Dynamics of Heavy Electrons

Hardcover | January 27, 2000

byYoshio Kuramoto, Yoshio Kitaoka

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Heavy electrons are found among a number of lanthanide and actinide compounds, and are characterized by a large effective mass which becomes comparable to the mass of a muon. Heavy electrons exhibit rich phenomena such as unconventional superconductivity, weak anti- ferromagnetism, or pseudometa-magnetism. This book is intended not only as a monograph, but can readily serve as an advanced textbook on theoretical and experimental physics of strongly correlated electrons. Over the last two decades, heavy electrons have been the focus of very active experimental and theoretical studies.Many established ideas and techniques have been insufficient to describe and understand heavy electrons and their impact properly. On the theoretical side, quantum fluctuations make mean-field theories difficult to handle, while on the experimental side, extreme conditions such as strong magneticfields and pressure at ultra-low temperatures may be required. Heavy electron systems as described in this book offer a case study for applying and testing most of the major tools in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics. Graduate students and researchers working on stronglycorrelated condensed matter systems will find in this book a comprehensive introduction and many examples how conventional concepts of solids may work or not work, and how they can be refined and sharpened in the context of heavy electron systems.

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Heavy electrons are found among a number of lanthanide and actinide compounds, and are characterized by a large effective mass which becomes comparable to the mass of a muon. Heavy electrons exhibit rich phenomena such as unconventional superconductivity, weak anti- ferromagnetism, or pseudometa-magnetism. This book is intended not o...

Yoshio Kuramoto is at Tohoku University, Japan. Yoshio Kitaoka is at Osaka University, Japan.
Format:HardcoverPublished:January 27, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019851767X

ISBN - 13:9780198517672

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Preface1. Fundamental properties of electrons in solids2. Crossover from localized moment to local fermi or non-fermi liquid3. Metallic and insulating phases of heavy electrons4. Anomalous magnetism5. Superconducting states6. Comparison with high-temperature superconductorsA. Linear response theoryB. Spectral representation and fluctuation-dissipation theoremC. Rayleigh-Schrodinger perturbation theory and higher-order renormalizationD. Spectral shape and relaxation rateE. Green function in the imaginary timeF. Path integral representation of the partition functionG. Many-body perturbation theoryIndex