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Superconductivity near a quantum critical point
February 1, 20173:00 pm – 4:00 pm (CDT)

Superconductivity near a quantum critical point


A. Chubukov (University of Minnesota)


Ar. Abanov



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

I discuss the interplay between non-Fermi liquid behaviour and superconductivity near a quantum-critical point (QCP) in a metal. It was thought by many researchers that in D=2, non-Fermi liquid behaviour near a QCP extends to energies well above superconducting Tc, and that superconductivity involves non-Fermi-liquid quasiparticles and emerges due to peculiar interplay between strong attraction and strong pair-breaking effects from self-energy. I argue that this is not necessary always the case. I show that in a situation, when critical bosons are slow compared to electrons, fermionic self-energy plays little role for superconductivity in 2D, despite that it is strong and destroys fermionic coherence. I discuss the special role of the “first Matsubara frequency” in this regard. I present explicit results for Tc for the set of models with frequency-dependent effective interaction, including the strong coupling limit of electron-phonon interaction.

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