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Hidden fluctuations close to a quantum bicritical point

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We describe physical properties arising in the vicinity of two coupled quantum phase transitions by considering a phenomenological model based on two scalar order parameter fields locally coupled biquadratically and having a common quantum critical point as a function of a quantum tuning parameter such as pressure or magnetic field. A self-consistent treatment suggests that the uniform static susceptibilities of the two order parameter fields may have the same qualitative form at low temperature even where the forms differ sharply in the absence of the biquadratic coupling. The possible limitations of the self-consistent analysis leading to this prediction are considered.

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