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Quantum Tricritical Points in NbFe2

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  • UserDr. Sven Friedemann, HH Wills Laboratory, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TL, UK
  • ClockMonday 24 July 2017, 11:00-12:30
  • HouseMott Seminar Room 531.

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Start time: Monday 24 July 2017 - 11:00:am - 12:30:pm

Quantum critical points (QCPs) emerge when a 2nd order phase transition is suppressed to zero temperature. In metals the quantum fluctuations at such a QCP can give rise to new phases including unconventional superconductivity. Whereas antiferromagnetic QCPs have been studied in considerable detail, ferromagnetic (FM) QCPs are much harder to access. In almost all metals FM QC Ps are avoided through either a change to 1st order transitions or through an intervening spin-density-wave (SDW) phase. Here, we study the prototype of the second case, NbFe2. We demonstrate that the phase diagram can be modeled using a two-order-parameter theory in which the putative FM QCP is buried within a SDW phase. We establish the presence of quantum tri-critical points (QTCPs) at which both the uniform and finite q susceptibility diverge. The universal nature of our model suggests that such QTC Ps arise naturally from the interplay between SDW and FM order and exist generally near a buried FM QCP of this type. Our results promote NbFe2 as the first example of a QTCP , which has been proposed as a key concept in a range of narrow-band metals, including the prominent heavy-fermion compound YbRh2Si2.

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