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Phys Rev Lett ; 130(13): 136002, 2023 Mar 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-37067314

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Observing that several U and Ce based candidate triplet superconductors share a common structural motif, with pairs of magnetic atoms separated by an inversion center, we hypothesize a triplet pairing mechanism based on an interplay of Hund's and Kondo interactions that is unique to this structure. In the presence of Hund's interactions, valence fluctuations generate a triplet superexchange between electrons and local moments. The offset from the center of symmetry allows spin-triplet pairs formed by the resulting Kondo effect to delocalize onto the Fermi surface, precipitating superconductivity. We demonstrate this mechanism within a minimal two-channel Kondo lattice model and present support for this pairing mechanism from existing experiments.

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Science ; 379(6635): 908-912, 2023 Mar 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-36862771

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Understanding the strange metallic behavior that develops at the brink of localization in quantum materials requires probing the underlying electronic charge dynamics. Using synchrotron radiation-based Mössbauer spectroscopy, we studied the charge fluctuations of the strange metal phase of ß-YbAlB4 as a function of temperature and pressure. We found that the usual single absorption peak in the Fermi-liquid regime splits into two peaks upon entering the critical regime. We interpret this spectrum as a single nuclear transition, modulated by nearby electronic valence fluctuations whose long time scales are further enhanced by the formation of charged polarons. These critical charge fluctuations may prove to be a distinct signature of strange metals.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 129(17): 177601, 2022 Oct 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-36332260

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The Kondo lattice model plays a key role in our understanding of quantum materials, but a lack of small parameters has posed a long-standing problem. We present a three-dimensional S=1/2 Kondo lattice model describing a spin liquid within an electron sea. Strong correlations in the spin liquid are treated exactly, enabling a controlled analytical approach. Like a Peierls or BCS phase, a logarithmically divergent susceptibility leads to an instability into a new phase at arbitrarily small Kondo coupling. Our solution captures a plethora of emergent phenomena, including odd-frequency pairing, pair density wave formation and order fractionalization. The ground-state state is a pair density wave with a fractionalized charge e, S=1/2 order parameter, formed between electrons and Majorana fermions.

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Nat Commun ; 13(1): 4599, 2022 Aug 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-35933482

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Superconductivity in low carrier density metals challenges the conventional electron-phonon theory due to the absence of retardation required to overcome Coulomb repulsion. Here we demonstrate that pairing mediated by energy fluctuations, ubiquitously present close to continuous phase transitions, occurs in dilute quantum critical polar metals and results in a dome-like dependence of the superconducting Tc on carrier density, characteristic of non-BCS superconductors. In quantum critical polar metals, the Coulomb repulsion is heavily screened, while the critical transverse optical phonons decouple from the electron charge. In the resulting vacuum, long-range attractive interactions emerge from the energy fluctuations of the critical phonons, resembling the gravitational interactions of a chargeless dark matter universe. Our estimates show that this mechanism may explain the critical temperatures observed in doped SrTiO3. We provide predictions for the enhancement of superconductivity near polar quantum criticality in two- and three-dimensional materials that can be used to test our theory.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 125(7): 077001, 2020 Aug 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857586

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A central idea in strongly correlated systems is that doping a Mott insulator leads to a superconductor by transforming the resonating valence bonds (RVBs) into spin-singlet Cooper pairs. Here, we argue that a spin-triplet RVB (tRVB) state, driven by spatially, or orbitally anisotropic ferromagnetic interactions can provide the parent state for triplet superconductivity. We apply this idea to the iron-based superconductors, arguing that strong on site Hund's interactions develop intra-atomic tRVBs between the t_{2g} orbitals. On doping, the presence of two iron atoms per unit cell allows these interorbital triplets to coherently delocalize onto the Fermi surface, forming a fully gapped triplet superconductor. This mechanism gives rise to a unique staggered structure of on site pair correlations, detectable as an alternating π phase shift in a scanning Josephson tunneling microscope.

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Nature ; 579(7797): 51-55, 2020 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32132691

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A wide range of metals exhibit anomalous electrical and thermodynamic properties when tuned to a quantum critical point (QCP), although the origins of such strange metals have posed a long-standing mystery. The frequent association of strange metals with unconventional superconductivity and antiferromagnetic QCPs1-4 has led to the belief that they are highly entangled quantum states5. By contrast, ferromagnets are regarded as an unlikely setting for strange metals, because they are weakly entangled and their QCPs are often interrupted by competing phases or first-order phase transitions6-8. Here we provide evidence that the pure ferromagnetic Kondo lattice9,10 CeRh6Ge4 becomes a strange metal at a pressure-induced QCP. Measurements of the specific heat and resistivity under pressure demonstrate that the ferromagnetic transition is continuously suppressed to zero temperature, revealing a strange-metal behaviour around the QCP. We argue that strong magnetic anisotropy has a key role in this process, injecting entanglement in the form of triplet resonating valence bonds into the ordered ferromagnet. We show that a singular transformation in the patterns of the entanglement between local moments and conduction electrons, from triplet resonating valence bonds to Kondo-entangled singlet pairs at the QCP, causes a jump in the Fermi surface volume-a key driver of strange-metallic behaviour. Our results open up a direction for research into ferromagnetic quantum criticality and establish an alternative setting for the strange-metal phenomenon. Most importantly, strange-metal behaviour at a ferromagnetic QCP suggests that quantum entanglement-not the destruction of antiferromagnetism-is the common driver of the varied behaviours of strange metals.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 122(21): 217001, 2019 May 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31283303

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One of the challenges in strongly correlated electron systems is to understand the anomalous electronic behavior that develops at an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point (QCP), a phenomenon that has been extensively studied in heavy-fermion materials. Current theories have focused on the critical spin fluctuations and associated breakdown of the Kondo effect. Here we argue that the abrupt change in the Fermi surface volume that accompanies heavy-fermion criticality leads to critical charge fluctuations. Using a model one-dimensional Kondo lattice, in which each moment is connected to a separate conduction bath, we show that a Kondo breakdown transition develops between a heavy Fermi liquid and a gapped spin liquid via a QCP with ω/T scaling, which features a critical charge mode directly associated with the breakup of Kondo singlets. We discuss the possible implications of this emergent charge mode for experiments.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 122(20): 207001, 2019 May 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31172776

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We propose that propagating one-dimensional Majorana fermions will develop in the vortex cores of certain iron-based superconductors, most notably Li(Fe_{1-x}Co_{x})As. A key ingredient of this proposal is the 3D Dirac cones recently observed in photoemission experiments [P. Zhang et al., Nat. Phys. 15, 41 (2019)NPAHAX1745-247310.1038/s41567-018-0280-z]. Using an effective Hamiltonian around the Γ-Z line we demonstrate the development of gapless one-dimensional helical Majorana modes, protected by C_{4} symmetry. A topological index is derived which links the helical Majorana modes to the presence of monopoles in the Berry curvature of the normal state. We present various experimental consequences of this theory and discuss its possible connections with cosmic strings.

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Nature ; 560(7719): 432, 2018 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30127484
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Phys Rev Lett ; 120(15): 157206, 2018 Apr 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29756902

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Motivated by recent experiments, we study a quasi-one-dimensional model of a Kondo lattice with ferromagnetic coupling between the spins. Using bosonization and dynamical large-N techniques, we establish the presence of a Fermi liquid and a magnetic phase separated by a local quantum critical point, governed by the Kondo breakdown picture. Thermodynamic properties are studied and a gapless charged mode at the quantum critical point is highlighted.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 119(5): 057603, 2017 Aug 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28949703

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Current theories of superfluidity are based on the idea of a coherent quantum state with topologically protected quantized circulation. When this topological protection is absent, as in the case of ^{3}He-A, the coherent quantum state no longer supports persistent superflow. Here, we argue that the loss of topological protection in a superconductor gives rise to an insulating ground state. We specifically introduce the concept of a Skyrme insulator to describe the coherent dielectric state that results from the topological failure of superflow carried by a complex-vector order parameter. We apply this idea to the case of SmB_{6}, arguing that the observation of a diamagnetic Fermi surface within an insulating bulk can be understood as a realization of this state. Our theory enables us to understand the linear specific heat of SmB_{6} in terms of a neutral Majorana Fermi sea and leads us to predict that in low fields of order a Gauss, SmB_{6} will develop a Meissner effect.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 117(21): 216401, 2016 Nov 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27911533

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The "failed Kondo insulator" CeNiSn has long been suspected to be a nodal metal, with a node in the hybridization matrix elements. Here we carry out a series of Nernst effect experiments to delineate whether the severely anisotropic magnetotransport coefficients do indeed derive from a nodal metal or can simply be explained by a highly anisotropic Fermi surface. Our experiments reveal that despite an almost twentyfold anisotropy in the Hall conductivity, the large Nernst signal is isotropic. Taken in conjunction with the magnetotransport anisotropy, these results provide strong support for an isotropic Fermi surface with a large anisotropy in quasiparticle mass derived from a nodal hybridization.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 117(15): 157201, 2016 Oct 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27768324

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The heavy fermion compound URu_{2}Si_{2} continues to attract great interest due to the unidentified hidden order it develops below 17.5 K. The unique Ising character of the spin fluctuations and low-temperature quasiparticles is well established. We present detailed measurements of the angular anisotropy of the nonlinear magnetization that reveal a cos^{4}θ Ising anisotropy both at and above the ordering transition. With Landau theory, we show this implies a strongly Ising character of the itinerant hidden order parameter.

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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 113(20): 5486-91, 2016 May 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27140626

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A central question in iron-based superconductivity is the mechanism by which the paired electrons minimize their strong mutual Coulomb repulsion. In most unconventional superconductors, Coulomb repulsion is minimized through the formation of higher angular momentum Cooper pairs, with Fermi surface nodes in the pair wavefunction. The apparent absence of such nodes in the iron-based superconductors has led to a belief they form an s-wave ([Formula: see text]) singlet state, which changes sign between the electron and hole pockets. However, the multiorbital nature of these systems opens an alternative possibility. Here, we propose a new class of [Formula: see text] state containing a condensate of d-wave Cooper pairs, concealed by their entanglement with the iron orbitals. By combining the d-wave ([Formula: see text]) motion of the pairs with the internal angular momenta [Formula: see text] of the iron orbitals to make a singlet ([Formula: see text]), an [Formula: see text] superconductor with a nontrivial topology is formed. This scenario allows us to understand the development of octet nodes in potassium-doped Ba1-x KXFe2As2 as a reconfiguration of the orbital and internal angular momentum into a high spin ([Formula: see text]) state; the reverse transition under pressure into a fully gapped state can then be interpreted as a return to the low-spin singlet. The formation of orbitally entangled pairs is predicted to give rise to a shift in the orbital content at the Fermi surface, which can be tested via laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 116(4): 046403, 2016 Jan 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26871347

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Recent quantum oscillation experiments on SmB_{6} pose a paradox, for while the angular dependence of the oscillation frequencies suggest a 3D bulk Fermi surface, SmB_{6} remains robustly insulating to very high magnetic fields. Moreover, a sudden low temperature upturn in the amplitude of the oscillations raises the possibility of quantum criticality. Here we discuss recently proposed mechanisms for this effect, contrasting bulk and surface scenarios. We argue that topological surface states permit us to reconcile the various data with bulk transport and spectroscopy measurements, interpreting the low temperature upturn in the quantum oscillation amplitudes as a result of surface Kondo breakdown and the high frequency oscillations as large topologically protected orbits around the X point. We discuss various predictions that can be used to test this theory.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 115(17): 177201, 2015 Oct 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26551137

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In an extensive computational experiment, we test Polyakov's conjecture that under certain circumstances an isotropic Heisenberg model can develop algebraic spin correlations. We demonstrate the emergence of a multispin U(1) order parameter in a Heisenberg antiferromagnet on interpenetrating honeycomb and triangular lattices. The correlations of this relative phase angle are observed to decay algebraically at intermediate temperatures in an extended critical phase. Using finite-size scaling we show that both phase transitions are of the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless type, and at lower temperatures we find long-range Z(6) order.

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Science ; 349(6247): 506-9, 2015 Jul 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26228141

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A fundamental challenge to our current understanding of metals is the observation of qualitative departures from Fermi liquid behavior. The standard view attributes such non-Fermi liquid phenomena to the scattering of electrons off quantum critical fluctuations of an underlying order parameter. Although the possibility of non-Fermi liquid behavior isolated from the border of magnetism has long been speculated, no experimental confirmation has been made. Here, we report on the observation of a strange metal region away from a magnetic instability in an ultrapure single crystal. In particular, we show that the heavy-fermion superconductor ß-YbAlB4 forms a possible phase with strange metallic behavior across an extensive pressure regime, distinctly separated from a high-pressure magnetic quantum phase transition by a Fermi liquid phase.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 114(17): 177202, 2015 May 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25978257

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Motivated by the observation of light surface states in SmB6, we examine the effects of surface Kondo breakdown in topological Kondo insulators. We present both numerical and analytic results which show that the decoupling of the localized moments at the surface disturbs the compensation between light and heavy electrons and dopes the Dirac cone. Dispersion of these uncompensated surface states is dominated by intersite hopping, which leads to much lighter quasiparticles. These surface states are also highly durable against the effects of surface magnetism and decreasing thickness of the sample.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 114(2): 027002, 2015 Jan 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25635559

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The recent observation of fully gapped superconductivity in Yb doped CeCoIn_{5} poses a paradox, for the disappearance of nodes suggests that they are accidental, yet d-wave symmetry with protected nodes is well established by experiment. Here, we show that composite pairing provides a natural resolution: in this scenario, Yb doping drives a Lifshitz transition of the nodal Fermi surface, forming a fully gapped d-wave molecular superfluid of composite pairs. The T^{4} dependence of the penetration depth associated with the sound mode of this condensate is in accordance with observation.

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Phys Rev Lett ; 112(11): 116405, 2014 Mar 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24702395

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The heavy fermion metal ß-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.

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