Identification of Non-Fermi Liquid Physics in a Quantum Critical Metal via Quantum Loop Topography

George Driskell, Samuel Lederer, Carsten Bauer, Simon Trebst, Eun Ah Kim

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Non-Fermi liquid physics is ubiquitous in strongly correlated metals, manifesting itself in anomalous transport properties, such as a T-linear resistivity in experiments. However, its theoretical understanding in terms of microscopic models is lacking, despite decades of conceptual work and attempted numerical simulations. Here we demonstrate that a combination of sign-problem-free quantum Monte Carlo sampling and quantum loop topography, a physics-inspired machine-learning approach, can map out the emergence of non-Fermi liquid physics in the vicinity of a quantum critical point (QCP) with little prior knowledge. Using only three parameter points for training the underlying neural network, we are able to robustly identify a stable non-Fermi liquid regime tracing the fans of metallic QCPs at the onset of both spin-density wave and nematic order. In particular, we establish for the first time that a spin-density wave QCP commands a wide fan of non-Fermi liquid region that funnels into the quantum critical point. Our study thereby provides an important proof-of-principle example that new physics can be detected via unbiased machine-learning approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046601
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 23 Jul 2021

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Funding Information:
S. L. and E.-A. K. acknowledge the support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Science and Engineering under Award No. DE-SC0018946. The Cologne group acknowledges partial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), Projektnummer 277101999, TRR 183 (project B01). The numerical simulations were performed on the JUWELS cluster at FZ Jülich and the CHEOPS cluster at Regional Computing Centre Cologne.

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