Observation of a Critical Charge Mode in a Strange Metal

Hisao Kobayashi, Piers Coleman

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Understanding the strange metallic behavior that develops at the brink of localization in quantum materials requires probing the underlying electronic charge dynamics. Using synchrotron radiation– based Mössbauer spectroscopy, we studied the charge fluctuations of the strange metal phase of b-YbAlB4 as a function of temperature and pressure. We found that the usual single absorption peak in the Fermi-liquid regime splits into two peaks upon entering the critical regime. We interpret this spectrum as a single nuclear transition, modulated by nearby electronic valence fluctuations whose long time scales are further enhanced by the formation of charged polarons. These critical charge fluctuations may prove to be a distinct signature of strange metals.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberabc4787
Pages (from-to)908-912
Number of pages5
Issue number6635
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2023


  • Strange Metal
  • strongly correlated fermions
  • heavy fermions
  • quantum criticality

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