Specific heat maximum as a signature of Mott physics in the two-dimensional Hubbard model

Giovanni Sordi, Caitlin Walsh, P. Semon, A. -M. S. Tremblay

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Recent experiments on cuprates show that as a function of doping, the normal-state specific heat sharply peaks at the doping $\delta^*$, where the pseudogap ends at low temperature. This finding is taken as the thermodynamic signature of a quantum critical point, whose nature has not yet been identified. Here we present calculations for the two-dimensional Hubbard model in the doped Mott insulator regime, which indicate that the specific heat anomaly can arise from the finite temperature critical endpoint of a first-order transition between a pseudogap phase with dominant singlet correlations and a metal. As a function of doping at the temperature of the endpoint, the specific heat diverges. Upon increasing temperature, the peak becomes broader. The diverging correlation length is associated with uniform density fluctuations. No broken symmetries are needed. These anomalies also occur at half-filling as a function of interaction strength, and are relevant for organic superconductors and ultracold atoms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number121105(R)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2019

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