Monday, June 24, 2013

1306.5020 (Shinji Watanabe et al.)

Robustness of quantum criticality of valence fluctuations    [PDF]

Shinji Watanabe, Kazumasa Miyake
The mechanism of emergence of robust quantum criticality in Yb- and Ce-based heavy electron systems under pressure is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51 and its approximant, we show that quantum critical points of the first-order valence transition of Yb appear in the ground-state phase diagram with their critical regimes being overlapped to be unified, giving rise to a wide quantum critical regime. This well explains the robust unconventional criticality observed in Yb15Al34Au51 under pressure. We also discuss broader applicability of this mechanism to other Yb- and Ce-based systems such as beta-YbAlB4 showing unconventional quantum criticality.
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