Academic Field

Physics, Astronomy

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Eric Monier

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

A quantum theory of point contact spectroscopy (PCS) was recently developed as a potential filter for non-Fermi liquid behavior in correlated materials. Classically, PCS is an experimental technique which has been used for several decades to determine scattering information on normal metals as well as gap information on superconducting materials. The quantum theory of PCS for correlated materials suggests that a zero bias peak in the dI/dV spectrum can be associated with an excess density of states for non-Fermi liquids. The initial experimental approach to using PCS on YFe2Al10 in order to try to detect quantum critical fluctuations in this material is presented.

Keywords

superconductivity, quantum critical, physics, materials science, spectroscopy, correlated electrons, andreev reflection

Start Date

10-4-2015 9:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 11:00 AM

Location

Holmes Hall 204

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Apr 10th, 9:30 AM Apr 10th, 11:00 AM

Point Contact Spectroscopy: An Undergraduate Investigation into Quantum Criticality

Holmes Hall 204

A quantum theory of point contact spectroscopy (PCS) was recently developed as a potential filter for non-Fermi liquid behavior in correlated materials. Classically, PCS is an experimental technique which has been used for several decades to determine scattering information on normal metals as well as gap information on superconducting materials. The quantum theory of PCS for correlated materials suggests that a zero bias peak in the dI/dV spectrum can be associated with an excess density of states for non-Fermi liquids. The initial experimental approach to using PCS on YFe2Al10 in order to try to detect quantum critical fluctuations in this material is presented.