Physical properties of metals from a renormalization group standpoint

Chetan Nayak, Frank Wilczek

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We derive the equilibrium and transport properties of metals using renormalization group equations and finite-size scaling Particular attention is given to the well-known cases of Fermi and Luttinger liquids. An important subtlety is that the temperature dependence of many transport coefficients is determined by "dangerous" irrelevant operators. We also characterize violations of Fermi or Luttinger liquid behavior in terms of indices, analogous to the critical indices describing phase transitions. We briefly consider the normal-state properties of the cuprates from this standpoint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-862
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 30 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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