CMSA Quantum Matter in Mathematics and Physics: Strange metals as ersatz Fermi liquids: emergent symmetries, general constraints, and experimental tests


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February 10, 2021 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Senthil Todadri - MIT

The strange metal regime is one of the most  prominent features of the cuprate phase diagram but yet has remained amongst the most mysterious. Seemingly similar metallic behavior is seen in a few other metals. In this talk, I will discuss, in great generality, some properties of  `strange  metals' in an ideal clean system.  I will discuss general constraints[1] on the emergent low energy symmetries of any such strange metal. These constraints may be viewed as a generalization of the Luttinger theorem of ordinary Fermi liquids.   Many, if not all,   non-Fermi liquids will have the same realization of emergent symmetry as a Fermi liquid (even though they could have very different dynamics). Such phases - dubbed ersatz Fermi liquids -  share some (but not all) universal properties with Fermi liquids. I will discuss the implications for understanding the strange metal physics observed in experiments . Combined with a few experimental observations, I will show that these general model-independent considerations lead to concrete predictions[2] about a class of strange metals. The most striking of these is a divergent susceptibility of an observable that has the same symmetries as the loop current order parameter.

[1]. Dominic Else, Ryan Thorngren, T. Senthil,
[2]. Dominic Else, T. Senthil,