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Higher angular momentum Kondo liquids

Ghaemi, Pouyan and Senthil, T (2007) Higher angular momentum Kondo liquids. In: Physical Review B, 75 (14). pp. 144412-11.

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Conventional heavy Fermi liquid phases of Kondo lattices involve the formation of a “Kondo singlet” between the local moments and the conduction electrons. This Kondo singlet is usually taken to be in an internal s-wave angular momentum state. Here we explore the possibility of phases where the Kondo singlet has internal angular momentum that is d wave. Such states are readily accessed in a slave boson mean field formulation, and are energetically favorable when the Kondo interaction is between a local moment and an electron at a nearest neighbor site. The properties of the d-wave Kondo liquid are studied. Effective mass and quasiparticle residue show large angle dependence on the Fermi surface. Remarkably in certain cases, the quasiparticle residue goes to zero at isolated points (in two dimensions) on the Fermi surfac. The excitations at these points then include a free fractionalized spinon. We also point out the possibility of quantum Hall phenomena in two-dimensional Kondo insulators, if the Kondo singlet has complex internal angular momentum. We suggest that such d-wave Kondo pairing may provide a useful route to thinking about correlated Fermi liquids with strong anisotropy along the Fermi surface.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Physical Review B
Publisher: American Physical Society
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/11731

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