Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie

Würzburg Seminar on Quantum Field Theory and Gravity

T-linear resistivity and optical conductivity for a holographic local quantum critical metal in a periodic potential
Datum: 18.04.2023, 14:15 - 15:15 Uhr
Ort: Hubland Süd, Geb. P1 (Physik), SE 1
Veranstalter: Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik III
Vortragende:r: David Rodriguez

High Tc cuprate strange metals are noted for a DC-resistivity that scales linearly with temperature from the onset of superconductivity to the crystal melting temperature, indicative of a Planckian dissipation life time τℏ≃ℏ/(kBT)τℏ​≃ℏ/(kB​T). At the same time, the optical conductivity ceases to be of the Drude form at high temperatures, suggesting a change in dynamics that surprisingly leaves the T-linear DC-resistivity unaffected. We use the AdS/CFT correspondence that describes strongly coupled, densely entangled states of matter to study the DC and optical conductivities of the local quantum critical Gubser-Rocha holographic strange metal in 2+1D in the presence of a lattice potential. We find that the DC-resistivity is linear in T at low temperatures for a range of potential strengths and wavevectors, even as it transitions between different dissipative regimes. In particular, at weak lattice potential the optical conductivity evolves with temperature from a Drude form to a bad metal characterized by a mid-IR resonance without changing the DC transport, similar to that seen in cuprate strange metals. This mid-IR peak can be understood as a consequence of Umklapp hydrodynamics: i.e. hydrodynamic perturbations are Bloch modes in the presence of a lattice.