Linear resistivity and Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev (SYK) spin liquid behavior in a quantum critical metal with spin-1=2 fermions

Peter Cha, Nils Wentzell, Olivier Parcollet, Antoine Georges, Eun Ah Kim

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Abstract

"Strange metals" with resistivity depending linearly on temperature T down to low T have been a long-standing puzzle in condensed matter physics. Here, we consider a lattice model of itinerant spin-1=2 fermions interacting via onsite Hubbard interaction and random infinite-ranged spin-spin interaction.We show that the quantum critical point associated with the melting of the spin-glass phase by charge fluctuations displays non-Fermi liquid behavior, with local spin dynamics identical to that of the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev family of models. This extends the quantum spin liquid dynamics previously established in the large-M limit of SU(M) symmetric models to models with physical SU(2) spin-1=2 electrons. Remarkably, the quantum critical regime also features a Planckian linear-T resistivity associated with a T-linear scattering rate and a frequency dependence of the electronic self-energy consistent with the marginal Fermi liquid phenomenology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18341-18346
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume117
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Cuprate superconductors
  • Marginal fermi liquid
  • Planckian metals
  • Sachdev-ye-kitaev models
  • Strange metals

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