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Pairing Instabilities of the Yukawa-SYK Models with Controlled Fermion Incoherence

by Wonjune Choi, Omid Tavakol, Yong Baek Kim

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As Contributors: Wonjune Choi
Preprint link: scipost_202110_00021v1
Date submitted: 2021-10-13 17:40
Submitted by: Choi, Wonjune
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Academic field: Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
Approach: Theoretical


The interplay of non-Fermi liquid and superconductivity born out of strong dynamical interactions is at the heart of the physics of unconventional superconductivity. As a solvable platform of the strongly correlated superconductors, we study the pairing instabilities of the Yukawa-Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev (Yukawa-SYK) model, which describes spin-1/2 fermions coupled to bosons by the random, all-to-all, spin independent and dependent Yukawa interactions. In contrast to the previously studied models, the random Yukawa couplings are sampled from a collection of Gaussian ensembles whose variances follow a continuous distribution rather than being fixed to a constant. By tuning the analytic behavior of the distribution, we could control the fermion incoherence to systematically examine various normal states ranging from the Fermi liquid to non-Fermi liquids that are different from the conformal solution of the SYK model with a constant variance. Using the linearized Eliashberg theory, we show that the onset of the unconventional spin triplet pairing is preferred with the spin dependent interactions while all pairing channels show instabilities with the spin independent interactions. Although the interactions strongly damp the fermions in the non-Fermi liquid, the same interactions also dress the bosons to strengthen the tendency to pair the incoherent fermions. As a consequence, the onset temperature $T_c$ of the pairing is enhanced in the non-Fermi liquid compared to the case of the Fermi liquid.

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