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Quantum fluctuations and the closing of the Coulomb gap in a correlated insulator

Roy, A. S. and Hoekstra, A. F. Th. and Rosenbaum, T. F. and Griessen, R. (2002) Quantum fluctuations and the closing of the Coulomb gap in a correlated insulator. Physical Review Letters, 89 (27). Art. No. 276402. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.276402.

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The “switchable mirror” yttrium hydride is one of the few strongly correlated systems with a continuous Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition. We systematically map out the low temperature electrical transport from deep in the insulator to the quantum critical point using persistent photoconductivity as a drive parameter. Both activated hopping over a Coulomb gap and power-law quantum fluctuations must be included to describe the data. Collapse of the data onto a universal curve within a dynamical scaling framework (with corrections) requires zν=6.0±0.5, where ν and z are the static and dynamical critical exponents, respectively.

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Additional Information:© 2002 The American Physical Society. (Received 11 April 2002; published 20 December 2002) We are indebted to S.M. Girvin and S. Sachdev for explaining the nuances of the scaling theory, to R. J. Wijngaarden for scientific advice, and to B. Dam, S. Enache, and N. J. Koeman for technical assistance. The work at the University of Chicago was supported by NSF DMR-0114798.
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Issue or Number:27
Classification Code:PACS numbers: 71.30.+h, 71.27.+a, 72.20.–i, 73.50.–h
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