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Theory of the non-Fermi-liquid transition point in the two-impurity Kondo model

Sire, Clément and Varma, Chandra M and Krishnamurthy , HR (1993) Theory of the non-Fermi-liquid transition point in the two-impurity Kondo model. In: Physical Review B: Condensed Matter, 48 (8). pp. 13833-13839.

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We present an explicit solution of the problem of two coupled spin-1/2 impurities, interacting with a band of conduction electrons. We obtain an exact effective bosonized Hamiltonian, which is then treated by two different methods (low-energy theory and mean-field approach). Scale invariance is explicitly shown at the quantum critical point. The staggered susceptibility behaves like ln(T(K)/T) at low T, whereas the magnetic susceptibility and [S1.S2] are well behaved at the transition. The divergence of C(T)/T when approaching the transition point is also studied. The non-Fermi-liquid (actually marginal-Fermi-liquid) critical point is shown to arise because of the existence of anomalous correlations, which lead to degeneracies between bosonic and fermionic states of the system. The methods developed in this paper are of interest for studying more physically relevant models, for instance, for high-T(c) cuprates.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to The American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Ms TV Yashodha
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 06:39
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2011 06:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35938

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