Quantum criticality of U(1) gauge theories with fermionic and bosonic matter in two spatial dimensions

Ribhu K. Kaul, Subir Sachdev

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Abstract

We consider relativistic U(1) gauge theories in 2+1 dimensions, with Nb species of complex bosons and Nf species of Dirac fermions at finite temperature. The quantum phase transition between the Higgs and Coulomb phases is described by a conformal field theory (CFT). At large Nb and Nf, but for arbitrary values of the ratio Nb Nf, we present computations of various critical exponents and universal amplitudes for these CFTs. We make contact with the different spin liquids, charge liquids, and deconfined critical points of quantum magnets that these field theories describe. We compute physical observables that may be measured in experiments or numerical simulations of insulating and doped quantum magnets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155105
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume77
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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