Superconductivity near a Quantum-Critical Point: The Special Role of the First Matsubara Frequency

Yuxuan Wang, Artem Abanov, Boris L. Altshuler, Emil A. Yuzbashyan, Andrey V. Chubukov

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Abstract

Near a quantum-critical point in a metal strong fermion-fermion interaction mediated by a soft collective boson gives rise to incoherent, non-Fermi liquid behavior. It also often gives rise to superconductivity which masks the non-Fermi liquid behavior. We analyze the interplay between the tendency to pairing and fermionic incoherence for a set of quantum-critical models with effective dynamical interaction between low-energy fermions. We argue that superconducting Tc is nonzero even for strong incoherence and/or weak interaction due to the fact that the self-energy from dynamic critical fluctuations vanishes for the two lowest fermionic Matsubara frequencies ωm=±πT. We obtain the analytic formula for Tc, which reproduces well earlier numerical results for the electron-phonon model at vanishing Debye frequency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number157001
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume117
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 5 2016

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