Anomalous attenuation of plasmons in strange metals and holography

Aurelio Romero-Bermúdez, Alexander Krikun, Koenraad Schalm, Jan Zaanen
2019 Physical review B  
The plasmon is a ubiquitous collective mode in charged liquids. Due to the long-range Coulomb interaction, the massless zero sound mode of the neutral system acquires a finite plasmon frequency in the long-wavelength limit. In the zero-temperature state of conventional metals-the Fermi liquid-the plasmon lives infinitely long at long wavelength when the system is (effectively) translationally invariant. In contrast, we will show that in strongly entangled strange metals the protection of zero
more » ... und fails at finite frequency and plasmons are always short lived regardless of their wavelength. Computing the explicit plasmon response in holographic strange metals as an example, we show that decay into the quantum critical continuum replaces Landau damping and this happens for any wavelength.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.99.235149 fatcat:6ydzgrtg35d27ilxc4ptx77gea