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Appearance of "Fragile" Fermi Liquids in Finite-Width Mott Insulators Sandwiched between Metallic Leads

Zenia, H and Freericks, JK and Krishnamurthy, HR and Pruschke, Th (2009) Appearance of "Fragile" Fermi Liquids in Finite-Width Mott Insulators Sandwiched between Metallic Leads. In: Physical Review Letters, 103 (11).

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Abstract

Using inhomogeneous dynamical mean-field theory, we show that the normal-metal proximity effect could force any finite number of Mott-insulating "barrier" planes sandwiched between semi-infinite metallic leads to become "fragile" Fermi liquids. They are fully Fermi-liquid-like at T=0, leading to a restoration of lattice periodicity at zero frequency, with a well-defined Fermi surface, and perfect (ballistic) conductivity. However, the Fermi-liquid character can rapidly disappear at finite omega, V, T, disorder, or magnetism, all of which restore the expected quantum tunneling regime, leading to fascinating possibilities for nonlinear response in devices.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right of this article belongs to The American Physical Society
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2009 09:13
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:46
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/23645

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