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Strange half-metals and Mott insulators in Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev models

Haldar, Arijit and Shenoy, Vijay B (2018) Strange half-metals and Mott insulators in Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev models. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 98 (16).

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We study a two-flavor fermion model where each of the flavors form a Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev (SYK) system with arbitrary q -body interactions. The crucial new element is an all-to-all r -body interaction between the two flavors. At high temperatures, the model shows a strange metal phase where both flavors are gapless, similar to the usual single-flavor SYK model. Upon reducing temperature, the coupled system undergoes transitions to previously unseen phases in the SYK framework-first, a strange half-metal phase where one flavor remains a strange metal while the other is gapped, and second, an insulating phase of the Mott kind where both flavors are gapped. At a fixed low temperature, we obtain transitions between these phases by tuning the relative fraction of sites for each flavor. We discuss the physics of these phases and the nature of transitions between them. This work provides an example of an instability of the strange metal with potential to provide new routes to study strongly correlated systems through the rich physics contained in SYK-like models.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belong to AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 15:25
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 15:25
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/61042

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