Tunable Non-Fermi Liquid Phase from Coupling to Two-Level Systems

Noga Bashan, Evyatar Tulipman, Jörg Schmalian, Erez Berg

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We study a controlled large-N theory of electrons coupled to dynamical two-level systems (TLSs) via spatially random interactions. Such a physical situation arises when electrons scatter off low-energy excitations in a metallic glass, such as a charge or stripe glass. Our theory is governed by a non-Gaussian saddle point, which maps to the celebrated spin-boson model. By tuning the coupling strength we find that the model crosses over from a Fermi liquid at weak coupling to an extended region of non-Fermi liquid behavior at strong coupling, and realizes a marginal Fermi liquid at the crossover. Our results are valid for generic space dimensions d>1.

Original languageEnglish
Article number236501
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 7 Jun 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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