Finding the Elusive Sliding Phase in the Superfluid-Normal Phase Transition Smeared by \(c\)-Axis Disorder

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Finding the Elusive Sliding Phase in the Superfluid-Normal Phase Transition Smeared by \(c\)-Axis Disorder

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Title: Finding the Elusive Sliding Phase in the Superfluid-Normal Phase Transition Smeared by \(c\)-Axis Disorder
Author: Pekker, David; Refael, Gil; Demler, Eugene A.

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Citation: Pekker, David, Gil Refael, and Eugene A. Demler. 2010. Finding the elusive sliding phase in the superfluid-normal phase transition smeared by \(c\)-axis disorder. Physical Review Letters 105(8): 085302.
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Abstract: We consider a stack of weakly Josephson coupled superfluid layers with \(c\)-axis disorder in the form of random superfluid stiffnesses and vortex fugacities in each layer as well as random interlayer coupling strengths. In the absence of disorder this system has a 3D \(XY\) type superfluid-normal phase transition as a function of temperature. We develop a functional renormalization group to treat the effects of disorder, and demonstrate that the disorder results in the smearing of the superfluid-normal phase transition via the formation of a Griffiths phase. Remarkably, in the Griffiths phase, the emergent power-law distribution of the interlayer couplings gives rise to a sliding Griffiths superfluid, with a finite stiffness in the \(a-b\) direction along the layers, and a vanishing stiffness perpendicular to it.
Published Version: doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.085302
Other Sources: http://arxiv.org/abs/1003.4723
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