Quantum and classical criticality in a dimerized quantum antiferromagnet

Merchant, P.; Normand, B.; Krämer, Karl; Boehm, M.; McMorrow, D. F.; Rüegg, Ch. (2014). Quantum and classical criticality in a dimerized quantum antiferromagnet. Nature physics, 10(5), pp. 373-379. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nphys2902

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A quantum critical point (QCP) is a singularity in the phase diagram arising because of quantum mechanical fluctuations. The exotic properties of some of the most enigmatic physical systems, including unconventional metals and superconductors, quantum magnets and ultracold atomic condensates, have been related to the importance of critical quantum and thermal fluctuations near such a point. However, direct and continuous control of these fluctuations has been difficult to realize, and complete thermodynamic and spectroscopic information is required to disentangle the effects of quantum and classical physics around a QCP. Here we achieve this control in a high-pressure, high-resolution neutron scattering experiment on the quantum dimer material TlCuCl3. By measuring the magnetic excitation spectrum across the entire quantum critical phase diagram, we illustrate the similarities between quantum and thermal melting of magnetic order. We prove the critical nature of the unconventional longitudinal (Higgs) mode of the ordered phase by damping it thermally. We demonstrate the development of two types of criticality, quantum and classical, and use their static and dynamic scaling properties to conclude that quantum and thermal fluctuations can behave largely independently near a QCP.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

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Krämer, Karl


500 Science > 540 Chemistry




Nature Publishing Group




Karl Krämer

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03 Nov 2014 11:19

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05 Dec 2022 14:37

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