heavy fields on 4D spacetimes with flat, de Sitter and anti-de Sitter asymptotics. At low energies, matter generates specific, calculable higher derivative corrections to the GR action which perturbatively alter the Schwarzschild-( A) dS family of solutions. The effects of massive scalars, Dirac spinors and gauge fields are each considered. The six-derivative operators they produce, such as ˜ R 3 terms, generate the leading corrections. The induced changes to horizon radii, Hawking temperatures and entropies are found. Modifications to the energy of large AdS black holes are derived by imposing the first law. An explicit demonstration of the replica trick is provided, as it is used to derive black hole and cosmological horizon entropies. Considering entropy bounds, it's found that scalars and fermions increase the entropy one can store inside a region bounded by a sphere of fixed size, but vectors lead to a decrease, oddly. We also demonstrate, however, that many of the corrections fall below the resolving power of the effective field theory and are therefore untrustworthy. Defining properties of black holes, such as the horizon area and Hawking temperature, prove to be remarkably robust against higher derivative gravitational corrections.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Robust signatures detection of Majorana fermions in superconducting iron chains

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    Chen, Hua-Jun; Fang, Xian-Wen; Chen, Chang-Zhao; Li, Yang; Tang, Xu-Dong

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically propose an optical means to detect Majorana fermions in superconducting iron (Fe) chains with a hybrid quantum dot-nanomechanical resonator system driven by two-tone fields, which is very different from the current tunneling spectroscopy experiments with electrical means. Based on the scheme, the phenomenon of Majorana modes induced transparency is demonstrated and a straightforward method to determine the quantum dot-Majorana fermions coupling strength is also presented. We further investigate the role of the nanomechanical resonator, and the resonator behaving as a phonon cavity enhances the exciton resonance spectrum, which is robust for detecting of Majorana fermions. The coherent optical spectrum affords a potential supplement to detecte Majorana fermions and supports Majorana fermions-based topological quantum computation in superconducting iron chains. PMID:27857149

  15. Superfluid and insulating phases of fermion mixtures in optical lattices.

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    Iskin, M; Sá de Melo, C A R

    2007-08-24

    The ground state phase diagram of fermion mixtures in optical lattices is analyzed as a function of interaction strength, fermion filling factor, and tunneling parameters. In addition to standard superfluid, phase-separated or coexisting superfluid -- excess-fermion phases found in homogeneous or harmonically trapped systems, fermions in optical lattices have several insulating phases, including a molecular Bose-Mott insulator (BMI), a Fermi-Pauli (band) insulator (FPI), a phase-separated BMI-FPI mixture or a Bose-Fermi checkerboard (BFC). The molecular BMI phase is the fermion mixture counterpart of the atomic BMI found in atomic Bose systems, the BFC or BMI-FPI phases exist in Bose-Fermi mixtures, and lastly the FPI phase is particular to the Fermi nature of the constituent atoms of the mixture.

  16. Decays of bosonic and fermionic modes on a domain wall

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    Loginov, A. Yu.

    2017-03-01

    The decays of excited bosonic and excited fermionic modes in the external field of the domain wall are studied. The wave functions of the excited fermionic modes are found analytically in the external field approximation. Some properties of the fermionic modes are investigated. The reflection and transmission coefficients are calculated for fermion scattering from the domain wall. Properties of the reflection and transmission coefficients are studied. The decays of the first excited fermionic mode are investigated to the first order in the Yukawa coupling constant. The amplitudes, angular distributions, and widths of these decays are found by analytical and numerical methods. Decays of the excited bosonic mode are also investigated to the first order in the Yukawa and self-interaction coupling constants. The amplitudes, angular distributions, and widths of these decays are obtained analytically and by numerical methods.

  17. Robust signatures detection of Majorana fermions in superconducting iron chains

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    Chen, Hua-Jun; Fang, Xian-Wen; Chen, Chang-Zhao; Li, Yang; Tang, Xu-Dong

    2016-11-01

    We theoretically propose an optical means to detect Majorana fermions in superconducting iron (Fe) chains with a hybrid quantum dot-nanomechanical resonator system driven by two-tone fields, which is very different from the current tunneling spectroscopy experiments with electrical means. Based on the scheme, the phenomenon of Majorana modes induced transparency is demonstrated and a straightforward method to determine the quantum dot-Majorana fermions coupling strength is also presented. We further investigate the role of the nanomechanical resonator, and the resonator behaving as a phonon cavity enhances the exciton resonance spectrum, which is robust for detecting of Majorana fermions. The coherent optical spectrum affords a potential supplement to detecte Majorana fermions and supports Majorana fermions-based topological quantum computation in superconducting iron chains.

  18. 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.

  19. Dynamical model for light composite fermions

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    Derman, Emanuel

    1981-04-01

    A simple dynamical model for the internal structure of the three light lepton and quark generations (νe,e,u,d), (νμ,μ,c,s), and (ντ,τ,t,b) is proposed. Each generation is constructed of only one fundamental massive generation F=(L∘,L-,U,D) with the same (SU3)c×SU2×U1 quantum numbers as the light generations, bound to a core of one or more massive Higgs bosons H, where H is the single physical Higgs boson necessary for spontaneous symmetry breaking in the standard model. For example, e-=[L-H], μ-=[L-HH], τ-=[L-HHH]. It is shown that the known binding force due to H exchange is attractive and strong enough to produce light bound states. Dynamical calculations for the bound-state composite fermions using the Bethe-Salpeter equation, together with some phenomenological imput, suggest MH~16 TeV and MF~100 GeV. It is likely that such bound states can have properties compatible with the up to now apparently elementary appearance of known fermions, for example, their Dirac magnetic moments and absence of intergeneration radiative decays (such as μ-->eδ). Phenomenological consequences and tests of the model are discussed.

  20. Dynamical model for light composite fermions

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    Derman, E.

    1981-04-01

    A simple dynamical model for the internal structure of the three light lepton and quark generations (..nu../sub e/,e,u,d), (..nu../sub ..mu../,..mu..,c,s), and (..nu../sub tau/,tau,t,b) is proposed. Each generation is constructed of only one fundamental massive generation F=(L-italic/sup 0/,L/sup -/,U,D) with the same (SU/sub 3/)/sub c/ x SU/sub 2/ x U/sub 1/ quantum numbers as the light generations, bound to a core of one or more massive Higgs bosons H, where H is the single physical Higgs boson necessary for spontaneous symmetry breaking in the standard model. For example, e/sup -/=L/sup -/H), ..mu../sup -/=L/sup -/HH), tau/sup -/=L/sup -/HHH). It is shown that the known binding force due to H exchange is attractive and strong enough to produce light bound states. Dynamical calculations for the bound-state composite fermions using the Bethe-Salpeter equation, together with some phenomenological imput, suggest M/sub H/approx.16 TeV and M/sub F/approx.100 GeV. It is likely that such bound states can have properties compatible with the up to now apparently elementary appearance of known fermions, for example, their Dirac magnetic moments and absence of intergeneration radiative decays (such as ..mu -->..e..gamma..). Phenomenological consequences and tests of the model are discussed.

  1. Pairing instabilities of Dirac composite fermions

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    Milovanović, M. V.; Ćirić, M. Dimitrijević; Juričić, V.

    2016-09-01

    Recently, a Dirac (particle-hole symmetric) description of composite fermions in the half-filled Landau level (LL) was proposed [D. T. Son, Phys. Rev. X 5, 031027 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevX.5.031027], and we study its possible consequences on BCS (Cooper) pairing of composite fermions (CFs). One of the main consequences is the existence of anisotropic states in single-layer and bilayer systems, which was previously suggested in Jeong and Park [J. S. Jeong and K. Park, Phys. Rev. B 91, 195119 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.195119]. We argue that in the half-filled LL in the single-layer case the gapped states may sustain anisotropy, because isotropic pairings may coexist with anisotropic ones. Furthermore, anisotropic pairings with the addition of a particle-hole symmetry-breaking mass term may evolve into rotationally symmetric states, i.e., Pfaffian states of Halperin-Lee-Read (HLR) ordinary CFs. On the basis of the Dirac formalism, we argue that in the quantum Hall bilayer at total filling factor 1, with decreasing distance between the layers, weak pairing of p -wave paired CFs is gradually transformed from Dirac to ordinary, HLR-like, with a concomitant decrease in the CF number. Global characterization of low-energy spectra based on the Dirac CFs agrees well with previous calculations performed by exact diagonalization on a torus. Finally, we discuss features of the Dirac formalism when applied in this context.

  2. 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).

  3. Terahertz Electrodynamics of Dirac Fermions in Graphene

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    Frenzel, Alex James

    Charge carriers in graphene mimic two-dimensional massless Dirac fermions with linear energy dispersion, resulting in unique optical and electronic properties. They exhibit high mobility and strong interaction with electromagnetic radiation over a broad frequency range. Interband transitions in graphene give rise to pronounced optical absorption in the mid-infrared to visible spectral range, where the optical conductivity is close to a universal value sigma_0 = pi e. 2/2h. Free-carrier intraband transitions, on the otherhand, cause low-frequency absorption, which varies significantly with charge density and results in strong light extinction at high carrier density. These properties together suggest a rich variety of possible optoelectronic applications for graphene. In this thesis, we investigate the optoelectronic properties of graphene by measuring transient photoconductivity with optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy. We demonstrate that graphene exhibits semiconducting positive photoconductivity near zero carrier density, which crosses over to metallic negative photoconductivity at high carrier density. These observations are accounted for by the interplay between photoinduced changes of both the Drude weight and carrier scattering rate. Our findings provide a complete picture to explain the opposite photoconductivity behavior reported in (undoped) graphene grown epitaxially and (doped) graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition. Our measurements also reveal the non-monotonic temperature dependence of the Drude weight in graphene, a unique property of two-dimensional massless Dirac fermions.

  4. Pure Pairing Modes in Trapped Fermion Systems

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    Capuzzi, P.; Hernández, E. S.; Szybisz, L.

    2013-05-01

    We present numerical predictions for the shape of the pairing fluctuations in harmonically trapped atomic 6Li with two spin projections, based on the fluiddynamical description of cold fermions with pairing interactions. In previous works it has been shown that when the equilibrium of a symmetric mixture is perturbed, the linearized fluiddynamic equations decouple into two sets, one containing the sound mode of fermion superfluids and the other the pairing mode. The latter corresponds to oscillations of the modulus of the complex gap and is driven by the kinetic energy densities of the particles and of the pairs. Assuming proportionality between the heat flux and the energy gradient, the particle kinetic energy undergoes a diffusive behavior and the diffusion parameter is the key parameter for the relaxation time scale. We examine a possible range of values for this parameter and find that the shape of the pairing oscillation is rather insensitive to the precise value of the transport coefficient. Moreover, the pairing fluctuation is largely confined to the center of the trap, and the energy of the pairing mode is consistent with the magnitude of the equilibrium gap.

  5. Level Density In Interacting Boson-Fermion-Fermion Model (IBFFM) Of The Odd-Odd Nucleus 196Au

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    Kabashi, Skender; Bekteshi, Sadik

    2007-04-23

    The level density of the odd-odd nucleus 196Au is investigated in the interacting boson-fermion-fermion model (IBFFM) which accounts for collectivity and complex interaction between quasiparticle and collective modes.The IBFFM total level density is fitted by Gaussian and its tail is also fitted by Bethe formula and constant temperature Fermi gas model.

  6. Pulsed IR inductive lasers

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    Razhev, A. M.; Churkin, D. S.; Kargapol'tsev, E. S.

    2014-07-01

    Pulsed inductive discharge is a new alternative method of pumping active gas laser media. The work presents results of experimental investigations of near, mid, and far IR inductive gas lasers (H2, HF, and CO2) operating at different transitions of atoms and molecules with different mechanisms of formation of inversion population. The excitation systems of a pulsed inductive cylindrical discharge (pulsed inductively coupled plasma) and pulsed RF inductive discharge in the gases are developed. Various gas mixtures including H2, N2, He, Ne, F2, NF3, and SF6 are used. Characteristics of near IR H2 laser radiation are investigated. Maximal pulse peak power of 7 kW is achieved. The possibility of using a pulsed inductive discharge as a new method of pumping HF laser active medium is demonstrated. The pulsed RF inductive CO2 laser is created and a total efficiency of 17% is achieved.

  7. Heavy Flavors

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    Cox, B.; Soni, A.

    This is a summary report of the working group on Heavy Flavors. Discussions at the workshop were centered on B physics and on the signals for heavy quarks and leptons at the SSC. The Working Group Members were: V. Barger, H.-U. Bengtsson, C. Buchanan, I. Bigi, M. Block, B. Cox, N. Glover, J. Hewett, W.Y. Keung, B. Margolis, T. Rizzo, M. Suzuki, A. Soni, D. Stork, and S. Willenbrock.

  8. Quantum DOT IR Photodetectors

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-07-01

    optics to obtain multiple spectral images. A multi-wavelength IR imager has a vast number of applications such as target detection in highly...In this section, we discuss the various electrochromic materials, their properties , and the modeling results. 4.1 ROIC Design The high-level diagram...inter- continuum DWELL any optic dependin structure thickness potential F ELL Dete new class o een propos and transitio ELL) struc 5. DWELL st

  9. The VISTA IR camera

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    Dalton, Gavin B.; Caldwell, Martin; Ward, Kim; Whalley, Martin S.; Burke, Kevin; Lucas, John M.; Richards, Tony; Ferlet, Marc; Edeson, Ruben L.; Tye, Daniel; Shaughnessy, Bryan M.; Strachan, Mel; Atad-Ettedgui, Eli; Leclerc, Melanie R.; Gallie, Angus; Bezawada, Nagaraja N.; Clark, Paul; Bissonauth, Nirmal; Luke, Peter; Dipper, Nigel A.; Berry, Paul; Sutherland, Will; Emerson, Jim

    2004-09-01

    The VISTA IR Camera has now completed its detailed design phase and is on schedule for delivery to ESO"s Cerro Paranal Observatory in 2006. The camera consists of 16 Raytheon VIRGO 2048x2048 HgCdTe arrays in a sparse focal plane sampling a 1.65 degree field of view. A 1.4m diameter filter wheel provides slots for 7 distinct science filters, each comprising 16 individual filter panes. The camera also provides autoguiding and curvature sensing information for the VISTA telescope, and relies on tight tolerancing to meet the demanding requirements of the f/1 telescope design. The VISTA IR camera is unusual in that it contains no cold pupil-stop, but rather relies on a series of nested cold baffles to constrain the light reaching the focal plane to the science beam. In this paper we present a complete overview of the status of the final IR Camera design, its interaction with the VISTA telescope, and a summary of the predicted performance of the system.

  10. 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.

  11. Fermionic Casimir effect with helix boundary condition

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    Zhai, Xiang-hua; Li, Xin-zhou; Feng, Chao-Jun

    2011-05-01

    In this paper, we consider the fermionic Casimir effect under a new type of space-time topology using the concept of quotient topology. The relation between the new topology and that in Feng and Li (Phys. Lett. B 691:167, 2010), Zhai et al. (Mod. Phys. Lett. A 26:669, 2011) is something like that between a Möbius strip and a cylindric. We obtain the exact results of the Casimir energy and force for the massless and massive Dirac fields in the ( D+1)-dimensional space-time. For both massless and massive cases, there is a Z 2 symmetry for the Casimir energy. To see the effect of the mass, we compare the result with that of the massless one and we found that the Casimir force approaches the result of the force in the massless case when the mass tends to zero and vanishes when the mass tends to infinity.

  12. Correlations between Majorana Fermions Through a Superconductor

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    Zyuzin, A. A.; Rainis, Diego; Klinovaja, Jelena; Loss, Daniel

    2013-08-01

    We consider a model of ballistic quasi-one-dimensional semiconducting wire with intrinsic spin-orbit interaction placed on the surface of a bulk s-wave superconductor (SC), in the presence of an external magnetic field. This setup has been shown to give rise to a topological superconducting state in the wire, characterized by a pair of Majorana-fermion (MF) bound states formed at the two ends of the wire. Here, we demonstrate that besides the well-known direct-overlap-induced energy splitting, the two MF bound states may hybridize via elastic tunneling processes through virtual quasiparticle states in the SC, giving rise to an additional energy splitting between MF states from the same as well as from different wires.

  13. 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.

  14. Hamiltonian description of composite fermions: Magnetoexciton dispersions

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    Murthy, Ganpathy

    1999-11-01

    A microscopic Hamiltonian theory of the FQHE, developed by Shankar and myself based on the fermionic Chern-Simons approach, has recently been quite successful in calculating gaps in fractional quantum hall states, and in predicting approximate scaling relations between the gaps of different fractions. I now apply this formalism towards computing magnetoexciton dispersions (including spin-flip dispersions) in the ν=13, 25, and 37 gapped fractions, and find approximate agreement with numerical results. I also analyze the evolution of these dispersions with increasing sample thickness, modelled by a potential soft at high momenta. New results are obtained for instabilities as a function of thickness for 25 and 37, and it is shown that the spin-polarized 25 state, in contrast to the spin-polarized 13 state, cannot be described as a simple quantum ferromagnet.

  15. 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.

  16. Topological phases of fermions in one dimension

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    Fidkowski, Lukasz; Kitaev, Alexei

    2011-02-01

    In this paper we show how the classification of topological phases in insulators and superconductors is changed by interactions, in the case of one-dimensional systems. We focus on the time-reversal-invariant Majorana chain (BDI symmetry class). While the band classification yields an integer topological index k, it is known that phases characterized by values of k in the same equivalence class modulo 8 can be adiabatically transformed one to another by adding suitable interaction terms. Here we show that the eight equivalence classes are distinct and exhaustive, and provide a physical interpretation for the interacting invariant modulo 8. The different phases realize different Altland-Zirnbauer classes of the reduced density matrix for an entanglement bipartition into two half chains. We generalize these results to the classification of all one-dimensional gapped phases of fermionic systems with possible antiunitary symmetries, utilizing the algebraic framework of central extensions. We use matrix product state methods to prove our results.

  17. 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.

  18. Highly Anisotropic Dirac Fermions in Square Graphynes.

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    Zhang, L Z; Wang, Z F; Wang, Zhiming M; Du, S X; Gao, H-J; Liu, Feng

    2015-08-06

    We predict a family of 2D carbon (C) allotropes, square graphynes (S-graphynes) that exhibit highly anisotropic Dirac fermions, using first-principle calculations within density functional theory. They have a square unit-cell containing two sizes of square C rings. The equal-energy contour of their 3D band structure shows a crescent shape, and the Dirac crescent has varying Fermi velocities from 0.6 × 10(5) to 7.2 × 10(5) 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. S-graphynes may be used to build new 2D electronic devices taking advantages of their highly directional charge transport.

  19. Local entropy of a nonequilibrium fermion system

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    Stafford, Charles A.; Shastry, Abhay

    2017-03-01

    The local entropy of a nonequilibrium system of independent fermions is investigated and analyzed in the context of the laws of thermodynamics. It is shown that the local temperature and chemical potential can only be expressed in terms of derivatives of the local entropy for linear deviations from local equilibrium. The first law of thermodynamics is shown to lead to an inequality, not equality, for the change in the local entropy as the nonequilibrium state of the system is changed. The maximum entropy principle (second law of thermodynamics) is proven: a nonequilibrium distribution has a local entropy less than or equal to a local equilibrium distribution satisfying the same constraints. It is shown that the local entropy of the system tends to zero when the local temperature tends to zero, consistent with the third law of thermodynamics.

  20. New scheme for braiding Majorana fermions

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    Wu, Long-Hua; Liang, Qi-Feng; Hu, Xiao

    2014-01-01

    Non-Abelian statistics can be achieved by exchanging two vortices in topological superconductors with each grabbing a Majorana fermion (MF) as zero-energy quasi-particle at the cores. However, in experiments it is difficult to manipulate vortices. In the present work, we propose a way to braid MFs without moving vortices. The only operation required in the present scheme is to turn on and off local gate voltages, which liberates a MF from its original host vortex and transports it along the prepared track. We solve the time-dependent Bogoliubov–de Gennes equation numerically, and confirm that the MFs are protected provided the switching of gate voltages for exchanging MFs are adiabatic, which takes only several nano seconds given reasonable material parameters. By monitoring the time evolution of MF wave-functions, we show that non-Abelian statistics is achieved. PMID:27877725

  1. Standard model fermions and N =8 supergravity

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    Meissner, Krzysztof A.; Nicolai, Hermann

    2015-03-01

    In a scheme originally proposed by Gell-Mann, and subsequently shown to be realized at the SU (3 )×U (1 ) stationary point of maximal gauged SO(8) supergravity by Warner and one of the present authors, the 48 spin-1/2 fermions of the theory remaining after the removal of eight Goldstinos can be identified with the 48 quarks and leptons (including right-chiral neutrinos) of the Standard model, provided one identifies the residual SU(3) with the diagonal subgroup of the color group SU (3 )c and a family symmetry SU (3 )f . However, there remained a systematic mismatch in the electric charges by a spurion charge of ±1/6 . We here identify the "missing" U(1) that rectifies this mismatch, and that takes a surprisingly simple, though unexpected form.

  2. 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.

  3. Einstein-Cartan gravity with Holst term and fermions

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    Kazmierczak, Marcin

    2009-03-15

    We investigate the consequences of the ambiguity of the minimal coupling procedure for Einstein-Cartan gravity with the Holst term and fermions. A new insight is provided into the nature and physical relevance of coupling procedures considered hitherto in the context of Ashtekar-Barbero-Immirzi formalism with fermions. The issue of physical effects of the Immirzi parameter in semiclassical theory is reinvestigated. We argue that the conclusive answer to the question of its measurability will not be possible until the more fundamental problem of nonuniqueness of gravity-induced fermion interaction in Einstein-Cartan theory is solved.

  4. Semiclassical approach for nonrelativistic fermions in low dimensions

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    Karabali, D.; Sakita, B. )

    1991-11-30

    This paper presents a collective field formalism for nonrelativistic fermions in one spatial dimension. A bosonization technique is used to convert the quantum mechanical fermionic problem to a bosonic one, which is further described as a second quantized Schrodinger field theory. A formulation in terms of current and density variables gives rise to the collective field representation. Applications of our formalism to the D = 1 Hermitian matrix model and the system of one-dimensional fermions in the presence of a weak electromagnetic field are discussed.

  5. Boundary effects and gapped dispersion in rotating fermionic matter

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    Ebihara, Shu; Fukushima, Kenji; Mameda, Kazuya

    2017-01-01

    We discuss the importance of boundary effects on fermionic matter in a rotating frame. By explicit calculations at zero temperature we show that the scalar condensate of fermion and anti-fermion cannot be modified by the rotation once the boundary condition is properly implemented. The situation is qualitatively changed at finite temperature and/or in the presence of a sufficiently strong magnetic field that supersedes the boundary effects. Therefore, to establish an interpretation of the rotation as an effective chemical potential, it is crucial to consider further environmental effects such as the finite temperature and magnetic field.

  6. 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.

  7. Massless fermions and Kaluza--Klein theory with torsion

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    Wu, Y.; Zee, A.

    1984-09-01

    A pure Kaluza--Klein theory contains no massless fermion in four-dimensional theory. We investigate the effect of introducing torsion on the internal manifold and find that there are massless fermions. The hope is that given an isometry group the representation to which these fermions belong is fixed, in contrast to the situation in Yang--Mills theory. We show that this is indeed the case, but the representations do not appear to be the ones favored by current theoretical prejudice. The cases with parallelizable torsions on a group manifold as the internal manifold are analyzed in detail.

  8. Lattice fermions at non-zero temperature and chemical potential

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    Bender, I.; Rothe, H. J.; Stamatescu, I. O.; Wetzel, W.

    1993-06-01

    We study the free fermion gas at finite temperature and chemical potential in the lattice regularized version proposed by Hasenfratz and Karsch and by Kogut et al. Special emphasis is placed on the identification of the particle and antiparticle contributions to the partition function. In the case of naive fermions we show that the partition function no longer separates into particle-antiparticle contributions in the way familiar from the continuum formulation. The use of Wilson fermions, on the other hand, eliminates this unpleasant feature, and leads, after subtracting the vacuum contributions, to the familiar expressions for the average energy and charge densities.

  9. 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.

  10. Quantum atom optics with fermions from molecular dissociation.

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    Kheruntsyan, K V

    2006-03-24

    We study a fermionic atom optics counterpart of parametric down-conversion with photons. This can be realized through dissociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate of molecular dimers consisting of fermionic atoms. We present a theoretical model describing the quantum dynamics of dissociation and find analytic solutions for mode occupancies and atomic pair correlations, valid in the short time limit. The solutions are used to identify upper bounds for the correlation functions, which are applicable to any fermionic system and correspond to ideal particle number-difference squeezing.

  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. 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.

  13. The IRS-1 signaling system.

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    White, M F

    1994-02-01

    IRS-1 is a principal substrate of the insulin receptor tyrosine kinase. It undergoes multi-site tyrosine phosphorylation and mediates the insulin signal by associating with various signaling molecules containing Src homology 2 domains. Interleukin-4 also stimulates IRS-1 phosphorylation, and it is suspected that a few more growth factors or cytokines will be added to form a select group of receptors that utilize the IRS-1 signaling pathway. More IRS-1-like adapter molecules, such as 4PS (IRS-2), may remain to be found.

  14. Capacitance spectroscopy of a system of gapless Dirac fermions in a HgTe quantum well

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    Kozlov, D. A.; Savchenko, M. L.; Ziegler, J.; Kvon, Z. D.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Dvoretskii, S. A.; Weiss, D.

    2016-12-01

    Information on the density of states of two-dimensional Dirac fermions in a 6.6-nm-thick HgTe quantum well that corresponds to a transition from the direct to inverted spectrum is obtained for the first time by means of capacitance measurements. It is found that the density of states of Dirac electrons is a linear function of the Fermi energy at E F > 30 meV with the corresponding velocity vDF = 8.2 × 105 m/s. At lower energies, this dependence deviates from the linear law, indicating a strong effect of disorder, which is associated with fluctuations of a built-in charge, on the density of states of the studied system near the Dirac point. At negative energies, a sharp increase in the density of states is observed, which is associated with the tail of the density of states of valleys of heavy holes. The described behavior is in agreement with the proposed model, which includes both the features of the real spectrum of Dirac fermions and the effect of the fluctuation potential.

  15. Odd-frequency pairing of interacting Majorana fermions

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    Huang, Zhoushen; Wolfle, P.; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    2015-09-14

    In this study, Majorana fermions are rising as a promising key component in quantum computation. Although the prevalent approach is to use a quadratic (i.e., noninteracting) 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 valuemore » 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 that allows discussing a possible subleading admixture of even-frequency pairing.« less

  16. Odd-frequency pairing of interacting Majorana fermions

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    Huang, Zhoushen; Wölfle, P.; Balatsky, A. V.

    2015-09-01

    Majorana fermions are rising as a promising key component in quantum computation. Although the prevalent approach is to use a quadratic (i.e., noninteracting) 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 that allows discussing a possible subleading admixture of even-frequency pairing.

  17. Odd-frequency pairing of interacting Majorana fermions

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    Huang, Zhoushen; Wolfle, P.; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    2015-09-14

    In this study, Majorana fermions are rising as a promising key component in quantum computation. Although the prevalent approach is to use a quadratic (i.e., noninteracting) 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 that allows discussing a possible subleading admixture of even-frequency pairing.

  18. 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

  19. Influence of the fermionic exchange symmetry beyond Pauli's exclusion principle

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    Tennie, Felix; Vedral, Vlatko; Schilling, Christian

    2017-02-01

    Pauli's exclusion principle has a strong impact on the properties of most fermionic quantum systems. Remarkably, the fermionic exchange symmetry implies further constraints on the one-particle picture. By exploiting those generalized Pauli constraints, we derive a measure which quantifies the influence of the exchange symmetry beyond Pauli's exclusion principle. It is based on a geometric hierarchy induced by the exclusion principle constraints. We provide a proof of principle by applying our measure to a simple model. In that way, we conclusively confirm the physical relevance of the generalized Pauli constraints and show that the fermionic exchange symmetry can have an influence on the one-particle picture beyond Pauli's exclusion principle. Our findings provide a perspective on fermionic multipartite correlation since our measure allows one to distinguish between static and dynamic correlations.

  20. Strongly-interacting mirror fermions at the LHC

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    Triantaphyllou, George

    2017-03-01

    The introduction of mirror fermions corresponding to an interchange of leftwith right-handed fermion quantum numbers of the Standard Model can lead to a model according to which the BEH mechanism is just an effective manifestation of a more fundamental theory while the recently-discovered Higgs-like particle is composite. This is achieved by a non-abelian gauge symmetry encompassing three mirror-fermion families strongly coupled at energies near 1 TeV. The corresponding non-perturbative dynamics lead to dynamical mirror-fermion masses between 0.14 - 1.2 TeV. Furthermore, one expects the formation of composite states, i.e. "mirror mesons", with masses between 0.1 and 3 TeV. The number and properties of the resulting new degrees of freedom lead to a rich and interesting phenomenology, part of which is analyzed in the present work.

  1. 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.

  2. Discovery of a Weyl fermion semimetal and topological Fermi arcs

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bian, Guang; Zhang, Chenglong; Sankar, Raman; Chang, Guoqing; Yuan, Zhujun; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Zheng, Hao; Ma, Jie; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Wang, BaoKai; Bansil, Arun; Chou, Fangcheng; Shibayev, Pavel P.; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2015-08-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles and admits a topological classification that protects Fermi arc surface states on the boundary of a bulk sample. This unusual electronic structure has deep analogies with particle physics and leads to unique topological properties. We report the experimental discovery of a Weyl semimetal, tantalum arsenide (TaAs). Using photoemission spectroscopy, we directly observe Fermi arcs on the surface, as well as the Weyl fermion cones and Weyl nodes in the bulk of TaAs single crystals. We find that Fermi arcs terminate on the Weyl fermion nodes, consistent with their topological character. Our work opens the field for the experimental study of Weyl fermions in physics and materials science.

  3. Fault tolerant quantum random number generator certified by Majorana fermions

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    Deng, Dong-Ling; Duan, Lu-Ming

    2013-03-01

    Braiding of Majorana fermions gives accurate topological quantum operations that are intrinsically robust to noise and imperfection, providing a natural method to realize fault-tolerant quantum information processing. Unfortunately, it is known that braiding of Majorana fermions is not sufficient for implementation of universal quantum computation. Here we show that topological manipulation of Majorana fermions provides the full set of operations required to generate random numbers by way of quantum mechanics and to certify its genuine randomness through violation of a multipartite Bell inequality. The result opens a new perspective to apply Majorana fermions for robust generation of certified random numbers, which has important applications in cryptography and other related areas. This work was supported by the NBRPC (973 Program) 2011CBA00300 (2011CBA00302), the IARPA MUSIQC program, the ARO and the AFOSR MURI program.

  4. Why the Co-based 115 compounds are different: The case study of Gd M In5 (M =Co ,Rh ,Ir )

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    Facio, Jorge I.; Betancourth, D.; Pedrazzini, Pablo; Correa, V. F.; Vildosola, V.; García, D. J.; Cornaglia, Pablo S.

    2015-01-01

    The discovery in 2001 of superconductivity in some heavy fermion compounds of the R M In5 (R =4 f or 5 f elements; M =Co , Rh, Ir) family, has triggered an enormous amount of research into understanding the physical origin of superconductivity and its relation with magnetism. Although many properties have been clarified, there are still crucial questions that remain unanswered. One of these questions is the particular role of the transition metal in determining the value of critical superconducting temperature (TC). In this work, we analyze an interesting regularity that is experimentally observed in this family of compounds, where the lowest Néel temperatures are obtained in the Co-based materials. We focus our analysis on the Gd M In5 compounds and perform density-functional-theory-based total-energy calculations to obtain the parameters for the exchange coupling interactions between the magnetic moments located at the Gd3 + ions. Our calculations indicate that the ground state of the three compounds is a C -type antiferromagnet determined by the competition between the first- and second-neighbor exchange couplings inside GdIn3 planes and stabilized by the couplings across M In2 planes. We then solve a model with these magnetic interactions using a mean-field approximation and quantum Monte Carlo simulations. The results obtained for the calculated Néel and Curie-Weiss temperatures, the specific heat, and the magnetic susceptibility are in very good agreement with the existent experimental data. Remarkably, we show that the first-neighbor interplane exchange coupling in the Co-based material is much smaller than in the Rh and Ir analogs which leads to a more two-dimensional magnetic behavior in the former. This result explains the observed lower Néel temperature in Co-115 systems and may shed light on the fact that the Co-based 115 superconductors present the highest TC.

  5. Grassmann phase space methods for fermions. II. Field theory

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    Dalton, B. J.; Jeffers, J.; Barnett, S. M.

    2017-02-01

    In both quantum optics and cold atom physics, the behaviour of bosonic photons and atoms is often treated using phase space methods, where mode annihilation and creation operators are represented by c-number phase space variables, with the density operator equivalent to a distribution function of these variables. The anti-commutation rules for fermion annihilation, creation operators suggests the possibility of using anti-commuting Grassmann variables to represent these operators. However, in spite of the seminal work by Cahill and Glauber and a few applications, the use of Grassmann phase space methods in quantum-atom optics to treat fermionic systems is rather rare, though fermion coherent states using Grassmann variables are widely used in particle physics. This paper presents a phase space theory for fermion systems based on distribution functionals, which replace the density operator and involve Grassmann fields representing anti-commuting fermion field annihilation, creation operators. It is an extension of a previous phase space theory paper for fermions (Paper I) based on separate modes, in which the density operator is replaced by a distribution function depending on Grassmann phase space variables which represent the mode annihilation and creation operators. This further development of the theory is important for the situation when large numbers of fermions are involved, resulting in too many modes to treat separately. Here Grassmann fields, distribution functionals, functional Fokker-Planck equations and Ito stochastic field equations are involved. Typical applications to a trapped Fermi gas of interacting spin 1/2 fermionic atoms and to multi-component Fermi gases with non-zero range interactions are presented, showing that the Ito stochastic field equations are local in these cases. For the spin 1/2 case we also show how simple solutions can be obtained both for the untrapped case and for an optical lattice trapping potential.

  6. Two-Loop Effective Action for Theories with Fermions

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    Faizullaev, B. A.; Musakhanov, M. M.

    1995-08-01

    On the basis of a new approach for the calculation of the effective action developed in our previous works we calculate the effective action (up to two-loop level) for some models containing fermion fields. This method allows us to calculate the fermionic part of the effective action properly. The two-loop contribution to the effective potential for the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model is calculated and is shown to vanish.

  7. Bose symmetry and chiral decomposition of 2D fermionic determinants

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    Abreu, E. M. C.; Banerjee, R.; Wotzasek, C.

    1998-01-01

    We show in a precise way, either in the fermionic or its bosonized version, that Bose symmetry provides a systematic way to carry out the chiral decomposition of the two-dimensional fermionic determinant. Interpreted properly, we show that there is no obstruction of this decomposition to gauge invariance, as is usually claimed. Finally, a new way of interpreting the Polyakov-Wiegman identity is proposed.

  8. 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.

  9. Anyonic behavior of an intermediate-statistics fermion gas model.

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    Algin, Abdullah; Irk, Dursun; Topcu, Gozde

    2015-06-01

    We study the high-temperature behavior of an intermediate-statistics fermionic gas model whose quantum statistical properties enable us to effectively deduce the details about both the interaction among deformed (quasi)particles and their anyonic behavior. Starting with a deformed fermionic grand partition function, we calculate, in the thermodynamical limit, several thermostatistical functions of the model such as the internal energy and the entropy by means of a formalism of the fermionic q calculus. For high temperatures, a virial expansion of the equation of state for the system is obtained in two and three dimensions and the first five virial coefficients are derived in terms of the model deformation parameter q. From the results obtained by the effect of fermionic deformation, it is found that the model parameter q interpolates completely between bosonlike and fermionic systems via the behaviors of the third and fifth virial coefficients in both two and three spatial dimensions and in addition it characterizes effectively the interaction among quasifermions. Our results reveal that the present deformed (quasi)fermion model could be very efficient and effective in accounting for the nonlinear behaviors in interacting composite particle systems.

  10. 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.

  11. Coherent IR radar technology

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    Gschwendtner, A. B.; Harney, R. C.; Hull, R. J.

    Recent progress in the development of coherent IR radar equipment is reviewed, focusing on the Firepond laser radar installation and the more compact systems derived for it. The design and capabilities of Firepond as a long-range satellite-tracking device are outlined. The technological improvements necessary to make laser radar mobile are discussed: a lightweight, stable 5-10-W transmitter laser for both CW and pulsed operation, a 12-element HgCdTe detector array, an eccentric-pupil Ritchey-Chretien telescope, and a combination of near-field phase modification and anamorphic expansion to produce a fan beam of relatively uniform intensity. Sample images obtained with a prototype system are shown, and the applicability of the mobile system to range-resolved coherent DIAL measurement is found to be similar to that of a baseline DIAL system.

  12. 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.

  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. 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.

  15. Fermionic ghosts in Moyal string field theory

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    Bars, Itzhak; Kishimoto, Isao; Matsuo, Yutaka

    2003-07-01

    We complete the construction of the Moyal star formulation of bosonic open string field theory (MSFT) by providing a detailed study of the fermionic ghost sector. In particular, as in the case of the matter sector, (1) we construct a map from Witten's star product to the Moyal product, (2) we propose a regularization scheme which is consistent with the matter sector and (3) as a check of the formalism, we derive the ghost Neumann coefficients algebraically directly from the Moyal product. The latter satisfy the Gross-Jevicki nonlinear relations even in the presence of the regulator, and when the regulator is removed they coincide numerically with the expression derived from conformal field theory. After this basic construction, we derive a regularized action of string field theory in the Siegel gauge and define the Feynman rules. We give explicitly the analytic expression of the off-shell four point function for tachyons, including the ghost contribution. Some of the results in this paper have already been used in our previous publications. This paper provides the technical details of the computations which were omitted there.

  16. 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.

  17. Solving fermion sign problem in quantum Monte Carlo by Majorana representation

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    Yao, Hong; Li, Zi-Xiang; Jiang, Yi-Fan

    2015-03-01

    We discover a new quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) method to solve the fermion sign problem in interacting fermion models by employing Majorana representation of complex fermions. We call it Majorana QMC (MQMC). Especially, MQMC is fermion sign free in simulating a class of spinless fermion models on bipartite lattices at half filling and with arbitrary range of (unfrustrated) interactions. To the best of our knowledge, MQMC is the first auxiliary field QMC method to solve fermion sign problem in spinless (more generally, odd number of species) fermion models. MQMC simulations can be performed efficiently both at finite and zero temperatures. We believe that MQMC could pave a new avenue to solve fermion sign problem in more generic fermionic models. (Zi-Xiang Li, Yi-Fan Jiang, and Hong Yao, arXiv:1408.2269).

  18. The IRS-1 signaling system.

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    Myers, M G; Sun, X J; White, M F

    1994-07-01

    Insulin-receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1) is a principal substrate of the receptor tyrosine kinase for insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1, and a substrate for a tyrosine kinase activated by interleukin 4. IRS-1 undergoes multisite tyrosine phosphorylation and mediates downstream signals by 'docking' various proteins that contain Src homology 2 domains. IRS-1 appears to be a unique molecule; however, 4PS, a protein found mainly in hemopoietic cells, may represent another member of this family.

  19. Variation of entanglement entropy and mutual information in fermion-fermion scattering

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    Fan, Jinbo; Deng, Yanbin; Huang, Yong-Chang

    2017-03-01

    We study the behavior of entanglement between different degrees of freedom of scattering fermions, based on an exemplary QED scattering process e+e-→μ+μ- . The variation of entanglement entropy between two fermions from an initial state to the final state was computed, with respect to different entanglement between the ingoing particles. This variation of entanglement entropy is found to be proportional to an area quantity, the total cross section. We also study the spin-momentum and helicity-momentum entanglements within one particle in the aforementioned scattering process. The calculations of the relevant variations of mutual information in the same inertial frame reveals that, for a maximally entangled initial state, the scattering between the particles does not affect the degree of both of these entanglements of one particle in the final state. It is also found that the increasing degree of entanglement between two ingoing particles would restrict the generation of entanglement between spin (helicity) and momentum of one outgoing particle. And the entanglement between spin and momentum within one particle in the final state is shown to always be stronger than that for helicity-momentum for a general initial entanglement state, implying significantly distinct properties of entanglement for the helicity and spin perceived by an inertial observer.

  20. Mean-field embedding of the dual-fermion approach for correlated electron systems.

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    Yang, S-X; Terletska, H; Meng, Z Y; Moreno, J; Jarrell, M

    2013-12-01

    To reduce the rapidly growing computational cost of the dual-fermion lattice calculation with increasing system size, we introduce two embedding schemes. One is the real fermion embedding, and the other is the dual-fermion embedding. Our numerical tests show that the real fermion and dual-fermion embedding approaches converge to essentially the same result. The application on the Anderson disorder and Hubbard models shows that these embedding algorithms converge more quickly with system size as compared to the conventional dual-fermion method, for the calculation of both single- and two-particle quantities.

  1. 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.

  2. 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}.

  3. 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.

  4. Strong correlations in bosons and fermions

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    Tilahun, Dagim

    If there is a general theme to this thesis, it is the effects of strong correlations in both bosons and fermions. The bosonic system considered here consists of ultracold alkali atoms trapped by interfering lasers, so called optical lattices. Strong interactions, realized by increasing the depth of the lattice potential, or through the phenomenon of Feshbach resonances induce strong correlations amongst the atoms, rendering attempts to describe the systems in terms of single particle type physics unsuccessful. Of course strong correlations are not the exclusive domain of bosons, and also are not caused only by strong interactions. Other factors such as reduced dimensionality, in one-dimensional electron gases, or strong magnetic fields, in two-dimensional electron gases are known to induce strong correlations. In this thesis, we explore the manifestations of strong correlations in ultracold atoms in optical lattices and interacting electron gases. Optical lattices provide a near-perfect realization of lattice models, such as the bosonic Hubbard model (BHM) that have been formulated to study solid state systems. This follows from the absence of defects or impurities that usually plague real solid state systems. Another novel feature of optical lattices is the unprecedented control experimenters have in tuning the different lattice parameters, such as the lattice spacing and the intensity of the lasers. This control enables one to study the model Hamiltonians over a wide range of variables, such as the interaction strength between the atoms, thereby opening the door towards the observation of diverse and interesting phenomena. The BHM, and also its variants, predict various quantum phases, such as the strongly correlated Mott insulator (MI) phase that appears as a function of the parameter t/U, the ratio of the nearest neighbor hopping amplitude to the on-site interaction, which one varies experimentally over a wide range of values simply by switching the intensity

  5. Quantum Phases of Atom-Molecule Mixtures of Fermionic Atoms

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    Lopez, Nicolas

    2011-03-01

    Nicolas Lopez (University of California, Riverside, USA) Chi-Yong Lin (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan) Shan-Wen Tsai (University of California, Riverside, USA) Cold atom experiments have realized a variety of multicomponent quantum mixtures, including Bose-Fermi atomic mixtures. Mixtures of fermionic atoms and diatomic molecules, which are boson, have also been obtained by tuning of the interactions with external fields. We study many-body correlations in such a system where the molecules are weakly bound and therefore pairs of fermionic atoms easily convert into and dissociate from the bound molecule state and this exchange mediates a long-range interaction between the fermions. We consider a simple many-body Hamiltonian that includes the destruction of fermionic atom pairs to form single bosonic molecules and vice versa. We employ a functional renomalization-group approach and calculate the renormalized frequency-dependent interaction vertices and fermion self-energies. We find an instability from the disordered quantum liquid phase to a BCS phase and calculate the energy scale for the transition. The unusual frequency-dependence of this mediated interaction leads to strong renormalization of the self-energy, and also affects the couplings in the BCS channel.

  6. Quantum Phases of Atom-Molecule Mixtures of Fermionic Atoms

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    Lopez Valdez, Nicolas; Tsai, Shan-Wen; Lin, Chi-Yong

    2010-03-01

    Cold atom experiments have realized a variety of multicomponent quantum mixtures, including Bose-Fermi atomic mixtures. Mixtures of fermionic atoms and diatomic molecules, which are boson, have also been obtained by tuning of the interactions with external fields [1]. We study many-body correlations in such a system where the molecules are weakly bound and therefore pairs of fermionic atoms easily convert into and dissociate from the bound molecule state. This exchange mediates a long-range interaction between the fermions. We consider a simple many-body Hamiltonian that includes the destruction of fermionic atom pairs to form single bosonic molecules and vice versa [2]. We employ a functional renomalization-group approach and calculate the renormalized frequency-dependent interaction vertices and fermion self-energies. We find an instability from the disordered quantum liquid phase to a BCS phase and calculate the energy scale for the transition. The unusual frequency-dependence of this mediated interaction leads to strong renormalization of the self-energy, and also affects the couplings in the BCS channel. [1] M. Greiner, C. A. Regal, J. T. Stewart, and D. S. Jin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 110401 (2005) [2] E. Timmermans, K. Furuya, P. W. Milonni, and A. K. Kerman, Phys. Lett. A 285, 228 (2001)

  7. Quantum Phases of Atom-Molecule Mixtures of Fermionic Atoms

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    Lopez, Nicolas; Tsai, Shan-Wen; Timmermans, Eddy; Lin, Chi-Yong

    2011-05-01

    Cold atom experiments have realized a variety of multicomponent quantum mixtures, including Bose-Fermi atomic mixtures. Mixtures of fermionic atoms and diatomic molecules, which are boson, have also been obtained by tuning of the interactions with external fields. We study many-body correlations in such a system where the molecules are weakly bound and therefore pairs of fermionic atoms easily convert into and dissociate from the bound molecule state and this exchange mediates a long-range interaction between the fermions. We consider a simple many-body Hamiltonian that includes the destruction of fermionic atom pairs to form single bosonic molecules and vice versa. We employ a functional renomalization-group approach and calculate the renormalized frequency-dependent interaction vertices and fermion self-energies. We find an instability from the disordered quantum liquid phase to a BCS phase and calculate the energy scale for the transition. The unusual frequency-dependence of this mediated interaction leads to strong renormalization of the self-energy, and also affects the couplings in the BCS channel.

  8. Entanglement entropy of fermionic quadratic band touching model

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    Chen, Xiao; Cho, Gil Young; Fradkin, Eduardo

    2014-03-01

    The entanglement entropy has been proven to be a useful tool to diagnose and characterize strongly correlated systems such as topologically ordered phases and some critical points. Motivated by the successes, we study the entanglement entropy (EE) of a fermionic quadratic band touching model in (2 + 1) dimension. This is a fermionic ``spinor'' model with a finite DOS at k=0 and infinitesimal instabilities. The calculation on two-point correlation functions shows that a Dirac fermion model and the quadratic band touching model both have the asymptotically identical behavior in the long distance limit. This implies that EE for the quadratic band touching model also has an area law as the Dirac fermion. This is in contradiction with the expectation that dense fermi systems with a finite DOS should exhibit LlogL violations to the area law of entanglement entropy (L is the length of the boundary of the sub-region) by analogy with the Fermi surface. We performed numerical calculations of entanglement entropies on a torus of the lattice models for the quadratic band touching point and the Dirac fermion to confirm this. The numerical calculation shows that EE for both cases satisfy the area law. We further verify this result by the analytic calculation on the torus geometry. This work was supported in part by the NSF grant DMR-1064319.

  9. 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.

  10. Fermionic bound states on a one-dimensional lattice

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    Nguenang, Jean-Pierre; Flach, Sergej

    2009-07-15

    We study bound states of two fermions with opposite spins in an extended Hubbard chain. The particles interact when located both on a site or on adjacent sites. We find three different types of bound states. Type U is predominantly formed of basis states with both fermions on the same site, while two states of type V originate from both fermions occupying neighboring sites. Type U and one of the states from type V are symmetric with respect to spin flips. The remaining one from type V is antisymmetric. V states disappear by merging with the two-particle continuum below some critical wave number. All bound states become compact for wave numbers at the edge of the Brillouin zone.

  11. 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.

  12. Staggered fermions, zero modes, and flavor-singlet mesons

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    Donald, Gordon C; Davies, Christine T.H.; Follana, Eduardo; ...

    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

  13. 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.

  14. Fermion masses without symmetry breaking in two spacetime dimensions

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    BenTov, Yoni

    2015-07-01

    I study the prospect of generating mass for symmetry-protected fermions without breaking the symmetry that forbids quadratic mass terms in the Lagrangian. I focus on 1+1 spacetime dimensions in the hope that this can provide guidance for interacting fermions in 3+1 dimensions. I first review the SO(8) Gross-Neveu model and emphasize a subtlety in the triality transformation. Then I focus on the " m = 0" manifold of the SO(7) Kitaev-Fidkowski model. I argue that this theory exhibits a phenomenon similar to "parity doubling" in hadronic physics, and this leads to the conclusion that the fermion propagator vanishes when p μ = 0. I also briefly explore a connection between this model and the two-channel, single-impurity Kondo effect. This paper may serve as an introduction to topological superconductors for high energy theorists, and perhaps as a taste of elementary particle physics for condensed matter theorists.

  15. Supersymmetry breaking and Nambu-Goldstone fermions with cubic dispersion

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    Sannomiya, Noriaki; Katsura, Hosho; Nakayama, Yu

    2017-03-01

    We introduce a lattice fermion model in one spatial dimension with supersymmetry (SUSY) but without particle number conservation. The Hamiltonian is defined as the anticommutator of two nilpotent supercharges Q and Q†. Each supercharge is built solely from spinless fermion operators and depends on a parameter g . The system is strongly interacting for small g , and in the extreme limit g =0 , the number of zero-energy ground states grows exponentially with the system size. By contrast, in the large-g limit, the system is noninteracting and SUSY is broken spontaneously. We study the model for modest values of g and show that under certain conditions spontaneous SUSY breaking occurs in both finite and infinite chains. We analyze the low-energy excitations both analytically and numerically. Our analysis suggests that the Nambu-Goldstone fermions accompanying the spontaneous SUSY breaking have cubic dispersion at low energies.

  16. Slave fermion formalism for the tetrahedral spin chain

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    Mohan, Priyanka; Rao, Sumathi

    2016-09-01

    We use the SU(2) slave fermion approach to study a tetrahedral spin 1/2 chain, which is a one-dimensional generalization of the two dimensional Kitaev honeycomb model. Using the mean field theory, coupled with a gauge fixing procedure to implement the single occupancy constraint, we obtain the phase diagram of the model. We then show that it matches the exact results obtained earlier using the Majorana fermion representation. We also compute the spin-spin correlation in the gapless phase and show that it is a spin liquid. Finally, we map the one-dimensional model in terms of the slave fermions to the model of 1D p-wave superconducting model with complex parameters and show that the parameters of our model fall in the topological trivial regime and hence does not have edge Majorana modes.

  17. Dirac Fermions in a Nanopatterned Two-Dimensional Electron Gas

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    Park, Cheol-Hwan

    2013-03-01

    If a lateral periodic potential with triangular (or honeycomb) lattice symmetry is applied to a conventional two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG), the charge carriers behave like massless Dirac ferions. A very interesting and useful point of these newly-generated massless Dirac fermions is that, unlike the case of graphene, their properties can be tuned through the external periodic potential. In this presentation, I will review the electronic properties of those newly-generated massless Dirac fermions in an artificial 2DEG superlattice system and will discuss how the elecctronic structure of those massless Dirac fermions changes depending on the external periodic potential. This work was partly supported by Research Settlement Fund for the new faculty of SNU.

  18. 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.

  19. Dynamics of Brans-Dicke cosmology with varying mass fermions

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    Liu Daojun

    2010-09-15

    In this paper, the cosmological dynamics of Brans-Dicke (BD) theory in which there are fermions with a coupling to BD scalar field as well as a self-interaction potential is investigated. The conditions that there exists a solution which is stable and represents a late-time accelerated expansion of the Universe are found. The variable mass of fermions cannot vanish exactly during the evolution of the Universe once it exists initially. It is shown that the late-time acceleration depends completely on the self-interaction of the fermion field if our investigation is restricted to the theory with positive BD parameter {omega}. Provided a negative {omega} is allowed, there will be another two classes of stable solutions describing the late-time accelerated expansion of the Universe.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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".

  3. Robust collider limits on heavy-mediator Dark Matter

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    Racco, Davide; Wulzer, Andrea; Zwirner, Fabio

    2015-05-01

    We discuss how to consistently use Effective Field Theories (EFTs) to set universal bounds on heavy-mediator Dark Matter at colliders, without prejudice on the model underlying a given effective interaction. We illustrate the method for a Majorana fermion, universally coupled to the Standard Model quarks via a dimension-6 axial-axial four-fermion operator. We recast the ATLAS mono-jet analysis and show that a considerable fraction of the parameter space, seemingly excluded by a na¨ıve EFT interpretation, is actually still unexplored. Consistently set EFT limits can be reinterpreted in any specific underlying model. We provide two explicit examples for the chosen operator and compare the reach of our model-independent method with that obtainable by dedicated analyses.

  4. Quantum gravity and Standard-Model-like fermions

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    Eichhorn, Astrid; Lippoldt, Stefan

    2017-04-01

    We discover that chiral symmetry does not act as an infrared attractor of the renormalization group flow under the impact of quantum gravity fluctuations. Thus, observationally viable quantum gravity models must respect chiral symmetry. In our truncation, asymptotically safe gravity does, as a chiral fixed point exists. A second non-chiral fixed point with massive fermions provides a template for models with dark matter. This fixed point disappears for more than 10 fermions, suggesting that an asymptotically safe ultraviolet completion for the standard model plus gravity enforces chiral symmetry.

  5. Fermion Monte Carlo Calculations on Liquid-3He

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    Kalos, M H; Colletti, L; Pederiva, F

    2004-03-16

    Methods and results for calculations of the ground state energy of the bulk system of {sup 3}He atoms are discussed. Results are encouraging: they believe that they demonstrate that their methods offer a solution of the ''fermion sign problem'' and the possibility of direct computation of many-fermion systems with no uncontrolled approximations. Nevertheless, the method is still rather inefficient compared with variational or fixed-node approximate methods. There appears to be a significant populations size effect. The situation is improved by the inclusion of ''Second Stage Importance Sampling'' and of ''Acceptance/Rejection'' adapted to their needs.

  6. Metastable superfluidity of repulsive fermionic atoms in optical lattices.

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    Rosch, Achim; Rasch, David; Binz, Benedikt; Vojta, Matthias

    2008-12-31

    In the fermionic Hubbard model, doubly occupied states have an exponentially large lifetime for strong repulsive interactions U. We show that this property can be used to prepare a metastable s-wave superfluid state for fermionic atoms in optical lattices described by a large-U Hubbard model. When an initial band-insulating state is expanded, the doubly occupied sites Bose condense. A mapping to the ferromagnetic Heisenberg model in an external field allows for a reliable solution of the problem. Nearest-neighbor repulsion and pair hopping are important in stabilizing superfluidity.

  7. Dual-fermion approach to the Anderson-Hubbard model

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    Haase, P.; Yang, S.-X.; Pruschke, T.; Moreno, J.; Jarrell, M.

    2017-01-01

    We apply the recently developed dual-fermion algorithm for disordered interacting systems to the Anderson-Hubbard model. This algorithm is compared with dynamical cluster approximation calculations for a one-dimensional system to establish the quality of the approximation in comparison with an established cluster method. We continue with a three-dimensional (3D) system and look at the antiferromagnetic, Mott, and Anderson localization transitions. The dual-fermion approach leads to quantitative as well as qualitative improvement of the dynamical mean-field results, and it allows one to calculate the hysteresis in the double occupancy in 3D, taking into account nonlocal correlations.

  8. Ultracold Fermions in a Cavity-Induced Artificial Magnetic Field

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    Kollath, Corinna; Sheikhan, Ameneh; Wolff, Stefan; Brennecke, Ferdinand

    2016-02-01

    We propose how a fermionic quantum gas confined to an optical lattice and coupled to an optical cavity can self-organize into a state where the spontaneously emerging cavity field amplitude induces an artificial magnetic field. The fermions form either a chiral insulator or a chiral liquid carrying chiral currents. The feedback mechanism via the dynamical cavity field enables robust and fast switching in time of the chiral phases, and the cavity output can be employed for a direct nondestructive measurement of the chiral current.

  9. W∞-ALGEBRA for Fermions in the Lowest Landau Level

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    Myung, Yun Soo

    We derive the W∞-algebra directly from the cocycle (translational) transformation of fermions in the lowest Landau level. This happens whenever the translational symmetry is unbroken in the ground state. Under the cocycle transformations, the lowest Landau level condition and fermion number are preserved. In the droplet approximation, the algebra of this system is reduced to the classical w∞-algebra (area-preserving deformations) and is related to condensed matter physics. This describes the edge modes of the fractional quantum Hall effect.

  10. Ultracold Superstrings in Atomic Boson-Fermion Mixtures

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    Snoek, Michiel; Haque, Masudul; Vandoren, S.; Stoof, H.T.C.

    2005-12-16

    We propose a setup with ultracold atomic gases that can be used to make a nonrelativistic superstring in four spacetime dimensions. In particular, we consider for the creation of the superstring a fermionic atomic gas that is trapped in the core of a vortex in a Bose-Einstein condensate. We explain the required tuning of experimental parameters to achieve supersymmetry between the fermionic atoms and the bosonic modes describing the oscillations in the vortex position. Furthermore, we discuss the experimental consequences of supersymmetry.

  11. Scaling analysis of fat-link irrelevant clover fermion actions

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    Kamleh, Waseem; Lasscock, Ben; Leinweber, Derek B.; Williams, Anthony G.

    2008-01-01

    The fat-link irrelevant clover fermion action is a variant of the O(a)-improved Wilson action where the irrelevant operators are constructed using smeared links. While the use of such smearing allows for the use of highly improved definitions of the field strength tensor F{sub {mu}}{sub {nu}}, we show that the standard 1-loop clover term with a mean field improved coefficient c{sub sw} is sufficient to remove the O(a) errors, avoiding the need for nonperturbative tuning. This result enables efficient dynamical simulations in QCD with the fat-link irrelevant clover fermion action.

  12. Digital quantum simulation of fermionic models with a superconducting circuit

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    Barends, R.; Lamata, L.; Kelly, J.; García-Álvarez, L.; Fowler, A. G.; Megrant, A; Jeffrey, E; White, T. C.; Sank, D.; Mutus, J. Y.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Yu; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Hoi, I.-C.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Quintana, C.; Roushan, P.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Solano, E.; Martinis, John M.

    2015-01-01

    One of the key applications of quantum information is simulating nature. Fermions are ubiquitous in nature, appearing in condensed matter systems, chemistry and high energy physics. However, universally simulating their interactions is arguably one of the largest challenges, because of the difficulties arising from anticommutativity. Here we use digital methods to construct the required arbitrary interactions, and perform quantum simulation of up to four fermionic modes with a superconducting quantum circuit. We employ in excess of 300 quantum logic gates, and reach fidelities that are consistent with a simple model of uncorrelated errors. The presented approach is in principle scalable to a larger number of modes, and arbitrary spatial dimensions. PMID:26153660

  13. Clifford Algebras and Their Decomposition into Conjugate Fermionic Heisenberg Algebras

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    Catto, Sultan; Gürcan, Yasemin; Khalfan, Amish; Kurt, Levent; Kato La, V.

    2016-10-01

    We discuss a construction scheme for Clifford numbers of arbitrary dimension. The scheme is based upon performing direct products of the Pauli spin and identity matrices. Conjugate fermionic algebras can then be formed by considering linear combinations of the Clifford numbers and the Hermitian conjugates of such combinations. Fermionic algebras are important in investigating systems that follow Fermi-Dirac statistics. We will further comment on the applications of Clifford algebras to Fueter analyticity, twistors, color algebras, M-theory and Leech lattice as well as unification of ancient and modern geometries through them.

  14. Digital quantum simulation of fermionic models with a superconducting circuit

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    Barends, R.; Lamata, L.; Kelly, J.; García-Álvarez, L.; Fowler, A. G.; Megrant, A.; Jeffrey, E.; White, T. C.; Sank, D.; Mutus, J. Y.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Yu; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Hoi, I.-C.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Quintana, C.; Roushan, P.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Solano, E.; Martinis, John M.

    2015-07-01

    One of the key applications of quantum information is simulating nature. Fermions are ubiquitous in nature, appearing in condensed matter systems, chemistry and high energy physics. However, universally simulating their interactions is arguably one of the largest challenges, because of the difficulties arising from anticommutativity. Here we use digital methods to construct the required arbitrary interactions, and perform quantum simulation of up to four fermionic modes with a superconducting quantum circuit. We employ in excess of 300 quantum logic gates, and reach fidelities that are consistent with a simple model of uncorrelated errors. The presented approach is in principle scalable to a larger number of modes, and arbitrary spatial dimensions.

  15. Fermion localization and resonances on two-field thick branes

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    Almeida, C. A. S.; Casana, R.; Ferreira, M. M. Jr.; Gomes, A. R.

    2009-06-15

    We consider (4, 1)-dimensional branes constructed with two scalar fields {phi} and {chi} coupled to a Dirac spinor field by means of a general Yukawa coupling. The equation of motion for the coefficients of the chiral decomposition of the spinor in curved spacetime leads to a Schroedinger-like equation whose solutions allow to obtain the masses of the fermionic modes. The simplest Yukawa coupling {psi}{phi}{chi}{psi} is considered for the Bloch brane model and fermion localization is studied. We found resonances for both chiralities and related their appearance to branes with internal structure.

  16. 2. QUANTUM HALL EFFECT: Magnetooptics of composite fermions

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    Kukushkin, I. V.; Smet, J. H.; von Klitzing, K.; Eberl, K.

    2001-10-01

    The Fermi energy and the Zeeman splitting of composite fermions are measured from the temperature dependence of the electron spin polarization at v = 1/2. We demonstrate that the Zeeman splitting of composite fermions is enhanced by a factor of 2.5 due to the interaction between CFs. The latter is very sensitive on the finite width of the 2D channel. The spin polarization at v = 1/3 and v = 2/3 displays an activated behavior and the derived spin-wave gaps are compared with simultaneously measured transport values.

  17. The fermion mass hierarchy in models with warped extra dimensions and a bulk Higgs

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    Archer, Paul R.

    2012-09-01

    The phenomenological implications of allowing the Higgs to propagate in both AdS5 and a class of asymptotically AdS spaces are considered. Without tuning, the vacuum expectation value (VEV) of the Higgs is peaked towards the IR tip of the space and hence such a scenario still offers a potential resolution to the gauge-hierarchy problem. When the exponent of the Higgs VEV is approximately two and one assumes order one Yukawa couplings, then the fermion Dirac mass term is found to range from ~ 10-5 eV to ~ 200 GeV in approximate agreement with the observed fermion masses. However, this result is sensitive to the exponent of the Higgs VEV, which is a free parameter. This paper offers a number of phenomenological and theoretical motivations for considering an exponent of two to be the optimal value. In particular, the exponent is bounded from below by the Breitenlohner-Freedman bound and the requirement that the dual theory resolves the gauge hierarchy problem. While, in the model considered, if the exponent is too large, electroweak symmetry may not be broken. In addition, the holographic method is used to demonstrate, in generality, that the flatter the Higgs VEV, the smaller the contribution to the electroweak T parameter. In addition, the constraints from a large class of gauge mediated and scalar mediated flavour changing neutral currents, will be at minimal values for flatter Higgs VEVs. Some initial steps are taken to investigate the physical scalar degrees of freedom that arise from a mixing between the W 5 /Z 5 components and the Higgs components.

  18. How gauge covariance of the fermion and boson propagators in QED constrain the effective fermion-boson vertex

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    Jia, Shaoyang; Pennington, M. R.

    2016-12-01

    We derive the gauge covariance requirement imposed on the QED fermion-photon three-point function within the framework of a spectral representation for fermion propagators. When satisfied, such requirement ensures solutions to the fermion propagator Schwinger-Dyson equation (SDE) in any covariant gauge with arbitrary numbers of spacetime dimensions to be consistent with the Landau-Khalatnikov-Fradkin transformation (LKFT). The general result has been verified by the special cases of three and four dimensions. Additionally, we present the condition that ensures the vacuum polarization is independent of the gauge parameter. As an illustration, we show how the gauge technique dimensionally regularized in four dimensions does not satisfy the covariance requirement.

  19. How gauge covariance of the fermion and boson propagators in QED constrain the effective fermion-boson vertex

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    Jia, Shaoyang; Pennington, M. R.

    2016-12-12

    In this paper, we derive the gauge covariance requirement imposed on the QED fermion-photon three-point function within the framework of a spectral representation for fermion propagators. When satisfied, such requirement ensures solutions to the fermion propagator Schwinger-Dyson equation (SDE) in any covariant gauge with arbitrary numbers of spacetime dimensions to be consistent with the Landau-Khalatnikov-Fradkin transformation (LKFT). The general result has been verified by the special cases of three and four dimensions. Additionally, we present the condition that ensures the vacuum polarization is independent of the gauge parameter. Finally, as an illustration, we show how the gauge technique dimensionally regularized in four dimensions does not satisfy the covariance requirement.

  20. How gauge covariance of the fermion and boson propagators in QED constrain the effective fermion-boson vertex

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    Jia, Shaoyang; Pennington, M. R.

    2016-12-12

    In this paper, we derive the gauge covariance requirement imposed on the QED fermion-photon three-point function within the framework of a spectral representation for fermion propagators. When satisfied, such requirement ensures solutions to the fermion propagator Schwinger-Dyson equation (SDE) in any covariant gauge with arbitrary numbers of spacetime dimensions to be consistent with the Landau-Khalatnikov-Fradkin transformation (LKFT). The general result has been verified by the special cases of three and four dimensions. Additionally, we present the condition that ensures the vacuum polarization is independent of the gauge parameter. Finally, as an illustration, we show how the gauge technique dimensionally regularizedmore » in four dimensions does not satisfy the covariance requirement.« less

  1. Perturbative quantum field theory in the framework of the fermionic projector

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    Finster, Felix

    2014-04-15

    We give a microscopic derivation of perturbative quantum field theory, taking causal fermion systems and the framework of the fermionic projector as the starting point. The resulting quantum field theory agrees with standard quantum field theory on the tree level and reproduces all bosonic loop diagrams. The fermion loops are described in a different formalism in which no ultraviolet divergences occur.

  2. Multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree method for fermions: Implementation, exactness, and few-fermion tunneling to open space

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    Fasshauer, Elke; Lode, Axel U. J.

    2016-03-01

    We report on an implementation of the multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree method (MCTDH) for spin-polarized fermions (MCTDHF). Our approach is based on a mapping for operators in Fock space that allows a compact and efficient application of the Hamiltonian and solution of the MCTDHF equations of motion. Our implementation extends, builds on, and exploits the recursive implementation of MCTDH for bosons (r-mctdhb) package. Together with r-mctdhb, the present implementation of MCTDHF forms the mctdh-x package. We benchmark the accuracy of the algorithm with the harmonic interaction model and a time-dependent generalization thereof. These models consider parabolically trapped particles that interact through a harmonic interaction potential. We demonstrate that MCTDHF is capable of solving the time-dependent many-fermion Schrödinger equation to an arbitrary degree of precision and can hence yield numerically exact results even in the case of Hamiltonians with time-dependent one-body and two-body potentials. We study the problem of two initially parabolically confined and charged fermions tunneling through a barrier to open space. We demonstrate the validity of a model proposed previously for the many-body tunneling to open space of bosonic particles with contact interactions [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109, 13521 (2012), 10.1073/pnas.1201345109]. The many-fermion tunneling can be built up from sequentially happening single-fermion tunneling processes. The characteristic momenta of these processes are determined by the chemical potentials of trapped subsystems of smaller particle numbers: The escaped fermions convert the different chemical potentials into kinetic energy. Using the two-body correlation function, we present a detailed picture of the sequentiality of the process and are able to tell tunneling from over-the-barrier escape.

  3. 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)

  4. Damping of Ultrasoft Fermions in Finite Temperature QED

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    Bouakaz, K.; Abada, A.

    2008-04-21

    We calculate the fermion damping rates to second order in powers of the external momentum in the context of QED at finite temperature using the hard-thermal-loop summation scheme. We find the coefficients of zeroth and first orders finite whereas that of second order logarithmically infrared sensitive. The calculation is done in covariant gauge and the result is independent of gauge fixing.

  5. Effective field theories for QCD with rooted staggered fermions

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    Bernard, Claude; Golterman, Maarten; Shamir, Yigal

    2008-04-01

    Even highly improved variants of lattice QCD with staggered fermions show significant violations of taste symmetry at currently accessible lattice spacings. In addition, the 'rooting trick' is used in order to simulate with the correct number of light sea quarks, and this makes the lattice theory nonlocal, even though there is good reason to believe that the continuum limit is in the correct universality class. In order to understand scaling violations, it is thus necessary to extend the construction of the Symanzik effective theory to include rooted staggered fermions. We show how this can be done, starting from a generalization of the renormalization-group approach to rooted staggered fermions recently developed by one of us. We then explain how the chiral effective theory follows from the Symanzik action, and show that it leads to 'rooted' staggered chiral perturbation theory as the correct chiral theory for QCD with rooted staggered fermions. We thus establish a direct link between the renormalization-group based arguments for the correctness of the continuum limit and the success of rooted staggered chiral perturbation theory in fitting numerical results obtained with the rooting trick. In order to develop our argument, we need to assume the existence of a standard partially-quenched chiral effective theory for any local partially-quenched theory. Other technical, but standard, assumptions are also required.

  6. Taste symmetry breaking with hypercubic-smeared staggered fermions

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    Bae, Taegil; Adams, David H.; Kim, Hyung-Jin; Kim, Jongjeong; Kim, Kwangwoo; Lee, Weonjong; Jung, Chulwoo; Sharpe, Stephen R.

    2008-05-01

    We study the impact of hypercubic (HYP) smearing on the size of taste-breaking for staggered fermions, comparing to unimproved and to asqtad-improved staggered fermions. As in previous studies, we find a substantial reduction in taste-breaking compared to unimproved staggered fermions (by a factor of 4-7 on lattices with spacing a{approx_equal}0.1 fm). In addition, we observe that discretization effects of next-to-leading order in the chiral expansion (O(a{sup 2}p{sup 2})) are markedly reduced by HYP smearing. Compared to asqtad valence fermions, we find that taste-breaking in the pion spectrum is reduced by a factor of 2.5-3, down to a level comparable to the expected size of generic O(a{sup 2}) effects. Our results suggest that, once one reaches a lattice spacing of a{approx_equal}0.09 fm, taste-breaking will be small enough after HYP smearing that one can use a modified power counting in which O(a{sup 2})<

  7. New Spin Physics in the Hamiltonian Theory of Composite Fermions

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    Murthy, Ganpathy

    2001-03-01

    The Hamiltonian theory of Composite Fermions, developed by R. Shankar and myself three years ago, has been successful in calculating a variety of physical properties in the gapped and gapless fractional quantum Hall states. In this talk, results will be presented on finite temperature magnetization, focusing on the ferromagnetic 1/3 state. A combination of Hartree-Fock (in terms of Composite Fermion variables) and a mapping to the Continuum Quantum Ferromagnet (solved in the large-N approximation) leads to theoretical predictions in very good agreement with experiments. Theoretical results will also be presented on a novel partialy polarized charge/spin density wave state at 2/5 which only occurs near the transition between the singlet and fully polarized states. The possible relevance of this state to recent experiments will be discussed. R. Shankar and G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4437 (1997): "Towards a Field Theory of Fractional Quantum Hall States" G. Murthy, to appear in Jour. Phys. Cond. Mat, cond-mat/0008259; "Finite Temperature Magnetism in Fractional Quantum Hall Systems: Composite Fermion Hartree-Fock and Beyond" G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 350 (2000): "Composite Fermion Hofstadter Problem: Partially Polarized Density Wave States in the 2/5 Fractional Quantum Hall Effect"

  8. Standard electromagnetically driven cosmology coupled with fermionic source

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    Mello, M. M. C.; Klippert, R.

    2015-03-10

    Dirac fermions and electromagnetic fields are considered as the source of gravitation in the framework of standard Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) cosmology. It is shown that all solutions for the scale-factor a(t) are non-singular, provided the cosmological constant Λ is set to be less than the positive inverse of a quantum scale.

  9. High temperature thermostatistics of fermionic Fibonacci oscillators with intermediate statistics

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    Algin, Abdullah; Arikan, Ali Serdar; Dil, Emre

    2014-12-01

    In this study, we pursue an original idea about whether unique deformed particle algebra could effectively describe a set of crucial quantum properties including the non-standard statistics of particles, the internal structure of particles, and the interaction of particles. Following such an idea, we consider a specific Fermi gas model containing the two-parameter deformed fermionic particles called fermionic Fibonacci oscillators. For such a system, several thermostatistical functions such as the total number of particles, the internal energy, and the entropy are calculated in the thermodynamical limit by means of some properties of the Fibonacci calculus. A virial expansion of the equation of state for the system is also obtained, and the first five virial coefficients are derived in terms of the real independent deformation parameters q and p. From the results obtained here, it is first found that for two and three spatial dimensions, the present deformed Fermi gas model shows an interpolation between fermionic and boson-like systems, and secondly, it is concluded that the two-parameter deformation of fermions leads to a suitable framework for an effective description of interacting composite particle systems.

  10. Fermions in a Kerr-Newman space-time

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    Dariescu, M.A.; Dariescu, C.; Gottlieb, I.

    1995-10-01

    The aim of this paper is to put the U(I)-gauge theory of fermions in the space-time described by a Kerr-Newman metric. The field equations have rather complicated expressions essentially different from the Minkowskian spacetime.

  11. The many guises of a neutral fermion singlet

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    Ma, Ernest

    2017-03-01

    The addition of a neutral fermion singlet to the Standard Model (SM) of particle interactions leads to many diverse possibilities. It is not necessarily a right-handed neutrino. I discuss many of the simplest and most interesting scenarios of possible new physics with this approach. In particular, I propose the possible spontaneous breaking of baryon number, resulting in the massless “sakharon”.

  12. COMPARISON OF OFF-LINE IR BUMP AND ACTION-ANGLE KICK MINIMIZATION.

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    LUO, Y.; PILAT, F.; PTITSYN, V.; TRBOJEVIC, D.; WEI, J.

    2005-05-16

    The interaction region bump (IR bump) nonlinear correction method has been used for the sextupole and octupole field error on-line corrections in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) . Some differences were found for the sextupole and octupole corrector strengths between the on-line IR bump correction and the predictions from the action-angle kick minimization. In this article, we compare the corrector strengths from these two methods based on the RHIC Blue ring lattice with the IR nonlinear modeling. The comparison confirms the differences between resulting corrector strengths. And the reason for the differences is found and discussed.

  13. 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

  14. 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

    2014-10-29

    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 Ir(4+). 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.

  15. Metal-mesh optical filter technology for mid-IR, far-IR, and submillimeter

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    McGovern, William R.; Swinehart, Philip R.; Hogue, Eric L.; Daughton, David R.; DeLombard, Jay V.

    2012-06-01

    The innovative, high transmission band-pass filter technology presented here for the mid infrared (IR), terahertz (THz) and submillimeter ranges can tolerate cryogenic temperatures (down to 4K and below), are radiation-hard, vacuum-compatible and vibration-tolerant making them launch-capable and durable for potential space applications. In addition, Lake Shore band-pass filters (BPF) are light weight, as they employ no heavy substrates, nor have any vibronic bands due to polymer support layers. The filters are less than 2 mm thick (mostly the mounting frame) which allows insertion into tight spaces and standard filter wheels. The thin, light weight, vacuum compatible design can be incorporated into almost any detector setup. Filters are available for quick delivery in 29 standard center wavelengths (CWL) with 4 standard diameter sizes, up to 40mm inner diameter (ID).

  16. Non-Abelian statistics of vortices with non-Abelian Dirac fermions.

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    Yasui, Shigehiro; Hirono, Yuji; Itakura, Kazunori; Nitta, Muneto

    2013-05-01

    We extend our previous analysis on the exchange statistics of vortices having a single Dirac fermion trapped in each core to the case where vortices trap two Dirac fermions with U(2) symmetry. Such a system of vortices with non-Abelian Dirac fermions appears in color superconductors at extremely high densities and in supersymmetric QCD. We show that the exchange of two vortices having doublet Dirac fermions in each core is expressed by non-Abelian representations of a braid group, which is explicitly verified in the matrix representation of the exchange operators when the number of vortices is up to four. We find that the result contains the matrices previously obtained for the vortices with a single Dirac fermion in each core as a special case. The whole braid group does not immediately imply non-Abelian statistics of identical particles because it also contains exchanges between vortices with different numbers of Dirac fermions. However, we find that it does contain, as its subgroup, genuine non-Abelian statistics for the exchange of the identical particles, that is, vortices with the same number of Dirac fermions. This result is surprising compared with conventional understanding because all Dirac fermions are defined locally at each vortex, unlike the case of Majorana fermions for which Dirac fermions are defined nonlocally by Majorana fermions located at two spatially separated vortices.

  17. Phase transition of a heavy-fermion superconductor in a high magnetic field: Entanglement analysis

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    Afzali, R.; Ebrahimian, N.

    2013-08-01

    When the magnetic field is only acting on the spin of electrons, a transition from a normal to a modulated superconducting state or Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) superconducting state may occur at low temperatures. A FFLO superconducting state, which accompanies an order parameter that oscillates spatially, may be stabilized by a high applied magnetic field or a molecular field. Quantum multipartite entanglement is a new procedure for investigating quantum phase transitions. In this article, we deal with the phase transition of the FFLO state of CeCoIn5 to a normal state by obtaining quantum multipartite entanglement of the system. For this purpose, using normal and anomalous Green functions and the density matrix, we obtain concurrence, as a measure of bipartite entanglement. Then, the order parameter and the magnetic -field dependence of multipartite entanglement in momentum space is calculated. The phase transition is determined, and the behavior of the system based on order parameter is discussed. Furthermore, the phase transitions of both the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) and FFLO states to the normal state are compared.

  18. 119 Sn NMR studies on the heavy fermion compound CeSn3

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    Crocker, John; Kim, Andrew; Klavins, Peter; Curro, Nicholas

    2015-03-01

    CeSn3 does not exhibit long-range order at low temperatures, thus it provides an interesting baseline for NMR studies of the Knight shift. We report the synthesis and characterization of single crystals of CeSn3, as well as 119Sn nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements from 4.5K to room temperature. Our data reveal a broad peak in the knight shift (K) at Tmax ~ 135K, and a knight shift anomaly at T* ~ 85K.

  19. Differential conductance and defect states in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5

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    Van Dyke, John S.; Davis, J. C. Séamus; Morr, Dirk K.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate that the electronic band structure extracted from quasiparticle interference spectroscopy [Nat. Phys. 9, 468 (2013), 10.1038/nphys2671] and the theoretically computed form of the superconducting gaps [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111, 11663 (2014), 10.1073/pnas.1409444111] can be used to understand the d I /d V line shape measured in the normal and superconducting state of CeCoIn5 [Nat. Phys. 9, 474 (2013), 10.1038/nphys2672]. In particular, the d I /d V line shape, and the spatial structure of defect-induced impurity states, reflects the existence of multiple superconducting gaps of dx2-y2 symmetry. These results strongly support a recently proposed microscopic origin of the unconventional superconducting state.

  20. Differential conductance and defect states in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5

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    John S. Van Dyke; Davis, James C.; Morr, Dirk K.

    2016-01-22

    We demonstrate that the electronic band structure extracted from quasiparticle interference spectroscopy [Nat. Phys. 9, 468 (2013)] and the theoretically computed form of the superconducting gaps [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111, 11663 (2014)] can be used to understand the dI/dV line shape measured in the normal and superconducting state of CeCoIn5 [Nat. Phys. 9, 474 (2013)]. In particular, the dI/dV line shape, and the spatial structure of defect-induced impurity states, reflects the existence of multiple superconducting gaps of dx2–y2 symmetry. As a result, these results strongly support a recently proposed microscopic origin of the unconventional superconducting state.