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Title: Controlled calculation of the thermal conductivity for a spinon Fermi surface coupled to a U(1) gauge field

Motivated by recent transport measurements on the candidate spin-liquid phase of the organic triangular lattice insulator EtMe{sub 3}Sb[Pd(dmit){sub 2}]{sub 2}, we perform a controlled calculation of the thermal conductivity at intermediate temperatures in a spin liquid system where a spinon Fermi surface is coupled to a U(1) gauge field. The present computation builds upon the double expansion approach developed by Mross et al. (2010) for small ϵ=z{sub b}−2 (where z{sub b} is the dynamical critical exponent of the gauge field) and large number of fermionic species N. Using the so-called memory matrix formalism that most crucially does not assume the existence of well-defined quasiparticles at low energies in the system, we calculate the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity κ of this model due to non-critical Umklapp scattering of the spinons for a finite N and small ϵ. Then we discuss the physical implications of such theoretical result in connection with the experimental data available in the literature.
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OSTI Identifier:
22403418
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Annals of Physics (New York); Journal Volume: 349; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CALCULATION METHODS; CRYSTAL LATTICES; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; FERMI GAS; FERMI LEVEL; FERMIONS; GAUGE INVARIANCE; MATRICES; QUASI PARTICLES; SCATTERING; SPIN; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; TRIANGULAR CONFIGURATION; U-1 GROUPS