Quantum Critical Behavior of Electrons at the Edge of Charge Order

L. Cano-Cortés, J. Merino, S. Fratini
2010 Physical Review Letters  
We consider quantum critical points (QCP) in which quantum fluctuations associated with charge rather than magnetic order induce unconventional metallic properties. Based on finite-T calculations on a two-dimensional extended Hubbard model we show how the coherence scale T* characteristic of Fermi liquid behavior of the homogeneous metal vanishes at the onset of charge order. A strong effective mass enhancement reminiscent of heavy fermion behavior indicates the possible destruction of
more » ... ruction of quasiparticles at the QCP. Experimental probes on quarter-filled layered organic materials are proposed for unveiling the behavior of electrons across the quantum critical region.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.105.036405 pmid:20867785 fatcat:xwltlzerhrdajj4twpf265qbum