Quantum criticality of the two-channel pseudogap Anderson model: Universal scaling in linear and non-linear conductance

Tsan Pei Wu, Xiao Qun Wang, Guang Yu Guo, Frithjof Anders, Chung-Hou Chung

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Abstract

The quantum criticality of the two-lead two-channel pseudogap Anderson impurity model is studied. Based on the non-crossing approximation (NCA) and numerical renormalization group (NRG) approaches, we calculate both the linear and nonlinear conductance of the model at finite temperatures with a voltage bias and a power-law vanishing conduction electron density of states, ρ c (ω) ∝ |ω - μ F | r (0 < r < 1) near the Fermi energy μ F . At a fixed lead-impurity hybridization, a quantum phase transition from the two-channel Kondo (2CK) to the local moment (LM) phase is observed with increasing r from r = 0 to r = r c < 1. Surprisingly, in the 2CK phase, different power-law scalings from the well-known √T or √V form is found. Moreover, novel power-law scalings in conductances at the 2CK-LM quantum critical point are identified. Clear distinctions are found on the critical exponents between linear and non-linear conductance at criticality. The implications of these two distinct quantum critical properties for the non-equilibrium quantum criticality in general are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number175003
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Volume28
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • non-equilibrium quantum transport
  • quantum criticality
  • quantum phase transitions
  • two-channel Kondo physics

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