Quantum Critical Response at the Onset of Spin Density Wave Order in Two-dimensional Metals
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CitationHartnoll, Sean, Diego M. Hofman, Max A. Metlitski, and Subir Sachdev. 2011. Quantum critical response at the onset of spin density wave order in two-dimensional metals. Physical Review B 84(12): 125115.
AbstractWe study the frequency dependence of the electron self-energy and the optical conductivity in a recently developed field theory of the spin-density-wave quantum phase transition in two-dimensional metals. We focus on the interplay between the Fermi surface “hot spots” and the remainder of the “cold” Fermi surface. Scattering of electrons off the fluctuations of the spin-density-wave order parameter, \(\varphi\), is strongest at the hot spots; we compute the conductivity due to this scattering in a rainbow approximation. We point out the importance of composite operators, built of products of the primary electron or \(\varphi\) fields: These have important effects also away from the hot spots. The simplest composite operator, \(\varphi^2\), leads to deviations from Landau Fermi-liquid behavior on the entire Fermi surface. We also find an intermediate frequency window in which the cold electrons lose their quasiparticle form due to effectively one-dimensional scattering processes. The latter processes are part of umklapp scattering, which leads to singular contributions to the optical conductivity at the lowest frequencies at zero temperature.
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